My name is Eric Men, and I live in Dallas, Texas. Here on Eric Explores the World, I share trip reports, travel tips, and behind-the-scenes content from my travels and adventures.

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Dobbins Lookout, Phoenix, Arizona.

Travel is something I have been interested in ever since childhood. At 18 months old, I took my first trip – visiting Taiwan, my family’s country of origin. All throughout growing up, while going on trips with family, I would remember myself enjoying the experience of getting to visit different places, whether that was touring NASA in Houston or relaxing at the beaches of Tampa. When we flew, I would see the pilots of our flights doing their job and think to myself how cool that would be to soar in the sky and venture to different cities. I took all this as an early sign of my love for both aviation and travel. In high school, I decided to make my dreams a reality by taking flight lessons, earning my private pilot license on my 17th birthday and eventually my commercial license at 18. Currently, I am in the process of building flight time to be an airline pilot.

Saw this Vietnam-era F-111 fighter jet just sitting here outside the airport of the central Texas town of Brownwood.

After becoming a pilot, I began flying to various cities and small towns both within Texas and out-of-state to build flight time, a venture that has since turned into a goal to explore every single county in the Lone Star State. Although general aviation is one of the main factors that has allowed me to see many places, I am also a big lover of road trips and really any form of travel in general. Exploring the world and crossing destinations off your bucket list, whether near or far, is something that is within anyone’s reach with some planning. Travel really can be as economical as it is fun!

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