Bill Michelon is a leader in the world of entrepreneurship and digital solutions. His extensive background, both as an employee and now a business owner, has given him more than a decade’s worth of valuable experience that sets him apart from others in this field. Michelon’s recent forays into the world of cryptocurrency and tailored digital marketing strategies for clients are just two of the exciting new directions that his professional career is taking. Bill believes in mentoring students and those new to the digital marketing space, and has a special place in his heart for philanthropic causes, especially those that impact veterans and young businesspeople.
What is your hobby?
Right now, I’d say two: Traveling and immersing myself in the world of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. But to be honest, the latter is really more work and career oriented, so travel probably is my actual hobby.
How did you get started with this hobby?
I took a trip to the Bahamas as one of my first major vacations and it really gave me the bug for exotic, unusual travel. I realize a trip to the Bahamas is not all that unusual, but it led me to literally fall in love with travel as a way to unwind and give my brain a deep rest from the rigors of a high-speed work life.
What inspired you?
Just watching other international travelers and seeing how much they enjoyed going to unusual, hard-to-reach spots made me want to see what it was all about.
Tell us what you love about it.
Traveling to little-known, interesting places takes you out of yourself, and helps you actually stand back and see your entire life in perspective. A trip to Iceland, for example, and getting to know some of the locals while spending time in the hot springs was an unforgettable experience.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
I’m in a few travel clubs that offer discounts on tickets to exotic, relatively unknown or little-visited places.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
Quite the contrary, extensive travel teaches you how to get by on less, whether that means material goods, food, creature comforts, and all the typical consumerist stuff we tend to rely on in the industrialized world.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
I either make or purchase travel-specific items. When I buy things that I can’t make, like rain ponchos, energy bars, or camping equipment, I look for bargains online, in local shops or in my closet.
Are there any good books for beginners?
“Video Night in Kathmandu,” by Pico Iyer is one of the best books on travel. Not only does Iyer convey the essence of what travel can teach us, but he is able to do so in a humorous, intriguing way.
How has this changed your life?
I think travel gives me a deeper perspective about live and makes me a better entrepreneur because my mind always feels so sharp and ready to work after a good trip.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
Research a few places that you’ve always wanted to go, and keep an open mind about the fact that your research might lead you to other spots.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
I am currently exploring how to become more philanthropic, and learn more about crypotocurrency and the best ways to invest.