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About Mike

Hello Friends,

My name is Mike Bukach; I’m a native Clevelander, a former New Yorker and current resident of Columbus, Ohio, where I live with my cat, Thief Richards.

This website is a culmination of travel stories melded with beer soaked ramblings, some of which have been published.

Majority of the enclosed adventuring tales are centered domestically, having visited all fifty United States by the ripe age of thirty; an accomplishment I am quite proud of, and will hopefully have the opportunity convert into a Lifetime TV Movie where I’m played by Sean Connery circa 1973. Yesh.

Thanks for stopping by,



Materials found within this blog are copyright under Roam About Mike, and are not to be used without permission of the author. If you do steal materials, you shall suffer unmentionable medieval indignities, and a much skinnier wallet. 

178 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nathaniel Hahn #

    Blog looks great Mike! I’m now a loyal follower! Can’t wait to see Sean play you on life time, I wonder if David Fincher will direct…and use his Benjamin Button youthing machine on Sean to get that classic 73′ feel. If you have any pull on the film I would also like to see a cameo where you and Michael Keaton do a little fly fishing in Montana…circa Batman Returns, kinda like River Runs Through It father son moment. Just a thought. Keep up the incredible work!

    March 2, 2012
    • Thanks, Nate! Sean has been spotted in the city of Petra again, scouring the landscape for the immortality energy drink that brought him back at the end of Last Crusade.

      March 6, 2012
  2. CBu #

    As long as your movie consists of majority of David Bowie songs also… it will be a hit soundtrack! This looks awesome bro, love the look of everything and cannot wait to read all that you post. You have so much to share and I know others will be captured by your passion for travel as well as your sense of humor. Great stuff 🙂

    March 2, 2012
  3. Paige #

    I like Mike.

    March 2, 2012
  4. Great site Mike! I’m a fan.

    March 3, 2012
  5. You are hilarious! I found your blog on the WP “fresh pressed” blogs and I just spent over an hour reading through your blog and it felt like ten minutes.

    May 27, 2012
    • Thanks, Lucy. I’ll try to have more soon!

      May 29, 2012
  6. Hey Mike – You seem to like coffee and travel (Italy?). welcomes your caffeinated comments.

    May 27, 2012
  7. My daughter seems to run on the same fuel! One doesn’t dare talk to her until the first cup of caffeine. Enjoyed your blog — very funny.We write a daily blog together based on our experience of living together (Boomer and Boomerang) as adults…fun times for all. I think your sense of humor is just dark enough to appreciate us!

    May 28, 2012
    • Thanks Laurie, as soon as the Freshly Pressed moniker dies down a bit, I’ll do my best to take a look.

      May 29, 2012
  8. Hi Mike, I have nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award (http://foodstoriesblogcom/food-stories-award on the blog You have a great blog.

    June 10, 2012
    • Thanks so much for the nomination, Sil! Not sure why, just got your comment, for some reason it went to spam, so I had to save it from being erased.
      Thanks again!

      June 18, 2012
  9. You’re crazy and EXTREMELY funny! Looking forward to reading more craziness :).
    PS: You are the first “blogstar” I follow haha and I’m quite impressed by your witty posts and how you manage to reply to every comment! Actually that’s why I’m following.

    June 25, 2012
    • Why, thank you very much, Erika.
      Very very far from being a blogstar, but that’s very nice of you. 🙂 Thanks for reading, hope you stick around

      June 26, 2012
  10. Thanks for following Mike…I thought about your description of New Orleans heat last week while sitting on the tarmac at McCarran International in a plane with a malfunctioning A/C…

    June 27, 2012
    • No problem, Rob…liking the goods on your blog. Hahaha, it’s never good when my words ring synonymous with misery.

      June 27, 2012
  11. All 50 states before age 30? I’m jealous…and motivated. Thank you.

    August 11, 2012
    • Excellent (the motivation part). Are you close to knocking them out?

      August 12, 2012
      • I’ll have to revisit my tally but I think I’m only a third of the way. I have a lot I want to do in the next few years but making this (50 states) happen is certainly possible.

