"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life"
I grew up loving travel. Every summer my family would pile into our big blue van and head off to a new destination across America. When I came out as transgender and started transitioning, I started to believe I could no longer travel safely - especially when venturing across international borders - because of discrimination and issues with IDs. But then I made the decision to move to England for graduate school, one of the scariest but most rewarding decisions I've ever made. Over a a span of three months while living in England, I traveled to six different countries and regions: Luxembourg, Northern Ireland, Russia, Mongolia, China, and Tibet. That's when I realised that travel is possible, and that my gender doesn't have to hold me back from what I love.
I learned that I could use travel as a form of radical healing and self-love, and I decided to set out to tackle the impossible: visiting 100 countries in 1 year.