In dedication to the best teacher I’ve ever had: Mr. Kerry McCarthy, Freehold Township High School, 2006. You changed my life forever with your enthusiasm, crazy style of teaching, and wild stories. Seven years before I went, you inspired me to take a trip to New England by teaching me about transcendentalism and your own … More Flashback Trips: Vermont Indian Summer, Part 1 – Beginning a New Life
Step outside of your comfort zone. As a traveler, this is one of the most important things you should know how to do. However, it’s much more important to do this as a human being, traveler or not. As a kid, I was afraid of a lot of things. I remember vividly what my comfort … More Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone, Live Your Dreams
As an aspiring traveler, one thing I have to learn to deal with is the pain of saying goodbye all the time. Before I started really traveling, I read about some travel warnings. One that stuck out to me is: you’ll meet people and become best friends for a short amount of time, and then … More Let’s Be Best Friends for Two Weeks!
People who know me best know that I can’t stand the thought of seafood, things from the ocean just freak me out. Fish, crustaceans, seaweed…crabs, lobsters, starfish…it’s like another world to me and I can’t seem to wrap my head around how it could be appealing. Everyone has something that freaks them out. Mine is … More Coffee, Iguanas, Rocks, Pictures, Sunsets: Playa Hermosa with a Venezuelan Swimmer
Cold showers. If you asked me to take a cold shower a month ago, I would have thought you were crazy. You might as well have asked me to be electrocuted. The nerves jolt, you have no idea what’s going on, and your body goes into shock until you get away. It was unthinkable to … More He Who Watches Ant-Man is Doomed to the Ants
Everyone poops, but not everyone poops the same. Like so many other things, different cultures just haven’t found total common ground on this one. In America, I can poop quietly in the comfort of my own bathroom, use some soft toilet paper, and drop it in the toilet, never having to give it a second … More Pooping in Costa Rica and Around the World