Welcome to my blog! My name is John. I’m a traveler, foodie, explorer, and writer. I used to work full time until I sold everything and decided to travel the world. On this site, I chronicle my thoughts and adventures, in hopes of inspiring other people to live the life they want, not simply the life society demands.
So what’s my story?
I was born in Rochester, Minnesota in the grand old US of A. My dad was in the Army when I was younger, so my family moved all over the place, including Germany. Living there was a defining moment in my life, as it sparked my interest in travel. I was always excited by exploring, and I later learned the world is still the greatest adventure.
We eventually settled in Virginia where I spent the later part of my childhood. High school was a rough time for me, and I couldn’t wait to be done. This is where my restless nature came to light. I was always looking for the next great adventure or experience.
By the time I entered college, I had been a rock climbing instructor, construction worker, bagel baker, video game coach, preschool teacher, and swimming instructor. I tried snowboarding, hunting, SCUBA Diving, Flight Lessons, caving and much, much more. I couldn’t get enough. I could never stay with one thing for long, as the excitement of trying something else for the first time always prevailed. I later discovered, my insatiable thirst for something new and exciting would most readily be quenched with travel.
From a young age I always wanted to be in the Military. I took Army ROTC for two years in college. I trained and drilled and was fully devoted to my goal of getting commissioned. However, the Army had a different plan. They disqualified me for Plantar Fasciitis. (A condition I have yet to actually suffer from)
So, what now I thought?
What other job would allow me to wear and uniform, experience new things and carry a gun? Police of course! Thus, I started my 5 year long career at a police Department in a major US city.
Throughout my career I joined every special team and took every class I was allowed. I was a Hostage Negotiator, Patrol Officer, Riot Team member, Bike Team member and more.
The experiences I went through taught me a lot about life and I loved every minute of it. But after a while I realized it was time to move on. While working I traveled often, and I eventually realized it was what I wanted to do full time. Seeing and experiencing the world was what made me happy, and it was how I wanted to spend my time.
My restless nature had got the better of me, and I decided to go for it and chase my dreams. I was scared, but I was more scared of not living life. I came to realize that working a job was simply selling my time for money, and my time is the most precious resource I have. I wanted to use my time to live my life.
While working I saved up enough money for about two years of travel. I cut back on my spending and sold most of what I owned. I committed to a minimalist lifestyle free of unnecessary things. And you know what? Once I got rid of something, I didn’t miss it.
I’ve always been a goal oriented person, so I scratched together a bucket list or “Life List” which included everything I wanted to do and see while traveling. I gave myself just over a year to complete my list.
My list is ambitious to do in just one year, I realized this when I wrote it. However, even if I didn’t complete everything, I knew the journey would be incredible.
See how my progress is going on my Life List.
Considering I was already in the United States, I figured I would start there. The US is a big country with a lot to see, and I didn’t want to miss it. I sold everything I owned, put a camper on the back of my truck and headed westward.