If you could live the life of your dreams, what would it be like? For me, it would look like a blur of ever-changing landscapes through windows of buses, planes, and trains. It would smell like freshly baked pastries in a foreign country. It would sound like laughter and a mix of languages in passing conversations. It would feel like freedom, like I’m living in a way that inspires me and makes me excited to be alive. This is what I’m hoping for this upcoming year.

Today I’m writing to you from yet another airport, awaiting a short flight to Andalucía from the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. Next to me is a 55 Liter backpack containing everything I will need for the next year of my life. This is the start of an exciting journey backpacking around the world.

Over the next 9-12 months, I will be traversing through Europe, South America, and Asia. I’m sure there will be ups and downs, all of which I want to share with you. So, best friends, much like a late night trip to Walmart in Mississippi, it won’t always be pretty but there will surely be stories to tell. Ready to take on the world with me? Vamos!