Where I’m from
I’ve spent three plus decades of my life in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m a certified TESOL instructor and currently in the process of picking my new ”home.” I’m always genuinely surprised when I meet someone abroad who is familiar with my state. If you know nothing about Minnesota, here’s a quick rundown: We take relatively good care of our outdoor spaces and have many state parks and a few nationally protected lands within our borders. Our largest city Minneapolis ranks high in most things health, fitness and literacy-related. We are also very bike-friendly and brewery-dense. There are many enjoyable aspects of life in Minnesnowta.
I took my first solo trip to Paris in 2014. At the time I was fed up with never finding someone able and interested in going somewhere with me. It was scary and a lot of planning but it turned out to be ones of the best things I’ve ever done. Since then I’ve visited 20 countries, 13 of them solo. I’ve spent about a month in both Spain and Czech Republic and like both very much, I’d love to live in either one day.
I live with the philosophy that life is a long process that should be enjoyed and positive aspects be sustainable and that it should not be composed of highlights disbursed throughout the years on autopilot. I love hiking and active travel, sometimes walking or biking as a way to get from point A to point B. I like couch surfing, home stay, airbnb, guesthouses and hostels. I like meeting other people, especially local people who aren’t being paid to engage with travelers (bartenders can be cool though). I prefer to plan everything myself or pick up tips from other travelers or my new friends as I go. I really believe you ought to choose your own adventure and follow your dreams and not buy cookie-cutter travel experiences.
Where I’ve been
2014: Paris, France. Madrid, Spain. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Los Angeles, USA.
2015: Zurich, Switzerland. Munich & Bavaria, Germany. Austria. Lisbon & Sintra, Portugal. Winnipeg, Canada (World Cup). Santa Barbara, Milwaukee, Chicago, USA.
2016: Northwestern United States, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Berlin, Germany. Brussels & Bruges, Belgium. Madrid, Cuenca & Valencia, Spain. San Francisco, USA.
2017: I spent 100 days traveling Europe in summer, visiting Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, & Switzerland. I had the pleasure of seeing London & south coastline of England in winter January.
Where I’m Headed
Thailand & Vietnam in January 2018
Where I’d Like to Go
Albania, Morocco, South Africa & New Zealand