Ever since I was a boy, I have been on a mission to dive deep into places that most people don’t know exist. For me, there’s nothing better than traveling to these destinations, getting to know the people, and fully immersing myself in their culture and food. I’ve been traveling for nearly two decades and have had the rare opportunity to visit 77 incredible nations. Here is my journey, starting with my most recent trip, going all the way back to where it first began.
After my whirlwind trip through Bhutan, I had a 16-hour layover in Kolkata, India, a city I’ve visited several times now and have a real fondness for. There, as I waited for my flight to Qatar (and then home to Miami), I linked up with my good friend Carlos Volpe of Volpe, Where Are You, and we went on several food adventures together, including a sumptuous feast at Barbecue Nation, a visit to a local craft brewery and bar, and an epic puchka (pani puri) eating challenge right on the street!
In early March of 2020, I took the trip of a lifetime to the south Asian country of Bhutan, one of the destinations I’d wanted to explore ever since I became a world traveler. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a 10-day trip had to be rescheduled on the fly and then cut short due to the mounting COVID-19 crisis exploding around the world. That said, I had an epic adventure with my friends at MyBhutan, who took me on an unforgettable road trip through the cities of Punakha and Thimphu before a quick 24 hours in Haa Valley, and finally, to Paro, where I realized my dream of hiking to Tiger’s Nest Monastery!
After five days on the Island of Hawai’i, I jet-setted to the gorgeous island of O’ahu to continue my gastronomical adventures through the Hawaiian islands. I spent a nice amount of time in the capital of Honolulu before I headed up to the north shore to get a good look at O’ahu’s world-famous surfing beaches! Along the way, I enjoyed several food tours, went sailing on a catamaran at sunset, and went on a scenic horseback ride! I also dove deeper into Hawaiian cuisine, trying everything from poi doughnuts to ube desserts to shrimp at the famous shrimp trucks on the North Shore!
In February of 2020, I got the opportunity of a lifetime to work as the official food ambassador for the state of Hawai’i in partnership with Go Hawai’i. I began my duties as the state’s food ambassador by spending five incredible days traveling around the gorgeous Island of Hawai’i. My adventures took me from Hilo to Kona, and I did everything from ziplining adventures through the jungle to exploring Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Of course, I tried tons of unreal Hawaiian food, including malasadas, lau lau, poke, macadamia nut pancakes, fish tacos, and much more!
In January of 2020, I set out on an epic road trip through Kerala, India to explore the state’s food and culture in-depth. I started in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) with my buddy Vishnu, and we spent the first 48 hours exploring the capital, Kilimanoor, and Varkala before we drove up to Alleppey. There, I met up with my friend and guide (and fellow travel/food vlogger) Ebbin Jose, who drove me from Alleppey to Kannur to Kozhikode and several places in-between over the next 10 days!
Los Angeles, California
At the beginning of December of 2019, my wife and I took a quick trip to Los Angeles, California. This cosmopolitan city in southern California is also known as the City of Angels. It’s known around the world for its entertainment industry, but the LA area is also known for its nature, hiking, beaches, and museums. During our time there, we had the opportunity to visit The Broad Museum of contemporary art, get amazing views of the city at the Griffith Observatory, see Malibu Pier, visit Rosenthal Wine Bar, and more!
After two and a half weeks of traveling through Spain and Italy, the final stop on our epic European family trip was the town of Gubbio. This town is especially important to me because it’s where my grandfather was born, and I still have aunts and uncles who live there. In addition to catching up with them and eating lots of incredible, home-cooked, and truffle-rich Italian food, we also explored the city’s ancient origins by walking its medieval streets and visiting sites like the Piazza di Consoli, the Basilica of Saint Ubaldo, and its famous Roman Theatre!
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After our time in Barcelona, my wife, daughters, and I set off to the medieval city of Orvieto in Umbria, Italy. My mother’s family is from Umbria, so this entire region is super special to me. The city of Orvieto is home to many fascinating sites, including the 14th-century Duomo di Orvieto (Orvieto Cathedral), Torre de Murro, Albornoz Fortress, Pozzo di San Patricio (St. Patrick’s Well), and its Etruscan necropolis. It’s also noted for its wines and cuisine, especially its pigeon!
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My family’s adventures in Spain continued with several days in Barcelona, the city that made me fall in love with travel when I first visited it back in 2003. I loved it so much that I spent nearly two years living there in my 20s. Located in the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain, Barcelona’s history spans roughly 2,000 years, from prehistory to its time as a Roman settlement, all the way through to present-day. From the UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the works of Antoni Gaudi to its beautiful Old City, Ciutat Vella, visiting Barcelona is a must!
