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Chapter 1: An Idea Is Born

Showing Off My City and Running Out of Clothes

Hey everyone, I’m Brendan, and travel has defined my life. The constant movement I have undertaken to study, live, work, and simply venture out in unique locations across the world inspired me to found NxTSTOP. In this blog series I’m going to use each chapter to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the progress of the company from inception to present day.  So, I’ll begin with a little background about me. 

I was lucky enough to grow up outside NYC, which was a head start to loving a mix of culture and having he city pride. The real travel though started in college when I moved to Palo Alto to attend Stanford. I spent the next six years ping-ponging around the world – first to Madrid to study abroad, then back to SF to finish Stanford, then to Paris to attend Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie program, back to SF for a job and finally settling back in NYC for my first career path job with Accenture.

As a consultant, travel lifestyle becomes your MO. Every week for two years I flew the Monday morning 7 am JFK-LAX Delta flight and returned on the Thursday late afternoon 4pm LAX-JFK one. Effectively having residences in both cities, I came to love both equally (something many native NYC or LA people will deny is possible) and it was through this passion that the NxTSTOP idea took shape.

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