I grew up in a small, very safe suburb of NYC and lived there until I went to the University of Arizona for a year to study business. I decided it wasn’t my thing and dropped out to travel the USA by a Westfalia camper van with a friend who decided school wasn’t his thing either at the moment.
That trip piqued an interest in photography for me, which inspired me to go back to school. During my winter breaks I would travel, but never longer than a month. I dreamed that after I graduated I could travel the world after saving some money.
After graduating with a BFA in fine arts, I managed a bicycle shop not far from where I grew up for a couple of years. I lived with my Dad and stepmother to save every dollar I could for my trip. Hey, following a dream sometimes takes sacrifice right?
What started in Central America, and continued on to South America has yet to end in Europe. After gaining some experience with things like:
Visiting the most remote and northern most point in South America alone and staying with a fiercely indepentent local Wayuu tribe in a Chinchurro for endless days eating freshly caught lobster and visiting wild sand dunes with local children on bicycles.
Hitchhiking through entire countries in South America, and Europe and meeting interesting drivers along the way.
Visiting remote parts of the Amazonian rainforest by hitchhiking a small cargo boat loaded to the brim with 6000 liters of gasoline to reach Maroon settlements that had never seen a white person before. All the while sleeping in my hammock, eating mangos from trees, drinking rain water, and bathing in the river.
Chilling out on the salvation islands in French Guiana with my machete to crack open coconuts, and slinging my hammock in the abandoned prison cells to read a book.
Finally after well over two years outside of my home country, I finally feel it’s time to share the things I’ve learned on the road. These things are mostly about how to travel on a small budget, and how to travel light. I’ll also throw some stories in there along the way to keep things interesting.