Hello, my name’s Daniel Gillaspia and I’m the creator of UponArriving.com.
I’m a licensed California attorney with a passion for mastering the world of points and miles, while doing my best to explore and photograph the beautiful places I’m able to see.
I’m also the proud author of the travel book, Hidden Gems of the Western United States – a book you definitely want to get your hands on if you’re thinking about taking a trip to the United States some time. 😉
I grew up in the Lone Star State, also known as Texas, where the people are friendly, the summers are scorching, and the Tex-Mex food is to die for. After graduating from Texas A&M, I shipped off to the West Coast for a bit of a change of pace. There, I spent three years living in the hippy haven of Berkeley, California for law school. Berkeley — as crazy as it can be — exposed me to a whole new world of ideas and way of life. I fell into the hobby of photography, grew fond of the beautiful natural scenery in sunny California, and after being exposed to polar-opposite political ideologies at A&M and UC-Berkeley, I found myself developing a keen insight and appreciation for differences in opinion and outlooks that I think has been invaluable in getting the most out of my travels… and life in general.
I’ve “lived” for at least some time in three different countries besides the United States. I spent a summer living in Oaxaca, Mexico, a beautiful capital nestled in a mountain valley where I discovered the wonder that is mole and mezcal. I later lived in Bondi Beach, Australia, just outside of Sydney, for an Aussie winter and got in touch with my adventurous side by trying things like skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef and swimming with sharks! Finally, just recently I spent about a year living in the United Kingdom munching on fish-n-chips, minding the gap, and doing my best to seek out as much Vitamin D as humanly possible while living there.
While I love the United States, especially its national parks, I also have a passion for international travel and affairs and currently am in the process of seeing where exactly on the globe that passion brings me.