Hello! My name is Rocky Trifari. You can also call me by my Chinese name: 泰山.
I am a graduate of Rutgers University where I majored in psychology and entrepreneurship. I am a huge proponent of personal development and I believe our mindset plays the most influential role in guiding our journey through life. In Swahili, “safari” means “journey.”
I love to test my own limits and I’ve come to realize I am the happiest while I’m trekking far beyond the border of my comfort zone.
People are sometimes surprised to learn that I identify as an introvert because I also happen to be very outgoing. (A distinction I discuss a lot about on my blog.) As a matter of fact, I love meeting new people and discovering new things. I’m definitely not shy. I frequently speak to large audiences for work and I readily introduce myself to strangers. I guess it’s because I love to learn and I’m curious about seemingly everything.
In 2013, I graduated from a vocational high school where I studied graphic design and spent my senior year taking all of my classes at a local college. While I decided not to pursue digital design in college, I continue to treat photography and web design as two hobbies I deeply care about. That’s why I have continued to publish on here since 2013. I love to travel and blog whenever I have any free time.
Aside from that, I am also a huge fan of foreign languages (as you may have guessed from the intro, namely Chinese!) Then in 2019, I moved to Spain where I studied Spanish. You could say I’m somewhat of a “polyglot-in-training.”
A few things that are interesting about me: I’ve volunteered as a tour guide at a Chinese Summer Camp for two years and led approximately two hundred Chinese students to famous landmarks all along the US East Coast. We ate at 14 Chinese Buffets in a row during our travels. (But they never warned me about that small detail when I was signing up!) Each day as our tour bus would pull up to the next Chinese buffet, I would turn my head to the window and shed a tear. This opportunity allowed me to gain both a large amount of experience and weight. 😉
Some of my other interests include birdwatching, drinking different types of tea, and of course, traveling! So you’ll probably read a bit about all of those things on my blog.
Between all of the flying, to pass the time, I also enjoy doing Sudoku and reading on my Nook. I’ve visited more than fifteen different countries around the world (at the time of writing) and I have no intention of stopping there! My goal is to eventually visit every (safe) country on Earth! This blog chronicles that journey.
You should also know that I adore birds! I’m
somewhat obsessed with them. Yeah, definitely obsessed. I even hung a bird feeder outside of my dorm room window while I was in college. I quickly became known as “the Resident Assistant with the birdfeeder” at Rutgers. I’d like to think it was somewhat of a landmark on campus during my time there. Maybe? Maybe not. Anyway, I am definitely getting a pet bird in the future! (Still in the process of deciding which kind. Thinking maybe a Cape Parrot!)
In 2018, I set off on a trip to travel the world with nothing but my backpack and a one-way ticket to Athens, Greece. Using money earned from this blog and my digital nomad gig, I was able to pay for my entire trip in cash without creating a cent of debt afterward. On my blog, I teach others how to make it possible.
Make sure you remember to follow my blog and connect with me on social media so we can stay in touch. Especially if you would like to know how this all unfolds! I think it is going to be the craziest adventure imaginable. You can read about my plans for the future here.
For those of you who know your MBTI personality type, I am an INFJ which is the least common of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types, especially in men. I was surprised to learn that male INFJs make up less than 1% of the global population! It is estimated that gay male INFJs make up less than 0.25% of the global population. INFJs are the old-souls, the listeners, the care-takers, and the advocates who seek to create a better world.
With stats like those, you can imagine why I might feel like a bit of a square peg in a round hole trying to fit into society. But what makes us unique can also be our greatest strengths. So much like a bird, I’m going to do what comes naturally to me, spread my wings, and fly.
Ironically, the MBTI personality type “most suited to travel the world” is the ESTP (the complete opposite of what I am…) So once again, I guess the stats are stacked against me in that regard. We’ll see how it goes!
JUST A HEADS UP, MY BLOG IS REALLY RANDOM. AND WEIRD.
But that’s why I love it.
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