My Travel Story

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

How I started traveling

The story of my nomadic journey began back in 2019 following graduation from college. For many years, I had known that I wanted to live abroad upon entering the “real world”. 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 job that didn’t care about where I was located, as long as I had an internet connection and did my job. That opportunity allowed me to travel around South America for just under 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 story of having been able to experience a global pandemic in a foreign country.

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

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PASSPORT STAMPS

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Continents

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BEERS DRANK
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 I 1000% agree with.

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