I left on my trip on May 27th 2014. At that time I was 33 years old, had completed an MA from NYU, and up until that point had held a management post in IT at NYU Medical Center. In my 13+ year tenure there I held multiple posts and worked for two wonderful departments.
Before undertaking this trip I had visited 21 countries. This is a number many consider impressive but I found it lacking. Each trip felt rushed and that I had only scratched the surface of learning about the culture, landscape, and history. So what stopped me from taking a trip of this magnitude sooner? I had a few barriers. The first was money. I never felt I had enough saved up to do it. Another barrier was graduate school. I was in a program much longer than I care to admit publicly and I couldn’t just throw all that work away. There was also the responsibility of my house and tenants. Finally, there was the fear of taking such a bold step.
With a lot of planning, budgeting, determination, and help from others, I have been fortunate enough to go on this wonderful trip. I don’t know how long it will last but while on it I hope to make the best of it.