About Me

michael hodson champagne namibiaI’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road, down in Colombia, writing about it all. I hope you enjoy what you read and see. Thanks.

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I look forward to your comments and feedback.

To start things off, how about I give you a few little tidbits about me:

*Everyone asks “what were your favorite countries on your trip?”  That’s a tough one, since I hit 44 of them.  So let me divide them up a bit like this.

  1. Favorite places you should visit if you have a two week vacation: Colombia, Namibia, Turkey, Cambodia, and New Zealand.
  2. Favorite cities: Cape Town, South Africa.  Medellin, Colombia.  Istanbul, Turkey.  Munich, Germany.  Budapest, Hungary.
  3. Best diving spot: Dahab, Egypt on the Red Sea.
  4. Best “Wonders of the World:” Manchupicchu, Angkor Wat, Great Barrier Reef, Kilimanjaro, and Cappadocia.
  5. Countries I want to live in: Turkey, Colombia, Argentina, New Zealand, Thailand and South Africa.

* I have two absolute travel necessities: iPod and fingernail clippers.

* I have a constant jukebox in my head. And by constant, I really do mean about 100% of the time, some song is playing in my head.

* I have been in 46 of the 50 states. The omissions are Alaska, Vermont, North Dakota, and Arizona. How the hell I have missed Arizona is still a mystery to me. (CORRECTION: hit Arizona on my way back home this January — so down to 3 omissions now)

* My dog was the only black lab I’ve ever known that was afraid of the water. He would not swim. He was the greatest dog in the world, lived to be 15 years old, and putting him down was perhaps the toughest decision yet in my life. And I should have done it a year earlier.

* Since I did a lot of criminal defense work when I was a lawyer,  I have answered the “how can you represent someone you know is guilty” question about 742 times. But it still doesn’t bother me to get asked and explain it all again.

* I smoke 5-10 cigars a week — well, check that — I do when I have access.  South America hasn’t been great for that. I have never taken a single puff of a cigarette in my life.

* I love old, wind-up watches.

* I still own my very first car, a 1967 red Mustang.

* I built a bocce court in my backyard. My backyard is 80 feet by 25 feet. The court is 60 feet by 10 feet.

* I have watched Casablanca more than 100 times. Every line in that movie works perfectly and its one of the funniest movies of all time (go re-watch it and listen for the comic lines. . . “I’m shocked, shocked there is gambling going on in this establishment.” “Your winnings, sir” “Well thank you.”)

* I never tie the laces on my tennis shoes, unless I’m doing something athletic. I’ve gotten more comments from strangers about my shoes being untied than anything else in my life. By a factor of about 500.

* The first funeral I went to was my maternal grandfather’s. I gave the eulogy. I didn’t know I was going to be asked to do so until the night before. I stayed up all night writing it.

* On that topic, I take wedding and rehearsal toasts very, very seriously. One thing that pisses me off to no end are crappy toasts from people at those events.

* I only celebrate my prime number birthdays (though I got taunted into throwing a 40th birthday party and drinking much excellent wine).


If you enjoy the website, the writing and the photography and want to make a contribution to keep me out on the road and writing, I’d appreciate it. Can’t say that I am a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization or anything, but I can say I’ll try to make your contribution worth its weight in good stories and photos for you and everyone else.

A dollar pays for a beer.  Five dollars pays for a meal.  Ten dollars pays for a dorm room.  You know which one of those is a priority for me.

47 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Fantastic blog you have here, full of useful tips. I thought I was the only person to have some sort of song in my head 24/7 – even during meetings!

  2. Love your photos of Colombia. I agree that it’s one of the best countries in the world and I want to go back to some of the places I missed that you’ve been to.

  3. Extremely excited to have stumbled upon this website. You are really inspiring. Question: Im taking a 30 day Amtrak trip around the US and am wondering if sleeper cars are really worth it? Im trying my best not to cave in and buy one but towards the end of my trip Im afraid Ill be a broken man! Im sure you have had long trips where you have only had a seat- any advice?

  4. And I believed I was the only who didn’t tie laces 😀
    People often as well asks me why; surely, they ignore the comfort of wearing unlaced tennis.

    1. Thank you Carlos! I appreciate you following the blog along and that we share shoe lace habits 😉

  5. Love the site design, especially the follow-me image 🙂 I’m following and linked you up to my blog. I see here you’re in Colombia now. Me too. Great country, huh?

