Am I the Only One Who Doesn’t Miss Home and Family?

The holidays are upon us and I am a few thousand miles away from home. I’m in Brazil with my wife right now. We have been here for 2 months.

My parents and some of my siblings are in Arkansas. Some siblings are in Michigan. I have aunts, uncles, and cousins in both states that I am really close to. It would seem that I would get homesick, but I don’t.

I never do.

It’s hard for many people to understand, but I don’t “miss” people the way others miss people.

I don’t feel sad that I am away from people for long periods of time. Continue reading Am I the Only One Who Doesn’t Miss Home and Family?

I Choose Travel Over Children

As I scrolled through Facebook yesterday (Christmas), I saw a lot of happy smiling children with their new gifts. I saw families with tons of love for these children. I saw an amazing day for families.

I also saw a giant “Price Tag” on how much that Christmas costs parents. I saw kids with an Xbox, PS4, WiiU, iPhone, iPad, Laptop, and so on. When I saw these things, my first thought was, “that’s the price of a round-trip ticket to Mexico City!”

I guess it is the Wanderer in me that makes me compare prices of things to airline tickets. When I purchased my iPhone 6, I knew that I could go to Ireland for that cost, but I chose the phone instead.

That’s the thing for people with a travel “addiction” like I have, you begin to equate costs to adventures, expenses against the options of meandering across the globe.

You make lifestyle decisions based on what your goals are and what experiences that you choose to enjoy. Continue reading I Choose Travel Over Children

What Lit My Traveling Fire

A few weeks ago , I wrote about how the travel bug bit me. Reflecting on that article, I realized that I may have left out a key piece of what started the burning urge to travel inside of me.

As a young kid, I grew up in Pontiac, Michigan. Pontiac is a suburb of Detroit with just about the same amount of problems. There is a high crime rate, a lot of gangs, a lot of drugs, and a lot of hopelessness.

When I was in school there, we never really addressed world geography and especially never talked about traveling the world. I feel that the schools there didn’t want to instill a false sense of hope in its students.
Continue reading What Lit My Traveling Fire

Life As an Illegal Migrant Worker

I was in my home country, fresh off of college graduation. I was wide-eyed and ready to go. I moved around within the country, trying to find work. It wasn’t going well. I was spending time on my cousin’s couch and then, later, at my aunt’s house in her spare room. I was desperately looking for work. I was willing to accept any position that came to me. I was applying everywhere. The problem with having a degree and applying for a low skill job is that they know you will not be a long-term employee. So, in turn, I wasn’t hiring material to low-level positions. Also, I did not have as much experience as other people who were out of work and applying for the same positions I was applying for.

You see, in my country, in 2010, there was an economic free-fall. We were involved in two wars. The markets had crashed. Unemployment skyrocketed. Fuel prices were driving up the cost of living and I was getting desperate. So, I began to look outside of my country. It didn’t take long to see greener pastures in a foreign land. The opportunities seemed bountiful. I was sold. Continue reading Life As an Illegal Migrant Worker

I WANT a Legacy

WANT Expeditions builds adventures for wanderers and travelers who yearn for something more. For those who want to leave no footprint. For those who want to be where most people have never been.

I will have to book and adventure with WANT, one day.

I also want to leave my own legacy. I will continue to works towards it.

Jessica Pociask, owner of WANT Expeditions, gave an interview about legacy and success.

Read it below.

WANT Expeditions in The Legacy Project

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Let Them Think You’re a Secret Agent!

I was in South Korea, not long after, Kim Jong Il Dies.

I was in South America, while I’m there, Hugo Chavez bites the dust.

Coincidence?

Some people don’t think so.

That’s part of the fun of being all over the world. Things happen that are newsworthy and people automatically wonder if you are involved.

This is also comical when a natural disaster hits in the general vicinity of the hemisphere that you’re on and everyone and their mother, especially your mother, checks to see if you’re OK. Continue reading Let Them Think You’re a Secret Agent!

It’s Your Fault That You Don’t Travel the World – You Choose Not To!

Sitting on top of the world!

“You’re SO lucky that you get to travel the world!”

“Not everyone can just drop what they’re doing and hop on a plane like you do.”

“I want to some day, but I haven’t had the chance to travel.”

If I got a dollar for every time I heard these sayings in one form or another, I’d have a plane ticket to Bora Bora bought and paid for!

Everyone has an excuse for not traveling. Many even have animosity towards me for doing all of the traveling that I do. I sense the negative vibe in their tone and how they say things like, “We all aren’t you, Will. We cannot just up and leave.”

Well guess what? YOU CHOOSE TO NOT BE LIKE ME! There, I said it! Better yet,

YOU CHOOSE NOT TO TRAVEL THE WORLD! Continue reading It’s Your Fault That You Don’t Travel the World – You Choose Not To!

That Infectious Travel Bug: How It Got Me

It was the summer of 2009. I was 28 years old. I had traveled some around the USA and had moved from Michigan to Arkansas. Growing up in Michigan, it was common place to shoot over to Canada every once in a while. I never really considered going to Canada “going to another country,” since it was a 30 minute trip. Plus, they spoke English and there was no culture shock. So I considered myself not much of a traveler.

I studied German in high school and college and I also studied Spanish in college. I had friends that were different nationalities, so I was exposed to other cultures frequently. I was always the type of person who wanted to now more about a different culture and was not afraid to ask questions to find out more. Continue reading That Infectious Travel Bug: How It Got Me