Travel

There are few things in life I enjoy more than traveling. Waking up in a hostel bed with the smells of a new city wafting through a broken window, blindly trying to compute a language of which I find nothing familiar, and meeting similar souls from varying corners of the globe are all experiences I’d love to be greeted with each day. This blogs primary focus is to share my love of hiking and trekking through photography, but I can’t help but put a small spotlight on all of incredible places I’ve visited over the years. Below you will find a timeline of my travels, starting with the most recent. There will be a little overlap with some of my treks, as I did some city sightseeing en route to my destinations. ¬†When I first started, I hoped that traveling the world would teach me about other people and their cultures. It has definitely done that, but more importantly, has taught me so much about myself. I’ll try to do my best to give an account of the places I’ve visited, but as¬†Benjamin Disraeli said “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”

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Stonehenge

In the summer of 2015, I fulfilled a lifetime dream of thru-hiking the John Muir Trail. This trail starts in Yosemite National Park, and heads south for 211 miles to the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States at 14,505 ft. The JMT passes through some of the most beautiful scenery on planet earth. I was blown away each and every day by the alpine lake, granite high passes, blossoming wildflowers, frolicking dear, and so much more. You can read all about my experience on the John Muir Trail by viewing my JMT page with full trip reports hundreds of photos!

John Muir Trail Day 9
Pure Beauty

In the summer of 2014, I flew out to Geneva with Julia before I began the Tour Du Mont Blanc. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a 105 mile trek around Mont Blanc massif that takes you through France, Italy, and Switzerland. If you’d like to read about this trek, you can visit my¬†Tour Du Mont Blanc¬†page. The trek was incredible, but of the eight days we¬†spent on the trail, there was a consistent rain for six of them. We¬†had initially planned on continuing the trek and picking up the Walker’s Haute Route from Chamonix, but with more rain in the forecast, decided on a side trip to Eastern Europe instead. We started this trip in Prague, before making our way to Vienna and Budapest. You can read about the trip with the links in the table¬†below, as well as find links to the photo albums on Flickr.

Danube and Chain Bridge
Danube and Chain Bridge
Eastern Europe and TMB  Flickr Photo Album
 Prague  Click Here
 Vienna  Click Here
 Budapest  Click Here
 Tour du Mont Blanc  Click Here

In the summer of 2013, I flew out to Cuzco to fulfill I lifelong dream of seeing Machu Picchu. I¬†waited a little bit too late to book permits for the Inca Trail, but that ended up being a blessing in disguise. I still wanted to trek to Machu Picchu and avoid the letdown I feel when I take motorized transport to a designation. Traveling to a destination means so much more when you can make a good deal of the journey on your own two feet. After researching a bit online, I found the Salkantay Trek. The first day on the Salkantay Trek takes you up and over a 15,000 ft pass, before sweeping through countless micro-climates to arrive at Machu Picchu five days later. As much as I loved seeing Machu Picchu and hiking¬†Huayna Picchu, the trek that followed this journey was my favorite. The Ausangate trek starts in the small town of Tinke, which is about 3 hours away from Cuzco. This trek hits a 17,000 ft pass and never goes below 15,000 ft of elevation. The wildlife and landscape are to this day, the best I’ve ever seen.¬†You can read about my Peru Treks¬†with the links in the table¬†below, as well as find links to the photo albums on Flickr.

Ausangate Trek, Peru
Ausangate Trek, Peru
 Peru Treks  Flickr Album
 Cusco  Click Here
 Salkantay  Click Here
 Machu Picchu  Click Here
 Ausangate  Click Here

In the summer of 2012, I embarked on my most ambitious traveling plan¬†to date. After finishing grad school, I wanted to make the most of my time¬†before heading back to work. To do so, I took two months off for travel. I spent the first month of my vacation backpacking through some of the biggest cities in Western Europe. As if that wasn’t enough, I finished my summer backpacking trip by walking Camino de Santiago. After finishing the Camino, I had about a week before my flight home would leave from Madrid. I made my way south into Portugal and explored Porto and Lisbon before wrapping up what turned out to be an incredible trip.¬†You can read about my European backpacking trip¬†with the links in the table¬†below, as well as find links to the photo albums on Flickr. You can see more information regarding my 500 mile walk through Spain on my Camino de Santiago page.

