Traveling Mark

Welcome to Traveling Mark. As you may have guessed, my name is Mark. I travel a lot and like to travel. This journal is my personal blog in which I explain my journey from living a corporate lifestyle of working until one retires to grabbing my life by the horns and turning it into an adventure that never ends. Instead of spending my days going to work, I spend my days traveling around the world – I explore, I dream, I discover. Frank Herbert once said: “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” I have awakened my sleeper and turned my life into an exciting non-stop adventure. The stories and pictures from my trips are generously shared on this website.

I was once a guy like you

I got up every morning to go to work where I would spend the best part of each day working for the man. Then I started questioning this whole idea behind working your whole life until you retire to enjoy yourself when you’re old. I could not find any prudence in the formula – what sense does it make to spend the best years of your life working and waiting to live an exciting life when you’re old?

First of all, you may not even live long enough to reach the retirement. If that happens, then all you will have known in your life is work. Secondly – if you do live long enough to reach retirement, then by the time you get there, you will be too old to fully enjoy the best things this life has to offer.

Health of most people is not what it used to be by the time they’ve reached their retirement. You may also suffer from injuries anytime during your working life so if you put off all the fun things until retirement, you’re taking a long time of waiting during which anything can happen to your body to limit your ability to function.

As soon as I had realized that, I started to turn my life around and set it free from that mundane, workaday routine. The new, office-free lifestyle has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride. But there’s so much more to it.

Traveling has also helped me to re-establish the inner harmony that once existed between me and the universe but I had near lost it. My life once again makes sense and feels fulfilling and that is something no money in the world can buy. But I’m also a realist.

World is Not Always Rose-Colored

Traveling experiences are for the most part amazing, and absolutely worth it. However, I noticed that there seems this unwritten rule than if you’re a traveller, you only write about positive experiences and disregard, or diminish the bad ones. As if by travelling the world you take upon yourself an obligation to only see the world through the rose colored lens; as if by being a travel blogger, you owed every country and every person encountered a positive write up on your blog because travelers who escaped the rat race should be so enlightened, that disclosing the harsh truth was unethical.

I’ve decided to violate the unwritten rule, and on my blog and I say it like it is. On my travels I’ve been robbed, I’ve been threatened with beating by a mob of extortionists who demanded “protection” payment to stay on the island without being bothered, I’ve looked after a foreign girl who had been raped, and I’ve been attacked by a government’s secret police for writing things that showed them in true colors.

I respect you, the reader of my blog, enough to make the commitment to disclose what I’ve seen and experienced fully, without being selective so as to maintain a particular standpoint. I did not start this blog to win the popularity contest. I started it to talk about the experiences I go through and the people I encounter while traveling around the world. And while I’m at it, I’ll say it like it is. If something is good, I say it is good, but if something is bad, I’ll say it is bad without beating around the bush. That’s the only philosophy I follow on my blog and will never do otherwise. Welcome to the most truthful and the most real travel blog on the internet. Welcome to the world of Traveling Mark.