Doug's first travels took him to Israel in 1981 with his confirmation class. The following year he partook in a program with the Experiment in International Living, where he lived with a family in Frankston, Australia for a month and for a couple weeks on a sheep farm on the North Island of New Zealand. That set a wanderlust in his heart that was unstoppable.
After a year break from travels, Doug went to Scandanavia in 1984 with the Experiment in International Living. Experiencing the cultures and meeting the locals in Sweden, Denmark and Norway and Finland quenched his thirst for something new and different.
It would be a long break until 1993, when Doug would venture to Europe for 5 months. Discovering Europe via Eurorail was an amazing experience to visit cities and many countries. He stayed with a friend in Berlin, Germany, to use as a base while he visited Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, England, Wales, Luxembourg and The Vatican.
Doug's travels continued for years until he realizes he wanted to become an author.
DOUG THE AUTHOR:
The beginning of writing "Cambodia Fire".The book about Douglas' many journeys to Cambodia, starting with his first trip back in June, 1997
The release of "The Adventures of Carrie the Koala and Karl the Kangaroo", a children's book. The Adventures of Carrie the Koala and Karl the Kangaroo are about two Marsupials in Australia that take a bus ride from a city to the end of the line in The Outback for an amazing adventure of living, growing, learning and experiencing all that life has to offer beyond their wildest and crazy dreams. Karl dreams of learning to fly and surf definitely sets him apart from his other Kangaroo buddies as he explores the skies and oceans off the coast of Port Augusta, Australia. Carrie’s dreams come to fruition as she learns that she doesn’t have to fit the self-imposed confines of what a Koala has to live by.
More books are in the works about Travel & Adventure by Doug Mendel.
Well-traveled, Doug’s passport has been stamped by over 50 countries. Douglas Mendel lived in the Colorado Rockies for 20 plus years, where the beauty, peace and tranquility fed his soul and provided inspiration for his writings as an Author & Philanthropist. Then in 08/15, Doug moved to The Hill in Washington, DC to live with his fiancee. Education Background: Graduated from Redwood High School (1983) (Robin William, class of '1969 R.I.P ), Humboldt State , CA (1990), Colorado Mountain College, EMT - Basic (1995).
1997 - The Douglas Mendel Cambodian Relief Fund was created to fulfill a void in delivering much needed supplies and gear to 7 towns in the country of Cambodia. Some of the supplies include Bunker Coats, Bunker Pants, Bunker Boots, Helmets, Gloves, Nomex Hoods and Radios for firefighting communication. Supplies have been delivered to Sihanoukville, Prey Nop, Kampot, Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap and Ban Lung (Ratanakiri Province).
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