Justin Burr grew up outside Madison, Wisconsin where he spent much of his childhood running around in the woods – usually chasing after the family dog that kept getting out. He attended college in Minnesota and England, graduating in 2004 with degrees in Archaeology and History. During his time in college he participated in several field schools in Belize, Spain and Guatemala, which helped foster a love for world travel, meeting new people, and trying the weirdest food in every country he visits.
Since graduating, he’s worked as an archaeologist in different locations across the United States, while in the off season he has traveled and worked across multiple continents, doing such odd jobs as maintaining vineyards in Australia, acting as bar manager at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and teaching SCUBA diving in Honduras. Justin also has an interest in the medical field, recently obtaining certifications as a Wilderness EMT and First Responder. In his spare time he loves to camp, hike, SCUBA, and make repairs to the family summer cabin in Door County, WI, which seems to consistently be falling apart.
That would have to be a tie between the Australian Outback and Iceland.
What is your favorite hike?
The Kepler Track, one of the Great Walks in New Zealand.
What is your favorite bike ride?
I spent my summers growing up in Door County, WI, and Peninsula State Park has amazing mountain biking trails.
Recently, Whiplash. Old-school, it would have to be The Goonies.
Dominic by William Steig, for purely nostalgic reasons.
Maybe it's cheesy, but Wrapped Around Your Finger by The Police.
When did you first catch the travel bug?
That is a hard question to answer. Probably during our family summer road trips when I was young. We would road trip to Wyoming to stay on a dude ranch, or take the train to San Diego to visit my grandparents. The opportunity to see so much of the country at a young age definitely had a impact on wanting to travel more.
What are your hobbies?
Camping, hiking, SCUBA diving, cooking. I'm also getting back into rock climbing after an extended absence.