In the past three years (37 months to be precise), I have been been fortunate enough to extensively travel through seven different countries on three different continents. The original purpose of my first trip was to relive the journey and spiritual awakening that Christopher McCandless experienced during his pilgrimage throughout North America (documented expertly by Jon Krakauer in his book, "Into the Wild"). Like McCandless, I went on this trip and subsequent trips by myself with the hopes of learning what the universe had to offer.
This first sojourn revealed many beautiful sites from the glaciers of Southern Argentina to the massive waterfalls of Iguazu to the breathtaking beauty of Torres del Paine. I returned to the United States much like McCandless had - enthralled with the beauty of nature but disgusted with the seemingly backwards priorities of my fellow countrymen. When I traveled to Africa for my second expedition, significant life events and the accompanying maturation endowed me with the gift of empathy. I had returned from Africa after three life-altering months and finally understood that my countrymen did not have the same priorities that I had gained because they had not seen all that I had seen. I had essentially received an education that they had not. I was forcing the lessons that I had learned on individuals who were not yet at a place to receive these teachings. Instead, I decided that I would reflect without bias on my experiences in the hopes that these adventures abroad may catalyze others to think about how they influence, and are influenced by, the world around them.
Like McCandless, there were numerous times where I was in trouble, lonely or witnessed breathtaking spectacles in solitude. Overcoming my fears, solving difficult problems and even having my life threatened were just some of the things I went through. The most important experience, however, was also McCandless' most important discovery. He had set out with an abhorrence for material things and the system that promoted them, but he learned that these things were independent from what was most significant in life - the love and companionship of those most important.
Much like Thomas Bayes, I have used these journeys and the lessons learned to refine my way of seeing the world. Therefore, I have decided to announce that this trip will be my third and last solo journey. I hope to forge new and wonderful memories with the person most important to me, whether it be trekking in the Outback of the Northern Territory, diving among the reefs of Costa Rica or relaxing on a gondola in Venice. I am excited for this new chapter and sincerely hope that you join me and my partner on our next expedition so that we can act as a conduit for showing you all of the wonderful things that the world and its peoples have to offer.
To the road traveled...
...and the road ahead