For the final 16 years I’ve been creating vacation wrap up movies instead of sending vacation playing cards. That is one custom I’ve been capable of sustain since I began touring in 2006. It’s nice to have all of my yr in evaluate journey movies all in the identical place!
Every year I’ve to take a seat and relearn easy methods to use the rattling video modifying software program – which usually results in me consuming a bit an excessive amount of eggnog. However hey – the eggnog and the thousands and thousands of occasions I’ve listened to the vacation soundtrack whereas making an attempt to edit usually places me within the vacation spirit. Woohoo Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years!
As a lot as I hate the video modifying course of (sure – the truth that I proceed to do it tells you simply how a lot I like you expensive readers), it’s enjoyable to form of relive my yr of travels every year.
Grateful for my Travels Every 12 months
It by no means fails as I finish the day of vacation greeting modifying – I really feel so ridiculously grateful for the life I stay, my pals & household, individuals I’ve met alongside the best way, and new experiences. And this yr was no exception.
It’s enjoyable for me to take a stroll by means of the yr and get perspective. Nevertheless I notice that watching a video like this may be form of like being compelled to look at somebody’s marriage ceremony video…gag (I don’t care if you’re household). So – if you wish to skip the video (and fairly footage), then simply take this message with you – Glad Holidays to you and your loved ones from Ottsworld!
My Present Journey 12 months in Overview Video – 2022
This yr I spent extra time exploring the US for the primary a part of the yr. I lastly made it again to Canada, and I went again to Europe for the primary time in 3 years and it was tremendous to be again! I ended the yr with an epic expedition cruise heading to three new international locations within the distant South Pacific.
I kicked off a long run biking challenge, Capitol to Capitol, with a particular connection to my household which I’m excited to proceed subsequent yr.
It was a superb yr of journey, I traveled A LOT…perhaps an excessive amount of (sure that’s really attainable)! I noticed that the business for me isn’t fairly again but. As well as, one factor that turned clear to me this yr is that I’m able to make some modifications in my life once more. Subsequent yr I don’t plan to journey as a lot and as a substitute deal with another little tasks that I wish to do. Generally you simply want to combine issues up in your life a bit and see the place you land – and that’s my solely plan this coming yr.
This yr I checked out my yr in numbers and put among the quantity highlights in my video. However there have been many I overlooked too…like
1 – Variety of occasions I obtained COVID
6 – Variety of lobsters I ate whereas biking PEI in 7 days
11 – Variety of months I had my automobile earlier than it obtained totaled by a success and run
Get pleasure from my 2022 in numbers!
Previous Years in Overview Movies
Along with seeing how my travels have modified, how I’ve modified, and to see simply what number of locations I’ve gone – this can be a fascinating journey by means of video know-how too if you’re into that form of factor! My modifying has undoubtedly improved through the years – and it additionally appears that my travels have turn out to be extra epic.
2021 – Popping out of a Pandemic
2021 was filled with challenges – however I believe one of many nice issues that has come out of the pandemic is that individuals are getting used to uncertainty – and I’ve at all times believed that could be a good factor. I lived greater than a decade in uncertainty as a nomad, and my career is filled with uncertainty (even outdoors a pandemic!) – so I really feel like I’m fairly used to it. However for many people – this stage of uncertainty is admittedly uncomfortable. I hope you’ll be able to study to embrace it – it makes life way more pleasurable once you don’t have expectations for my part!
Merriam Webster’s phrase of the yr for 2021 was “vaccine” – and by the top of the yr – I had 3 pictures, and was so grateful. On this yr’s video you’ll be able to see my phrase of the yr, my phrase for subsequent yr, how I shrank myself, my home travels, and naturally so many foster kittens!
2020 – Travels and COVID
It began like every other yr. I – like most individuals – had a variety of plans for it – beginning with a giant fiftieth birthday celebration in El Salvador with girlfriends, France, Australia, Iceland, Switzerland, and Ecuador already deliberate.