Venice
Venice
Western Europe Trip  Flickr Album
 Barcelona  Click Here
 Paris  Click Here
 London and Stonehenge  Click Here
 Amsterdam Click Here
 Munich  Click Here
 Bern  Click Here
 Interlaken  Click Here
 Murren, Lauterbrunnen, Schilthorn  Click Here
 Venice  Click Here
 Florence  Click Here
 Cinque Terre  Click Here
 Pisa, San Gimignano, and Siena  Click Here
 Rome (At Night)  Click Here
 Pompeii and Vesuvius  Click Here
 Camino de Santiago  Click Here
 Porto (Pt 2, Pt 3)  Click Here
 Lisbon  Click Here
 Sintra  Click Here
 Madrid

In the spring of 2008, I hopped on a flight to Argentina on a whim. I graduated from college early and had a few months before I was to¬†my first real job. I booked myself an apartment online in the neighborhood of Recoleta, and made the jump. This was one of the more challenging and rewarding experiences in my life. When I fist arrived, I couldn’t speak more than a word of Spanish…not that it would have mattered, as I struggled with all of the “ll” and “y” sounds being pronounced “sh”. I enrolled at a language course a block away from my apartment, and met some of the greatest people travel buddies I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Together, we explored the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, traveled to Colonia, Uruguay, and marveled at the waterfalls in Iquazu.¬†You can read about my travels in Argentina¬†with the links in the table¬†below, as well as find links to the photo albums on Flickr.

Recoleta, BsAs
Recoleta, BsAs
 Argentina Trip  Flickr Album
 Buenos Aires  Click Here
 Colonia, Urugay  Click Here
 Iguazu Falls  Click Here

26 comments on “Travel

  1. Wow, you’ve had some amazing travels! I can’t wait to read through your posts. Any plans for coming to Asia?

    • Hey! Thanks! I’m hoping to visit SE Asia at some point and would also like to run the Great Wall marathon, so hopefully soon!

  2. You should totally check out Nepal. You’d love the hiking and local communities there. Particularly in Mustang. I’d like to hit up Mongolia sometime soon. The flights are a bit expensive. I”m hoping to get a teaching position abroad then after a year of that just travel around Asia. Lot up in the are now as a recent grad.

    • It’s definitely high on my list. I’m going to try and do a Nepal and Bhutan trip soon. I’ve seen the same on Mongolia. It would be incredible to visit, but the transportation costs are prohibitive. Good luck on the job abroad. That would be a great thing to do, especially with a year of travel after!

  3. It seems that you’ve travelled a lot ! Thanks for following my blog ! Have a nice weekend !

  4. Very nice blog, Drew!
    As such a huge trekking fan, I think you’d wildly enjoy our trails in Romania! Happy travels ūüôā

  5. Sounds like some great travels! What did you do for grad school, and we’re you somehow able to use it for your love of traveling?

    • It’s been a lot of fun. I got my MS in Economics, with a finance and econometrics focus. I haven’t been able to link the two, but I have a great job that gives me the time each summer to see the world.

      • That’s the next best thing. That’s my goal, to have as much vacation time off as possible. Higher pay isn’t as important, especially if you don’t have any time to travel and spend it, right?

      • That’s exactly what I realized! I studied finance for my undergrad and had short stint in the industry, but quickly found out that quality of life is something you can’t put a price tag on. I went back to school and now have a much better work/life balance.

      • Excellent! ūüôā

  6. Thats a lot of trekking there! You should visit India soon and check out Leh, Ladakh, Chaddar Trek (Zanskar Frozen River trek, Himachal Pradesh etc….

  7. What an inspiration!
    Thanks for sharing your experiences – especially also in pictures.

  8. What a great resource your site is! Let me know if I can drag you out to Central Asia anytime soon!

    • Thanks, Mark! I’d love to visit, I just wish the airfare wasn’t so expensive! Lots of great photos on your blog. I’d love to see those area someday.

      • You’d be surprised – into Almaty, Osh and Bishkek fluctuates down as low as 750 sometimes on Turkish, but you’re right that it can also get a bit ridiculously expensive.

      • Wow, I’ll have to keep an eye on airfare!

  9. I just played you videos on the side while (my hands) doing translation and (my mind) planning for Nepal trip. I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for your content. It makes me keep motivated grabbing my goal.

  10. Love your website! If you come again to my country (Portugal), I would recomend the “Via Algarviana”, more info at : http://www.viaalgarviana.org/?lang=en. Or you can go also to the “Rota Vinventina”, more info at: http://en.rotavicentina.com. Hoje you like it!

  11. machupicchu nice

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