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One Last Iberian Peninsula Getaway

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
One Last Iberian Peninsula Getaway

Albufeira, Portugal: June 3-4, 2016 There’s just something about the beach that draws you in and keeps you coming back for more. We sipped our first taste of the beach during our weekend trip to Valencia in mid-May, and just 6 days later, after returning to the dry lands of Sevilla, we took an impromptu trip to Cadiz to dip our toes in the sand once again. Yet, with only one weekend left in Southern Spain, we debated whether to finally pull the trigger and endure the 3-hour bus ride to the Algarve region of Southern Portugal. Should We Stay […]

60 Days of Springtime in Spain

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
60 Days of Springtime in Spain

Spain: April 8 – June 7, 2016 It’s 5 months to the day, we set out on our adventure and here I sit in a place that wasn’t even on the original list of destinations. But this post isn’t about my current state of awesomeness, sitting in a recliner next to a warm fire in a cabin in a tropical paradise. Nope, instead, somehow I’ll try to retell the adventures in our first destination, Andalucía, Spain. It’s fairly challenging to summon the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of a place experienced more than 150 days ago – even more challenging […]

Soul Food, Slave Marts, and Symbolic Sun-scapes

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Soul Food, Slave Marts, and Symbolic Sun-scapes

Charleston, SC: April 3 – 7, 2016 Not many folks heading out on a world tour would place Charleston, SC as their first destination. Yet after a 10:30pm Saturday night flight from San Francisco (SFO), we arrived dazed and groggy in Charlotte, NC just as the sun rose on the first day of our new adventure. We were so exhausted from our last week in Cali and the red-eye flight that I barely remember anything from the 30-minute wheels up to wheels down flight to Charleston. Why Charleston? We chose Charleston for a couple of reasons. First, I have a […]

Tales from the Nomadic Adventure: Life on the Road

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 in Reflections, Series
Tales from the Nomadic Adventure: Life on the Road

In April 2016, my wife and I put our life in the San Francisco Bay Area on pause and set out to explore the world. We had already traveled extensively during our first 5 and half years together. Yet, life in the Bay Area was becoming more financially and psychologically taxing. Given our reasonably good health and fairly young age (mid-30s), we decided it was an opportune time to enhance our relationship and life experiences before truly settling down. The Nomadic Adventure Series Throughout this mini-series, I’ll reflect on our travels – the places we explore, the people we meet, […]

Tales from the Nomadic Adventure: The Back Story

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 in Reflections, Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Tales from the Nomadic Adventure: The Back Story

It was the evening of February 27, 2011, while sitting on the sandy, rocky, sunlit shores in Pacific Grove, CA that I looked up to the sky and saw a sign that would forever change my life. I’d been working in the corporate world for about a decade and at my last “employer” for the previous 7 years. When I joined them back in 2004, I had every intention to stay 5 years and eventually leave to start my own thing. But starting your own thing back in 2004 was considerably different than doing so in 2011. In that brief […]

Behind the Power Curve: Private Pilot Stories & Videos

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 in Reflections, Series
Behind the Power Curve: Private Pilot Stories & Videos

Throughout my last 8 years of private pilot flying, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the skies with 46 different passengers in my 2-seat and 4-seat aircraft. Nearly half of my passengers have been first time general aviation flyers, hence their first time sitting in the right seat behind all those dials and switches. I’m sure each can remember one simple line from my pre-engine start briefing – “Before you touch anything, ASK ME FIRST.” 🙂 As I’ve stated in a previous post, I took a 4-year break from sharing my pilot adventures online. During my blogging blackout period, I […]

Self-Care Chronicles: 30-minute Mondays

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 in Reflections, Series
Self-Care Chronicles: 30-minute Mondays

Freedom is a privilege, an opportunity, and a responsibility. Being able to wake up everyday and practically do whatever you want is amazing and I wish it for everyone at some point in their lives. Yet, like most things in life, after awhile the awesomeness wears off and we find ourselves mentally shackled by our good fortune. Back in May, my wife and I hopped on a train for a weekend trip to Granada, Spain. At this point, we had been a month into our round-the-world trip journey and living in Sevilla, Spain. As someone who has been location independent […]

My Last Flight Before Truly Becoming Nomadic

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 in Cockpit Commentary
My Last Flight Before Truly Becoming Nomadic

My wife and I had been planning to jump into the digital nomad world full-time for over a year. Once the calendar flipped to 2016, we only had 90 days until it became a reality. Needless to say, I didn’t get a chance to spend much time in the cockpit during this transition period given all the changes needed to make the dream a reality. In mid-January, my friend Mark visited us in Northern California for the first time. Like typical Bay Area “wet season” fashion, the weather was great for wine tasting but not flying. Yet, we were not […]

My Top Digital Nomad Office Locations

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 in Photo Journals
My Top Digital Nomad Office Locations

One of the benefits of being a digital nomad is the freedom to whip out the laptop or make a client call from anywhere I want. Over the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to work from locations all over the US and half of the globe (see a list of my digital nomad locations since 2011). But there are a few places in particular that were simply awesome places to call my office for a day, a week, or month. Here are my top spots in 2015-17: My Top Digital Nomad Office Locations in 2015-17 The living room […]

Filling the 4-Year Gap: 2015 Photo Journal

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 in Photo Journals
Filling the 4-Year Gap: 2015 Photo Journal

In 2015, I returned to Asia for the first time since 2011, a year after my first international consulting trip for my business. This time I’d skip west across the pond to celebrate my honeymoon in Hong Kong and Vietnam. Throughout the year, I also found myself in Canada, Spain, and Italy…among a few other locales closer to home. But like most of my non-passport related New Year’s Days, I started the year in the cockpit. January 2015: San Francisco Bay Area Just about a week earlier, I completed and passed my checkride for my complex aircraft rating and I […]

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