Matthew Stone caught the travel bug growing up in a small town in Central Illinois, reading airline timetables and planning imaginary trips. Since then, Matthew has visited 46 states and 23 countries, but he has a hard time picking out favorites. He has judged tattoo contests in central Sweden, eaten seaweed in Laos, and even got the chance to See Rock City! As a day job, Matthew is a professor of hospitality and tourism. An avid traveler and writer, you can find him in an airport or a hotel when he is not at home.