About

I started this blog in 2015 as I was about to embark on a year-long trip around the world. I ended up not writing as much as I’d like, but I am re-launching the site in 2019.

In the Scottish Highlands During My Year-Long Trip

What have I been up to since finishing my trip?

During the trip, I realized that a year of exploration and learning wouldn’t be enough. I decided that after the trip I would move to Taiwan to improve my Mandarin and teach English. Along the way, I ended up meeting someone and decided to stay in Taiwan.

As we look to set out on our next adventure I want to use this blog to share my adventures along three dimensions: travel and adventure, food, and travel hacking.

Travel & Adventure

I caught the travel bug back in 2012. I went on a short 2-week trip to Europe with my friend while living in Chicago. Before then, my travels included road trips to baseball and football stadiums, spring break cruises, bachelor parties, and summer house rentals. These trips had been centered around good people and partying. Aside from a handful of trips to China to see family, I had never experienced the world. Traveling to Europe opened my eyes to what was out there (but still with a bit of partying). While still in Chicago, I experimented with mini-solo trips and organizing smaller group trips to various places in the US before embarking on my year-long travels.

This trip had changed my life immensely. What made the trip memorable, aside from all the beautiful sites and amazing experiences, was the people. They were kind, generous, funny, interesting, creative, and everything else. Over the past few years, I realized I longed for connection with not only my traveling friends but also my close friends back home. This site allows me to connect with these people and hopefully many more.

Food

Food has always been a big part of my life. I grew up with amazing homecooked food from the women in my family. My parents worked in restaurants for most of their lives. I had to learn how to cook at a fairly young age out of necessity. And who doesn’t love food?! For me, it’s the best way to connect and bring people together. There are food diaries from my travels here, here, and here. I plan to explore different cuisines as well as sharing my own experiments in the kitchen.

Travel Hacking

In a previous life, I was an actuary. I dealt with risk and value in work and life. I try to be smart with my money. Although I might get some eye-rolls for my penny-pinching, my methods produce some amazing value. Before my trip, I became obsessed with credit cards and the rewards game. I was able to pay for much of my travel using the points I earned.

Everyone I know makes some sort of income and spends that money. I’ve scoured the internet to determine the best way to spend to maximize the return. Whether it’s cash-back, free flights or hotels, premium benefits, or upgrades, I can help you to make the most of your hard-earned money.