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If you’re looking for a new place to explore in 2020, my absolute biggest suggestion would be the Yucatán Peninsula. It has beautiful beaches, a vast jungle, and over 6000 of these water-filled pits called cenotés to see. It’s also the home of Mayan civilization, which I think is one of the coolest groups of people to ever live. It’s an especially unique place for photography, because the best light in cenotés is mid-day, so you can shoot absolute bangers all the way from sunrise to sunset. I probably got more awesome shots here than any other destination I’ve ever been. I’d honestly love to return at some point to do some more backflips into pits of jungle sauce and wake up to tarantulas crawling on me. Who else has been here? 🐍
My favorite morning in Australia was spent exploring this awesome sea cave off the coast of Newcastle. Brooke and I woke up at 5AM and made it out here just at the crack of dawn. We had the entire area to ourselves and it was so peaceful to just sit back and hear the crashing waves echo through the cove. It’s always been a dream of mine to get stranded on a deserted island, and that’s exactly what it felt like here, which is awesome. I definitely need more calm, worry-free mornings like this in my life. After exploring the cave, we took my sweet ride from @hertzaustralia to get some authentic Australian meat pies and chilled at a tide pool. Luckily, we got to explore this area before the fires got bad, but my heart goes out to everyone affected by them. This place is way too amazing to be on fire. 🇦🇺
Canada probably has the most gorgeous lakes on the entire planet. It feels like every single one is just a big pool of melted sapphire. Canada also has some of the most awesome people on the entire planet. The whole “overly nice Canadian” stereotype is totally accurate and every single person I’ve ever met from this country is extremely kind-hearted and fun to be around. On this hike to Peyto Lake, I met @logeebear_ and @kaylajweiss at this sick viewpoint. We explored all evening and had an awesome time playing hockey on moose, chugging maple syrup, and doing other Canadian things, eh? Anyways, I had an awesome time in Alberta and definitely need to spend more time up here. The only bad thing about it is that the speed limits are in kilometers per hour instead of cheeseburgers per bald eagle, which really throws me off. 🇨🇦
Top 10 shots of 2019! What an incredible year this was. It felt like I was in a different state or foreign country every single month, and I’ve never in my life experienced a greater period of personal growth and removal from my comfort zone. From living with a Massai Tribe in Kenya, to rope swinging through cenotés in Yucatán, to running dozens of miles in the Canadian Rockies and going on forbidden hikes in Hawaii with strangers, I’ve truly pushed my limits and strived to stop following the crowd to follow my stoke. Even though all these places are amazing, what made 2019 especially memorable were the people I met throughout the journey. I never would’ve imagined the number of meaningful human connections I could make by traveling solo. Whether we formed a deep friendship while traveling across Mexico on a broken scooter or just hi-fived at the top of a mountain in Peru, every single one of you who entered my life this year made it incredible. It definitely wasn’t a perfect year, and there were plenty of heartbreaks, failures, disappointments, and frustrations, but I feel like the hard times are the same ones that made me stronger and wiser. If there’s one thing I especially learned this year, it’s that time is the most valuable thing you have, and it’s beyond important to spend it wisely, as you can never get it back. It feels like this year went by in the blink of an eye, and it’s taught me that I’d rather be uncomfortable for a bit and have a few people think I’m crazy than have life pass me by and forget to live it. I don’t know what your New Years resolutions are, but I want you to add one more to the list just for me. Do something this next year that truly scares you and pushes you outside your comfort zone. Start that business you’ve always wanted to launch. Move to a new state you’ve always dreamed of. Buy a one way ticket to a foreign country. Ask that girl out. The possibilities in this world are endless. If I never did anything risky, I’d be sitting in a desk at medical school right now, miserable and always asking myself what my life could’ve been if only I had the courage to follow a path that excites me. Just send it. See y’all next decade. ✌️
Wait, why did I ever leave this place again? One thing I love about Hawaii is you don’t have to pick between going to the beach or the mountains because it has both right next to each other. Seeing as how this is Jurassic Park, I was slightly disappointed that I didn’t see a single Tyrannosaurus the entire time I was here, but hopefully next time I will. 🦖
