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And Now a Word From … Captain Obvious

And Now a Word From ... Captain Obvious

Julian Zeng

Captain Obvious pointing

An interview with the superfan of

How did you first get involved with

About four years ago, I was honored with the official title of Captain Obvious. And let me give you a little advice from a superfan: Getting your foot in the door is not nearly as impressive as getting your whole body in the door.

What’s your preferred type of destination, a bustling metropolis or remote paradise?


They say it’s about the journey and not the destination, but without a destination you don’t have a journey so um, what was your question?

What makes the perfect hotel?

A perfect hotel has a lot of great walls, beds and floors. Floors are key, as is what you need to get into the room.

Why is giving out rewards so … rewarding?

The best part about free things is that you don’t have to pay for them.

Aside from grape-stomping and goat yoga, what are your other favorite vacation activities?

Line dancing. My dancing always crosses the line.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever given?

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s a near-fatal injury.

How did you earn your rank of captain?

I climbed the ranks.

Julian Zeng is omni-channel content manager at the American Marketing Association. He may be reached at