Sup! Spence here, though Spencer M. Spellman is what my passport says. I’m a Freelance Travel Writer, who since flying by myself for the first time at age 8, just hasn’t been able to kick the travel addiction. What can I say? I’m a junkie. Growing up in the deep south, my southern drawl is my most distinguishing characteristic, no matter how hard I try to mask it on Twitter. Sometimes I like to say things like “holla”, “pimpin” and “playa”, but that front goes right out the window when you meet me in 3-D. I first started out in the travel industry as an Editor for travel guide publisher 10Best. I wrote, edited and managed 10Best’s social media and digital travel guide content for over 450 metros worldwide. I left 10Best to become a Freelance Travel Writer. I’m a regular contributor for multiple websites and publications, with my writing appearing for CheapOair, NileGuide, Uptake, AOL Travel, BootsnAll and the Matador Network. My travels have taken him from zip lining the rainforests of St. Lucia, to eating alligator tail in the Florida swamps to Vienna sausage eating contests in South Africa.
So that’s the travel part; so now what about the philosophy part? My first class in college was a Philosophy class, which I took for the sole reason that the class syllabus included watching several movies. I was sold when in the class description I saw “Bladerunner”. Unbeknownst to me, this involved watching the movies out of class, rather than in class. This got college off on the wrong foot. After a tumultuous relationship with my education major, I switched majors during my senior year to Philosophy, completing all of the course requirements in a year to graduate. I maintain that this was one of the best decisions I ever made. So I didn’t make myself marketable with my degree?! How many people actually use their bachelor’s degree in their career field?
I’m a single parent, hospice chaplain, Zen monk, ultra runner, snowshoer, endurance cyclist, certified endurance running coach, photographer, and lover of travelling, languages, and cultures.
Years ago when I was a young adult, I had a dream of raising my children in foreign countries and having them experience this amazing, large world. After years of working in intensive care, trauma, and with the dying, my family & life motto became Vivez sans regrets!(Live without regrets!) In that tradition, I decided now was the time to take my dream and make it a reality. To that end, in June 2011 I’ll be leaving my traditional work life and embarking on a round-the-world trip with my 9-year-old son (aka Tigger) followed by a move to Chiang Mai, Thailand. We’ll stay there for about a year and then we’ll decide what form the adventure takes next. Naturally, we’ll continue to explore the world from our Asian home base. I’ll be homeschooling Tigger, teaching languages, writing, photographing, and doing online and other work along the way.