Obtaining Travel Visas as a US Citizen

The only real planning I’m doing prior to setting off for my trip, besides the airline tickets I’ll need, is obtaining the necessary travel visas for countries I plan to visit. Some of them, like New Zealand and Singapore, don’t require visas to be obtained in advance. They’re issued “on arrival” when you go through Customs at your destination airport.

Others require a little bit of preparedness, like Vietnam. I used the website VietnamVisaOnline.net to get mine and it was only $25 USD. You can opt to pay an additional $10 for expedited processing. … Read More

First Adventure: March – June 2014

I’ve never left myself time for much planning, and this first big adventure will be no different. In less than two weeks, I’m hitting the road.

I’ll fly from here to New Zealand to go backpacking for 3 weeks (it’s summer there right now). After that, around the middle of April, I’ll fly from New Zealand to Vietnam, spend a week or so there hanging out with my friend Scott on the beaches of the South China Sea, and then on to Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. … Read More

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Eat Pray Love

Two days ago, I wrote about my decision to sell almost all of my belongings, put the rest in storage, and start backpacking around the world. Since then, I’ve gotten support from all of my family, almost all of my friends (the ones who matter, anyway), and my ex-wife. Someone who’s not on my side: one of my ex-wife’s best friends. She mockingly refers to this as my “Eat Pray Love” trip.

Until two days ago, I honestly had no idea what ‘Eat Pray Love’ was. I’d never seen the movie, let alone heard of or read the book. So, when I heard this, it made no sense. A quick Google search of the phrase led me to IMDB, where I read about the movie. A few minutes later, I was buying it on iTunes (a little after midnight, that night) and spent the next two and a half hours watching, essentially, a movie about myself. … Read More


Sony Smart Remote Control App with Sony A7 / A7R

The camera I’ll be taking with me on this and future backpacking trips around the world is the new Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless camera. It was the natural progression for me after loving my Sony NEX-7 for so long,and it’s proven to be a worthy upgrade. … Read More

The Big Bang: How it all Started

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a free spirited, adventure seeking, fun loving, fast moving, travel junkie. I guess I can thank my parents for that, really. Growing up, we took family vacations every summer to various places around the United States.

My first trip to Disney World as a kid was when I was six, where we celebrated by sister’s 2nd birthday. The next year, we rented a cabin at a ski resort in Estes Park, Colorado, and then drove down to Mesa Verde to tour the ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi pueblo people. … Read More