If you visited a different Australian beach every single day, it would take over 29 years to see them all. I was absolutely blown away by the size of this country and how diverse it is, but I think my favorite place was the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. This stretch of coastline has a super eerie, mysterious feel that’s similar to the Oregon Coast or Jurassic Coast of England. It feels like the perfect setting for a horror movie or an episode of Scooby Doo. The Twelve Apostles is a must see when exploring this road, and an old Aussie lady here told me that at night, you can often see bioluminescence and penguins swimming onto the beach. This area is so peaceful, and I could’ve easily fallen asleep on these cliffs just listening to crashing waves and seagulls. In a busy, fast paced world, it’s places like this that make you just slow down and appreciate living. Thanks to @hertzaustralia for turning my dream of driving down this coast into a reality. 🇦🇺
You have absolutely no idea how much I’ve missed this place. These last 4 months of being away have been a great experience, but the more I travel the world, the more I realize how spectacular the land I was born and raised in is. Of course I miss perfect summer days like this, but I even miss all the days when it’s -40° with snow blowing and icicles hanging from my nose. I miss seeing moose on the road every day and skiing 10 miles through a blizzard just for fun. I miss being able to drive 15 minutes to the most breathtaking mountains on the planet and chillin in hot springs on a cold morning. After a crazy year of visiting 5 continents, 19 countries, starting a whole new career, and living in a new place nearly every week, I’m so stoked to head back to this magical rectangle tomorrow for some much needed down time. My life has seriously felt like something out of a novel lately and I’m so excited about where things are headed, but I’m one tired dude. 🌲
G’day from the south side! Australia has been at the very top of my destination list for ages, and I’m so stoked to finally see this crazy country. As a kid, I used to fantasize about this place. I built myself a didgeridoo, I learned to throw a boomerang, Steve Irwin was my hero, and my 8th birthday party was Australian themed. If only little David could see me now. For the last week, I’ve been cruising down the Great Ocean Road in a classy little Volkswagen from @hertzaustralia, and it’s been a blast. This coast is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen. From massive cliffs to Jurassic Park jungles, this place has it all. It feels like some exotic Star Wars planet. Also, it’s summer down here, and I couldn’t be more stoked about the long days and warm air. I’ve been in tropical places for the last month, so I’m probably going to shrivel up and die when I head home to the subzero temps of Wyoming next week. That’s a problem for another day though. 🇦🇺 #hertzpartner
Fin. Noggin. Duuuude. My favorite place to be is underwater, and swimming with sea turtles has been an absolute dream for me, so I was beyond stoked to find this guy the other day. The ocean truly is a mysteriously beautiful place. I shot this on the new @getoclu action cam, which has been my go-to camera for shooting underwater in Hawaii. It has blown away my expectations for image quality and video capabilities and I can’t recommend it enough. If you want your own, be sure to visit their page and learn about their Black Friday sale. Anyways, I hope to do plenty more underwater shooting in the near future. I’ve loved my time in Oahu, but I’m headed to a new country tomorrow for a cool little opportunity! Can anyone guess where? 🐢 (PS: I kept some good distance between myself and the turtle and cropped in. I’m not nearly as close as it may seem). #oclu #oclupartner
A couple weeks ago, I had just washed up on this little island in the Pacific with no friends, no place to stay, no transport and no plan. For the first few days, I was sleeping on the beach and living out of my backpack, totally lost in this tropical paradise. In just two weeks, I’ve formed dozens of amazing friendships, found a place to stay, found a moped to use, and feel right at home here. I’ve never been anywhere in my life where people have been more accepting of a total stranger, and I’ve been treated with nothing but love from absolutely everyone. I may have only known my Hawaiian friends for a week, but now they’re my Ohana and I’m so blessed to have every one of them in my life. I’m beyond stoked to be on this beautiful little island, and I can’t wait to see what adventures the future holds. 🌺
I’ve been a little bit MIA on Insta for the last little while, but I’m hoping to get some Hawaii pics edited up this week and start posting again. I’ve just had a lot on my mind lately and a lot of work to get done. I think this pic is a pretty accurate representation of how I feel right about now. I’m just wandering around this world and I could really head just about any direction right now. With my career, with the people I build connections with, and with the places I go. There’s no clearly defined way that’s correct, but each will eventually lead to drastically different places. Just a few years ago, it felt like every aspect of my life was so clear and set in stone. I was going to go to medical school, become a doctor, and live a pretty normal life. After taking the leap of faith to become a travel photographer, everything became incredibly different. Now, I don’t even know what country I’ll end up in next week, let alone what my life will look like in 10 years. Despite how confusing and crazy it is at times, I feel stoked about doing things a little bit differently and trading comfort for freedom and stability for spontaneity. Someday when I’m old, I’m sure I’ll look back and appreciate the fact that I spent my younger years being a little bit wild. Regardless, I’m definitely feeling a little burnt out, lonely, and confused and could use any advice you awesome people have for me right about now. Can’t wait to see what’s next in this crazy life journey. ☀️
