Why I Want to Travel

“In Africa a thing is true at first light and a lie by noon and you have no more respect for it than for the lovely, perfect weed-fringed lake you see across the sun-baked salt plain. You have walked across that plain in the morning and you know that no such lake is there. But now it is there absolutely true, beautiful and believable.” Ernest Hemingway

People ask me why do I want to travel and log long hours on planes with tight seats, dirty restrooms, barely edible food and arrive exhausted? Not to mention terribly rude crews. To most people these factors are insanely trite and have no appeal. On the contrary, I personally have a love of adventure and discovering cultures yet to be experienced.

I am and always have been, a type A personality, making all my own decisions and living with the consequences. Some have been very good and some have come back to haunt me!

During the first segment of my life I devoted myself to an executive job, that literally would have put me in my grave, if I stayed the course. Retail can be a death wish and all the associated problems made my “Monkey Mind” act unnaturally schizo-phobic. One day I wanted to toss my cookies and one day I wanted to keep the pace. All the wear and tear was not fruitful and I wasn’t an amiable individual. I needed a change and decided to “enjoy” the remainder of my life.
I made a decision to leave the business world and travel. eat and photograph the many cultures, people and foods of the world and share them with my friends cohorts and associates. I am hungry to begin my journey and experience the passion of the world.
I am starting a new blog, that will relate to travel and food at the end of the day. I have been very fortunate in my life and spent two months in SE Asia at the age of 23, buying for a major amusement park chain. It was a vastly energizing and memorable experience that left me thirsting for more. This was after I turned down a month in Europe trip from my Uncle Curt, when I graduated from high school. I wanted a car more than the trip at that time, so I stayed employed through that summer and have regretted the decision ever since!

I have taken every opportunity presented in my family life to travel, while raising three sons with my wife of 34 years. Our travels were fascinating, but I left something on the table. I wanted more International travel and it is my desire to expand my RTW consciousness and see a plethora of countries while I am still mobile.
We all are moving at warp speed and need to slow down, and amputate our oppressive stress levels. We need to learn to relax, smile, hug our families and smell the roses! I hope that I can provide a small measure of entertainment and can bring a little levity to you, via my blog. Peace to all and Safe Travels!!!

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24 responses to “Why I Want to Travel”

  1. bob busby says:

    Mike ,
    Are you there ? I”m impressed !! I would like to be blessed wtth the tools to travel . You don”t have to convince me. Lets stay in touch.

  2. Nomadic Texan says:

    We have “traveled” together in our younger days–Ha! I loved our trip and still think about it! Peace and Safe Travels my brother!!!

  3. Great introduction and great that you have this thirst to see more while you are still active. I feel the same way.

  4. Leah says:

    Fabulous! I’m so happy you’ve got this ball rolling. Your design is great and so is your story. It’s never too late to quench that travel thirst. I’m very proud of you and I can’t wait to follow along. Well done, sir.

  5. Freda says:

    Mike I am so glad you pursued your passion for travel. I would have hated to miss out sharing that here with you. I can’t wait to read more of your travel adventures. By the way I love your blog. Great layout. You did good !!



    Your words are inspiring and so valuable. I am honored to know you and to obtain your assessment! Thank you deeply!!!


    Thank you sincerely. You have been a motivation to pursue this dream and I value your thoughts and opinions tremendously. I appreciate your feedback!!!


    I am honored that you responded with such tribute. I value your opinion and trust your comments to be a candid assessment. Thank you for being my original contact and all the support you have given me over the last few months!!!


    You are a kind soul and I truly value your opinions and thoughts. Please keep the “Cards and Letter” coming! Thank you for you inspiring comments!
  10. Sweet post to start with 🙂 Good luck with any new trips and also with this blog 🙂

  11. NOMADICTEXAN says:


    I appreciate your comment and thank you sincerely for your good wishes. I am off to Cuenca Ecuador in about 10 days. Will blog from there. Thank you for your support!
  12. Hey Mike! What a cool testament to the exciting new chapter in your life. Good for you for listening to your heart to travel the world. Wishing you the best of luck in your future travels! You know we’ll be following along the way!

  13. NOMADICTEXAN says:


    I appreciate your feedback and treasure your opinions. Can’t wait to meet the gang from GoWithOh. Have a great week!
  14. Andy says:

    Fantastic article Mike. Some people will never get it, that is, the reasons why you are willing to go through all of that for experience. Then again, some don’t value experiences. I am so happy to see your passion coming to fruition!

  15. NOMADICTEXAN says:


    It just took me a little longer than most of you to comprehend. Thanks for the kind words and thanks for taking a look!
  16. Talon says:

    “…need to slow down, and amputate our oppressive stress levels.” Love that phrasing! So true!

  17. NOMADICTEXAN says:


    Thank you for the wonderful compliment. It is truly inspiring and I am very grateful for your comment. Peace and Safe Travels my friend!
  18. Donna George says:

    Liked everything you said…except for the “terribly rude crews” part….lol. Have a wonderful time in Ecuador.
    Look forward to the blogs and pictures!!

  19. NOMADICTEXAN says:


    Sorry you were offended, but I have not found too many “Happy” crews as of late on Airlines. I will definitely take many photos (76 today) and post as many blogs as possible. I am also uploading photos on Twitter and Facebook. I appreciate you follow and for taking the time to comment. Much appreciated young lady! 
  20. http://www.buildingsights.org

    Th is entire point is usually a joke. No matter how the layout neighborhood feels about these redesigns, their impression is measured by results, not opinions. Ca notwe speak about th is shit responsibly?

  21. Maria says:

    Owning your successes and not-so-good-ideas is key and seems as though you’ve hit upon a great idea… travel more for as long as you can. *grin*

  22. NOMADICTEXAN says:
    Thanks for your comments. I will definitely heed your advice and “travel as long as I can”! Thanks.
  23. Jennifer says:

    Simply inspirational sir!!

    • NOMADICTEXAN says:

      I love to travel and meet new cultures, eat new foods and explore. Travel is fascinating and inspires me to keep going these days. My work days are over and without travel I think I might not live as long! Safe Travels young lady and remember “To Pay It Forward”!

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