Back in September when I started planning my trip, I also began challenging myself to reach out to at least one role model a week for an entire year. My original plan back in September was to do both – backpack and continue connecting with an influencer a week.
Ironically, it was being able to connect and talk with three of these role models- Sherry, Rolf, and Adam Braun – that convinced me to change my mind. As Adam Braun said to me
You’ll have your whole life to work and connect with your role models, but this is a rare time in your life when you can backpack and fully immerse yourself in your environment and the people you’re with without having to worry about checking your email.
If anyone knows why it is so important to be fully engaged when you’re backpacking it is Adam; it was through a backpacking experience in college that gave Adam the idea to start Pencils of Promise a few years later.
Taking Sherry, Rolf, and Adam’s advice, I decided this week to dedicate the next 3.5 months of my life to only my surroundings and the people around me (and calling my family every now and then to tell them that I’m alive).
But I don’t plan on quitting with my challenge. When I return from my backpacking trip, I will be in San Francisco and continuing to reach out to my role models, picking up where I left off in my dream city.
Until then, signing off for now,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam