About meI am an author, writer, and cat lover originally from southeastern Ohio. I have worked as a newspaper reporter in two different states and am currently a freelancer and staff writer for Narratively, where I've written about heists, strange crimes, and Bigfoot conventions. I've also had two books published: "Dance of the Trustees," about the quirks of small town government, and "Sealand," a lengthy history of the world's foremost micronation.
Outside of writing, I've tried out a number of weird jobs for the sake of learning, and among others have been a professional mover and black mold remover, neither of which I'd especially recommend. I helm the grindcore band Nyctophagia and collaborate with other noisy maniacs all around the world, and also enjoy biking, shooting pool, lifting weights, and eating fresh fruit 24/7.
- What is the country or city that made you fall in love with traveling?
- Fortunately I grew up in a family that valued traveling, but since studying abroad was my first solo venture, I definitely credit that with underscoring how fantastic hopping around the globe can be.
- What's your best budget travel hack or tip?
- Don't complain about anything and try to organize trips outside of capital cities.
- If you could travel anywhere (regardless of time and money) where would you go? Why?
- Definitely to another planet or dimension, but I've always felt drawn to Mongolia and the Balkans and will probably head to one of those next.
- What's the most surprising mode of transportation you've used?
- Nothing too crazy, though I have ridden with some super scary drivers that made the average car trip pretty ridiculous (ie driving onto train tracks like it was our own lane, and not caring!)
- When do you start packing for a trip? A month, week, day, or hour in advance!
- No sooner than a day before but I try not to wait until the last minute lest I forget something, like my pack of toothpicks.