About meOriginally from New York, I've lived in Spain, traveled full time as a nomad, and currently have a home base in Buffalo, New York (for now).
I have house sat as a way to travel the world without paying for accommodation since 2016. It's an absolutely fantastic way to travel, and I even wrote a book about it (The House Sitting Handbook). I also did a TNN event on house sitting.
As a passionate animal lover and environmentalist, I'm also vegan and aim to live as sustainably as possible. I believe that sustainable, responsible travel can change the world for the better.
I love urban exploration and spending time in nature. My favorite places have been those with a mix of both. I nerd out over researching and discovering eateries, cool coffee shops, unique bars, street art, and hidden city spots. As soon as I know I'm going on a trip, the list making begins :)
I also need to escape to the forests and mountains with long hikes and camping. One of my most memorable travel experiences was walking for 5 weeks on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I hope to do another thru hike someday!
- Reason for joining
- I love to connect with fellow avid travelers and global citizens. I've attended a few events (and hosted one) and have already made so many great connections.
- What is the country or city that made you fall in love with traveling?
- Visiting family in Hungary as a kid and experiencing a completely different culture left a huge impression on me at a young age. I wrote my first piece of travel writing on that trip!
- What's your best budget travel hack or tip?
- House and pet sitting as a way to not pay for accommodation has been a game changer for me as a traveler.
- If you could travel anywhere (regardless of time and money) where would you go? Why?
- Japan: Japanese culture and food has always fascinated me. I'd love to spend time wandering megacities like Tokyo, experiencing natural wonders like Mount Fuji, and visiting places that served as inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki's films.
- What's the most surprising mode of transportation you've used?
- My feet for 500 miles/1000 km on the Camino de Santiago
- When do you start packing for a trip? A month, week, day, or hour in advance!
- Just a day, I don't need much!