Keeping it real

Let me be honest: I’m not a travel expert, nor do I pretend to be one. Sometimes I wonder if I’m just another thirty-year-old with a quarter-life crisis. I’m a millennial: “Ten years ago” will forever refer to the year 2000. I think I peaked in 2017 – and I should have appreciated it more.

I’m a part-time traveler with a full-time job. And I have zero time left to live a picture-perfect life. I can go to the gym or I can prep a healthy meal. I don’t know how people do both.

This blog is a reminder to myself – and anybody else who needs it – that life should be more than just work. And that millennials can still do fun things.

Traveling = storytelling

I love my job because it allows me to tell stories. I develop & create new television formats for a living. And whatever the genre, the best shows always revolve around people and their lives. The Great British Bake Off is not a show about baking – it’s a show about people, that happen to be baking. Big difference.

Telling stories is important because it allows you to drive how people experience certain events. And that’s why a good trip should be structured like a good story: with a beginning, a middle and an ending.

Travelling: It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

Ibn Battuta

And that’s why every adventure tells a different story, even if the itinerary is practically the same. It’s not just about the activities you plan, but also about the people you travel with. They are the characters in your story – and they always drive the narrative.

Write your own story

Designing the perfect trip is hard. There are countless variables that determine your story on the road. But when they all come together, it’s like lightning in a bottle. Every single one of us can name at least one trip that felt like magic. Even if we can’t put into words exactly why.

With this blog, I am setting out to teach you some magic. No biggie. I am going to help you understand what works – and what doesn’t – so that you too can craft that perfect trip. Let’s get started!

Ben Voyage at Point Lobos State Park
Point Lobos State Park

I want to hear from you

I’m generally not much of a people person. I don’t feel the urge to be friends with my neighbors. And after a long day at work, I just want to enjoy the peace and quiet of my home. But when traveling, I become a better, more outgoing version of myself.

So! If there is anything you’d like to know, I do actually want to hear from you. Contact me with questions & suggestions or your best travel stories. I want to hear from you.

Ben voyage!