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Travel Dad Blog #1

Well… I’m back… I haven’t had the time or made the time since Myspace to blog, but I figured now’s a good time to crank it back up!  Let’s skip the 13 year gap and jump right in though!So why am I making my comeback?  Well, I’m getting old, and I have a one week old baby now fresh out the NICU (that’s obviously her above…)  I want her to be able to see/read what I was actually like before I’m blind, cripple and crazy(er) in my old age.  Anyway, she’s adorable as heck; If she doesn’t stimulate your ovaries into wanting one, nothing will (at least I think so, but I’ve been known to be biased.) I mean, technically, she could be as weird looking as some of the other babies I see on the internet, and I just not know it.  She’s a combination of her mom and me, and her mom is straight, I’m decent, so naturally I think a combination of the two should be decent as well (or appealing to my eyes?)

I do feel a certain kind of way though… I low key/high key, actually, feel as if my friends were praying for her to have her moms fine hair, and not my coarse hair.  I mean, I have wonderful coarse hair, I just choose not to fool with it these days; I stopped the hair thing in 2015, but that’s another blog… (the sponge look kinda saved me; it came back just in time to blame my untamed mane on the newest fashion hair trend thingy)

 (photo compliments of my no good friends)

But I digress.. or did I digress? Not sure where I’m going here, but I never do.  I did go out on a recent “we both have kids or kids on the way double date” the other day.  That was cool… (that’s all I have for now)  I did notice that kids under 12 eat for free on the menu… That’s not too shabby.  Technically, I’ve never paid that close attention to stuff like that, but now I’m now creating a cheat sheet of places where my little crumb snatcher can eat for free!  I will say this though; the Economics major in me thinks this is a marketing gimmick.  Of course kids under 12 should eat for free; they’re stomachs aren’t that big anyway.  It’s either eat for free, or she eat off my plate… I’m not buying a little stomach person any food in the first place; she’s going to learn sharing very early… Daddy’s left-overs are your delicacies Baby!

  But anyway, where was I… I’ve been hanging out with my same friends that already had kids during the regular years in life, and didn’t wait as long as me; Needless to say, there’s definitely been a shift in topics we discuss.  Side note, I recommend everyone wait to have kids… It gives your friends time to progress in their careers, become rich, and buy some amazing baby shower gifts!  Shoutout to my friends (like for real).  I must admit, I did use one of the gift cards to purchase some organic deodorant paste stuff I saw on TV one night (they scared me into thinking I’d get armpit cancer from using my regular antiperspirant – I don’t want armpit cancer.)  It actually works believe it or not, but, that’s coming from a guy who hasn’t really left the house in a few days.  Speaking of hygiene, late hours, and a new little human… I’ll save that for another day…

Back to my new little human that I simply call, “Baby” most of the time- Not like Cash Money’s Baby, but my special Baby… stay focused me… Ok, well, I absolutely love her.  She’s not really a crybaby from what I can tell (even though there’s a thin line between her “smile face” and “I’m about to cry face.” 

She sleeps well, but what do I know?  I only know what I’ve read, and that’s it.  I’m an only child, and I only liked a few kids my whole life (I can actually name them), and I’ve never even changed a diaper until recently.  Speaking of diapers- not a fan.  I love you Baby, but good Lordt, this diaper thing is something else.  Thank goodness for Momma and Grandma’s… I will say, however, that I do appreciate the rumble and vibration of you pooping on my forearm.  I’ll take it that I make you feel just that comfortable?

Which reminds me, Baby… Let’s talk Kanye (medicated ‘ye, because there’s a difference…) there are two songs that remind me of you right now… “Violent Crimes (80% of the song)” and “Lift Yourself (2nd verse),” when you’re old enough to listen, I’ll explain (even though the lyrics are self-explanatory.)

Baby is waking up… gotta go! (feel free to comment your baby raising tips below… I’m sure there’s room for them)

Kevin “Travel Dad” Knight




 

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Uber vs. Lyft…

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Travel Insurance is key!


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Covered Reasons for Travel Insurance!

OneTrip – Protect your next journey with single-trip travel insurance. For an international trip, consider plans that include emergency medical and emergency medical transportation benefits. To protect your financial investment in travel, choose a plan with trip cancellation/interruption benefits.

– Trip Cancellation
Reimburses your prepaid, non-refundable expenses if you must cancel your trip due to a covered reason.

– Attending immediate family members birth
You need to attend an immediate family members birth. The pregnancy must have occurred after the effective date of coverage and can be verified by medical records.

– Complete cessation of services
Your airline, cruise line, or tour operator or travel supplier stops offering all services for at least 24 consecutive hours where you’re departing, arriving or making a connection because of a natural disaster, severe weather, or a strike.

– Complete cessation of services 24 hours
Complete cessation of services by your common carrier for 24 or more hours due to a strike, natural disaster, bad weather or FAA mandated shutdown.

– Covered Travel Delay – loss of 50%
You miss more than half of the total length of your trip because your travel is delayed.

– Death of Family Member
A family member passes away.

– Death of Insured
An insured traveler passes away.

– Death of Traveling Companion
A traveling companion passes away.

– Destination uninhabitable
Your destination is uninhabitable because of a natural disaster, fire, flood, burglary or vandalism.

– Employer Termination – 1 yr.
You or a traveling companion, after having been with the same employer for at least 12 continuous months, are terminated/laid off through no fault of your own, after your effective date of coverage.

