Welcome and thanks for visiting! I’m Chris Nowakowski. I travel often. And I enjoy bringing my family and friends back home along for the ride via in-depth, story-based emails.
I love airports and sleeper trains. And I prefer to take my time.
I’m a 30-something American suburbanite with hardcore wanderlust. Hardcore wanderlust. If I’m not traveling I’m planning a trip, fantasizing about an adventure or researching a destination.
I was lucky enough to have parents who shared their love and appreciation for travel with me from an early age. They were there when I dipped my toes in the Arctic Ocean. They paid for my high school language department trip to Spain and France. Muchas gracias! My parents even stood by when a deer kicked me in the stomach at the Grand Canyon. Uh, thanks for that!
There was one rather ugly blemish mixed in — around age 12 I turned down a trip to Russia. Something to do with television. Shameful, I know.
I’ve been trying to make up for that indiscretion ever since — a solo backpacking trip around Scandinavia at 20. France, Belgium and the Netherlands soon followed. I took a couple backpacking-style trips each year. A new Prius made 18,000 miles of road tripping around North America a must.
Recently I came to the realization that my current pace wouldn’t allow for experiencing all the places I had in mind. Could I really die without seeing Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell or Virunga National Park’s gorillas?
It was time to get my act together.
I planned a rather one-sided conversation with the engineering firm where I worked — “I want to travel much more than I already do. I can either work when my travel plans allow or quit. Take your pick.” Either way one thing was certain — traveling would be my absolute priority.
Since that conversation I’ve been busy — 9 international trips, 53 flights covering 138,469 miles and 12 new countries spanning 5 continents. I’ve been hospitalized with a tropical disease. And I still have the job.