• The only journey is the one within.

Hawaiian Islands Vacation – Part I – Big Island, Kona

Mar 28

Hawaiian Islands Vacation – Part I – Big Island, Kona

Only two months into our relationship my girlfriend and I decided to plan our first vacation. She had a week worth of vacation days she could square away so it needed to be a short flight. The two of us had never been to Hawaii and a few of my bucket list items were waiting for me there so we we made the decision to book our flights 2 months out (insurance included in case we decided we hated each other before the trip) and started planning our itinerary. Our flight left San Jose Wed, Mar 04, 2015. 8 Days total.

Nepal budget travel, tips & haggling

Jan 17

Nepal budget travel, tips & haggling

Nepal is a magical place and as of writing this article, still, a relatively inexpensive country to travel in. One of the first things I do before traveling to another country is find ways to save and scams to lookout for. If you’ve ever traveled to South East Asia you’ll be aware of how rampant scamming is. Generally these scams are done with smiles and in most cases won’t take much from you wallet (on a western income) however it’s good to know what to look out for and just how far your wallet can go.

Try not to break stuff

Nov 7

Try not to break stuff

Looking out the window of the Airbus A340 as it reached cruising altitude I could make out what I’m pretty sure was the Annapurna range poking up from the cloud coverage that seemed to sit right around the snow line. I even got a glimpse of Mt. Everest before the plane banked to the south east affording me amazing views of almost every 25,000+ feet peak bordering Tibet. It was beautiful, very beautiful.

Travel vortex

Oct 11

Travel vortex

Alobar 1000 is a vortex. $3.50 for a bed. $1.60 for amazing fried momo. In my opinion, the ideal atmosphere. Travelers from a world apart all drinking, singing, and vibing.

You walk up to the rooftop of the 4 story building and at almost any hour in peak season you’ll find welcoming travelers with open minds lounging about on the mattresses that cover the floor. In the evenings you drink together, discuss your adventures while planning new ones. It’s a special thing, addicting, a vortex that sucks you in.

Nepal is magic

Oct 2

Nepal is magic

I’m nearing my 4th week in Nepal and now have a difficult question to answer. Do I stay longer or do I continue on? I’ve barely touched Nepal and in doing so I’ve had some of the most amazing experiences of my life.

13 pounds and a plane ticket

Sep 6

13 pounds and a plane ticket

I’m on my way to Nepal!

Currently sitting in the Singapore airport with an 8 hour layover after sleeping like a baby during the first stretch of my flight. About 14 hours from now (33 total hours of travel ughhhh) I’ll be in kathmandu, Nepal!

Random acts of pacific crest trail kindness

Aug 15

Random acts of pacific crest trail kindness

In chronological order, these are the folks who offered help during my journey. I don’t have every name but they will be remembered. It is these people who inspire me more than the trail itself. They have become very special to me.

The end of the PCT

Aug 15

The end of the PCT

On April 12th 4 months ago I stood on the border of Mexico and California so excited to begin my adventure I forgot to get a picture of myself at the monument before walking into the high desert of southern California (thanks Girl Scout for sending me a pic!). Excitement is putting it lightly, I was stoked.

Over the next 4 months I slept next to freeways and washed my clothes in McDonald’s bathrooms. I stood on the edge of highways with my thumb out and a smile on my face ultimately befriending hundreds of strangers. Hiked through winds that toppled cell towers, forded countless rivers.

What’s more beautiful?

Aug 3

What’s more beautiful?

The views or the people?

For me it has to be the people. The other hikers, trail angels, random cars that pull over to offer a ride, or the lady at the post office.

1800 miles later

Jul 15

1800 miles later

Day 94, 1800 miles, one state and many new friends. A few weeks back I crossed the border into Oregon! It was an exciting milestone and with it a slight shift in scenery.