Each dot represents a place I’ve visited and got my bearings around it. That is at least a two meal, two drink, whole day affair.

I love to travel but hate to be a tourist. Most of the time I’m trying to go through a road less traveled, doing my best to not to hold up traffic, stay out of the way of locals going through their daily routines, yet still trying to connect with similarly minded people and absorb the atmosphere of the visited place.

Only one of my visits was involuntary, due to faulty airplane maintenance (hi there, Milan!), and only one time I’ve involuntarily prolonged my stay (one night at Newark airport plus one more night near LaGuardia) due to weather conditions.

Lucky me!