The Nomad's Oasis

The Art Of Being Human

For as long as I can remember, my dream has been to travel the world. And also for as long as I can remember, society has told me that uprooting my life to do so would stray me from the path of success. And so I settled for the responsible path to adulthood: attend a good college, get a decently paying full-time job, and build a stable, comfortable life.

Fast forward three years post-college, and I had it with this path. I quit. I left my corporate job in New York City, put my belongings in storage, and leapt into the world with nothing but a carry-on and my integrity. I did exactly what I wanted to do: I pursued my dream to travel the world.

I designed a social experiment in which I circumnavigated the globe by couch-surfing through my social network. I never used the website - I wanted to see how far real human connection could take me, so everyone I stayed with was connected to someone I knew in person. After nine months of traveling, I ended up staying with 70+ hosts (most of them strangers) in 17 countries across four continents.

As you can imagine, I learned some profound lessons about kindness, helping one another in the pursuit of our dreams, and what it truly means to be human.

Below, you will find a video explaining my project, a map of my journey, and links to articles I've written tracking my journey around the world. Read more about my project here.


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