The Los Angeles Travel Show has inspiring speakers every year; last year I was able to snag a few minutes of Rick Steves’ time for a video interview. This year, the organizers of the hugely popular travel trade show arranged for me to have some time with an equaling inspiring guest speaker, author and TV host Leon Logothetis. Star of the travel documentary TV series “Amazing Adventures of a Nobody,” Leon Logothetis famously traveled across the UK on a mere five pounds a day. Mission accomplished, he then came to the United States, which he traversed on five dollars a day. National Geographic follows him around with a camera and, I suppose, a boom (either that or he was “miked up’). Season Three takes him to Europe, where he attempts to travel successfully on…you guessed it, five Euros a day. Let’s hear what this well traveled man has to say about his experiences, and future plans.
Honestly, Leon Logothetis is a wonderful guy. It was a pleasure listening to him; it’s hard not to be inspired by his ideas and ideals. You hear Leon Logothetis talking about his Kindness Cab here, and at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show, he spoke about it as well. He conceived the idea of the Kindness Cab as a way of “paying it forward.” The 1985 London taxicab, driven by both Leon and a friend/cameraman, has given people free rides to such disparate places as to an ice cream shop and to a hospital.
Some travel writers are true nomads, but most of us live somewhere. Leon Logothetis currently lives in Los Angeles; the Kindness Cab gets parked in his garage in Hollywood. But this is a man on the move, and the Kindness Cab isn’t meant to be parked for long. He will be driving it around the United States more in the future. And one undeniable fact about the Kindness Cab is that it’s hard to miss. If you see the Kindness Cab tooling around your neighborhood, it’s almost certainly Leon behind the wheel. Give him a wave! You won’t meet a friendlier guy, and who knows? You might get a free cab ride.