My Travel Story

Nomad, bucket list buster, foodie, sunset chaser, nature lover, software developer, amateur photographer

How I started traveling

My nomadic journey began back in 2019 following graduation from college. I had known that I wanted to live abroad upon entering the “real world” for many years. After realizing how difficult it is for Americans to secure work visas abroad, especially for recent graduates, I pivoted my plans to find a remote job that allowed me to travel abroad.

I successfully secured a remote opportunity that didn’t care about where I was located, as long as I had an internet connection and got the job done. That opportunity allowed me to travel around South America for about a year, visiting 9 countries in total and making countless memories.

The most exciting story from my time in South America is without a doubt the 2+ months spent locked down in a hostel in Buenos Aires, Argentina due to the COVID-19 national lockdown. Although it was a long 2 months of staying indoors, only able to leave to get groceries, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything as I made some lifelong friends with the other hostel guests, as well as I now have the experience of living through a global pandemic in a foreign country.

Me sitting in front of a Moai on Easter Island
Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

19

Countries

4

Continents

1 too
many

BEERS
Image of me overlooking Machu Picchu in Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru

Why I travel

Traveling is more than just moving your body into new places, or allowing your eyes to capture new scenery. To me, traveling is about getting outside of your comfort zone to challenge your long-held viewpoints and assumptions.

One of my favorite sayings is, “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there”, which is something that I try to apply to my life every day.

I have found that a majority of my personal growth has occurred in the places where I don’t look like the locals, speak the language, or have ever tried the food. These types of experiences are precisely what I am seeking as I roam around our beautiful planet.