All About Me, The Chief Debaucherer
Hi, there. Welcome to Global Debauchery. It’s great to have you here! You already know that Global Debauchery is a blog devoted entirely to the overindulgence of wanderlust. And maybe you already know that I’m a a flashpacking, road-trip junkie with an insatiable appetite for the road less traveled. But this is the page where you can learn even more about me.
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Allow Me To Introduce… Myself
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 and am constantly planning my next big trip. I’ve also found a husband who’s crazy enough to join me in my hare-brained pursuits. With a healthy sense of adventure and a lot of laughs, we’ve dubbed ourselves “Adventure Partners for Life.” I hope you’ll enjoy my travel tips, stories, and inspiration!
5 Fun Facts About Me
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.
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.)
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. 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.
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?) Every time my family moved from the US to Europe, we road-tripped between coasts. Then, I started doing my own.
RECENT OBSESSIONS… I’ve traveled Europe extensively, but have more recently fallen completely in love with eastern Europe. Something about how raw and undiscovered it still is, how welcoming the people are, and how excited they are just to have you visiting their countries. When we went to Bosnia, the locals couldn’t believe we were there to just… visit. My trip to Japan uncovered an appetite for Asia as well!
Just A Few Global Debauchery Travel Highlights
- Swimming with sharks on Hawaii’s North Shore
- Feeding deer at Nara Deer Park in Japan
- Touring the DMZ and seeing North Korea
- That time an angry mountain parrot tore the rubber stripping off our rental car in New Zealand
- The llama traffic jam in the Atacama Desert, Chile
- Swimming with penguins, sea lions, and marine iguanas on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos
- Day-drinking on Hong Kong’s Lamma Island
- When a scorpion fell out of Jeff’s pants in Capri
- Sunset at Café Buza in Dubrovnik
- The angry tarantula at Zion National Park
Some years back, a friend of mine introduced me to the “40×40 Challenge,” forty countries by the age of 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.
So, what’s next? I’m thinking…
- All seven continents for sure.
- All 63 National Parks?
- 75 countries by the age of 60? 100 in my lifetime?