Countries Visited (73)
North America: USA, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Haiti, Virgin Islands
Central America: Costa Rica, Nicaragua
Europe: Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine
Middle East: Israel, United Arab Emirates
Asia: Japan, China, Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Korea, *North Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Taiwan, India, Myanmar
Australia: Just Sydney 🙂
– layover in Kiev, Ukraine
– layover in Riga, Latvia
– layover in Reykjavik, Iceland
– layover in Doha, Qatar
– Stepped over the border into North Korea at the DMZ
U.S. States Visited (45)
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,
Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New, Mexico, New York,
North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia,
Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Places I’ve Lived
USA: Dallas, Texas – Las Vegas, Nevada – Scottsdale, Arizona – Madison Wisconsin
Europe: Prague, Czech Republic
Asia: Seoul, South Korea
All of My Trips
In this next part, I will lay out all the trips that I have taken in a timeline.
My 2 qualifications for what I consider a “trip” are:
– It must have been at least 14 days long
– I must have visited at least 10 new destinations
May 2009- Road Trip from AZ to Canada
The day after I graduated from high school, my best friend Shon and I got in a car and drove across the USA. We started from our home in Phoenix, Arizona and only destination that we had in mind was Vancouver, Canada. We just packed up my mom’s Honda Pilot and went off! (Thanks mom for letting us use your car 🙂
The trip was 14 days and we went to all of these places (in order)
– Phoenix, Arizona
– Las Vegas, Nevada
– Salt Lake City, Utah
– Idaho Falls, Idaho
– Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
– Helena, Montana
– Calgary, Albetra, Canada
– Banff National Forest, Canada
– Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,
– Seattle, Washington
– Portland & Sisters, Oregon
– San Francisco, California
– Los Angeles, California
In total, we hit up over 9 new U.S. states, 2 provinces in Canada and over 20 cities. I wish I could go back in time and do this trip again!
January 2010- 16 Day trip around Israel
My freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, I went on a program called “Birthright.” In a nutshell, Birthright gives all Jewish people an opportunity to travel to Israel on a group tour… FOR FREE. Yes, it was completely free. I didn’t pay a penny for anything (food, transportation, accommodation).
This was my first ever flight overseas, and I loved everything about it. The trip is organized on a tight schedule, where they take your group (about 40 people) on a bus all over the entire country of Israel.
I got to see nearly every notable city in Israel It was a very eye opening experience, and I learned a lot about the history of Israel and the Jewish people.
I also met some of my best friends on this trip that I still keep in touch with to this day! I am itching to get back to Israel someday soon.
April 2012- Spring Break in Europe
This was during my study abroad semester in Prague. A few friends and I went on a crazy 10 day adventure around Eastern Europe. To date, this is still the most insane, quick moving, party hard, sleep deprived, insane trip that I’ve ever taken. I have lots of good stories from this trip…
We started in Prague and then:
– Took a train to Munich
– Flew to Belgrade (Check out this bizarre story in the Belgrade Airport)
– Flew to Tivat, Montenegro
– Took a taxi to Dubrovnik, Croatia
– Took a bus to Mostar, Bosnia
– Got stranded on the border of Bosnia & Croatia, so we hitchhiked to Sarajevo. This is my best travel story.. check it out here!..
– Took a bus from Sarajevo to Split, Croatia
– Flew to Prague
I can’t even tell you how much fun I had during these 10 days. It was absolutely insane, and I will never forget this one.
May 2012- 4 Week Europe Backpacking Trip
We began in Prague and then:
– Flew to Dubai, UAE
– Flew to Istanbul. Turkey
– Flew to Athens, Greece
– Took ferries to Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos-
– Flew to Lisbon, Portugal
– Took a train to Lagos, Portugal
– Flew to Barcelona, Spain
– Took a train to Nice and Southern France
– Took a train to Interlaken, Switzerland– where I went bungee jumping from 150 meters high!
– Took a train to Milan, Italy
– Took a train to Venice, Italy- Find out why I hated Venice
– Flew back to Prague
NOW THE TRAVEL BUG WAS REALLY WITH ME!
January 2013- Costa Rica/Nicaragua
We decided to rent a car and drive everywhere ourselves. This was the best decision ever! We had SO much freedom and we had the option to do anything on our own clock. We drove around most of the country. If you are going to Costa Rica, then I highly recommend renting a car. It’s very affordable and totally worth it.
This trip was filled with all sorts of outdoorsy activities like Kayaking, zip lining, hiking and more. It was awesome and I can’t wait to go back there someday soon!
April 2013- Spring Break trip Thru the South
For spring break vacation, my college roommate and I decided to take an epic road through the Southern States of the USA.
