Travel is a passion of mine. I guess that's not surprising since you're finding me here. My mother was born in Germany and her first time to the USA was just after she married my father who is an American. They met as pen pals by the way. Since she left her family behind, we would make a trip to Europe every summer to visit. I was lucky in that way! I grew up bilingual and this was a definite advantage in getting one of my future jobs.
Before going away to college, my travels had mainly been with family. During my junior year of college I studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany and then in Queensland, Australia. Definitely my best year of studies! After graduation, I really started to do the type of traveling I wanted to do, which was adventure traveling. When I travel now, I seek out naturally beautiful places; National Parks, off the beaten path, and anyplace where I have the chance to see wildlife in its natural environment and take part in some type of outdoor sporting activity. Being active when I travel is important and this could include hiking, mountain biking, cycling, sea kayaking, horseback riding, white water rafting, skiing, etc. I'm pretty much open to doing anything active in the outdoors. I'm generally not a city guy, although there are some cities which I have enjoyed including Vancouver, San Francisco, and Prague.
The photo is of my friend Jana from Germany enjoying a peaceful moment on the southern coast of Western Australia. This was off the beaten path and you need a 4x4 to get here. It was definitely worth the effort!