Hello and welcome to The Rocky Safari! I’m Rocky Trifari and solo travel is my passion. I’ll help you design a travel-friendly lifestyle. 🦜
My mission on The Rocky Safari is to help you find creative ways to travel more frequently!
I have been traveling and blogging for over 10 years and counting. In addition to sharing informative travel stories for your entertainment, I also publish digital nomad resources, blogging business advice, and posts about creativity, life lessons, and happiness.
In 2013, when I first started this blog, I didn’t know if being an introvert might hinder me from being able to travel the world, unable to pursue my dream of visiting every country on Earth. Backpacking trips and long-term travel are the types of things you usually see extroverts doing.
As an introvert, I have learned to love solo travel and found a connection with nature and wildlife in the process. 😄
Now I blog to share my story and help people like you learn how you, too, can explore, travel, and design your dream lifestyle.
Overcoming your fears and establishing the mindset required to travel the world is perhaps the biggest hurdle that stops people (and introverts in particular) from taking that leap in the first place. You can do it!
I am determined to help you make it happen! Here are some resources I’ve put together:
- Creative ways to make money online
- Search this to find a remote job
- Kickstart your online blogging business
Let’s find a solution that perfectly meets your individual needs whether that means learning how to book a quick solo getaway, obtaining the flexibility to work remotely from anywhere on Earth, or achieving total financial freedom so you can spend less time at an office desk and more time doing the things you love!
Now that you know more about why I blog, I’d like to share a bit more about my blog’s story.
Why is my blog called The Rocky Safari?
In 2009, my Chinese teacher gave me the name 泰山 (Tài Shān) based on my English name, Rocky Trifari. The inspiration behind my Chinese name comes from the famous Mount Tai mountains of China.
While “Tàishān” technically means “big mountain,” it also translates back into English as Tarzan! So whether you think of me as a safari adventurer or like Tarzan the jungle man, the bottom line is that I love to be in and around nature. I gravitate toward birds and I have had a passion for travel and exploration from an early age.
Using that play on my name, I was inspired to create The Rocky Safari: a wild place where I can blog about all of my weird, unusual, and unexpected adventures while also showing individuals much like yourself exactly how to: explore, travel, and design your own traveling lifestyle.
My audience consists of aspiring travelers, digital nomads, introverts, and all-around wildlife and nature lovers.
In terms of my educational background, I graduated from Rutgers University where I studied psychology and entrepreneurship. My life experience has shown me that through harnessing the full power of our minds, we can become capable of accomplishing absolutely anything.
Since our mindset plays the single most influential role in guiding our journey through this unpredictable life, why not choose to have a positive mental attitude?
In Swahili, “safari” means “journey.”
I love to test my own limits and I’ve come to realize I’m the happiest when 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 in great detail 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 original, new content 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 volunteered as a tour guide at a Chinese Summer Camp for over two years and led approximately 200 Chinese students to famous landmarks all along the US East Coast. At the age of 15, this was one of my earliest experiences leaving home to travel independently.
We ate at 14 Chinese buffets in a row during our travels (but they never warned me about that when I signed 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. That 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.
Can you tell I like animals? x) Anyway…
To help pass the time while flying and moving about, I also enjoy solving Sudoku and reading books on my Kindle. I have now visited more than fifteen different countries around the world (as of the time of writing) and I have no intention of stopping there! My goal is to eventually visit every country on Earth!
This blog chronicles that journey.
You should know by now that I adore birds!
I’m wholeheartedly obsessed with them. When I was a Resident Assistant in college, my dormitory was bird-themed and I even had a real bird feeder hanging out from my dorm room window. I want to think that the random bird feeder hanging off the side of the building by a piece of rope was somewhat of a landmark on the College Ave campus during my time there. Maybe? Wishful thinking?
While living in Spain for a year, my fascination grew and I was oftentimes called “Señor Pajarero” [meaning Mr. Birdkeeper] because the locals would see wild birds constantly flying and landing on me.
Anyway, I am definitely getting a pet bird in the future! (Still in the process of deciding which kind. I’m 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 to start.
Using money earned from this blog and other digital nomad gigs, 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 this possible by making money online.
