How to describe my Remote Year?

I am unsure how to describe this past year.  It was full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, spectacular views, life-long friends, lows & highs, emotional breakdowns, shear exhaustion, travel horror stories, and some of best and most unique food I have ever tasted.   Yet, I am a talker, not a writer.  I prefer to sit at a coffee shop and regale you with stories of the past year.  I’d rather show you pictures than try and put words on paper, but I still need be able to articulate what this year was to me.  It is something I still won’t fully grasp my head around for months until I am back home and in a “normal” routine again.  So for real, ask me in like 2 months how Remote Year was but I will try and summarize as much I can.

But to fully grasp this year I think we need to take a step back and look at the journey and how it began.


One of the best side trips I had all year was to Seoul, South Korea (most of it was a blur due to lack of sleep and adult beverage drinking)

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Trekking in Peru

When folks think of visiting Peru, the first thing everyone typically gravitates towards is planning a trip to Macchu Picchu.   Now, don’t get me wrong.  Macchu Picchu was magnificent, rather hard to get to, but totally worth a visit.  I mean a town was built on the top of a mountain peak!!!  Plus, if you are lucky enough to have great weather, then the view is amazing and iconic!

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Bryant goes to Bali 

Bali, Indonesia lives up to all the hype!

Eat, pray, love definitely had it right!   About 20 of my fellow RYers navigated to Bali for MLK weekend and to celebrate the birthday of one of the guys in the group.  It was one of the best side trips I had to date.

By some miracle, we all stayed within 3 blocks of each other in some swanky Airbnbs in the Uluwatu area.  We still don’t know how we accomplished this but it worked out well as we all were only a 5 minute walk to Bingin Beach (down some treacherous cliff steps).

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10 things we take for granted in the U.S.A.

As we embark on a new year, it is always nice to reflect back on the all the memories made (good and bad).  In that same mindset you also learn to appreciate things you otherwise take for granted.    While traveling is great, it also has made me appreciate things we take for granted in the U.S.A. and I have compiled a list below.


Traditional Cambodia Longtail Dive boat (got seasick off the side of this guy)

This list could be longer than this but I wanted to emphasize some of the bigger topics based on feedback and what we have seen consistently across borders. The stories my fellow remotes could tell you would blow your mind and definitely will be told at countless dinner parties in our near futures. Enjoy for now! Continue reading

Halfway Point of my Remote Year Experience!

So I am writing this post in between my 45 minute intervals of visiting the restroom.   I should probably consider myself lucky this is my first bout with food poisoning (on this trip) but BOY did I forget how severely this ruins everything and makes you super weak. Apologies in advance if the blog is scattered.

Needless to say, I have made it to my halfway point and I can honestly say this has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life.  I have seen and done some things that I will remember for the rest of my life. I have surfed in Portugual, rode camels in the Sahara, hiked the Alps and Vitosha mountains, haggled with vendors in Vietnam & Morocco, finished up my diving certification in Thailand, visited imperial palaces in South Korea, and seen countless beautiful sites, sunsets, and wonders of this beautiful world.

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Memo to Europe: Smoking is not cool anymore [rant]

I have been slacking on the blog updates (Sorry! Life is currently chaotic & a blur) but here is a quick update while waiting for next flight!

Today mark’s my last last day in Europe (currently Belgrade, Serbia).  It has been an adventurous 5 months that have taken me from the rocky beaches of Portugal to the hot Saharan desert in Morocco.   I have seen and done some amazing things over the last few months but the one annoying thing, that became highlighted in Belgrade, was how common and normal smoking was in every day European life.  It wasn’t just outdoors t0o. Belgrade, in particular, encouraged smoking in almost 90% of the restaurants, bars, and cafes. Bleh.

The passenger next to me for an 11 hour flight

It was an immediate turn-off for most folks in our group and we quickly overtook the few places that either banned smoking OR had non-smoking sections.  Coming from Washington, DC where is it frowned upon in all walks-of-life, it was disappointing to see it as common as we did.   Not to mention that the smoke smells lingers in our clothing forever. BLEH.   Anyways that was my biggest pet peeve of Europe.
Check out below for some of my favorites of the last 5 months!

Favorite Country (so far): Portugal

Favorite Food: Doner Kabob (Valencia had the best)

Best Airbnb: Mykonos

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