Paranormal investigator Dustin Pari has traveled to more countries on Earth than he can remember — all in the name of truth-seeking. With a global Twitter following in the tens of thousands, Pari first became known to audiences worldwide as a member of the television program “Ghost Hunters International.” He has since struck out on his own, founding his own ministry and expanding his search to find answers to the most profound questions all of us have about this world… and others. Today, however, he’s the one providing answers to our “6 Travel Questions for… Dustin Pari.”
Do you prefer to plan much in advance for a trip, or are you more of a spontaneous traveler?
Dustin Pari: I don’t like to plan any aspect of my life too much. If I am traveling with my family, then accommodations and such are a must to be made in advance. If I am alone, I’d rather just get out there and see where the road takes me. I once traveled across the United States from coast to coast without making any reservations or plans — it was an excellent adventure!
Is there a destination or experience you haven’t had that you’re most looking forward to checking off your list?
DP: I’ve always wanted to go to Greece. I like the history, the architecture, and their laid-back ways.
What was your worst-ever travel experience?
DP: I was miserable during my travel to the Romanian countryside. My hotel room had a bare bulb for lighting. The bathroom had a drain in the middle of the floor with a lonely shower nozzle head floating in the middle of the ceiling. The toilet paper was pink and akin to the look and texture of strawberry wafer cookies.
DP: Food that I know, love, and trust. Despite my wanderlust, I am not an adventurous eater.
Do you have any quirky travel traditions or superstitions?
DP: When traveling by plane I always take my thumb and trace a cross over the entrance doorway upon boarding.
If you could invite anyone, from any point in history, to travel with you, whom would it be, and why?
DP: I’d have to go with my main man, Jesus Christ. I would imagine we would have great fun and many laughs. Plus, we could do lots of great works in helping people that we would come across in our travels. One thing that has always bothered me whilst traveling the globe is the desolate and the poor that I have come across. Giving them a couple of dollars here and there during my travels can only do so much. Its a band-aid on a leaking dam. I always wish I could have done more.
(Bonus question) Where was your spookiest travel experience?
DP: Castle Houska, in the Czech Republic, near Prague. During our investigation, we weren’t allowed to go up to the attic, but I found my way up there eventually. It was pitch black, middle of the night, and I heard a noise coming from a dark corner of the room. So, I tossed a stone in that direction, like I normally do, because it’s usually a critter of some kind. And then I said, ‘If you’re a spirit or other entity, toss the stone back.’ And immediately, the stone landed a few inches from my feet. My camera guy and I freaked out. I called my buddy, Barry, to bring up his UV monitor. We picked up something dashing out the window, and just as it did, all the birds in a nearby tree took off. It was really freaky!