Since retiring from a career in IT at the end of 2016, my wife Yvonne and I have been traveling as much as we can stand. I love to write about it. We intend to enjoy every minute of the time we have, wherever we go and whatever we’re doing. And you can enjoy it with us, just by reading my blog!

When I write, I usually try to share my experience of being in a place rather than just what it looked like and what we did. Traveling is so much more than “doing” a destination when we take the time to talk to people, sit for a cup of coffee or tea, and try to look under the surface of a place to learn a bit about what’s hidden from the rush of sightseeing and selfies. I hope that you feel like you’re there with us if you can’t go yourself, and that you come away with a better sense of what’s possible if you do go.

Aside from this blog, here are other places Mike has been published:

My essay A Tourist In My Own Back Yard about enjoying small moments was published in our local newspaper, The Lamorinda Weekly.

A story I wrote about a harrowing diving experience in Raja Ampat was published in the May 2020 issue of Diver, “Britain’s best-selling diving magazine.” Though normally a print publication, it’s digital-only this time due to COVID-19 issues.

My story “Negotiating with Nomads” won a Bronze award in the 2020 Solas Awards. In December, it was published on the GeoEx Wanderlust blog, curated by Don George. And it won 3rd prize in the 2019 Suitcase Awards at the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference in Corte Madera, CA!

My essay “Dancing with Duende” is included in an anthology called Deep Travel: Souvenirs From the Inner Journey.

Two of my essays won 2019 Best Travel Writing category awards at Travelers Tales.

An abridged version of one of those essays, “Moroccan and a Half,” appears in an on-line publication called Hidden Compass. Two of Yvonne’s photographs and one of mine accompany the essay.

I’ve done a number of pieces for Journey Beyond Travel, a fantastic Morocco tour company which also has a fantastic blog, ranked the #1 Morocco blog by FeedSpot! The link will take you to a list of my articles.

“Sunday,” a poem I wrote back in 1992 about the death of my first wife, was featured by the wonderful writing-and-arts oriented travel organizers Deep Travel Workshops.

“Sunday” and two other poems of mine can be found on pages 238-241 of “Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making” by the very talented poet and poetry therapist John Fox. You can order it from your local bookstore or find it on Amazon.

“Sunday” is also in a book I published in 1994, an anthology of previously unpublished poetry and artwork by dozens of people who lost people they loved, called “Voices of the Grieving Heart.” It’s out of print but you can still buy it used on Amazon.

Unless otherwise credited, the photos on this blog were all taken by Yvonne (most of them) or by me. If you’re interested in using one, please contact me.