Hey, I’m Mark Wiens!
There’s nothing I enjoy more than eating and tasting food.
Migrationology.com is where people who travel to eat come to experience, and get a flavor for delicious food from around the world and from across cultures.
No matter what culture or country you’re from, or wherever you choose to visit or travel, you can be assured, food is extremely important.
And across the world, when you travel, there’s no better way to connect with other people, than through food.
So, what is Migrationology?
Migrationology is not about backpacking around the world, and it’s not about taking a one week vacation (however, it’s OK if it is).
It’s a more long term process.
I’ve covered the definition of Migrationology more on the Start Here page, but in short, Migrationology is about doing something you’re passionate about and learning and growing in that passion.
For myself, and I think for you too, I love to travel to eat, and there’s nothing I enjoy doing more than tasting food.
Migrationology.com is here to serve you mouthwatering food, but my other goal is to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone, set goals, and pursue what you’re most passionate about.
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Here’s my personal story…
I travel. I eat. I blog, take food photos, and make food videos.
And that about sums it all up.
Well… ok, there’s a little more to it than that…
First off, I’m a Christian and give God the glory in everything I do.
My parents, both of whom also really enjoy food, are the ones responsible for my love for food.
I was born in Phoenix, Arizona, attended my first year of school in the tiny town of Albertville, France, was home-schooled for 3 years in the jungle of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and attended a Christian international school (Rosslyn Academy) in Nairobi, Kenya for 8 years.
After high school, I returned to the US, attended Arizona State University, and graduated in 2008 with a bachelors degree in Global Studies.
During university my hunger to learn more about the world and eat more delicious food grew.
In 2008, right after graduating, I set off to travel through South America on a solo trip with few plans. I ended up taking a TESOL certificate course to teach English, and hiking through the mountains of Patagonia.
A few months later I returned to the US to attend my sisters wedding.
It was during that time, back in early 2009 when I decided to start a blog. With the help of about 10 cups of coffee per day, Migrationology.com was born.
I still wasn’t ready to get a job and stay put, so I caught a one way ticket to Bangkok, with no plans other than to eat as much as I could.
After traveling around Southeast Asia for about 6 months, I managed to just about spend all my money.
I was in the Philippines at the time, and I decided to catch a flight from Manila to Bangkok. I decided to get a job teaching English, and it didn’t take long before I signed a contract to teach English for a year.
However, English teaching was not for me (it was a great experience, but teaching English is just not my passion).
But during that year, I set a personal goal that I would never teach again, and that I would find a way to make a living on the internet, so I could travel (and eat) and earn money at the same time.
It wasn’t easy.
Every spare moment I would blog and sit glued in front of my laptop until my eyes went crazy.
At the beginning, when I made the decision to earn a living online, I’ll admit that I had to live on the cheap (really cheap). In fact, it took about 3 years before I really started making enough to live fully and support anyone other than myself.
But when you have a goal you’re working towards, you’ll do what it takes to get there.
In Thailand I met Ying, the most amazing girl in the world. We got married in July 2013, and she’s been traveling with me ever since.
Thank you for reading, and I’m really happy to meet you,
– Mark Wiens
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Mark Wiens has written for Lonely Planet and CNN Travel. His tips about food and travel have been featured in The New York Times, The Sunday Times, and Travel + Leisure Magazine.
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