Hi, my name is Kevin! I am a traveler, a language enthusiast, and a coffee addict. Welcome to Caffeinated Excursions, a blog documenting my experiences!
I’m currently based in Vietnam, where I’m waiting to start a contract at the beginning of June to start teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City. I’m originally from Seattle, and Caffeinated Excursions is at least in part named to pay homage to my home city. However, teaching English abroad isn’t something I’ve always planned to do; you might even call it a decision I made on a whim at the end of last year!
What’s my story?
Before I moved to Vietnam, I lived and worked for about eight months in Mexico City in as a sales engineer, and before that, I lived for a year in Columbia, South Carolina. Living in Mexico and the American South were both such interesting and unique experiences, and most of the destinations I’ve written about on the blog are weekend trips I took while I was based in one of those two cities.
I graduated from the University of Washington in 2017, and I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to study abroad in China from 2013 to 2014. I spent that year in Shanghai, which is a truly incredible city that you really have to see to believe. That year of college in Asia is probably what inspired me most to continue traveling after graduation. By now, travel is a part of who I am and is something I see myself doing for the rest of my life!
Why did I start blogging?
For my first few solo trips abroad, other travel blogs were an invaluable resource for me (and continue to be to this day). When I went to Aruba in December of 2017, I based my entire trip around this 48-hour guide and had a truly amazing time. My hope is that Caffeinated Excursions will be a similar resource for others who want to make the most of their journeys to the places I’ve been.
On a more basic level, I also want to share my experiences with anyone who is interested! We all have constraints on our time and money, and some destinations are just too far or too expensive to visit from where we live. I find that reading blogs about travelers’ experiences in Brazil, New Zealand, or Tanzania is honestly a lot of fun! Travel blogs are incredibly personal, and the stories people have really make hard-to-reach places come alive.
So where have I been?
Below is a complete map of the places I’ve been to. So far, I’ve been to 31 countries! I’m hoping to hit 35 before the end of year. Luckily, Vietnam is a short flight from a bunch of countries I haven’t been to yet but am dying to check out, including Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, and Cambodia!
Before I started blogging, I had only been to 13 of the 31 countries. That means that from January of 2018 to now (a period of about 18 months), I visited 15 new countries. I think it’s safe to say that blogging has kept me on my toes (literally). However, I also really love going back to places I’ve been before. I loved my first trip to Colombia so much that I went back and saw three additional areas on my second trip. I also recently revisited Shanghai, which was such a fun and rewarding experience since I’m already familiar with the city’s layout and best attractions.
While living in Mexico, I managed to visit 9 of the country’s 31 states and written posts about eight of those. To learn more about Mexico’s best destinations, click here.
Where do I want to go next?
In the next two years, I hope to get my passport stamped in countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Singapore. More adventurous places on my wish list include the Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Kazakhstan, and Bhutan. Stay tuned regarding upcoming adventures!