Introduction

Welcome to my travel and photo blog. I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to have made a big dent in seeing the world. My favorite places tend to be the ones most people don’t think about going– Rwanda, Burma, Laos, Ethiopia. All amazing.

If you’re bored, scroll around– I’ve posted travel blogs of my volunteer trips to Africa and Asia, plus a ton of travel photos, and there’s even a handy map of everywhere I’ve been.

Besides traipsing around the globe? I spent 15 years on the ground working with teenagers battling drug, crime and gang issues. Now I’ve graduated to analyzing the big picture, making sure the programs are run as effectively as possible. In my down time I help a ridiculously talented fashion artist run both of her companies. Before all this I worked behind the scenes in TV, and before that created websites for everyone from Mariah Carey to NBC.

Other than that I just live my life. My basic philosophy is live and let live. Life is too short for regrets, or “woulda coulda shouldas,” so do what you want to do. Not in a screw everyone kind of way, but a healthy, “I’m going to live my life and not worry about what anyone else thinks about it” kind of way. I mean seriously, when you’re 112 (god willing) and on your death bed, are you going to give a shit what anyone thought about how you lived your life? Doubt it. That said, I do think we have a responsibility to make the world a better place whenever possible. So do something nice for somebody and live in a way you’ll know that you left this planet a little better than you found it.

 

Bucket List

“Every man dies – Not every man really lives.”
– William Ross

  • See Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan
  • Visit Cuba
  • See the Nazca Lines
  • See a crashing glacier up close
  • See the rock-carved churches in Ethiopia
  • Visit Iguazu, Niagra and Victoria Falls
  • Experience zero gravity
  • Be blessed by a monk
  • Cage dive with Great White Sharks
  • Ride a camel
  • Drive a race car
  • See Angkor Wat
  • Go backpacking in the wilderness
  • Attend the Summer Olympics
  • Stand under a waterfall
  • Go to a murder mystery dinner
  • Ride in a helicopter
  • See the Lantern Festival in Thailand
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Visit Red Square in Moscow
  • Stay in an overwater bungalow
  • Go inside an igloo
  • See The Wave in Arizona
  • Go white water rafting
  • See paleolithic cave paintings up close
  • See Obama speak
  • Go in a submarine
  • Have 15 minutes of fame
  • Stand on top of a mountain
  • Experience a white Christmas
  • Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit the Bolivian salt flats
  • Spend all day in a hammock on the beach
  • Photograph the Milky Way
  • Live in another country for 6 months
  • Go to an Arsenal match
  • Stay at an ice hotel
  • Own a house
  • Participate in a tribal ceremony
  • Visit Stonehenge
  • See baobab trees and lemurs in Madagascar
  • Learn to make pastries in Paris
  • Shop at a floating market
  • Go mudlarking on the Thames
  • Swim with elephants
  • Eat at a Michelin 3-Star restaurant
  • Volunteer in Africa
  • Go whale watching
  • Ride in a plane doing loops
  • Step foot in 100 countries (50 so far!)
  • Eat pizza in Naples
  • Wake up to the Muslim call to prayer
  • Work for something I’m passionate about
  • Travel through the Chunnel
  • Learn to make pasta in Italy
  • See the major European art museums:
    Louvre, Vatican, Uffizi, Hermitage, Rijksmuseum, British Museum, Prado
  • Drive on the left side
  • Visit Timbuktu
  • Island hop around Greece
  • Fly on a private jet
  • Rescue a dog from an animal shelter
  • Get a tattoo
  • Stay at an underwater hotel
  • Swim with whale sharks
  • Spend a month off the grid
  • Go to the World Expo
  • Track gorillas in the wild
  • Visit a castle
  • See the new 7 wonders of the world:
  • Fly in a hot air balloon
  • Learn another language and use it
  • See the cherry blossoms in Japan
  • Ride in a gondola in Venice
  • Go skydiving
  • Enter a photo competition
  • Go to a presidential inauguration
  • See a Broadway show
  • Set foot on all 7 continents:
    Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America
  • Ride the Orient Express
  • Drive on the Autobahn
  • Learn to pilot a plane
  • Visit Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic
  • See the Sistine Chapel
  • Go on an African safari
  • Take a road trip across the US
  • Hold a monkey
  • Enter a cooking competition
  • Visit a butterfly sanctuary
  • Work on a TV show
  • Visit Jerusalem
  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Have my fortune told
  • Float on the Amazon, Nile, Ganges, and Yangtzee
  • Learn to do magic tricks
  • Go to the Super Bowl
  • Learn to make pad thai in Thailand
  • Stay in a Zen temple
  • Find a four leaf clover
  • Visit the White House
  • Visit my ancestral home
  • Go to a Bengals game
  • Stand on the equator
  • Ride on a bullet train
  • Learn from Buddhist monks
  • Visit the Berlin Wall
  • Pet a tiger
  • Visit Kyoto in the fall
  • Go to all four tennis majors:
    Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open
  • Be part of a studio audience
  • Serve on a jury
  • Spend a night by myself on a deserted island
  • Attend a World Cup match
  • Sleep on an overnight train
  • Take part in a local festival
  • Swim with stingrays
  • See the pyramids in Egypt
  • Research my family tree
  • See the Grand Canyon as an adult
  • Fly first class
  • Take a spontaneous trip with no plans
  • Visit the Galapagos Islands
  • Climb a sand dune
  • Try glassblowing
  • Learn how to scuba dive
  • Ride on the subway
  • See the northern lights
  • Build something with power tools
  • See Pompeii
  • Make bread from scratch
  • See Mount Everest up close
  • Watch a meteor shower
  • Learn how to make pottery
  • Participate in a Japanese tea ceremony
  • See the statues on Easter Island
  • Where I’ve Been

