The Last Five Years of My Life…

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1Victoria, Canada
2Campbell River, Canada
3Victoria, Canada
4Seattle, United States
5San Diego, United States
6Waikiki, United States
7Haleiwa, United States
8Turtle Bay Resort, United States
9Kaneohe, United States
10Kailua, United States
11Manoa, United States
12Seattle, United States
13Victoria, Canada
14Hornby Island, Canada
15Campbell River, Canada
16Vancouver, Canada
17Seattle, United States
18Edmonton, Canada
19Patong, Thailand
20Kata, Thailand
21Perth, Australia
22Broome, Australia
23Fitzroy Crossing, Australia
24Halls Creek, Australia
25Kununurra, Australia
26Perth, Australia
27Esperance, Australia
28Perth, Australia
29Kununurra, Australia
30Timber Creek, Australia
31Katherine, Australia
32Darwin, Australia
33Katherine, Australia
34Tennant Creek, Australia
35Townsville, Australia
36Cairns, Australia
37Port Douglas, Australia
38Cape Tribulation, Australia
39Port Douglas, Australia
40Cairns, Australia
41Christchurch, New Zealand
42Kaikoura, New Zealand
43Blenheim, New Zealand
44Renwick, New Zealand
45Wairau Valley, New Zealand
46Blenheim, New Zealand
47Nelson, New Zealand
48Richmond, New Zealand
49Murchison, New Zealand
50Punakaiki, New Zealand
51Greymouth, New Zealand
52Franz Josef, New Zealand
53Fox Glacier, New Zealand
54Haast, New Zealand
55Wanaka, New Zealand
56Queenstown, New Zealand
57Invercargill, New Zealand
58Bluff, New Zealand
59Gore, New Zealand
60Dunedin, New Zealand
61Oamaru, New Zealand
62Lindis Pass, New Zealand
63Clyde, New Zealand
64Cromwell, New Zealand
65Wanaka, New Zealand
66Lake Hawea, New Zealand
67Haast, New Zealand
68Franz Josef, New Zealand
69Greymouth, New Zealand
70Arthur's Pass, New Zealand
71Christchurch, New Zealand
72Blenheim, New Zealand
73Picton, New Zealand
74Wellington, New Zealand
75Taupo, New Zealand
76Auckland, New Zealand
77Whangarei, New Zealand
78Paihia, New Zealand
79Whangarei, New Zealand
80Auckland, New Zealand
81Victoria, Canada
82Vancouver, Canada
83Edmonton, Canada
84Red Deer, Canada
85Sylvan Lake, Canada
86Calgary, Canada
87Medicine Hat, Canada
88Stanley, United States
89Lake Sakakawea, United States
90Minot, United States
91Thunder Bay, Canada
92Niagara Falls, Canada
93Courtice, Canada
94Ottawa, Canada
95Montreal, Canada
96Matane, Canada
97Gaspé, Canada
98Percé, Canada
99Moncton, Canada
100Port Hood, Canada
101Chéticamp, Canada
102Pleasant Bay, Canada
103Cape North, Canada
104Meat Cove, Canada
105North Sydney, Canada
106Port aux Basques, Canada
107Deer Lake, Canada
108St. Anthony, Canada
109L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada
110Castor River South, Canada
111Rocky Harbour, Canada
112Corner Brook, Canada
113Twillingate, Canada
114Fogo, Canada
115Corner Brook, Canada
116St. Barbe, Canada
117Goose Bay, Canada
118Manic 5, Canada
119Boischatel, Canada
120Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
121Dryden, Canada
122Edmonton, Canada
123Victoria, Canada
124Campbell River, Canada
125Tofino, Canada
126Vancouver, Canada
127Penticton, Canada
128Grand Coolee, United States
129Coeur d'Alene, United States
130St. Regis, United States
131Missoula, United States
132Salt Lake City, United States
133Burraston Ponds, United States
134Zion National Park, United States
135Fredonia, United States
136Grand Canyon North Rim, United States
137Kanab, United States
138Bryce Canyon, United States
139Jacob Lake, United States
140Flagstaff, United States
141Phoenix, United States
142Tucson, United States
143San Carlos, Mexico
144Imuris, Mexico
145Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
146Mazatlan, Mexico
147Tamarindo, Mexico
148Sayulita, Mexico
149San Pancho, Mexico
150Islas Marietas, Mexico
151San Pancho, Mexico
152Tecoman, Mexico
153Playa Azul, Mexico
154Acapulco, Mexico
155Jamiltepec, Mexico
156Mazunte, Mexico
157Zipolite, Mexico
158Tuxtla, Mexico
159Misol-Ha, Mexico
160Cancun, Mexico
161Isla Holbox, Mexico
162Cancun, Mexico
163Gainesville, United States
164Pine Hill, Canada
165Montreal, Canada
166Ottawa, Canada
167Courtice, Canada
168Toronto, Canada
169Cancun, Mexico
170Bacalar, Mexico
171Cancun, Mexico
172Mexico City, Mexico
173Gainesville, United States
174Montego Bay, Jamaica
175Gainesville, United States
176Atlanta, United States
177Toronto, Canada
178Keflavik Airport, Iceland
179Bridge America - Europe, Iceland
180Gunnuhver, Iceland
181Hafnarberg, Iceland
182Grindavik, Iceland
183Ytri-Njardvik, Iceland
184Gulfoss, Iceland
185Geysir, Iceland
186Laugarvatn, Iceland
187Hveragerði, Iceland
188Seljavallalaug, Iceland
189Hella, Iceland
190Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
191Reynisfjara, Iceland
192Vic, Iceland
193Jokulsarlon, Iceland
194Hofn, Iceland
195Skaftafell, Iceland
196Seljavallalaug, Iceland
197Laugarvatn, Iceland
198þinvellir, Iceland
199Olafsvik, Iceland
200Surtshellir, Iceland
201Keflavik Airport, Iceland
202Oslo Airport, Norway
203Fredrikstad, Norway
204Södertälje, Sweden
205Helsinki, Finland
206Tallinn, Estonia
207Rummu karjäär, Estonia
208Padise Klooster, Estonia
209Salaspils, Latvia
210Ciechanow, Poland
211Poznań, Poland
212Prague, Czech Republic
213České Budějovice, Czech Republic
214Hallstatt, Austria
215Salzburg, Austria
216Heiligenblut, Austria
217Villach, Austria
218Bratislava, Slovakia
219Innsbruck, Austria
220Berlin, Germany
221Brussels, Belgium
222Wespelaar, Belgium
223Dublin Airport, Ireland
224Dingle, Ireland
225Kilkee, Ireland
226Doonbeg, Ireland
227Spanish Point, Ireland
228Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
229Galway, Ireland
230Sligo, Ireland
231Donegal, Ireland
232Londonderry/Derry, Northern Ireland
233Larne, Northern Ireland
234Cairnryan, Scotland
235Fort William, Scotland
236Glenmoriston, Scotland
237Fairy Pools, Scotland
238Portree, Scotland
239Old Man of Storr, Scotland
240Kilt Rock, Scotland
241Applecross, Scotland
242Ullapool, Scotland
243Durness, Scotland
244John O'Groats, Scotland
245Embo, Scotland
246Cushnie, Scotland
247Cairngorms, Scotland
248Edinburgh, Scotland
249Abington, Scotland
250Hebden Bridge, England
251Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales
252Brecon, Wales
253Brighton, England
254Burgess Hill, England
255Darley Dale, England
256Eaton Bishop, England
257Hereford, England
258Onllwyn, Wales
259Seven Sisters, Wales
260Eaton Bishop, England
261Mumbles, Wales
262Port Eynon, Wales
263Rhossili, Wales
264Three Cliffs, Wales
265Eaton Bishop, England
266Nanty-Glo, Wales
267Cardiff, Wales
268Weston-super-Mare, England
269Cardiff, Wales
270Burgess Hill, England
271London, England
272Stockholm, Sweden
273Chiang Mai, Thailand
274Pai, Thailand
275Chiang Mai, Thailand
276Chiang Khong, Thailand
277Pak Beng, Laos
278Luang Prabang, Laos
279Vang Vieng, Laos
280Luang Prabang, Laos
281Gainesville, United States
282Mexico City, Mexico
283Zipolite, Mexico
284Mexico City, Mexico
285Atlanta, United States
286Gainesville, United States
287Tampa, United States
288Gainesville, United States
289Vancouver, Canada
290Kelowna, Canada
291Vancouver, Canada
292Campbell River, Canada
293Victoria, Canada
294Seattle, United States
295Edmonton, Canada
296Medicine Hat, Canada
297Williston, United States
298Ross, United States
299Okoboji, United States
300Saint Paul, United States
301Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
302Mexico City, Mexico
303Edmonton, Canada
304Vancouver, Canada
305Campbell River, Canada
306Victoria, Canada
307Edmonton, Canada
308Victoria, Canada
309Vancouver, Canada
310Zipolite, Mexico
311Puerto Escondido, Mexico
312Zipolite, Mexico
313San Cristobal, Mexico
314Bacalar, Mexico
315Mahahual, Mexico
316Bacalar, Mexico
317San Ignacio, Belize
318El Remate, Guatemala
319Flores, Guatemala
320San Pedro, Guatemala
321Zipolite, Mexico
322Mexico City, Mexico
323Atlanta, United States
324Tampa, United States
325Gainesville, United States
326Tampa, United States
327Branson, United States
328Eureka Springs, United States
329Branson, United States
330Kansas City, United States
331Okoboji, United States
332Sioux Falls, United States
333Okoboji, United States
334Sandstone, United States
335Fort Dodge, United States
336Okoboji, United States
337Fort Dodge, United States
338Sandstone, United States
339Minneapolis, United States
340Edmonton, Canada
341Vancouver, Canada
342Victoria, Canada
343Vancouver, Canada
344Oahu, United States
345Las Vegas, United States
346Noord, Aruba
347Zipolite, Mexico

