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Daraius: When I started blogging in 2011, I was captivated by travel. I shared a quote by St. Augustine:
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
I’ve always liked St. Augustine, for his indulgent ways, love towards the poorest and weakest, and his famously glib prayer: “Lord give me chastity and continence, but not yet.”
I wanted to go as far away as I could, exploring, seeking, searching, eating, seeing, smelling, and tasting. I wanted new experiences, new sensations, and new ways of living. I felt alive when I traveled!
And I traveled a lot. Africa. Iceland. India. Bali. Sydney. I’ve been extremely blessed and grateful for all the places I’ve visited, and memories I’ve made using miles and points! I never thought it possible that a regular guy like me could travel to all these places for cheap.
In some ways a lot of that travel was an escape – especially after Emily and I separated. An escape from being present with what life brought my way. An escape from feeling sad, confused, angry, and frustrated.
I’d like to spend more time digging deeper into the stuff which excites me! I want to be a coach – be it small and first-generation business owners, coaching folks who can’t afford regular coaching, or mediating. And I want to spend more time with my family.
I’ve been tremendously lucky to have you amazing readers over the last 7 years. I love reading your success stories. And seeing pictures filled with joy and excitement on your faces. Every day, I am very, very grateful to you for trusting Emily, our team, and me. Consider each of you hugged!
I struck gold with the Million Mile Secrets team. I can’t imagine a more awesomely amazing group of men and women! They work hard, are smart and motivated, and have high integrity.
They’re extremely accomplished and don’t have to work at Million Mile Secrets if they don’t want to. For example, one team member previously taught pilots how to fly planes, and another worked as an engineer at Boeing. And yet they decide to be with Million Mile Secrets!
Most importantly, thank you Emily for motivating me to start writing the blog. You stayed up late to proofread my posts. You were patient and motivating. Loving, caring, and kind. Thank you for encouraging my dream and painstakingly working behind the scenes to make sure everything was running.
Oh, and for letting me take lots of pictures of you and publishing them on the internet for everyone to see. You even filled in for me in comments and email! <cough, cough>
So, as difficult as this is, I will no longer be involved with the management and writing of Million Mile Secrets. Our amazing team will continue to write excellent posts, and will showcase their unique way of having Big Travel with Small Money.
As for me, I am looking forward to more time to spend with family and friends, doing more of what inspires me, and discovering the mystery of myself.
And men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought. – St. Augustine
With all my love and gratitude,
What Million Mile Secrets Means to Me
Emily: Traveling is making memories with those you love. It’s having experiences that are worth more than any fancy car or mansion. It’s learning something new about yourself, and others.
It’s seeing how life can be lived in a completely different way than you ever imagined. Traveling stretches you in ways you never knew. It makes you a better person because you are more aware.
And when you come back to reality, your bed never felt nicer. 🙂
The goals of Million Mile Secrets have always been the same and won’t ever change, no matter who is steering the ship. It’s to create opportunities to travel for those who never thought it was possible.
We’ve changed peoples’ lives like I never imagined. Tina, a Million Mile Secrets fan, took her 77-year-old mother to England to see her childhood home and meet her family there. It had been ~40 years.
Another Million Mile Secrets fan named Keith booked a trip for himself and his wife (who suffers from chronic migraines) to celebrate their 30 year wedding anniversary. There are countless stories like this that we hear from readers all the time.
Daraius started the blog to inspire people to live life to the fullest by traveling. Now, he’s being inspired in different ways that have taken him away from the blog – so that he can live his own life to the fullest.
He still cares very much for all of you and for the team running it. He’s very grateful for the opportunity to have been part of such an amazing community.
I know that the blog will continue to grow and reach more people than it ever has. We have an amazing team working behind the scenes who have always treated the blog “baby” as their own. I look forward to you all getting to know our team better in the future.
Daraius – I know you will continue to do amazing things in your life because you always have. You take care of others and want the best for them. Every day, you strive to be the best version of yourself.
You will continue to change lives because you have certainly changed all of ours. I’m excited to see where this next adventure takes you!