I consider myself to be one of the most fortunate people around; I was raised in travel.
My grandmother started Viking Travel in 1979, along with my mother and aunt. My mom went on to run the agency for most of my life, and does to this day. It is truly a privilege to grow up surrounded by people who are deeply passionate about sharing the world with others, and experiencing it themselves. Not only that, but my grandfather taught anthropology at UNC, and his interest in people and their cultures definitely rubbed off on me. My father was a compounding pharmacist, and his methodical approach to problem solving, and his rational, objective way of thinking, laid the groundwork for my college career in science.
I love working at our small travel agency. I get to read about, talk about, and share travel nearly 10 hours a day, 5 days a week (and sometimes 7). What a lot of my friends do in their spare time, after a long days work, I do all day, everyday; plan trips! Whether I'm planning a long weekend to unwind on a beach at an All-Inclusive resort, a river cruise to experience small towns in Europe, a two week journey experiencing the food and cultures of Southeast Asia, on safari in Tanzania, or a coastal voyage through the Norwegian fjords, I truly enjoy every minute of my 'job'.
Travel makes the world a better place. Not only do I like travel, but I think it's hugely important. The best way for all of us humans to come together and appreciate each other, is for us to see how other people live, breathe, and experience the world around them.
I've already seen a lot, but I've got a lot more to see. I'm only 30, and I've been to well over 30 countries on 3 continents. Pretty much all of Western Europe, Scandanavia, the Mediterranean, Mexico, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam. I'll post a slideshow of old pictures here in The Opener.
I doubt I'll write much about past travel; the focus of this blog will be my travel going forward. Everything here will be my own words, my own pictures, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
There are 196 countries on Earth today, I have so much left to experience.
Born and raised in the travel industry, Avery clings to a unique and profound drive to explore the planet's people, their cultures, history and architecture, as well as natural settings, landscapes and ecosystems. Outside of his upbringing in the travel industry, Avery's higher education mainly consists of Environmental Biology and Anthropology; his knowledge in both greatly influence his travel.