*Spoiler Alert — I survived*
Current location: an over-filled speed boat on my way back to mainland Cambodia from paradise aka the island of Koh Rong Samloem.
I have my not-so-noise-canceling headphones on and have the Moana soundtrack on repeat, channeling the one part of the movie I didn’t sleep through when she’s on the open sea in big waves (I think that’s what happened, but I was tired and I slept through the entire movie #fail).
The waves aren’t the biggest I’ve ever seen but it’s super choppy and there are far too many people on this boat (something I realized months ago that other countries don’t have the same kind of regulations like we’re so used to back in the states). And I’m reading Life of Pi, talk about a bad choice on a rocky ass boat in Asia…
My Digital detox weekend is coming to an end and I can’t remember the last time I went without cell service / wifi for a full 48 hours. It was amazing.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I’m the luckiest person alive.
Before starting RY, I didn’t fully consider the importance of community and how much that would influence my year. I have the most amazing friends and family back home, and it was a tough goodbye this time last year. I knew it wasn’t forever but I was leaving my people, and kinda just figured that the people I would be with for the year would be cool if they were also leaving home to travel for the year. If we had nothing else in common, we would at least have that.
Even though we haven’t even known each other for a year, we all have more than a lifetime of memories together. Our RY crew has literally traveled the world together, helped each other out when we needed it most, and have given each other the love and support that we didn’t even think would be possible outside of our families at home.
There’s something to be said for having such an amazing support system and when potential RY-ers ask me if it’s worth it, my answer is always 100% yes. This social experiment that we’re all living certainly isn’t for everyone, I could name more people who wouldn’t fit this lifestyle than people who would, to be honest. Anyone can travel, but this isn’t the same. It’s challenging, it’s stressful, not everyday is like the Instagram life that we portray but it’s an incredible experience that I am so lucky to have.
So here I am now… month #12 in HCMC, Vietnam and wondering how the F it’s almost been a year together.