© Michael Nissman

© Michael Nissman

As I mentioned in my “About” section, I have always had the desire to travel the world from a young age! My favorite subjects in school were Geography and World History. I was a master at locating countries on a blank world map and I could recite the world capitals flawlessly! Not to mention, I was enamored with the character Indiana Jones” growing up and wanted to be an archeologist so that I could travel the world and go on daring adventures as he did! As a teenager, I also loved the tv series: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?and I secretly wanted to be on that show so I could win trips around the globe!

Nevertheless, to my detriment, once I got to college, I realized that

"Vintage Traveler" - self portrait

“Vintage Traveler” – Self Portrait

Archeology was not what Indiana Jones had romanticized. Despite this rude awakening, I was still fascinated by ancient and modern cultures so I received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in History and Classical Civilizations at Duquesne University. During my senior year there, I was given the opportunity to study abroad with the Institute for Shipboard Education’s, Semester at Sea, which my first blog post is about. This experience was truly responsible for inspiring my life-long pursuit of travel and exploration; the ongoing beautiful journey that I am pleased to share with you in this blog! 

To date, I have traveled to 6 continents, 48 countries and 185 cities across the globe, thus I have been deemed a “Traveling Gypsy” by many. My goal is to visit 100 countries in my lifetime! 

My Travel Profile: 

Travel Map
I’ve been to 184 cities in 47 countries
Seychelles: Mahe
Seychelles: Seychelles
Seychelles: Victoria
South Africa: Cape Town
South Africa: Ceres
South Africa: Houtbaai
South Africa: Stellenbosch
Cambodia: Siemreab
China: Beijing
Hong Kong (SAR): Hong Kong Island
India: Agra
India: Chennai
India: Delhi
Indonesia: Bali
Indonesia: Baturaja
Indonesia: Denpasar
Indonesia: Jimbaran
Indonesia: Kuta
Indonesia: Ubud
Indonesia: Uluwatu
Japan: Hiroshima
Japan: Kobe
Japan: Kyoto
Japan: Nara
Japan: Osaka
Malaysia: Kota Kinabalu
Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur
Singapore: Sentosa
Singapore: Singapore
Taiwan: T’ai-pei
Thailand: Bangkok
Thailand: Chiang Mai
Thailand: Ko Phangan
Thailand: Surat Thani
Antigua and Barbuda: Saint John’s
Aruba: Oranjestad
Barbados: Bridgetown
British Virgin Islands: Cane Garden Bay
British Virgin Islands: Jost Van Dyke Island
British Virgin Islands: Road Town
British Virgin Islands: Virgin Gorda
Cuba: Havana
Dominica: Portsmouth
Dominica: Roseau
Netherlands Antilles: Philipsburg
Puerto Rico: Bayamón
Puerto Rico: Carolina
Puerto Rico: Dorado
Puerto Rico: Guaynabo
Puerto Rico: Piñones
Puerto Rico: Rio Piedras
Puerto Rico: San Juan
Saint Kitts and Nevis: Basseterre
Saint Lucia: Castries
Saint Lucia: Soufriere
The Bahamas: Nassau
The Bahamas: Paradise Island
Trinidad and Tobago: Chaguaramas
Trinidad and Tobago: Las Cuevas
Trinidad and Tobago: Maraval
Trinidad and Tobago: Port-of-Spain
Trinidad and Tobago: Scarborough
Virgin Islands: Charlotte Amalie
Virgin Islands: Christiansted
Virgin Islands: Cruz Bay
Virgin Islands: Frederiksted
Virgin Islands: Frenchtown
Virgin Islands: Saint Croix
Virgin Islands: Saint John
Virgin Islands: Saint Thomas
Central America
Costa Rica: Arenal
Costa Rica: Dominical
Costa Rica: Fortuna
Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio
Costa Rica: Quepos
Costa Rica: San Jose
Guatemala: El Remate
Guatemala: Guatemala
Guatemala: Lanquin
Guatemala: Panajachel
Guatemala: Peten
Guatemala: Santiago Atitlan
Guatemala: Tik’al
Panama: Isla Colon
Panama: Panama
Panama: Portobelo
Austria: Innsbruck
France: Paris
France: Versailles
Greece: Athens
Greece: Lefkas
Greece: Nisos Ikaria
Greece: Nisos Thira
Greece: Oia
Greece: Paros
Holy See (Vatican City): Vatican City
Italy: Burano
Italy: Florence
Italy: Pisa
Italy: Rome
Italy: Venice
Liechtenstein: Vaduz
Netherlands: Amsterdam
Switzerland: Luzern
United Kingdom: Bath
United Kingdom: London
North America
Canada: Stratford
Canada: Toronto
Canada: Vancouver
United States: Alcatraz Island
United States: Altoona
United States: Austin
United States: Berkeley
United States: Bethesda
United States: Beverly Hills
United States: Bronx
United States: Brooklyn
United States: Cleveland
United States: Galveston
United States: Hale’iwa
United States: Harlem
United States: Hau’ula
United States: Hilo
United States: Honolulu
United States: Houston
United States: Jacksonville
United States: Las Vegas
United States: Los Angeles
United States: Manhattan Island
United States: Miami Beach
United States: New Brunswick
United States: New Orleans
United States: New York
United States: O’ahu
United States: Oakland
United States: Orlando
United States: Pittsburgh
United States: Pāhoa
United States: San Francisco
United States: San Jose
United States: Sunset Beach
United States: Tampa
United States: Waipio
United States: Washington
United States: West Palm Beach
United States: Westchester
United States: White Plains
Australia: Bondi
Australia: Mosman
Australia: Sydney
New Zealand: Auckland
New Zealand: Christchurch
New Zealand: Kaikoura
New Zealand: Nelson
New Zealand: Queenstown
New Zealand: Rotorua
New Zealand: Taupo
New Zealand: Wellington
New Zealand: Whangarei
South America
Brazil: Itaparica
Brazil: Salvador
Brazil: Sao Conrado
Ecuador: Isla Baltra
Ecuador: Quito
Ecuador: Santa Cruz
Ecuador: Santa Maria
Ecuador: Seymour
Peru: Amantani
Peru: Cusco
Peru: Iquitos
Peru: Lima
Peru: Puno

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