Justin Burr grew up outside Madison, Wisconsin where he spent much of his childhood running around the woods and annoying his sister. He attended college in Minnesota and England, graduating in 2004 with degrees in Archaeology and History. During his time at university, 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 then, he’s worked as an archaeologist in different locations across the United States and traveled 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, obtaining certifications as a Wilderness EMT and First Responder and volunteering with Search and Rescue in Montana. In his spare time, he loves to camp, hike, scuba dive, and make repairs to the family summer cabin which seems to consistently be falling apart.
What’s your favorite vacation destination?
The Three Passes Trek in Nepal was fantastic, with the opportunity to hike right up to Everest Base Camp. That, the Australian Outback and Iceland are places I’d definitely like to make a return.
What is your favorite hike?
The Kepler and Queen Charlotte Tracks in New Zealand are beautiful, and climbing Mt. Rainier definitely tops the list.
What is your favorite bike ride?
Fernie up in Alberta, Canada has great mountain biking trails, but Going-To-The-Sun-Road in Glacier National Park is a pretty epic ride – especially the downhill!
A few are Goonies, Grosse Pointe Blank, Meru, Labyrinth, and The Usual Suspects.
Dominic by William Steig. Works by Christopher Moore, Charles Dickens, and Raymond Chandler.
Too much to choose from – Jazz, Rock, you name it, but live music is always a plus, even if it’s a terrible, terrible band it’s still entertaining.
When did you first catch the travel bug?
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 an impact on wanting to travel more.
What are your hobbies?
Mountaineering, camping, hiking, SCUBA diving, dancing badly and cooking