ABOUT ME

Hey there. I’m Dylan. I’m a traveler, a writer, a music-maker, a finance-guy, a start-up aficionado and wanna-be polymath (let’s not take that last one too seriously). I’m in a band based in Sydney at the moment, and I also make my own music.

I’ve always been a traveler – both of my parents worked for an airline for most of my life – and I will always remain a traveler. I love the feeling of fully engaging all of my senses in a new city and culture; rather than ignoring most of what goes on around us in our home towns. You’ll notice a significant theme of this site is that it documents my travels, in order to encourage others to do the same. I’d like one day to become geo-independent – being able to relocate and live anywhere in the world. This is something that will probably take many years though. Maybe some of you can learn from my mistakes along the way! I love snowboarding & Scuba diving too – they are pretty great motivators for travel. Expensive habits though.

 What have I done so far?

So a brief resume for now. In 2012 I co-founded Bespoke Laser with a very close friend – a custom laser cutting & engraving studio based in Sydney. We made a successful exit in December 2013, selling Bespoke Laser to one of Sydney’s premiere digital print houses. In 2013, we also launched a website start-up called  Bespoke Trading Co, with the idea that people should be able to customise the things they buy. It turns out, we, or the world, weren’t quite ready for that yet.  I also finished up a Master of Business in Finance at The University of Technology, Sydney, at the same time. What a crazy year that was.

Prior to all of this, I spent a year developing the Sydney based letterpress start-up The Distillery from an embryo into a fully-fledged commercial start-up, whilst completing my Bachelor of Engineering (majoring in Mining Engineering) from The University of New South Wales. 

Why do I write this blog?

Good question. I often wonder myself. I don’t particularly care about making money from this site, I don’t particularly care about traffic (not that there’s a huge amount of that). The best answer I can come up with is pretty straightforward – I just want to. I enjoy it. A huge volume of thoughts and ideas flow through my head, and I need a place to broadcast them. Facebook doesn’t really cut it, does it? I also think I have some pretty valuable life-lessons learnt from starting, running and selling businesses, even if that’s not what I’m doing right at the moment.

I hope I can inspire you to travel to the places I’ve been, and then to the places I haven’t (yet). When I write about my travels, I want you feel a shadow of what I felt at that place.

Enjoy.

Keep reading to see where I’m at and what I’m upto. If you want more detail, check out this post here.

For now, enjoy some pictures that I’ve taken here and there.

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Filling up in Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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The snow at Nozawa Onsen Resort, Honshu, Japan
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My favourite paradise, Gordon’s Bay Sydney.
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The incredible Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
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The Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
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A dog pondering his reflection at St Tropez, France
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My good friend and future neurosurgeon, Alan, at Treble Cone, New Zealand
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The Golden Gate Bridge in sunny San Francisco
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That’s me on Mt Annupuri, in front of the very photogenic Mt Yotei, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
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Nozawa Onsen Town, Honshu, Japan
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The heavenly Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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A sea-plane dock from the days of pacific island hopping, on Aitutaki Lagoon, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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George the Giant Trevally in the turquoise waters of Aitutaki Lagoon, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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A wild human (me) above the reef at Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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Life doesn’t get much better than poolside mojitos at the Pacific Resort, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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Cool as a cucumber
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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Giant Turtles at 25m, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Myself upside down at Hanazono snow park, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
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