By a conservative estimate I have traveled a total of 21,752 miles in 2016. That’s just 3,149 miles short of the distance around earth, which clocks in at 24,901 mi.
This number is the result of nine flights (five domestic, four international), eighteen train rides (amtrak only, metronorth not included), countless mini road trips, and roughly fifty commutes between my hometown and Manhattan, a number that is likely significantly higher.
Though it gave me so many unforgettable experiences, 2016 has been a tumultuous year across the globe and I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. However, I can say that I absolutely cannot wait to see what 2017 has in store for me: I’ll be traveling 4,763 before the first two weeks are over.
The past year of my life has been full of the good, the bad, and the ugly, for sure, but has also been one of the most amazing years I’ve spent walking this earth. For starters, I’ve been afforded more opportunities this year than ever before which I how I gained so much mileage; this year saw more travel than the past three combined.
I go to see some incredible things...
In some amazing places…
And was able to have so many unique and unforgettable experiences
Looking back on where I was on this day one year ago, I remember feeling a little bit stagnant- for lack of a better word. I was in college and enjoying it but I wasn’t sure about what I wanted to do with my academic career or after graduating. I loved Boston but still yearned to see more. I had goals, but lacked plans. And so on.
Now that this year is ending, it is clear to me that I have grown immensely in every area of my life, all thanks to the laundry list of strange/exciting/questionable/exhilarating things I did in 2016 which is why I will be closing out this year with a list of some of my personal defining moments (in no particular order).
Spent a night in Skopje, Macedonia
Been asked for, and given, directions in several languages I do not actually speak
My car has surpassed 100,000 miles
Participated in public speaking and debate oriented conferences
Flew to Indiana to spend 72 hours with my best friend
Dreaded an eight hour layover in Munich only to spend the entire eight hours among friends
Spent roughly 100 hours on Amtrak trains
Admired art in a Yugoslav bunker
Began writing again
Decided what area of International Relations I will be focusing on
Been credited in two publications
Volunteered with refugees in Greece
Witnessed my friends fall in love with their work, their lives, themselves, each other, etc.
Attended thirteen concerts
Found a home in Boston
Developed a crush on Denver (and Belgrade, and Indianapolis, and so on)
Saw the growth and maturation of my high school friends in real time
Successfully completed three internships at the same time
Visited an abandoned olympic bobsleigh track in Bosnia & Herzegovina
Accepted a job that is taking me across the world
All of this has taken me around nearly the entire world, and I can't wait to see how many miles I put on next year.
Goodbye and goodnight 2016. Thanks for everything.