Ohai, I’m Nathan. I grew up in and around Portland Maine, which is one of the most beautiful places in the world. If you haven’t been, you should go. But not in the winter. Go in the summer. Summer is so beautiful in Maine that the state is nicknamed ‘Vacationland’.

I build websites and launch products and stuff. A few of my most recent projects:


lauren mcavoy

village born

colorcraft lights

spiral growth

Around 2005 I started getting this weird urge to travel to Asia. Japan, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Korea. I’m not exactly sure why this feeling started expressing itself at that time but it was strong enough that I started paying attention to it. Not a lot of attention, but enough to know that it was not just a passing thing, particularly since the feeling kept manifesting month after month into the following few years and it kept cropping up at propinquitous times that let me know to pay attention.

I started teaching middle school math and English in 2008 and ended up getting laid off in 2010 after Wall Street had its three trillion dollar snack on the American economy. I taught myself how to build websites and whatnot with an eye toward a location-independent lifestyle. I was just getting to the point where I was making good money and thinking about an exit to travel when I got an unsolicited job offer to manage a small non-profit in Northern Vermont. It was a pay cut and I knew it would push back my travels for at least a year or two, but the cause is something that means a lot to me and I knew that I would be able to do a lot of good in the position. So I put my travel plans on hold, took the job and moved to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont until the winter of 2013-2014 when I gave my notice, stuffed as much as I could into a carry-on sized backpack, and flew to Mumbai on a one-way ticket.

I’m not well traveled and that has made me sadface for a while. I’m excited to be out traveling at last; this trip’s been brewing for almost a decade now. My how the time flies.

On the surface my motivations to travel are multifarious, but they mostly center around food, beaches, people, and photography. On a deeper level I am traveling to Japan in particular and Asia in general to explore the lands of at least a couple past lives that I spent in that part of the world and meet people with whom I may have have spent time in other lives. That is, of course, not a small subject, and I am even as I write this coming to realize the extent to which these impetuses are bearing themselves out in my travels.

I’m traveling on the cheap and making a point to not spend money and still have a good time. Budget travel is a pretty hot topic on the interwebs these days and there is certainly a lot to say about it. When the time’s right I’ll put my own thoughts together on the subject.

If you’ve read this far then congratulations! Please enjoy your time here on my site and if you have any questions, comments, ideas, or want to drop me a line then please do so.