1. Are you crazy?
This is probably the most common question I get and usually the first that comes out of people’s mouths. If it’s yours, too, you’re not alone. It was the first that left my parents mouths as well.
My father told me when I was in university, that if I did not want to be doctor, lawyer, or engineer to just get a degree. Most of what I would learn on a job I picked up out of University would be from experience on the job. This comment bit him in the ass when I told him what I was doing and why I was doing this.
The plan is to take my experience on the road blogging/writing and turn it into a career blogging/writing. There’s only one way I know to gain experience. I’m walking the walk and talking the talk.
2. You’re going across the country with no money? Are you crazy?
As inspired as I was by the German woman that has lived for the last 16 years without money, my goal is to make money in the future doing what I love to do. I believe Donald Trump once said, “Do what you enjoy and the money will come.” My goal is not to become a millionaire writing and traveling but to do what I enjoy and live my life accordingly. I am not a materialistic person and only need a roof over my head and food in my belly, but I do want to work hard doing what I enjoy and share those experiences with the people I meet.
Many entrepreneurs that you hear about came from humble backgrounds. They used the tools at their disposal, their drive, and their passion for what they loved and turned those raw materials into a successful businesses.
I am also traveling with no money, because I don’t have any money and I am hoping this venture will help put me on a path that allows me to continue the journey to more places around the world, hence the name Gloebtrekkin. This first tour across America is what I hope to be the beginning of a long journey around the world to see and share some of the most inspiring people, places, and experiences.
3. You’re riding your bicycle across the country? Are you crazy?
The bike part is actually what I think to be the least crazy aspects of this particular trip. In the summer of 2009 I biked through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. A dear friend of mine was getting married and I had 6 weeks off for the summer vacation at the school I was teaching. My friend lived in Thailand at the time and I told him I would be there.
So, this venture is not at all that outlandish. It will be the longest I have ever traveled on a bike but compared to the dirt roads of Cambodia and the mad bus, taxi, and motorbike riders of Asia, I don’t expect (knock on wood) to experience the same level of anxiety that can creep up, quickly, in that part of the world.
4. Why not ride for Charity?
This is an interesting question and one that once offered to me, I immediately brushed off. I don’t mean this in a negative way. People that run, bike, swim, hike, or do any other activity for charity are admirable. That is not why I am taking this ride.
A year ago, I left Spain to move to Vietnam to work on a photo sharing app that thought would could rival the most popular apps on the market. I envisioned an app that could help people discover cool places and activities no matter where they were, whether it be in their home town or in a foreign country a 5,000 miles away. The bulk of the idea rested on the fact that we are visual creatures and stimulated most by the images we see. Without going into further detail, that venture did not pan out the way I wanted and I was back to square one.
Globetrekkin’ is my personal quest to find interesting places around the U.S. and all over the world and share them with you. Globetrekkin’ is taking the old fashion approach of actually getting out there and doing it.
Adding a charity to what I am doing would take most of the time I have reserved for documenting what I am about to experience, so it is for that reason that I have decided not to go this route. If, per chance, what I am doing inspires you to donate to your favorite charity, by all means go ahead and cut a check. Or, better yet, head down to the office of your preferred charity and offer to give a helping hand for a few hours.