How Travel Can Captivate and Transform Us

May 6, 2015 by | Filed Under: Adventure Travel, Travel

Don Mankin, a former university dean from Los Angeles, writes how travel became a transformative experience for him. On a trip to Bangkok back in1995, Don was captivated by the vitality of Southeast Asia, “a strange and exotic culture with roots, practices and artifacts vastly different from my own.” After subsequent trips, one day he had a watershed moment and realized learning about different cultures had profoundly changed him and became his new passion in life.

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Ultimately, Don changed careers from academia to travel writer. Now in his early seventies, instead of contemplating retirement, Don pursues adventure travel and having “more fun than anything I had ever imagined” as a writer, speaker and Director of Corporate Programs for Muddy Shoe Adventures. Read his eloquent blog about the influences Southeast Asia had – and have, on his life: “A Life Transformed.”

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For more information about the 21-day tour mentioned in Mr. Mankin’s blog, SE Asia: A Journey of Discovery, which will be organized by Muddy Shoe Adventures and Wildland Adventures, please leave your contact information in the yellow form below.