My life story in a nutshell…
I was raised by a couple of adventurous Europeans, who arrived in America with nothing, and taught me to value life experience over material things. I grew up with a map of the world tacked to my bedroom wall – red dots designating all of the places my father had visited as a merchant marine. My bedtime stories were made up by my father, and always took place in a faraway land. (The adventures of Burrolito were my favorites). I never dreamed of marriage and a big house, all I wanted to do was see the world.
At age twenty three, after working for a few years at a ski resort, and waiting tables to save money, I took my beloved Bianchi (a bike, not a guy), an open ticket, a AAA road map, and set off on a cycling adventure through Europe with my best friend. We slept on beaches in Greece, got locked out of youth hostels in Germany, sailed the Italian Riviera, pedaled over the Swiss Alps, and partied with the locals at the “Running of the Bulls” in Spain. It was the best time of our lives. The plan was for this six month adventure to get the travel bug “out of my system”, and allow me to settle into a “real” job.
I spent the next 10 years trying to fit in as a stockbroker in Southern California, making just enough money to sustain my travel habit. I took three week vacations whenever possible (much to the dismay of my manager). I roamed the Caribbean, Mexico, Bali, Thailand, Italy, France, Australia and Fiji, and finally had to admit to myself that the financial markets were not my passion.
I returned to the place that was always “home”, Lake Tahoe, where wanderlust finally won out, and my “Passport to Adventure” television series was born. I spent twenty years producing and hosting the program, and finally in 2013, was able to let it go to new owners.
I’ve always been driven to see what’s around the bend, over the hill, or beyond the horizon. For me travel is not a want, it’s a need. It is my passion. Not to scale the highest peaks, or challenge my physical endurance, but to connect with people around the world. I’m not sure what my next project will be, but it will involve travel!
“Live Small, Travel BIG!”