About Me

This site is owned and operated by Patrick an American traveler.

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA.

Patrick loves all types of travel but especially likes backpacking because of the freedom it allows. Patrick has traveled all over the world for the past 3 decades and continues to do so.

1. COUNTRY OF BIRTH

USA

2. NATIONALITY & ETHNICITY

American of Irish & German descent

3. GREW UP IN

Chicago, Illinois, USA first half of life … Phoenix, Arizona, USA second half of life

4. STUDIED AT

Benedictine University under the Benedictine Monks in Lisle, Illinois

5. NUMBER OF COUNTRIES VISITED

12 countries across 6 continents. Antarctica, I’m coming for you!

6. LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English (native), Spanish (been really good at asking the direction for the bathroom), Hawaiian (most of the cool words and phrases), and Tagalog (more like English with random Tagalog words thrown in).

7. AGE AND FIRST TRIP BY PLANE

My first solo trip on a plane at the age of 18 to San Francisco, California … and have been traveling ever since.

8. FAVORITE AIRLINE(S)

The majority of Asian and Middle East International carriers … Korean, JAL, Qatar. Southwest for Domestic flights within the USA.

9. USUAL IN-FLIGHT APPAREL

Hawaiian shirt, linen shorts, baseball cap, and flip flops for short trips and warm countries. T-Shirt, linen pants, Nike Air shoes, a destination appropriate weather-proof jacket, and a baseball cap when traveling everywhere else.

10. THINGS/GADGETS I CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT

iPhone, bluetooth speakers and headphones, tablet/laptop, camera, Camelpack backpack.

11. FAVORITE COUNTRY

Split between USA and the Philippines. I absolutely love the diversity each has to offer in terms of landscape, cuisine, people, the sights, the multifaceted culture.

12. FAVORITE CITIES

I have a few … but I prefer Island Lifestyle over the city.

  • San Francisco
  • Laguna Beach
  • Miami
  • Waikiki Beach
  • New Orleans
  • Sydney

13. FAVORITE CUISINE

Italian, Seafood, French, American & Filipino BBQ

14. HOTEL, HOSTEL, OR AIRBNB?

I use all three depending on the type of trip.

  • Hotels – I use to travel quite often for work and would usually stay in hotels. As a travel blogger, I collaborate from time to time with hotels who are gracious enough to accommodate me.
  • Hostels – No better way to meet other travelers on the road (besides certain apps) and sharing a room with complete strangers (am I too old for this?!?) than staying in a hostel!
  • AirBnb – I like the feeling of being in a foreign city and having the impression that I’m one of the locals.

15. MOST MEMORABLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

Some that come to mind immediately …

  • Missing the last flight out of Las Vegas and having to pull an all-nighter around town until catching the first flight back home and having to go directly to work from the airport.
  • Missed flights for many different CRAZY reasons.
  • Lost luggage on way too many flights.

16. MOST CHALLENGING TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Staying within budget … especially when presented with so many good deals in comparison to the USA … but when you are on a budget of $50 a day … it’s still expensive

17. MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT

Getting a full-body pat-down at airport security.

18. WTF MOMENT

Stuck in the Philippines unable to leave the country because I could not come up with $15 USD in pesos to pay a fee to the leave the country. Amazed to discover that the primary international airport in Manila does not accept credit cards at the airport for a fee that is required to leave the country. I was unable to access my funds from any of the ATMs in the airport using the very same cards that I used ALL month while traveling throughout the country. Crazy!

19. BEST TRAVEL ACTIVITY(S)

Trekking, exploring islands on a scooter, water-activities, relaxing at the beach sipping a cold coconut while reading books.

20. FAVORITE TRAVEL SOUVENIR

Memories backed up with photos

21. YOUR FAVORITE INSTAGRAM PHOTO

Providencia & Santa Catalina Island

22. BUCKET LIST

Click Here for My Complete Bucket List

  • Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland
  • Experience the cherry blossoms in Japan
  • Riding the Trans-Siberian train from Moscow all the way to Beijing
  • Learning how to scuba dive

23. FUTURE TRAVEL PLANS

More of Asia, Europe, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica by backpack. Caribbean & Hawaiian Islands by sailboat. Road Trip USA by stealth RV van.

24. YOUR TRAVEL INFLUENCER(S) AND WHY

Lost LeBlanc, Finn Show, Kara & Nate

25. FAVORITE TRAVEL QUOTE

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Laozi