From a very young age, I set out to reduce the size of the Earth in my own mind by exploring with a focus on understanding this world and its people. There is no better education than traveling with “intention”.
Travel isn’t cheap when I was young I found ways to use my businesses to see the world. In the financial industry, I would qualify for national and international trips that were comped by the companies I represented. These incentive trips nearly always provided 5-star accommodations. I visited four continents using this method. But it wasn’t enough to satisfy my travel appetite so I started a band and focused on the international market. We eventually performed in over 100 countries! Everything provided by the company hiring the band. Flights, hotels, and ground.
Due to the success of these businesses and some wise property & market investing, I can now afford to spend my time going from one country to another and staying weeks or months in one place rather than just a few days which was usually the case with the band. Immersing in one locale give a much deeper understanding of the culture and systems in place there.