        August 13, 2012
    • Definitely – go for it! I did 18 states in 2 years on consecutive cross-country road trips. If I can do it, you definitely can too.

      August 27, 2012
  12. HeyMike! Nice meeting your at randy and amber’s wedding 🙂

    August 18, 2012
    • Hey! You too, thanks for stopping by this crazy blog.

      August 19, 2012
  13. juliamarisa9 #

    You seem exactly like the sort of individual I would like to follow – in a non creepy, but strictly cyber space way. Will be reading about your US travel!

    September 1, 2012
    • Haha follow away, thanks for curbing the creepery. And thanks for reading!

      September 3, 2012
  14. hey mike, any chance you’d like to write for ‘canadica’? there’s a post about it on my blog. been meaning to ask you. all i’d need is your email. and it’s very little work – one post every 6-8 months or so. let me know what you think. and hope all is well. much love, sm

    September 2, 2012
  15. I found you through Recommended Bloggers. I have to ask, where’s your Colorado category?

    October 5, 2012
    • Hey, Susie!
      So, I absolutely love Colorado – it’s my favorite state by far, I just haven’t written a blog piece on it because I’m shopping a short story for publication. If it doesn’t get picked up soon, I’ll put it up.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      October 5, 2012
      • Excuses, excuses! Hahaha! What a concept. I post all of my adventures. I figure I would want to rewrite them anyway.
        Love your blog!

        October 5, 2012
        • I know, I know…I’ve also held back because I want to spend a week hiking in CO, so, we’ll see.


          October 6, 2012
          • You may have to trade in your hiking boots for a board or skis. You are running out of daylight my new friend. The ski areas will be opening around the 9th of November!

            I’ve recently blogged about a few mountain hikes. This has been the most beautiful autumn. Stop by and take a virtual hike!

            October 6, 2012
            • Skis please. I look like a newborn fawn snowboarding. Heading to your site over now

              October 7, 2012
  16. Purveyor of awesome? Don’t toy with my emotions. *Follow*

    November 13, 2012
    • I humbly try to purvey awesome. And I certainly wont (toy). Thanks so much for the follow!

      November 15, 2012
  17. I just tagged you in my latest post. I hope it doesn’t offend you. I just really enjoy your blog and wanted to give you some ‘love’. I also hope you play along. I would love to hear what you have to say!

    November 15, 2012
    • Not offended at all – In fact, I owe you a thank you – so, thank you very much for the award!

      November 15, 2012
      • You are welcome of course. Maybe one day this lil ol blog will reach your status.
        Take care.

        November 20, 2012
      • Aww you make a grown man blush.

        November 29, 2012
  18. Mike, I just saw that you’re from Columbus! I grew up there and moved to Gahanna before moving to Tennessee.

    November 29, 2012
    • Wow, awesome! Small world. I’ve lived in Clintonville for the last four years, and work downtown near the Arena District.

      What moved you to Tennessee? Do you venture back to C-bus often?

      November 29, 2012
      • It really is! I was actually in Clintonville last weekend! Went to Gordon Biersh for a friend’s birthday and then Big Bang. I try and come back at least four times a year! It’s a great area, but I prefer the mountain and warmer climate of Tennessee.

        November 29, 2012
      • Ok, that’s pretty weird – we’re walking the same Columbus path!
        I hear the warmer weather – not a fan of Ohio winters at all. And, well, there are obviously no mountains.

        November 29, 2012
  19. Hi Mike,
    I just discovered your blog via your comment on my Twelve Days of Le Clown, my original compilation for the clown who has everything. I see you’ve been Freshly Pressed. That is awesome. Interested in writing a guest post for Yeah, it’s a real blog. Check out my post here: and if you’re interested, take a look at the home page for submission info. See ya ’round.

    December 2, 2012
    • Hello Honie Briggs,
      Yes – for some reason WordPress pressed me – freshly.
      Yes – very interested – I’m headed over now barring (and this is a regular occurrence) a miscommunication in my internet power.

