The Around the World Episode

(If I could tell my dad one thing about traveling around the world), I would just tell him, 'I get it'..png

Have you ever wondered what it was like to travel around the world?


Sometimes, I look at those around the world tickets and think, “One day…”

Or I could live vicariously through friends (for now).

My married friends, Jacque and Ozzie, took roughly 70 days traveling through the South Pacific and Europe on a trip that could only be described as life-changing.

 After losing his father to cancer, Ozzie wanted to honor his father by going to the places his dad planned on visiting when he retired or where he was stationed while in the military.

So with passports in hand and about a month to plan, Jacque and Ozzie set out to Hawaii, Australia, Bali, Vietnam, Thailand, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, and Nashville before finally coming home to L.A.

Through it all, they learned:

  • What trust looks like when you only have one person to truly rely on

  • Why you can’t always listen to other people and why they loved a certain place — you have to explore on your own and discover what you like

  • The balance of planning and freedom while traveling AND the importance of compromise with both

  • Why you can’t wait for “one day” to do the things you really want to do 

This quote like so many of Bourdain’s quotes sticks with me and was one I went back to over and over after recording this episode. 

"It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that's enlightenment enough — to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go."

-Anthony Bourdain

May we all have the courage to live outside of our comfort zones and to set foot in someone else’s shoes and to never ever stop exploring.

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