– Employer Termination – 3 yrs.
You or a traveling companion is terminated or laid off from a company after your plan’s effective date. You must have worked for this employer for at least 3 consecutive years.

– Felonious Assault
You or a Traveling Companion are the victim of a felonious assault within 10 days prior to Your departure date or during Your Trip.

– Financial Default
Your tour operator, airline or cruise line, ceases operation due to a financial default.

– Foreign and Domestic Terrorism
A terrorist event happens at your destination within 30 days of the day you’re scheduled to arrive.

– Hijacking
You or a traveling companion is hijacked, or in the case of Travel Delay, Your travel is delayed by a hijacking

– Home uninhabitable
Your primary residence is uninhabitable because of a natural disaster, fire, flood, burglary or vandalism.

– Illness of Family Member
A family member has a covered illness.

– Illness of Insured
An insured traveler has a covered illness.

– Illness of Traveling Companion
A traveling companion has a covered illness.

– Injury of Family Member
A family member has a covered injury.

– Injury of Insured
An insured traveler has a covered injury.

– Injury of Traveling Companion
A traveling companion has a covered injury.

– Involved in a traffic accident
You or a traveling companion is in a traffic accident on the way to your point of departure and you or the traveling companion need medical attention or the car needs to be repaired because it’s not safe to drive.

– Jury/Subpoena
You are summoned by a court order or subpoena to serve on a jury or appear in court.

– Legal separation or divorce
Your or a traveling companion legally separate or divorce after your insurance effective date but before your scheduled departure date.

– Loss of accommodations abroad
Family or friends outside the United States can’t accommodate you as planned because someone in the household has died or been diagnosed with a serious illness or injury.

– Military Obligations
You or a traveling companion serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are reassigned, or have your personal leave revoked, except because of war, the War Powers Act, bas or unit mobilization, unit reassignment or disciplinary action.

– Normal Pregnancy
You become pregnant as long as the pregnancy occurs after the effective date of coverage and can be verified by medical records (only applies to Trip Cancellation).

– Quarantine
You or a traveling companion is quarantined.


 

– Trip Interruption
Reimburses you for the unused, non-refundable portion of your trip and for the increased transportation costs it takes for you to return home due to a covered reason.

– Complete cessation of services
Your airline, cruise line, or tour operator or travel supplier stops offering all services for at least 24 consecutive hours where you’re departing, arriving or making a connection because of a natural disaster, severe weather, or a strike.

– Complete cessation of services 24 hours
Complete cessation of services by your common carrier for 24 or more hours due to a strike, natural disaster, bad weather or FAA mandated shutdown.

– Covered Travel Delay – loss of 50%
You miss more than half of the total length of your trip because your travel is delayed.

– Death of Family Member
A family member passes away.

– Death of Insured
An insured traveler passes away.

– Death of Traveling Companion
A traveling companion passes away.

– Destination uninhabitable
Your destination is uninhabitable because of a natural disaster, fire, flood, burglary or vandalism.

– Employer Termination – 1 yr.
You or a traveling companion, after having been with the same employer for at least 12 continuous months, are terminated/laid off through no fault of your own, after your effective date of coverage.

– Employer Termination – 3 yrs.
You or a traveling companion is terminated or laid off from a company after your plan’s effective date. You must have worked for this employer for at least 3 consecutive years.

– Felonious Assault
You or a Traveling Companion are the victim of a felonious assault within 10 days prior to Your departure date or during Your Trip.

– Financial Default
Your tour operator, airline or cruise line, ceases operation due to a financial default.

– Foreign and Domestic Terrorism
A terrorist event happens at your destination within 30 days of the day you’re scheduled to arrive.

– Hijacking
You or a traveling companion is hijacked, or in the case of Travel Delay, Your travel is delayed by a hijacking

– Home uninhabitable
Your primary residence is uninhabitable because of a natural disaster, fire, flood, burglary or vandalism.

– Illness of Family Member
A family member has a covered illness.

– Illness of Insured
An insured traveler has a covered illness.

– Illness of Traveling Companion
A traveling companion has a covered illness.

– Injury of Family Member
A family member has a covered injury.

– Injury of Insured
An insured traveler has a covered injury.

– Injury of Traveling Companion
A traveling companion has a covered injury.

– Involved in a traffic accident
You or a traveling companion is in a traffic accident on the way to your point of departure and you or the traveling companion need medical attention or the car needs to be repaired because it’s not safe to drive.

– Jury/Subpoena
You are summoned by a court order or subpoena to serve on a jury or appear in court.

– Loss of accommodations abroad
Family or friends outside the United States can’t accommodate you as planned because someone in the household has died or been diagnosed with a serious illness or injury.

– Military Obligations
You or a traveling companion serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are reassigned, or have your personal leave revoked, except because of war, the War Powers Act, base or unit mobilization, unit reassignment or disciplinary action.

– Quarantine
You or a traveling companion is quarantined.


 

– Emergency Medical/Dental Coverage
Provides benefits for losses due to covered medical and dental emergencies that occur during your trip. Depending on your plan, there is a $500 or $750 maximum for all covered dental expenses.

– Illness of Insured
An insured traveler has a covered illness.

– Injury of Insured
An insured traveler has a covered injury.

– Emergency Medical Transportation
Provides medically necessary transportation to the nearest hospital or appropriate facility following a covered illness or injury.

