I’ve been a pretty avid traveler my whole life. I grew up between Italy and Kansas City and we went back and forth a lot. I had my passport at 6 months and was on a plane shortly after. I think I inherited an interest in geography and cultures from my father. I helped build VirtualTourist.com,a site which I helped grow from the early days in 2000, until we were acquired by TripAdvisor in 2008. I ran the site for TripAdvisor as General Manager until 2013. Sadly, TripAdvisor decided to shut it down in February 2017 despite the fact that it was still highly trafficked and profitable.