      December 2, 2012
      • Cool. Let me know what you think, posts are updated weekly…THANKS

        December 2, 2012
    • Will do. Thanks so much for the recommendation.

      December 2, 2012
  20. Love this! Cannot believe you have been to EVERY state! Could you please have a look at my blog. I’m new to this and any tips and advice you have would be greatly appreciated. Pleaseee

    January 8, 2013
    • Thank you, Chlobeana!
      Blog looks good. Some advice: change some of the generic WordPress language on your homepage, make it more personal, and just make the blog yours.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      January 27, 2013
  21. Thanks for being so cool, Mike!
    It takes some of the burden off me….

    February 16, 2013
    • Hahaha, thanks, Hook.
      I used to be a bellman – birds of a feather.

      February 16, 2013
  22. wakeuptojava #

    Hey Mike! I see you are a fellow Ohioan! I grew up in Canton and went to school at Kent State. What part of Cleveland did you grow up in? I recently visited a friend out in Lakewood. Fun city! Anyway, your blog is awesome and your accomplishment of 50 states before 30 is even more so! I just started my blog a few days ago so if you check it out and have any tips, I’d be very open to hearing them. Thanks, Mike! -Best, Emily

    February 22, 2013
    • Hey Emily,
      Awesome! I used to party at Kent State while I skipped classes at Akron. 🙂

      Grew up in Twinsburg, South Burbs. Lakewood is a great spot.

      Thanks for saying so, will definitely check it out when i get a chance.

      February 22, 2013
  23. shelblynn #

    Beer soaked ramblings? I’m in.

    February 23, 2013
    • Excellent. Welcome aboard, shelblynn!

      February 23, 2013
  24. Hello. I have nominated you for the Best Moments Award. I invite you to stop by my blog and see what’s it’s all about. Have a fantastic day 🙂

    ~ Olivia

    March 19, 2013
    • Olivia Wolfe,

      Thank you very much for the award. I will stop by, and same to you.


      March 19, 2013
  25. The most shocking part of your About page, is the fact that you are over 30! Whoa! 🙂

    March 21, 2013
  26. Hey, I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Find more info here ->

    April 2, 2013
  27. I like beer and I like traveling – count me in! Since my son was born 4 months early, we spend all of our time helping him grow (which he is doing!) and *not* traveling…so I will live vicariously through you until the wee little one is big enough for his first road trip! 🙂

    ~Andrea @

    April 4, 2013
    • Welcome, Jax Mully. I’ll do my best to keep things lively. Wow – 4 months early, huh? That’s crazy

      April 4, 2013
  28. Hello! I saw that someone besides myself takes pride in the places they’ve traveled. I am 26, and have visited 27 of the states in the U.S. I, too, and proud of my travels, gained knowledge, and the people I have met and enlightened. Thanks for this blog; this contribution

    April 4, 2013
    • Absolutely – any plans/aspirations to visit all 50 states? thank you for stopping in and commenting, bphillips.

      April 5, 2013
      • I had promised myself at the beginning that, yes, I would visit the entirety of the United States before venturing overseas to other countries. I, also, do not want to gyp myself of a thorough experience by travelling without knowledge, first. I want to experience the rest of the world when I have a better understanding of it. It’s so vast.

        April 5, 2013
        • Sounds like you have the correct plan. Indeed it is! Thanks, bphillips!

          April 8, 2013
  29. Hmmm, I don’t know if I trust that you’ve been to Missouri. Show Me, as we like to say!

    April 8, 2013
    • Haha, fair enough, donofalltrades. I’ll have to dig around the old vault to pull up some photographic proof.
      But, I’ve been to St. Louis a few times. Roam About Dad lived in Creve Coeur for a year, visited here and there.
      Went to a dance club in East St. Louis, almost got shot (this was in my earlier, more rambunctious days).
      Driven through MO to Lawrence, Kansas, twice – camped at Lake Ozarks. Loved it!

      Where are you in MO?

      April 9, 2013
      • Lol, well that’s proof enough for me! We’re in STL.

