I was fortunate enough to have more than a strong push to invoke my love of travel. To be honest I did not really have a great passion for travel until about the age of 20. Sure there were things I wanted to see but it was not a focal point in my life.
In 2001 I was in undergrad and taking an independent study with what is now a good friend of mine, Wayne Finke. He was insistent on me studying abroad in Spain. I politely declined on numerous occasions explaining that summers were the time I worked the most to pay for my tuition and that I could not fathom taking time off from work. That did not stop him from mentioning it every time I saw him. On one occasion he mentioned that he had gotten me a scholarship so that I would not have to pay for classes while abroad. I again politely declined and asked him to offer that scholarship to another individual that was interested in going.
Several weeks passed when he mentioned he had spoken to the host family I was going to stay with. I again told him I was not going. A few weeks after that I walk into his office and he hands me a piece of paper. It was a personal check written out to me for $500. At this point he won the battle in stylish form and we booked my flight from his office. I will always be eternally indebted to him for that great gesture which inevitably led to my great passion and love of travel.