If someone asked about me, I would probably describe myself as a former statistician, turned would-be world traveler. In the event of a confused blank stare in return, though, I am prepared to add:
- PADI Divemaster and underwater enthusiast
- Perpetual student of life and Spanish verb conjugation
- Travel shutter-bug
- Adventurer in training
As a child, I was an avid explorer, but as I matured, I began to follow a more predictable path (college, career, life in suburban America, etc.). I was comfortable, but at the same time, I felt as though my lifestyle was beginning to lead me, instead of me leading my life. There were things I wanted to do, places I wanted to see and people I wanted to meet, but I didn’t know how to fit any of them into my established framework. So I did the unthinkable (for this corporate-focused creature of habit) – I planned a two week holiday.
It wasn’t until I actually had freedom from the lifestyle I had established, that I realized I was the only one holding me back from doing exactly what I wanted to do. It became very clear, very fast, that I had too much “stuff” in my life and it was preventing me from experiencing everything I was truly craving. I made a decision to make some big changes when I returned from holiday, and over the course of the following 14 weeks, I traded my suburban life of comfort and security for a suitcase full of adventure and introspection (then I switched to a backpack, but that’s another story in itself). I changed my lifestyle to balance my corporate career with my interests and hobbies, and it was the best decision I ever made.
I am often asked to share my journey “from suburb to suitcase,” so this site seeks to do just that. You will find a variety of content, including highlights from my travels, lessons learned, a small portfolio of travel photos and videos, and over time, some insights from my life simplification effort. Like me, the site will continue to evolve, but maybe you will find some part of it entertaining, helpful, provocative or inspiring. In the meantime, I’ve got a plane to catch…