I am part of Yuujou because...
My life of unbridled travel began three winters ago when my roommate and I took a car I found on Craigslist from Detroit to Seattle for a hundred bucks. We drove through Snoqualmie Pass into Seattle on New Year’s Eve and got matching tattoos two days later. The tattoos — a line of our route from Google Maps with a solid dot marking every place we spent a night — resemble a constellation tracing the veins in our arms.
That tattoo represents life for me now -- an unplotted constellation of people, places and experiences determining the path of my past, present and future.
Travel is a way to simultaneously pursue your dreams and escape your demons while losing, finding and rediscovering yourself in the process. I want to embark on the Yuujou journey to embody and share that possibility with others. The advent of the knowledge and sharing economies make it possible for constant exploration and global friendship to become a sustainable lifestyle. Let's go and prove it
be open and authentic to themselves while also wanting the same in return. Reciprocity and communication are at the heart of all my friendships.
travelers show up to someone else's culture and society expecting to find a world that is catered to their expectations and needs.
obscure pins that I buy to attach to a felt banner of the poem, Desiderata, that I hang up in my bedroom at home.