I wanted to share a bit about myself so you understand who I am and what led to my creation of Analytical Traveler.
Passion to experience the world seems to be a genetic trait in my family. I was much like Tom Sawyer in my youth and somehow managed to survive. Sharing my love of cultural exploration and seeing the world with my girls has added a new dimension to travel. Witnessing the joy and wonder of someone you love is better than experiencing it yourself. I've done my job as a father if I pass along the travel gene and the confidence, open-mindedness, and happiness that comes with it.
I love researching ways to hack life to optimize the precious time we have. Figuring out how to be happy in life has been a quest, and one quickly realizes you cannot be truly happy unless those in your life are also happy. As I began teaching my girls to find their passion and follow their dreams, I realized that I hadn't fully done this myself. I've enjoyed the challenges of the corporate world, but my dream was always to have a sail / dive charter business to share the joy of the sea (above and below) with others. My career has enabled me to pursue my passion of travel, but my fulfillment comes from sharing that passion with my family and friends. So selfishly, I created this blog to increase my happiness by sharing my passion with fellow travelers in life.
Son of a Son of a Sailor
This is a Jimmy Buffet song I think all sailors know. I grew up exploring the Santa Barbara Channel Islands on my dad's cutter, Sunseeker. We would spend weeks in the summer avoiding wild boars, popping abalone in tide pools, and then put to bed (on deck) with tales of pirates. This instilled a thirst for life and love of adventure.
Papua New Guinea
The photo was taken on an epic adventure with my sister and father. This trip opened my eyes to cultural exploration and an insatiable curiosity of the people and places in this world. I've found that while on the surface we may look different, ultimately we all have joys, struggles, passions, hopes, and dreams.
Travel with Meaning
We try and take the girls to places that relate to their heritage or what they are working on in school. My mom's side of the family is from Australia, so the girls were able to meet their relatives and see the town their grammy was from. This picture was on Lady Elliott Island on the Barrier Reef where they were able to see turtles hatching and crawling to the sea.
My grandfather was from Italy, so we continued our heritage tour and spent a few weeks in Italy. The girls have become so comfortable traveling, I will be confident in their abilities when they start solo trips in a few years. I'll of course be in disguise making sure they are okay the whole time. This summer we went to Japan, where my wife's family is from, and the girls were able to practice their Japanese!
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Emma, my faithful companion. We spend many days at the river and she's been spotted in Desolation Wilderness (pictured) near Lake Tahoe, with a big smile on her face.
The Analytical Side
Wondering where the analytical approach comes from? I've held a variety of positions in finance and information technology at Fortune 500 companies including Oracle, Intel, and Franklin Templeton Investments. I have an undergraduate and graduate degree in Finance, and consider my failed startup my PhD (long story).
I hope my love of travel helps inspire. It's so easy to get caught up in our daily lives that we forget to live. Life goes by in the blink of an eye, so please prioritize family, friends, and seeing this amazing world. Join the community and swap some tales or send me a note.
I'll leave you with my favorite quote...