A MID-life crisis saw Mike Ferris quit his job and jump on a plane.
He travelled to the Himalayas, bought a motorbike, and hasn't looked back - spending the past 20 years running motorcycle safaris across the globe with his wife Denise.
Now the former Launceston man is on TV.
A six-part television series titled World on Wheels, which premieres on 7Mate at 1pm today, follows the Ferrises as they lead tourists on motorbike holidays around the world.
Ferris said each episode would be dedicated to a different destination that his company, Ferris Wheels, conducted tours to - Nepal, Turkey, Shangri-La, the Andes, Northern Africa and the Dalmatian Coast.
Ferris is a former St Pats College and Launceston Matriculation student, and also worked as a computer technician for TNT Examiner, which is now Southern Cross Television.
At age 37, he left his job and headed for Nepal.
"Call it a mid-life crisis if you will," he said.
"But I literally fell into motorcycling in Nepal, and decided that's what I wanted to do."
He met Denise on an international flight, and the pair soon married and teamed up to create their international tourism venture.
"I tell people I haven't done a day's work in 20 years," Ferris said.
"What we do is a profession, it's a career, but my office changes on a weekly basis.
"We're in the mountains one day, in Iceland the next."
Ferris said he and Denise were approached by a production company four years ago with the idea for the World on Wheels series.
The show has since been bought by the ABC for a five-year contract encompassing worldwide distribution, and has already been aired in Russia, China, Brunei, Singapore and New Zealand.
Today's first episode will take viewers across the Himalayas on the highest road in the world, deep in the remote Indian region of Kashmir.
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