– Chicago, Illinois
– Memphis, Tennessee
– Some random city, Arkansas
– Starkville, Mississippi
– Gulf Shores & Montgomery, Alabama
– Atlanta, Georgia
– Greenville, South Carolina
– Charlotte, North Carolina
– Random city, Virginia
– Charleston, West Virginia
– Dayton, Ohio
– Indianapolis, Indiana
We visited college friends in almost every main city along the way. We literally partied every single night in a different Southern city and ate the BEST food ever. It was one hell of a trip!
June 2013- Scandinavian Tour
So, I graduated from University and can you guess what I decided to do with my money that was given to me? Take a trip!
My old roommate from studying abroad in Prague, who is one of my best friends, and I took a trip all throughout Scandinavia.
– Flew to Copenhagen, Denmark- where I discovered the magical wonders of Christiania
– Took a train to Malmo, Sweden
– Flew to Bergen, Norway–
– Flew to Stockholm, Sweden
– Flew to Helsinki, Finland
– Took a boat to Tallinn, Estonia
– Flew to Prague (I had to visit my favorite city again!)
– Flew to Warsaw, Poland
– Flew back home to the USA
Although not so budget-friendly, Scandinavian is one of the most beautiful regions on our planet. This trip was more fun that I imagined, and I have lots of good memories. We partied nearly every night, ate amazing food, met some great people and didn’t sleep.
It is absolutely worth taking a trip out there when you get a chance!
Jan 2014- SouthEast Asia: Part 1
So, I traveled with one friend and from Seoul, we went to:
– Cebu, Philippines
– 3 other islands in the Philippines – where I had the craziest travel day of my life
– Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
– Singapore, Singapore
– Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
– Sri Lanka– we toured around the entire country!
That was my first taste of SouthEast Asia and I instantly fell in love with the culture and people. I did so many awesome things during this trip that I was just itching to get back to SouthEast Asia.
and that’s exactly what I did… 2 weeks later.
Feb-March 2014- SouthEast Asia: Part 2
We started again in Seoul and went to:
– Koh Panghan, Thailand – Where I went to the Full Moon Party (AKA Craziest party in the world)
– Koh Samui, Thailand
– Bangkok, Thailand
– Siem Reap, Cambodia
– Phnom Penh, Cambodia
– Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
– Beijing, China – Where we had the most epic 24 hour layover!
Those 5-6 weeks that I was traveling around SouthEast Asia are unforgettable. Check out my blog post entitled “5 things I learned from backpacking around SouthEast Asia.”
August 2014- Taipei, Bali & Sydney
I had a 3 week summer vacation in August, so I decided to go to Taipei, Bali and Sydney. Although I traveled alone, I visited friends in each place that I went. It was one of the best trips of my life!
I spent the first 5 days in Taipei, visiting two college friends who are teaching English there. They let me sleep at their house and they gave me an awesome tour of Taipei. It’s such a cool city!
Then, I flew down to Bali to meet my other 2 friends. We did lots of nature stuff, and partied a lot during the 6 days that I was there. Bali is probably my favorite place in Asia- I can’t wait to go back!
Lastly, I spent the last week or so in Sydney. I visited my 2 high school friends who are living down there. It was absolutely incredible (but so expensive). I wish to go back soon!
January 2015 – Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar was always on my radar after talking to so many people who had recently been. The country had recently opened up it’s doors to tourism, so the country wasn’t mass publicized or mainstream (yet).
I went to Burma for 2 weeks on my first solo trip, and it was one of the best trips of my life. The culture is virtually untouched, authentic and real (there were no McDonald’s or Coca Cola). The people were so friendly and welcoming. And the food was so good — a mixture of Indian and Thai. Myanmar, at the time that I went, was very affordable and not touristy, but this is going to change rapidly in the coming years as tourism is bound to explode.
I visited 3 places — Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake. If you want to read more about my experiences in Myanmar, then please check out this blog post.
March-May 2015 – India
After my teaching English job finished in Korea, I decided to go on an adventured of a lifetime. I packed my 40 liter backpack, and booked a flight to India by myself. I didn’t have any idea where I was going, where I was sleeping, or who I’d be meeting. I just went.
Traveling in India was a challenge. It throws you in situations that you never thought you’d be in your life. It tests you to make choices. It is a rollercoaster of both ups and downs, highs and lows.
But looking back, I can confidently say that I grew more from my trip in India than any previous trip I’d taken in my life. As they say, “If you can travel India, you can travel anywhere in the world.”
For a complete look at my trip to India, please see this blog post.
July-Oct 2015 – Eurotrip
As I write this, I’m currently on a 3-month solo backpacking trip around Europe. I am planning to visit every country in Europe that I haven’t been to yet, and along the way, attend music festivals, meet friends and have as much fun as possible.
Stay tuned for blog posts coming soon about my Eurotrip!
From October- February, I’m going back to Asia!