October 2, 2011

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane, Will be Back in 80 days

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

She asks, Hello, business or pleasure?”
Well, actually… life crisis” I reply.
Sir, would you please come with us to—”
PLEASURE, I meant to say pleasure!”

When you are stay-at-home sort of person, traveling is something that puts you outside your comfort zone. If you shower before bed every night because you like to sleep clean, staying at a hostel is hell.

Although it isn’t.

I won’t lie, it’s not always comfortable, but the excitement of waking up and freaking out a little because you have no routine to hold onto makes it worth it. Or so I tell myself.

Travel MapTravel Map

On monday I leave on a 80 day trip around the world. It sounds way crazier than it actually is. What I’m really doing is going to a great friend’s wedding in India, and stopping along the way — before and after.

Why the big trip? The practical reason is that the insanely honest people at Opera somehow figured out that they owed me some money (a year after I stopped working there). Yeah, I know, I didn’t ask too many questions either.

But the real answer is that it seemed such a waste to literally travel to the other side of the planet and not take the long way there.

So, as you can see from the map above, rather than buying a ticket to India, I bought a round the world ticket from oneworld alliance.

And here’s the best part: at every stop (other than China at the moment) I’m meeting a friend. Not in the the whole world is my friend sense, but someone from high-school, college, BU, Oslo, even my sister and (no relation) godson.

How’s that for a global generation?


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