My name is Bo Bissett. I am a man on the move. I cannot believe in anything other than the freedom to do so. I love the journey. More than anything, I love the people I meet and places I learn about along the way.
My dream is to continue the journey and to never look back or regret a single moment of it. The best parts of the journey are not always the easiest. In fact, those are the most interesting moments. Those make the best stories. The story is what I am after. I want to share the stories I have accumulated and the ones I am about to encounter.
Below is my story and the events that have led me to where I am today.
Learning From Failures
Accident NUMBER One
I played soccer/American football starting around 6 years old. My father introduced me to many other sports. I swam, played tennis, golf, baseball, and basketball. Soccer was the sport that I gravitated toward. Soccer was the one I excelled at. When I was 15, I blew out my knee in mid-stride with the ball at my foot.
I had reconstuctive surgery to repair two completely torn ligaments and cartilage in my knee. I was devastated. I never played again.
Afterwards, I lost myself. Soccer was how I identified myself. I was confused and I floundered. I graduated and went to University. I had no idea what I wanted to study. Because of this, I changed my major 4 times. Knowing I wouldn’t become a doctor or lawyer, it was suggested that I “just get a degree”. I found the easiest program and enrolled.
Accident NUMBER two
At the end of my freshman year at Uni, I stayed for a long weekend of partying. I was supposed to be home for the following Monday to start work at the local golf course. I called my Dad on Saturday and told him I would be back on Sunday, a day before I started work.
I never made it. For some reason I tried to drive home that night. I do not remember. When the first officer arrived on the scene, he called the ambulance and told them to take their time. There was no way anyone way alive in that car.
I woke up in the hospital the next day with a crushed knee, two broken femurs, a broken ankle, a broken collar bone, split head, broken arm, several ribs and a few other random broken bones and lacerations.
Accident Number three
My Junior year in University, I was skateboarding down a hill after work. I was on my way to my girlfriend’s house. I never made it.
I tried to shoot through the intersection and at the last minute saw a car. This had never happened. I pulled the same stunt dozens of times before.
I tried to stop the skateboard when I saw the car, but it slipped out from under me on loose sand at the bottom of the hill. I slid under the back wheel of the car and it ran over my left ankle and right lower leg. My left foot was turned around backwards and my right leg was hanging on by muscle and skin.
After 3 months in the hospital, countless surgeries, a staph infection, and multiple pins, I hobbled out on the road to recovery.
The Stock Broker/Financial Advisor
My father is a financial guy. I thought I might follow the same path after school. I joined a brokerage firm, received my training, and then proceeded to knock on doors and cold call to recruit clients. Not exactly what I signed up for. I thought I would be taught to read and play the stock market.
I left this company and went to work for my father. I studied how to trade stocks and got pretty good at it. Client stress turned me quickly away.
I decided I had no idea what I wanted to do. I gave away everything I owned, booked a ticket to England to see a friend, and left America. That was 7 years ago.
The English Teacher
When I first arrived in England, my friend suggested that I consider teaching English if I wanted to travel a bit. I signed up for a course in the Czech Republic, got my license, and flew with a classmate to Taiwan after we completed the course. The first day I taught, I realized I hated it.
Outdoor Adventure Business (Step Out In Taiwan)
I had some money saved up and was approached by another expat to open a hostel/restaurant in a small mountain town. I jumped at it and moved there A.S.A.P.
I had a falling out with the partner and recruited another who would bring in the adventure side of the business. We marketed it as a place to fly, ride, swim and explore. It was the perfect place. The only problem was that our targeted market was expats and we were too far from many of the locations they were concentrated in. It paid the bills for the shop, but nothing more. We were both teaching on the side, working 18 hour days, just to take people (when they came) for the adventure of a lifetime.
We gave it two years and a half. That was long enough for me to see it was not working. My business partner, Yuri Human, is still in Taiwan trying to turn this dream into a reality.
the Dive Instructor
I left the town of Puli, Taiwan to move to the city and save money. After I had saved enough, I decided to enroll in a dive instructor course in Mexico. I did my time and got my license. This was the time of the real estate crisis in America.
I sent out hundreds of emails and not one shop had a job. No one was hiring because no one was traveling.
While I was in America sending out my resume/C.V. I contracted MRSA or some other virus that doctors weren’t too sure about. I had come from Mexico a few weeks before I got sick and they initially thought I had the swine flu, which broke out just before I left.
I spent 7 days in the hospital and then another week going back for I.V. treatments into a catheter they had inserted into my chest. The drugs they administered were too powerful to go straight into a vein. I chalked this up as a sign I wasn’t supposed to be where I was or doing what I had attempted.
I packed my bags and moved back to Taiwan to teach again, save some money, and try my luck at something else.
App Number One- P.A.M. (Personal Assistant Messenger)
I came up with an idea a few years ago that would become what you now know as SIRI on the iPhone. Doing the market research for this application, I found that the adult market looked to be the best angle (the most profitable). I hired a team from Pakistan to do the back-end programming work and a team from Romania to do the design. I ran out of money and went searching for captail to keep it going. I looked for over 2 years before I threw in the towel.
The adult theme seemed right, but no one would touch it.
the Writer- John Hancock
I left Taiwan and moved to Vietnam while I was still looking for venture money for the P.A.M. app. I found a dive job there. I loved teaching diving, but the money in Vietnam wasn’t good. I didn’t care. It seemed like a short term job, as I was 100% confident in the P.A.M. app. That failed and I started teaching again.
Flustered and needing a change after that failed venture, I moved to Spain. While I was in Lleida, Spain, I taught English again and I completed a book that I had started in Taiwan. I published the book on the Amazon Kindle. I think I sold 50 copies.
App Number two- Fotoloco
For New Years of 2011, I climbed a mountain in the Pyrenees and came up with an idea for an photo sharing app geared toward outdoor/adventure minded people. The idea was to allow people to post photos of places and activities. Users would then be able to “future check-in” to the photos and meet others who were planning to go to these places and do the same activities.
I called my contacts that had helped build the framework for P.A.M. and told them about my idea. They put together a skeleton version of the project.
I showed it to a friend in Vietnam and he said he could help build the project. I moved back to Vietnam and took him and another guy as partners. The two of them had a major falling out.
After nine months of running the blog for the company that I founded, I walked away from the drama, quit my teaching job, and came home to be with my family. I was broken financially, mentally, emotionally, and nearly physically.
the Content Writer
While I was in Vietnam in 2011, I started writing content for, not only our company blog, but for other blogs and websites, too. This is when I realized that I wanted to write and leave the things that required other people for me to finish for other people to tackle.
My plan when I came back to America was to get established as a content writer and head back to Asia.
I quickly realized that I needed more experience.
To build “said” experience and to finally mold the career that I want, I decided the best way is to go out and create the experience myself. I am now traveling across the country, doing write-ups of local businesses on my site in exchange for food, accommodation, and outdoor adventure activities.
I have always been told I am good at writing. I love traveling and pushing myself to the limits. Combining writing and traveling seemed like the perfect mash-up of interests to generate a business opportunity.
This was the birth of Globetrekkin’.
My name is Bo Bissett.
I am Globetrekkin’ and I live for this shit!
“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” Steve Jobs