For this Wednesday’s episode on Washington, DC, we turned to Chicago funny lady, world traveler, and frequent DC visitor Doris McTyre. Doris is a financial planner during the week and a try-most-things once adventurer on nights and weekends. She loves running (slowly), being outside, and has dabbled in stand-up and storytelling. In her golden years she would like to have a pet goat. You can follow her on Instagram at @luchadoris.
1) Where have you traveled?
Domestically I’ve been to most of the states; international travel – Mexico, England, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Aruba, Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador/Galapagos, China, and Japan.
2) What’s been your favorite trip so far?
I spent 9 days in Paris by myself when I was 20. I stayed in a hostel and ate in cafes or on park benches. Every night I would plan the next day’s activities from my guidebook and figure out which metro or bus routes to take. I had enough time to do pretty much all of the must-see attractions, plus some offbeat stuff like Les Puces des Clignancourt and The Catacombs. (These seemed offbeat to me at the time.) I found an English bookstore near the Louvre and bought a copy of “The Beautiful and Damned” by F. Scott Fitzgerald because I thought that was an appropriate thing to read while in Paris. It was my first time alone for an extended period of time and I loved it.
But the first trip I remember – at all, and also very fondly – was when my parents took me to the Yucatan Peninsula when I was 2. I bit through a thin water goblet at a fancy restaurant with a big mural, and in a separate incident, barfed up a Frescolita on my dad while on a ferry. We visited many Mayan ruins, of which I quickly tired, and my dad tried to keep it fun by saying “choc-mooooool” in a creepy voice over and over again. Sometimes he still does, but I appreciate it a bit more now than I did at the time.
3) What are 3 things you always take with you when you travel?
An extra pair of underwear and a toothbrush in my carry-on, Imodium and laxatives (you never know which one you might need!), and BodyGlide. So that’s 5 things; I cheated.
4) What’s your next destination?
This winter I’m going to Austin for a weekend to run a half-marathon, and about a month later I’m going to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam for two weeks. There’s an elephant camp in Chiang Mai where you can be an elephant’s keeper for a day, so my life will basically be complete after that.
5) Give us 1 reason why you travel.
Carpe diem! I am healthy and able-bodied, I have the means (which has not always been the case), I don’t have kids, I have ample PTO, and my husband is a great travel buddy. I have always been curious about how the rest of the world lives/works/relaxes, and it also helps to keep things in perspective when I come home.
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