For the final 16 years I’ve been creating vacation wrap up movies instead of sending vacation playing cards. That is one custom I’ve been in a position to sustain since I began touring in 2006. It’s nice to have all of my 12 months in assessment journey movies all in the identical place!
Every year I’ve to sit down and relearn use the rattling video modifying software program – which usually results in me ingesting a bit an excessive amount of eggnog. However hey – the eggnog and the hundreds of thousands of occasions I’ve listened to the vacation soundtrack whereas attempting to edit usually places me within the vacation spirit. Woohoo Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years!
As a lot as I hate the video modifying course of (sure – the truth that I proceed to do it tells you simply how a lot I really like you expensive readers), it’s enjoyable to form of relive my 12 months of travels every year.
Grateful for my Travels Every 12 months
It by no means fails as I finish the day of vacation greeting modifying – I really feel so ridiculously grateful for the life I dwell, my associates & household, folks I’ve met alongside the way in which, and new experiences. And this 12 months was no exception.
It’s enjoyable for me to take a stroll by way of the 12 months and get perspective. Nonetheless I understand that watching a video like this may be form of like being pressured to observe somebody’s wedding ceremony video…gag (I don’t care in case you are household). So – if you wish to skip the video (and fairly footage), then simply take this message with you – Glad Holidays to you and your loved ones from Ottsworld!
My Present Journey 12 months in Evaluation Video – 2022
This 12 months I spent extra time exploring the US for the primary a part of the 12 months. I lastly made it again to Canada, and I went again to Europe for the primary time in 3 years and it was tremendous to be again! I ended the 12 months with an epic expedition cruise heading to three new nations within the distant South Pacific.
I kicked off a long run biking challenge, Capitol to Capitol, with a particular connection to my household which I’m excited to proceed subsequent 12 months.
It was a very good 12 months of journey, I traveled A LOT…possibly an excessive amount of (sure that’s really potential)! I spotted that the trade for me isn’t fairly again but. As well as, one factor that turned clear to me this 12 months is that I’m able to make some modifications in my life once more. Subsequent 12 months I don’t plan to journey as a lot and as an alternative give attention to another little tasks that I need to do. Generally you simply want to combine issues up in your life a bit and see the place you land – and that’s my solely plan this coming 12 months.
This 12 months I checked out my 12 months in numbers and put a number of the quantity highlights in my video. However there have been many I unnoticed too…like
1 – Variety of occasions I bought COVID
6 – Variety of lobsters I ate whereas biking PEI in 7 days
11 – Variety of months I had my automobile earlier than it bought totaled by a success and run
Get pleasure from my 2022 in numbers!
Previous Years in Evaluation Movies
Along with seeing how my travels have modified, how I’ve modified, and to see simply what number of locations I’ve gone – it is a fascinating journey by way of video know-how too in case you are into that form of factor! My modifying has positively improved over time – and it additionally appears that my travels have turn into extra epic.
2021 – Popping out of a Pandemic
2021 was stuffed with challenges – however I believe one of many nice issues that has come out of the pandemic is that persons are getting used to uncertainty – and I’ve at all times believed that could be a good factor. I lived greater than a decade in uncertainty as a nomad, and my career is filled with uncertainty (even exterior a pandemic!) – so I really feel like I’m fairly used to it. However for many people – this degree of uncertainty is admittedly uncomfortable. I hope you may study to embrace it – it makes life far more fulfilling once you don’t have expectations for my part!
Merriam Webster’s phrase of the 12 months for 2021 was “vaccine” – and by the top of the 12 months – I had 3 pictures, and was so grateful. On this 12 months’s video you may see my phrase of the 12 months, my phrase for subsequent 12 months, how I shrank myself, my home travels, and naturally so many foster kittens!
2020 – Travels and COVID
It began like some other 12 months. I – like most individuals – had lots of plans for it – beginning with a giant fiftieth celebration in El Salvador with girlfriends, France, Australia, Iceland, Switzerland, and Ecuador already deliberate.
