Why I LOVE Travel!
A fellow nomad (Justin Was Here) is working on a post that I think will be a great read…he is asking a few travel bloggers (including myself) why we travel and why we think others should. I’ll let you know when the post comes out…in the meantime, below is my participation…
“My folks divorced when I was very young, so we never had the traditional “family” summer vacations, mine were spent going to Seattle to visit my Father, then back Arizona for school with my Mother. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I experienced my first real “vacation” to a real destination. In my early 20s I was dating a woman who had traveled the world and would tell me all kinds of stories about her adventures and the people she’d met along the way…I was always enthralled. Our first trip together was to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We rode horses on the beach, sailed down the coast to a remote cove where a boat met us and took us horseback riding up into the mountains where a lush waterfall oasis greeted us with delight. We explored the entire area, going off the beaten path, talking with locals, and experiencing the cuisine. Needless to say, before this trip had concluded, we had already begun planning our next adventure.
Since that first trip so very long ago, I have traveled to over 20 countries and 100s of cities along the way. I have learned such a great deal about life, and about myself along the way. Travel is a great educator…different, but equal to that of college. I almost think universities should make doing a semester abroad, mandatory! Travel helps round out a person by showing them different societies, ways of life, viewpoints, culture, food, geography, history…the list goes on and on. I find travel to be nourishment for the soul.
I travel because I yearn for adventure and knowledge. I love to see new things, get new perspectives, go places few will ever see. Travel will test you, it will challenge you, it will excite you! Travel for me is what life is all about…there are different forks in the road, which one are you going to take? I enjoy travel so much that I figured out a way to integrate it into my everyday life…I publish Mike’s Road Trip.com, Where Travel Intersects Reality. While I’m not making a “living” with Mike’s Road Trip yet, I’m lucky to have a skill set that allows me to work remotely—I offer web development and online marketing services, which helps subsidize my Mike’s Road Trip endeavors.”