    I’m off to explore the site some more…

    Steph x

  6. Criminal lawyers saved my life twice, once in 73 at home and in 83 in San Diego. Even though I’m aware of the oxymoron “honest lawyer” and many other sarcastic one liners I think few people realize the complications of most people who chose that profession.

  7. ” ‘Sweetnessheart, what watch?’
    ’10 watch’
    ‘such watch?!’
    ‘you will get along beautifully in America'”

    I love Casablanca.

    Just stumbled upon your blog, I want to travel so so badly, but alas, school and work run my life. Someday.

  8. Michael, from the very first post I’ve read, I laughed. I’m sold! I will be following your site religiously from now on!

  9. How have you missed Vermont!? I spent nearly 10 years of my life there and miss it every day! You have to check out Burlington and get up to the islands some day.

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  11. Hey Mike, was really nice meeting you today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However, after our talk, I am pretty sure you will change #3 here in your list after visiting Sipadan. Lets hope it lives up to what it has been. See ya soon!

    1. Great visiting with you in person as well. And yes, I am betting this list has some major changes over time, for sure!

    1. I haven’t been yet. Really looking forward to going soon. Have had a number of friends that love it. It is high on my list of countries I want to get to experience.

  12. Hey, a fellow Arkansawyer! I’m from the Arkansas Ozarks and have made my way halfway around the world since leaving Arkansas . . . though this has taken 36 years and several airplanes.

    I clicked over here to read about the Seven Wonders scam because I’m living in Seoul, and the Koreans were taken in by this ‘little’ scheme and voted repeatedly for Jeju Island as one wonder among the seven — something that I poked a bit of fun at — but I now see from your blog just how corrupt this scam is!

    Keep at it!

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

  13. Very inspiring and interesting blog! Chapeau on ranking Dahab, Egypt’s red sea as the best diving spot! The weather, the coral reefs, the warmth of the sun and the sea, and the color of the water – it’s just too perfect. Would def. do it all over again 🙂

  14. I LOVE prime numbers!! and I love that you have travelled w/o flying- I may be able to convince my friends who don’t fly to travel yet. thank you for this. (ps, saw you on my pinterest feed, don’t know how or why, but glad I did!)

  15. What is it with lawyers and wanting to chuck it all to travel? Guilty as charged. I’m a recovering lawyer–I still write appellate briefs which is actually location independent with internet legal research, wifi and electronic court filings. I’m too old and responsible (dammit) to chuck it all, so I only get to travel when I get to travel, usually as a “trailing spouse”.

    Being lawyers, we tend to love words, so blogging about our travels (and whatever) is a natural progression.

    I’ll be following you and hope you’ll check out my blog.

  16. Hey Michael, thanks so much for checking in on my site and leaving a comment. I’ve been pondering taken time off to do some sort of epic adventure, so seeing your story is massively inspirational. I’m amazed by what you have achieved. Looking forward to following your future adventures.

  17. Love that you love Colombia so much, I’m from there and I’m always excited when people go and decide its amazing and not how the media makes it seem.

    That said,
    “Favorite cities: Cape Town, South Africa. Medellin, Columbia. Istanbul, Turkey. Munich, Germany. Budapest, Hungary.”

    Columbia? I know you know better

  18. Wow, just stumbled across your blog and I am sooo excited to get into it. By the way, I too love Cape Town it is truly an amazing place to experience for the first time!

  19. Love the blog. Found the post about shark attacks from 2011 especially interesting. Best of luck on your continuing life adventures!

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  21. Hey there Michael!

    Your blog is awesome! I enjoy reading all the articles about your travel destinations. Hope to visit them myself one day.. visited some places already and most of them are better than home 😉

    Cheers mate!


  22. Hey Michael!
    I just wahted to say how much I love yor articles. They bring me closer to all those fascinating places you have visited. I hope you will visit Serbia as well, there are many places I would recommend in my country. 🙂
    I wish you safe trips, a lot of luck and many success in life.

    How can you represent someone you know is guilty? 🙂

    I also find Casablanca one of the funniest movies. When I mention that among people in movie disscussions, I get the have-you-seen-the-right-Casablanca-movie-you-silly-girl look 🙂 gambling line is one of my favourite 🙂

    Obrenovac, Serbia

  23. I rilly nid help financially here nd i knw u guys cn help me ova dis, i live in nigeria, seekin for adm. Into university for d past two years, cos of my parent’s financial status. I will b glad if u guys cn help me. Tnks. Tolulope elijah

  24. Loved reading about you and definitely going to spend some time browsing here.
    Wondering, have you been to India?

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