It all started in my early 20’s when, during a dream on a random night, I found myself exploring Amsterdam. Before that, I hadn’t seen pictures of Amsterdam or thought much about traveling, but I woke up with an intense desire to explore the world. I bought a Lonely Planet Western Europe guidebook right away, and a year later I took my first solo backpacking trip to Europe.
That Europe trip was a 3-month crash course on culture, history, and backpacker and social life. It took me out of the college student bubble, and made me realize that I didn’t have to necessarily follow the conventional life path that my friends were on back home.
Later on in my early 30’s after I got my finances in order, I decided to start saving for a 1-year trip around the world. I didn’t want to see the world in 2-week chunks once a year. I wanted the freedom to travel as much as I wanted, without hurry and without worries. The planned 1-year trip eventually became a 4-year trip. I finally realized my dream in 2014, when I quit my job and bought a one-way ticket to Peru. In total, that trip took me to 33 countries from 2014 to 2018, including 9 months of living in Sydney, Australia. These were the happiest years of my life.
In addition to long-term travel, I also enjoy multi-day hikes where I camp and carry all my food and gear. Over the past few years I have hiked the John Muir Trail, the West Coast Trail in Canada, the Waitukubuli National Trail in Dominica, Mount Roraima in Venezuela, the “W” at Torres del Paine in Chile, 8 Great Walks in New Zealand, and Mount Fuji in Japan.
I also enjoy photography, which I started to take more seriously a couple of years before my long trip. I now travel with a Nikon D5300, and always carry at least 3 lenses: a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8, a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, and a Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6.
This blog is more of a personal journal than something I build for an audience. I don’t write articles to generate clicks or sell ads (you won’t find any ads here). I’m humbled by the few visitors I get each day. I hope you will find here some useful information or some inspiration for your future travels.