Why the journey?

I was stumped. Speechless. Crickets. During a job interview I was asked the simple question “What’s your passion?” and I didn’t have an answer. Why had I never been asked this before? Was I supposed to have a passion? For years it bothered me that I didn’t have a quick answer to this question. I’ve always seen myself as just an average dude who likes to travel and try new foods. Can travel and food be a passion?

Definition 5b from the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines passion as “a strong liking or desire for.” The love for travel and food can be a passion! Even though I didn’t have an answer at the time, I am very thankful I was asked this question as it made me recognize my passion and motivate me to pursue my passion. Traveling and trying new foods makes me happy. It makes me feel complete. It opens my eyes to new experiences and makes me feel like I’m living life to the fullest. Travel and food is my passion.

I have always been inspired by Anthony Bourdain, Samantha Brown, Alton Brown, and Rick Steves (just to name a few) and have wondered what prompted them to pursue their passion? Can someone just drop everything they’re doing and change course in life? Do you have to wait for someone to invite you to follow your passion or do you you take a leap of faith? Is there ever a perfect time to take a leap of faith?

In the summer of 2018 I challenged myself to take a leap of faith. To go taste the world. I had saved some money and brainwashed myself by listening to various van-life podcasts, and with the support of my friends and family I decided to sell everything I had and buy a little 16′ Airstream travel trailer. Just me and my dog and the open road. Was I scared? Absolutely! Was I excited? Absolutely! 

The goal of this journey of mine is to explore this little planet of ours while trying new foods and meeting some amazing people along the way. “EXPLORE – EAT – LEARN – INSPIRE” is the tagline of my journey and it’s exactly what I want to accomplish. I encourage you to interact with me and I want you to feel like you’re on this journey with me. I love having you along and I hope this inspires you to #tastetheworld and more importantly to #enjoytheride as we navigate through this precious life we share.