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Since the days of being a little dirt devil on the playgrounds of the Washington D.C. area, I have been looking for adventure in life and have grown a deep desire to push the envelope. In a lot of ways, that little dirt-devil is still running wild and free, albeit in a calm, wide-eyed and energetic fascination with learning about the world, its beautiful people, and the history of us.
My desire to learn about others has led me to a love affair with travel and adventure. That affair has brought me across the world, exponentially increasing my curiosity for life than doing anything to quell it. I have found myself living a businessman/weekend-backpacker lifestyle in Singapore, jumping off into Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia in my spare time. Cambodia, in particular, absolutely stunned me for its incredible natural beauty, history, and the kindness of the local Khmer people. Europe saw me leave a big chunk of my heart in the Basque Country of Northern Spain after sprinkling other little pieces of it along the continent. My trusty old car and I have visited 48 states and much of Canada, pausing for a few years up in the Rockies. Cuba, Central America, and especially coastal Panama transplanted me with an entirely new heart when I spent a year co-managing an educational non-profit in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, driving the school boat and teaching sustainable spearing.
Recently, on a trip with Scott Dunn, I had the privilege to explore Vietnam, from Hanoi crisscrossing my way down to Saigon, jump over to Laos, and finally a more in-depth exploration of Cambodia. I am constantly amazed at how much these countries are growing and changing with each passing year and am simultaneously overjoyed to see how steadfastly they hold on to their traditions and culture. I believe the time is now to see this beautiful part of the world and am so happy to be a part of making these adventures a reality.
These days, I am excited and honored to have the privilege of inspiring and helping others to push their own envelope and experience the world. My fascination with Asia has sparked my passion to help build dream adventures across the Far East and to work tirelessly to provide life changing and wide-eyed experiences for our guests that they will never forget, and perhaps to help them find a nice cozy spot to leave a little bit of their hearts too.
Favourite places I've been
When packing for a long trip, try rolling your clothes to save on space in your luggage! You could make room for more outfits, pack into a smaller bag to capitalize on carry-on savings or make more space for souvenirs from your travels!
Try to learn some useful phrases in the local language of the country you are traveling to and focus on making your pronunciation genuine. Watch as your local guides and people you meet light up and beam at you for your effort.
If you can find one, try bringing along a book that takes place in the country you are traveling to. It really helps to increase the romance of your trip, and often makes you feel like a bit of a character yourself!
Don’t be afraid to just take a stroll. Often, it is these most simple and unstructured parts of your day that are the most magical and provide the most authentic look into local life!
Try to make a goal of stepping outside of your comfort zone once a day, and do something new, no matter how big or small.
Especially when traveling in Southeast Asia, be sure to bring a light raincoat, as short rainstorms can bluster through quite quickly, and if you’re out and about, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
When in Luang Prabang, Laos, you have to try hiking the Kuang Si waterfalls outside of town. I highly recommend going as early as possible in the morning, preferably day break, to beat the crowds and have the gorgeous swimming holes all to yourself!
When in Saigon, try hailing a scooter cab. By using the ride share service Grab Bike, you can hail rides from your phone, much like Uber, and become part of the over 7 million scooter bonanza that twists and winds its way through the city.
If you are going to be exploring the temples of Siem Reap, I highly encourage you to wake up and get going as early as possible to beat the crowds and the heat, especially at the more famous sites like Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat.