International Insights: Steve May Jr.
Steve loves travel and hockey. He has taken those passions and created a great outlook on life and shares it with the world.
Steve and his wife have created a project called 365 Days of Travel. Each day, they drop a brand new story of someone traveling to a cool place on earth. With their lifestyle and this project, they inspire many around the globe to travel.
Name: Steve May Jr.
Originally From: Massachusetts
Where call home now: Massachusetts and Germany
Occupation: Student/ Golf course maintainer/ Travel Enthusiast
Increase Freedom (IF) - Tell me about yourself:
Steve Jr. May - I am a lover of travel, ice hockey, family, life-time learning and making a positive impact while I am here walking this earth. My wife and I enjoy taking trips, cooking, relaxing walks and of course just hanging out and chilling. I was introduced to travel at an early age through small trips to New Hampshire and around New England with my parents and I always remember enjoying being away from home for the weekend and gaining fun experiences. Later on in life, after joining the Army, I was truly introduced to the aspect of travel and really meeting people from totally different cultures. My love for travel and gaining new knowledge is forever growing and I hope that it continues to do so. I have made a ton of mistakes, but I use those lessons (most of the time) to help guide me towards my goals and dreams. I’m here to help.
IF - What’s the coolest place or experience you’ve been that you didn’t get a picture of?
Steve - I got a chance to jet ski in the Persian Gulf – between the UAE and Qatar. We had pictures but I dropped my hard drive. It was a great time.
IF - What was the last gift you gave and to who?
Steve - A book to my friend Nate.
IF - If you could unite the entire country with one mission for the next 5-10 years, what would it be?
Steve - I would say that everyone should get out and travel a bit more. Traveling allows us to gain new perspectives and strip prejudices that without travel may never be possible. When you travel and come back home, in my opinion, the knowledge gained makes you more valuable to your community.
IF - What do you think about when it’s most quiet in your day?
Steve - Family, travel
IF - What is the quote you try to live your life by?
Steve - Teamwork makes the dream work.
Name your top 3 Bucketlist items:
- Buying a house and land
- Creating a lifestyle where I can travel back and forth from Europe and the US to be with both US and German families.
IF - What’s the thought process when you make life changing decisions?
Steve - I usually go off of instinct and how I feel about the decision. Talking with someone and getting advice (whether I take it or not) is also usually part of the process.
IF - If you could implant one simple idea into the brain of anyone that meets you, what is it?
Steve - Let’s make this world a better place.
You’re stranded on an island and you don’t know if you’ll get rescued. You find a box with 2 books in it, what two books do you hope to find in the package and why?
- One empty book so I could write a book about being stranded on an island. ...ahhhh but what if there is no pen??
- “Super Rich” by Russel Simmons
IF - What’s your favorite travel memory?
Steve - My favorite travel memory was hiking from Kenmare to Killarney, Ireland with my wife and proposing to her near the end. I kept waiting for the perfect moment, which I found the point on the map, but it never showed up. I passed so many incredible spots but it turned out to be a great location and timing for the huge milestone in our lives.
IF - What is one thing most people get wrong about you until they really know you?
Steve - They think that I am really serious.
IF - Travel accessory you take everywhere you go:
Steve - Glasses
IF - What was your favorite song when you were 16?
Steve - Forgot About Dre - Eminem
IF - You win two 1st-Class tickets to anywhere in the world, where do you go and with who?
Steve - Asia with my wife. Maylasia, Phillipeans, Indionesia.
IF - What is the pivotal moment in your life that you’re most grateful for?
Steve - Not breaking my neck in a hockey accident. I went hard head-first into the boards and It scared the crap out of me, inspiring some radical life changes.
You find a magic lamp, what are your first 2 wishes?
- Health for my family and friends
- Gind a doctor that can unlock the full potential of the cannabis plant and it’s many health benefits and hopefully cure cancer etc..
IF - When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried and what was it about?
Steve - A conversation last week at work while we were sitting around discussing the days work. I do not remember the context but we were all dying laughing.
IF - At age 75, what do you want to look back on that you’re most proud of?
Steve - Making the decision to follow through with my goals in 2018 that helped springboard me, my family, and friends into a more fulfilled life. (which will lead to more things that I will look back and be proud of at 75)
IF - If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
Steve - An eagle. I’ve dreamt of flying. I would love to fly one day.
IF - What’s your favorite travel app?
Steve - Google. (does this count? lol)
IF - What is the best life advice you would like to share with people?
Steve - Stress is a killer. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
IF - What is the best travel advice you would like to share with people?
Steve - Learn a bit of the language of the destination that you are visiting. It truly will gain you respect from the locals, no matter how good or bad you do. It’s the trying that counts.
IF - What world problem would you like solved right now?
Steve - I would like for no one to be (truly) hungry. I can’t imagine what it is like, but I do not wish that upon anyone.