– Death of Insured
An insured traveler passes away.

– Illness of Insured
An insured traveler has a covered illness.

– Injury of Insured
An insured traveler has a covered injury.

– Baggage Loss/Damage
Covers loss, damage or theft of baggage and personal effects.

– Damaged
Reimburses the lesser of actual cash value or the cost to repair or replace (less any salvage) if damaged.

– Damaged by common carrier
Your business equipment is damaged by a common carrier.

– Lost
Your baggage is lost while you’re traveling

– Lost by common carrier
Your business equipment is lost by a common carrier.

– Stolen/Recovered Damaged
Reimburses the lesser of actual cash value or the cost to repair or replace (less any salvage) if stolen.

– Stolen/Unrecovered
Reimburses the lesser of actual cash value or the cost to repair or replace (less any salvage) if stolen.

– Baggage Delay
Reimburses the reasonable additional purchase of essential items during your trip if your baggage is delayed or misdirected by a common carrier for 24 hours or more. Receipts for emergency purchases are required.

– Delayed Luggage
A common carrier, hotel, or tour operator delays your baggage for 24 hours or more.

– Travel Delay
Reimburses you for additional expenses due to a covered delay of six hours or more. Some plans may also cover lost prepaid trip expenses due to covered travel delay, depending on the product and state. Please see your insuring agreement to verify whether your insurance plan includes this coverage.

– Civil Disorder or Unrest
Your travel is delayed by civil disorder or unrest.

– Common Carrier Delay
Your departure is delayed by a common carrier.

– Hijacking
You or a traveling companion is hijacked, or in the case of Travel Delay, Your travel is delayed by a hijacking

– Lost/Stolen Documents
Your passports, money or other travel documents are lost or stolen.

– Natural Disaster
Your travel is delayed by a natural disaster.

– Quarantine
You or a traveling companion is quarantined.

– Severe Storm/Route Closed
Severe weather delays your departing flight or causes road closures.

– Unannounced Strikes
Your departure is delayed by an unannounced strike

– Missed Connection
Reimburses expenses resulting from a covered delay that causes you to miss your scheduled flight or cruise.

– Airline Cancel/Delay Bad Weather
Severe weather cancels one of your flights en route to the connection or cruise, or delays it for at least 3 hours

– Bad Weather while en route
You’re delayed by severe weather while en route to the departure.

– Delayed by a traffic accident
You’re involved in or delayed by a traffic accident.

– Change Fee Coverage
Provides reimbursement for fees to change the dates on your airline ticket.

– Attending immediate family members birth
You need to attend an immediate family members birth. The pregnancy must have occurred after the effective date of coverage and can be verified by medical records.

– Covered Travel Delay – loss of 50%
You miss more than half of the total length of your trip because your travel is delayed.

– Death of Family Member
A family member passes away.

– Death of Insured
An insured traveler passes away.

– Death of Traveling Companion
A traveling companion passes away.

– Destination uninhabitable
Your destination is uninhabitable because of a natural disaster, fire, flood, burglary or vandalism.

– Employer Termination – 1 yr.
You or a traveling companion, after having been with the same employer for at least 12 continuous months, are terminated/laid off through no fault of your own, after your effective date of coverage.

– Felonious Assault
You or a Traveling Companion are the victim of a felonious assault within 10 days prior to Your departure date or during Your Trip.

– Foreign and Domestic Terrorism
A terrorist event happens at your destination within 30 days of the day you’re scheduled to arrive.

– Hijacking
You or a traveling companion is hijacked, or in the case of Travel Delay, Your travel is delayed by a hijacking

– Home uninhabitable
Your primary residence is uninhabitable because of a natural disaster, fire, flood, burglary or vandalism.

– Illness of Family Member
A family member has a covered illness.

– Illness of Insured
An insured traveler has a covered illness.

– Illness of Traveling Companion
A traveling companion has a covered illness.

– Injury of Family Member
A family member has a covered injury.

– Injury of Insured
An insured traveler has a covered injury.

– Injury of Traveling Companion
A traveling companion has a covered injury.

– Involved in a traffic accident
You or a traveling companion is in a traffic accident on the way to your point of departure and you or the traveling companion need medical attention or the car needs to be repaired because it’s not safe to drive.

– Jury/Subpoena
You are summoned by a court order or subpoena to serve on a jury or appear in court.

– Legal separation or divorce
Your or a traveling companion legally separate or divorce after your insurance effective date but before your scheduled departure date.

– Loss of accommodations abroad
Family or friends outside the United States can’t accommodate you as planned because someone in the household has died or been diagnosed with a serious illness or injury.

– Military Obligations
You or a traveling companion serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are reassigned, or have your personal leave revoked, except because of war, the War Powers Act, bas or unit mobilization, unit reassignment or disciplinary action.

– Normal Pregnancy
You become pregnant as long as the pregnancy occurs after the effective date of coverage and can be verified by medical records (only applies to Trip Cancellation).

– Quarantine
You or a traveling companion is quarantined.

– Severe Storm/Route Closed
Severe weather delays your departing flight or causes road closures.

 

– Frequent Traveler Loyalty Plan
Coverage for frequent flyer mile redeposit fees in the event of a covered trip cancellation.

– Attending immediate family members birth
You need to attend an immediate family members birth. The pregnancy must have occurred after the effective date of coverage and can be verified by medical records.

