The World Walker
From the WorldWalker.com:
My dream of walking around the world was born in a nine-year-old’s excitable mind. It was during one of those frequent southern Ohio rainy afternoons, when my imagination was lost in the pages of a stack of old National Geographic magazines. Though the covers of that dignified periodical may have been worn and faded at the time, the beauty of the glossy photographs inside was still unmistakably very much alive. I knew then and there that someday I had to visit all those exotic lands and meet all those smiling faces.
Even now, nearly forty years later, I can still remember so clearly that night’s restlessness caused by the magic of those paper windows to the world “out there.” When my mother came into my bedroom, I remember looking up at her from beneath my blanket and saying, “Mom, when I grow up I know exactly what I want to do—be a writer and walk around the world!” At which point she chuckled and replied, “Oh, you mean you’ll be a soldier of fortune?”
“Yeah…,” I answered, not at all sure what a soldier of fortune was but sure that it sounded pretty exciting.
His experiences make up the book Worldwalk which he wrote to critical acclaim.