        April 9, 2013
        • Ok good, because I have no idea where my StL pictures are.
          I’m not a huge hockey/NHL fan, but do you think you could let the Blue Jackets win tonight? They play the Blues this fine evening.

          April 12, 2013
  30. Dear Roam About Mike, I kind of love your blog so I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. A nice way to give a shout out to other blogs you love.

    April 12, 2013
    • Dearest M.E. Evans,
      Thank you very much for bequeathing this fine award upon my blog. I shall hang it lovingly on my refrigerator.

      In your bio, it says you loved the movie ‘The Last Unicorn’ as a child. Please explain how ‘Fern Gully’ was not your favorite childhood movie.



      April 12, 2013
  31. To be honest, After looking at your blog, my head was like, ‘Woah. That’s sth new and just mindblowing!’ I really enjoyed every bit of your blogs I’ve read so far! 😀

    Keep going? because you are moreover, an inspiration for me now! Thanks for that. 🙂

    April 17, 2013
    • That’s very nice of you, pixiee.
      An inspiration? Wow. I might use your words to get a raise at work. haha!
      Thanks for reading.

      April 24, 2013
  32. So I am new to this whole blog community and stumbled across your blog and I am now a loyal follower and very entertained by your stories and writing style. Thanks for the laughs and insight.

    May 8, 2013
    • Thanks for the follow, lorenaharper.
      Very much appreciated, and I’ll try to keep the laughs the coming!

      May 9, 2013
  33. Hey Mike,

    I’ve followed your blog a little while now (a whole entire month is a lot, come on) and as a fellow Ohioan, saw that small fact and immediately decided the follow was necessary. Your travels are inspiring as my brother and I both set out from Ohio to travel the states as artists turned backpackers. I appreciate the comedy and look forward to more laughs in my inbox as we continue on the road. Recently got a nomination and wanted to pass it on to you and your blog as well, for the Liebster Award. Take it as a sign of appreciation for your work. Thanks again buddy and look forward to future posts. Hold down the Ohio fort for us while we’re out and be well. The link to the post on my blog is here:

    Take care,

    May 8, 2013
    • Hey Alexander,

      Thanks, man. I really, really appreciate your kind words. Hearing from awesome followers like yourself keeps ME inspired, motivated, and serves as a reminder to why I started this whole thing.

      Where in Ohio are you from?

      Good luck to you and your bro on your adventures. I’ll tune in to your blog, keep track of what you’re up to. Let me know if you need some recommendations. While i’m not a pro, I’ve been around this old America; she’s a kind lady.

      Thanks for the liebster award! I’m not worthy!


      May 9, 2013
  34. Hey no problem. Glad to hear it. I’m from Toledo and the surrounding area.

    Thanks for the luck, always comes in handy. Definitely keep an eye on our location. We’re out in Denver at the moment waiting out the week to do some camping in UT, then hoping to obtain a camper or larger vehicle of some sort to roll around and camp in, instead of the hitching we’ve been doing. Any choice spots in Oregon? We’re talking of going up there next.

    Talk with you soon buddy.


    May 9, 2013
    • Cool. My brother-in-law is from Toledo, and my lady is from Port Clinton, so I know the area a bit.

      Excellent. I assume you’ve been to Boulder (my favorite city in the US)?

      Man, you’re going to love Oregon. Whether you’re hitching or not, try to make it to the 101, ride up the coast and find Hug Point State Park. THe ride is awesome, and Hug Point is a great spot to just hang out/explore the nature.

      Aside from that, Portland’s great, Mt. Hood is a great, the wine is great, and if you want to do some hiking, Silver Falls State Park (near Salem) was my favorite.

      May 10, 2013
  35. Oh excellent. Both great towns. I don’t know Port Clinton too well aside from going up there to take the Jet Express ferry over to Put-In-Bay island. A wild and unique place where older crowds go to let loose like it’s the late sixties all over again.

    Boulder is an excellent town. Yeah I’ve been out there a couple of times. Very good day hikes. I want to get some climbing shoes and go bouldering out there. Why’s it your favorite?

