About Me

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Hi, I’m Stephen. I wasn’t born a traveler, but over the years I’ve sort of grown into it. Aside from a few days or months here and there, my first big trip out of the US was moving to China in 2008 just a few months after graduating from college.

After a year and a half of living in Shenzhen, China as an English teacher I decided I’d had enough.  Quit my job on March 20th, 2010 to travel the world until further notice.  I spent my time doing a bit of watching, a lot of photography, and occasionally even write something I’m proud of.

Before I quit that teaching job, I traveled mostly in China.  Since then, I’ve been all over Asia with some short forays to North America,  Europe, and the Middle East when I needed to change things up. My current focus is on Central Asia, because I continue to find it to be one of the most interesting and beautiful places on earth. Look at the “Where I’ve Been” tab up top to see more, or check out my personal portfolio.



Upcoming plans:

I’m back in Bishkek now, actually looking to settle down for a bit! I’ve got an apartment and am lining up interviews for jobs, and may be living a more normal life soon! Well… normal for Kyrgyzstan anyways? Check back later or find me on facebook/twitter for more news!

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14 Responses to About Me

  1. Carmen

    Traveling is always a good thing for freedom, wisdom in life. I never stop thinking about this amazing Great Nature, which is created.

  2. Chris Blyth

    Where is the photo above taken looks amazing ?!

  3. Chris Blyth

    After I left the comment I realised the photo changes 🙁 It had lots of spires over a countryside landscape, I thought perhaps Burma or something ….

  4. Chris Blyth

    yeah thats the one. Looks awesome, if kinda alien though !!

  5. Leora

    Hi Stephen,
    I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award at http://www.anamericangirlintransit.com by http://willshegetaway.wordpress.com/.

    I have posted the award details at http://wp.me/p1GnZ5-kI

    The rules for accepting this award are:
    1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    3. Pass this award along 15 or 20 bloggers you read & admire.
    4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

    Your blog is amongst the 15 that have inspired, amused, entertained and informed me as I’ve taken my first steps in blogging, so as a token of appreciation, I’d like to nominate you for an award.
    Keep up the good work!

  6. Lisa B

    Keep up the good work with your blog. I love seeing all the pictures of the wonderful places you visited and reading your experiences. Now you need to float over to South America. 🙂
    Lisa B.

    • Stephen

      Working on Central Asia at the moment, but hopefully someday S. America will make it onto the itinerary as well? Glad you like the site!

  7. Brian Thetford

    Hey Stephen, I met your Dad last weekend. HE went on and on about your travels. After looking at the site, I would have to agree with him, it looks like you are living a large life, one that very few will ever experience. Enjoy it, and God bless. Keep up the great work on the site!

  8. Monica Layton

    Hi, Stephen.

    Great pictures & blog!

    My friend, Ana Chea (Cecilia’s mom) recommended your blog because I’m taking MatadorU’s travel writing course and I’m trying to learn about the trade.

    I’ve been a traveler since I left Buenos Aires, after I finished college at 21 (a long time ago). I lived 10 years in NYC, where I studied acting, and now live in Kenner, LA. I travel to Europe and/or Argentina every year. My immediate travel plans include: one week in Malaga (for a wedding) at the end of September and probably one week in Cancun after Christmas. I’ve been to those two places before, but this time I’m going as a travel journalist! Next year I’m planning on visiting Tierra del Fuego and Iceland – covering both ends of the world. I have a friend in Iceland who plays the viola professionally and also works as a tour guide and even drives a tour bus.

    If you go to Argentina take (lots of) cash with you. There are restrictions as to how much local currency (pesos) people can exchange, so lots of Argentine people want to buy dollars or euros from travelers like you and me. If you use a credit card, the official rate, which is about 5.4 pesos to the dollar, applies (plus that stupid foreign purchase fee of about 3%). If you sell your stash, you can get 8-9 pesos to the dollar.

    How did you become a travel blogger?

    Happy travels!

    • Stephen

      Hey Monica; Random connection, but tell Cici’s mom I said hello!

      Will respond to your comments by email, check soon.

  9. Gnomy

    Woah, All the best with your life and travels Monk,
    If someone else had told me a story about you, I’d have passed it off as a pile load of …., but great stuff man 🙂
    You inspire me in ways you wouldn’t imagine.
    Off to read your other posts.

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