Chase Rubin

As an investor and financial consultant, Chase Rubin is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the financial planning and wealth management firm’s operations, particularly as it relates to the development and implementation of specific strategies, Rubin’s portfolio  has enjoyed tremendous growth, and he has earned a reputation for providing a truly comprehensive approach to wealth management.

 

Chase Rubin currently resides in the Manhattan borough of New York, a city whose diverse culture and numerous financial institutions have made it one of the financial capitals of the world. Given his history of travel to destinations throughout the European Continent, it should come as little surprise that Mr. Rubin elected to put down roots in the metropolitan area. With a cool climaand an atmosphere rich with culture and history, Manhattan possesses many of the qualities Mr. Rubin sought in a place that is central to his career.

 

Since becoming a major investor, Mr. Rubin has found it necessary to incorporate business into his regular travels abroad due to the increasing demand for his insight and expertise regarding the innovative strategies utilized by his wealth management and financial advisement firm. Mr. Rubin has expressed a willingness to share these strategies with his industry peers — out of a simple desire to act in the service of what he perceives as the greater societal good.

 

With his career picking up momentum over the years, Mr. Rubin has built a portfolio that has quickly grown into one of the most respected and innovative firms in the industry. Mr. Rubin attributes the company’s success to its simple focus on providing client-centered services that cover all aspects of one’s financial life.

 

 

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

There is something about a change in scenery that is so energizing, and I certainly enjoy the opportunity to exchange ideas and principles with my peers in the field during my regular travels abroad for business.

 

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

Traveling is something I enjoy as though it were a hobby but pursue as though it were a lifestyle, and my passion for travel began many years ago with a brief backpacking trip through several European countries. I fell in love with the breathtaking Swiss Alps, and it’s a great place to research the world of finance and make a leisure trip, all in the same visit.

 

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Venice and Barcelona are two of my favorite cities and possess a remarkable and pervasive beauty. But I would have to say that the Alps hold their own as my all-time favorite destination.

 

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I have a few brief business trips planned that will take me through the Pacific Northwest of both the US and Canada, but I don’t have any vacation travel planned for the next few months.

 

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

I travel for both business and recreational reasons, so I have found that I derive greater joy and meaning from a trip if I begin by defining a specific purpose for the trip right from the outset.

 

Where would you like to go?

I’ve been curious about the Scandinavian countries recently, so I think I’d like to head to Sweden, Finland, or Norway sometime soon.

 

Where would you like to revisit?

I’d love to return to Switzerland within the next year or two.

 

Do you travel alone? Why?

I tend to travel alone because I like to maintain the flexibility to act spontaneously during a trip, but I still enjoy traveling with groups large or small.

 

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

In no particular order, I’d pick Venice, Italy; Geneva, Switzerland; and Athens, Greece.

 

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

Traveling light is the most convenient way to travel and, in my opinion, it ensures that you never neglect any critical travel necessities when going from location to location.

Saleh Stevens

Saleh Stevens is a cryptocurrency expert that currently works as an online writer. After completing numerous blogs that relate to the topic of blockchain technology, he has built a noticeable fan base consisting of people who read his articles for education purposes. Besides the latest trends that are surrounding things like Bitcoin or Etherium, Saleh Stevens is also well versed in the area of Javascript and web development for business startups. Such versatility has helped him create a large portfolio of investments that have yielded an amazing return. Nowadays, he is one of the fiercest proponents of the bold innovation that has taken over the IT sector.

 

I enjoy learning about people and their cultures. I visited a few European countries where traditions are a lot different than anything that you may have been exposed to in the United States. For example, did you know that families throughout Europe have no unwritten rules that tell children to leave home at the age of 18 and pursue a college education? Still, most young adults are very familiar with the principles of business and even things like cryptocurrency! It is almost counterintuitive that someone without any higher education in Europe could talk with me about blockchain technology as if it was a simplistic idea.

 

It is a hobby. I started traveling when I was in my twenties. Back then, people were curious to experience and seize the world. Business trips were not as common as the whole concept of globalization, and international partnerships did not come around until later. Now, you can hardly find a passenger on a plane who is going somewhere for the pure joy and spontaneity of such an endeavor.