– Complete cessation of services 24 hours
Complete cessation of services by your common carrier for 24 or more hours due to a strike, natural disaster, bad weather or FAA mandated shutdown.

– Covered Travel Delay – loss of 50%
You miss more than half of the total length of your trip because your travel is delayed.

– Death of Family Member
A family member passes away.

– Death of Insured
An insured traveler passes away.

– Death of Traveling Companion
A traveling companion passes away.

– Destination uninhabitable
Your destination is uninhabitable because of a natural disaster, fire, flood, burglary or vandalism.

– Employer Termination – 1 yr.
You or a traveling companion, after having been with the same employer for at least 12 continuous months, are terminated/laid off through no fault of your own, after your effective date of coverage.

– Felonious Assault
You or a Traveling Companion are the victim of a felonious assault within 10 days prior to Your departure date or during Your Trip.

– Financial Default
Your tour operator, airline or cruise line, ceases operation due to a financial default.

– Foreign and Domestic Terrorism
A terrorist event happens at your destination within 30 days of the day you’re scheduled to arrive.

– Hijacking
You or a traveling companion is hijacked, or in the case of Travel Delay, Your travel is delayed by a hijacking

– Home uninhabitable
Your primary residence is uninhabitable because of a natural disaster, fire, flood, burglary or vandalism.

– Illness of Family Member
A family member has a covered illness.

– Illness of Insured
An insured traveler has a covered illness.

– Illness of Traveling Companion
A traveling companion has a covered illness.

– Injury of Family Member
A family member has a covered injury.

– Injury of Insured
An insured traveler has a covered injury.

– Injury of Traveling Companion
A traveling companion has a covered injury.

– Involved in a traffic accident
You or a traveling companion is in a traffic accident on the way to your point of departure and you or the traveling companion need medical attention or the car needs to be repaired because it’s not safe to drive.

– Jury/Subpoena
You are summoned by a court order or subpoena to serve on a jury or appear in court.

– Legal separation or divorce
Your or a traveling companion legally separate or divorce after your insurance effective date but before your scheduled departure date.

– Loss of accommodations abroad
Family or friends outside the United States can’t accommodate you as planned because someone in the household has died or been diagnosed with a serious illness or injury.

– Military Obligations
You or a traveling companion serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are reassigned, or have your personal leave revoked, except because of war, the War Powers Act, base or unit mobilization, unit reassignment or disciplinary action.

– Normal Pregnancy
You become pregnant as long as the pregnancy occurs after the effective date of coverage and can be verified by medical records (only applies to Trip Cancellation).

– Quarantine
You or a traveling companion is quarantined.

 




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Urban Events Global Latest Newsletter!

Urban Events Global July 6th, 2018

Good afternoon! We have a lot of great news to share… The summer edition of Urban Camp Weekend 2018 is in the books, and the Fall event tickets are on sale now! In August/September, we’re heading to Barbados… are you ready for Labor Day Weekend!? Deposits are only $50! Also, we’re headed to Rio for New Years! Check out the preliminary info here…)

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* August 31st, 2018 – September 3rd, 2018 – Barbados:
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24 Hours In Mykonos



Dear Diary, Welcome to Mykonos!

Mykonos is known as the party island. I knew I was in party zone based off the souvenir shops. Everything screamed, “Spring breakers come here”. Shirts said: “save a lollipop suck a ****” “good girls go to heaven, bad girls go to Mykonos” “beach dance drink party Mykonos” okay so I’m sure you get the idea this is definitely the party spot now.

Getting around:

*Taxis are limited on the island, especially during peak season. If you visit Mykonos you absolutely have to rent a quad/ATV. For just 30 euros a day, take time to ride around the entire island. You may get lost lol but it is so worth it! When you’re ready to find your way back, just pull over to nearby gas stations to ask for directions back to town. You can actually drive in one direction for miles and miles without getting lost; and you’ll see everything from beaches to local homes/schools etc. Must have a valid license to rent!

 

180° Sunset Bar: You can’t go to Mykonos without enjoying the breathtaking sunset here. The name says it all! I highly recommend you visit on your first night in case you want to go back for more. There is soft music playing in the background while you enjoy drinks and a light snack. Plan to eat before or after your visit. There are cushions on the floor with low tables for a different ambiance (dress accordingly). The drinks are a little pricey (15€) but the incredible views make up for that. Arrive early to get good seats and make sure you wear comfortable shoes because the walk isn’t so smooth. It seems difficult to find because there are signs with no arrows. Just keep walking towards the music!

 

*Windmills– you didn’t visit Mykonos if you don’t have a photo of the windmills. These are the most iconic landmarks on the island! It’s like you didn’t visit Paris if you don’t have a pic with the Eiffel Tower right? –yup it’s that serious. The windmills aren’t of much use as they used to be centuries ago, but they have been renovated and are now used as historic storage space and even private homes. The main windmills are located in Chora in Mykonos Town, which can be seen from multiple spots on the island. It sits on an open space near the water (where you can watch cruise ships come and go) and my favorite part; it’s free to visit.

The wind was not playing!

Shopping: Along with the windmills in Mykonos town, you will find all the shopping you need. Mostly all souvenir shopping, but there are plenty of fashion stores to visit! Mykonos town has everything you need; it is mixed with shopping, bars, restaurants, the beach etc.

