My Travel Biography


1986- Innsbruck, Austria

My Travel Biography
My parents fostered a love of travel in me at an early age. We took long summer trips each summer, both to the East Coast and Out West. During the summer of 1987, the summer between my Freshman and Sophomore years of high school, my parents took my brother, sister and I to Europe for a 5 week vacation. I have described the two parts of this trip in these posts (part one &part two). Nine years later, during the summer of 1996, we traveled internationally again as a family, this time on a cruise to Southeast Asia. This trip kicked of a period of traveling that still hasn’t ended yet. The following summer I spent a week in London & Wales before taking a three week bus tour around Western Europe with a company called Contiki. The following summer I went back to Europe, first spending three amazing days in Iceland on my own, then a week in London and Amsterdam with friend, before once again joining a Contiki bus tour, this time a 16 day adventure in Eastern Europe. After the bus tour, I met my friends Tone & Stan in London and we spent the next three weeks riding the rails around Western Europe. I returned that November, this time with another friend from work to visit Paris, Brussles and Amsterdam. In February of 1999, my parents and I spent three weeks independently touring Spain & Portugal, with a day trip to Morocco.
In October of 2001, I made my longest international journey to date, spending 48 glorious days traveling around Australia. I made it to all seven Australian states and territories, and consider it the best trip I have ever taken.
During a trip to Amsterdam in 2003, I hatched an idea to try and visit all the National Park Units in the lower 48 states on a series of long driving trips. The first one, in May of 2003, took in the parks of the the Southwest. Fourteen more trips have followed. As it stands right now, I am through 278 of the 340 parks on my list.
In May of 2010, I returned to overseas traveling, with a 25 day solo trip to Israel, with side trips to Petra in Jordan, and Mount Sinai in Egypt. It was another incredible experience, and it helped convince me to slow down on my National Parks quest and make a more concerted effort to get overseas at least every other year.

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International Travels (as an adult)
Months Year Days With Mode Countries Highlights
July 1996 18 Family Cruise Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore Hong Kong, Cu Chi Tunnels, Bangkok’s Patpong Night Market
May 1997 24 Solo Bus Tour Great Britian, Wales, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstien, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Monaco, France Cardiff Castle, Amsterdam Canal Cruise, Rhine River Cruise, Mt. Pilatus Hotel on top of a mountain, Venice Gondola, Florence Monestery Dinner
July, August 1998 45 Solo, with friends, Bus Tour Bus, Train, Ferry Iceland, Great Britian (2x), The Netherlands (3x), Belguim, Germany(3x), Czech Rep, Slovak Rep, Hungary, Austria(2x), Poland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg Golden Circle Tour (Iceland), Prague @ night, Auschwitz, Rome, Switzerland’s Trains, Luxembourg City, Hofbrauhaus(Munich)
November 1998 12 with a friend Train The Netherlands, Belguim, France Montemarte, Haarlem
February 1999 18 with Mom & Dad Train, Bus, Ferry Spain, Portugal, Morocco Lisbon, Tapas in Barcelona, Tarifa Festival, Ronda
December 1999 14 with Family Cruise Greece, Turkey Athens (spent most of trip sick)
March 2000 14 with 6 friends Train The Netherlands, Belguim, Germany Kuekenhof Gardens, Brussles, Cologne
March 2001 13 with 2 friends Train The Netherlands, Belgium Amsterdam Houseboat Rental, Liege
September, October, November 2001 48 Solo, Bus Tour Plane, Car, Bus Australia Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb, Blue Mts Tour, Tasmania, Seeing friends in Melbourne, Outback Tour, Rottnest Island, Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands
March 2003 10 Solo Train The Netherlands, Belguim Bike Rental, Lieden, Utrecht
March 2004 7 Solo Train The Netherlands Aalsmeer Flower Market, Enkhuizen, Delft, Dordrecht
May 2010 25 Solo Car, Bus Israel, Jordan, Egypt Jerusalem’s Old City, Hebron, The Golan Heights, Jaffa, The Dead Sea, Petra, Mount Sinai Sunrise Hike
Domestic Travel Since 2001
Month Year Days With Miles States Stopped In Highlights
September 2001 9 Keath & Tone 3216 Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota Yellowstone, Grand Teton
May 2002 10 Stan 3923 Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana Glacier, Theodore Roosevelt NP
January 2003 11 Solo 2231 Florida, Georgia Key West, Everglades, Dry Tortugas NP
May 2003 18 Solo 5994 Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah Grand Canyon Helicopter, Acoma Pueblo, Zion NP, Capitol Reef NP, Arches NP, Mesa Verde NP
January 2004 11 Keath & Tone 2313 Florida, Georgia Key West, Fort Frederica
May 2004 20 Solo 7462 Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska Carlsbad Caverns, Fort Bowie NM, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Manzanar NM, Death Valley NP, Golden Spike NM
August, September 2004 8 Solo 1003 New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame
January 2005 13 Solo 2453 Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina EPCOT, Jimmy Carter NHS, Congaree NP
March 2005 15 Solo 4100 Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas Martin Luther King Jr. NHS, New Orleans, Clinton Presidential Center, Natchez Trace
May 2005 15 Solo, 3 days with my dad 3610 Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina Harpers Ferry, Going up the Washington Monument, The National Mall, Wright Bros NM, Cape Hatteras NS, Shenendoah NP
August, September 2005 36 Solo 7112 North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon Seattle, Crater Lake NP, Glacier NP, Olympic NP, Mount Rainier NP, North Cascades NP
May 2006 12 Solo 3427 Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota Minuteman Missile NHS, Badlands NP, Mount Rushmore, Devil’s Tower NM, Yellowstone, Grand Teton
Feburary 2007 10 with Janeen 2258 Florida, Georgia, South Carolina EPCOT, Spring Training, Fort Sumter NM, Charleston
April 2007 14 Solo 6859 Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana San Antonio, Big Bend NP, Fort Larned NM, Lewis & Clark SHS (IL)
June 2008 4 with Matt New York, New Jersey Ellis Island, Old Yankee Stadium, Chinatown
September 2008 11 Boston with my Dad 2944 Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New Brunswick (CA) Cape Cod, Boston, Fenway Park, Acadia NP, New England Fall Colors
June 2009 18 half with my dad 8162 Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota Homestead NM, Rocky Mountain NP, Mesa Verde NP, Chaco Culture NM, Bighorn Canyon NRA, Theodore Roosevelt NP, Grand Portage NM
May 2011 6 with my Dad 1580 Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, DC Independence NHP, Yuengling Brewery, Hampton NHS, Fort McHenry NM, The DC Mall at night
78647 Total trip miles

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