 

As of right now, I do not. The key concept of my travels is to make them unexpected. When I went overseas last year, my entire trip was planned in one day after seeing an in advertisement online. Although many will disagree, I think that extensive planning ruins the concept of trips for leisure.

 

Do not bring your phone, computer, tablet, or anything more modern than a pencil. I still remember a few trips of mine that were completely ruined by the countless calls and e-mails I had to respond to. Don’t get me wrong, being unavailable to all your friends, business associates, and family is not the answer. However, you should make it known that you have a very limited access to technology and that you have no intention of working while enjoying your travel.

 

Believe it or not, some of the places on my bucket list are right here in the United States. I have yet to go to certain parts of California. Although I visited many cities where cryptocurrency was booming, I never went to Oakland, San Diego, or even Sacramento. Also, I think it is just a matter of time before I decide to take an entire month and go all over the beautiful state of Texas. It wasn’t until recently that I realized how enormous the Lone Star state truly was. Having already been to Dallas and Houston, I cannot wait to tour other places on such a huge yet welcoming territory. As far as international trips, I have been learning Italian recently so that I can visit Rome one day.

 

Going to France again would certainly be nice. In my case, although it does contradict the whole idea of being spontaneous a little, seeing the Eiffel Tower could probably never get old. I mean, have you ever taken a picture from the height of a 1,000 feet? Trust me, it is amazing.

 

I do. I guess I have still not found the perfect travel buddy. In the past, most of the trips that involved additional people had issues that were not anticipated. When I go by myself, on the other hand, everything tends to go exactly like I want it to. Maybe my expectations are just not as high as those of people I used to travel with.

 

New York City, Paris, and London. These three parallel each other perfectly. Also, they are some of the most visited places around the globe for a reason. They all have so many different attractions that it is virtually impossible to list them all.

 

I travel very light. In fact, you will probably never see me check luggage at the airport. Most of my things can fit in a decent-sized bag that I can carry on the plane. Given that I avoid packing a ton of gadgets, the contents of my bag are usually broken down into clothes and personal hygiene items. No need to waste energy carrying twenty bags, right?

Mark Alvarado

Mark Alvarado is a UCLA alumnus that works in the field of graphic design. Most of his projects are related to marketing or promotional campaigns for start-up businesses. Besides work, he spends a lot of his time indulging in his favorite hobby, archery. Having practiced his shooting for over five years, one could say that Mark Alvarado is one of the best non-competitive bowmen around. Also, although the address of his primary residence is in Palo Alto, California, he owns property in Marfa, Texas. Besides archery and graphic design, he often spends time traveling all over the United States. Some of his trips even crossed the borders and reached international destinations like Germany and Austria.

 

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

The fact that I get to see something I have never witnessed before. I also love learning about other cultures, languages, norms, and rituals. What surprised me the most in my travels is the wide discrepancy between sub-cultures in the United States. For example, you could go to Texas after visiting Oklahoma and, even though these two states border one another, people that you meet will have very little in common. Imagine how different it is to go all the way to Seattle to meet people on the West Coast and then compare that to New York and all the fast talkers from the East Coast.

 

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

I like to think of it is a critical part of my lifestyle. One of my favorite quotes says that we are a byproduct of our experiences. Based on that, I will be a better version of myself if my life contains multiple diverse endeavors and traveling seems like a pretty diversifying experience to me. As far as me starting, it happened when I was still a teenager. I would often go on trips with my family during our school vacations. That instilled my passion for discovering new places.

 

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I plan on going to Texas in the next month or so. Although it will not exactly be a ground-breaking travel for me, I always anticipate my trips to Marfa with a huge dose of excitement. I mean, it is not like I get to shoot my arrows around Palo Alto whenever I feel like it. Texas, on the other hand, is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy some old-fashioned archery mixed with clean air and uninterrupted silence.

 

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Micromanage your trip. How long will you need to get from the airport to your hotel or house? Will there be a taxi waiting for you when you land? What days do you plan to see your family/friends? Do you need to set up travel notices with your bank? Who will take care of your property while you are gone? Trust me, leaving these types of questions unanswered can destroy your entire trip. Meaning, any minor oversight can snowball into a catastrophe that could shorten your voyage.

