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I had about 9 days to make it from San Diego to Seattle, which isn’t much to cover the vast number of sites to see along this 2,000+ mi journey.  I’ll be the first to say that I didn’t spend nearly enough time at any one location for the “full experience”, but that wasn’t my goal for this trip.  I was looking for the cliff notes version, taking as many pictures as possible, sleeping as little as possible and just getting lost on the open road.  It’s the drive that made this trip, with the individual destinations just being the icing on the cake.

Trip Itinerary

  • San Diego
  • Death Valley
  • Eastern Sierra and South Lake Tahoe
  • Burney Falls
  • Luffenhotlz Beach
  • Redwood National Forrest
  • Smith River
  • Crater Lake
  • Toketee Falls
  • Multnomah Falls
  • Mount Rainier and Seattle
Continue reading Road trip San Diego to Seattle – deserts, beaches, mountains and waterfalls
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Road to Big Bend
Without hesitation, one of the first things I hear from friends and family after returning from an extended trip is, “Your trip looked fun!  Who did you go with?”.  When I tell them that I just drove 2,500 miles on my own, the look on their face is a mixture of confusion and penitence.  While solo travel might seem odd to some, it’s actually something I prefer (sometimes) and have had more than one occasion where I’ve turned down friends from joining me on my trips.  There are lots of benefits to traveling solo, but here are my top 6 reasons. Continue reading 6 reasons why I choose to travel solo and why you should too
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Life of a Digital Nomad So this whole becoming a digital nomad really seems like it’s becoming a thing, and I have a couple thoughts on it. For the ones not familiar with the term “digital nomad”, it is in reference to individuals who use technology to earn a living, providing them with the ability to live a nomadic lifestyle. In my opinion this revolution probably started shortly after 2007 when Tim Ferris released The 4 Hour Work Week. Although the title sounds gimmicky, I can assure you it does make a pretty damn good case for how and why you should live a digital lifestyle. Even though this book has been out for almost 10 years, it doesn’t seem like digital nomads have really become a thing until recently with social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat putting these lifestyles on full display.  As this lifestyle has been gaining substantial growth over the past couple of years there have been a handful of observations I’ve made from personal experiences and from afar. Continue reading Thoughts on being a digital nomad
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White Sands, NM
It was something out of a movie when we arrived at White Sands.  I have seen deserts like this on TV before, and there’s a very good chance I’ve seen videos and pictures directly from White Sands but it was never anything I knew about until we started our trip from San Diego back home to New Jersey.  White Sands National Monument is located just outside of the middle of nowhere and right before you get to the middle of somewhere.  The middle of somewhere is also known as Alamagordo, a somewhat decent size town about 20 miles northeast of White Sands which is where we stayed. Continue reading Sledding in White Sands, NM
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