About Stephen

helpxprofilezionHello! This site mainly started out as a place for me to write about my travels and post photos for friends and family when I go on trips, but now anyone is welcome to follow and read along!

I have always been a wanderer. Ever since I was young I had always wondered what life was like beyond the place I called home. I always dreamed of one day having the experience of living in another country. In September 2013, that dream became a reality when I decided to move to New Zealand. It was an incredible experience, and right away I was hooked on long-term international travel. What was supposed to be just a one-year working holiday evolved into a second year of work and travel in Australia, and from there I somehow found myself gallivanting across Southeast Asia and Europe.

After over two and a half years of seeing the world, I’ve returned to resume life in America. My overseas experience was life-changing and I learned so much from it that it would be impossible to describe it all accurately in words (though you can get an idea from this post!). Although my life is much less nomadic than it was, I know that I’ll always be a traveler by heart. There’s still so much of the world to see and it’s my goal to continue traveling as often as I can.

For the heck of it, here are a few random facts about me:

  • My favorite foods are Thai and anything Mediterranean.
  • I’m a beginner in French as well as Spanish. I’d really like to keep practicing and be fluent in both some day.
  • I really enjoy cooking. When I’m on the road, I cook most of the time and really like trying new recipes from people I meet from around the world.
  • I wanted to be a weatherman and chase tornadoes when I was a kid.
  • I also wanted to be a pilot.
  • Although I lived in Seattle for four years (home of Starbucks, Tullys, and Seattle’s Best) I never acquired a taste for coffee. I’m more of a tea person. But I love the smell of coffee!
  • My first two international experiences were in Latin America, where I did volunteer work at local schools with Circle K and Kiwanis.
  • My first solo travel experience was in Peru, where I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It was absolutely amazing and I met a lot of really nice people from all over the world.
  • I’ve gotten altitude sickness while in Ecuador and Nepal.
  • These are my favorite countries that I’ve been to so far.
  • The weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten would be cuy (guinea pig) in Peru.
  • I collect foreign currencies. I have a big bag in my closet full of smaller bags that are labeled with the different countries they come from.
  • I love flying. Sometimes I feel more excited to fly than actually visiting the place I’m going to.
  • But after traveling around Europe by rail, I’ve discovered travel by train is perhaps the best way to go.
  • One day I’d like to ride a bike across the United States, coast-to-coast, for a cause, but I’m not certain which one yet.
  • I grew up on Whidbey Island in Washington State.
  • I like most kinds of music, but lately have had a liking for a mix of dance/house/electronic, alternative, indie, and folk.
  • I love hiking, photography, backpacking, swimming, and cycling.
  • Since I started this blog I’ve also grown to enjoy writing and find it therapeutic sharing my thoughts and experiences.



16 thoughts on “About Stephen

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  2. Stephen, I get so jealous when I see your pictures! 😉 You have been to so many great places I’d like to see in the future. I collect foreign currencies too, all my friends say I’m crazy 🙂 Looking forward to reading about your upcoming adventures! Greetings!

  3. Hi Stephen, I have just seen your article on your Franz Josef Glacier Heli HIke experience. This is a fantastic article with some beautiful images. Would you be happy if we shared this on our Franz Josef Glacier Guides’ blog page and Facebook page? Let me know, hope the travels are going well! Thanks, Steph

  4. Glad you like Thai food. If you’ve ever made it to Thailand again, perhaps drop by and we can have a chat if you like!

    Not sure you’d remember me but I used to live in Oak Harbok for almost one year and saw you around at High School. Anyway, so jealous you’ve been on a long journey. Wish I could follow you some days.

      • I live in Bangkok. But I love to travel to other provinces in Thailand every now and then, usually once a month, and to other country like once a year. Literally I was just back from Vietnam recently, visiting Ninh Binh and Ha Giang, and it was amazingly magnificent nature I’ve ever seen. Seriously, I was inspired by the picture you took from the view point at Mua cave in Ninh Binh. Thanks for that!

        I’ll keep reading your upcoming adventures. 🙂

  5. Hello,

    This is Saul at GPSmyCity, a publisher of travel apps on iTunes App Store and Google Play.  We have reviewed your blog and are interested in working with you to convert some of your blog posts into mobile apps so they can be sold on iTunes App Store and Google Play.  There is no cost to you – we work with blogger on a revenue share basis.

    If you wish to learn more about this opportunity, please reply to my email so I will send you additional information.  

    Thanks and regards,
    Saul Tarasoff

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