Jon Levy has been force-fed by Kiefer Sutherland in the back booth of a Manhattan bar, has screamed for a medic as bulls trampled him in Pamplona, and has high-fived penguins at the South Pole. That is to say, he is a man with stories. Also, advice on how to live your next trip as an Indiana Jones film -- or at least as a beer commercial.
You don't need to go far to have an adventure, Levy says, or have a bulging bank account. But jet-setting doesn't hurt. He has hit roughly 30 countries so far, and is as likely to go with friends as he is to arrive solo and build a crew from scratch. "I don't care about bottle service," he says. "I care about having a fun life, not a luxurious life."
He wasn't always so outgoing. A self-described scrawny geek-turned-behavioral scientist, Levy spent his formative years listening to and analyzing the adventure stories so many travelers described as random happenings. Systems fascinated him; he studied computer science, math, and economics at NYU, and he stayed obsessed as he worked at a series of startups and media outreach jobs, traveling all the while.