    Yeah I can’t wait for Oregon because we have heard so many good things. I’m going to note those parks, and will make a point to hit the coast no matter what out there. Know anything about Bend?

    Talk soon and thanks,


    May 10, 2013
    • Haha That’s the best description of Put-In-Bay I’ve ever read.
      Port Clinton is kind of empty, but still has a small, water-town charm without the ubiquitous Starbucks.

      Awesome – not sure why, just feel connected to the town. Was actually looking to go to grad school there before I bought a house in Cbus. Loved the blending of the nature.

      DIdn’t make it that far south in Oregon, but it’s very close to Crater Lake, which is another spot on my domestic top 10. When are heading farther West?

      May 11, 2013
  36. Ha thanks man. It’s definitely a different place. Ah definitely a true story with Port Clinton. And about Boulder, the blending of nature is the best way to describe how I feel about it too. The setting is really what does it for me there. Not so much the people who stroll the town with noses in the air and reek of too much money. Great spot for school though, my buddy I’m staying with in Denver now is startin gup grad school there in the fall. So I’ll definitely be back there soon.

    I’ll make a note of the Crater Lake. Heard good things about it. We’ll hopefully be heading west soon. Doing some camping in Utah this coming week then hopefully my brother and I have enough money to try and make it back towards the west. Keep an eye on the new photography and writings though to see where we are at.

    Talk soon.

    May 11, 2013
  37. Look at all your love! Keep up the fantastic blog, I’m glad I happend upon you. You were listed as a recommended blog based on others that I follow.
    I’ll have to look you over more, by that I mean read over your blog, when I get a few minutes.

    May 21, 2013
    • So, somehow I completely missed this one. Dropped the ball, Jennifer. Thanks, hopefully you didn’t give up on the blog because I’m apparently I’m a complete jerk.

      June 27, 2013
      • Oh yes a long time ago but maybe now I will give it a peek again 😉
        It happens, I completely understand. I do the same.

        June 28, 2013
        • Yay! Glad to hear. There’s a lot of insanity ’round here…

          Thanks, Jennifer!

          June 29, 2013
  38. Hi Mike! Would you be willing to participate in something we are doing on Susie Lindau’s behalf. Her surgery is on Friday and I am contacting her followers. On Friday morning we are trying to get as many people as we can to post on their blogs a post titled, “Susie Strong”. The content of the post would just be a simple message like, “We are thinking of you”. It would be great if she opened up her email and found all our blogs with the same message. Her husband is going to be updating us after the surgery. Are you in? Let me know! Thanks!

    May 29, 2013
    • Absolutely – I’ll whip something up for the morning.
      Thanks, brickhousechick

      May 30, 2013
      • Great! It will be nice for her to see all the posts with the words, *Susie Strong* 🙂

        May 30, 2013
  39. Hy Mike,

    It’s great to meet you!


    June 1, 2013
  40. YOGiNi #

    Wow! I love travelling too…and I hope one day I can say “I have seen the world”

    Great blog Mike 🙂 dint read through every tab though, will surely visit soon.


    June 18, 2013
  41. Hi, love your blog – you are doing what I wish I was doing. Will be living vicariously through you. 🙂 Have you been to Istanbul? Will be going there end of July – any advise?

    June 26, 2013
    • Hey Elizabeth – thanks so much. I have not been to Istanbul…yet. Definitely in my top 5, though. How long are you going?

      June 27, 2013
      • I’ll be there July 23-31. Not much time but it’s all I can afford (both in $ and vacation time)

        July 1, 2013
  42. Reagan K Reynolds #

    Hey Mike,
    I’m 26 and I’ve only been to 9 states, but I want to visit every state before I’m 30. My husband and I are living on a dime! Do you have any suggestions for cheap travel?


    June 27, 2013
    • Hey Reagan,
      9 states is a good start. Just curious, where do you two live?
      Let’s see – best way to get all states in four years… pre-planning is key. I planned a 12 state road trip about a year ahead, kept tweaking the trip, making sure to fit everything in logistically. I’ve definitely skimped out on some states. Like Idaho, didn’t really get to fully appreciate all it has to offer, but, had to do it to get all 50.

