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I have traveled to 65 countries in the past 33 years.

I was a martial arts instructor in Germany, worked as a waiter at a ski lodge in Switzerland, picked grapes at a vineyard in France, and taught English in Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Colombia and Mexico.

TRAVEL = FREEDOM

Freedom came to me the minute I boarded a Delta flight from Atlanta to Frankfurt, Germany in 1982.

It was my second trip to Germany, but on that flight, I didn't have to wear that olive green U.S. Army uniform. Instead, I was self-employed for the first time in my life.

What made my situation even more challenging and adventurous, I only had $14 in my pocket. Some people might think that I was foolish, or that I might have had a few marbles loose upstairs, but I had actually thought it over for some time.

The reason I only had $14 left was because I was indecisive about returning to Germany. I kept putting it off, and after one last night of drinking, I talked myself into booking a last minute flight from Hartsfield International Airport.

I stayed with the family of a German friend that I met while I was in the army. They were wine farmers, who lived in the Rhineland Pfalz town of Kindenheim. I told them my plans of working and living in Germany while I was still in Atlanta. 

However, I didn't have a JOB! I guess because I was in my early 20's, I felt optimistic and full of confidence. To make a long story short, within three weeks, I had a contract to teach martial arts at a U.S. Youth Activity Center, and U.S. Army Recreation Center.

If I would have continued to listen to my friends back home, I would have never left the United States. However, I knew there was more that I wanted to see in the world, and I also knew that I could do it without working a standard 9 to 5 job, and without signing another contract to serve three more years in the U.S. Army.

What about You?

How bad do you want to see the world? What if you could travel practically whenever and wherever you wanted? Do you want to be your own boss? Or, perhaps work for others under short contracts, and still have the option to move on whenever you like?

The World is Yours!

I don't expect you to leave your country with only $14 in your pocket, like I did. Remember, there are many dreamers out there who turn on their television, open a newspaper, magazine, or visit a website and say, “Wow, I would love to travel around the world.”

If my daughter and I help to inspire just one family to pack their bags and go, or teach people something new about other cultures, then our mission has been accomplished.

There is so much more to life than working your butt off to receive a one or two week holiday each year. Do you have too much stress at your current job? Why not take a year off and travel? Are you unemployed? If so, find a few part time jobs, save up some money, and then travel and work part-time abroad.