Hello! My name is Steve Melikean and this page is dedicated to my travels around the world. I retired early 10 years ago and am grateful I will not have to work for the rest of my life. Along with my passion for travel, I like to SCUBA dive, work out with weights, read, and follow the San Francisco Giants. I was born in San Francisco and raised in Sunnyvale, approximately 45 miles south of the City. Whenever I am in the SF bay area, which is usually 1-2 times a year, I make it a point to see a few Giants games.
Last January (2012), I back packed Central and South America (Panama, Costa Rica, and Ecuador) for two months and had a blast. The trip was memorable not only because of the places I visited and the things I did, but also due to the wonderful people I met along the way.
On January 17th (2013), I will travel round the world (RTW), including New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and France. I also might try to go overland to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. I will return to Denver on May 14th . . . I will update this blog on a regular basis. However, other than a few visits to internet cafes in the countries I will be visiting, I’ll only have a small Samsung tablet to add posts. Anyone who has used a touchscreen* understands that it is immeasurably more difficult to type on this type of medium vs. a keyboard. Or, at least it is for me. Ha. Anywho, I will try to do the best I can informing family, friends and visitors of what I am doing while I travel. By the by, similar to how I try to live my life, I always have a Plan B with regard to travel. Why? Simply because people that are happy and successful ALWAYS have a Plan B.
*Addendum Jan 10th, 2013: I purchased a portable keyboard . . . I’ve had such a good response to my blog, that there’s no way I was going to be able to do coherent posts with a touchscreen. 🙂