Traveling has defined my life, and the constant movement I have undertaken to study, live or work in cities inspired NxTSTOP. I was lucky enough to grow up outside NYC, which was a head start to loving a mix of culture and having he city pride. The real travel though started in college when I moved to Palo Alto to attend Stanford. I spent the next six years ping-ponging around the world – first to Madrid to study abroad, then back to SF to finish Stanford, then to Paris to attend Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie program, back to SF for a job and finally settling back in NYC for my first career path job with Accenture.
As a consultant, travel lifestyle becomes your MO. Every week for two years I flew the Monday morning 7 am JFK-LAX Delta flight and returned on the Thursday late afternoon 4pm LAX-JFK one. Effectively having residences in both cities, I came to love both equally (something many native NYC or LA people will deny is possible) and it was through this passion that the NxTSTOP idea took shape.
In the summer of 2013 while spending two back-to-back weekends in Newport Beach, I was suddenly struck one afternoon at a house party that I had both run out of clean clothes and really missed NYC. For those who know the Newport area, it has a very beach/surf culture completely opposite from NYC in just about every way. Both are great, but sometimes you need a change. That day, I felt the need to show everyone I was different, unique and a New Yorker. Literally the thought I had was “I wish I could rep NYC here so people know it’s my city.” At the same time I also recognized I loved to be a local where I was so I knew the great spots to hang out. This was true for Madrid, Paris or SF and why I had pride for them. It was about being a local or an insider wherever you are. But the adventure of new cities (at least for me) would be ongoing for all my life, not simply one stop. It would really be about the journey for my next stop.
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