Hello!

Shooting Photos near Santa Elena, Colombia
Shooting Photos near Santa Elena, Colombia

My name is Stavros Mitchelides, and I’m an American entrepreneur who has custom designed my entire life from the time that I was a teenager to enable me to work less, and explore more. I spend most of my free time exploring and photographing the world, and my adventures, with like-minded people who value living life differently. One of my passions is educating humans about the importance of living in harmony with nature, rather than destroying and exploiting it. I do my best to achieve that through my photography and social media.

I was born in, and grew up in, the state of Vermont in the northeastern United States. When I was a kid, my mom gave me total freedom to explore the natural areas around me, which I took total advantage of (for better or for worse). I very quickly became an amateur naturalist; observing & identifying wildlife, identifying plants, rescuing injured animals, and voraciously learning about the natural world by immersing myself in it. I got myself into some pretty compromising situations, some life-threatening, but it was the most formative time of my life, and my passion for preserving wilderness and protecting wildlife continues to this day. I have an insatiable desire to learn as much as I can about the natural world, and to teach others about everything that I discover along the way.

When I was 10 years old, I was given a Pentax K1000 35mm SLR Film Camera by my grandfather’s cousin, and his amazing gift forever changed my life. My passion for the natural world was now something that I could share with everyone; through photos. I’ve been exploring, and shooting, ever since.

One of my goals is to inspire you to live life while you still have the time and while you still have your health. If you have adventures in your mind, don’t wait; go live them. If you have places that you want to explore; get out there!

  • The thought that most people work 50 weeks a year just to be able to go on a 2 week vacation makes me remarkably sad.
  • The reality that most people in this world grow up with incredible passions, and amazing dreams; only to never live those dreams, makes me remarkably sad.
  • We all should do everything in our power to live the life we dreamed about as children; life is short, and you only get one shot at it!

I hope impress upon people the importance of protecting the planet; it’s critical to the future of all life on Earth. Humans have aggressively overwhelmed every corner of this unbelievably precious planet, have devoured its resources, have destroyed most of its wildlife, and have eradicated most of its natural wilderness. The planet belongs equally to every species that lives on it, and humans treat it as if nothing matters except humanity; which is not only intensely disturbing, it’s self-defeating.

While traveling:

I’m a hiker, explorer, bicyclist, longboarder, inline skater, climber, adrenaline junky, snorkeler, SCUBA diver, wanderer, photographer, amateur naturalist, foodie, history buff, athlete, and bon vivant. I hope to meet people who love to explore as much as I do, so if this resonates with you, please feel free to reach out to me, or follow me on social media!

While working:

I’m a serial entrepreneur who’s been hustling since age 19 to be able to never once have a job working for someone else. Over the past 2 decades I’ve done quite a lot, and I have started many seemingly random businesses. I’ve owned a record store. I’ve owned a sandwich shop. I’ve been a professional DJ. I’ve owned multiple online stores. I was a music promoter. I owned a web design company. The list goes on…

Currently, I’m a licensed Miami Beach Realtor, a stock investor, a real estate investor, a WordPress website developer, and an online marketing & advertising expert. I have spent the last 20 years using online marketing to create a life where I don’t have to work for anyone else. I’m an efficiency expert which allows me to do almost everything in life, including traveling, for a fraction of what the average person would pay; which enables me to do a lot more with my life, for a lot less. As a business consultant who is extremely proud to say that I help all of my clients to gain exposure, gain customers, and increase profits through SEO, advertising, marketing, and efficiency.

Stavros at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
At the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina

A Few Travel Goals (this list grows bigger every day):

  1. Visit the origin of my father’s family in Kerasounta, Turkey (Giresun)
  2. Visit all 197 UNESCO World Heritage Natural Sites, all 31 UNESCO World Heritage Mixed Sites (and MANY of the UNESCO cultural sites)
  3. Visit all 75 National Audubon Society Sanctuaries
  4. Visit all 7 New Wonders of the World
  5. Visit Emperor Qin’s Terra Cotta Army
  6. Visit Angkor Wat
  7. Visit all 59 USA National Parks [Currently on this trip!]
  8. Visit every Nature Conservancy site
  9. Climb all of the Seven Summits
  10. Climb Huayna Picchu, Peru [Completed May 2014!]
  11. Climb Mount Hua Shan, China
  12. Hike all of the following trails:
    The Appalachian Trail, USA
    The Continental Divide, USA
    The Pacific Crest Trail, USA
    The Grand Canyon, USA
    Bryce and Zion, Utah, USA
    Torres del Paine, Chile
    The Inca Trail, Peru [Completed May 2014!]
    The Lost City Trek, Colombia
    The Snowman Trek, Bhutan
    The Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea
    The Drakensberg Traverse, South Africa
    The Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Hawaii
    El Caminito del Rey, Spain
    Maroon Bells South Ridge, Colorado
    The Mist Trail, California
    The Bright Angel Trail, Arizona
    The Devil’s Path, New York
    Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala
  13. Go to Outer Space
  14. See the oldest living things on earth
  15. Discover a new Inca ruin or Inca trail in Peru
  16. Discover a new species and name it
  17. Visit Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua
  18. Visit Meadowcroft Rock Shelter in Avella, Pennsylvania
  19. Find the World’s oldest living tree in the White Mountains of California
  20. Visit Goreme National Park in Turkey
  21. Visit Santorini, Greece
  22. Visit Socotra Island, Aden, Yemen
  23. Visit Iguazu Falls, Brazil
  24. Explore the Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
  25. Visit the Bamboo Forest in Maui, Hawaii, USA
  26. Visit Nahanni National Park
  27. Visit Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales
  28. Visit Volklingen Ironworks