 

Daily parties at Paradise Beach and Tropicana

I visited Mykonos in October and that is considered ‘off season’ to them. Tourism is very slow and most places were closing for the rest of the season so we didn’t get to experience the party life. We had that chance to visit Paradise Beach where there are usually daily parties starting at 4pm. There is a strip of restaurants/clubs right on the beach & there were plenty of chairs and umbrellas available to lie near the water. If you visit during peak season, you are guaranteed to have a good time here.

I made it into their family photo album!

Where to stay: It is best to find a place to stay as close to Mykonos Town as possible. Majority of your time will be spent there so the closer you are, the easier it will be to get around without needing transportation.

We stayed at the Alkyon Hotel in Mykonos Town. The staff was exceptional with providing information, calling transportation, and servicing all of our needs.

Where to eat: We made friends with the staff from D’Angelos Restaurant so we ended up dining there multiple times with them. The staff was amazing we didn’t want service from anywhere else! There are several restaurants all around Mykonos town. You will have to grab a 4 wheeler or taxi and ride outside of the town if you prefer a “hole in a wall authentic” restaurant.

A familiar taste in a new place!


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Backpacking Across South America: M0ner0

The type of place you bring the woman you want to impress. #noryauyos #vilca #huancaya #lima #peru

Backpacking Across South America: MOnerO

July 13th, 2017

One of the greatest things about social media is that you get to e-meet people that you probably would’ve never met in “real” life. There are a lot of authentic people out there leading fascinating and interesting lives. For me, one of those people happen to be Kent or @M0ner0 (with zeros, not “o”) on Instagram. If you’re not following him please go and do so right this moment. Kenny is always on the go – he’s never just “home, chilling”. He has gone to the deepest corners of the world (far, far off the beaten path and miles away from tourists) to capture some of the most stunning, surreal, beautiful, mystical – I could go on – views I have ever seen.

What makes his photos so intriguing is that he often hikes (sometimes 7 hours or more), sometimes risking his life on these dangerous paths to capture these incredible moments.

I’ve been following him for a few years now and I’ve always told him that he needs to write a book one day. This man is FULL of stories (as I’m sure you can imagine) which is why I decided to reach out to him for an interview right quick.

Planet Earth… everyday #earthday #earthlife #pachamama #noryauyos #vilca #huancaya #lima #peru

You seem to be a very mysterious man – Where were you born and raised?

I was born In Passaic, New Jersey from immigrant parents. My parents split up when I was a toddler. Mother moved us to Worcester, MA, where I was raised.

I’ve been following you on Instagram for quite some time. You once mentioned being incarcerated and having found a deeper appreciation for freedom and life. If you don’t mind sharing, what led to your incarceration and how much time did you have to do?

I was incarcerated for almost two years for drug trafficking. It was my first (and hopefully last) time I’ve ever been in any serious trouble.

You’re the true definition of a modern-day nomad. What made you decide to go on the road and explore the world on your terms?

Frankly, I became tired of the short vacations that yielded nothing but “good” times. I wanted adventure and deep experiences. A fellow I met in Berlin, Germany convinced me of the backpacking route and so I took the plunge.

I MUST ask this: Being that you spend a lot of time in the wilderness among the mountaintops, how do you maintain cell phone service?

Almost all of my posts are later grams. Either a day or even a week after the event. I have a Peruvian cell chip. It’s really cheap to buy internet data here.

Also, it seems that you do a lot of bartering with the people you meet along your journey but how do you get by without a solid job (income)?

I’ve had the privilege of guiding people around places for cash. Occasionally I’ll do some odd jobs for a few sols (Peruvian currency). Couchsurfing and Woofing are great ways to stretch your savings.

*Couchsurfing is a website where a fellow traveler can find a place to crash at, for free. Woofing is also website where you can find employment in exchange for food/lodging.

Are you ever afraid? What keeps you going?

I have shed any fear I had years ago. I’ve been robbed a few times. I almost got shot for mistaken identity once. I find that things happen, especially on long term journeys. It is inevitable. It is how you approach it and how you deal with any issues that arise. Staying positive is key.

The love of adventure keeps me going. The love for photography and my passion to share with others the beauty found on planet Earth keeps me going.

When they say that you shouldn’t, cuz they wouldn’t #huaytapallana #huancayo #junin #peru

Many, many thanks to Kenny (@M0ner0) for sharing! If you’re looking to see the unseen part of a country’s culture you’ve got the right guy.

Would you ever consider backpacking?

 

 

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COUCHSURFING, SOUTH AMERICA, BACKPACKING, PERU, WWOOFING, SOLO TRAVEL, CENTRAL AMERICA

Philly In Less Than 24Hrs.


It was on a Friday afternoon, I was sitting at work, fake busy and just counting down the hours until it was time to go, when out of nowhere, I just decided that I wanted to book a flight and go somewhere the next day, and I didn’t care where. For me, as long as it was out of Dallas, TX, as long as the weather was right, as long as the price was right, and as long as they had public transportation, my name was going to be on that plane ticket.

Now remind you, I was fairly new to the travel world at this time, so for me to just up and decide to leave without research, it was a big deal, but I just wanted to be gone, and in less than 24 hours, I found myself on a plane to Philadelphia, PA and nobody knew about it, not even my mama.

