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I’m a hiking guide and boxing coach currently living on the beautiful island of Guam! I grew up in rural Pennsylvania but have been traveling as much as possible after graduating from Penn State in 2017. In 2018 I co-founded a nonprofit organization called Military Wild which promotes and facilitates outdoor recreation for military families. I’m passionate about traveling, meeting new people, and getting outside, and I hope to combine all three in the near future while I thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.
Why do you travel and look for adventures?
I travel because I think it’s one of the best ways to encourage personal growth. Broadening my horizons, stepping out of my comfort zone, and experiencing how others live are essential parts of the human experience.
What kind of adventures do you look for when you travel?
I love outdoorsy adventures. Hiking, camping, snorkeling, climbing – anything that gets me outside and active.
What’s your go-to travel hack?
My go-to travel hack is to plan your travels during the off-season. Flights and accommodations are cheaper and there are fewer tourists around, which will give you a more authentic feel for wherever you’re visiting!
Got any gear you can’t travel without?
I never travel without a little toiletry bag in my carry on. Mouthwash, deodorant, makeup wipes, and dry shampoo can go a loooong way in making a tiring journey feel more comfortable.
What destination are you eager to go back to?
I would love to go back to Colorado to do more hiking, climbing, and skiing.
How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?
The most important tip I can give is to ALWAYS pay attention to your surroundings and to listen to your gut when you feel unsafe.
What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?
Make conversation with the locals and ask where their favorite spots are! As long as you’re respectful and friendly, most people are happy to share their interests with you. Sometimes it’s hard to find the cool spots online and word of mouth is the best way to go.
What’s your favourite word in another language?
ayuyu – means coconut crab in Chamorro!
When and where are you next travelling?
I’m headed to Okinawa in fall 2021 (hopefully)!