 

Where would you like to go?

I always dreamed about visiting Greece. I cannot count how many times I have seen commercials with see-through ocean water splashing sandy beaches that stretch for miles. As expected, they are usually depicting Greece shores. Although the current state of their economy is not as beautiful as their landscape, I have heard many positive experiences form people who went there.

 

Where would you like to revisit?

You can probably guess this one. I am always open to revisiting Marfa. There is a certain level of joy when you have a property of your own in a completely different state. It gives a perfect background to a getaway weekend or a mini-vacation. Not to forget that it is the only place where my arrows can fly as free as I want them to!

 

Do you travel alone? Why?

It depends. By no means am I surrounded by castle walls that make it impossible for people to approach me. On the contrary, I believe that a shared trip is always better than an experience where one is a lone wolf. With that being said, however, I will admit that some trips should be done without any partners in crime. Those include occasional vacations where people need to self-reflect for whatever reason.

 

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

As far as the United States, it would probably be California, Texas, and Florida. Although I am a little biased, I believe that these three are the most beautiful states in the nation. Internationally, however, I would say Germany, Grece, and Spain.

 

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I pack up the house and then some more. It is a part of my whole “micromanage” principle. Nevertheless, I completely understand people who just take a backpack and go somewhere. If my organizational skills were not borderline obsessive, I could probably avoid bringing items that I do not need. Regardless, being prepared is something that I value beyond additional charges that airline companies often place on my account. Not all my friends agree with that approach.

Marc Yonker – Co-founder of Winters & Yonker

When Tampa injury attorneys Marc Yonker and Bill Winters partnered to found Winters & Yonker, P.A., they were both motivated by the desire to provide access to the kind of personal injury attorney Tampa Bay residents deserve. In founding Winters & Yonker, the duo has ensured that anyone who has been wronged due to an injury or accident will have the support of a tireless advocate dedicated to the service of justice.

Marc Yonker, a personal injury attorney Tampa residents are proud to have on their side, grew up admiring the work of his father’s best friend, a personal injury attorney who worked on behalf of clients in Easton, Pennsylvania, where Marc grew up before relocating to the Tampa Bay Area in Florida.

Prior to founding Winters & Yonker with Bill Winters, Marc worked at a large law firm and came to realize that many of the firm’s clients were in need of much greater support and assistance. This motivated Marc to create a firm capable of providing such a level of support to clients, and he was thus inspired to build a practice of his own from the ground up.

 

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

When I was growing up, I moved around quite a bit and got to experience the unique qualities that define different parts of the country. I like traveling because each region seems to have a character all its own, and I think it’s important to experience those characteristics up close.

 

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

It feels kind of natural to me, so let’s call it a lifestyle. To be clear, I love living in Tampa and consider it my permanent home; it’s just that I enjoy spending time getting to know the people that choose to make their home in whatever place I happen to be visiting at the time.

 

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

The Italian island of Capri, perched there in the beautiful Bay of Naples.

 

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

Unfortunately, I do not have any travel dates coming up soon, but I’ll be sure to rectify that very soon.

 

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

I tend to be a bit adventurous when I travel, and my general advice is that even an inexperienced traveler should be willing to explore places beyond the beaten path.

 

Where would you like to go?

I’d like to spend some time traveling through the Mediterranean — I’ve been to a few places there, but an extended trip would be really nice.

 

Where would you like to revisit?

I always like to visit the places in which I spent my formative years: Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Easton, Pennsylvania.

 

Do you travel alone? Why?

Yes, but I don’t mind traveling with company either. It is nice, however, to be able to wake up and do whatever it is that happens to move you at that particular moment.

 

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

Capri, Italy

Louisville, Kentucky

San Jose, Costa Rica

 

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I’m a light traveler all the way. I’ll go to great lengths to avoid the hassle of checking baggage, and I’ve never had any problem traveling with only the things I could fit into my carry-on bag.

