April's Notes from the Road
I love to travel. Practically speaking, I was born traveling. My earliest memories are of exploring maps with my father, who taught me that "the world is bigger than your own backyard" and encouraged me to see as much of it as I possibly could.
Since then, I have taken my father at his word. By the age of ten, I had been to 40 of the 50 United States. I took my first solo cross-country road trip at 17. Following college, I spent almost four years traveling overseas -- with a backpack, a shoestring budget, a hunger to understand cultures, and insatiable wanderlust. Those experiences helped form my values, professional goals, worldview and global citizenship. As of today, I've logged 92 countries on all continents except Antarctica, and all 50 US states.
One of the biggest gifts of travel is helping others see new places in new ways. Over the years, I have had the chance to do this often and in varied roles: researching and guiding hiking and biking trips; serving as deal counsel for cross-border transactions; helping countries with international market expansion; and most recently, seeding the sharing economy with companies, governments and communities around the world.
Recent Travels (past 12 months): Cuba, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, The Maldives, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Austria, Denmark, Estonia (where I became an e-resident), France, Iceland, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, UK, Morocco (for a storytelling course), and Canada.
Where Next?: Belgium, Finland, Norway, Japan, Aruba and almost anywhere I am invited
Favorite Places and Experiences: Mongolia (yurt-to-yurt trekking), Vietnam (coast and highlands), the Bolivian Altiplano, Torres del Paine (Patagonia), Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania), Bergamo (Italy) and the Bukovina monastery circuit in Romania
Bucket List: New Zealand, Namibia, Samarkand (Uzbekistan), Madagascar
Travelogues: I have always recorded my travels in journals and blogs. Perhaps I'll write a book someday. I'm in the process of editing many travelogues for prime time. If you're interested in learning more, please contact me.
I hope you enjoy my "Where In the World Is April?" map. One of my biggest life passions is helping others to see the world in new ways -- whether adventuring out on their own, or staying put at home!