2016 was an adventurous year for me. I was fortunate to travel to eight countries (including first-time trips to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cuba). Between jobs, I spent nine weeks backpacking through Southeast Asia, which was the longest time I've ever spent traveling at once. For seven of those weeks I traveled solo, another first for me. 

Looking back on the past year, I am proud of myself for mustering the courage to travel through Asia alone, something I probably wouldn't have done a few years ago. And I was never truly "alone"—while there were a few lonely times, I also met many incredible people along the way, and I gained perspective on how fortunate I am to have the freedom, time, and money to see the world. 

The second half of 2016 was more difficult for me personally, but it's been another reminder to be grateful for good times and people in my life. I'm turning to 2017 with positive thoughts, looking forward to more adventures and hoping to find contentment in everyday moments.

I tried my best to cut down a year's worth of photos into a reasonable amount. While I see a lot of room for improvement as a photographer, I treasure these pictures for their happy memories.


 

Copenhagen

 

The Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Louisiana, January 2016

Kastellet, May 2016

Slow Coffee in Christianshavn, September 2016

 
 

Thailand | March

Railay Beach

Railay Beach

Cooking class at Time for Lime, Koh Lanta

Another gorgeous sunset... Koh Lanta

The best Khao Soi soup I had in Thailand, Chiang Mai

Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai

 

Showing off my dirt stains after mountain biking, Chiang Mai

 
 

Laos | March

Luang Prabang

The bamboo bridge which is rebuilt each year, Luang Prabang

The night market, Luang Prabang

The morning alms giving ceremony, Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Kuang Si waterfall

Tubing alone down a cold river, Vang Vieng

 

Vietnam | April

The grey and cold was a shock in Hanoi

Eating on the sidewalks - Hanoi

 

Hanoi

 

Hanoi

Egg coffee, Hanoi

Everything happens on the sidewalks - Hanoi

Hiking with Hmong women through rice fields, Sapa

 

The home where I stayed with 16 backpackers, Sapa

 

Hiking day two, Sapa

The village we spent night two in, Sapa

Ha Long Bay

The four smart, funny, amazing women I spent a few weeks with

Riding motorbikes, Cat Ba Island

Hiking on Cat Ba Island

Da Nang

Saying hi to locals, Da Nang

Inside the Marble Mountains, Da Nang

Biking through rice fields outside of Hoi An

Hoi An

Bai Xep

Sunrise at the sand dunes, Mui Ne

 

The fairy stream, Mui Ne

 

Saigon

 

Greece | May

Sailing in the Aegean Islands

Serifos

Incredibly clear water

 

France | July

One of the most beautiful cities at night - Paris

Paris

 

Epernay, Champagne

 
 

Michigan | September

 

Street art, Detroit

 

The beach at St Joseph

Happy to be back at Lake Michigan

 

Cuba | September

Girls getting out of school, Havana

Taking a ride in a classic car, Havana

 

Entryway to a hidden restaurant, Havana

 

Havana

 

Havana

 

Trinidad

Trinidad

Trinidad

 

Europe

 

Beautiful Moorish lamps in Malaga, Spain, November

 

Sunset from a rooftop bar, Malaga, Spain, November

 

The Christmas market in Lübeck, Germany, December

 

 

Thank you for sharing 2016 with me, readers. I wish you many joyful travels in 2017, and peace and contentment at home.

 

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