When I first moved to the Phoenix-area I immediately started trying to find bloggers to connect within the region. I joined a Facebook group of bloggers and quickly connected with my old pal Cacinda of Points & Travel and she gave me a list of other Phoenix-based travel bloggers to connect with, one of which was Mike of Mike’s Road Trip. I got to meet Mike in person at a local media event and we’ve even had an opportunity to have lunch, a rare thing as neither Cacinda or Mike ever seem to be in town – one of the downsides of having fulltime travel blogging friends! Mr. Misadventures and I absolutely adore road trips so I really enjoy Mike’s blog!
Let’s meet Mike!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
Circumstances. The economic downturn of 2008 forced me to make some life-altering decisions. I never dreamed that my passion for travel would turn into a profession.
 What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
I love road tripping. Having the ability to go where you want, when you want is very liberating. I love to explore and see what is down those paths less traveled. I tend to gravitate toward upper scale lodging and fine dining, but I’m just as comfortable camping and fixing something to eat by a fire. I guess you could define me as a versatile traveler.
 Which country do you come from/call home?
 What do you crave from home when you are traveling?
Goose Down bedding and pillows.
 Tell us about your blog
Mike’s Road Trip is about discovering those hidden gems of the road and sharing them with other adventurous and discerning travelers. Whether you live vicariously or by example, we will do the exploring, so you can have an adventure!
 What do you love most about traveling?
Exploration. Learning. Culture. I think travel has been my greatest educator and is nourishment for the soul.
 What do you dislike about traveling?
 How do you prepare for a trip?
Depends on the trip and duration, but generally, I make a list of everything I have and want to see/do, with dates and lodging information. I make sure all of my hotel reservations, flights, car rental, etc. are in Tripit, an invaluable travel mobile app. I will often print out a map of all of my destinations so I have a visual idea of where I’m going. I like to have a destination in mind, but not a route. I make sure I am packed well in advance and arrive at the airport with plenty of time to check a bag and get through security.
 You have won the lottery, now tell us where you want to live.
Multiple places! The rural area of coastal Spain. Flat in Prague. Island retreat in Lombok.
 Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.
iPad. Camera gear. Snacks.
 What is your favorite article of clothing?
Hugo Boss suit.
 Your single most treasured personal possession.
Before I started shooting digital I created some photo albums of my travels. Each has not just photos, but things from my trips, i.e. tram or museum stubs, currency, etc. I used to keep track of the exchange rate during the trip so I can look back and compare.
 Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
Be sure this is what you really want to do, today there is so much competition and it is much more work than you think it will be. Really figure out and stick with a niche.
 Your favorite travel resource on the web?
Mike’s Lightning Round of Favorites
Airport: Bangkok or Phoenix.
Mode of Transportation: Car. Road Trips all the way!
Window or aisle: Aisle
Travel Gear: Drone
Travel snack: Nuts
Book: Atlas Shrugged, but travel related, maybe Travels by Michael Crichton
Movie: The Usual Suspects comes to mind.
Song: American Pie by Don McLean (favorite road trip song).
Quote: “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru