Meet David Proud!By David Proud -
Meet our next #LimitlessAmbassador David Proud! He is an actor, writer and producer, probably best known for playing Adam in Eastenders. He has also written a book about disability representation in the media called "The Art of Disability" which is available on Amazon. Limitless are very excited to have David on board so we thought we'd find out a little more about him..
What 3 words would you use to describe travel and what it means to you?
Relax, refresh and rejuvenate.
I get really depressed when I haven’t been able to travel as I love it!
If you were a country what country would you be and why?
New Zealand – I love the wilderness and I think we have spoilt a lot of places, I would be somewhere remote and full of wildlife that hasn’t changed much.
What is your favourite bar/restaurant?
Evason Hua Hin in Thailand, I could sit at that bar all day with my wife having cocktails. The Royal Mai Tai is amazing.
Where did you eat your fave sandwich?
Getty Museum in Los Angeles, I was a little loud in my praise of this sandwich and everyone started looking at me weird. It was worth the praise, it had the right meat to bread to condiment ratio, not too soggy, not too dry.
Where have you been that genuinely took your breath away?
The holocaust memorial in Berlin, it’s a sequence of stone pillars at differing heights, I was in Berlin with my friend Jason Maza for a film festival and we came across it, we had no idea what it was but then we discovered it was a memorial it really made you think.
What one piece of advice would you give for accessible travellers?
Try to push your comfort zone a little. I get freaked out if it isn’t a well known company or if I am going somewhere really exotic but the times I have pushed passed my fear I have realised it was worth it.
What's your funniest travel moment?
Sat in a five star tea room in Red Square in Moscow with a director friend Justin Edgar, I nipped to the toilet which was a really small door but the toilet was huge on the other side. I came out and described it as a tardis, Justin laughed and said “it’s a Turdis”. We were in a five star tea room and laughing like a couple of school kids!
Where have you been where you felt most at home, away from home?
Spiritually, Thailand. The pace is just slower and everyone is so polite, its place where you can hit reset and get away from all the stuff that really isn’t worth you worrying about anyway.
Where have you visited that you could see yourself living?
Los Angeles, for the weather and short drive to the beach, but everyone is very fake happy there, that might drive me a little mad.
What life advice would you have given yourself five years ago?
Enjoy the journey more, don’t stress about the destination.
Where do you hope to visit in five years time?
Safari, Australia and Route 66.
Which book would you recommend to take travelling?
Mine of course! But if you aren’t into disability representation in media The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby – who became locked in, he dictated the entire book by blinking one eye.
Would you rather go into space or explore the depths of the ocean?
I don’t like heights and I can’t swim can I opt for fishing on a boat at night while looking at the stars?
What's the craziest activity you did abroad?
Is Scotland abroad? Technically yes as this is too good as a story. So my friend Matt and I went on a road trip to Scotland. Share the driving. Both wheelchair users. We looked at a guidebook and it said about a waterfall so we pulled off the road to go find it, we drove for what seemed like ages up what looked like someones driveway. Eventually we got to a small car park in the middle of nowhere, got out of our car and headed down a hill. It started to rain and neither of us thought about how we would get back up. The heavens opened and we were pretty much stranded, it took ages to get back up and we were exhausted but laughing like crazy at how stupid we had been, the picture was worth it.