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In November of 2019, my wife, daughters, and I set out on an epic, three-week family vacation through Europe that took us through the two countries that have transformed my life the most, Spain and Italy. Our adventures began in the Spanish city of Valencia, a beautiful port along the Mediterranean coast. It’s one of Spain’s oldest cities and dates back to c. 138 BC, and is noted for its rich history and widely-celebrated gastronomy scene, which includes paella, cheese, wine, and lots of seafood!
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
After spending 10 days in Armenia, I had a 48-hour layover in Kuwait on my way home, so I knew I had to do some quick but in-depth exploration of this peaceful gulf state. And while reminders of the Gulf War from the early 1990s are still present, this country has bounced back in a major way. During my two days there, I teamed up with Local Tour Kuwait and learned about the country’s impressive history and present-day life. I also got a chance to tour fascinating local sites, try some tea and shisha, and of course, eat lots of mouthwatering Kuwaiti food. This country exceeded all of my expectations!
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After spending the bulk of September at home with my family, my travels kicked back into high gear in October of 2019, when I had the pleasure of working with the Armenian tourism board and traveling this beautiful country. While many people only know of this country as the homeland of the Kardashians, I quickly learned that Armenia is gorgeous, vibrant country that’s filled with some of the friendliest and most hospitable people I’ve ever met. It’s also rich in history and contains some of the oldest Christian churches on the planet! From the markets of the capital city of Yerevan to the monasteries at Lake Sevan and Gyumri to the famous wine festival in Areni, this is one country everyone needs to experience!
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My whirlwind travels in 2019 continued in late August and early September, when I accepted an invitation from the World Influencers Congress to join over 70 travel content creators for a once-in-a-lifetime trip through the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan. The famous Silk Road runs through this country, and my fellow travel addicts and I had the time of our lives retracing the steps Marco Polo and Alexander the Great as we toured the ancient sites of cities like Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand. Then, I took an extra few days by myself to explore towns further off the beaten path like Shahrisabz, Termez, and Jarkurgan, where I met some of the friendliest people I’ve ever come across in my travels!
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While I like visiting popular tourist destinations around the world, my true love is exploring destinations that are far off the beaten path and don’t see many foreign visitors. When I got the opportunity to spend 11 days traveling through the South American country of Suriname in July of 2019, I jumped at the chance to explore a country many people haven’t heard of. I toured traditional Surinamese markets in the capital city of Paramaribo, strolled the virgin beaches of Galibi to search for sea turtles, met the residents of a Maroon community deep within the jungle, and much more. I also got to learn how the Dutch, Indonesian, Indian, and Chinese cultures have influenced this tiny but diverse nation!
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In May of 2019, I set off to South Korea to work a job for the country’s tourism board. Coincidentally, this job linked me back up with my good friend and travel buddy Sam Jeffrey from Samuel & Audrey and Nomadic Samuel. Together, we explored the capital city of Seoul, the seaside port of Busan, the underrated city of Daegu, and the ancient capital of Gyeongju! Along the way, we hit up tons of traditional street food markets, restaurants, magnificent historical sites, and even checked out the enigmatic border between North and South Korea!
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After working non-stop for months and jet setting back and forth around the world, I decided to get some much-needed rest and relaxation by taking my wife and daughters to Aruba near the end of April. We spent several days on the island, which is known for its warm, dry, and sunny climate and its heavy Dutch influences. Spending this time with my wife and babies is something I will always cherish!
In April of 2019, I took my second trip to China in four years! After the luxury car company, Renault, hired me for a one-day job in Shanghai, I built an itinerary that allowed me to do some in-depth exploration of the city as well as the cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou. Along the way, I tried some magnificent hot pot, went on some unforgettable food tours, visited lots of incredible historical sites, and even got the chance to explore an ancient water city!
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Assam & Meghalaya, India
March of 2019 was a huge month for me, as it marked my first trip to northeastern India. After traveling around the main part of the country for a total of six weeks in 2018, visiting the states of Assam and Meghalaya in this much less-visited region of India was a bit of a culture shock! From the cities and national parks of Assam to the incredible, pork-based cuisine and stunning landscapes of Meghalaya, this part of India truly captured my heart and I can’t wait to explore more of it!
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I began my international travels in 2019 with a two-week trip to Japan. This clean and organized Asian country is a wonderful and fascinating mix of modern and traditional, and has some of the best food on the planet! I based myself in Tokyo for the first several days of my trip, and then spent a couple of days in both Kyoto and Osaka before ending my trip with some in-depth exploration of the prefectures (or states) just outside of Tokyo!
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After an eventful 2018 that changed my life in more ways than one, I officially kicked off my 2019 travel itinerary with a Greyhound trip up to Orlando with my father. But we didn’t go there to check out Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, or any of the other big theme parks. Instead, I was on a mission to get to know the real Orlando. The one far from the tourist attractions. From unique local eateries to exceptional breweries to the swamps of the Everglades, my dad and I hit up tons of hidden gems that gave us a whole new understanding of what Orlando is really all about!
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