Good day and welcome to Travel Thru My Eyes. I’m Mike Hopkins; a dreamer with a passion for travel, and a man who was tired of being told when I was hungry and "you're too young to retire". Already retired from the US Air Force, I knew the part about "too young" was bogus. So now I had to find a way to keep my dreams alive. So, what’d I do? Gave up the air conditioned office with a view and built this blog to share my views of this world we call home. Now my ‘office’ view is always changing; today it may be home in Florida, but tomorrow it may be someplace else in the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, or some other country. Traveling has been a major part of my adult life, now I’ll share these experiences in this blog and through print and online publications with words and photos. My travels will be a combination of leisure travels and as a house/pet sitter. As a house sitter, I stay in one location for extended periods of time, thus living like a local, seeing things not normally seen by tourists. On many of my journeys I travel solo and in doing such, some of my stories may be of familiar places, but have a solo traveler twist. So it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a freelance travel writer and photographer to write about some exotic or not-so exotic place or a house/pet sitter to take care of your property and pets while you see the world through you own eyes; you’ve come to the right place.