      And, best advise I can give: just go for it. It’ll be worth it.

      Thanks for reading.


      June 27, 2013
      • Reagan K Reynolds #

        Thanks Mike! That is wonderful advice. We are in North Carolina, although we moved from Texas.. which accounts for the majority of our 9-State venture. Look forward to reading more,


        June 27, 2013
        • Excellent – I think it’s easier to do all 50 states if you’re on the East Coast, but, that’s just my crazy logistical brain.
          Love North Carolina, though. Used to drive from Ohio down to Atlantic Beach every summer when I was a kid.
          Looking to visit Asheville sometime this year.

          June 29, 2013
          • Reagan K Reynolds #

            Asheville is one of our favorite romantic get-aways. If you have never been there before, the food is absolutely amazing. I don’t think you can have a bad meal there. We love the music-drenched street corners and how open and friendly the artists are (and generally everybody). The Biltmore is wonderful in any season. I have been during three seasons (summer, winter, and fall) and winter is my favorite because they literally go ALL out for the Christmas holiday.

            Also, If you have not read John Steinbeck’s book, Travels with Charlie, you most definitely should pick it up. It is a short, easy read (nothing like The Grapes of Wrath) about how he converted his truck into a mobile home-ish thing and took his dog on a road trip through the United States. He felt that as an American writer it was not enough for him to know the changes of our country “only from books and newspapers.” He felt he was writing “of something [he] did not know about,” and so he planned this road trip with his poodle, Charlie. It is absolutely one of my favorite books about travel. Although I had a hard time reading the full length of The Grapes of Wrath, I flew through Travels with Charlie. Steinbeck’s chapter about the California Red Woods is absolutely inspiring.

            Enjoy Asheville!

            June 29, 2013
            • Reagan K Reynolds #

              I’m sorry, it’s Travels with Charley. I always want to spell it with an -ie, but it’s Charley.

              June 29, 2013
            • Amazing info, Reagan. Thanks so much. It’s kind of odd I’ve never been to Asheville, driving around it a couple times, and have a handful of friends who live there, but after reading this, I’m super motivated to go.

              I’ll have to pick up that Steinbeck book as well. Been reading too much russian lit – have to change it up before I get all morose towards life. 🙂

              June 30, 2013
  43. Of course you’re a Senior Writer, but for a Health Tech firm??? How do your weave your marvelous sense of humor into that?!!! So enjoy your work!!!

    September 17, 2013
    • I know, it’s weird.
      I have a pretty long tether when it comes to PR stuff, but aside that, I play it like Batman.
      Thanks, acuriousgal!

      September 17, 2013
  44. Great blog, Mike! I stumbled upon your site through Recommended Blogs: Staff Picks and I am glad I did! Looking forward to exploring your blog further 🙂

    October 19, 2013
    • Thanks very much, Ianarichmond!
      Glad to have you on board.

      October 20, 2013
  45. I’m so jealous. I wish I were you. May I borrow your identity?

    December 30, 2013
    • Thanks, MissPuppyDoc.
      You may steal it – unless you intend on draining my measly bank account, then I’m going to need that identity back. 🙂

      December 31, 2013
      • Nah, I wouldn’t do that. But I do want your life. I’ll even take your facial hair. It’s nice facial hair.

        December 31, 2013
        • Haha – you can totally have both. Especially the facial hair

          January 4, 2014
          • Thank you; I will enjoy your beard very much. If you want we can trade. You can be called PuppyMike. My hair is mainly on my head but it’s still comparable.

            January 4, 2014
            • Roam About Doc is way cooler than PuppyMike. 🙂

              January 4, 2014
              • That’s true. But PuppyMike is more cuddly. I’m envisioning a fluffy version of you…

                January 4, 2014
  46. fluxforum #

    Excellent blog! More of us definitely need to live life as fully as you do.

    Flux: Encountering Adulthood

    January 13, 2014
    • Thanks for stopping in, fluxforum!