Jimmy Stice – Kalu Yala Chief Executive Officer

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Stice, Kalu Yala is growing to be one of the most intriguing projects currently taking place in Panama. It is based on creating a sustainable environment in the middle of a jungle that lies in the Panamanian river valley. It also provides an opportunity for students to study abroad while getting to know people from all over the world. What brings them together is their desire to build homes brick-by-brick and learn about the concepts of sustainability. Due to the fast-growing nature of the project, many prominent companies like the Studio Sky and Affordable Permanence have become long-term partners of Kalu Yala.

 

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

It helps me discover all the things that I do not know about other people and myself. Usually, even though I am humble enough to know my limitations, I find it difficult to pinpoint all the areas that I need to learn more about. For example, when I became a part of this project, I had no idea that many students around the world enjoy getting away from the madness of technology. This is because I did not have any exposure to those age groups. By traveling and meeting new people, however, I become aware of those type of issues that previously seemed nonexistent to me.

 

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

I would like to think it is a lifestyle. I started when I was still in my teen years and my passion for traveling has not changed since. Seeing new places and experiencing other cultures is something that has been one of the most motivating factors in my life. Learning about the struggles that individuals different environment deal with makes me look at all my issues from a problem-solving angel.

 

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

As of now, I do not. I am currently working hard to develop a streamlined model that will address any potential Kalu Yala problems. This is something that I felt I needed to because we really have not had that many issues happen to us and I believe getting too relaxed will leave us vulnerable. Still, I do believe that I will be doing some recruiting for our project from countries far away from Panama soon.

 

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

You have to sit down and spend some time planning. If you are traveling for pleasure, it may seem that being spontaneous is what will give the trip its glory. I found this to be false. Yes, not having to obey a clear-cut plan seems like the best way to enjoy oneself, but that will not be the case when you waste hours waiting for transportation or get stuck in the middle of an unknown city without as much as a hotel reservation. If you are looking to capitalize on all of your hours spent in the new environment, you want to make sure you deal with any back-end things before you get on the road. Obviously, the same applies to any business trips.

 

Where would you like to go?

I have some countries on my bucket list that I look forward to visiting. Some of those include places in Europe like Croatia and Greece while I also have a few cities in the United States that I think are worth exploring. I mean, who does not want to go to Miami and enjoy the weather, ocean, and restaurants?

 

Where would you like to revisit?

Believe it or not, I would not mind visiting Panama City every other weekend. To me, the truth about Kalu Yala and the best benefit of this project is its proximity to the aforementioned city. Although I do work close but not within the borders of it, going to Panama City is a scapegoat for me.

 

Do you travel alone? Why?

It depends. With our current project, I tend to travel with some of my associates if there is Kalu Yala criticism, potential changes to the operating model, or new strategies to be addressed. I am also not opposed to taking time for myself and simply taking a road trip alone as it helps me reflect on my life.

 

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

I would have to go with Panama City, London, and any larger city in California. These three are so different from each other that one who gets some exposure to all of them probably has as diverse of a traveling experience as possible with only a few places visited.

 

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

It varies. Clothes-wise, I am pretty relaxed and only take the most necessary items. Thus, my for-pleasure trips are generally done with nothing more than a carry-on bag. When it comes to going somewhere for business, on the other hand, I have to take things like a laptop, a professional suit, and so on. This usually increases the overall weight of my travel slightly.

Rosanne Bostonian, PhD, RMT

A resident of Upper Montclair, New Jersey for over 41 years, Rosanne Bostonian, PhD, RMT, has been a long valued member of the healing community in Northern New Jersey.  Her home in New Jersey has been her base of operations over the 41 years of her ownership.

Travel is seen by many as adventure, and Dr. Bostonian holds out the possibility that there are more adventures ahead.  Up until now, she has opted to travel to her Florida home during breaks.  Although many think of Florida as a destination providing beaches and entertaining theme parks, Dr. Bostonian’s preference has been to visit the peaceful confines of her 10 acre mini-ranch and her log home.

