2015 TRAVEL REFLECTION
As 2015 comes to an end, I thought it would be fun to look back at all of the places I’ve visited this year. It was an incredible 188 days spent traveling, and I’m hoping it’s just the start of many more adventures. I started out the year in Southeast Asia, spent the summer in Europe, added on a few stops in the US, and I’m ending it in Canada. When it’s all said and done I will have been on 35 flights this year, probably my least favorite part about traveling. I visited 4 states, 11 countries (2 of them twice), and too many cities to count.
I visited places I have been dreaming about for years, had experiences I could never have imagined, and met some of the most wonderful people. O’ the stories I could tell! This year has enriched my life beyond explanation. I look back at each stop with fondness, longing, and an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
I’m frequently asked about my favorite places, but it’s hard to chose just one. Myanmar had the biggest impact, Hanoi was the best place to live and work, Luang Prabang was charming, Utah felt otherworldly, Ireland was a cut above the rest, and Paris was Paris. Instead of talking about it at length, I thought a little visual journey would be fitting (with two open spots for my next stops Quebec City and Montreal).
What’s next for me? My plan for the upcoming year is to continue to work independently interspersed with light travel every few months. Ultimately I still have control over my time and location, and I’m excited to see how it will all come together. I have a few projects and commitments in the Spring, so I’m sure my butt will be firmly planted in Louisiana until then. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be planning my next destination.
To everyone who supported me on my little adventure, followed my travels, and sent me well wishes, I thank you. It’s been a fun ride, and I’m hoping it’s just the beginning.