Reclining Buddha
That's me at the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand. Taken during the Songkran new year celebrations.

Three hundred sixty fucking five days. I can hardly believe it. I’m not sure I entirely believed I’d last for this long. And, actually, I was never really meant to (kind of). According to my original itinerary, I was supposed to be living & working in Australia by this point. Instead, I’m on the beach in Cambodia.

I’m not entirely sure where to begin in summarizing my one year abroad. And I definitely don’t know what to say about my future, because I just don’t know. In 52 weeks, these are some of my stats:

  • I’ve visited nine countries in 12 months: Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, India, Thailand, Laos & am currently in Cambodia
  • I’ve read 28 books, mostly fiction, though I’m now on a non-fiction kick
  • I’ve gone through two-and-a-half Moleskine journals (the pocket-size, square grid ones)
  • Nothing stolen, so far as I know
  • I’ve lost a few pieces of underwear in laundry & a Flip video camera (where did it go?!)
  • I’ve broken two cameras and one computer has died on me
  • I’ve been on 10 boat trips: a ferry from Spain to Morocco, a Nile River cruise, a tourist boat in the Bombay harbor, a Kerala backwaters cruise, the slow boat in Laos, four ferries in southern Thailand, and a 10-hour boat ride in Cambodia through some floating villages

There’s a lot more I’ve done obviously, but it’s hard to remember everything. Check back in a few days to see a list of all the silly travel rules I’ve broken.

Taj Mahal
The best photo of me at the Taj Mahal (and I look terrible) and some random chick jumped in at the last second. Photobombed!

The blog

I figured the easiest way to summarize my trip will be to simply rehash some of the stuff I’ve shared on this travel blog. Obviously I’ve had a lot more memories and experiences than what I’ve shared here, and sorry, but you’re just not going to get all of them!

Since departing for this trip, this blog has seen many ups and downs. For several months, I was hardly even blogging with just one or two posts a month. I’m so glad I decided to start this blog before I left and that I’ve mostly kept it up to date and informative. It’s been an incredible tool to learn and share new things, as well as for meeting other travelers.

These are some of my favorite posts from my last year of travel, if you want to play a bit of catch-up…

From Spain

From Morocco

  • The first place I visited in my ten days in Morocco was the beautiful blue medina of Chefchaouen.
  • Marrakesh quickly became one of my most favorite cities. I just fell in love with the sights & the sounds of the beautiful city. I also found quite a bit of design inspiration.
Kom Ombo Temple, Egypt
At one of about a gazillion temples I visited in Egypt. Loved being able to climb all over them, though.

From Egypt

  • Despite all the temples and pyramids, one of the sites I was most interested to visit in all of Egypt was the Alexandra Library. It didn’t disappoint!
  • The Sinai peninsula is home to one of my most favorite beach towns of the entire trip: Dahab where I sat and did nothing but talk to other people, read books & watch the moon rise each night over Saudi Arabia.
  • I also saw my most favorite sunrise of the past year on the peninsula – from the top of Mt. Sinai.

From Israel

Ajanta Caves
In India, I traveled a few days with two friends from Bombay to check out the famous Ajanta Caves. It was a fun trip & an amazing sight to see that many tourists skip.

From India

Ferry from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi
Waiting for the ferry from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi, I try out a make-shift rain cover for my bag (and my head). It was just a poncho I wrapped around my backpack.

From Southeast Asia

And some other stuff…

  • Turns out I’m pretty interested in making a difference in the world. Seems like it came out of nowhere once I started traveling, but maybe it’s been a part of me for a while and I was just ignoring it. Regardless, I contributed three small ways to make a big difference to an online eBook collection.
  • With my new-found spirit to change the world, I also found my voice defending my desire to leave home and travel long-term.
  • I swear I’m not always so high-minded. I like the fun stuff, too and that’s why I started a series about hipster cities around the world.

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