After almost 40 years working in the tourism industry (theme parks, resorts and hotels), I decided to retire, in 2012, to pursue my passions – traveling and travel education.
I love to visit the unique historical sites around the world, marvel at the architecture, sample the regional foods, interact with the local people, understand their customs, and enjoy the one of a kind festivals and events. There’s so much to see and experience around the world and so little available time and money to enjoy it.
I have been to some really inspiring places – Petra, Angkor Wat, the Great Wall, Burma, the Holy Land, the Running of the Bulls, Oktoberfest among others – all on my own (sometimes with a few family members), planned by myself. I did what I wanted to do. I can’t imagine traveling any other way.
I love planning my own travel. You might only visit a place once in your lifetime. It would be a shame to find out you missed something pretty awesome. I thoroughly research the area I am planning to visit. Then I tediously figure out the logistics – how to get into the country, getting there and around, where to stay, what to eat, how am I going to call home, etc. Making sure I cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s. I find the whole travel planning process to be challenging and a lot of fun.
Having a full-time job, my travels were limited to the amount of vacation I had on the books. I had to get the most that I could out of every trip. The trip planning process became critical. As I planned one trip after another, I realized there was no template out there to guide the process. I found relevant information in guide books, from others who had traveled there before and from the internet. It was a long and tedious process. The result of all this effort was a really enjoyable and successful trip each time.
And that’s what leads me to my new venture – organizing and simplifying the travel planning process and developing a travel reference guide. To take this enjoyable but fairly tedious process and make it simple and easy to complete within a reasonable time frame.
How did the website name come about?
My – because developing a good travel plan and having a successful trip is “my” responsibility (no one else’s)
Travel – it’s the main theme here
Op – this could be short for Opperman (my last name), or Opportunities, or Options – what do you think?
Thanks for visiting the site. I hope that I can develop a product that will be helpful to many as they develop their dream trips around the world.
John “My Travel Op” Opperman
Site Admin: Kyle Opperman
E-mail: Kyleeopperman@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org