The pastures of SW Florida provide a venue that captures the essence of “old Florida” prior to the migration south and habitation of the coastal areas.  It is little known that the citrus and cattle crops of Florida lead the nation and that there is country living alive and well to be enjoyed.  Travel to these parts of Florida may not provide amusement and well-known destinations, but for Rosanne, the feeling of ancient pasture lands and abundant wildlife is the panacea that “retunes the instrument.”

Dr. Bostonian’s view of “what we’re all doing here” reflects her study of Buddhist teachings and her life experience.  Her strong belief is that there is a flow of truth that can only be accessed through ego sacrifice and self-awareness.  She believes that we must overcome ego distractions to access fact that “sufficiency” rather than showy purchases lay the foundation for balance in living.

There is no greater balance in living than in natural venues, according to Dr. Bostonian.  In her recent trip to Florida, a new family of Highlander cattle inhabited her pasture.  She is glad to host these guests at the invitation of a local rancher.  In addition to cattle, there is an abundance of indigenous guests such as reptiles, insects, birds (hawks and owls) that share the fields.  Respecting them as well as oneself requires awareness of where the feet tread!

Long noted for her sense of humor, palatable wisdom and open-heartedness, Dr. Bostonian’s words on many subjects shared on her website, EssentialSpirit.net have been said to strike chords of awareness in those who are kindred spirits.  She delights in the expression of the written word.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

Traveling moves us out of our comfort zone and exposes us to different experiences and energy fields.  For me, I prefer to travel to natural surroundings that feel like retuning an instrument.  My home in Florida accomplishes this, because it is connected to the land and natural rhythms.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

I started traveling to Florida to visit family and friends.  Gradually, I decided to plant roots there. The packing, organizing and planning typical travel don’t seem to work for me while I’m still actively employed.  Being able to pack a small bag with computer and head to my second home alleviates all of the preparation to a minimum and lets me just say, “Ahhhh” when I walk through the door of my second home.

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

I have been to Sedona, AZ.  Driving in from Scottsdale, you are struck by the red rocks, the bright blue sky and the dots of green in the landscape.  The notion that the top of those amazing rocks were an ocean’s bottom at one time eons ago is breathtaking.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

For now, while I’m still actively employed, visiting my Florida home is probably the best destination I could choose.  Having a pool in the middle of 10 acres with grazing cattle and no prying eyes is a great invitation.

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

As in all things, go within to see what you need.  Someone else’s vacation or travel may not be what your heart is asking for.  Don’t be afraid to “do it your way!”  That goes for travel and life in general.

Where would you like to go?

I’d like to head out west again.  The mountains call me more than the beach.  Old growth forests have the energy that seems to center me.  The National Parks have a pull, but I’m hoping they aren’t too commercialized.

Where would you like to revisit?

I would definitely enjoy revisiting Sedona.  It’s seen as a “vortex,” meaning that the Earth energy there is very pure, so it has healing capabilities.  Many healing practices are located there.

Do you travel alone? Why?

Since I’m traveling to and from my Florida home at this point, yes I travel alone.  I have dear friends and neighbors living in the area, so not totally alone once there.  Since the purpose of my travel is reattunement at this stage of my life, having quiet space with Nature seems to be the ticket!

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

I would say… Sedona and the far west, National Parks, perhaps some monuments such as Washington D.C.

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I definitely travel light.  As mentioned, when you are traveling between homes one luxury is not having to lug stuff.  I highly recommend that!  Even if traveling elsewhere, the basics are important, but God gave us laundromats for a reason.

Terry Bandy

Terry Bandy is a California-based Senior Data Scientist. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, he graduated High School in Saint Paul’s boarding school at New Hampshire. Mr. Bandy finished his undergraduate degree at the Tufta University. Originally, the focus of his subjects were on a path to the medical field, and he eventually shifted to Computer Sciences at the first year of his stay in the university.

Terry Bandy was a member of the Undergraduate Business Association at Tufta University. As a Junior, he was active in being a co-founder of a tech based business. He continued working on this business even after graduation, focusing on different areas of expertise such as web design and analytics. He had the opportunity to include more members in his team.

After 5 years of being a CEO, Terry Bandy sold the company successfully to another person and helped in their transition. At the same time, he was also able to finish his Master’s Degree in Business Intelligence.

