I Traveled The World In Search Of Life Lessons From Different Cultures — Here Are The Things That Have Stuck With Me Ever Since
In the surprise aftermath of lockdown, some learnings were much more valuable than I could have ever expected.
Hi! I'm Annie, a travel + health journalist. A bit before the pandemic started, I was lucky enough to travel around the world doing research for my first book about global wellness practices.
To write it, I traveled to six spots — Jamaica, Norway, Hawaii, India, Japan, and Brazil — to interview locals and experts about the well-being philosophies that define their lives.
In retrospect, the timing of the book was incredibly cosmic, because I handed in the first draft of my manuscript just weeks before the pandemic grounded the globe.
(So yes: I ended up editing a book about travel when travel and life as we knew it had just come to a screeching halt. 😬)
At first, I was nervous about working on a travel-centric book during a time when the future of travel — and the world at large — was so uncertain.
But fortunately, the wisdom I gathered on my reporting trips around the world was actually the very thing that helped me feel okay during those Twilight Zone first few months of lockdown life — and has continued to help me feel well to this day.
If anything, having the time to practice what I preach over the past year has helped me solidify the idea that lessons for living well can be applied wherever you are — no travel or serious cash flow required.