Year of Sarah Joy @ 9 months 5.10.17

I bought my airplane ticket home. I will arrive in early July, a little more than 11 months after I departed from MSP. In free time wandering through cities, laying on beaches and sitting in transit, my mind sometimes travels to Minnesota. I have begun thinking about how I will feel when I arrive home, what…

250 Days & So Many Friends 4.16.17

  Each day I capture video footage of the people who are a part of my day. Somedays the people I record are new friends. Other days the video subjects are unknown people but we share the experience of being in the same place. Every day though, there is a story behind the video snippets. I shared my first…

NYC & a 30th Birthday 4.14.17

In early March I enjoyed a week in New York City with friends and family. This visit enabled me to transit from Asia to South America without spending an outrageous number of hours in airports and on airplanes. More importantly, traveling through NYC allowed me to visit special friends and celebrate my birthday with people who matter in…

200 Days, 200 Places 2.27.17

I have traveled for just over 200 days in six countries. It is hard to say if 200 days is a long time or a short time. Time moves differently for me as a long term traveler. I have time to watch sunsets and the occasional sunrise. I lose track of the day of the…

A New Year’s Wish 1.1.17

It is a time of year when we reflect, evaluate, and goal set. In this spirit, humor me for a moment because I want to be your cheerleader. When I celebrated NYE 2014, I would not have imagined celebrating NYE 2017 as a world wander who traded a job, home, and stability for 12 kilos of possessions and a…

100 Days, 100 Places 11.12.16

Via the wonders of technology, family and friends plus people I do not know are journeying with me. I appreciate your companionship on Facebook, Instagram, this blog, Face Time, email, and text message. Starting from a few days before I left home and continuing through today, here is a video of one place I visited each day. I am happy…

Year of Sarah Joy @ 1 Month 9.11.16

I left MSP August 8. One or two days later, I was making small talk with a French dorm-mate in Beijing. She asked the usual questions, “When did you get here?” and “How long is your trip?” I replied, “Today is my second day of a year-long trip.” It was a laughable statement. That moment felt crazy, daunting,…