In my first year of travel, the very best thing has been the people that I have met up with along the way. The friends and family I visited on my road trip gave me a chance to take another look at my past and remember where I have been. I met up with old elementary school, high school, and college friends, old co-workers and people I had met on previous travels. And family too! I was able to spend time with family members that my old day-to-day life didn’t give me the time to do. I am so grateful for this.
I want to give a shout out to my four friends who have come to visit me after I left the US. Jessica, Nicole, Craig and Sabeena, your visits meant more to me than you could ever know. You all remind me that no matter how I travel or where I go, I will always have my friends and family only a flight away. Love you guys.
And finally, my new friends. I knew I would meet people along the way, but I had no idea how many bonds I would form in a short period of time. I have met people in this last year that I know I will be in touch with for the rest of my life. Some people I lived with for months, and others I met only once that have touched my life, opened my eyes, and changed my world. For this I am truly grateful.
Ok, so that is my “people” recap. If I have left anyone out, I apologize. I realize that I forgot to take pics with some very important people I spent time with like Kristen in Boston, Toby in Connecticut and Nicole in Guatemala, but I remember and think about all of you. I promise to continue to meet new friends and try my best to keep up with everyone.
And for the next year of my travels? Who knows? I am in Nicaragua for awhile, and I plan on getting back to New York for a visit sometime this summer. The plan is to be in Asia by the fall. I can’t wait to see where year 2 takes me. Sending love and hugs to everyone!