On January 18, 2017, my boyfriend Andy and I said goodbye to the U.S. and embarked on our round-the-world backpacking journey. We’ve now been traveling for over two months, and I intend to catch up and post about each destination! First, though, some notes about the trip itself.
From infancy, I’ve always been a curious person, and starting flying on planes before my first birthday. An interest in travel was all but guaranteed. My family traveled domestically (and later, internationally); I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain; I taught abroad in Daegu, South Korea, post-graduation. During all of these pursuits, I met others from around the globe and was inspired by many of their (seemingly ordinary) travels. Being an American office-worker, trips of over 10-11 days seemed out of reach… something only a European or Australian could really dream of. I was working as a DC fundraiser and wanted to see more of the world, and for longer stretches of time – so I could really dig deep into the local food, culture and countryside. And so – a plan was born… Andy and I would go backpacking around the world. Consider it a sabbatical from the working world.