Saturday, May 01, 2010

Me on Wanderism

Travel is like school. You go every day, never knowing what to expect or what you’ll learn. I like that.

But travel is an addiction. The more you do, the more you feel like you haven’t done enough. I’ve been in over 50 countries and I still feel like I haven’t scratched the surface.

North Americans are born travelers. We live in a land where destinations are separated by vast distances. We all have memories of very long drives in very cramped cars. I suppose those family trips of my youth are what whetted my wanderlust.

It wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I actually left the confines of North America. My first trip to Europe came out of the blue, really. I, along with three good friends, decided it would be a swell idea to pack up our mountain bikes, fly to Portugal and cycle to Spain.

Despite a lack of planning and training, this trip remains my favorite. It captured the essence, the spirit, the wonder of travel.

I make my living telling stories. On radio. On TV. In print. I’ve been lucky enough to combine my love of travel with my passion for storytelling. And that has led me down a long and winding road to Wanderism – a destination for those who feel the need to wander our planet and learn.

As Calvin once said to Hobbes, “Let’s go exploring!”


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