My Travel Tales: Marcus Lemonis

The host of CNBC’s The Profit shares his fondest travel memories.

WORDS Marcus Lemonis
November 2019

Photos courtesy of Marcus Lemonis

Time Warp

Going to Cuba was both intimidating and exhilarating. On my first day there I walked into a square and was fascinated by the colors of the buildings and the cars—everything looked frozen in time. Later, I sat down with a fortune-teller whose warmth and sincerity caught me by surprise. She said my future is full of questions, which resonated since I’ve never known what tomorrow brings.

Thrills And Spills

My wife and I went to Park City, Utah, and I skied for the first time. Even though my wife is an avid skier, I had never tried before. As a first-timer, I learned there’s more falling than anything else. But I did experience the overwhelming serenity and power of nature. The peace of being on top of a mountain is hard to beat.

Boring To Soaring

My wife once referred to me as the most boring New Year’s Eve person she’s ever met. So, three years ago I surprised her and booked a last-minute trip to Atlantis Bahamas to ring in the New Year. Within 30 minutes of checking in, we’re riding Jet Skis. We swam with dolphins, got massages, worked out, gambled a bit, dressed up, went to dinner and a dance club, slept for two hours, got up and flew out! The next morning, I asked if she remembered the boring guy she was complaining about.

Do Not Pass

I’ll start by saying that I’m not a great driver, but when we visited Ireland, I convinced my wife to rent a car. It was my first time driving in a foreign country, on the opposite side of the road. I probably drove 400 miles in two days. I ran into bushes, off the side of the road and ended up scraping the side of the car on a building, but at least I can say I’m an international driver!

Marcus’ Packing List

I always take my pillow when I travel. I’ve had it for 15 years; it’s my Linus blanket.

Yoga Mat
I do intense stretching in the morning and at night. I travel 270-290 days a year, so it’s one of the things that helps me stay limber.

Black Licorice
Gummy Bears I take about a pound of them everywhere I go. That’s no exaggeration. I’ve been doing this for three or four years because it makes me feel at home.

I was born in an orphanage in Beirut, and when my adoptive parents picked me up, the nuns gave them a rosary that I still have to this day. It’s my lucky charm.


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