When I first started this project a year ago, it was not much more than a "radical dream." I had some brief experience traveling solo in the States when I was younger (my freshman attempt at a travel blog right out of college didn't make it much further than the first post) and planning a trip of this scope was so far beyond my knowledge base that I had difficulty visualizing how to actually accomplish it. I didn't really know how to begin, and eventually I would realize that I didn't need to. I became a better traveler by traveling, and found that making the choice to leave was the only step that was really important.
To really get to the heart of what has brought me to where I am now, let's start with a story: