So wow. Two years. I remember when I was finding pictures and writing my anniversary post last year. Not to be all cliché, but I can’t believe how fast the time goes by.
Looking back on my 2nd year of travel, though I visited a decent number of places (both new and old), this was undisputedly the year of family. If the first year was the year of exploration and finding our groove as nomadic travelers, this year, family definitely took top priority over travel.
The year started off with D and I visiting our families in Taipei and China, respectively. Not too soon after that, we flew to Europe to once again see his family in Poland. We had 3 months in Europe planned but unfortunately, I cut my plans short to fly home to Los Angeles when my sister fell seriously ill. I said “unfortunately”, but really it was one of the best things that happened this past year because as scary as the whole ordeal was, we became closer than ever.
After she was all well and recovered, I resumed my travels, only to make another huge change of plans when my grandfather passed away a few months later, resulting in a spur-of-the-moment trip back to Beijing to be with family.
(On a side note, I swear, I’m going to stop announcing my travel plans because as soon as I do, something happens to derail it :P).
So that was Year Two in a nutshell. Even though a lot of it didn’t end up being how I planned and my family went through some unpleasant events, I don’t regret these changes at all.
In fact, these trips home ended up being my most special moments. I am truly grateful for the amount of time I was able to spend with my sister in LA and my family in Beijing. Travels and countries can all be redone, but absolutely nothing can replace this kind of time.
So in keeping with the tradition I started last year, here is a look at Year Two of travel presented in a massive mosaic! One picture for each week. Hover over each for a caption of the week + location, or click to enlarge!
So yeah. Two years! This is quite a significant milestone for me. Two years was the amount of time my company back in Los Angeles gave me to come back to work. I am thankful for the generous policy, and it is quite a difficult (and perhaps, stupid) decision to choose not to take advantage of it. I’m not going to lie and say that I never feel scared about the future, but I’m sure I will find a way to make this work. Now, I feel truly cast out into this world, no more safety net, no more backup plan. There’s only one way to go from here.
So yikes… here we go into year three! :)
P.S. Head over to A Compass Rose to see my top 10 favorite travel destinations in 2 years of travel!