Finding Our Identity by Traveling

Per my customary Sunday night routine in Playa del Coco I belly up to the bar of one of my local watering holes to take in my one American indulgence since I landed in Costa Rica: Wings and NFL football. Sitting beside me is a guy who I haven’t seen in town (the town is only five blocks long) but who immediately strikes up conversation.

“Well what brings you to Costa Rica?” he asks.

“A bit of work and play,” I respond, though I quickly regret not giving a more black and white answer, fearing we may be heading down a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

“What the hell do you do for work that would bring you down to Costa Rica?”

“I’m a travel writer.”

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By |May 20th, 2014|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|15 Comments

Winners Sometimes Quit and Quitters Sometimes Win

I sat on a bench in Savannah’s Ellis Square, rubbing my forehead with my hand (as I often do when I’m nervous or stressed), as I held the phone up to my ear with my other hand while my mom gave me one of her staple pep talks.

“Well son, I don’t think you need to jump right into dating.”

I chuckled, quickly snapping back to my mom, “Mom, I’m getting a divorce, and as far as I’m concerned, girls have cooties.”

Here I was, a 27-year old southern man, looking at a pile of debt, facing a divorce in the same year that I had worked as a clerk for a family-owned video store and telling my mom that girls had cooties. At that point, it couldn’t have gotten much worse. And so it was, on the first trip that I had taken in well over a year,  I had the first of a series of epiphanies. I hung up with my mom, set the phone on the bench and like the Ben Harper song, headed for the door and walked away…From all of it.

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By |April 22nd, 2014|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|25 Comments

Falling in Love…with the Journey to a Place Called Home – Part 2

I pulled the heavily-laded SUV to the end of the driveway and paused momentarily, looking […]

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If Everyone Else Jumped Off a Bridge, Would You?

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Travel, the Silver Lining in the Clouds

I actually started writing this post a couple weeks ago after reading the book and […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Travel the World

I had been looking at the clock on the wall above my desk for hours, […]

By |October 8th, 2012|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|9 Comments

The Quarter-Life Bucket List Trip

I originally wrote this post two weeks ago, but trashed it. I never want to […]

By |August 3rd, 2012|Featured, The List|18 Comments

What I Learned From NOT Catching a Wave

“I had HIGH expectations of my first surf lesson; verdict: Expectations exceeded!” Those were the […]

By |May 23rd, 2012|Featured, The List|11 Comments

Conquering Your Fears Through Travel

I have a confession: I’m afraid of the ocean. Or rather getting in the ocean, […]

By |May 11th, 2012|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|12 Comments

Help! I’m an American Dream Dropout

Last month I took one day off. One. “HYPOCRITE”. For those who follow me regularly, […]

By |April 5th, 2012|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|18 Comments