2 NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES
✖️ so far ✖️
These are a few ways to quantify what has happened since Peter’s Big Adventure was launched in 2014.
I’m Peter, and I love swapping stories. From vicious attacks by Hungarian hunting dogs, to time spent in Thai prison with jihadists and lady-boys for cellmates, to terminal diagnoses from Indonesian doctors, to boat trips down the Amazon River, to run-ins with Moroccan drug traffickers, to delivering babies on the Angolan bush, to tearful weeks spent lost in the Himalayas, I’ve heard a lot of crazy stories from people. And my response to those stories usually goes something like this: “WTF! Why are you not writing this down??!”
That’s what this site is about: sharing stories. No matter how ridiculous, stupid, or inappropriate something is, so long as it is true, and travel-relevant, I’ll write about it. In doing so, unless I’m writing a guide, I’ll do my best to steer clear of the now-clichéd lists of things to do/see, and keep it real for you. You can read that anywhere, and this ain’t Buzzfeed.
A BIT ABOUT ME
I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, educated in Boston, Massachusetts, and I got my first taste of true travel the age of 14, playing soccer on a dirt field near the Pacific coast in Northern Mexico with a bunch of local guys wearing sombreros.
Since then, I have spent time exploring Latin America, Europe, and even lived in Madrid (Spain) for a while. However, this site wasn’t launched until I moved from Boston to Hanoi (Vietnam) to work as an English teacher. As life in Hanoi went on, this blog began to escalate. It forced me to experience new things, pushed me to do the things that I was afraid to do, and held me accountable to learn things that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.
Eventually I left Hanoi to live out of a backpack for months on end. And finally, after a year and a half of globetrotting, I crash-landed back in the U.S. for some down time. But that doesn’t mean I’m done. Peter's Big Adventure continues, 1 country at a time.
Very little of this would have been possible without the help and encouragement of the all the amazing people I've met along the way. I want to take a moment to say thanks to Jessica, Kris, Phil, Elise, Ngoc, Lam, John, Maria, Thuy, Linh, Thang, Alexis, Lai, Camilla, Kendall, Josh, Riasat, Sujoy, Gummi, Matthildur, Otan, Nicky, Angie, Mé, Knox, Joe, Corey, Dan, Buddy, Luke, Lizzie, Dad, Mom, and all the other nameless people who have shown me so much underserved kindness throughout my travels. It's because of you guys that this I'm still doing this.