My plan for the next few weeks

I made it to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where I will be visiting a friend over the weekend.

From there, I go back to Texas for three days, the make my way to Hawaii on September 21st, where I will be visiting my cousin.

On September 26th, I will make my way down to Auckland, New Zealand.  The plan is to buy a van and travel/work my way around the island.

I am not sure how long I will stay there, most of it depends on how long it takes me to be ready for something new.

I plan to update the website every day, either with a new blog post, or a new travel 101 page if the day is especially slow.


Other things I want to do at the moment:

Hike the Appalachian Trail

Spend a few months in Taiwan improving my Mandarin

Bike around Iceland

Climbing trip around US

Go back to Colombia and see Ecuador, Argentina, and Chile

Go down to Antarctica

Bum around southeast Asia


I haven’t decided where I will go from New Zealand, but it will likely be doing one of these things!


Leaving for Kenya tomorrow!

I am currently in Texas visiting my father.

Five days ago, I met a group of people in his church who are leaving for Kenya on September 4th.  One of the members of the group asked if I would like to go and help.

I don’t know if she was serious about me tagging along, but I took her seriously.  One visa, and an expensive last minute flight later, I am preparing to leave tomorrow.

The group sponsors a church near Meru. We will be going to act as ambassadors, as well as help with small projects.

I am not quite sure what to expect, but I imagine I will in a few days!

Take care,


Hello World

Hey everyone,

I’m Neil, and I am from Boulder, Colorado.

Before starting to travel, I worked for an adult literacy program.  It was a wonderful job and a fulfilling life, but I had some money saved up and have been wanting to travel more.

I decided to start this blog for a few different reasons.  First, I wanted an online journal that I could look back on later in life and remember the people and I places I encountered.  Second, many people have asked me to keep them updated on what I am doing and where I am.  I figured it would be much easier to do a blog rather than email each person individually.  Third, I love traveling and writing, and this is a great way to practice both.

This blog will focus on stories from my travels, the positives and negatives of travel,  the people I meet, and just things I find interesting in general.

I have made a map of the places I have been so far in the world.

Countries I've been

Map made using this website.