NEW YORK – Today is the day.
In just hours from now I’ll be in the skies over the Atlantic Ocean and then over Europe in route to Tel Aviv, Israel, to begin my 65-day world adventure, which will be bringing me 12 countries, along with countless memories along the way through my 18,000 mile backpacking trip.
To say I’m excited would be an understatement, but to be honest, I truly don’t know what I’m feeling right now… besides by back aching already from the monsoon of a backpack that I’m taking with me… the only thing I’m taking with me for 65 days…
It’s weird: I’m leaving for more than two months with many flights and hostels booked, but that’s about it. I really don’t know what I’ll be doing on a daily basis while I explore these cities awaiting me; it’s all going to be an experience every day with many unknowns, which makes me all that much more excited for lies ahead.
For the past couple of months when I told myself I’m just going to go ahead with the trip and don’t look back with any regrets, my mind has been set on today – July 21 – as my motivation for basically everything I’ve been doing to be prepared for Israel, as I visit my best friend, Ron, for 10 days that I know I will never forget.
However, what hasn’t been on my mind is that there isn’t just Israel that awaits me, but 11 more countries after Israel, literally spanning thousands of miles around Europe – pretty crazy if you ask me.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Anthony Bourdain, who is one of my biggest role models in life and someone I attempt to emulate as best I can because I feel that Bourdain sure knows how to live his life – something I do my best to do each and every day.
“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain
Simply put: I am 22, I am physically fit and I’m hungry, very hungry to see what the world has to offer.
Talk to you soon from Israel my friends,