About Me And This Blog

My passion for travel started in my early 20’s, when I took my first solo trip to Europe. In my early 30’s I decided to start saving for a 3 to 4 year trip around the world. I thought this would be the only way to visit all the places I wanted to see. 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 best years of my life.

In addition to long-term travel, I also enjoy multi-day hikes that includes camping and carrying all my food and gear. Over the past few years I have hiked the John Muir Trail, the West Coast Trail in Canada, and 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 started to take photography more seriously a couple of years before my long trip, when I purchased my first DSLR. I now travel with a Nikon D5300, and always carry at least 3 lenses with me: 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 everyday. Hopefully you will find some useful piece of information or some inspiration for your future travels.

Comments (13)

  • Mark Schieber and Misty Klotz October 27, 2009 at 5:05 am Reply

    Hey Kevin,

    Are you the guy that Mark and Misty met on the JMT? If so, I’d love to hear from you. We will be passing through the Los Angeles area a couple of times in the next months and thought we might cross paths if that is where you are?

    How was the rest of the hike. We had an amazing time and you can check out our travel blog on travelpod.

    Anyway, if this is the guy we met, get in touch, if not, enjoy.

    Much Respect,
    Mark Schieber

  • Albert H May 3, 2010 at 9:37 am Reply

    Hi Kevin,
    …Prefer emailing but could not locate your email address.

    I am also a SoCal guy. Plan a one-week solo trip on JMT — section Tuolume toward Reds Meadow — in coming late July. Maybe, you can answer a question for me: what is the temp at night on those mountains? (I assume it’s windy.)

    Regards,
    -Albert

    • Kevin May 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      Hi Albert. The temperature will depend on what altitude you decide to camp. In that section you mentioned (which is very beautiful by the way) I camped mostly below 10,000 feet, most nights were between 32 and 40 degrees. Not really that windy at this altitude because you’ll most likely be surrounded by trees. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.

    • Albert H. May 9, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you for the info Kevin! You are actually the 3rd person answering my same question about the weather. One guy said temp is ~60 degrees – maybe, he meant at lower altitude. A few days ago, the second guy said I need a 20-degree sleeping bag to sustain the cold temp overnight. I think I’ll prepare for the 10,000ft-level temp then because I heard bears are usually between 3000-7000ft level. I have little experience backpacking in the U.S. (started in 2009); never been at JMT before, and I am kind of aging too now (mid 50s already) for this upcoming trip but I bet I will enjoy it.

      -Albert

  • Peter Somers August 9, 2010 at 11:01 am Reply

    Kevin – great journal, photos, and video. Thanks for posting it. I enjoy all of these types of journals – a way for me to live vicariously ‘on the trail’ while I’m at work! I will be hiking the trail starting Sept2, 2010. I hope to do it at about the pace you did. It seems reasonable, but I realize it is physically demanding. Thanks again for a great journal and I’ll look forward to other journals of yours.

    Peter

  • Mono February 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Kua!! felicitaciones por el emprendimiento y por el coraje de dejar las posesiones y el confort. Te voy a estar siguiendo este a?o en el pre-viaje y una vez en la ruta m?s a?n. Abrazo grande y no olvides poner en la lista de to do things mucho disfrute y recreaci?n.

  • lemon January 20, 2014 at 10:52 pm Reply

    hi Kevin,love your say ‘life is travel,travel is life’
    so can i post my travel blog in your website?

  • Mimi June 21, 2016 at 10:50 pm Reply

    Hi Kevin, my name is Mimi and I really enjoyed reading your articles. If you don’t mind, can you give me your email address? I would prefer to send a personal email. Thanks!

  • Vladimir Yurkov October 11, 2016 at 4:51 am Reply

    Keep up the good work, Kevin.

    I really enjoyed reading your posts on the WCT and New Zealand. Brought back some good memories of my trip to NZ.

    • Kevin October 25, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you for reading and for your comment!

  • Thanh-uy Laurent Truong January 16, 2017 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Hey man! You need an Instagram!

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