I opened my first trading account in 1995 and with a few weeks of basic training I thought I was ready to trade! Within a month I blew my trading account! Realising my errors; no risk management, lack of knowledge... I still had a desire to succeed as a trader. I then enrolled in The Chartered Market Technician programme. Over the next two years I completed level I & II. During those two years I didn’t trade as I had no capital! I spent many, many hours studying charts and the course material. Then in 1997 I got a job as a technical analyst on a forex desk with a bank and so began the next chapter in my trading career. I traded forex and interest rates over the next 12 years and in 2009 I left the bank to do some traveling.
In 2004 my wife came up with this crazy idea of cycling from Cairo to Cape Town, at first I thought she was nuts, but soon liked the idea and over the next 7 years we started a few businesses and set ourselves up so that we could take the time off while still earning money.
In 2012 we did our cycle from Cairo to Cape Town and got hooked on cycle touring. Later that year we cycled around Thailand, the bug had bitten. Upon our return we sold our home in the city and moved to our beach house to set ourselves up as travelers. In 2013, after doing all that traveling the previous year, I was thinking about trading again, but now I wanted to trade as a private trader, so I could keep traveling. So began the next chapter of my trading career.