I’m home, Y’all! As I write this, it is currently day three of being back in the land of the long white cloud, and my American overseas ‘expedition’ is already beginning to feel like a distant memory. Safe to say I have succumbed to the travel blues.
I could fill this newspaper with stories and photographs of my trip (actually, some may not be suitable for publishing), but I only have a couple of hundred words left, so I’ll sum it up to the best I can.
In just over seven weeks, I have achieved two Contikis which saw me trek across 22 states, jump into (and basically straight back out of) Canada, step completely out of my comfort zone by accomplishing activities I never dreamt of doing, gained abs of steel (lol) from laughing so much, a negative bank account balance due to the house-sized suitcases of shopping I have brought back (yes, 110 pounds worth if I am being honest), and ate at least ten years’ worth of food in 53 days with the two best friends that anyone could have.
I am very proud of the fact that I ate my way around America. Nutritionists may disagree with me, but I believe food is the one thing they have got right. Aside from the activities, the shopping and taking the signature photographs with monuments, memorials and national icons that tourists do, I have also cemented long lasting friendships across the globe and gained a completely different perspective to life and travel.
This perspective is something that money can’t buy, and is all thanks to the different cultures I have experienced, and the people I have met and travelled with along the way. So, what now? I think David Bowie sums up the next step with one of my favourite quotes— ‘I don’t know where I am going from here, but I promise, it won’t boring.’Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post