At present, he works as a Data Scientists for many known US firms via contract basis. He enjoys spending more time with his family through travel: being immersed in new cultures, exploring unique destinations and enjoying new experiences with the people he loves.

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

My favorite thing about traveling is getting to experience new things hand-in-hand with the people I love. I really enjoy traveling with my family. I love how we get to sit down in a coast during sunset, or walk along vintage streets, seeing their faces light up while being in a place we have never set our foot before. There is really nothing more fulfilling in my travels than having those small moments.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

I wouldn’t say that traveling is a lifestyle for me, because I believe that lifestyle should be built on values, such as having a lifestyle of zeal. Having the desire to travel is just one part of that zealous lifestyle. I am a risk-taker and I’m all in for new experiences. That is why I want to live my life with no regrets, being able to say that I am doing what I love the most. I got started traveling when I sold my company to another individual years ago. I worked on contract-basis, and having that freedom to work remotely gave me so many opportunities to travel the world with my family is something I’ll treasure my whole life.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

I really enjoy visiting culture-rich places, and I’ve been looking into destinations in South East Asia or Japan, sometime in summer for next year. When opportunity permits, I would like to visit the beautiful beaches and historical landmarks known to each country.

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

If you are new to traveling, I would advise you to look into travel blogs and reviews first. You want to visit the place on what it is known for first, and then later on if you plan to come back, explore the more obscure spots. Once you’re in your destination, ask the locals about what’s popular and head there. You would want to experience as many things as possible since your time is limited.

Where would you like to go?

As I mentioned, I would like to explore the South East Asian countries, probably Thailand or Philippines if circumstances permits. I have been to places and Europe and South America, and I would like a taste of something different from those places I have been.

Where would you like to revisit?

Given the chance, I would really love to visit Costa Rica again. The vibe of that country is so free-spirited, and it seems like people don’t run out of things to do. Since I am a nature-lover, I would like to do more trails over the mountains at Monteverde, and for more relaxed activities I would still want to hang out at the beaches of Manuel Antonio and Tamarindo.

Do you travel alone? Why?

I do not usually travel alone. As I said, I love sharing new experiences with my family. I love being part of that moment together where everything’s quiet, and yet, there’s really nothing to be said. It’s just me and the people I love, banking in precious memories. I do enjoy some time alone in nature. Occasionally, I would take quick walk or a bike just to get some fresh air.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

I would say the top three countries for me are Italy, France and Costa Rica. The richness of the culture and beauty of these countries really amaze me.

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

That’s an interesting question, I guess it depends on the place! I personally like to travel light, but if I’m with the kids, packing up at least half of the house should be in the to-do list. My advice is to trust your instincts. If you feel like you should bring something, you probably should.

John Monarch – CEO, ShipChain

John Monarch is a seasoned traveler and entrepreneur that runs one of the largest fulfillment centers in the Southeast, Direct Outbound.  He’s recently ventured into the world of blockchain technology to start ShipChain, a decentralized solution for the shipping and logistics industry.  

John’s experience with travel comes with his years in business.  Visiting new places to meet with clients and speak at events is not uncommon.  As in demand as his presence is, Monarch spends a fair amount of his year on the road.  When he’s not abroad, he enjoys a quiet life in South Carolina with his two dogs Hana and Baron and going to see his alma mater, Clemson University, play football each fall.

 

1.What is your favorite thing about traveling?

For me travel is way to experience new cultures and try new foods.  Seeing a new country for the first time is eye opening, to say the least.  I love being able to unplug when I need to and step into adventurous new surroundings.

 

2. Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

For me right now, it’s a hobby.  Unless it’s directly tied to business, I like to take trips to places that have been on my bucket list for a while.  I recently returned from Bangkok, Thailand where I spoke at the first ever Blockchain World Conference about ShipChain and what we’re doing.  That was mostly business trip but also my first time in Thailand so I took some time to see Bangkok and try the amazing street food.  

Business enables me to travel regularly.  Ever since I started working for myself years ago, business conferences sparked the travel bug in me.    

