I call myself a native Pennsylvanian, but truth is I’ve lived all over America. I just liked Philly the most.
My travel adventures really started in high school with spontaneous road trips up and down the East Coast. Things didn’t take off until I started working for Contiki Holidays. It was an accidental five year vacation. I was trying to take a short break from my career, but instead I kept getting on tour buses full of lost tourists.
After five years specializing in trans-continental North American itineraries, I stopped guiding “over the road” to get back to my broadcasting career. That didn’t mean I stopped guiding. I went out and got my license in D.C. and led tours around the District for another five years before moving to Southern California. Now, I’m a recovering tour guide…but the itch strikes often, and fierce.
This blog and podcast is a chance for me to keep guiding in a way. I hope you enjoy the stories and take the advice with a grain of salt!
My perfect trips are made up of a lot of time in the outdoors, with a healthy dose of history and a dash of booze. I view travel as a chance for discovery, not necessarily leisure. Leisure is best kept to suits, chairs and senior citizen communities. It’s a philosophy that often gets me in trouble, but that’s probably the secret goal of everyone who travels: the chance for a bit of trouble.
I still tell stories for a living, albeit in a more static sense:
Best travel moment: summiting Kilimanjaro
Worst travel moment: being indefinitely detained at Heathrow
Favorite place on tour: Yosemite National Park
Favorite city: Tie between San Francisco and New York
Favorite place to eat in America: John’s Roast Pork in South Philly and Rendezvous Ribs in Memphis