Joe DeHart '10: Traveler, Photographer, Blogger

Joe DeHart '10 graduated from Chapman University in 2010 with a degree in business administration (with an emphasis in entrepreneurship) and a minor in leadership development. While at Chapman some of Joe’s fondest memories were through his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, and playing lacrosse his freshman year. Upon graduation Joe was a luxury home specialist with Shapiro and Sher Group in Las Vegas, Nev. He also serves on the advisory council at the Smith Center for Preforming Arts in Las Vegas. 

Currently Joe is serving as content creator and photo snapper (aka blogger) for his travel website. He has put his very successful real estate business to the side and decided to go on a journey of self and world exploration. I sat down with Joe to discuss his recent adventures and here are a few highlights of the interview. 

One of my favorite questions: why do you do what you do? Why did you start traveling?
It all started and ended with happiness. I pulled out my notebook one day in June 2015 and saw my list of goals for that given year. Only half way through the year I had reached most of my business/financial goals, some of my travel goals and a few personal growth challenges I set myself. I continued to next page and wrote "what makes me happy", and wrote about a page-long list of all things that make me happy, e.g. new experiences, travel, sharing stories, connecting people, coffee etc. I wrote a list of things I could be doing to achieve more of that everyday instead of just money. I decided it was time to integrate more of those factors and decided that traveling and blogging / photography was the way to do it. Fast forward to December 10: I left, and up to this point (April 22, 2016) I've visited nine countries and touched down on two new continents.

What has travel and this journey done for you? 
It’s given me 100% freedom. Freedom of thought, prejudice, stress and ignorance. It has empowered me to help people who are trying to make a change in their lives, but don't know where to start. Most importantly, it allows me to be the most authentic version of myself.

What has been your favorite experience?
Leaving. Simply taking that leap into the unknown. I got to visit Antarctica, hike in Patagonia, trek the Inka Trail, hang glide during Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, visit the largest salt flat in the world and even dive with sharks in the Galápagos Islands. 

Have there been any surprises?
Other than visas that I hadn't applied for, I'd say the biggest surprise is how good the food is pretty much everywhere in South America.

Want to see more? 
Instagram : Elevated Endeavors

Written by:

Randall Crockett '09
Co-Chair of Communications
President, Logic Packaging LLC