For us, the New Year brings the possibility of new experiences. It’s a blank page ready to be filled with new travels, new people, and new challenges. Memories that later will be unforgettable haven’t been made yet, and the openness of the fresh slate has endless possibilities. A year ago, we both had dreams that we were preparing for: for Megan, moving to Brazil post-graduation and living in a new country.
We made The Borderless Project, and it’s been one of our greatest accomplishments of the year. And now, as it grows and develops, we have the opportunity to grow with it, to be exposed to our next dream adventures, to the people who will fill next years pages, and waiting to see where we will be one year from now is simply exhilerating.
For Henry, saving up and attending the World Cup as he had dreamed of for years. Looking back on the year, about mid-way we had both already accomplished our dreams, and new ones began to grow. We realized another dream we now had in common: finding a way to share our travel experiences and help other travelers do the things they dreamed of like we had.
A year ago, neither of us knew where we would be on December 31st, 2014. We knew what we would accomplish before now, but for this moment at time, we had no idea what we’d be doing. Working together on our project from Lima and getting ready for our next trip South, we want to take time to reflect on everything that got us here, and where in the world we think we’ll be sitting on Dec. 31st, 2015.
What are some of your favorite moments from the year?
H: Being at the World Cup, trekking to Machu Picchu, visiting Iguazu Falls, the day we published the blog and quitting my job.
M: Celebrating Carnaval in Rio with new friends, traveling alone by bus from Rio to Peru, trekking to Machu Picchu, ending up living in two new places instead of just one, and not being afraid to publish our blog and share it with everyone we knew
What was the most unexpected thing to happen?
H: Meeting Megan and starting The Borderless Project with someone I had only met months before
M: Ending the year after living in Lima for several months, also with someone I had only met months before
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
H: Surviving the World Cup in Rio. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to make it through after saving money for a year, but I did and I had an incredible time.
M: I went into the year with a lot of things I wanted to accomplish, but knew would be difficult challenges. Not only following through and doing it, but creating a life for myself in several new places has been my biggest achievement because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
What did you expect to be your biggest challenge?
H: Not having enough money to eat every day in the World Cup.
M: Initially, fully embracing not getting a typical job after college and wondering if I was “doing what I was supposed to”, even though I knew it was what I wanted to do. And having my organs harvested in Rio. I expected that.
If you had to pick one word to describe 2014, what would it be?
H: Fantastic. (or cerveja )
M: (The) Best
What ended up being your biggest challenge?
H: Learning Portuguese. My fear of running out of money helped me save enough to eat and drink more than enough during the World Cup.
M: Traveling alone without speaking Spanish and learning what “independent” means when there’s literally nobody to do things for you.
And for 2015…
What do you want out of 2015?
H: Keep traveling and helping people along the way, and to have The Borderless Project grow much more
M: More new experiences, more wonderful people and traveling much more as The Borderless Project team
Where do you want to be sitting in exactly one year?
H: In Thailand
M: I like going into the year with no idea where it’ll lead, but I have a feeling somewhere in Asia…
We are endlessly excited for new memories and wonderful adventures ahead, in our personal lives and as the The Borderless Project team. Thank you to everyone who has followed along with us, as you can see you’ve been a part of the greatest achievement of our year and we cannot thank you enough for the support. If you want to, feel free to comment with your own answers to these questions…We’d love to hear what everyone else has done in 2014!
Looking back on the year is one of the greatest ways to realize how much you’ve accomplished and how much is possible in the coming year, and these are our current sentiments on all of it. Having such a new project and being such a new team, we’re going into the New Year with the feeling that things can only grow from here.
Happy New Year and Happy Wandering.
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