It all started in my early 20’s when, on a random night, I had a dream in which I was exploring Amsterdam. I don’t think I had even seen pictures of Amsterdam or thought much about traveling before that, but I woke up with an intense desire to explore the world. I bought a Europe guidebook right away, and a year later I took my first solo backpacking trip to Europe.
Later on in my early 30’s after I got my finances in order, I decided to start saving for a 4-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. I finally realized that dream in 2014, when I quit my job and bought a one-way ticket to Peru. In total, I traveled 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 some useful information or some inspiration for your future travels.