As the fellows’ travels are coming to a close, they’re looking back with some warm and fuzzy feelings (and a whole lot of laughter) at what they’ve learned about themselves, each other, and the world while traveling this year.
There are two kinds of people in the world: airport sitters and airport sprinters. If I don’t sit at my gate for at least an hour before boarding, I’m late. If some of my teammates aren’t running onto the plane during last call, they’re early.
If you can navigate based on the sun, HOLD YOUR RESOURCEFUL HEAD UP HIGH. Your teammates might make fun of your wild-child, outdoorsy ways, but at some point, it’ll come in handy.
Sleeping is a talent. Red eye flights, late nights followed by early mornings. Inheriting my dad's ability to pass out on cue will never be taken for granted again.
I am a morning person, and I'm so so sorry. Yes, I am a morning person. No, I don't drink coffee. I’ve come to realize that apologies are in order, and the world isn't always ready for energy at 8am.
Everyone wants a window seat, but not everyone can get one. May the odds be ever in your favor. Pro tip: if you are responsible for booking travel reservations, all the power is in your hands.
Working on the plane is not a thing. As soon as the flight takes off, despite your best effort, YOU WILL FALL ASLEEP. Make plans to meet deadlines accordingly.
NEXUS is a wonderful thing. Seriously. I never have to worry about how long it's going to take me to get through airport security or customs, because I normally walk right through. It's $180 for a five year NEXUS pass. If you're doing any international travel or hate waiting in lines, it's worth it.
Exploration can be either energizing or exhausting. One of my favorite parts of traveling to new cities is physically running around the city in the mornings and then figuratively running around to meet friends in the evenings.
And one more for the road…
Uber drivers a wealth of knowledge. Ask them about the best places to see and eat. One time, an Uber driver gave us a list of 20 dining recommendations AND the exact addresses of every. single. one.