Nevertheless, shortly after my fiftieth birthday, every thing modified. I watched because the world got here to a halt, my journeys disappeared off my calendar, my work dried up, and lives had been modified eternally.
Instantly our regular massive extensive world turned fairly small…and life turned all about Residence.
Once I determined to make Denver my dwelling in 2017 after a decade of being nomadic, I had no concept how necessary this dwelling could be. My dwelling has actually saved my life twice. First, after I contracted blood clots from flying in 2018. And second – this yr…when the world closed and out of the blue the one place anybody might go was dwelling…fortunately I really had a house to go to!
For somebody who’s used to by no means being dwelling, this journey in staying dwelling was new and unique to me. Simply final yr I had mentioned that I wanted a break, however I had no concept that it will come on this type.
This may need been one of the best yr of journey I’ve ever had. I truthfully can’t consider all the unbelievable locations I used to be fortunate sufficient to go in 2019. Nevertheless, I traveled SO MANY locations this yr that this video is 8 minutes lengthy…which looks like an eternity for a video. I celebrated 13 years of journey running a blog and I traveled on 24 totally different journeys in 2019. I took a browsing workshop, traveled with my father to Panama, and took my first journey to Sweden.
The yr I went to Alaska within the winter to see the northern lights. I additionally was fortunate sufficient to go to Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. Despite the fact that I had a house, I gave the impression to be touring greater than ever. It was additionally the yr I did my first Ottsworld Tour in Eire. This was additionally the yr I completed the Niece Venture with my youngest niece who went to India with me.
The yr I obtained a house base in Denver and introduced my nomadic way of life to an finish. It additionally took my 2nd journey to Antarctica on an epic 28 day cruise from New Zealand to the Ross Sea Antarctica. I visited Norway for the primary time!
The yr I hiked the Cami de Ronda – a 130 mile coastal hike in Costa Brava Spain with my dad. I went to Alaska for a second time to discover the distant parks. And I took a polar bear safari in Churchill whereas engaged on a giant influencer marketing campaign with Corning Glass.
The yr I crossed the Arctic Circle and went to Alaska for the primary time. I additionally went to a distant Island within the Arctic Ocean – Wrangel Island to see Polar Bears. Lastly – I did a challenge the place I lived in Alberta Canada for a month within the winter – it was enjoyable to have a ‘dwelling’ once more for a month!
The yr I spent almost a month in Hawaii doing a 2 week instructing job at Iolani College. I additionally took on one other journey in India – the Rickshaw Run. I drove an auto rickshaw throughout India, 2000 miles, for two weeks and elevating $15,000 for Charity Water.
This yr I used to be on the transfer greater than ever sleeping in 107 totally different beds and transferring roughly each 3 days. I used to be loving my nomadic life! I explored Patagonia for a whole month, lived in Buenos Aires for a month, hiked the Lycian Method in Turkey, and took part in my first massive model influencer challenge with Carlson Corporations.
This was the yr I began the Niece Venture with my oldest niece who I took to Italy. It was additionally the yr I walked the Camino de Santiago – a 5 week hike throughout northern Spain. And eventually, I made it to the seventh continent – Antarctica – with my father.
The yr I drove a automobile throughout 13 international locations from London to Mongolia within the Mongol Rally. This was the craziest and most fun journey I had achieved up to now. I slept in 75 totally different beds for the yr and one automobile!
The yr I turned a real nomad. With no dwelling, I needed to hold transferring across the nation and globe and depend upon the kindness of strangers, pals, and household. This was additionally the yr I began doing home sitting!
The yr I discovered easy methods to drive a bike whereas residing in Saigon Vietnam! I additionally made my first journey to Mongolia, and hiked the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal with my father!
The yr I offered every thing, left NYC for good, and moved to Vietnam to stay and train English.
A convention begins! My first vacation video I made after finishing my 16 months of travels all over the world on my profession break.