“What do you do for fun?” my blind date asked.
I sat silently for a moment, realizing I couldn’t answer the question.
I was 32 years old, had just ended a serious, long-term relationship, and within an instant, a stranger had made me realize that there was a whole world I had yet to see. An Ohio native, I had traveled all over the United States, and visited Canada and Mexico with my family. But I didn’t have a single stamp in my passport.
That was the moment I decided to start exploring.
Since then, I’ve bicycled the coast of California, snorkeled in Hawaii, climbed the Harbor Bridge in Sydney, and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. I’ve run the streets of London, Berlin, Paris and Tokyo. I’ve downed Guinness in Dublin and sangria in Spain. I’m lucky enough to have a job that involves extensive travel, and I’ve nearly perfect the art of the four-hour tourist – maximizing my little downtime to see the major sites in cities around the world.
None of these experiences happened by accident, but they were all serendipitous.
In less than three years, I’ve made 15 trips to 11 countries – and I’m just getting started.
I’d like you to join me on this adventure. For you, perhaps it’s tracing the steps of your ancestors through Eastern Europe, or camping in one of our amazing national parks. Or maybe it’s as simple as lacing up your running shoes for your first 5k or hiking a local nature trail.
On this blog, I’ll share my adventures (and occasional mishaps) with you. Most importantly, I want to hear back from you – your questions about packing, your restaurant suggestions, your idea of ideal tourist destinations.
Let’s explore together.