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I realized as I started writing this some folks will think I sold my blog, podcast or some other craziness. None of that, I promise. I really appreciate everyone that has followed my blog for over a decade and this podcast for over two years.

But, I Need Your Help

Simple words, but sometimes hard for people to say.  We’ll dig more into that in a minute.  We’ve talked quite a bit over the years about various charities that I support.  I’ve been incredibly thankful for those that supported me when we raised money for LIVESTRONG, Komen, Pelotonia, Give Kids The World, the Jason Dahl Fund and more.  And, I need your help again.

The frequent travel world lost a friend recently.  I lost a friend.  And, it hurts quite a bit. Will Maxwell-Steele supported virtually every charity drive I’ve ever conducted in the travel world.  And, he participated in a big way.  Will didn’t do anything small, and that’s why I’m sincerely hoping we can make the discussion we’re about to have a big one.

As an aside, I got a couple great friends together to talk about why we started this initiative.  I hope you’ll listen:


What You Can Do

I’m hoping for two things from each of you.  It’s sorta 2-and-a-half, but let’s not quibble.

First, I hope you’ll consider a small donation to our charity drive to raise awareness about mental illness.  Help us support those that live with mental illness. And, will you please pass on this blog post to someone else?  We need to raise awareness and money.

That’s why we’re adopting the hashtag #wheretheresawill.  You’ll be seeing it on social media and I hope you’ll be hearing about it for quite some time.  It’s in memory of my friend Will, who I miss terribly.

Will always helped his friends in need which is why we chose NAMI.  For the 1 in 5 or nearly 60 million people living with mental illness, NAMI means more than hope. They provide real-time education and support, advocate at the national level, and raise awareness to ensure better lives for all of us.

Once again, I’m humbled by the generous folks in the travel community.  We already have folks who pledged $5,000 in matching funds for our fundraiser.  That means if you decide to forego a Starbucks latte this morning and instead donate that $5 to our charity drive, we’ll match it with $5, up to $5,000 in donations currently.  And, if you can’t afford to donate even a few dollars, then you can help by sending it to someone who can.  That’s sorta two asks wrapped into one.

And…

The second ask is harder.  I know it’s harder. Life is busy, we all have a million things on your plate.  But, here’s what I want you to do:

  1. Call someone you care about.  Don’t text, don’t e-mail.  Call them.  You know that hunk of electronics you carry around to check Twitter, Tik Tok and all that good stuff?  You can use it to make a phone call, too.
  2. When that person picks up the phone, ask them how they are.  “How are you?” It’s a pretty standard greeting.
  3. Now, I just want you to listen.  And, when they say, “Fine, how are you?”tell them that you really want to know how they are.

Take 5 minutes.  Call someone and check on them. That might be all they need to tell you that they’re really not okay.  Heck, they might even tell you how you could help.  If they did, I’d call that a huge win.

Safe travels, Will.