Hi. I'm Michael Robert Powell and for 30 years now, I've traveled the planet - backpacking across continents - exploring more than 120 countries (also visiting territories such as Antarctica).
Travel guides my life
My story isn't that internet cliche: "So I quit my job and sold everything to travel the world ..."
Not me. I didn't get near the career treadmill.
You see, way back in 1988 following graduation, I didn't know what to do with my life. And so, I left New Zealand for London completely aimless - except to enjoy live music and big city life.
But things changed.
A dice throw led me to travel around the Middle East (including Iraq + Syria).
Travel addiction took hold.
For decades I wandered alone, without any social circle.
Never having a house or a car or a permanent job. (But once, I owned a TV.)
However in recent years, I've edged closer to 'normality' when I met my lovely wife ...
... in China.
Wei also enjoys a minimalist travel life.
So the trail continues ...
Wei & MRP at the high pass of the Himalayan Highway on route from Srinagar to Leh in India, 2017