About Me

If you’re like me there’s a desire inside of you to travel. I’d even call it a craving. It’s that yearning to learn more and see more.

TRAVEL allows us to escape our every day lives and routines. It has different meanings for each person. For some it’s relaxing on a beach watching a sunset with a cocktail in your hand, others would rather hike the tallest cliffs, and yet some might want to explore the rest of the world that’s hidden underneath the surface.

Or it could be riding a van with your friends across the country. Or teaching English in Indonesia. Or…

Whatever it is, it’s anything but monotonous. It’s a sense of freedom. It’s a spark of adventure. It’s memories that you can always recall. It’s just enough to make you want to do it again.

Here’s a random fact about me. Unlike many people, I actually like airports. Everyone there has got a story about where they’re going or where they came from. Plus it’s where I get to do most of my reading and journaling.

I get it

I caught the travel bug early on when I was a kid.  I was fortunate enough to be part of a family that always wanted to see more and do more.

My ultimate goal is to visit every country in the world.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” ~Susan Sontag

Allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Mike. I’m closely known to my friends as TingTang (a nickname picked up while traveling in China).

Biking around the Xi'an City Wall

Biking around the Xi’an City Wall

I would love to teach people, especially friends and anyone else interested in learning, about getting out, living differently, and visiting the world. Living in the US, we’re one of the most developed countries yet people take the least amount of vacations compared to other nations. And when we do, many people just stay at home, and call it a “stay-cation”. Not very fun.

There is so much to see, even if you’re scared of airplanes or traveling far internationally, there’s so much to see and do, even in your own country.

If you’re looking to fuel this desire, you’ve come to the right place. Follow me along and I’ll give you the little push to show you that you can do it too.

Thinking of where to go next

Always thinking of where to go next

I’ll also share where I am, where I’ve been, and sometimes even where I’m going. Feel free to let me know if you’d like to know about anything specifically or how I can help you.

– Mike

All of us are born explorers. If we find ourselves in a room that has a door, the first thing we will do is to open the door to see what is on the other side. ~ Dr. Robert D. Ballard