Hi, there. Welcome to Global Debauchery, a blog devoted entirely to the overindulgence of wanderlust. And welcome to the page where you can learn a little bit more about me!
Introducing The Adventure Partners For Life
My name is Jordan, and I am obsessed with all things wanderlust. A military brat, I was born and raised abroad, moved frequently, and spent a lot of time road-tripping long distances. I don’t ever remember disliking my nomadic lifestyle and think I was always mesmerized by new places, new people, and new adventures. As an adult, I continue to feed my insatiable appetite for travel. A freelance creative director, I’m constantly planning my next big trip. I’ve also landed a husband who’s crazy enough to join me in my hare-brained pursuits. With a craving for the road less traveled, a healthy sense of adventure, and a lot of laughs, we’ve dubbed ourselves “Adventure Partners for Life.”
Five Fun Facts About Me
1. An Early Start
My first flight was when I was two months old, from England to the United States. My mom says I cried the whole time, but maybe I was just getting it out of my system—all at once—for the rest of my flying days.
2. Getting my wings
The first time I traveled [sort of] independently was around the age of 10 or so. I flew from Brussels to DC to spend the summer with my grandparents, and was escorted on and off the plane by flight attendants. This was back in the day when you “got your wings!” (Do they do that, anymore? I dunno.)
3. Dark Tourism
I have a thing for #darktourism. Anything abandoned, anything bizarre, anything outright disturbing—count me in. Atlas Obscura is one of my all-time favorite travel sites; I check it for every location I travel to. April of 2019, I toured the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. A lot of folks question whether partaking in dark tourism is “supporting it” or celebrating it somehow, but I just don’t see it that way. If anything, you’ll find they’re usually very sobering experiences.
4. Road Trippin’
I have cross-country road-tripped the United States no fewer than ten times. And I don’t mean the time we drove from Utah to Washington; I mean the time we drove from Washington to New York. Or New York to Florida. (And back. Does that count as two?) Or New York to Utah. Every time my family moved from the US to Europe, we road-tripped between the east coast and whatever western US location we were actually stationed in. Then I road-tripped with my grandparents in their RV. And then I started doing my own.
5. Recent Obsessions
I’ve traveled Europe extensively, but have more recently fallen completely in love with eastern Europe. Something about how recent the post-Communist era is, how raw and undiscovered it still is, how welcoming the people are and how excited they are just to have you interested in visiting their countries. When we went to Bosnia, the locals couldn’t believe we were there to just… visit. And they couldn’t have been more thrilled either. My trip to Japan uncovered an appetite for Asia as well!
Some years back, a friend of mine introduced me to the “40×40 Challenge,” forty countries by age forty. Having checked the box for all fifty states, and after assessing this goal as a slight stretch within reach, I decided I was going to do it. Needless to say, I completed the challenge a couple years early and am currently at fifty-two countries (right at the tender age of 40). So, what’s next? I’ll just have to come up with another personal travel challenge, I guess. To see where I’ve been and what’s on the docket, visit my Destinations page. For any questions you might have about me or the blog, feel free to reach out here.