Returning to Cappadocia and getting to ride in another hot air balloon with Royal Balloon has been an emotional yet reflective experience for me. I’ve grown and changed so much both as a person and where this travel journey has taken me. Although I did plan my year of ‘escape from my 9-7 corporate life’ to begin in Turkey, I never thought it would come full circle and end here too. From my basket, I looked out over the rising sun in the rose valley, surrounded by colorful hot air balloons. I’ve realized that travel has indeed changed me (as much as I claimed it wouldn’t). I’ve learnt so much in the last 2 years. My whole outlook on life has changed, and I can’t wait to share everything that I’ve learnt about full-time travel and life on the road with you.
So I recapped half of 2016 yesterday and before the 2nd half turns to dust on my shelf, let’s go July to December 2016, along with a ton of pictures wheee.
In case you missed it, you can catch Part 1 here.
HAPPY 2017 (:
Whirlwind insane seems just about right to describe 2016. Crazy unbelievable world news that seem to keep fronting the media aside, making each seem more incredulous than the next, I have a lot to be thankful for in 2016 and look forward to in 2017.
With every passing New Year’s eve/day of year’s past, it doesn’t change the fact that it is still the most overrated day of the year. Partying up the festivities and getting tipsy on $1 beers and $2 cocktails is all fun and games but sitting down and reflecting on the year that has past seem to be more up my alley these days.
The Peruvian Andes had never been on my bucket list of things to do – until now. Cordillera Huayhuash is consistently among the 10 Best Hikes in the world and after 9 days in the Andes, I can definitely see why.
Persistently reluctant by part instinct part fear to confront the ghosts of India’s past, taking on this 9 day hike did not even cross my mind for a second. Preparing to hang up my hiking boots after two 3D2N hikes and 2 day hikes, I was pretty happy with the strides I had taken to overcome that torrid love affair with the mountains.
We had made our peace.
‘I want to learn Spanish!’ – said everyone who ever travelled through Central and South America, or just, America. To me, America meant the USA, but here America refers to the whole continent, both North and South America. USA is Estados Unidos – in Spanish. Also the most difficult country to pronounce in Spanish…but that was to be the first of the many difficult things in Spanish.