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Stuck in Paradise // Reflections of a World Traveler

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in General, Hawai'i, New Zealand & The Pacific (Coming Soon) | 0 comments

Stuck in Paradise // Reflections of a World Traveler

“Things happen for a reason!”, a common phrase most or all of us have heard at some point. We hear it at work. We hear it at home. While we travel. On the road. It ultimately boils down to our perspective in life to really accept this statement. We often ask ourself, “How did I get here?”. For me, I believe it to be true beyond imagination. I would have never thought I would be writing and sharing some of my life with you in the home of a bunch of strangers turned friends on O’ahu. So how exactly did I get here?...

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Amtrak Across America, A First Experience

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in General, USA | 0 comments

Amtrak Across America, A First Experience

Travel by train has always been my favorite form of travel, even if my first train was in 2013 in Canada with Via Rail. Even before that, it’s always been my dream. Because of that, travel by train in America has been one of my biggest dreams, ever! Since 2013, I have taken many trains across Europe including yes, a Long Island RR train ;). With a working holiday visa approval in New Zealand, I decided that I won’t fly straight there, I might as well make many stops on the way there. One of these many stops, were cities across the...

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I Can’t Wait // A New Voyage

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in General | 0 comments

I Can’t Wait // A New Voyage

I Can’t Wait It’s been 7 months since I’ve been on the road, spending lot’s of quality time with family, indulging in the comforts of home, and temporarily living a routine lifestyle with a part time job. While I have sort have settled a bit, I’ve begun to feel those nomadic symptoms more and more. I realized that coming back home has showed me what it’s like to have seconds thoughts about leaving, all over again. The perfect reminder that it’s not as easy to leave everything for the open road, even...

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Living A Dream: The Greek Islands

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Europe, General, Greece | 0 comments

Living A Dream: The Greek Islands

When people ask me why I am in Greece, my immediate response is “Why not?” When I give my second more serious response, I always truthfully say that I have always wanted to go to Greece since I was younger. All for it’s beauty and it’s ancient history, mythology, and stories. But while Greece has always been my number one destination since, always, island hopping the Greek Islands has been my number one dream. I can’t remember when this dream started, but I know I wanted to do this since I was younger. While I...

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Crete: The Big Island of Greece

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Europe, General, Greece | 0 comments

Crete: The Big Island of Greece

My 11 Days in Crete People like to deny it but Crete is just as much a Greek island like Santorini, Tinos, or Siros. Sure it’s way larger than most of the islands which are smaller. But think of it like the island of Hawai’i in the Hawaiian island group, Crete is the BIG ISLAND. Crete is without a doubt an island of it’s own, with it’s own culture, dialect, and overall mindset. “For Christ sake, people in the villages have guns!”, said my host in Iraklio. I’ve spent a whole 2 – 3 weeks island...

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Hitchhiking Albanian Riviera

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Albania, Europe, General | 0 comments

Hitchhiking Albanian Riviera

With hitchhiking being a fairly new resource to me in the world of travel, I have quickly become very knowledgable in what to do and how to do it despite my intimidation for so long at the beginning of this Balkan journey. Albanians are some of the kindest most hospitable and friendly people I have met in the Balkans. I’ve gotten pretty lucky and fortunate to meet some incredible people either on the road, in hostels, or in towns and cities. For the most part, hitchhiking in Albania I felt should work… almost.. always? I’ve...

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My 5 Days in Kosovo

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Europe, General, Kosovo | 0 comments

My 5 Days in Kosovo

While you can find yourself in so many arguments of whether or not Kosovo is a nation or not, statistically, most of the world recognizes it as a nation while some don’t. Number one is Serbia. But I am not writing this to argue it’s status, I could be on this topic forever. And my time in Kosovo was not to bring up the topic and start debates. Just like the rest of the Balkan countries, I had a curiosity of this place. And as in continued my journey in southeast Europe, I little by little, heard more and more pleasant things about...

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Hitchhiking Macedonia

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Europe, General, Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) | 0 comments

Hitchhiking Macedonia

In the Balkans, I’ve had some incredible encounters with many incredible and friendly drivers. But the hours long journey across western Macedonia will forever remain one of my favorite journeys in my heart. I started off taking a bus to the end of Skopje with an OHRID sign right at the start of the highway. At almost the 2 hour mark, I found myself with a friendly Macedonian guy who also picked up two more Macedonian guys other than me. Although he was not headed south to Ohrid, he did bring me west to the off ramp outside of the city...

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My Short Time in Podgorica

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in General, Montenegro | 0 comments

My Short Time in Podgorica

Montenegro is known for it’s beautiful high mountains, gorgeous rocky coastline, and infamous Kotor Bay. Coming from Croatia, I spent a lot of time traveling down the coast stopping in different cities along the way. I’ve met a bunch of people who travel to Montenegro and it’s not uncommon for people to only travel the cities on the coast as well as Kotor Bay. But noone ever talks about the capital city, Podgorica, formerly known as Titograd from the 40’s to the 90’s. When I told my hostel owner in Ulcinj that I...

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Skopje: A City with Two Sides

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Europe, General, Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) | 0 comments

Skopje: A City with Two Sides

Skopje is certainly an interesting city. A city that actually became more interesting to me as I was there and since I hitchhiked my way out of it. From Prishtina, Kosovo, I arrived by bus passing by the city’s fortress overlooking the city center gazing at some of the massive statues that dominate the city. These statues along are half of the reason why this city has become interesting, at least for me. Locals will have a different attitude. Skopje 2014, is the title for the infamous makeover of much of the city center. In 2014, the...

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