This is the official travel blog for Jared Heyman‘s two-year traveling sabbatical around the world. I named the blog “Chasing Summer” because that’s what I planned to do… chase summer around the world. When the weather turns cold in one hemisphere, you’ll find me in the other one.
By way of introduction, I’m a technology entrepreneur, health nut, gadget freak, and experienced world traveler. I started an online market research firm, Infosurv, in 1998 and spent the next 12 years of my life passionately growing it. Once the business was well-established, with consistent revenue and a top-notch management team, I decided to take some time away to travel, read, and reinvigorate. July 16, 2010, was my last day at the office.
I began this trip with my girlfriend of 3 years, Lauren Goldstein. Lauren is an occupational therapist by trade and loves working with the geriatric population. We were both fortunate that she met a new best friend in graduate school, my sister Carly, who eventually introduced us. Although Lauren already had the opportunity to study and travel abroad multiple times, this was her first time way for more than 3 months at a time.
We left on a mission to travel the world, meet fantastic new people, expand our horizons, and enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We traveled for 3 months together through the USA, Italy and Greece, and then in November of 2010 we decided to traveling separately through South America (apart from 6 weeks that we shared in Argentina.) Although our relationship is no longer, the adventure has continued and this blog chronicles it.