“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
I was born and raised in New York City under the watchful eyes of my parents and 2 older sisters. You could say I grew up in a sheltered home. As I grew older, my world expanded from our tiny flat in Queens to the entire borough of Queens and Chinatown in Manhattan. Luckily for me, Stuyvesant High School was admitting additional students for the graduating class of 2000. I just made the cut. While at Stuyvesant my world got even bigger; it now included all of New York City.
At Boston University, I studied computer science and had a part time job almost from day one so that I could have some pocket money. I wasn’t exactly a stellar all-around student but luck prevailed and I landed a job with Citi prior to graduation. My first “real” job with a real paycheck! After a few unstable years with Citi (managers came and went as if there was a revolving door), I jumped ship to JP Morgan. The company helped feed my travel ambitions by sending me on business trips to Chicago, Sydney, Glasgow, and London over the course of a few years.
But it wasn’t until a trip to Argentina in 2008 that my passion for travel was really lit up. My flatmate Patrick and I stayed in a hostel for the first time in our lives. And that’s where I discovered the concept of backpacking. From that point on, I knew that one day I too would backpack the globe.
Finally, in June 2010, I started my trip in Asia… South Korea, China, Tibet. A month in Nepal. 6 weeks in India. 3 months in Southeast Asia. Sydney for New Year’s Eve. 7 weeks in New Zealand. Lived and worked in Sydney for a year before traveling around Australia for 2.5 months. Spent the summer in Europe then went to Central and South America to escape the winter. Spent the summer in Western Europe, autumn in the Balkans and Turkey, summer in South Africa, and now I’m living in The Netherlands. It’s been an amazing journey so far but I’m sure the best is yet to come!