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the candy trail … is my global-nomadic lifestyle – traveling the world for fun, knowledge & freedom.

Since 1988 I’ve been living out of a backpack – traveling Asia, Africa, the Americas, etc – to experience the world’s most amazing and off-the-track places.

 

Welcome

Hi, I’m Michael Robert Powell from New Zealand – also known as Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud.

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MRP @ Turkey 1989

I’ve never had a permanent job. Never owned a house or car or motorbike (but once had a TV). After graduating from university, I took a 6-month job – then hit the road with the money saved and have never looked back.

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MRP @ Mexico 2009

Today I remain on the road. Still single, never married, no children, few assets, no social circle or societal niche.

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MRP @ Antarctica 2003

WHY DO I TRAVEL ?

Simply, I’m fascinated with history and culture, amazed by landscapes and nature. AND I’m addicted to the movement of the  journey, that freedom and unpredictability that is travel.

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MRP @ India 1990

WORLD TRAVEL EXPERIENCES:

  • Arrested in Saddam’s Iraq by the military in Kurdistan; accused of being “a spy” (1989)
  • Hitch-hiking the Sahara Desert & the Sahel, from Algeria to Nigeria (1991)
  • Enjoying Carnaval; later mugged at knife-point(s) in Rio, Brazil (2003)
  • Overland travelling – mostly hitching from England to India via Iran, where I was caught in a deadly bus accident (1990)
  • Drugged, abducted, robbed, ditched in Siberia, Russia (2005)
  • Caught amid a cyclone in Bangladesh that killed 138,000 people (1991)
  • Trans-Siberian Route – numerous city stop-overs – from Beijing to London (2005)
  • Caught in a war-zone around the temples of Angkor in civil-war Cambodia (1994)
  • Antarctica by ship, enjoying much, including whisky and ice-berg on New Year’s Eve (2003)
  • Dysentery and robbed in Lahore, Pakistan (1990)
  • Swimming with seals in Galapagos Islands (2003)
  • Caught amid riots in Indonesia (1999) and India (1990)
  • Horse trekking in southern Colombia, thru FARC territory (2003)
  • Flash-flood near-danger in Morocco (1991)
  • Skydiving in Argentina (2002) + solo parachuting in New Zealand (1992)
  • Slow boat down the Niger River to Timbuktu, Mali (2007)
  • Hitching the Himalaya, across Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal (1994)
  • Escaping from Indonesia by fishing boat then hitching in an army Blackhawk to be the “first tourist” in the new East Timor, on 14 Jan. 2000
  • Actively participating in a Voodoo ceremony in a remote village in Togo (2007)

And more …

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MRP @ Egypt 1995

MY TRAVEL FOOTPRINT

Because I love to travel overland, I fly only when I must. Local public transportation is my way across the world. I stay in simple hotels and family guesthouses, and buy  mostly from food-stalls and small businesses. And so my money mostly goes to the local, everyday people.

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MRP @ Uruguay 2002

MY LIFE PHILOSOPHY

– Be a good person and do no harm to others.
– It’s not what you have, but what you do, that matters.
– Life should be fun.

 

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