 

3. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

Kyoto, Japan.  I spent two weeks traveling Japan last month and Kyoto has topped the list for me.  The hand-crafted temples and shrines set among calm waters cannot be captured with a photo.  If you’re reading this, go see Kyoto for yourself

 

4. Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

Nothing in the immediate future.  Ironically, I’m a bit worn out from a lot of travel in the past two months.  Right now, I’m happy to be home but I’d like to explore more of Asia when the right opportunity arises next year.

 

5. What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Don’t overthink or over plan your trip unless you absolutely must.  Some of the best travel you’ll experience comes from not having an itinerary being free to come and go as you like.  

Pack light to stay nimble in the event you get the urge to go somewhere else.  You only need one suitcase and maybe a carry-on if you’re conducting business on your trip.  

Resist the urge to take an extra bag for souvenirs.  Just ship whatever you buy home.  Once ShipChain is live, you can rest assured your package will get home safely with full transparency!  The less bags you need to tote in multiple airports will make traveling back home less worrisome.

 

6. Where would you like to go?

I have yet to go to South America.  Peru and Argentina are on the list!

 

7. Where would you like to revisit?

Japan.  While I spent two weeks there, I know there’s still more to see and experience.  The food is some of the best in the world and their technology just moves at a rapid pace.  I’d love to check out Hakkaido on my next trip.

 

8. Do you travel alone? Why?

I’ve traveled alone before and it certainly has its advantages.  These days though, I love traveling with my girlfriend on trips.   Most of the places I go are for business, so when I do arrive I end up spending time with friends and acquaintances I haven’t seen in a while.  

 

9. If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

My top three would be Japan, Morocco, and the Turks and Caicos islands in the Caribbean.  

 

10. Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I’m a light traveler.  I at least try to be.  Packing light forces you to adapt and get out of your comfort zone when traveling.  You also have the advantage of not looking too much like a tourist in a new country.  We’ve all seen that one traveler lugging along five suitcases behind them through the airport – don’t be that guy!

 

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Noelle Neff

Noelle Neff is an award-winning photographer and founder of Noelle Neff Photography. Her career as a professional photographer grew primarily from her love of wedding photography. She then expanded her area of expertise to include travel, sports, speakers, fine art, and portraits. Though she photographs a wide range of subjects, her work is unified by a distinct style. Neff has received acclaim for the originality of her style.

Neff went to the University of Miami, where she pursued various interests including English, the sciences, and Art. Her photography skills earned her many opportunities to work as a photographer, even while in College. A photograph of the famous writer Judy Blume was published in the college’s literary magazine, and then picked up by the main steam media. As Neff’s work began to circulate more widely, she built her network and received more job offers. Her professional career took off in leaps and bounds when she decided to work for herself long term, and formed Noelle Neff Photography.

Neff also holds informal gatherings for Miami-based women entrepreneurs at her down-town Miami offices and studio. She enjoys supporting new business owners, and sharing what she has learned on her journey. Neff also shares widely about her experience with nurturing and harnessing her own creative strengths.

Neff lives in the outskirts of Miami with her two cats. When she is not working on her business, you might find her reading a good philosophy or personal development book. IN her spare time she also sings with a group, participates in service-based charity, and spends time at the beach.

 

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

My favorite thing about traveling is, with-out a doubt, the food! And the eating out experiences, in general. I just love the whole experience of it, from meeting the server, to taking in all of the smells.

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

I’d love to say it’s a lifestyle, but for right now it is a hobby. My business is my life, and travel seems to be what I do to break out of my routine and get some relaxation and fun into the mix. I love my routine, and my work, but sometimes I just need a good trip so that I can unwind and expand my horizons. Sometimes my work and travel intersect, and I really enjoy the cross-over. I actually got started with traveling when a friend hired me for a magaziine shoot she was doing in Indonesia. I came back from that trip with a completely new perspective, and I thought, “Wow, I have to do that more often!”

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

I’ve been to some pretty incredible places, so that’s a tough one. I see beauty everywhere! But I suppose the most beautiful place was Rome, Italy. I love nature and landscapes, but there was something really extraordinary about the architecture and man-made art in Rome that really took my breath away.

