Volcan P
That's me standing in front of the abyss. (Actually, at the Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala.)

So, I wanted to write quickly about who I am and what this blog is all about. I’ll have a post soon about my plan, but wanted to write down quickly about how & why I chose to do this trip.

I wrote before (see About) that I decided to take a RTW trip after visiting Iceland with @LizKoch. While that’s true, I believe I may actually have been genetically pre-disposed to RTW travel my whole life. Is there a travel gene? I sure hope so!

Actually, my reasoning is this: I grew up knowing and wanting to travel. With my dad working in the airline industry we had lots of chances to travel through the US plus the occasional trip abroad. And not only that. My dad took a RTW trip when he was 30 (older than I am today, but I’ve always been a bit precocious), so that’s always been something I’ve had in the back of my mind. He’s been really supportive (same with my mom) of the “plan.” I’m guessing my interest in travel stems from my dad’s interest in travel, and for that, I’m thankful.

But, wait! There’s more! My older sister Kiera also took a “Big Trip” back in 2001 (actually leaving the country when she was younger than I’ll be on my departure date). Her trip was cut short, but she always had the best things to say about long-term traveling.

I should also mention that while my sister was on her trip, she sent out mass e-mails appropriately titled “Travels of Kiera.” To this day, whenever I receive a travel update from her (well, she’s settled down into the suburban life recently, but, you know, she’s not totally lame), I’m always reminded of her very long (and mostly interesting) e-mails.

And that’s why I’ve titled my blog Travels of Adam. Because of the travel bug my father implanted into my genetic make-up (Thanks Dad!). And because I’ve been insanely jealous of my sister’s many travels (plus the constant desire to outshine her).

So, happy reading.

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