About Me

I am Swig. Welcome to my world.  Traveling, working, studying, writing and photographing all over the world is my passion! Originally I am from America and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.  For two years during college I had an awesome job as a student manager for a study abroad program in Prague.  During this time I fell in love with Europe and wanted to spend more time there. A month before graduating from College my mother passed away from a long battle with cancer. I was devastated at this time, but the hecticness of everything on top of finals, moving, interviews, and deciding to go to Europe helped in the mourning process. The loss of my mother didn’t change my perspective on life, but it did solidify it, and helped me realize that I should follow my dreams of traveling.  It was a hard decision and I chose to pack my life into a backpack and book a one-way ticket to Europe. This was one of the best decisions I have made and traveling certainly has helped me cope with loosing my Mom. So, I had just graduated and it was still my duty to accompany students to Prague.  The University paid for the flight and I knew this was a perfect opportunity to move to Europe.

John Lennon Memorial (Memorial I made for my Mom in Prague)

Luckily I had made good connections at the University in the Czech Republic and they offered me a job shortly after arriving in Europe. My new home was the wonderful city of Prague, where I taught Finance and English to University students. I even got to give a lecture in the University’s Castle!  It was truly a perfect job for me. One with great experiences both professionally and personally. During my stay in Prague I befriended a South Korean mentor who is the main reason I am currently in Korea.

After two years of living and traveling throughout almost all of Europe I decided it was time for a new continent. Whilst traveling Europe I became ‘mates’ with many awesome Australians, so I figured it would be great to check out the land down under for a while. Australia met and exceeded all the hype. It was amazing to live, work and travel the beautiful country for six months.  While living in Australia I was offered a scholarship from my Korean friend and mentor to come study my MBA in Gwangju, South Korea.  It was too good to pass up; thankfully I didn’t because my time in Korea was great! I recently started an online apparel company to help endangered animals (EndangeredApparel.com). A moved to New Zealand for 6 months. After Korea I spent 6 months working and traveling in New Zealand and have just recently moved to SE Asia to work as a marketing and sales coordinator for an online business broker, Empire Flippers.

I have been traveling ‘full time’ for about four years. Running with the bulls in Spain, drinking liters of beer at Oktoberfest in Munich and enjoying some time at the Party capital of the world, Ibiza are just a few things already checked off my never ending bucket list.  I love meeting new people, playing sports, listening to music and am always up for something new.

Over the years my journey has brought me to 60+ countries, but more importantly it has introduced me to so many amazing people along the way.  My goal is to visit every country in the world, but at my own pace. Follow my journey and read more about some great travel stories and money saving tips! You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest travel stories and tips!

Currently I am working remotely for an online business brokerage, Empire Flippers and planning to move to South America next year. I recently started an apparel company, Endangered Apparel and a DJ Site, DJ Equipment Reviews.

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(Hiroshima Castle, Japan)

 

10 comments

  1. Comment by Jena

    Jena Reply June 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    ilove the poetry..
    whenever i see the photo and the poetry on the wall..
    it touches my heartstrings.
    absolutely beautiful…

    • Comment by SwigMeetsWorld

      SwigMeetsWorld

      SwigMeetsWorld Reply June 7, 2014 at 5:21 am

      Thanks Jena, her poem always puts a smile on my face!

  2. Comment by Nancy

    Nancy Reply August 14, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Hi,

    Hope everything is going well in your life!

    I’m Nancy and am a freelancer. During searching I found your blog,
    http://swigmeetsworld.com/ is very interesting.
    The writer in me is yearning to contribute a piece for your blog, maybe around 400-500 words, or whatever you are okay with.
    I will feel very happy to write for your blog.
    Awaiting for your positive response.

    Regards,
    Nancy.

    • Comment by SwigMeetsWorld

      SwigMeetsWorld

      SwigMeetsWorld Reply August 21, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Hey Nancy, Shoot me an email with more information which can be found on my contact page under the ‘About Me’ section.

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  4. Comment by Carla

    Carla Reply January 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Your Mom would be/is so proud of you. So Happy you are doing so well.

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    Paula marrero Reply March 15, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Your mom is watching over you and I’m sure she is beaming at what an incredibly articulate and accomplished man you are. You are an inspiration and through your pain you have achieved so much. Thank you for your journey.

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