After 8 months, 13 countries, 8000 miles over sea, 7000 miles over land, and countless memories my trip has come to an end. So how do I feel now that it’s over?
Mostly I feel fortunate and grateful that I was able to do what I did. I left San Francisco with a one-way ticket to Bali and basically zero plans. It was my intention to stay very flexible, take advantage of whatever opportunities presented themselves, and see what would happen. I was super lucky that I was able to travel through Bali one of my best friends and his fiancé, that I was able to share a boat with some amazing people across the Indian Ocean (and that we made safely in one piece), and that two of my best friends were able to fly to Africa from SF and drive half way across the continent with me. There’s no way I could have planned as good of a trip as what I ended up experiencing and I’m thankful for that.
Since I’ve been back I’ve been asked a lot ‘does it feel weird to be back’?
For the first couple weeks the answer was no. I was visiting family, went to my best friends bachelor party and wedding, it basically felt like an extension of my travels. Now that I’m back home in San Francisco and am dealing with real world tasks like finding work and housing, it does feel kind of weird. I think one of the things I’m having a hard time adjusting to is the mindset everyone is in. As I’ve been catching up with old friends and colleagues, many of whom work in tech, it’s striking how passionate and how locked in everyone is to their work. That’s one of the things I love about the tech industry and that initially drew me in to it, but after spending the last 8 months as a wandering traveler socializing mostly with other wandering travelers it’s taking some time to adjust back to this mindset.
Another question people ask a lot is ‘has this changed you? did you have some sort of epiphany?’
Sure I’ve changed, as anyone does over the course of almost but a year, but I don’t think the travel brought on some sort of hugely dramatic change in who I am or any big epiphanies. I’m still not really sure what I want to do with my life, much like when I left, though I personally don’t view that as a bad thing because it’s a result of having a lot of really awesome options. The main thing I have learned during my travels, besides how to sail and spearfish, is a much better understanding of what I like and what I don’t like. I’m much better equipped to be happy than I was before, and I don’t think I could have learned anything much more valuable than that.
I’m not 100% sure what will be next for me, but I’m excited to find out.