A few days ago, I loaded up my backpack and got a one-way ticket to the middle of the Pacific Ocean with absolutely no plans. As clueless as I am, I think I’ll get along here just fine. There are breathtaking landscapes around every corner, the people are so happy that it’s contagious, and it’s so easy to feel alive. I can’t believe how spontaneous all this was, but someday when I’m old, I’m sure I’ll look back on it and smile. Can’t wait to see what adventures end up unfolding here. 🏝
Angels Landing is definitely one of the more sketchy hikes in the southwest, but the views are well worth the climb. On this particular trip, my sandal broke at the top, so I had to run down barefoot. It honestly felt pretty good and the sandstone did a great job of exfoliating my dirty piggies after a long day of running around in the desert. I think I showed up slightly too late to see the angels land on the top, but hopefully I’ll catch them next time. ☁️
I remember the night that I really, truly first fell in love with travel and it was at this spot almost exactly a year ago. I had gone on a quest through the forest to find a hidden sea cave and after an entire morning of searching, I finally found it. Throughout the day, I was joined by an array of new friends from around the globe. A guitar player from Brazil, a British girl who had played trumpet in front of the queen, and this crazy cliff jumper dude who had the happiest, wildest screeches. It was quite the party. We spent the entire evening cliff jumping into the sunset and filling the air with music. The energy on the cliffs that night just felt so positive and we didn’t have a worry in the world. Ever since, it’s been my goal to spend more evenings like that one. Full of love, laughter, friends, and a little bit of adrenaline. I can’t think of a better way to feel alive. 🇭🇷 (Music: Real Life by Mako)
It’s spoooOOOOooooky season, and it doesn’t get much more spooky than Death Valley at sunrise. In the winter, fog sometimes fills the valley and makes it feel like a horror movie. It’s quite the experience. On another note, I’ve been sharing a lot of old pics lately because I’m taking October to crank out all the non-IG photo/video work that I need to get caught up on, and I haven’t had a chance to edit any cool adventure pics. I’m hoping to start my crazy life of travel back up come November, so I’m definitely stoked for that, but it’s been nice to slow down and take a breath of fresh air for once.💀
It’s definitely been a minute since I was last in this amazing place. Five weeks ago, I just spontaneously packed up my truck and headed away from my magical homeland of moose and hypothermia for no real reason other than I needed a change. I’m so glad I did, because Oregon has been absolutely incredible and my experience here so far couldn’t be better, but I wish I could’ve taken my favorite mountain with me. Unfortunately, this thing wouldn’t quite fit in my suitcase so I had to leave it. ⛰
It’s never hard to wake up for early morning golden goodness in the American southwest. This hike is probably my absolute favorite down there, as it’s an 8 mile wild goose chase with no trail. I just took off running through the desert in my sandals and hoped for the best. I think I ended up with a grand total of 3 cacti stuck in my feet, but it was worth every spike for an epic view like this. I met up with some friends and we pitched our sleeping bags right out on the rocks and stayed up late talking about some spooOOOOooooky legends of the southwest. Little squad adventures like this are the absolute best. 🌵
Exactly one year ago from today, I embarked on my first ever international trip. I had just graduated, barely knew how to work a camera, and had absolutely no plans, but I knew that I had an adventurous spirit and wasn’t going to just settle for some boring desk job. I took off for Europe and backpacked from England to Croatia, not knowing how I’d get to my next destination or where I’d wake up the next morning. I had no car and would often run 20+ miles to places from the train, and at the end of each day, I’d pitch my sleeping bag wherever I ended up, whether that was in a feeding trough at a Swiss farm or inside a Croatian sea cave. It was an absolute blast, and for once in my life, I actually felt truly alive. I was no longer just mindlessly accepting the medical career that I felt pressured into and was rather doing something that I was passionate about. In the year since that day, I’ve been to 18 countries across 4 continents and made traveling into a full time career. I’ve been incredibly blessed to have such supportive friends and family, and I can’t be more stoked on life. Don’t quit your day dream. 🌎