People often ask me how I can afford to travel so much. They ask me if I have some sort of trust fund or something. The truth is, I can't really afford to travel so much. I don't have any "trust fund". I'm not one of those guys you hear about who made good with some software company sale, or great luck in the stock market, or selling everything I own to travel the world. None of those things. I just save my pennies instead of buying expensive toys & when I've got enough to get me down the road, I'm off.
I was traveling in Morocco over a dozen years ago when I unfortunately had to have the last phone call with my mother before she passed away. Instead of going home, I continued in a daze until I got out into the Sahara desert near Merzouga, Morocco. I wanted to grieve alone and in my own way. While I was alone atop a giant golden sand dune waiting for the sun to rise, I thought about how relatively short our lives are and how best to spend whatever time a soul gets blessed with. I'd seen some wealthy older tourists who had the very best guides and amazing high-tech jeeps to whisk them out into the desert to watch the sunset... then whisk them back to their comfy hotels in time for dinner.
I decided right then and there, no matter what, that by any means possible I would attempt to absorb as much of life's riches as possible for as long as my body would allow. Even if I had to beg for the money, I knew that one day I would not reflect on that shiny new BMW car I might have bought a decade ago... but would warmly be reliving memories of sipping mint tea in a Moroccan kasbah instead.
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