      January 14, 2014
  47. HRH #


    Did you receive a (much too long) comment I wrote in response to your “Orlando, FL is a Butthole” post? I’m unsure what’s happened, but I think there may be some technical issues with this latest app update of WordPress. (It could also be my rather shabby brain thinking I posted it when, in reality, it’s sitting in drafts.)

    Much gratitude,

    April 2, 2014
  48. Hey Mike,

    Your blog is hilarious and I’ve enjoyed reading your writing. I noticed that you’ve been nominated before, but I just want to let you know that I also nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.



    July 10, 2014
    • I just saw this, MJ. Apologies for the delayed response, and thanks very much for the award!


      July 29, 2014
  49. Good blog you’ve got here.. It’s difficult to find excellent writing like
    yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you!

    Take care!!

    August 25, 2014
  50. Hi, there!

    I’m Jane and am an avid reader and blogger, a passion which I think we share. I’ve been writing contents on the web professionally since 2010. I share my experience through articles on Travel, Culture, History, Lifestyle and many more.

    Your blog “” is probably one of the most interesting ones I’ve seen recently and with due reason. I was wondering if I could do a guest post for your blog.

    I would like to write on “Australia Rich in Culture and Natural beauty” or any other suggested topic for your blog.

    It would be an honor to see my article published on your site.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Jane Roberts.

    September 6, 2014
    • Thanks for your kind words and interest in writing for RAM, Jane.
      Do you have some sample posts I can read?


      September 10, 2014
  51. What’s up, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this blog post.

    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

    September 15, 2014
  52. very nice blog on travel – very interesting facts coming out of different places –

    October 13, 2014
  53. Hi, saw your blog on the recommended list by WordPress and I love it. I don’t see that you’ve been to the Philippines though so just sending you a little note in case it comes up in your bucket list for 2015. Here are my blogs for your reference – &

    Thanks and happy travels! 🙂

    January 5, 2015
    • Hey, Rastafari.
      Thanks for the love. Unfortunately, Philippines isn’t on my list – should I add it? Where should I go?

      Will check out your blogs, thanks for stopping in!


      January 9, 2015
      • Oh definitely, the Philippines should be part of your list. The love you feel in our country is more than enough but ofcourse all our beautiful sights are an added bonus as well! There are lots of places to visit here but I would recommend my home city Cebu City! Lots to see and experience here! 😉

        January 12, 2015
        • I will definitely add to my list, Rastafari. I’ve honestly never really given the Philippines a second look, now I’m looking!

          Gotta do some research on Cebu City! 🙂

          January 13, 2015
          • Good move! See you soon in Cebu! 🙂 By the way, need I mention you’ll also get more bang for your buck here? Add that to the reasons for visiting! 🙂

            January 14, 2015
            • Indeed – see you soon (hopefully).
              Good – I’m on a strict travel budget these days.

              January 15, 2015
  54. Migrant Pen #

    I am privileged to have connected with you. My wordpress blog Tales of a Migrant is new so I have to dig and it’s refreshing to know that yours is inspiring. Keep up the good work. Take care.

    January 14, 2015
    • Thanks for stopping in, Migrant Pen. And thanks for the recommend.


      January 14, 2015
  55. I love the fun style and midwestern humor Mike! As a current Dayton resident, I appreciate many of your stories and have enjoyed checking out the travel photos especially. Drop by anytime. Cheers!

    January 14, 2015
    • Thank you, Michael.
      We’re practically neighbors.
      I’ve never been to downtown Dayton, but I’ve heard the Air Force Museum is awesome.
      Visited Yellow Springs, definitely a cool town.

      Thanks for reading,


      January 15, 2015
      • You are right about Yellow Springs-a small hip town where you feel like you might be in Colorado plus you might run into Dave Chappelle! The Air Force Museum is pretty amazing if you enjoy anything to do with air and space travel and all for free. Cheers Mike…

        January 15, 2015
        • I heard Mr. Chappelle lives there – very cool.
          Will have to check out the AFM soon. Thanks, Michael.