    Where I've Been
    50 COUNTRIES (SO FAR): Argentina, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, USA, Vietnam

    FARTHEST TO NEAREST:

    Zanzibar, Tanzania (10,030 miles)
    Nairobi, Kenya (9,658 miles)
    Maasai Mara, Kenya (9,609 miles)
    Lake Victoria, Kenya (9,496 miles)
    Kigali, Rwanda (9,423 miles)
    Masaka, Uganda (9,404 miles)
    Kampala, Uganda (9,402 miles)
    Tangalle, Sri Lanka (9,401 miles)
    Virunga Mountains, Rwanda (9,372 miles)
    Gisenyi, Rwanda (9,372 miles)
    Ella, Sri Lanka (9,340 miles)
    Kandy, Sri Lanka (9,324 miles)
    Murchison Falls, Uganda (9,268 miles)
    Cochin, India (9,252 miles)
    Kerala, India (9,191 miles)
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (9,100 miles)
    Lalibela, Ethiopia (8,920 miles)
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (8,784 miles)
    Koh Yao Noi, Thailand (8,655 miles)
    Bali, Indonesia (8,619 miles)
    Kuching, Malaysia (8,438 miles)
    Bangkok, Thailand (8,269 miles)
    Yangon, Burma (8,257 miles)
    Jodhpur, India (8,206 miles)
    Jaisalmer, India (8,181 miles)
    Kolkata, India (8,151 miles)
    Siem Reap, Cambodia (8,149 miles)
    Jaipur, India (8,125 miles)
    Varanasi, India (8,105 miles)
    Agra, India (8,074 miles)
    Abu Simbel, Egypt (8,064 miles)
    Chiang Mai, Thailand (8,052 miles)
    Bagan, Burma (8,044 miles)
    Delhi, India (7,990 miles)
    Mandalay, Burma (7,956 miles)
    Kathmandu, Nepal (7,898 miles)
    Luxor, Egypt (7,888 miles)
    Luang Prabang, Laos (7,860 miles)
    Sandakan, Malaysia (7,845 miles)
    Paro, Bhutan (7,819 miles)
    Punakha, Bhutan (7,797 miles)
    Gangtey, Bhutan (7,790 miles)
    Bunaken, Indonesia (7,676 miles)
    Hanoi, Vietnam (7,652 miles)
    Cairo, Egypt (7,580 miles)
    Bethlehem, Palestine (7,576 miles)
    Jerusalem, Israel (7,572 miles)
    Wadi Musa, Jordan (7,556 miles)
    Nazareth, Israel (7,515 miles)
    Yangshuo, China (7,247 miles)
    Hong Kong, China (7,237 miles)
    Chengdu, China (7,184 miles)
    Ephesus, Turkey (6,994 miles)
    Athens, Greece (6,893 miles)
    Istanbul, Turkey (6,847 miles)
    Taipei, Taiwan (6,776 miles)
    Yehliu, Taiwan (6,763 miles)
    Shanghai, China (6,483 miles)
    Sorrento, Italy (6,461 miles)
    Naples, Italy (6,445 miles)
    Rome, Italy (6,331 miles)
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (6,301 miles)
    Beijing, China (6,252 miles)
    Mutianyu, China (6,219 miles)
    Florence, Italy (6,191 miles)
