I love running, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and physical challenges of all kinds and always try to find ways to engage in these activities while traveling and exploring. I lived in Japan for two years and Taiwan for another two years with lots of personal travel to different parts of mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, the Phillippines, Bali (Indonesia), Australia and Thailand. When traveling, I avoid tour groups and like to strike out on my own or with a good friend, my Lonely Planet Guidebook, and a map. I like discovering and exploring new places at my own pace and without being directed by someone else. Looking for a good traveling friend with a sense of adventure and an independent and fun-loving spirit!! Planning on traveling this next year in Europe, as well as exploring more of the United States and Canada.