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I have quit my decent paying IT job after 15 years so I can work for an airline to satisfy my travel bug.
Working for an airline also means I get background checked every other year. I not only love to travel, I think I am obsessed about it. I fly almost every week wherever the nicer weather is :)
Annually, I visit a minimum of 1 new country and have visited 43 countries so far. Just visited Eastern Europe early Sept 2015 (Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Montenegro & Turkey) and Costa Rica, Dec 2015. I love interacting with the locals and get culturally immersed while on the road. I'm also known by my friends as one who likes to flirt with danger. Going for the unknown always gives me that thrill.
If I'm not flying, I play tennis, go backpacking in the woods, rock climbing at the gym, read, and/or do volunteer work. I used to do martial arts for 5 years. I am also a host on another site, and have hosted quite a few travellers from all over the world.
I like to cook, love to experiment and concoct my own recipes (meatless) It's therapeutic.
A roommate lives with me, he's also an airline employee and gone 3 days a week. We're both non-smokers. I'm pescatarian. I also like to fast every now and then.
Other than my FT job, I also currently volunteer at the Food bank. It's more than just a food bank, it's an organization that fights to end hunger.
Let me share some amazing things I've seen/done: (so far)
Volunteering for 5 yrs driving the Seniors to their medical appointments
For $20, fed 40 kids and their mothers some noodle soup and bread (after school) in a remote Central Philippines town devastated by Super Typhoon in 2013.
Tutor volunteer (for 13 months) for kids at-risk thru Seattle's Youth Tutoring Program
Walked the Camino Portugese, 120 km for 5 days to Santiago de Compostela (May 2015)
Visited the Neolithic structures dating back 5 Millenium BC, Santorini, Greece
Visited 2,500 yr old Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily
Watched all day in awe the Perito Moreno Glaciers, El Calafate, Argentina
Hiked at Cerro Fitz Roy, the Patagonias, Argentina
3 days and 4 nights 4X4ng at Salar de Uyuni, a 60,000 sq km salt flat in Bolivia
Seeing the sunrise and sunset at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Rising at 4am for the temples of Bagan in Myanmar
Stars gazing and celestial tour at 130am, San Pedro de Atacama Desert, Chile
Ice fishing in the Laplands, Finland
Sleeping under the stars at the Sahara Desert, Morocco
Watched the sunset at Windows Azure, Island of Gozo, Malta
Seeing the Athabasca Glacier, Banff Nat'l Park, Canada
Walking along the River Walk, San Antonio, TX, USA
Got "adopted" by a Singaporean family I just met at Changi Int'l Airport, Singapore
Got "adopted" by a Moroccan family I met in Chefchauouen, Morocco
I'll be happy to share tips (and photos and stories) on my overseas travels, especially budget travelling. Just ask :)
**I've several photos on my profile from my travels, pls click on the arrow to rotate to other photos. ***
PS. I have been featured on a blog by one of my guests from Switzerland who stayed at my place for 4 nights in June 2013. If requested, I'll be happy to send you the link as we can't publish a URL here. The caveat is it's in German, but it can be translated to a language of your preference.