You see, before this, I was always under the assumption that flights booked closer to the departure date, especially this close, would be expensive, so when I first started to look at flights, I didn’t take it serious, but just in case, I was still ready for whatever, and to my surprise, boom, Philadelphia “one-hundred-and-fifty-dollars,” and with perfect flight times too. Man look, feeling that the price might have been a mistake, I bought that flight faster than OJ left out that courtroom in 95.

Now, what made it so real was, not only was I was going by myself, “as usual,” but I really didn’t know anything about Philly: a street, a building, a person, what their downtown looked like, or what I was going to do there. All I knew was, over the summer while on Snap Chat, Philly came across while they were doing the city takeovers and it showed the “Liberty Bell,” two, that they had cheese-steaks, three, that “Love Park” used to be on all the skateboard videos I watched when I was younger, but that didn’t hit me until I saw it in person, and four, that Meek Mill was from there, which was ironic, because “DC4” had just dropped that night, and I the song “Blue Notes” on repeat almost the entire flight.

But that next Saturday morning, you couldn’t steal my joy, I was really on my way like never before, and nobody had a clue about my move, hell, I was still trying to believe it, and almost a whole day went by before I told anybody where I was. Dangerous, yea I know, because anything could have happened, and nobody would have blah blah blah, but the bliss of it all was in full effect for your boy, and to add to it, I was living out a simple goal I had made for myself since I had started traveling, which was too one day, wake up, buy a plane ticket that left the same day, and just go, and I had sort of did that with this one, so I was happy.

People think I’m crazy, but at the same time think it’s cool that I’m as spontaneous as I am when it comes to travel, and I’ve actually made it my style of travel since this one, so now I never plan. I just don’t believe in being scary, whether it’s in life and or travel. I just refuse to live always worried, always trying to plan, always trying to follow this schedule and that schedule, or include this person or that person, I can’t live like that. I’d rather risk me flying clear across the country, and it being a bad time, than including someone along with me, and they ruin a good time, for me.

SN: Philly surprised the hell out me too. I didn’t realize how much history it had there, from the:

Foundation where G. Washington housed 9 of his slaves: Hercules, Austin, Paris, Joe, Mole, Oney Judge, Christopher Sheels, Richmond, and Giles.IMG_20161111_083127

 

Independence Hall

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Liberty Bell IMG_20161111_091524

 

Historic Parks (Tomb Of Unknown Soldier)IMG_20161109_200830

All Wars Memorial To Colored Soldiers IMG_20161107_151933

 

…and I even rode a bike across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, to Camden, New Jersey. PicsArt_04-17-06.20.48

Ashton Keith
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Gap Year

Gap Year 1-1 Are you Chicken??

We all have different opportunities presented to us at numerous times in our lives but you know what, sometimes we are just too chicken to take advantage of them.  Yeah I said it. You, me, us, we just get so comfortable in our daily routine, in the safety of the known, that we just want to maintain it. Even if what we are maintaining sucks or if we think there is something better out there for us. Better to be unhappy in what we know versus the potential of being even unhappier in the unknown.

Well, let me tell you a little bit of my routine and what is known. I am a consultant and as glamorous as it may sound, what that really means is long hours, constant traveling, early mornings, being away from loved ones, constantly playing the “game”, and walking on water for your clients. (that was a Jesus reference btw)

In the last 1.5 years before I gave the deuces to my job, I would wake up a 5 a.m. every Monday morning after hitting snooze button one too many times and then rush to the Atlanta airport to be herded through the security line with so many other walking dead consultants.  I would take a weekly 5 hour flight to sunny San Diego, which had beautiful weather btw, but then work 10-12 hours day, so never really getting to enjoy it.

Then, I would grab some food after work, say I was going to gym but rarely did, call my girlfriend and talk to her for 1-2 hours while I sat it my hotel room and then hit repeat until Thursday.  On Thursday there was a glimmer of light that the weekend was near but sometimes it would be decimated if I had to take a red-eye back.  If you ever wanted to see an angry black man then come see me when I get off that 5 hour red-eye at 6:30 am.

 

Do I look happy to you??

I was just mad at the world. Even after taking a nap when I got home, my internal clock was just completely disrupted so I was cranky all weekend.  This was my routine and this was what I was holding on to. Sounds terrible doesn’t it?

Gap Year1-2: So, a little about me

So for all intents of purposes, consulting can really weigh on you especially when you’re traveling coast to coast every week.  However, to be fair, there are some pretty darn good perks. I would be remiss with pointing these out and would only telling one side of story. So first, you make good money. My company (which will remain nameless..for now) was kind of skimp on pay compared to other consulting companies but they still paid well comparatively to other industries and they also had great stock options.  I get 5 weeks’ vacation, was promoted a number of times, and flown on private jets for client work, so let’s just say my career progress was going well.  In addition, I racked up a ton of frequent traveler point so Delta and SPG hotels rolled out the red carpet for me.
In most cases I was upgraded to first class for my coast to coast trips and I would get suite upgrades in my hotel at random.  I also used those points to take “almost” free trips to places like Hawaii, Costa Rica, Brazil etc (in prior years).

Oh yeah, and I also got extra cash from my traveling per diem whenever I was on the road. Oh yeah (again), instead of coming back to Atlanta, I had the option to go to any city in the world that was a comparable price on the company’s dime. Whew!! Now, I bet you are like what the heck is he complaining about?

To be clear, I am not trying to brag but just trying to paint a picture of the good and bad of what was major part of my life at this point.  If you haven’t, check out the bad in Gap Year 1-1

Gap Year 1-3: Oh I think I like you..

