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Home: San Diego, California
Job: "City planner/politico and (most recently) carpenter"
Longest trip: "16 months on the road, but in my heart I am still not back. As a result of traveling, I have developed a vision problem: I just can't see going back to the office 60 hours a week."
Places visited: Australia, Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East
Favorite country and/or place to visit: "Without a doubt, it's Burma. It's an amazing place for the people, the terrain, the monumental temples and the amazing beaches. Bagan, the field of temples created at the turn of the first millennium, is a peaceful and tranquil place that inspires your mind and dazzles your eyes."
Inspiration for traveling: "I worked 60 hours a week! I had to develop some dreams to take me away, so I put a world map on my office wall and things began to take shape."
Biggest challenge on the road: "Getting from Angkor Wat in Cambodia to the Thai border. It was a living hell. It took nine hours to go 170 kilometers with 17 people in the back of a small Isuzu. Dirt road, rain, land mines, overturned trucks: hell on wheels."
Biggest sacrifice of the vagabonding lifestyle: "I lost a girlfriend when I told her, 'Hold that thought, I'll be back in about a year.' Really though, you miss being around people who you know and can relate to your sense of humor."
Biggest reward of the vagabonding lifestyle: "It's personal. The things you gain you cannot explain with words. I could try to explain but for the real deal, you just have to pack a backpack and go."
Advice for travelers: "Just go. You could wake up dead tomorrow, and then where will you be? Taking a big long dirt nap. When you go, be smart do your research, allow for mistakes, stay out of trouble, and drink regularly. And if something sounds too good to be true, if probably is."< previous | up | next >