Tag: travel


Travel, Design, & Beginner’s Mind

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” ~Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind I’m fortunate to get to travel internationally several times a year, both for work and personal trips. A few weeks ago, I hopped on a flight to Cuba. The country had been on my list for…


¡Cuba! A trip back in time in the Caribbean.

La Habana Vieja (Old Havana) After only a few days in Cuba, I can say it was one of the more interesting places I’ve experienced in my travels. I found it to be a country full of contrasts, most apparent in Havana. Brand new white roman-style architecture adjacent to old colorful and rain-stained buildings. Classic…


“We’ll figure out the rest later…”

Yesterday, encouraged by a friend and a couple of late-night margaritas, I bought tickets for a random hiking trip. It was a bit of an impulse purchase, having only heard about it a couple hours earlier. “Just buy the ticket, we’ll figure out the rest later,” she said. I started nomading full-time about 7 years…


Best of 2016 Favorites and highlights from the year.

Favorite Photo of 2016 Inspired by some colleagues, I’ve been thinking about my best photos of 2016. I don’t know if this one is my best, but it’s definitely my favorite of the year… I love the movement in the shot — the surfers running out into the cold water to surf under a perfect sunset….


Trekking Nepal A week-long trek in the Annapurna region.

For several years now, trekking in Nepal has been on our bucket list. Ideally, we’d like to come back to walk the full Annapurna Circuit at a later point, but this time around, we took on a week-long trek through the Annapurna region. Landing in Kathmandu Our trek started in to Kathmandu, where we picked…


Dubrovnik, Croatia Meeting up in King's Landing.

Most of the time, my teammates at Automattic work from the comforts of our respective homes in San Diego, Philadelphia, Virginia, Tel Aviv, Vienna, and other locations around the world — but a few times a year, we travel to the same location to get some face-to-face time and work together on various projects. Earlier…


Whistler, BC A week in Canada with 500 of my favorite coworkers.

I just returned from an amazing week in Canada with 500 of my coworkers from all over the world. We hail from over 57 countries, working remotely and coming together for one week each year to learn, build, hike, have fun, and chat in person. Sound interesting? We’re hiring! Peak 2 Peak Gondolas One of…


Swimming with Whale Sharks And other adventures in the Yucatán.

We spent two months last year in the Yucatán and this is quickly becoming one of our favorite spots in the world. Last time around, we explored the various cenotes and Mayan ruins in the area. We were too early in the season to see the whale sharks, but this year we managed to time…


Sayulita A month in Mexico's nicest little surf town.

We’re big fans of Mexico, and have spent long stints in both Los Cabos and the Yucatán. This year we decided to try out a new area. We’d heard good things about a little surf town about an hour outside of Puerto Vallarta and headed there for our first month of travel this summer. Sayulita is…


Sedona & Red Rock State Park A week of hiking and exploring the red rock scenery.

We spent a great Thanksgiving week in Sedona, Arizona hiking with family and exploring the unique landscapes of this area. Devil’s Bridge was a tough hike on a hot day, but the view and photo op were well-worth the climb. Devil’s Bridge Sunsets & Sunrises The Red Rocks Night Skies


Pacific Northwest Road Trip San Diego to Whidbey Island, and back again.

We usually travel for long stints abroad, but in the summer of 2015 we wanted to try something different. We decided to stay stateside and see a part of our own country that we hadn’t visited before, road trip style. We drove from our homebase in San Diego all the way to Whidbey Island near…


Yucatán Peninsula Chasing sunrises, swimming in cenotes, & exploring ruins.

We’ve always loved Mexico — it’s easy to get to, has great food and friendly people, and the timezone is convenient. We’d already spent a month in Los Cabos a while back, but we’d heard good things about Tulum and the Yucatán, so we packed our bags for 2 months in the Caribbean. I was…


Kauaʻi: The Garden Island Why doesn't everyone live here?

I was fortunate to have one of my first team meetups at Automattic in Kauaʻi. This was my first time on the Hawaiian Islands and Kauaʻi did not disappoint. The island is beautiful, with an amazing variety of natural wonders and a rich local history. We even got a chance to hike one of the…


Park City, Utah My first Grand Meetup with Automattic.

I’ve always loved living near the ocean — being landlocked has never held appeal, but Park City may have changed this opinion. Being surrounded by mountains definitely makes this area a worthwhile alternative. I spent a week here for my first Automattic Grand Meetup, where the entire company gets together to catch up, work on…


The Greek Isles Cruising and island-hopping around the Mediterranean.

Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea. ~Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek Rhodes Santorini Mykonos Navplion Athens