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Peter Sacco: In Pursuit Of Vitality

Peter Sacco is a GoNOMAD Editorial Assistant, a journalism major at UMass Amhest, and a member of the UMass Men’s Swim Team. He was exposed to adventure travel at an early age by his father, who would frequently take him rock climbing, white water rafting and backpacking in the Adirondacks and on Isle Royal.

Later, Peter discovered a passion for surfing off Cape Cod and in Rhode Island. Surfing quickly led to travel when his mother let him plan the upcoming family vacations. Always with waves in mind, Peter traveled to California, Costa Rica, and Ecuador while still in high school. Since, he has scoured the East Coast for surf, traveling to Long Island, Atlantic City, The Outer Banks and Pawleys Island.

Peter’s early travels fostered a fascination for the tropical, laidback Latin American culture, and he returned to backpack through Ecuador and Peru his Sophomore year in college. There, he volunteered on Sacred Sueños organic farm, visited ancient Mayan ruins, hiked the Cordillera Blanca, and witnessed the third highest waterfall on Earth. He has also visited Puerto Rico for three consecutive years while training with the UMass Swim team.

Peter has grown to love the potential for excitement and adventure around every turn, and will jump at any opportunity to hit the road. This summer he will be visiting Florida on a quest to discover the limits of Pasco Counties’ water adventure opportunities. He will then return to Cape Cod where he will be working with Cape Cod Magazine before heading back to UMass for his senior year.

Someday, Peter would love to travel more extensively around the world and experience what each culture has to offer in full. He is interested the traveler's lifestyle, and believes a degree in journalism will set him along the right path. He is also interested in political and sports journalism, as well as international relations.


Stories by Peter Sacco:

South Carolina:

Paddleboarding To The Barrier Islands

“There are five different rivers that flow into this area,” said Scott Benston, owner of Surf The Earth surf shop in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

“For thousands of years, the natives thought this place was sacred, a vortex between land and water.”

We were bumping down an old dirt road deep within the confines of the Hobcaw Barony, my face pressed close against the window of Scott’s white Ford F150.

Vines and Spanish moss hung from gangly oak trees like living Christmas ornaments, and tracts of

Cruising Greenland's serene coast .

languid swamp frequently segmented the dense forest. We were in South Carolina, but I felt as if we were driving through the Jurassic Park film set.

Though Velociraptors and T-Rexes are scarce in the Barony, this 17,000-acre conservatory is home to its own variety of beasts.

“We're coming across a little bridge up here, and sometimes there’s gator lyin’ about. You just hook em’ with your paddle…” We bumped over the rickety wooden bridge and I glanced back at the paddleboards clunking along in tow, secretly wondering how much truth might be found in Scott’s humor.

Walking the Bronte Trail:

Journeying through the countryside of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights

“Gentle reader, may you never feel what I then felt! May your eyes never shed such stormy, scalding, heart-wrung tears as poured from mine. May you never appeal to Heaven in prayers so hopeless and so agised as in that hour left my lips: for never may you, like me, dread to be the instrument of evil to what you wholly love.”
                                                   - Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Paddleboarding North Inlet under the early morning sun.

Have you ever wondered how life in the English Highlands could galvanize the gripping emotion captured in Charlotte Bronte’s 19th century novel Jane Eyre?

Here’s your chance to explore, discover and ultimately bring the book to life.

Named by National Geographic Traveler as one of the “50 Tours of a Lifetime”, The Wayfarers, a resourceful travel company that has been operating unique walking vacations since 1984, is offering Bronte enthusiasts an unparalleled opportunity to retrace the footsteps of England’s most profound novelists.

Run your hands over the weathered stones of Moorseats House (Moor House in Jane Eyre), and walk through the dimly lit passages of Wycoller Hall (Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre). Stroll through the wild heather-filled fields and moors that so inspired the Bronte Sisters.

You Lost Your US Passport: Now What?

You’ve read about this point in your Lonely Planet guide for weeks, and today is the big day. Its been called the most dangerous border-crossing in South America, but the sun is shining, reggaeton is in the air, and spirits are high.

San Juan, Puerto Rico from across the bay.

Desert flies past the bus window, broken occasionally by a cluster of ramshackle huts or a lonely petrol station. Banana plantations recede behind you, blending with the dust of the road into the endless horizon. Ecuador has been good, but its time to move on to something different, time to cross into Peru.

As you approach the town of Huaquillas, which serves as the coastal gateway between Ecuador and Peru, something changes. You can feel it in the air, an unfamiliar undertone that puts you on guard. The bus stops and you disembark. Throngs of people await, milling through open markets and clusters of brightly colored tents. Almost immediately a middle age man to the left is vying for your attention, and then another to the right. You ignore them and head for the Customs Office; Peru is just one stamp away.

More stories by Peter Sacco:

Peru: Hiking to Gocta Falls

Educating through Travel: Pave Your Own Path

Cruise West Greenland: A region steeped in ancient indigenous traditions

Visit the Waterfalls of the Ozarks in Arkansas

Berlin Brandenburg Airport opens June, 2012

Commemorate the War of 1812 with a Historic Lake Ontario Bike Tour




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