Hey there! I’m Chris.
I’ve been traveling all my life, and I have mostly my mother to thank for that. She was the influential force that introduced our family to travel when we were teens. This gave me at least the openness and awareness that traveling to another country was a normal and exciting thing to do. Her motivation came from her own career as a flight attendant and then a travel agent (back when travel agents were more common as a service).
This blog has actually gotten a late start. Many of my trips came before the digital age, and the photos are tucked away in shoeboxes. In my college years and twenties, I spent a lot of time in France and all over Europe. Since then I’ve also added destinations in Central America, South Africa, Asia and elsewhere, and now my goal is to broaden this tableau of world destinations. Eventually I hope to stories and images of my earlier trips in a retrospective format.
I travel solo most of the time for several reasons. Mainly it is because I don’t know anyone who has an open and flexible schedule that allows travel at unusual or off season periods. And most people are bound by employer restrictions on time limits. I prefer to spend a month or more in a location if possible. Traveling solo of course has pros and cons. On the plus side, it allows me to set my own agenda with zero compromise. I can do as much or as little as I like, with no explanation. That’s a big one. On the down side, it can obviously be lonely at times. Many dinners alone. You may be in a beautiful location experiencing something unique, and no one to share it with. There are ways to mitigate this by connecting with locals and other travelers along the way. And the added benefit of connecting with locals is of course a more authentic cultural experience overall.
So what’s this blog all about? Well, A few years ago I realized it would be a fun idea to write about my experiences traveling around the world. I suppose it begins as an autobiographical celebration of these journeys, but the idea is that it can grow into something with broader appeal – something that is rewarding and inspiring for others to read. And hopefully inspiring readers to get out there, fulfill your dreams and see the world!
What’s my angle? Well, I’m working on that. I’m not the daredevil type. I will not be eating scorpions or jumping out of airplanes. For now I hope to inspire through beautiful landscapes, photography and colorful writing. I will start by focusing 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 enjoy the finer things in life within reason – I am still very practical and down to Earth. So, no 5-star experiences necessarily, I prefer to be closer to the ground, to the people, and roughing it just a little bit.
I was born in Connecticut and went to high school in Massachusetts. In college I spent a year abroad in France, and then finished with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Art Institute of Boston in 1997. I was a freelance illustrator for many years in Boston, working in the advertising and medical/pharmaceutical industries doing medical illustration for multimedia and print.
After Boston I lived in London for a few years, which was a valuable experience. I was working as an illustrator, storyboard and concept artist in the film industry in London at the time. I did some environment and location designs for a wonderful film called Stardust in 2006. That was possibly the most rewarding experience I’ve had as a professional.
In 2008 I moved to Colorado to start life over, and it has been “Life 2.0” in the most beautiful state there is. My son lives in Europe, but I have made it my commitment to be in his life. We have regular visits with extended and focused time together, and this has required that I live a somewhat unusual existence – not fully anchored and with limited traditional options. When life gives you lemons they don’t add tequila on the side, so I’m making my own delicious lemonade instead. I pursue my own creative projects, work on developing this blog and other ventures, in order to feed my spirit and my needs.
I also worked in the wine industry from around 2013-16. I was an aspiring sommelier at that time, but I eventually decided this path was not for me. The passion for wine remains, and I am working on how to incorporate my wine reviews and travel into the stories I write for this blog. You will find this blog to be a mix of light adventure, trips with my son, and travels to wine regions. Doesn’t sound so bad right?
This whole site is a work in progress. Editing and formatting stories takes a lot of time, and I’m just starting to establish certain consistency to my content. So please check back and see it develop over time! I’m working on it.
I hope this blog inspires my readers to seek out new experiences, to grow in those experiences, to find joy and renewal, inspiration, and love and peace through the joy of travel. It’s a big world out there, and it is definitely HIGHLY EXPLORABLE!
Thank you for stopping by!