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

In high school I was an exchange student in Tokyo, Japan. I have kept in touch with my host family in Okayama this spring. I am really looking forward to reconnecting, and seeing all of my favorite places in the city.

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

My travel tips for the inexperienced are pretty simple. Be kind, suspend your judgement, and pack light. One of the most important things you can do with visiting a new culture is to just be nice and respectful to people. It will transform your interactions with others. I say suspend your judgement because when we live in very predictable lives for a long time, we start to expect things to go a certain way. When traveling you have to stop trying to control everything, and you have to accept differences. Putting judgement aside really helps me to stay open to new experiences. And pack light because no one wants to be dragging extra gear through airports! Been there, done that! I learned my lesson, so I try to pass it on to any new travelers that I encounter.

Where would you like to go?

I’ve always wanted to visit Costa Rica, but I haven’t made it yet.

Where would you like to revisit?

I’d like to revisit Paris. I went when I was in my teens, and I don’t think I experienced it to its full potential.

Do you travel alone? Why?

I travel alone, mostly because I am not married, and it is convenient to follow my own schedule rather than arranging trips with friends or family. When my close friends or family are available to join in, its great, and I welcome it. But I’m not afraid of booking a solo ticket when the mood strikes me, even if no one else can join in on the fun.

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

Tokyo for the beautiful chaotic liveliness. Big Sur, California for the natural beauty, and Rome, Italy, for its art history.

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

I travel uber light! I love feeling free as I move around. I actually travel with carry-on luggage only, whenever possible.

Grace Lever

Long before she enrolled in the International College of Management in Sydney, New South Wales, Grace Lever had already developed a keen interest in the empowerment made possible through entrepreneurship. As the founder of GraceLever.com & The Doing Academy, Grace can take pride in the fact that her early interest in entrepreneurial empowerment has not only been instrumental in the success she has since gone on to achieve, but also in the success of the growing number of female entrepreneurs whose businesses have thrived because of the supportive community Grace created.

In her role as a mentor to so many female entrepreneurs, Grace Lever reviews all the different ways members of her community can take advantage of the same principles of doing utilized by Grace each time she successfully built a seven-figure business in less than a year. The female entrepreneurs who have worked with GraceLever.com & The Doing Academy frequently cite Grace’s entrepreneurial philosophy as though it were a mantra: “Stop dreaming and start doing.”

Grace continues to be the embodiment of that entrepreneurial philosophy. After earning her degree in business and event management, Grace immediately set out on the entrepreneurial journey that has allowed her to live out her lifestyle dream while helping others do the same. Now living with her husband and their puppy in the wine region of Adelaide Hills, Grace remains committed to empowering female entrepreneurs and travels all over the world to share her wisdom through speaking engagements.

 

What is your favorite thing about traveling?

My favorite thing about traveling is the opportunity to share what I know with people from all over the world.

 

Is traveling a hobby or a lifestyle for you? How did you get started?

Traveling has always been a part of my life, but now I travel for work just as frequently as I do for fun.

 

What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to?

I recently spent some time in Southern California, and it was far more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.

 

Do you have any exciting travel dates planned for the future?

We do something called The Doers Inner Circle Weekend Away on a regular basis, and there are quite a few locations I’m looking forward to visiting.

 

What are some travel tips you’d give to someone inexperienced?

Travel with friends and family, and make the most of the time you have by doing as much fun stuff as possible.

 

Where would you like to go?

There are so many places I’d like to see, but New York stands out the most in my mind.

 

Where would you like to revisit?

Sydney is one of my favorite cities in all the world, and I’m looking forward to getting back there sometime soon.

 

Do you travel alone? Why?

Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. It just depends on where I’m going and what I’ll be doing once I’m there.

 

If you could pick the top 3 places every person should go, what would they be?

  1. Sydney, New South Wales
  2. Aspen, Colorado
  3. Beverly Hills, California

 

Do you travel light or do you pack up the house?

When I’m traveling for recreation, I tend to travel light. When it’s for business, sometimes I have to pack up more than I would otherwise prefer.