From the Editor Issue 2
As a kid we all watched the Discovery and Travel Channel and dreamed of traveling to distant lands. As the years go by, we keep dreaming and building up our bucket list of where we want to go. But what happens? We go off to college, rack up insane debt, then we need to get a job, then we get in a relationship, possibly kids, then many of us Americans become what I call robots to society doing the same thing over and over day in and day out working to get up the corporate ladder. But what about the bucket list? I’ve been fortunate to cross off several amazing experiences off my bucket list from living in Australia, African safari, to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador to the Pyramids in Egypt to Machu Picchu in Peru. I never made a ton of money, but I made it a MUST to travel and once I did, I found myself crossing off things from my bucket list almost every year. But as I traveled to these far away places, there was a problem. I met Europeans, Aussies, Indians, South Africans, but rarely Americans. It concerns me so much so, that I’ve made it my life mission to get Americans out of their comfort zone and into travel experiences that will excite them, change them forever and move them to continually strive to cross off those experiences from their bucket list. Because when you travel you make yourself and the world a better place. You become humble and thankful when you see the rest of the world of which 50% lives below the poverty line. So when you’re 80 looking back on your life and about to kick the bucket, will it still have the same list on it as when you were a kid?!
Editor, Whet Magazine