Hi, and thanks for checking on me. Early in 2013 I decided to sell my boat (described below,) give up Airbnb hosting, load a 40-liter pack and become an Airbnb guest around the world. While technically too damned old to be a backpacker and too unwilling to suffer physically on couches and in hostels like a twenty-something, the pack keeps me light, even though airport security officials rarely fail to suspect me of something or other and pull it apart.
Only at it a little less than two years, so far I've been through the Panama Canal on a container ship, climbed the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu in Peru, visited Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and sailed around the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador. In Australia I visited Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Tasmania, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns and Darwin. I spent seven months in Southeast Asia, lightly touched India and the UAE.
As an Airbnb host, I offered accommodations aboard a 42' sailing catamaran where I lived for five years. While based in Key West, Florida, I sailed the Bahamas, and every year made the 1200-mile trip north to the Chesapeake Bay when it started getting really warm in Florida, then south again when the trees started to turn. Truth be told, I never had a guest I didn't like, and I'm still in regular contact with a few.
I have a blog that I maintain sporadically where you can see a few pictures of my travels at: (email hidden).