My 10-year Travel Testimony

Updated: Sep 7

Life Happens Fast

I remember in 2009 thinking i wanted to make a real commitment to traveling more. At the time, I had just been laid off from my 3rd job in my field of study (electrical engineering) in 9 months and had no idea where I was going to work next...but somehow traveling, became a main focus for me. I told #NoIGChunkybutt we should make traveling a priority and we started planning.

Me enjoying the view in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Our first few trips were modest. 2009 a few days in San Francisco, 2010 a few days in Montego Bay, Jamaica, 2011 a few days in Vegas...but 2012 changed everything...

For my 30th birthday, I had always wanted to travel solo to a country I’d never been and where I didn’t speak the language. That March, I went to Costa Rica by myself for a week and checked that off my bucket list. When I got back, instead of feeling satisfied, my brain was on fire with wanderlust and I had an extreme urge to travel farther and more often.

But of course, life happens. By fall of 2012, I was working in real estate full time and had recently switched realty companies to have a better control on my business. I was starting from scratch again. I spent all of 2013 building my real estate business and visualizing what I wanted my 30’s to look like. I didn’t travel anywhere.


Taking that time in 2013 to understand what I wanted for the rest of my life and most importantly...planning and strategizing for how I would make it happen was invaluable.

Sure I worked hard and smart, but most importantly, with the help of my Costa Rica memories burning in my brain, I never lost sight of my goals.

My 10-Year Travel Testimony 2014: Paris, France...Negril, Jamaica 2015: Doha, Qatar...Bali, Indonesia 2016: Tulum, Mexico...Egypt 2017: Cuba...Dubai, UAE...Cape Town, South Africa 2018: Cartagena, Colombia...Denver...Portland...Tanzania...Zanzibar 2019: Toronto, Canada...Detroit...San Francisco...Oakland...LA...Vegas...and more...stay tuned!!!)

Besides being excited for what's coming next, what I feel most is an extreme feeling of gratitude and accomplishment. I’m grateful for everything that has happened to me in the past knowing it has brought me to this point. But even more I feel the great sense of accomplishment for setting a major goal and seeing it thru.


I set a goal in my mind when at the time it seemed not only improbable but illogical. I didn’t have a job or clear idea of what I’d do career wise moving forward. I just knew what i wanted for my life.

Catching A Ride in Egypt with My Two Faves :)

Accomplishing My Goals

I say all of this to encourage those who are working toward their goals to keep going. Even when you don’t know how you’ll get to where you’re trying to be...keep going. Right now I’m at a similar point in my life, where I’m trying to break into new a space (cannabis) where I always dreamed of being but didn’t know how to get there. And because of the law, if it would be ever possible. But one thing I do know...if I did it once, I can do it again and so can you!


So with 2019 coming to a close, I want to challenge you to not just think about how you want 2020 to go for you. But start planning for how you want the next 10 years to go for you. What are you looking to accomplish in the next decade? Life happens fast... Go do that shit now!!! -Mike #stayfocused #lifegoals #traveltestimony #blacktravel #weedtravelfood #wanderlust

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