Chasing a Dream. Living an Adventure

I got on a plane for the first time when I was 2 years old. It was a Boeing 747 flying between India and Saudi Arabia. Ever since then, I have been hooked on aviation. A significant portion of my life and funds go towards traveling and exploring the world. A few years ago, I decided that I was going to make it my mission to travel to every single country before I turn 50. So far, I'm on track. Some years are great. Others, not so much. But the progress is always moving forward. 

When I first started traveling independently, I wanted to get to New Zealand. At that point, I had two options: fly New York to Los Angeles to Australia and then to New Zealand. That's all great, but I really didn't want to spend $2000 to fly in coach. So, I waited. In exactly 15 days, I take off for the journey of a lifetime: New Zealand in pure luxury. 

Etihad First Class Apartments:

Etihad announced their A380 jets not too long ago. And it took the world by surprise. I'm privileged to fly one of the first few flights in an apartment. Yep, a first class apartment. Spoiled? Absolutely! 

These photos speak for themselves: 

Emirates First Class: 

On my way back from New Zealand, I'm flying back on the Emirates A380 in their first class cabin. I'll once again, let the photos speak for themselves: 

Park Hyatt Sydney: 


To chase this image:

I just spent three days in Milford Sound, New Zealand. This is about a four hour drive from my house. The bad news was there were no clouds for sunset. The good news was there were no clouds for star shots that night! Cliff and I stayed out there quite late to make sure we got all the shots we wanted! For this one, I tried attaching the Nikon 16mm f/2.8 prime via an adapter to my Sony A7r — it was very easy and worked like a charm!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.


The total market price of this trip is close to $50,000. That's larger than most people's down payment on a house. While I'm paying nowhere close to that amount, I am taking a few weeks off to chase the dream. 

I meet with so many people that want to either travel, quit their job, start a company, etc. BUT, they don't. I'm only concerned with people that do. The people that chase their dreams. The people that make the hard choices. The people who actually mean what they want. 

Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away

Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream until your dreams come true
— Aerosmith