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


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