why i travel,
Where i’ve been
where I want to go
We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore
- andre gide
My parents instilled in me a constant feeling of wanderlust. I was always encouraged to travel wherever and whenever I could, perhaps that’s why it felt so easy for me to move to the other side of the world to be with my now wife. It never felt like that big of a decision, despite what people told me, it was just one more adventure to go on.
Travelling has taught me a great deal about compassion, understanding, independence, budgeting and experimentation. But I don’t travel to learn things, that’s just a happy side-effect. I travel because it’s fun. I love exploring places I’ve read about or seen pictures of, trying food that I’ve never tried, or just watching the world go by in a city that isn’t my own. I have fun at home, but home is also where I work, pay bills, ride the packed train and eat the same food. When I’m travelling in a new city I feel this wonderful disconnect from the real world. I’m purely travelling, that’s all I can focus on, and I chase that dragon.
This world is big enough and diverse enough that you could travel your whole life and never see it all, but it sure is fun to try.
a few favourite places
Monaco - Monaco is a bizarre and wonderful place. It is the cleanest city I’ve ever seen, there’s 1 police officer for every 67 people, and the amount of money there is mind-boggling. In the short week I was there I saw Gael Monfils and Patrick Warburton. The scenery, the boats, the cars, the people and the food are all beautiful. It was like stepping into another world where the rich and famous hide out. Oh, how the other half live.
Fiji - One of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been. White sand, palm trees, blue water that’s warm to the touch and the people I met were some of the friendliest in the world. I don’t think I’ve ever been so relaxed. I love adventures and hikes, but there’s something to be said for a cocktail in a coconut and a beach chair in the sun.
New Zealand - Hands down the most beautiful country I’ve ever been to. The scenery is breath-taking, wherever I was it was like staring at a post-card. The people are all friendly, although to be honest I don’t remember to many specifics about the trip. I know I went skiing at some point, but I spent most of the time just staring up at mountains or down at clouds with my jaw on the floor, what a place.
Yosemite National Park - I went to Yosemite with my wife on our honeymoon and it was absolutely incredible. I couldn’t tell you much about the people, we avoided them as best we could, but the cascading waterfalls, soaring cliff-faces and eclectic wildlife meant we were never bored.
a mini bucket-list
Rome, Italy - History is one of my greatest passions, for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to see The Colosseum. I’ve read so many remarkable stories and I know it would be a moving experience. To stand where so much history has taken place. a place so magnificent and so epic it has become unanimously accepted as the symbol of one of the greatest empires to ever snake across the world. What a privilege it would be to be there.
Berlin, Germany - I love beer, I love football and I love meat. So naturally Berlin would be like a Mecca for me. Oktoberfest is one of the greatest times of the year and it’s definitely a dream of mine to spend one in Berlin. Huge mugs of beer and unnecessary amounts of meat add up to what I can only imagine is a great time.
Vietnam - Vietnam has always intrigued me, the landscape is so beautiful and the history so tortured. I’ve heard good things from those who have been and I’d love to create my own adventure. My dream would be a motorcycle trip from South to North with a couple of buddies.
The Amazon Rain Forest - The Amazon is the ultimate wilderness. I would love to experience an arduous, challenging trek through the forest. I want to be hungry, sore, tired, thirsty and constantly on the look-out for danger. I want new scars to show-off and new stories to tell.
So a pretty standard trip right?