Where are you from?
I've packed up my life and moved on 32 occasions, and changed my mailing address, officially, 33 times. I've traveled to 36 countries, and I've lived in 5. No, I’m not a military brat. Just a restless transplant. I was born in Arkansas, grew up in Wisconsin, and then decided to leave the Midwest and everything I knew for Hawaii. I sold all but four boxes of my belongings and flew to Oahu alone, where I didn't know anyone. It felt like home.
Over the next four years, I worked my way through college and graduated with a degree in Business and Spanish from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I began building a career with Abercrombie & Fitch by managing stores throughout Hawaii, California, Colorado, and the Midwest. At 25, I was promoted to Europe and relocated to Milan & then London to learn Italian and train as an International General Manager. Then, after 13 wild months of full immersion in Campania, South Italy (after which I still and forever will drive like an Italian), I decided to leave my corporate position to pursue photography and long-term travel.
My passion is and always has been travel and the outdoors. The moment I was free of a corporate contract, I took stock of my savings and decided I would make it stretch. I shipped my few belongings to a storage unit, and traded my apartment in South Italy for a backpack and nowhere to call home.
For 11 months, I traveled through 5 continents and 19 countries. I traveled alone, and met up with friends along the way, some old and some new. I went snowboarding in New Zealand, bungee jumping in Costa Rica, clubbing in Dubai, brunching in Bahrain, camping in Oman and sand surfing in Jordan.
I nearly died of food poisoning in Thailand, got lost in Sri Lanka, misplaced my wallet in Australia and just barely escaped interrogation in Israel. I stayed in 21 hostels, 15 hotels, 14 homes, 2 tents, and 1 treehouse. It was 11 months of absolute freedom and reckless travel. And after that, I just couldn't go back.
I knew that whatever came next needed to involve the outdoors, and time for travel. I settled on the west coast and spent my time immersed in wild places; trekking for 24 days along the John Muir Trail and road tripping for weeks at a time through the national parks. I discovered that for me, few things in life compare to a night spent beneath the stars; surrounded by mountain peaks, trees and good people.
For the past four years, I’ve been fortunate to work as a full-time creative while based in California, Egypt & Washington. A few months ago, I decided once again to chase after my dream of living on the road. I'm currently traveling and creating full-time; seeking out wild spaces in my built-out 4x4 or boarding planes to far off places.
Maybe one day I'll see you out on that open road.
Click below to listen in on a recent interview I did with The Stokecast about life on the road.