Curiosity has led me to many amazing experiences, from learning a foreign language as a child, to taking the road less travelled, and to moving abroad, to name a few.
I was born and raised in Romania, in the historical region of Transylvania in the city of Baia Mare, Maramures County. I grew up in communism until middle school so international travel was nonexistent at that time. Even national travel wasn’t something that we did often, or it was encouraged.
I was very close to my grandfather, Florea Cristea, a WWII veteran and an amazing individual to whom I am dedicating this accomplishment. From an early age, his war stories cultivated my travel curiosity.
Fast forward, after a few years of practicing Physical Therapy in Romania, I came to United States. I have been residing in the New York City tristate area working in sales and business development ever since. As a big outdoors enthusiast, I got away every chance I got. Traveling to all fifty states is not something that I consciously planned at first. In 2014 I went on an open end road trip covering all main national parks and cities. By the end of it I had covered 33 states up and down, left and right. Added to the 11 states I’d previously seen, I arrived to number 44. At that point I had Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Hawaii and Alaska left. I decided to explore them all. So I did.
Finding each state more spectacular and diverse than the other, exploring The United States of America has been a joyful learning experience.
Number of States Visited
Memorable Travel Experience(s)
Solo Rim to Rim Hike - Grand Canyon
Sandboarding - Oregon Dunes
Hiking all over Glacier National Park, Montana
Cycle Mount Teide/Summit Mount Teide
My Favorite Place On My Journey
Kind of hard to narrow it down ... but mountains have my heart.
How I saw each state and joined the All Fifty Club
With a Purpose
What's next for me on my journey
rest & celebrate
Travel more internationally
Go to all the Canadian Provinces