In 2005, it was clear that Guinness was incapable of taking a leadership role in this area, and that TCC wasn’t going to change any time soon, so the main goal was to fill a market need. I had spent thousands of hours painstakingly researching how to get to Guinness and DXCC destinations, and found very few resources online, and very few TCC members even aware of the parts of the world beyond the TCC list. Also, instead of concrete travel records, I had mostly been finding rumors and hearsay about top travelers. No one really knew who had been where, unless they had traveled together. My pursuit of Guinness and DXCC had truly opened my mind that there was more out there worth exploring than just the TCC list, so I aimed to expand people’s horizons as well, and in a communal way with group participation.
As a software person, I thought “can’t we just build a database for this?” TCC at the time was largely a paper-based organization, so my idea was that building a community around an accurate traveler database would solve all of these issues, and be a real benefit to others who aspired to ‘go everywhere,’ so they wouldn’t have to go through the pioneering which I had endured.
As for success, yes, I think that MTP has changed many people’s lives over time. Many of my goals for the community remain unfulfilled at present, but I think that the best years are yet to come. As with travel, there is always more to do…