The Goal

My grandfather visited all seven continents in his lifetime.  He was a rugged explorer and a huge inspiration to me.  After my "Backflip A Day" challenge, I made it my life goal to do a backflip on each continent.  In 2012, for 107 days during the summer between my Junior and Senior year at university, I backpacked around the world, traveling to 22 countries on 5 continents.  

My pack, which I lived out of for 107 days while traveling.

My pack, which I lived out of for 107 days while traveling.

 

Israel

Sunrise at Masada, Israel. More photos and stories from Israel can be found here.

Sunrise at Masada, Israel. More photos and stories from Israel can be found here.

Turkey

Skateboarding in front of the Bosphorus River in Istanbul, Turkey.  More photos and stories from Turkey can be found here.

Skateboarding in front of the Bosphorus River in Istanbul, Turkey.  More photos and stories from Turkey can be found here.

Cyprus

Backflip in Polis Paphos, Cyprus.  More photos and stories from Cyprus can be found here.

Backflip in Polis Paphos, Cyprus.  More photos and stories from Cyprus can be found here.

Egypt

Backflip at the Great Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt.  More photos and stories from Egypt can be found here.

Backflip at the Great Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt.  More photos and stories from Egypt can be found here.

Greece

Backflip at the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.  More photos and stories from Greece can be found here.

Backflip at the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.  More photos and stories from Greece can be found here.

Serbia

Backflip in Belgrade, Serbia.  More photos and stories from Serbia can be found here.

Backflip in Belgrade, Serbia.  More photos and stories from Serbia can be found here.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Backflip in front of the Stari Most in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. More photos from Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found here.

Backflip in front of the Stari Most in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. More photos from Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found here.

Croatia

The beaches in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  More photos and stories from Croatia can be found here.

The beaches in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  More photos and stories from Croatia can be found here.

Italy

Backflip in front of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy.  More photos and stories from Italy can be found here.

Backflip in front of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy.  More photos and stories from Italy can be found here.

Denmark

Backflip in front of Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark.  More photos and stories from Denmark can be found here.

Backflip in front of Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark.  More photos and stories from Denmark can be found here.

Sweden

Backflip in Stockholm, Sweden.  More photos and stories from Sweden can be found here.

Backflip in Stockholm, Sweden.  More photos and stories from Sweden can be found here.

Norway

Front flip off some buoys in Stavanger, Norway.  More photos and stories from Norway can be found here.

Front flip off some buoys in Stavanger, Norway.  More photos and stories from Norway can be found here.

The Netherlands

Backflip in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  More photos and stories from the Netherlands can be found here.

Backflip in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  More photos and stories from the Netherlands can be found here.

England

Backflip in front of the London Eye in London, England.  More photos and stories can be found here.

Backflip in front of the London Eye in London, England.  More photos and stories can be found here.

Switzerland

Skydiving in Interlaken, Switzerland.  More photos and stories from Switzerland can be found here.

Skydiving in Interlaken, Switzerland.  More photos and stories from Switzerland can be found here.

Italy (again)

Long exposure in Piazza della Repubblica in Rome, Italy.  More photos and stories from Italy can be found here.

Long exposure in Piazza della Repubblica in Rome, Italy.  More photos and stories from Italy can be found here.

France

Backflip at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.  More photos and stories from France can be found here.

Backflip at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.  More photos and stories from France can be found here.

Hong Kong

Backflip in front of the Buddha, Hong Kong.  More photos and stories from Hong Kong can be found here.

Backflip in front of the Buddha, Hong Kong.  More photos and stories from Hong Kong can be found here.

Japan

Backflip in Tokyo, Japan.  More photos and stories from Japan can be found here.

Backflip in Tokyo, Japan.  More photos and stories from Japan can be found here.

Australia

Backflip in front of the Opera House in Sydney, Australia.  More photos and stories from Australia can be found here.

Backflip in front of the Opera House in Sydney, Australia.  More photos and stories from Australia can be found here.

Press

I even made my way onto the cover of Time Magazine's Wireless Issue (bottom middle).

Home

I’m home! Around the world in 107 days! My passport is full of stamps, my mind is full of stories, and my heart is full of questions. I’m home!

Please don’t think I take this experience for granted. I am extremely lucky to be fortunate enough to have the proper funds, time, ability, and intuition to pull off an around the world trip. I consider myself one of the luckiest people I know. 

I love my mom and dad and two sisters. I love my country. I am so inspired by the hospitality and humanity I’ve seen around the world. I am truly happy to be a citizen of this earth.