Hi! My name is Matt Brown. I quit my job in August of 2012 and have been backpacking around the world ever since. Here is a quick snapshot of where I’ve been:
September-December 2012, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos).
December 2012-April 2013, South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina)
June 2013-September 2013, Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania), Turkey, and Israel!
I went back to Southeast Asia (Southern Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, and the Philippines) from October 2013 to February 2014 and did over 70 scuba dives, earning my advanced certification!
From May to July 2014 I had a fantastic trip in South Africa, one of my favorite countries yet!
On September 27 I got married and convinced my wife to quit her job and finish my last year of traveling with me.
From October – December 2014 we spent our time in Nepal. We did a 30 day trek in the Khumbu Region of the Himalayas, up to Gokyo, Chukung Ri, and Everest Base Camp.
In January and February 2015 we traveled around Egypt and Jordan, with some diving in the Red Sea and pyramid action.
We spent March and April 2015 traveling around New Zealand by campervan and May in Australia.
In June we arrived to Indonesia to spend 7 weeks and we will spend late July in the Philippines and early August in Malaysia diving Sipadan and Mabul.
In mid August 2015 we will go to Romania and Moldova to spend time with my wife’s family and friends.
In September I will meet up with a friend in Turkey for a few weeks and then will meet my wife in Germany to end an excellent three years of traveling.
This blog has been a way for me to synthesize and remember my experiences abroad. I am so far behind that I probably won’t write much after Croatia but feel free to shoot me any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) about places I’ve mentioned above or backpacking in general!
“Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthily and live a long life, while experiencing a short one. If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorably into the next – and disappear.
That’s why it’s important to change routines regularly, and take vacations to exotic locales, and have as many new experiences as possible that can serve to anchor our memories. Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens the perception of our lives.”
– Josh Foer, Moonwalking With Einstein