Entrepreneur Profile: Charley Boorman
Charley Boorman is an entrepreneur from Great Britain who grew up in the entertainment industry and now makes his business traveling the world primarily on a Harley.
An entrepreneur is an adventurer in many ways.
In preparation for an interview I did with Charley, I had fun browsing his web site where he has videos available and invites others to participate.
There's a link to his website at the end of the questions.
Q: What's the personal appeal to you about travel?
I’ve been very lucky in the fact that my father is a film director and from a very early age I traveled with him around the world on location for films such as Deliverance, Excalibur, Hope & Glory and Emerald Forest. He was the one who instilled that want to travel and I have been doing it ever since. Traveling on the bike means I get to interact with so many different interesting people and really immerse myself into the landscape, it’s a fantastic feeling and I just love learning as much as I can about all the places I travel to.
Q: What is it you want to convey in Extreme Frontiers?
The idea with these shows is to travel through each country and really get under its skin, get to know all about its culture, the people and what they get up to, the food, history, nature, wilderness – everything we possibly can! We just want to experience as much of what goes on around there as we can, and do a bunch of things that people might not think to do when they travel across America.
Q: What have you learned about the U.S. and something key about the people or a person? Any specific incidents?
Over the years I’ve gone back and forward from the US. I lived there when I was a kid and one of the things that always struck me when I was a kid was how friendly all the people were to me. Traveling again through the southern part of the U.S. we visited places like New Orleans, California, Mississippi and the hospitality was just incredible. Everyone made you feel so welcome and had a real can-do attitude. We went down to this one place to go on airboats and we met up with this guy who was friendly and enthusiastic. He showed us the incredible swamps and trees. He was passionate about the area and wanted to show us everything from frogging to exploring the wilderness.
Q: What draws Europeans to the U.S.?
I think one of the big things that pulls people in is the idea of crossing America on a bike. Heading out on a Harley or a BMW or whatever you prefer, taking Route 66 and going on an amazing road trip. We teamed up with Eagle Rider who are able to help people do that, I think it’s something that people really want to do and the US can offer Europeans that.
Q: What do you know about the U.S. culture or country that we ourselves might not know or think about?
I think people perhaps take for granted how friendly and hospitable people actually are in the U.S., and the incredible enthusiastic attitudes people have.
Q: Any advice for the U.S. Tourism Industry to better appeal to Europeans or to U.S. residents themselves?
I think that Americans do tend to travel within their own country as well as going abroad. The great thing about America is that there’s a bit of everything for everyone from the most beautiful deserts to incredible skiing or heading down to the Everglades or the swamps of New Orleans and Mississippi. There’s such diversity of frontiers, and some of them are extreme! I think that America has so much to offer, especially with a road trip – be it on a motorcycle or a car or whatever. You can see the most incredible landscapes that change so dramatically, with a huge amount of culture to offer and amazing food it’s just such a fascinating place. And of course it’s brilliant for English speaking people!
Q: What kind of 60-second segments do you find ideal for featuring in your show?
There are so many great experiences that we had, and looking back on the trip one of the incredible things was going to [Kittyhawk] where the Wright Brothers had their first flight, I had the great opportunity to fly a replica of one of their planes that only 100 people have ever flown. To get that feeling of what it must have felt like for them to lift off from the sand dunes and fly for a couple of hundred feet was amazing.
Death Valley was incredible too, it’s one of the hottest places in the world and we had flash flooding where whole roads and bridges were taken out, the randomness of nature was just amazing.
Click here to visit Charley's website and click here for Extreme Frontiers YouTube channel.