My travel career started in my school days visiting the neighbor countries in Europe.
During my university years I became a sailing instructor in the Netherlands, later a captain for interior and coastal waters, I improved my French in Paris, crossed the Balkan with a rented car and camping, the same approach to Russia. Then Egypt and the USA. Thus I gained self-confidence and first international experiences.
I started working for a global company one of the biggest in the world; a global player giving me the chance to travel, and a leading company that offered outstanding chances. Thus I became a visiting professor in a business school in Boston and for 18 years an associate professor at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland apart from other teaching assignments. In my last professional years – during and after my retirement – I was an entrepreneur and had my own consulting company for strategy based in Thailand.
During my professional years I travelled a lot, up to 2 months a year and in addition I could combine professional assignments with touristic interests, that meant an additional month of sightseeing per year. So I traveled to about 1800 highlights before my retirement in 2001.
I have traveled in various ways: Public transport, rented cars, sailing boats, motor cycles. From zero spending to luxury. Infact, I took diversity to the extremes, from hammocks in front of the Angel Falls to a mega luxury room in Sun City, near Jo’burg which had accommodated some celebrities like Denzel Washington and Tina Turner. But I paid only for a standard room because I was upgraded for certain reasons.
My management career influenced the guidelines for my traveling career, which took off after retirement. Going to the top, always looking for superlatives, and traveling systematically and efficiently.
I travelled the last 12 years with a partner, very adaptable, a doctor. We became the most successful travel partners. I convinced him to achieve extreme objectives, to see the whole world. And gradually we developed a concept, that focused on quality and highlights. My first list in 2001 had 1.800 highlights, now it expanded to about 5.000, because we had studied and learned over the years. From 2006 to 2016 we have seen almost all: My partner about 4.100; I saw about 4.700. For him most of them for the first time, for me quite a few for the second time.
And in these years we went to the extremes, the poles, crossing oceans, mountains, and deserts, going to remote islands and places. So our costs increased considerably, from normal to high. We got old gradually appreciating comfort and sometimes luxury. But still we travel the hard way as well. Our recent travel 2017 to the heart of the Sahara, to Ennedi and Tibesti in Chad, was difficult, the whole travel was the opposite of luxury, but with a professional equipment very successful: One of our greatest travels.
You will get further information on our two websites: The travel concept on “frankgrosseoetringhaus.com”, our results on “WorldsExtremeTravelers.com”; and our travels on facebook “Teodoro Murallon”.
My Favorite Places:
Paris, Ile des Pins (New Caledonia), St. Barts, Berlin, Phuket, Batanes (Philippines), Angkor Wat