A good place to visit next is my Solo Travel FAQ!
Please 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 all of this unfolds!
Remember, you’ll always get the WHOLE story from me. The good. The bad. All of it. Every single time.
I know my trip overseas has been (and will continue to be) the craziest lifelong adventure imaginable. You can read more about my backpacking plans here.
Don’t be afraid to reach out and say hi! I blog to reach and connect with people so I’d love nothing more than to connect with you now that you have ended up 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. They say INFJs are the old souls, the listeners, the caretakers, and the advocates who seek to create a better world.
I was surprised to learn that male INFJs make up less than 1% of the global population. More specifically: gay, male INFJs represent less than 0.25% of all people in the 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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hey! just stumbled onto your blog by chance, but im so glad i did, your blog is really pretty great 😀
Hi Avantika! Nice to meet you!!! Glad you came across my blog and thank you for following! You sound pretty great yourself. 😀 Enjoy!
Hi, i m Don from HK… also an infj gay… just checked here after i google it. i hope we could keep contact:)
Hi Don! Nice to meet you. Haha I’m doing my best to attract gay INFJs from around the world and so far, quite a few have found my blog. I hope you find that you can relate to some of the posts I’ve published on here. Definitely take a look and yes, please keep in touch! 🙂
wow, you are definitely attractive =]
it is somewhat miraculous to find out other INFJ gay as I frequently considered not being understood by others.
idk, if we can organise some INFJ gatherings? or may you be my tour guide once I come to east cost for travel? I believe it would be great!
btw, have you visited HK? if not, please come soon and I could take you for a walk here
Thank you, Don! There’s something comforting about knowing there’s other people like us out there, isn’t there? I think so. Also, I love traveling and being a tour guide! I’d love to visit HK one day.
I really LOVE your blog, so thank YOU and please keep writing. In fact, I would like to officially nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you choose to accept, please visit http://rachelvankoughnet.com/2014/10/12/the-time-i-was-nominated-for-the-one-lovely-blog-award/ to learn more. If not, that’s ok, too, your blog is lovely regardless 🙂
I’m very glad our paths have crossed here today. What a great blog!
Hi Ann! Thank you! 🙂 So glad you stumbled across it!
Thanks for visiting and following my blog Fur Out The Closet. This means that you care about animals other than birds? <3
China has such a bad reputation when it comes to the fur trade so i would be very interested in your input regarding this.
Best wishes, Emy.
I absolutely care about other animals besides birds! 😀 It’s just that birds are my favorite. And I didn’t know that about China, though I’m not particularly surprised since they produce so many products. I don’t approve of it so the best I can do is discourage people from feeding into it.
Thanks for stopping by, Emy! 🙂
Hi! I just joined the blogging community and I found your amazing blog! I think I started following a couple weeks ago, but I didn’t really know where to comment (whoops!). I love reading your posts because we have so many things in common: INFJs, pre-med (also with this affinity for psychology), going to a vocational high school…it’s crazy! I can definitely relate to a lot of things you’ve been writing about, so I just wanted to say that think your blog is really brilliant.
Hi Melissa! Thanks for following. It’s so nice to meet you! I’m glad you joined WordPress and I think your blog looks like it’ll be an interesting read as well. I’m just curious, what is your prospective major and profession as of right now? I always like to hear that from other INFJs! 🙂
I’m a biology major in a BS/MD program, so I do 3 years undergrad and then go straight to the affiliated medical school. I tried switching to psychology, but I wasn’t allowed to; turns out I can’t take a lot of the classes that I wanted to take in college. When I was applying to college I wanted to major in something not biology, just because I was learning it for the past four years in my vocational high school. I’m really interested in interdisciplinary things and my program isn’t big on that, so I’ve been considering transferring out honestly. It’s a difficult decision though just because, well, we all know how hard the regular route is for applying to medical school. I still have no idea what particular doctor I want to be (although probably not surgery), but I will admit that child psychiatry has crossed my mind!
Love your blog! BTW, how can I contact you? I have a rather interesting proposition.
Thanks Greg! 😀 You are welcome to contact me at therockysa[email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you!
