Sports and super journey both have the potential to unite a common passion in people.
Dhani Jones, NFL player, host of Dhani Tackles the Globe, and author of The Sportsman: Unexpected Lessons from an Around-the-World Sports Odyssey, joins Peter to share how sports and travel have changed his life.
Peter Greenberg: I can go toe to toe with top defensive linebacker Dhani Jones any day. No, not on the football field, but in terms of our passports. I first discovered Dhani Jones on the NFL gridiron, but I then discovered a whole new side of him on the Travel Channel. Most people don’t realize your history, but you’ve been traveling since you were a baby, right?
Dhani Jones: When you have military parents, you automatically step into the world of travel. You are born into it depending upon where your parents are stationed and where you move to. We were located in Japan in Okinawa, so we moved all throughout Southeast Asia. And that translated into my love of travel. I went to school in Michigan and during breaks my mother would send me to different places.
Dhani Jones in Brazil
Dhani Jones in Brazil – photo via Travel Channel
She would give me open tickets, so I’d go to the Caribbean or to Europe. I didn’t necessarily have the same spring break opportunities as other people, so I had a different thought process. I thought, well, I’m not going to go to Cancun; I’m going to go to Martinique. I’m not going to go down to Miami; I’m going to go to London.
I wanted to different places because there are different things I wanted to experience. Peter, you know as well as I do, that when you travel and experience life outside of the United States and in new cultures, your whole life changes.
PG: What’s really cool about your travel experience, Dhani, is that you learned it from such an early age. You gained a degree of self-sufficiency when you travel that most American travelers don’t have.
DJ: You have to be able to You have to be able to know what you’re doing. You have to be able to acclimatize to different circumstances. You have to be able to deal with people. You have to be able to