About Me

My name is Joe Foley. I am a frequent solo backpacker, and am a student at American University in Washington DC.

Ever since I was young, I’ve loved being independent and exploring. When I turned 16 and started this blog, I persuaded my parents to let me start traveling alone, staying in hostels. My first solo trip was a getaway to Washington DC. Later that summer, I visited Scotland alone. Since then, my passion for travel has only grown and grown. It has gotten me out there and made me curious to explore. I have had the chance to meet many new people, been chased by a vicious stray dog in Armenia at 4 AM, visited the border of North and South Korea, and explored the classic sights of Europe. These are just a few of my experiences. In 2014, I was awarded a National Geographic “Traveler of the Year” award.

Some Facts about Me

  • I love Cats.
  • I was born in London, England, but grew up in Boston, MA.
  • I drink way too much coffee.
  • My favorite countries (tied) are Austria and Italy.
  • My three favorite cities (tied in 1st place) are Kyoto, New York, and St Petersburg.
  • My favorite types of music are African pop and British rock.
  • I study Japanese and can speak it at a basic level.
  • I have backpacked all over Europe, visited various United States landmarks, and had brief visits to Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, South Korea, and Japan.
  • I am a computer science major and possibly a Japanese minor, at American University in Washington DC.
  • I am, on most issues, center-left wing when it comes to politics.
  • I have Scuba-Dived in Costa Rica and Honduras
  • I love Skiing
  • I am first-and-foremost a city person, but I also love the great outdoors.
  • I am not religious, but I respect people’s beliefs as long as they don’t try to force them on me.
  • I’m not much of a TV or movie person, but my favorite movie is Spirited Away
  • My favorite novel is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
  • If I had to pick a least favorite country, it would be Scotland
  • My favorite types of art are Renaissance European Art (especially Dutch realist art), African masks (especially those from the Congo and West Africa), and Asian art (calligraphy, Buddhist art, and Hindu sculpture).

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