Currently based in San Jose, California, I’ve visited over 60 countries on 6 continents. Despite wanting to be a full-time adventurer, I have a day job as a leadership development consultant, which allows me to try to blend a little fun into my work (but not vice-versa, if I can help it).
I grew up in the Chicago area, and my wanderlust was inspired by our family car trips as a kid, having visited every state east of the Mississippi by the time I was about 10. My first overseas trip was to London in 2000, and my passion for exploring new places hasn’t stopped.
In 2003, we moved to the Middle East (Bahrain), and used that 2+ year experience as a jumping off point for many quick weekend trips while attending business school. As I said, I’ve done a lot of travel while working full time and going to school (both in person and remote) and I’ve been able to fit in a lot of fun–in short periods of time. My current job has me on the road a lot, but I take advantage of spending a few extra days here and there when possible. I have 4 “official” weeks of vacation each year, and sometimes take the opportunity to “work from somewhere else” when I can.
The more I travel, it seems the more I want to travel. I have a pretty long list of places I’d like to see (Antarctica, Russia, Morocco) and places I’d like to return to again (France, Nepal, New Zealand). I love reading about travel, looking at and taking travel pictures, making lists of places to go, and giving advice to others to create great travel experiences.
I travel carry-on only (when I can!), I like to doodle, hike, and paraglide for fun. And I really like pandas.
I travel a lot, and often it’s for fun. Living alongside Amy for a long time now, we’ve shared in most of the adventures listed on this website, including the two year stint in the Persian Gulf.
I often take selphies with my mouth open.
I like to photobomb others, too.
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