40.

40. Wow. How truly lucky I am to be able to say that I’ve been able to visit 40 countries in my (relatively) short time on this planet.

I really struggled with sitting this post because I don’t want to seem like I’m coming from a place of bragging, I just want to express my deepest sincerest gratitude to all of you who have contributed to this is some way or another.

If there’s anything that I’ve learned from all of these experiences, it’s that there is no better way to learn about who you are and what you value than by being forced to carry it all with you. In the pouring rain. Was that last Starbucks mug jammed in to the top of your bag worth it? (If you know how I feel about them you should know the answer to this).

I guess in my old age I’m getting wise (and sappy) but I am so greatful for all of these experiences. Being at the mercy of the universe (wifi, and bus/train schedules) really forces you to explore those deep dark corners of that thing in your head called your mind. And you learn a thing or two. (Maybe even 3 but that’s a stretch).

Back when I first started this blog, I saw travel (and in part this blog) as a peformative art. I needed to go here and there and do this and that for pictures and to show everyone at home what an amazing time I was having. Don’t get me wrong. I love posting me a good instagram. But, ive learned that that’s not travel. I have found, and firmly believe, that travel should be about you. I realize that I’m breaking this rule by writing this, but that is neither here not there. Travel isnt about where you’re going. It’s about the person you become along the way (oh and the people you meet too…). The most rewarding parts of travel are the dirty, nitty, gritty moments and those moments when you get to explore the deepest darkest corners of your brain. The ones you neglect to watch Netflix. The moments where you think you’re going to miss your train because there are loose animals on the 401. And you make it. It’s in those moments that you are reminded of what a tiny cog you are in the big wheel of the universe.

I’ll get off my soapbox now. But, before I do, to each and everyone of you who have made this possible know that I extend to you my deepest and utmost gratitude.

(Oh and here are some pictures from along the way cause apparently that’s what the people want)