This is the story of Sean Brown

You’ve just met Sean Brown – travel blogger, photographer and author of DESTINATIONS UNKNOWN.

Get to know the uncensored story behind one of the internet’s most interesting travel bloggers.

Once you meet him, you’ll never forget him.

Growing Up

A long, long time ago, in a city far, far away, a new earthling was hatched; the name bestowed on to him, Sean Brown. It was a simple name for a complicated individual; Sean’s mastery of complex tasks such as eating and pooping at an early age proved that everything was possible.

Fast forward 3,827 diaper changes later, and behold, Sean’s first words, “light on!” From an early start, Sean’s fascination with shiny objects and the things that make the world function paved the way for birthdays and holidays filled with gizmos and gadgets that always required batteries (not included).

As it’s evident from Sean’s first words, understanding how things work remained a constant in his life; all of his nifty gadgets and gizmos met their demise with his obsession to figure out how they worked. Much like Wile E. Coyote and his unrelenting persistence to satisfy his hunger, Sean learned from the disassembled pile of parts (which used to function). Through years of self-education and perfecting the reassembly technique, these gadgets became a learning tool and something he could continue using afterward.

Sean, much like the Coyote, constantly analyzed situations, identified problems, and tried his hardest to succeed at everything he did. Standardized placement testing showed extremely high levels of thinking at an early age and led to gifted/AP classes in grade school. However, the lack of challenge in standardized/multi-choice testing bored Sean, doing whatever it took to find excitement in learning.

Some of Sean’s most significant educational accomplishments were realized not from the “read this chapter and take a test” mentality but from teachers (public, private and post-secondary) giving him projects with no structure, no guidelines, and no pass-or-fail. Instead, the goal was to identify something he wanted to learn about, research it and produce a result showing the reader everything he knew and the little details he found interesting.

Sean’s photography passion began with admission to a TV/Film school and internships at the local ABC and CBS affiliates. Video production evolved into still photography, where Sean began documenting the natural, un-posed beauty of a specific point in time. Seeing, analyzing, and reflecting on the image at hand is unique to every person and open to interpretation.

Some of the most dramatic and emotional pictures happen when the lighting is perfect, when peoples’ emotions show naturally, and most importantly, when life happens.

No, not as much as you’d expect. I grew up within 20-miles of where I was born and never moved around. I did take (maybe) 1-2 trips every few years to visit family who lived out of state.

I grew up with a house full of National Geographic magazines and fell in love with reading and seeing places that seemed too amazing to exist. I made it a goal in life to visit everywhere I read about or found interesting.

Throughout school I was involved in the TV/Film programs. While I never attended any college classes for it, my photography and cinematography skills come from a profound love for wanting to inspire others to see the beauty of this world through my camera.

The Wanderlust Vibe

Everything Sean had experienced was within a 50-mile radius of where he grew up. Then, at 12ish years old, he took a trip to Europe, his first significant travel experience and the start of wondering what other fantastic experiences were out there.

“I’ve learned that the world is full of amazing culture and picturesque landscapes and is much more than the 50-mile radius of where I grew up. Travel educates and polishes you as a member of humanity.”

– Sean Brown

His interest in travel increased through various travel TV shows and magazines, showcasing different cultures, the natural beauty of destinations, and the raw power of planet earth. With each show watched and article read, the wanderlust passion grew.

The tradition of marriage, 2.5 kids, and a house with a white picket fence was replaced with exploring the world with random trips to anywhere and meeting new people everywhere.

The creation of DESTINATIONS UNKNOWN was a natural evolution as his countless photo collections and stories were always told in person. His travel blog is an uncensored, first-hand account of the journey to destinations showcasing local culture, nature, and the raw power of planet earth.

The site, travel, and photography are hobbies, and he invests in them (with time, effort, and money) as if they were his profession.

I booked my first solo flight to Sydney, Australia before cell phones could roam internationally. 10,000 miles from home and totally disconnected I managed to survive a trip that (to this day) I still vividly remember.

A shockingly high percentage (>95%) of my travels are solo.

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