          January 15, 2015
  56. As a former Buckeye, now living in California, I thoroughly look forward to reading your stories and learning from your experiences!

    January 24, 2015
    • Looking outside at the perpetual cold gray soup that is Ohio winter, you made the right move, Mr. Nate. Thanks for reading and thanks for following!

      January 24, 2015
  57. The lighter side of this site is to not include the ordinary stories about places. It is reflecting the streets and steps. That’s why I enjoy, when I read. Hope to see more posts

    January 29, 2015
  58. Gotta say, this blog is definitely worth the follow – great job Mike, loving all the beautiful photography and stories! 🙂

    Apart from my blog, I’ve got a project called Showzee ( that might definitely interest you, take a look and if you fancy it, request an invite and I’ll fast track you!

    January 29, 2015
    • Thanks, Ryan. I very much appreciate the compliments.

      Sounds interesting – will request an invite soon.

      Thanks for reading!


      February 12, 2015
  59. Hey Mike, your blog is everything that I love reading about travel, new, unreachable places and their stories. Nice to know you are a former New Yorker! A die-hard fan of Sex And The City I am 🙂 …I so wish to visit NY one day. Its amazing how much you’ve traveled and written. Wanna read a lot of it and see all those places through your stories and pics… Lastly, I love the name of your cat, Thief Richards 🙂 …
    Thanks, Natasha

    February 12, 2015
    • Hey bitesandplaces – thanks so much for the love, I really appreciate it.

      Ha! Most people don’t like the name of my cat, but I’m very glad you do. Thanks for reading!


      February 12, 2015
  60. msuworld #

    Great blog mike ..

    February 19, 2015
  61. The Traveloholic #

    Great Blog Sir. Good themes and content. Inviting your comments on my blog.

    March 17, 2015
    • Thanks very much, Traveloholic. Thanks for stopping in!

      March 17, 2015
  62. Hi Mike.

    I, like so many others, found your blog reccommended by WordPress. (Thank you WordPress).
    I love what I have read so far. I love the humor, wit and real experiences in your writing. It is very refreshing! That is the type of tone that I write in, and let’s be honest, how I talk in day to day conversations. I so appreciate reading other bloggers that write like this!
    I can’t wait to read more of your blog, it is amazing so far! I’ve got a case of wanderlust myself and have found inspiration reading your travel pieces!



    March 31, 2015
    • Thanks very much, Act Like. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and your kind words—keeps me writing. Feel free to stick around for a bit; got some good stuff coming out soon.

      Thanks again,


      April 5, 2015
  63. hallo minke. nice blog in my opinion.
    oia, may i introduce my self? my name is small habibie. I’m from Surabaya Indonesia 🙂
    Nice to meet you

    April 26, 2015
  64. Emily #

    Heya! I just found your blog through WordPress’ reccommendation. I’m going globetrotting soon and I’m loving reading about all your adventures!

    May 22, 2015
    • Thanks, Emily. Hopefully my terrible response time hasn’t affected your world travels. 🙂

      June 22, 2015
  65. Loving your blog, great photos and full of inspirations! Will definitely keep up to date with your travels and feel free to check out my startup – i think you’d really like it – we focus on sharing journeys, adventures & experiences 🙂

    June 18, 2015
  66. Loved your blog!! Very nice pictures 🙂

    June 30, 2015
  67. Such a wonderful blog Mike! I’m sure you get this a lot 🙂
    I just started a travel / lifestyle blog of my own and it would be so awesome if you would go over and check it out and perhaps we can keep in touch! Who knows, maybe our adventures will cross paths one day 🙂 Hope to hear from you!

    September 27, 2015
    • Hey, Shan – thanks so much for reading! Your blog is looking good – awesome photography!

      October 10, 2015
  68. Hi Mike, from a blogger down under. Loving your blog, your travels, photography and style of writing. Keep adventuring!

    November 20, 2015
    • Greetings from the States! How’s down under? You’re too kind – thanks for reading!

      December 2, 2015

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