Phil Keoghan of "The Amazing Race" has scuba dived with a dog, swilled the blood of a cobra and attended a nudist wedding. He also tried swimming the mile across the Bosporus strait that separates the Asian and European sides of Istanbul, but drifted downstream three miles before getting fished out.
And he sometimes gets lost when he travels as host of the TV show too (but not for the same reasons as the contestants do.)
"I love traveling," the New Zealand-born Keoghan told the audience Saturday afternoon at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show. "My whole philosophy is 'no opportunity wasted' or NOW, which means living the biggest possible life you can." In case you miss the point, he has written a book with the same title that encourages people to draft their own life list.
While talking about traveling for "Amazing Race," Keoghan sounded as stressed as his contestants. He pointed out that he has to stay one step ahead of the leaders at each destination while also greeting the team in last place. He shoots about 21 shows in 12 days, which roughs out to two days per show, logging 40,000 miles in 10 countries.