Nonetheless, shortly after my fiftieth birthday, every part modified. I watched because the world got here to a halt, my journeys disappeared off my calendar, my work dried up, and lives had been modified eternally.
All of a sudden our regular massive huge world turned fairly small…and life turned all about Dwelling.
After I determined to make Denver my residence in 2017 after a decade of being nomadic, I had no concept how vital this residence could be. My residence has actually saved my life twice. First, once I contracted blood clots from flying in 2018. And second – this 12 months…when the world closed and out of the blue the one place anybody may go was residence…fortunately I really had a house to go to!
For somebody who’s used to by no means being residence, this journey in staying residence was new and unique to me. Simply final 12 months I had mentioned that I wanted a break, however I had no concept that it could come on this kind.
This might need been the most effective 12 months of journey I’ve ever had. I actually can’t consider all the unbelievable locations I used to be fortunate sufficient to go in 2019. Nonetheless, I traveled SO MANY locations this 12 months that this video is 8 minutes lengthy…which looks as if an eternity for a video. I celebrated 13 years of journey running a blog and I traveled on 24 completely different journeys in 2019. I took a browsing workshop, traveled with my father to Panama, and took my first journey to Sweden.
The 12 months I went to Alaska within the winter to see the northern lights. I additionally was fortunate sufficient to go to Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. Despite the fact that I had a house, I appeared to be touring greater than ever. It was additionally the 12 months I did my first Ottsworld Tour in Eire. This was additionally the 12 months I completed the Niece Mission with my youngest niece who went to India with me.
The 12 months I bought a house base in Denver and introduced my nomadic way of life to an finish. It additionally took my 2nd journey to Antarctica on an epic 28 day cruise from New Zealand to the Ross Sea Antarctica. I visited Norway for the primary time!
The 12 months I hiked the Cami de Ronda – a 130 mile coastal hike in Costa Brava Spain with my dad. I went to Alaska for a second time to discover the distant parks. And I took a polar bear safari in Churchill whereas engaged on a giant influencer marketing campaign with Corning Glass.
The 12 months I crossed the Arctic Circle and went to Alaska for the primary time. I additionally went to a distant Island within the Arctic Ocean – Wrangel Island to see Polar Bears. Lastly – I did a challenge the place I lived in Alberta Canada for a month within the winter – it was enjoyable to have a ‘residence’ once more for a month!
The 12 months I spent almost a month in Hawaii doing a 2 week educating job at Iolani Faculty. I additionally took on one other journey in India – the Rickshaw Run. I drove an auto rickshaw throughout India, 2000 miles, for two weeks and elevating $15,000 for Charity Water.
This 12 months I used to be on the transfer greater than ever sleeping in 107 completely different beds and shifting roughly each 3 days. I used to be loving my nomadic life! I explored Patagonia for a complete month, lived in Buenos Aires for a month, hiked the Lycian Method in Turkey, and took part in my first massive model influencer challenge with Carlson Corporations.
This was the 12 months I began the Niece Mission with my oldest niece who I took to Italy. It was additionally the 12 months I walked the Camino de Santiago – a 5 week hike throughout northern Spain. And eventually, I made it to the seventh continent – Antarctica – with my father.
The 12 months I drove a automobile throughout 13 nations from London to Mongolia within the Mongol Rally. This was the craziest and most fun journey I had achieved thus far. I slept in 75 completely different beds for the 12 months and one automobile!
The 12 months I turned a real nomad. With no residence, I needed to hold shifting across the nation and globe and rely upon the kindness of strangers, associates, and household. This was additionally the 12 months I began doing home sitting!
The 12 months I realized drive a motorcycle whereas residing in Saigon Vietnam! I additionally made my first journey to Mongolia, and hiked the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal with my father!
The 12 months I bought every part, left NYC for good, and moved to Vietnam to dwell and train English.
A practice begins! My first vacation video I made after finishing my 16 months of travels all over the world on my profession break.