I grew up in a quiet suburb of Los Angeles, California, with my parents and two brothers. We were an active family. My parents both had successful careers, hobbies, and social lives -- and encouraged my brothers and me to follow suit. That led us through Boy Scouts, Indian Guides, AYSO soccer, music lessons, family game nights, computer games/programming, neighborhood shenanigans, and much more. My parents frequently planned weekend outings, road trips, and family vacations - which is the inspiration for my own love of travel.
I graduated from Occidental College with a BA in Economics, and lived in Newport Beach in my 20s. To this day, I cannot think of a better place to spend my 20s. I lived one block from the beach, with two great roommates, and enjoyed a circle of close friends. I bicycled, rollerbladed, and/or boogie-boarded every day either before or after work. My roommates called me "Low Drag" because I was constantly on the go.
I earned my Masters of Business Administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, during which time I also completed a 4-month internship in Warsaw, Poland, working for a startup mobile phone company.
After business school (and Poland) and a brief stint back in Los Angeles, I moved to San Francisco in 2000 to work in financial planning and analysis for a video game software company, Electronic Arts. I bought a house in a small community near the office, and for the next decade my life was pretty routine. I worked hard, played hard, and traveled frequently on international trips with close friends. As the years wore on, I watched many of those friends find different travel partners (i.e., wives, husbands, and kids). My trips soon became solo adventures.
In 2013, I left EA and joined OpenTable to lead their financial planning group. In 2014, OpenTable was acquired by The Priceline Group, and I found myself working at a large company again. I grew tired of commuting nearly 3 hours a day, and further questioned the direction my life was going.
So on April 15, 2015, I resigned from OpenTable, deciding to take an undetermined amount of time to travel, to sail, and to reinvent myself.
Sailing has become a big part of my life over the last 3 years. In 2013, a friend of mine bought a 36' sailboat, and I joined his crew for weekly races and weekend practice. I got hooked immediately. (I had done some sailing as a kid on my grandfather's Lido 14.) I joined the Olympic Circle Sailing Club in Berkeley, California, and sped through the rigorous coursework and sailing classes. As of now, I'm certified with U.S.Sailing for Bareboat Charters and Coastal Skipper. I have over 80 charters under my belt as day skipper on the San Francisco Bay, on boats anywhere from 24' to 40' in length.
My ultimate goal is to combine sailing with my love of travel, and do international charters, coastal cruising, and perhaps a circumnavigation one day if I can find the right boat and crew.
I also have some aspiration to do volunteer work and/or teaching of some sort. I taught high school math when I first graduated college, and really enjoyed it.
So there are some options for the future. But I'm not in any rush.
For now, I'm thrilled to take this year off, and I appreciate how lucky I am to be able to do this. I have no idea what the future will bring, but I wanted to set up this website to track and share my journey.