So rather or not you thought my life sucked, or you thought it was awesome, or it was somewhere in between, something was at least off for me.  I think part of it was that I was about to turn 30 years old and I felt like I was losing myself in corporate America after being in it for almost 7 years.

I was doing well in my career but ultimately I wasn’t happy and really where I wanted to be.  But on the flip side, I really liked the people I was working with.  My co-worker and clients actually became my legit friends.

Although we worked hard, and we did work hard, we played hard and we were really like a family.  I don’t know how many times they helped me plan a surprise or select a gift for Najah (that would be my girlfriend). Or when it was just after 6 p.m. and things started quieting down, it would turn into a Karaoke session.  When my birthday came around they got me a special cake (I required a lot out of the team so when I didn’t get what I expecting they would call me princess…lol)

When you reach a milestone and you decide to pop champagne in the parking lot or you have a van full of consultants that are taking calls on the way up to a vineyard to get lit

 

or you make an unsanctioned trip to Tijuana, you know you have something special.  I went through roladex of pics and even found a pic of me wearing my “princess” crown.

Some of my fondest memories have been with working with people on this project.  Tear, tear.  So if you can’t tell I was hella confused.  However, I still had a choice to make.  Continue with my routine or take on a reckless but potentially very uplifting opportunity of a gap-year.

Gap Year 1-4: The Opportunity (WTH is a Gap Year???)

So my buddy @travelandtruth and I got the travel bug when were college roommates at Georgia Tech. We took a cruise to the Bahamas for Spring Break in 2012 and then the floodgates opened. We were addicted to travel and went on trip after trip after trip.

I mean from going to Cuba illegally before Obama made his historic trip, to playing Mas in Trinidad Carnival and no knowing a single soul there (highly inadvisable lol),

or making our way to the ruins of Machu Picchu,

we have seen a lot of countries together. After going on so many trips and talking to so many non-Americans we always heard this reoccurring theme of a gap year. Our first response was “Ummmm, What’s a gap year?”.
A gap year is break the many Europeans and Australians take to travel the world after graduating from secondary school and before they take job. It is an amazing opportunity where it gives individuals the ability to become global citizens and reflect on what they really want out of life.

 

Some people do the gap year and decide that they want to stay in that country and work as a professional or as a surf instructor. Some people do a gap year and go to just about every country in South America or Asia. The idea is that they learn about the world before they put their heads down in an office or any job for the next 30+ years, something I think Americans can really learn from.

So after hearing all of this insightful information since 2009, are question to ourselves was , why not us?!!!

Gap Year 1-5: Planning For A Reckless Experience at 30

So from the moment we learned what a gap year was in 2009, we started planning and saving for our own. I mean honestly we didn’t know if we ever would do it but we knew we wanted to. It also wasn’t a specific plan just something we kept in the back of our minds.  Well, it was in the back of our minds until January 2015.  You see, this trip would cost a significant amount of money (and still did) but since both my buddy and I were consultants we always planned on using Delta’s Around the World Ticket to help keep costs down.For 180,000 miles we could get to just about every continent in the world with only paying taxes (a few hundred bucks).  Well, on that fateful date in January, Delta forced our hand and really made us put up or shut up.


As I was just perusing the internet one Saturday afternoon I just got the urge to start looking for flight deals. I went on Delta’s site to check what trips I could get with points.  I remember I started to daydream about the possibilities of a gap year and then something caught my eye….Delta’s around the world ticket program is expiring!!!  Wait, it’s expiring?!!! Wait, it’s expiring in literally 2 days!!! <mouth drop>. Are you #@^&$ kidding me.

 

My heart fell out of my chest.  Using Delta’s RTW ticket was the only “affordable” (and I use that term loosely) option for us do the gap year.  So no RTW ticket means no Gap Year!!  I immediately called my boy and we had a long phone call and kind of just went back and forth with each other and were like are really doing this?  We aren’t in our mid-20’s anymore we are grown men that are about to be 30.  Are we going to quit our jobs?

 

I mean no job means no income, we have both have serious girlfriends now, we both have mortgages, this trip is cost a grip, wait so……..are we really doing this????

Gap Year 1-6: The Decision

Man oh man ish got real that day lol.  I always told Najah that a gap year was a possibility in the future but even I didn’t believe it to some degree. I mean, does it really make sense for a 30 year old man to recklessly leave his job to pursue some farfetched passion or dream?  Ugh!! What to do?!!

The very same day we figured out that we had 48 hours to make a decision,  I had an emergency meeting with my buddy.  It was game time. We were nervous, we were scared, and we were mad at Delta for springing this on us and discontinuing the program with points.

 

We spent hours going over the pros and cons of going on the trip. We would constantly pace back and forth in my living room and ask each other question after question.  What about our girlfriends? How do we tell our girlfriends?

What about our jobs? Do we like our jobs? How does this ticket even work? Can we afford this?   If we do it, we are saying “Yes” to an amazing opportunity but also “Yes” to a very uncertain future with our girlfriends, jobs, income, and life!!

If we say “No” we are saying we want to be comfortable and play it safe. We are saying we want to go back to jobs that we don’t really care for but, hey, at least it doesn’t disrupt the routine.  Everyone is happy except us.  Both options kind of suck lol.  What would you choose if you were in our shoes?