I stumbled across your blog earlier this morning and I couldn’t stop reading. I, too, am a gay male INFJ. I spent my 22 years of life feeling that I would never meet anyone that looks at the world through the same uniquely colored lenses as I do, so I felt it to be absolutely necessary that I reach out to you.
If you are interested, I would absolutely LOVE for you to contact me.
My email is [email protected].
Have a wonderful Sunday,
Hello Rocky. My name is Alexis. I study at Syracuse University as a Geoscience major. I’m so so fucking happy I stumbled upon your blog. I have so many things I wish I could just express right now. Its crazy! I’m also an INFJ and I’m also gay. Reading your posts about being an INFJ have blown my mind away. ITS SO ACCURATE. EVERYTHING. The day I took the MBTI my life was complete. To read such an accurate description freaked me out and my roomate was like dude are you ok CAUSE I WAS HYOERVENTILATING. I also read many many of your posts, they’re literally SO good cause I can identify so easily. God damnit I hope I didnt freak you out! hahaha
Hi Alex! Nice to meet you! 😀 I got your message via the connected Facebook fan page and was SO HAPPY that you found my blog! I get so excited when other people find my blog and can understand/relate to what I experienced with the MBTI. Isn’t it such a game-changer? I hope you enjoy my posts and I’d love to get to know more about you! ^.^
I am a Gay Multiracial mix INFJ that literally no longer fits any criteria of preferences… i think i am currently sitting in the 0.01% too HAHAHAHA ^_^
Hi Rocky! I hope you’re enjoying your holidays. I love your blog and although I’m not an INFJ, I am an INFP so that’s not close enough right? 😉
Hi Jas! Thank you, happy holidays to you too. Haha ALL MBTI types are welcome here! 😀 Enjoy!!!
Good work Rocky! It was wonderful reading this page. have a happy and prosperous year ahead! 🙂
Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year in 2015! 🙂
woahhh finally i find another infj gay boy. u know the world, we r so alienate. u really2 hav a so f*cking GREAT life, Im envious of ur good fortune(literally) . im trying to change from gay to straight, we know its hard T.T wish me luck. and u, keep writing! really love ur blog (sorry for my bad english :’) ) lol
Hi Ferdi! Thank you for the kind words. Please do not be envious! I have problems just like anyone else does. Use that energy towards bettering your own situation. Also, I’d advise against trying to change from gay to straight since I’m fairly certain that that’s both impossible and psychologically damaging. In the meantime, let me know if you need help with anything! I’m here not only to write but also to listen. 🙂
ROCKY! I randomly found your blog (I was googling Rutgers and TCNJ because I’m transferring lol).. Small world. Also, I’m an INFJ too! Hope you’re well! I might be seeing you next fall!!!
Olivia!!! Hi hahaha! I’m cracking up – that’s so funny. You must have found one of my old posts from back when I was still in high school and trying to determine which college I wanted to attend.
I hope you choose Rutgers. I’d love to see you around here! Obviously I can’t speak about TCNJ but I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about life at Rutgers! 🙂 Good luck deciding!
I find you very intriguing. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I sincerely feel that I could sit and talk with you for hours and never know all that I would want to know about you. I’m curious that way. I like the way your mind works. To me, there is so much more to you behind that adorable handsome face. 🙂 It’s like there’s the whole rest of that “iceberg” beneath the waters surface that would be fascinating to know.
After interacting with you so much, it sounds to me like you have quite a fascinating mind as well! I appreciate and enjoy your e-mails. Thank you so much for the kind words, Craig. ^.^
Still LOVE your blog. Inspiring. I would like to nominate you for The Versatile Blogger Award. You deserve it.
Thank you Rachel!! The same goes for your blog! I feel very lucky to have a reader like you! 🙂 Thanks for the nomination.
Hello! Fellow Infj here! Just wanted to say that your blog is wonderful, honest, simple (in the absolute best way), and very relatable. Thank you for being your brilliant, infj self (never change!).
First things first: belated congratulations on snagging that seat for Personal Psychology!
A while back, I stumbled across your blog searching up study tips for INFJs, and I’ve been following since. 😀 Bless your soul for indirectly introducing me to Rice Dream (I’m addicted to the vanilla flavored one).
