My early travels began as a high school exchange student to Germany in 1961-62, followed two years later with a summer roaming around Europe in a VW.
In the mid-1960s, I had a rare opportunity the spend a day with Robert Christopher, author of his fascinating and inspiring, early-1950s travelog, "Around the World on $80," which is still available via Amazon used books. For a synopsis, see: http://tinyurl.com/ygktmsm On his suggestion, I joined the London-based Globetrotters Club (founded in 1945). Through the Globetrotters Club, I came to know John Shuttleworth, who founded The Mother Earth News several years later. John taught me how to hitchhike by air! By the time I graduated from college, I had hitchhiked more than 25,000 miles by land, sea and air.
After college, I was in the US Peace Corps in Iran. I married a German Peace Corps girl in Tehran and we hitchhiked overland to Nepal on our honeymoon. Then, a career in seawater desalination took me to many distant places, including four circumnavigations, and a four-year assignment in Saudi Arabia.
Now retired, in 2005-06 my wife and I took a one-year RV trip around North America, visiting every state and province in the continental US and Canada. We're planning on doing much more traveling, as long as our health holds up!
I am also a backpacker. My trail name is "Route 66" in memory of hitchhiking the full length of that highway, from Chicago to Los Angeles, the summer of 1963.
My Favorite Places:
Newfoundland, Seychelles, Alaska, Switzerland, Japan