Explorer and conservationist Philippe Cousteau is the grandson of ocean-mapping legend Jacques. Co-founder of EarthEcho International, an environmental nonprofit aimed at inspiring young people to work on sustainability, he travels the world filming documentaries from Sumatra to South Africa.
In Cousteaus latest show, the Travel Channels , he and his wifeformer host Ashlan Cousteauinvestigate stories of lost plunder across the Caribbean.
He travels about 200,000 miles a year, usually on United Airlines. “I get Economy Plus for up to half a dozen people traveling with me automatically, if theyre on the same ticket,” he says. “So everyone gets Economy Plus, and I dont have to pay extra for it. Im 6’4", so the extra legroom makes a big difference.”
The couple live in Los Angeles.
The item he wont travel without might surprise you
I love food, and with all the places I travel well the food is not always the best. So I like to pack a small camping container of salt and pepper. I was 17 years old and studying for a month in summer in Spain, and one of the things they dont excel at there is the pepper you get in restaurantsits really dusty and tasteless. So I went and bought a little cracked pepper thing to carry with me. And in a lot of places it was just not very good salt, either. I dont eat seafood, so Spain was always difficult for me, because its basically like, “Tortilla? Tortilla? Tortilla? Tortilla? Tortilla?” [One of Spains signature dishes is , a simple potato omelette.] Over and over and over and over. So having a nice dash of decent salt and pepper on top just made it different enough. Since then, Ive got a little [spice] kit I take everywhere with me: a small, zippered camping pouch filled with little Nalgene bottles. When I was filming in Mozambique with the BBC, we were in a tiny village for several days, and all there was to eat was rice and coconut. But I had the foresight to bring a little wasabi powder, which doesnt go badyou just mix it with a little bit of water and stir it in. It made all the difference.
In dangerous areas, he relies on nice watches
I was working on a project in Singapore, and an ex-[Special Air Service] soldier told me to always wear a nice watch: Dont flaunt it, but have it with you. He had a stainless-steel Rolex and wore it everywhere. He told me that no matter where you travel, a good watchlike a Rolexis like currency and is something you can always use to barter to get yourself out of trouble. You always hear “never have anything nice on expedition,” but that soldiers advice was smart and practical so I always wear a “tradable” watch that can help get me out of a bind.
A good charger is worth more than gold
I always plan for the worst, so I always have a battery charger from MyCharge. Its the best one Ive found, and Ive gone through a lot of em. Itll charge a tablet and a phone a couple of times, and it plugs straight into the wall, so you can use it as a charger in your hotel room. Its a battery and plug, all in one.
How to live like a five-star traveler with just a minor fib
Im picky about food. When I go somewhere, I have some anxiety until I know theres somewhere I can get a decent meal. So I do a lot of research, but I sometimes also employ a cheeky trick. Find a nice hotel, even if youre not staying in one. The concierge there will usually be really helpful and knowledgeable. Say, “Ive just checked out, Im leaving. Im going to the airport, and Id like a nice last meal. What do you recommend?” One of the best meals Ive ever had was in Frankfurt, on a 12-hour layover on my way to Mozambique. I didnt have anywhere to stay, so I wandered around and into a five-star hotel. I still have the restaurant the concierge recommended in the contacts in my phone as “amazing restaurant in Frankfurt.”
Why you should ask to use the bathroom at a restaurant, even if you dont need to use it
I look at menus in restaurants. A red flag for me is an enormous menuits jack of all trades, master of none. You cant be good at a hundred different things, so if its a really long menu25 entrees or somethingI avoid it. Especially in countries that dont necessarily have the mandatory sanitation standards we employ here, theres another trick if you have any doubts about eating somewhere. Ask to use the bathroom first. You can see how clean that is, but you can usually take a peak around the corner into the kitchen to see if the floor looks clean.
How a life-changing experience at age 16 led him to a souvenir-buying tradition
I was in Papua New Guinea when I was 16 years old, working with a woman called Dr. Eugenie Clark on an expedition; she was a shark expert. We were on the southeastern part of the country, out on a little dive boat doing research all day, diving in shallow water. It was an amazing experience that really allowed me to connect with my grandfathers legacy. Then I got into [the capital] Port Moresby, which was an extremely dangerous city where youre never supposed to leave your hotel unescorted. But I was 16, and what 16-year-old doesnt make poor decisions? So I go for a walk, and these three guys start chasing me. They were called rascals, and notorious for killing you before mugging you. I honestly saw my life flashing before my eyes. I was like, “Im gonna die a virgin. That would not be good.” But then I ran into three cops [who saved my life]. After that, I went into the highlands of New Guinea, with some local indigenous tribes, and I saw a mask theyd carved for sale in a little shop. I thought, This is a life-changing experience. Im going to get this mask as a memento. Most indigenous cultures will have a culture of masks, so ever since then Ive looked for those when I travel. We have a wall in our apartment with them all hung up. I write on the back of each one what year it was and where it was from.
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