Photo Essay: Living in Los Angeles

For nearly three years, I had the privilege of living in Los Angeles, and there’s […]

By |October 28th, 2016|Travel, US (West Coast)|0 Comments

My 11 Best Los Angeles Travel Tips

Let’s be honest: Los Angeles isn’t a city. It’s more like a state, or even […]

By |October 21st, 2016|Travel, US (West Coast)|0 Comments

Los Angeles Bucket List: 150 of the Best Things to Do in L.A.

Alright, so I like lists. No, not like Christmas lists or to-do lists, since anyone who […]

By |September 26th, 2015|The List, Travel, US (West Coast)|11 Comments

The Case for Microadventures

I feel like one of the most vivid scenes from The Hobbit is as Bilbo is […]

By |March 20th, 2015|Featured, Tips and Trends, Travel|4 Comments

Warm cocktail recipes for winter

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a love/hate relationship with winter. I love […]

By |March 6th, 2015|Cocktails, Drinks, Featured|0 Comments

On the Red Carpet at the 2015 Oscars

“Your Academy Awards Invitation.” That was the subject line of an email I received a few […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|Featured, The List, Travel, US (West Coast)|18 Comments

Eat your favorite childhood foods at these restaurants

Pop-tarts, fruit roll-ups, pizza bagel bites, corn dogs, peanut butter and jelly. What do all […]

By |February 5th, 2015|Featured, Food, Restaurants|0 Comments

Reflections on a Life of Travel and Retiring The Traveling Philosopher Blog

I’m not going to beat around the bush; this is the last post here on The Traveling Philosopher. And by some definitions, therefore my last blog post as a travel blogger.

It was four years ago that I had recently arrived in Costa Rica, the first Latin America stop on what was to be something of an indefinite, long-term trip around the world. Just months prior I had started this blog, The Traveling Philosopher, as a place that I could color outside the lines. Somewhere that I could put on paper everything that was in my head, where I didn’t have to abide by a publication’s style guide or an editor’s do and don’t list. I wanted it to be an expression of my feelings. And there was a lot, like unresolved feelings about the passing of my father, anger at the loss of my dream job, disappointment at a pile of debt, and discouragement of an impending divorce.


By |January 5th, 2015|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|10 Comments

Photo Essay: Venice’s Abbot Kinney

Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I, like most guys, don’t like shopping. It probably doesn’t help that I was scarred as a child when my mom first took me jeans shopping. In case you’re wondering, an overweight kid, like I was, is not meant to wear Wrangler slim fit jeans. That didn’t stop my mom, however, from yelling at me to “suck it in” while she attempted to pull those jeans to my waist.

Yet, here I am, talking about Venice, California’s Abbot Kinney, known most notably for nothing other than its shopping. But if you’re here expecting a shopping post about Abbot Kinney, then I’m sorry to disappoint. While many people visit Abbot Kinney for its boutique shops, I prefer it for different reasons. Venice is one of my favorite neighborhoods, in part because of its offerings, but also because it’s so walkable. Not to mention that the story behind it is so fascinating.


By |October 1st, 2014|Featured, Travel, US (West Coast)|6 Comments

What I’ve Learned From Both Living Nomadically and Discovering Home

My first trip to Los Angles was when I was 11. It’s one of the most vivid trips from my childhood. Part of it I can remember as if it was yesterday, like breakfast (and the subsequent conversation with our waitress) one morning at the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles, located just off Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City. “Oh, you are nearly a Southern Californian being so tall and with such curly hair, but not with that accent.” I blushed, as she continued on, telling me that maybe, just maybe I’d be playing for the Lakers being so tall. 20 years later and I’m back in Los Angeles, just off Santa Monica Boulevard still, but this time I call it home.


By |August 29th, 2014|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|7 Comments