I was born and raised in Seattle, but have always loved traveling to other places. Life has brought me from China to New York, including a five-month solo journey to Guadalajara, Mexico. However, I find just as much adventure in a simple drive to the mountains or beaches of my own home, or in some good time spent with friends.
My favorite way to travel is to get a sense of the history and lifestyle of the actual residents of a community--to see how real people live, think, and relate. To me, this is much more exciting and eye-opening than most tourist attractions, though there is certainly a time and a place for touring. If I am able to stay with a host who is willing to teach me about themselves or their home, I am a happy adventurer!