Hey! I’m Chris. And that’s my amazing son. (He doesn’t mind his image here, in fact he has his own Youtube channel.) And sometimes we travel together. So what’s this blog all about? Well, A few years ago it occurred to me that it would be a fun idea to chronicle my travels around the world. I suppose it starts with a fairly narcissistic concept as an autobiographical journal. But the idea is that it grows and transforms into something larger than oneself. Along the way the blog can hopefully inspire and guide readers to fulfill their own dreams of travel.
I’ve been traveling all my life, so this blog has actually gotten a late start in my life. There are many destinations I’ve visited that have slipped through the digital age. In my college years I spent time in France, and later I was married to a German. So a lot of my travels have been focussed on Europe. But I’ve also added some places in Central America, South Africa, and elsewhere, and now my goal is to broaden this tableau of world destinations. EventuallY I will probably add posts of these trips in a retrospective format.
What’s my angle? Well, I’m working on that. I’m not the daredevil type. I will not be eating scorpions or even bungee jumping. For now I hope to inspire through photography and colorful writing. I will start by focussing on my own personal interests – they involve wine, history, culture, scuba diving, horseback riding, martial arts, and trips with my son, among other things.
I was born in Connecticut and went to high school in Massachusetts. In college I spent a years abroad in France, and then finished with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Art Institute of Boston in 1997. I was an freelance illustrator for many years in Boston, working in the advertising and medical/pharmaceutical industries doing medical illustration for multimedia and print.
In 2004 my (now) ex-wife and I moved to London where I pursued my second passion in the commercial arts, working in concept design in the film industry. I did storyboards and concept artwork, and even did location designs for a wonderful film called Stardust in 2006. I designed “Stormhold,” a prominent location in the film. Although short lived, my work on this film remains as probably the most rewarding and proud experience in my professional life. It’s a wonderful comedy/fantasy British film quite a famous cast, so look it up!
Life has a way of throwing curveballs at you, so in 2008 I moved to Boulder, Colorado where I live today. My son went to Germany with his mother, and so I’m a long distance parent. Losing my son in this was was a devastating experience for me. It has affected my life tremendously. I had the option to be a selfish deadbeat, but I could not live with myself if I neglected my son. Boys need fathers. I am committed to being in his life, to be a guide and a dad from such a long distance. Having a strong presence in my son’s life is my number on priority. It comes before my own professional or personal goals. I see him every few months, and we are very close. I am blessed to have such a wonderful child in my life. For the last couple years though he has been able to fly solo, so Since 2008 I’ve been taking trips on my own as I visit my son in Germany. And that’s how the idea for this blog developed, as I traveled around on my own.
I was also in the wine industry for a couple years. I wanted to become a sommelier, but eventually I realized that sommeliers had to start at the bottom and wait tables for a number of years, and I decided that wine service was not my thing. I struggled to find a path in the wine industry, knowing that every few months I would be taking many weeks off to see my son. This is a problem for any traditional career.
So now I strive to build an online business and remain independent. I’ve always been a freelancing type – an introvert and independent, for better or worse I’ve learned to be confident in relying on myself. so far it’s been simpler, easier, and with no surprises. This allows me the flexibility to travel and visit my son as often as possible.
So that’s a little about me. This page and the whole site is a work in progress. I hope it inspires my readers to seek growth, redemption, inspiration, love and peace through experiencing the endless array of destinations on this world. After all, it is definitely HIGHLY EXPLORABLE!