Gap Year 1-7: Selfish or Self-Worth To Leave Your Girlfriend Behind

After significant deliberation, and I do mean significant, our eventual decision to do the gap year was ultimately a “Yes”.  Now, I can’t speak for him as to his rationale for still choosing to do the gap year, but from my perspective, it was doing something for the betterment of me. Now some people, specific people, (yeah I am jabbing) thought this choice was very selfish. And you know what they may be right. It is selfish to go after your dreams.  I have dated a beautiful, committed girlfriend for 3 years and now I am about to bounce for at least 6 months.She definitely wasn’t happy about it and she didn’t want me to go. But I can’t lie, in my mind I would have loved for her to say if this is important to you then it also is important to me and just support me through it. However, that obviously didn’t happen lol and I can’t blame her. I mean our relationship was literally on the chopping block so I can definitely understand the concern.

So this is a legit question.  Was this decision selfish or more about self-worth or is there even a difference? (add a comment and let me know).   I really want to know what people think.

Gap Year 1-8: Why I Chose…

Yes, I decided to choose me and do the Gap Year. I am interested to see people’s comments and response but let me now share a bit more of my rationale. Saying “Yes” to the gap year was me deciding to not self-sacrifice for the sake of someone else’s happiness (mostly my girlfriend) for a unique and life changing experience.  This sounds harsh as hell but hear me out (I love you baby!!).Deciding to not do this would have been a detriment to myself and more than likely to us.   Saying “Yes” to the gap year, for me,  was an inward and outward proclamation to myself that I was not a slave to my job or slave to what American society says I should be (umm do you know what America thinks of me..I am a black man by the way).I mean can you imagine if I thought the opposite? So if I said hey baby I will stay back for us but I am going to feel like a slave to my job and also feel like I need to live up to what American society says I am.  Umm, bro, that’s not healthy.  And honestly, that’s how I started to feel being in corporate American for so long.  I just saw a not so good future on the horizon and I had to do what I thought was best to stop that.  I needed a rest clock.

Another reason I chose to do the gap year is that I am hoping this can inspire others. A black Bajan-American male from the ghettos of Boston who sometimes ate bread and butter for dinner (btw bread and butter is off the chain) because there was no alternative and had to keep the oven open to keep the house warm some nights is going to travel to all 7 continents on a gap year.  Umm, you said what sir?  So in other words I am saying if I can do it, you can do it.

Gap Year 1-9: Black Self Worth And Travel

Doing something like this gap year (although it is really not a year) is hard enough no matter what your background is but there is also another reason why I wanted to make the trip.  Self-Worth. How does America see me? Yes me, a black man.  Well, as you can imagine, it ain’t pretty (this trip was happening in 2015).  I am likely going to end up in jail or dead, right?  Oh my, you graduated from Georgia Tech, did you play a sport? I am also extremely prone to violence, you didn’t get the memo?The rhetoric that America is spewing when I was getting ready to take this trip in particular with police brutality was on different level, the worst that I have seen in my lifetime.   Even despite what I was able to accomplish at my firm (I mean I flew on a private jet for client work for goodness sake), all the tragic events with Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown etc and seeing it over and over again eventually lead me for the first time in my life to wish I was born a different color. I really just wished I wasn’t black.  I remember I would just tear up sometimes (as manly as I could) and wonder why they just hate us.  Eventually I came back to my senses and realized my black is beautiful but this ish is real.  So doing this gap-year was giving me a break from such a contentious environment, doing my small part in hopefully changing the story-line of what black men are able to accomplish, and motivating people that look like me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.  I just put my mind on something for 6 years and prepped for it. You can too!

Lawrence – We Work To Travel
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BARBADOS WAS SO GOOD TO ME!

First I want to say HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY BARBADOS!! Barbados was a TIME! I’m almost speechless about my experience. First of all, you know I’m greedy so let’s talk about the food first. I was having so much fun that I didn’t even get to REALLY experience the food outside of the resort. That’s just one of the many reasons why I have to go back! I did get a chance to try Chefette at the airport which was pretty good. I always love fast food way better outside the states. I have been to so many resorts in different Caribbean islands and the food at Divi Southwinds Beach Resort was by far the best food I have ever had on a resort! Sooooo, so, so good! From breakfast to lunch and dinner, everything was good and ALL INCLUSIVE. I love that word!

The rooms were pretty average with a living room and balcony. On this trip, I was never in the room so it was perfect. The St. Lawrence Gap is a known hotspot in Barbados and is right in the backyard of the hotel. You can literally walk there. The funniest thing ever is that my other half actually ran into Majah Hype (My Brooklyn people know) the first night we got there. I enjoyed my stay at the resort, the staff had great vibes and were accommodating and friendly.

If you’ve been keeping up then you know that I was actually there for a wedding. I want to cry just thinking about it because it was truly BEYOND beautiful. Big shoutouts to Nandi and Kenyatta on their union! #RoadtoRegis was a hit and the first destination wedding I attended this year and ever.

Being able to travel with my other half and some of my amazing friends from college made it all that much better. It was so good catching up while enjoying some fun in the sun. I am so happy when I get to have beach days and on this trip, I got to have plenty. Not only was there beach access on the resort but some friends and I still made our way to Sandy beach for food and excursions. I had too much fun and the GREAT news is I WILL BE BACK!

Click the link below if you are interested in going to Barbados with me next year or if you want to just join a fabulous traveling group! You won’t regret it!

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