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Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

Muddy Shoe Adventures

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Michael's work combines: Travel, Education, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Chief Adventure Officer

Help people use travel experiences to transform their life.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    International Business/Trade/Commerce

    University of Delaware

  • Graduate Degree

    International Business/Trade/Commerce

    Pepperdine University

  • Doctorate

    Education, General

    Pepperdine University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Travel Guides:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Graduate Degree: Tourism and Travel Services Management

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Went to Costa Rica for study abroad in undergrad.

  • 2.

    Took a job doing graduate admissions and recruiting.

  • 3.

    Went to grad school myself.

  • 4.

    Worked for 6 years as an organizational development consultant and coach.

  • 5.

    Completed my doctorate in education.

  • 6.

    Started Muddy Shoe Adventures.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    You should be an engineer or an architect or a baseball player or a (fill in the blank)...anything OTHER than what it was that I wanted to be!

  • How I responded:

    Using travel experiences to connect deeply to who I am and what it is that I want -- What will bring me a sense of passion, purpose, and meaning in life.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Taking on the burden of student loan debt while knowing that the career I wanted (travel + education + coaching/counseling) was never going to make me a ton of money.