I’m a sophomore in high school with a career research paper called the I-Search, and I’ve chosen psychiatry as the profession I’ll be researching about. This paper requires three in-person interviews with psychiatrists, but I’m also looking to interview students who intend to pursue it, too. I wanted to ask if I could interview you over Skype (if you’d be willing to do so).
Either way, thanks and I look forward to future blog posts. ^-^
Hi Jennifer! Ahh, so nice to hear from you! Thanks for following! I think your research sounds SO incredibly interesting and would absolutely love to participate in your interview. I’ll send you an e-mail. 🙂
found you on community pool. I think I like your bio page the best. It shows a lot of personality and all the pics are really fun! Love feedback as well if you get a chance 🙂 Write on!
The best!? Wow, that’s quite the complement! Thank you!! I’d be happy to check out your blog! 🙂
Hi Rocky, I stumbled upon your blog because of Rutgers. I did my undergrad there. I can see that it’s still as crazy and fun as I remember. haha
I was able to read a couple of your posts and just wanted to say Congratulations on all of your hard work. It is great that you’re making the most out of your time there. I enjoyed spending time with my friends and participating in health education there at Rutgers.
Good job on tackling your premed classes! I still remember those so vividly esp. the crazy 5 hour orgo lab. haha Good job on getting through calculus, I know that was a pain for a lot of people. I’m guessing you won’t be embarking on the wonderful world of Calculus 3, Multivariable Calculus? =p Don’t forget your math though or else General Physics will be very painful! You’ll have to remember to find the value of the plane’s position from time (t=0) to (t = 1 minute/hour) and then use the law of sines when calculating the altitude of an airplane taking off. Fun, right? General Physics + Orgo is like going to Disneyworld. haha
However, the upper level science classes are more fun since they’re specialized. Cancer, pharmacology, systems physiology, neurobiology, human parasitology…those were fun since the people taking them were the ones interested and it wasn’t weeding people out like the general science classes. I had to take a lot of math though, going up to calculus 4 and linear algebra haha I don’t think you’d want to take those.
Make sure you do your best in orgo (but I’m sure you will). When I was a grad student, one of my students was premed and she called me after her med school interview. She was really intelligent and hard working. However, she got a B in orgo, but aced everyting else (bio, general chem, physics, calc, statistics, etc.). During the interview, the doctor interrogated her on why she just got a B in the course. She got through it though because she was also a volunteer EMT and tutored biology so he just nodded his head and smiled. Many of my former students actually asked if I could repost my science notes on my site which I’m doing right now. I feel like I’m preparing for recitation again. haha
In terms of pursuing psychiatry, that’s a very noble profession. During my clinical training, I would work together with the behavioral team (I was in pediatric oncology/hematology), and I got to see cases with the social worker and psychiatrist since they were the patients and families that I had to work with also. It’s really tough because there are so many emotions involved esp. dealing with sensitive and painful topics. You’re the person that they will come to when things seem to crumble. With healthcare changing, it’s becoming too fast paced and people can’t get the individual attention that they need. The focus is mainly on the physical ailments while the mental issues don’t get as much attention. So, I think it’s great that you’re pursuing it.
Good luck on your studies and I look forward to reading more about your adventures!
Hey Kevin! Sorry to randomly respond to this comment over 3 years later but I wanted to get back to you! My apologies, I actually recall reading your comment the day you wrote it but I don’t see a reply listed on here. I don’t know if it never sent it, if it got lost in the shuffle, or if I was just really busy studying and doing work for my classes at the time. Either way, it is so cool to hear from someone else who also went to Rutgers! A lot has changed over the last few years and I actually did not end up pursuing the whole medical school thing. While taking orgo and physics, I was like, “NOPE. Not doing this any longer.” I couldn’t see myself going to medical school for the amount of money and time it would require me to invest upfront. I decided to finish my college years studying psychology and business instead. Now I am making money doing totally different things (funny how often it happens that way) focusing more on business-type ventures. I’m more entrepreneurial-spirited so I think this was important for my own happiness. Thanks again for leaving your really nice comment! Again, I’m so sorry for the crazy delay in getting back to you! Hope you are doing well all these years later! lol