Name: Eric J. Goldring
Hometown: South Orange, NJ
Current Location: Colts Neck, NJ
Meet Eric Goldring. He’s a marine biologist, turned environmental lawyer, turned yacht lawyer, turned travel agent…all the time loving travel. He kills it in the luxury high-end travel world, and runs a very successful, highly trafficked luxury cruising blog.
“Don’t get intimidated. Live life fully and not compromised because of your fears.”
“Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.”
–Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales
“If it makes you uncomfortable you probably need to try it…at least a bit of it.“
1.) Most memorable destination?
“Sitting in a Land Rover in the Serengeti. We watched a pride of lions for hours, watched them mysteriously interact in the tall grasses, make a kill of a topi and then were overwhelmed with a roar and the appearance of a male lion leaping through the tall grass with the sun at his back then taking over the kill. That defined, for me, both the reality of a “breathtaking experience” and the value of observing rather than just seeing things when traveling.”
2.) Current life question you’re trying to answer?
“How to begin experiencing life as an empty nester; having that freedom that many speak of which seems more like a curse as the time approaches.”
3.) Favorite Relaxing destination?
“A sea day on the balcony of my suite on a Seabourn ship.”
“She wanted me to keep her pet monkey as a gift.”
4.) What are your best travel tips?
“Really take your time. Don’t sweat the details once you get somewhere because you will miss the surprise moments. If it makes you uncomfortable you probably need to try it…at least a bit of it.”
Warmest Travel Memory?
5.) “Having dinner at a small shop in the Peruvian Amazon with the woman so appreciative that a white man liked her cooking that she cooked me a second dinner (guinea pig) and wanted me to keep her pet monkey as a gift. It showed me, early on, that understanding and appreciating people and graciously taking from them is actually an act of giving; makes both of your lives better.”
Where are you off to next?
I’m back to the Dominican Republic in April, Lake Tahoe in May and then I’m hosting my Culinary & Cultural Cruise through the British Isles and Ireland in August.