At heart we are all travelers. Indeed, the story of our ancestors is that of movement—from Africa we have spread to cover the globe. In the process we built countries, cities and cultures in every corner. We mapped coasts lines, climbed mountains, and traversed rivers and oceans. But somewhere along the way the movement slowed. We began to settle. It’s time to move again. To kick off and explore those cultures and cities. To walk upon the coasts and swim in the rivers. To rediscover the nomad that sits inside us waiting.
My name is Rad. In the summer of 2012, Jamie and I left Austin to travel the world. Our departure dates were different, the routes we took were not always the same, but for a time the paths we walked converged. We shared thoughtful conversations in tents on the African plain, crammed train rides through the Indian countryside, nights out on the town in Singapore, bike rides across Bali and in cities on the east coast of Australia. The events of those eight weeks together on the road formed a bond that we carry to this day. A bond born out of life on the road. It wasn’t always glamorous, however. Jamie contracted some disease we thought to be malaria in Tanzania and seemed to have a relapse again in India. We nearly drowned while swimming in the strong currents off of Bali’s famed surf beaches, and we were ripped off more than once along the way.
Yet there was something about the movement through time and space that fed our souls. We spoke about it numerous times. Life back in Austin had seemingly flown by, while on the road our lives moved at a slower cadence–the moments packed with more meaning, more adventure. Removed from the repetition of daily life, our minds were opened to new experiences and ideas, which led our feet and eyes to lands we had never before imagined.
After Australia Jamie would choose Thailand for two weeks before returning to Austin. I set my course for Vietnam for a time and then continued my journey for another nine months, traveling to Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America before finally returning home.
Back in Austin, Jamie and I often talked about travel, our experience around the globe and the pull we constantly felt to return to foreign lands. We also knew that what we felt was not unique. It was a common feeling shared by people around the world. And so we shared our stories and experiences with all who would listen—family, friends, acquaintances, and many a stranger. These conversations only confirmed what we already knew; we needed to help motivate people to set a course to travel. To kick around the globe for even a short period of time so that they too could feel the satisfaction and soul-inspiring effects of the road.
So we continued to share and talk. The responses we received were always similar. People felt inspired. They wished they could do the same. They asked pointed questions about places they had only dreamed of going. They told us to write a book.
Well, we never wrote that book. Instead, we started GlobeKick. This is our book and we want you to write it with us; each country, city, culture and experience its own chapter. The best part is that you’re the author. Much like life itself, you may not get to decide exactly how it begins or ends, but you do get to write your own story along the way.
– Rad Wood, Co-founder & Attorney