"In 2006, after dropping out of college(after only a year, but that's a different story), I enlisted with the United States military. It promised all my dreams of traveling the world and preparing me for the future.
Well, it was a great experience that taught me a lot. Traveling was included, but not exactly what I had anticipated. I was given the opportunity to live in places like Georgia, Texas, and Colorado. Got me out of my home state of Michigan but not around the world.
During the two combat deployments that I was apart of, I was in fact able to travel to Kuwait and Iraq. However, being in the military is a different view. My position did not allow me to indulge in the culture of the area either, so it was simply a working vacation, nothing more. While waiting for these deployments to end, I regularly thought about how amazing it would be to travel the world on my own, with my own schedule."
"Now having a dream to accomplish, I have begun to do a bit of research. Just as many wannabe travelers have done, I became overly interested in everything foreign. It almost became an obsession. After many days of careful thought and consideration, my choice destination to begin the journey of world travel was Bangkok, Thailand. The backpacker capital of southeast Asia.
During my military service, I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. The department of Veterans Affairs will rate me at 50% disabled for this. Meaning I will receive a check for about $900 every month. This will be more than enough to sustain perpetual travel as I have dreamed. Now it is a waiting game. My date of approval for the disability rating will be sometime in 2013. So before the next year is out, I plan on setting out for the greatest adventure of my life."