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.
Click below to read more about my social experiment couch-surfing around the world, including: an explanation of the project, why I did it, what I learned, and where I am now.