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When I turned 27 last year, I wrote that it had been the best year of my life so far.

Now, on the eve of my 28th birthday, I can happily say that again. This past year has been the best one yet and, hopefully, I’ll write that every October until I drop dead at 110. 

My 27th year took me to some cool places.

I celebrated my brother’s wedding in New England and reunited with an old friend in old England.

I floated in a hot air balloon above 3,000-year-old settlements in Cappadocia, Turkey, and marveled at the perseverance of the human race. I walked through a ghost town in Chernobyl, Ukraine, and marveled at our ability to destroy it. 

I spent days full of tacos in the anonymous crowds of Mexico City and days full of tacos with friends and family in the US. (I ate a lot of tacos.)

I finally bought a freakin’ kindle.

I read 30 books, I wrote more and wrote better, I became a travel contributor at Cincinnati Refined and International Living and I was published in the Boston Globe.

I didn’t get a job in Antarctica, but I haven’t given up hope that I’ll land one next year. 

Slight North didn’t collapse under the pressure of almost half a million page views and I haven’t (yet) collapsed under the spectacular fear of failure that’s accompanied my leap to blogging full time. 

I’m still living out of a 55-liter backpack.

I’m still in love with a bald man.

I’m still pretty terrified that the past three years have been a huge mistake.

I still can’t bring myself to regret it.


This article is part of the Dan and Di Series. Read the rest below:

Turning 27: My Year in Review

Looking Back at 2018: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Lost Creek Memory Barn Wedding Album

13 Desert Engagement Photos from Abu Dhabi, UAE


I’ve been traveling full-time for three years, these are the resources that make it happen:

➤ I exclusively use Airbnb for savings and security on long-term stays in furnished apartments.

➤ I use for short-term stays in hostels and hotels on weekend trips.

Skyscanner and the Scott's Cheap Flights newsletter help me find and book cheap flights and mistake fares.

Upwork allowed me to take the leap to travel full-time because they make it so easy to find freelance clients in any field. 

➤ The Superstar Blogging Travel Writing Course launched my travel writing career and helped me become a contributor at sites like Cincinnati Refined and International Living, and even get published in the Boston Globe.

➤ Finally, I love hosting my travel blog on SiteGround because they have helpful and responsive customer service and I love MediaVine and CJ for helping me make a living doing what I love!


  1. Cheers to 28!


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