I had always dreamed of traveling the world. As a child, I would pour over maps and dream of far-off places I wanted to visit. As I got older, that dream turned into a plan. I would save my money and take a year off to travel. That plan turned into action and at the age of 27, I quit my job, sold everything I owned and set off on a round-the-world trip.
I started my journey in Southeast Asia. I began in Thailand and then made my way to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. I was constantly amazed by the beauty of the countries I was visiting and the kindness of the people I met. I was also struck by the contrast between the developing countries I was visiting and the developed country I had come from. In the developed world, we take so many things for granted that are simply not available in the developing world. Things like clean water, reliable electricity and basic medical care.
After several months in Southeast Asia, I made my way to India. India was a huge shock to my system. The poverty, the pollution, the heat and the chaos were unlike anything I had ever experienced. But India was also a place of great beauty and incredible culture. I spent time in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Mumbai before heading to Kerala in the south of the country. Kerala was a welcome respite from the intensity of the north and I loved exploring the backwaters and spending time on the beach.
From India, I made my way to Nepal. Nepal was another place that was very different from anything I had experienced before. The Himalayan mountains were unlike anything I had ever seen and I loved trekking in the foothills. I also got to experience Nepali culture firsthand and I was struck by how friendly and welcoming the Nepali people were.
After Nepal, I made my way to Africa. I started in Tanzania where I went on a safari and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. I then made my way to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and finally South Africa. Africa was an amazing continent to travel and I was constantly amazed by the natural beauty and the diversity of the countries I visited. I also loved the wildlife and I got to see some incredible animals on my travels.
After Africa, I made my way to Europe. I started in Spain and then made my way to Portugal, Italy, Greece, Croatia and finally Iceland. Europe was a great contrast to Africa and I loved exploring the different cultures and countries. I also got to experience some amazing food and wine on my travels.
Finally, I made my way back to the United States. I ended my trip where I started it, in Southeast Asia. I spent a few weeks in Thailand and then made my way to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. I was so happy to be back in Southeast Asia and I was able to visit some places I hadn’t been able to on my first trip.
Overall, I had an incredible experience traveling the world. I saw some amazing places, met some incredible people and had some amazing experiences. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to do it.