Be Legendary.

Ridiculous. If there was one word to describe this trip, it would be ‘Ridiculous’. I went everywhere and did a whole lot! To say I topped my previous outings from past years would be an understatement. I experienced so many new and different things I’ve never encountered before and met tons of new people who I grew fond of as time went on. I don’t know how to describe the scope of this trip to people. It wasn’t just volunteering, nor was it just a backpacking, or vacation kind of deal. It was an adventure!

To sum this trip up, I began in Hong Kong and parts of China where I explored the cities on my own for just a few days.

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The Soho District at night during the late hours.

Next, I moved to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam where I taught English to an amazing group of students who I still really miss to this day.

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I volunteered for four weeks there and during that time I also boated in the mystic Mekong Delta…

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quad biked on humungous sand dunes…

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rode an ostrich…

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injured my neck…

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and ate more ice cream in one day than I think I have ever in my life!

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I also had to say goodbye to my fellow volunteers in Saigon.

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After that, Lucy and I flew to Northern Vietnam where I spent three days in one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Halong Bay, sailing the gem stoned seas!

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Then another three days trekking through the emerald hills of Heaven’s Gate, otherwise known as Sapa!

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Then we flew to Laos where I teamed up with a group of backpackers from all over the world who were traveling my route…

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and so we tubed through a river stopping at bars…

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and had epic mud battles along the way!

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We went to natural waterfalls and springs…

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and charted through pitch dark caves.

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I rode my first motorbike to a Buddhist park…

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breaking the law along the way…

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and climbed things you aren’t supposed to climb on!

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Then I took a bus to Thailand where I became an elephant owner for a day and fed, rode, and took a bath with my elephant…

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which resulted in me getting “Elephant leg”.

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I traveled up to Pai where I met three awesome backpackers…

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and we white water rafted for two days in the Thai jungle…

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jumped off really high cliffs…

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and rode motorbikes through mountains and canyons.

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Made my way down to Bangkok where I found out just how crazy Bangkok really is!

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I also ate an ugly scorpion…

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and behaved like a child in a wax museum.

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Sailed down to the Thailand islands where I met more awesome people…

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and I became a certified scuba diver…

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tried my hand at a Wipeout obstacle course…

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and attended some of the biggest and best parties in the world!

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Then I took a boat and bus to Cambodia where I explored the biggest temples on Earth…

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was ambushed by monkeys…

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sailed the Cambodian islands…

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and relaxed at the best beach I have ever been to in my life!

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I explored the Cambodian country side with friends I’ve made along the way.

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Next, I flew to South Africa where Chris and I reunited with old friends and took eight incredible kids on the trip of a lifetime through the Garden Route via Reaching Out 2 The World…

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and to Cape Town stadium!

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I surfed in shark infested waters…

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went on a wine tour…

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played with monkeys…

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and planted a flag of a lovable dog on top of another natural world wonder, Table Mountain!

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Next, we flew up to Dubai where I spent three nights in a five star hotel…

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went snowboarding in an indoor slope…

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went to the man-made Palm Island…

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and visited one of the best water parks on Earth called Atlantis!

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I took a jet ski through the city marina…

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and went all over Dubai marveling over the amazing landscapes and architecture…

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including the tallest building in the world!

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We then flew to Morocco where we dressed up like the locals…

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rode camels through the Sahara desert…

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charmed deadly snakes…

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and took a journey through the High Atlas mountains.

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Afterwards, we took a ferry up to Spain where we stayed in a haunted hostel…

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saw our first Flamenco show…

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explored a castle…

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and discovered how to paint with lights.

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Went back to South Africa where I experienced a live musical performance…

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threw a sweet Halloween party for the kids of Kayamandi…

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and created lasting memories with everyone I met there.

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This trip was ridiculous Legendary.

Now that I have been home for a few days, I’m starting to adjust back to my normal life in Michigan. And just like every year, when my friends and family ask me “What was the best part?”, I have no answer. It was all incredible! Every country was so unique and different from each other, I couldn’t possibly choose!

As always, my thirst to see more of the world is still there. And I have some big things planned for next year, along with little trips in between to visit volunteers and backpackers I met prior. Where am I going next? Anywhere I feel like.

I’ll tell you all about it in a few months. 🙂

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