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Michael’s passion and knowledge as a guide and explorer allows him to connect travelers with citizens, communities and Vanguards to redefine the way we travel
I have never dreamed of working in travel. Exploration and curiosity for people and places was always inherent but in Thailand I could pursue my passion for exploration with a focus on urban exploration. Starting a business in the travel industry never occurred to me though people suggested I should become a guide. However that was my passion, my free time activity. Initially I wanted to started an export business and I did an internship in a trading company. However 2004 the Tsunami struck and I went to down as a volunteer for 2 weeks. Ever since my perceptions of humans, selflessness and purpose completely shifted. Going back to Bangkok to my old work environment was difficult for me. I couldn’t identify anymore with the things I was doing. I wanted to be back down in the south, with people I met and felt at least slightly some of the spirit I felt down there. My destiny was clear, I wanted to be of use, I wanted to work with people. Especially children. I taught German and English, from private tutoring students to managers in multinationals. Money was good but it wouldn’t move my purpose forward. Parallel I kept exploring Bangkok and started cycling and mapping my mother’s home province on my bicycle.
The physical environments fascinated me but it was the people who lived in them that inspired me and realized that we don’t need to wait for another Tsunami to do something of value. The Tsunami was an act of nature, however most challenges we’re facing as a humanity are man-made. Through exploring I became curious about the human condition and the path we are heading. Maybe such an experience, the stories, the aspirations and challenges, the hopes and dreams of people and communities could be made visible by connecting them to other people curious about the realities surrounding our city and society. I don’t have the answers but I love to reflect and learn, exchange and listen. Through that we may be able to support those who inspire us and who are in service of people and planet. The thought of becoming a bride, a connector for something that would could create value. That’s when it made sense to me and my friend Daniel to take exploring our cultural roots to another level. That thought of connecting for the common good became central to everything I do and it’s central to what bangkokvanguards is all about.