I am not a professional birder, but birding has always been a part of my life. I owe this to my father, who was an avid birder. Living in San Diego, we spent many hours at the Tia Juana slough, Coronado Islands, and Salton Sea. Some of my earliest memories are of the well-thumbed Peterson guides in my father’s den covered in illegible notes and frequently turned to pictures of gulls and waders. Though I suffered loudly through his propensity for bad jokes, our experiences inspired a lifetime interest in birds and the out of doors. By the age of sixteen, I’d been to places as diverse as San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja to see the baby Grey Whales, and Papua New Guinea where the birds of paradise were mostly born on dancers heads. To date I have visited all seven continents with the intent of seeing birds and wild creatures, and seldom does a year pass without exploring some new location. My experiences range from high-end guided tours to modest independent travel. I’ve learned a great deal about travel preparation, my own tolerances, and the choices made each day while en route. I hope through this website I can inspire others to travel, but most importantly, to have a successful travel birding vacation.