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I am an avid traveler am interested in much more than typical resort stays. I want to talk to the locals, eat the local food, and go out where the locals go. I don't want to take shortcuts while traveling; why take an hour plane ride in Cuba when all the Cubans hitchhike or go by camion, even if it takes all day? I believe it is often the hardest experiences in other cultures that are the most rewarding.

  • Hometown

    Philadelphia, PA, USA

  • Location now

    New York, NY

  • Work published


  • Travel philosophy

    Step outside of yourself and live like a local.

  • Craziest place

    Bastimientos: the automobile-free island on the eastern shores of Panama.

  • Bizarre experience

    Eating at a sushi restaurant in Korea, at a table surrounded by fish tanks. The chef pulled our meal out of the tank and minutes later served squirming octopus tentacles with chili sauce.

  • Advice

    Forget your expectations of a place and let it surprise you. The best travel experiences are spontaneous.

  • Dream destination

    I have so many, but at the moment probably Peru and Nepal.

  • Traveled before

    India, Jamaica, Tortola, Canada, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Costa Rica, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Panama, Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay, South Korea, Brazil, Ghana.

  • Going next

    I wish I knew.

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