My Story

30+ Years Living Nomadic - Exploring 120+ Countries


Hi, I'm Michael Robert Powell - call me MRP, if you want.

Anyway, my story is not that cliche: "I quit my job and sold everything to travel the world." No, 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.

Travel addiction takes hold = [ maps of overland travels: 1988 until now ]

 Travel Junky

For decades I backpacked the world 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.

And so, the trail continues …

Wei & MRP - Ladakh, India 2016

Edgy Travels

Arrested in Saddam's Iraq by the military; accused of being "a spy" (1989)

Drugged, abducted, robbed, ditched in Siberia, Russia (2005)

Hitch-hiking the Sahara Desert, from Algeria to Nigeria (1991)

Enjoying Carnaval; later mugged at knife-point in Rio, Brazil (2003)

Traveling overland from England to India, via Iran, where I was caught in a deadly bus accident (1990)

Amid a cyclone that killed 138,000 people - Bangladesh (1991)

Trans-Siberian route, Beijing to London (2005)

Caught in a war-zone around Angkor in civil-war Cambodia (1994)

Antarctica by ship - 14 land excursions; whisky + iceberg on New Year's Eve (2003)

Robbed by hotel staff, while suffering dysentery in Pakistan (1990)

Swimming with seals in Galapagos Islands (2003)

Amid riots in Indonesia (1999), Israel (1990), India (1990)

Horse trekking in mountains of Colombia - thru FARC guerrilla territory (2003)

Flash-flood close call in Morocco (1991)

Skydiving in Argentina (2002) and solo parachuting in New Zealand (1992)

Slow boat down the Niger River to Timbuktu, Mali (2007)

Hitching the Himalayas, across Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal (1994)

Escaping from Indonesia by fishing boat, hitching in an Australian Army Blackhawk to be the "first tourist" in new East Timor, on 14 Jan. 2000

Actively participating in a Voodoo ceremony in Togo (2007)


(P.S: These stories will emerge on the blog gradually, as will an ebook.)

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