I believe that the world is far too big and far too amazing to spend all of life in one place. When I first came to this decision, I’m not sure — but I do know where: a college classroom somewhere in Howard Hall, at Columbus State University. It was early. I sat, barely awake, listening to the guest speaker my professor had brought in for that day. My fellow students dazed in and out of awareness. The only ones who really paid attention were the lucky few with coffee on their desks.
That is, until the professor caught me attention. He mentioned how he spent the summer after his graduation from college cycling across Europe. I thought to myself, “I could do that…” But it didn’t stop there. Over time, the dream grew. As I read more and more about the world and about travel itself, I became obsessed. I took short, weekend trips whenever I could. I practiced travel writing, and argued fervently in favor of the world when I encountered people who said it was a terrible place. I even changed my areas of study so that I could become a writer.
Now I’m out of school, and counting down to September 1, 2014: the day I leave for London to begin my own journey. I’m cycling from London to Tokyo under my own power on the adventure of a lifetime.