out·land·er/ˈoutˌlandər/ noun: a foreigner; a stranger.
a·broad/əˈbrôd/ adverb: in or to a foreign country or countries.
Those who know me well know that I’m always on the move, whether traveling to some remote corner of the globe or participating in a myriad of athletic activities at home, so it comes to no surprise to many of them that I would want to pack up, set out, and see the world for a while.
To me, the most important things in life (aside from the obvious family & friends) is maintaining a sense of adventure and curiosity about the world, staying open-minded, and continuously challenging myself. This trip is a culmination of all of these things.
Here’s a bit of background on me:
Born in Alabama, I moved around a bit growing up, through Mississippi, and Tennessee, before landing back in Alabama in the years leading up to high school. My parents are still there, and it’s one of the places I truly call “home”. After university, I spent time in Atlanta working for a consulting firm until I took a job with one of my clients in Charlotte, where I live today. Charlotte has slowly become another “home” of mine, and a place I’ll truly miss when I’m gone.
|My Amazons. Two ladies I will dearly miss in Charlotte, and two of my biggest supporters in wanderlust.
When I’m not planning trips around the world, you can find me in the gym doing CrossFit, rock climbing, or Krav Maga, or doing something equally active outdoors (playing ultimate, taking on muddy obstacle runs, hiking, etc.). While I always make sure to get in a bit of activity while on vacation, a big challenge on this trip will be maintaining a level of fitness. You can be sure I’ll be visiting as many CrossFit gyms as I can and booking as many treks and active excursions as my wallet will allow!
|CrossFitting, Ultimate-ing, Tough Mudder-ing, Climbing
Food is another passion of mine, and I look forward to seeing firsthand the correlation between the various cultures I’ll visit and their cuisine. Yes, Anthony Bourdain has my dream job.
|Spain, New Zealand (x2), and Copenhagen
I also have a little habit of picking up pieces of art wherever I travel, from an enormous canvas of a New Zealand landscape to an intricately carved statue from Thailand. I even have a piece commissioned from an incredibly talented artist I met and have kept in touch with from Portugal. To keep my pack light, I’ll focus on photography instead, so hopefully you’ll see some decent images from around the world!
|New Zealand & Berlin