World Travel

On May 15, 2015 by James Watson

I boarded a plane for the first time when I was four, and by 2010, I had crossed the Atlantic ocean about 18 times. Europe was familiar to me, though I had only been to a handful of countries, and having spent so much time in the Middle East and the West, the Far East was unknown to me – my most desired destination. I always thought I would go to Japan or China at some point in my life, but would never have thought that Thailand would be the country and reason for me to leave my home in Washington DC and make the trip to the other side of the world.

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In Phnam Penh, Cambodia - on my way north to Ankor Wat, and onward to Laso

In Phnam Penh, Cambodia – on my way north to Angkor Wat, and onward to Laos

 

By the end of 2010, I had traveled 54,975 kilometers (34,160 miles), visited 10 countries, and circled once around the world.

 

4000 islands, Laos - on the Mekong river on the border of Cambodia

4000 islands, Laos – on the Mekong river on the border of Cambodia

 

 

That journey taught me a lot, and created a well of curiosity that I know will require a lot more experience and travel to even begin to fill. It was through this first trip around the world that I realized my passion, and came to appreciate it as both a luxury and an education. Now, in 2015, I’ve traveled around the world three times, and have traveled additionally enough miles to circle the world three times. I’ve now visited 30 countries in the past five years – over 100 different cities. In each city I try to meet a local, and because we tend to travel to many countries for at least two weeks if not an entire month, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know many people from around the world, sometimes indigenous, sometimes immigrants, always local, giving me insight and a new perspective of the world around them. How do they perceive their country? How do they interpret the world – American’s as well as other nationalities – and what do the thing of the people from other countries? What are their ambitions, hops, dreams, opportunities, and obstacles? What are their approaches and views, on politics, society, religion, war, and history?

 

Cesky Krumlov - view of the town from the hilltop castle

Cesky Krumlov – view of the town from the hilltop castle

 

To see more pictures as well as some stories and insights, visit my bohemian travel site, where I hope to inspire others to travel beyond their comfort zones, and to experience the diversity of approaches to life, love, and happiness around the world. #Onward

 

 

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