My first handful of trips out of the country were for work in my mid twenties. From the first step off the plane in Puebla, Mexico I was enthralled by the differences in cultures, lifestyles, and perceptions of the world. I had always dreamed of traveling the world and still kick myself that I didn’t set off backpacking after college.
Over the years I started taking some international vacations and whenever possible extending business trips to get some local flavor and adventure. Like most Americans, vacation time is short and with home ownership and adult responsibilities it’s hard to take off and travel every vacation I take.
When I do I tend to find locations that allow me to indulge in two of my passions; beaches and history. Some of my favorite trips were those that allow me to one day explore thousand year old ruins deep in a jungle and the next day lounge on the beach drinking pina coladas made with fresh coconuts….yum!
Creation of FlipFlopsAbroad
In recent years I have begun to contemplate taking a career break or creative sabbatical to explore the world more fully. Like many travelers out there I want a place to share my travel stories and what I learn along the way with friends and family back home. I would like to go one step further and also set an example that it’s safe to leave Corporate America to explore your dreams and hopefully expand the perceptions that Americans don’t have passports or travel. I do!
From a professional standpoint, most of my career has been spent in the Financial Services, more specifically auto finance, and Technology industries. Over the years I’ve led a number of functions across support and operational organizations but in recent years I’ve settled into roles more focused on project management, CRM upgrades/migrations, business strategies, IT portfolio management, process improvement, and business optimization activities.