About me


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.

33 thoughts on “About me

  1. Wow- you’re a true traveler! Thanks for visiting my blog and for the “like”. 🙂

  2. Thanks for checking out my site. Your travel photos are gorgeous!

  3. greekgirl777 says:

    I too love to travel. My father was Greek and I have been to Athens and Santorini. Your images made me homesick! I am a photographer as well and just started shooting a lot with the iPhone. Love your work!

    • farbolino says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words. Santorini was truly a unique island. I was glad that I was there in the extreme low season to have it all to myself.

  4. podnumber2 says:

    Wow, thank you for visiting my blog so I could be introduced to yours. Auto-follow! 🙂

  5. Jess says:

    Thanks for stopping by—your photos are lovely!

  6. cocoaupnorth says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, so that I could find yours. Interesting blog you have & great shots too:-)

  7. zeerock says:

    Thank you for the like, farbolino; you’re the first to, so that means a lot. I have a little experience with cargo boats and living off coconuts as well, though I honestly do not know how long it will take me to get to that part of the story.

    Thanks again,

  8. It’s awesome to read about the great things you can do traveling around — and especially in a budget conscious way. I love to read all of your stories!

  9. I enjoy being an armchair traveler in reading your blog! Thanks for visiting mine.

  10. Kate says:

    Thanks for checking out my travel blog, it gives me the chance to check out yours in return! I’m quite curious about your adventures in the Amazonian rainforest and whatnot… Looking forward to some good reads!

  11. GalonTrip says:

    thanks for visiting my blog and liked one of my post. you must be a very adventurous traveler, that’s how i see it in some of your posts. great ideas on budget saving during long trips. that’s true, it’s more about whether they’re willing to do it or not to the extreme than just to know it. but it’s good reminder suppose anyone needs to save a few dollars or euros per day.

    • farbolino says:

      Thanks for the kind words and reading my blog. Hope you visit again!

      • GalonTrip says:

        something just came across my mind. when you hitchhiked, how did you know or what made you so sure that the drivers who took you won’t harm you and your friend? i mean, you never know types of people you would meet, right?

      • farbolino says:

        In my experience, the people willing to go out of their way to help you aren’t the kind of people who want to hurt you. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but there aren’t that many psychos in the world. I don’t think serial killers are driving around looking for hitchhikers, as serial killers and hitchhikers are both rare. The biggest danger is a poor driver or a drunk driver. The later you can tell before getting in the car.

      • GalonTrip says:

        i believe i’ve watched too much CSI, texas chain massacre sequels etc or may be because i’m a girl so i’m skeptical about hitchhiking and never have guts to do so. you right, meeting locals is the best way to know the cities you visits. thanks for your reply!

  12. Wow, your travels sound amazing! We have only tried hitchhiking in Ireland, but loved the experience. If we are ever in the same part of Europe at the same time we should meet up!

  13. dakota85 says:

    Sorry it’s taken me a few months, but I just wanted to thank you for following my blog- your support means so much! I reckon us American long-term travelers need to stick together, we have reputations to improve… ; )

  14. miestravels says:

    That’s quite the journey, you’ve had experiences a lot of people wouldn’t even dare to dream of. Truly inspirational!

  15. dakota85 says:

    You’ve been nominated for the Illuminating Blogger Award! “This Yank seems to avoid public transport, moving instead on foot, by bike, by thumb; so, his posts – and striking photos – capture both the colors and characters of a world you can’t see from a speeding bus.” Visit http://www.foodstoriesblog.com to get your award badge and nominate your own favorites.

  16. Nice blog! If you’d like to share your stories with a larger audience, we publish guest posts every so often and it would be a pleasure to have you among our contributors 🙂
    This is how we do it: http://hitchhikershandbook.com/your-contributions/travel-stories/
    Take care & safe hitching!

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