It was the end of December in 2012. I was at my favorite bar in Victoria, Ocean Island. It was the hostel bar, and my best friend and I absolutely loved it there as there were always new friends with new stories. I thrived upon their tales of past and future travels. They kept me alive, and many of them wound up partying back at our place on a regular basis. Some would run out of money as they searched for work in Victoria, and we would offer up our massive sectional couch, sometimes having three or four people staying with us at once.

It had been five months since I’d left Peru for the second time, and I was in a bad, bad place mentally. This was largely due to the fact that I wasn’t living the life I was meant to live. I lived with my best friend in the world in a kick ass apartment, and we were surrounded by amazing souls, while I studied philosophy at the university in town. It was a good life, but it wasn’t my life. On this particular evening, I pulled my best friend outside, and I told her: I’m going to leave at the end of January… and I’m not coming back.

And so I left, panicked and anxious and depressed and worried and completely unsure of how to do whatever it was that I was about to do. I was also $6000 in debt. I’m still stumbling and fumbling my way around to this day, but I couldn’t be happier for the decision I made two and a half long years ago. I cleared up my debt within a year, and continued to adventure around the globe.

And no matter how messed up things get, I always know I’m living my life, and no one else’s. And that, to me, is the most important and meaningful thing of all.

So here’s a map of where I’ve been since that fateful day when I left for good. It’s been a wild adventure, and I can’t wait to see where the next years bring me.

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