Hi, I’m Marcus. Born and raised in Hawaii, but crazy enough to leave paradise. I’ve been writing and blogging about my worldwide adventures since 2004.
My first taste of travel was when I studied abroad in England for a creative writing program. That university had a "sister school" relationship with my college in California. Once my classes ended, I backpacked around Europe.
Upon my graduation with a degree in English Creative Writing, I headed to China. I worked in Shanghai as a language and culture instructor. My students were businesspeople from China, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. I was training them so they could work for multinational firms and conduct business with Western executives. When my contract ended, I traveled through China, visiting Beijing, Xi'an, and Yunnan Province.
Later, I moved to Taipei, Taiwan. I served as a writer/editor for various English-language magazines and newspapers. After leaving my job, I backpacked around Southeast Asia and Japan.
After returning to the United States, I studied web design, social media marketing, and related subjects. These skills came in handy when I helped build the website for TEDx Honolulu.
Now I run a frequent flyer miles news website called Street Smart Traveler.