The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

In May 2018, my boyfriend and I packed our bags in D.C. and set off on a year of travel and reflection. I call it “gap year”, but if I am being completely honest, I haven’t stopped working entirely. I established a technical consulting practice and work part-time on the side to help fund excursions!

I have four simple goals for my gap year:

  1. Exercise often
  2. Have fun
  3. Don’t run out of money
  4. Cut down on single use plastics

The first three are self explanatory, but I’d like to elaborate on the fourth. Did you know that last year, Americans used ~50 billion water bottles? Unfortunately, only 23% were recycled. We could all do better when it comes to producing less waste, and I figured I’d do my part in starting now!  

I pledged to not use single use plastic water bottles, which means carrying around a water bottle. As much as I’d like to deny it, I have never been the best at keeping up with things. This water bottle lasted about a month before it was left somewhere. I still have my second water bottle though!

I look forward to sharing itineraries, favorite travel spots, and travel hacks in the coming months!

Stay tuned, and if there is something you’d like to hear about in particular please reach out!

3 thoughts on “The Journey Begins

  1. I wish you the best of luck on your adventure and i hope that you can follow all 4 throughout the year. I live abroad and travel often. I always have my bottle with me but in some countries here in Europe you can’t drink the water. I feel so guilty every time i buy a single use plastic bottle. Good luck! Happy travels!

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  2. Thanks so much for your support, Louise, and thanks for sharing #4ocean. I just now started to follow them because of your recommendation, and at first glance they seem to be doing great work. I have had several conversations lately about straws. Provincetown, MA, along with several other locations have banned straws, which I think is fantastic. I have seen restaurants in these locations turn to bamboo, metal, or thick glass straws, and I haven’t had any problems with them losing rigidity. Paper and plant based do seem to get mushy 😦 Looking forward to seeing you next time I am home!


  3. Hi Whitney
    A comment on your single use plastic goal… I so applaud your efforts on this. I am following #4ocean on Instagram and am learning about the plastic crisis in our world. Good news is there are baby steps at least. I was at a restaurant in Beaufort and the straw was made of plant products. By the end of the meal it was getting mushy but that’s the point, right?
    Looking forward to following you on your blog. Hope to see you in October.

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