    Salvador, Brazil (6,146 miles)
    Venice, Italy (6,136 miles)
    Buenos Aires, Argentina (6,122 miles)
    Vienna, Austria (6,101 miles)
    Krakow, Poland (6,088 miles)
    Moscow, Russia (6,070 miles)
    San Antonio de Areco, Argentina (6,060 miles)
    Fes, Morocco (6,050 miles)
    Milan, Italy (6,036 miles)
    Salzburg, Austria (6,030 miles)
    Barcelona, Spain (5,998 miles)
    Chefchaouen, Morocco (5,988 miles)
    Fukuoka, Japan (5,987 miles)
    Seoul, Korea (5,956 miles)
    Prague, Czech Republic (5,944 miles)
    Miyajima, Japan (5,872 miles)
    Iguazu Falls, Argentina (5,867 miles)
    Hiroshima, Japan (5,860 miles)
    Gdansk, Poland (5,812 miles)
    Berlin, Germany (5,784 miles)
    Osaka, Japan (5,710 miles)
    St. Petersburg, Russia (5,700 miles)
    Kyoto, Japan (5,685 miles)
    Lisbon, Portugal (5,668 miles)
    Loire Valley, France (5,662 miles)
    Paris, France (5,645 miles)
    Tallinn, Estonia (5,639 miles)
    Helsinki, Finland (5,599 miles)
    Copenhagen, Denmark (5,594 miles)
    Rouen, France (5,576 miles)
    Amsterdam, Netherlands (5,554 miles)
    Mont St Michel, France (5,526 miles)
    Stockholm, Sweden (5,517 miles)
    Dinan, France (5,516 miles)
    Tokyo, Japan (5,477 miles)
    London, England (5,441 miles)
    Oslo, Norway (5,327 miles)
    Kenmare, Ireland (5,108 miles)
    Cuzco, Peru (4,477 miles)
    Machu Picchu, Peru (4,432 miles)
    Nazca, Peru (4,417 miles)
    Lima, Peru (4,179 miles)
    Iquitos, Peru (3,922 miles)
    Massachusetts, USA (2,591 miles)
    Hawaii, USA (2,475 miles)
    New York, USA (2,446 miles)
    Pennsylvania, USA (2,388 miles)
    Alaska, USA (2,461 miles)
    Virginia, USA (2,339 miles)
    Florida, USA (2,333 miles)
    South Carolina, USA (2,198 miles)
    Cancun, Mexico (2,107 miles)
    Merida, Mexico (1,965 miles)
    Georgia, USA (1,932 miles)
    Ohio, USA (1,892 miles)
    Kentucky, USA (1,791 miles)
    Oaxaca, Mexico (1,775 miles)
    Illinois, USA (1,743 miles)
    Louisiana, USA (1,669 miles)
    Mexico City, Mexico (1,547 miles)
    Minnesota, USA (1,521 miles)
    Missouri, USA (1,354 miles)
    Kansas, USA (1,352 miles)
    Texas, USA (1,237 miles)
    Vancouver, Canada (1,080 miles)
    South Dakota, USA (1,042 miles)
    Washington, USA (960 miles)
    Colorado, USA (830 miles)
    Oregon, USA (826 miles)
    Utah, USA (367 miles)
    Arizona, USA (317 miles)
    Nevada, USA (225 miles)
    Ensenada, Mexico (179 miles)
    Tijuana, Mexico (126 miles)
    California, USA (0 miles)