When people plan trips, their course is usually more or less on target. Not mine. Despite being a manic perfectionist, and one of the best planners in the world, my travel adventure—my thirty-year dream—was more than a journey. A trip in the broadest sense of the word, it plays out like a crazy drama. 

Big Red: How I Learned Simplicity from a Suitcase combines personal lessons, adventure, travel, growth, and humor. Seeking to experience simplicity and contentment in the “Happiest Place on Earth”, I struggled to jettison my Western ways while lugging a 95-pound suitcase of bare necessities. Everything that could go wrong on my spiritual journey did. Left alone atop an elephant in the jungle, being quarantined on a plane because of the Swine flu, and learning how to squat in the great outdoors, each day became one long trek through a reality that was mired in the depths of a cosmic education in Murphy’s Law.  

Color photographs and video clips about my solo journey to Himalayan villages, farms and jungles of Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet is is free on Kindle from 3/26-3/30

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