Authentic Traveling

Stories from off the beaten path

About Me

I started traveling in solo 2012 when a friend couldn’t go last minute on our trip to Panama. Since then I haven’t looked back visiting over 70 countries on every continent. I am on a mission to break out of the main tourist areas, use public transport, and explore deeper to find real authentic travel experiences.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, I have lived all around the world in places like Auckland, New Zealand, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bishek, Kyrgyzstan, Lampang, Thailand, Southern Californa, New York City, and Washington D.C..

My two travel goals would be to visit every country in the world and every province in Thailand. Even though I’ve seen much of the world, Thailand keeps calling me back. I spent a year there teaching English, and I am head over heels in love with this amazing country.
I am also an avid language learner speaking Spanish and Thai fluently, basic Russian, and a little Italian.

I recently spent two years living in Washington D.C. working as a political consultant, but I decided that pure partisan politics wasn’t for me. Instead I will be attending Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies to study international relations this fall. I hope to combine my passion for travel, technology, and international affairs into a career.

The goal of this blog is to provide travel advice and “how tos” on some of the more difficult to reach places in the world. I often found that this information was lacking from guidebooks and websites leaving me to chart my own course. I hope to share that information with others so they too can get off the beaten path. Join me as I try to visit every country in the world and share my wisdom online.

Authentic Traveling

If you would like to get in contact, please email me at chris@authentictraveling.org.

6 Comments

  1. Daniel

    Hey Chris! Was wondering, during your travels through Central Asia, as a fellow US citizen, did you have any issues with entries? Were you able to secure visas on arrival? Or did you get everything in advance? Also, was there much bribery with immigration? Thinkin of doin a Central Asian trip this summer and trying to see how much in terms of visas I need to get in advance.

    • Daniel it really depends on how much time you have for your trip. I flew into Kyrgyzstan first as you do not need a visa. From there you can easily apply for visas to Uzbekistan or Tajikistan though you may have to wait up to two weeks for your visa. If that’s a problem, best to consult the Uzbek/Tajik Embassy in DC or consulate if they have them. When I was in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan had recently dropped their visa requirement for US citizens for a period of a year to see if it would boost tourism. I was able to travel there twice through two separate border crossings without a problem. I would check to see if that policy is still the same (use the state department website), but I likely can’t see a reason why the Kazakhs would want to drop that considering how much money it brings in.

      How did you find my blog?

  2. David

    Hi Chris,

    Is there a way to contact you privately? Or maybe you can email me at the address given. Thanks and Regards

  3. Silvia

    Hi Chris

    I really enjoy reading your blog. Thank you and keep on writing!
    Please do not hesitate to contact me for a local guide if you are visiting Denmark one day 🙂

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