Anthony Bourdain Calls This the Most “Comforting” Thing About Returning to "Normal Life" Between Travels

The Parts Unknown host travels 250 days a year — but cherishes his brief breaks in between.

As the globe-trotting, professional-eating host of Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain has one of the best jobs on the planet, and he wouldn’t trade it for anything. He’s on his 12th passport, has visited 100 countries, and has no plans to stop any time soon. “I gave up on [trying to settle down]. I’ve tried. I just think I’m just too nervous, neurotic, driven,” he told People. “I would have had a different answer a few years ago. I might have deluded myself into thinking that I’d be happy in a hammock or gardening. But no, I’m quite sure I can’t. I’m going to pretty much die in the saddle.”

But that doesn’t mean that spending 250 days a year on the road is always easy — and that the comforts of home don’t still woo Bourdain with their siren songs. In order to make time for his family, he never schedules shoots in two cities back to back so that he can spend time in between with his 11-year-old daughter Ariane, who lives with his ex-wife Ottavia Busia.

And when he’s home, he finds pleasure in the simple things. “I’ll go back, see my daughter, unpack, repack, mimic a normal life, which is extraordinarily pleasurable to me,” he told People. “I really love doing laundry. When I go home, putting my laundry in the machine and then hearing the dryer going around, that’s very comforting to me.”

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