Michael Hodson quit his career as a lawyer in Arkansas to seek fulfillment on the road. His goal? To circle the globe without using an airplane and write about it. He completed it in 16 months. Starting his blog to document his journey, he returned and took up the blog as a way to continue building a life of freewheeling travel.

His travels include an overland trek from Cape Town to Cairo, from Lisbon to Saigon by train in a month, the Middle East, South America, across Europe… “A little bit of everywhere,” in his words. Today, he aspires to find experiences through overland travel – which is travel without flying.

Today’s episode is a casual conversation between Michael and I about why we travel, how he manages his form of “slow travel” and what he gets out of it. We swap hitchhiking stories and compare notes about the Transsiberian and Michael explains to me how (and why!) he booked himself five times on a cargo ship to cross oceans. Check it out and let me know where you land in all of this in the comments.

Words from an Explorer

“I’m really addicted to the transportation. I feel really at ease when I’m doing a long train trip.”

Key Takeaways

  • Michael quit his career as a lawyer to find a life that satisfied his need to be in motion
  • How Michael got onto cargo freighters five times to cross oceans
  • Overland travel can give you a better sense of how massive the world is
  • Why Michael travels, his addiction to Transportation
  • Michael’s favorite destinations by continent, and his recommendations in Columbia

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I’m a lifelong international traveler, the host of The Travelers podcast, and founder of Holocene, a framework and community for writing the story of your life using travel and creativity.