Again, I’m late with the 2016 wrap-up stuff, but we’re not too far into the year yet, right?
As we all know, 2016 was a pretty tough year globally, and it seems, personally too for a lot of people. Since I decided not to do a 2016 wrap-up myself, I asked 4 other blogger friends for help (so yeah, blame them actually!).
So here are a collection of stories on the biggest defining moment in 5 bloggers’ lives in 2016.
Dan from Dan Flying Solo
This year was defined by both a breakup and losing a visa. In just one day I lost the person, and the country, I loved the most. It was a stark reminder of how quickly life can change, especially in a transient life of travel.
At first, I wanted to get on a flight and be on my own, a quiet beach, crashing waves and a million miles away from all my problems. Luckily, I had a change of heart and realised what I needed the most was friends.
Travel isn’t a perfect path; things go wrong and it is usually when we are most out of our comfort zone. Craving the familiar and friendly faces, I planned some mad road trips for the months ahead and completely fell in love with this style of traveling.
Whilst I didn’t have the chance to interact with locals as much as I would normally, spending 10 days plus in a car with friends (and new friends) exploring a country was an incredible experience. Whilst road tripping through Montenegro, I saw canyons that looked like movie sets, drove through the clouds and found friends for life. After that, I hopped on a flight to Oman to spend time with someone I knew off Instagram. We laughed, cried and screamed our way through the natural Wadis, the incredible mountain ranges and slept under the stars in the desert.
The most signification moment of 2016 for me was realising that although travel can’t heal everything, it really is a perfect way to bring people together, make new connections and give you that gentle nudge onto the next step in life. Bring on 2017!