Cheers to the next chapter!

What a year! This day marks 12 months that I’ve been living out of a backpack and circling the globe. Let’s pause for all the other backpackers out there and take a moment to absorb what I mean by “living”. I’m not implying that I was on vacation with a suitcase or barely surviving on the road with some luggage. I mean my toiletries, kitchen, first aid, bedroom closet, and playroom was carried on my back around the world. I now have a new attachment to this blue beauty that has hugged me on trains, busses and hikes and slept next to me in hostels, vans, airports and tree houses. It’s been below jet planes and on top of Peruvian mini vans… I feel like it should have a name, any suggestions?




















As I begin to comprehend where I’ve been and continue to appreciate where I am now, I realize that my experiences are reaching beyond the people and places and are now truly extending to new friends and extraordinary cultures.

Much love and many thanks to those who have continually supported this spectacular adventure. To the fellow travelers that have brought me new perspectives and to the other unexpected connections along the way… My heart has full gratitude for your vibrant addition to my life.

Cheers to the next chapter and more priceless memories!

*Side note: I’m currently taking nominations for the handstand photo of the year! Please take a look at the page above titled “Handstanding around the world” and pick your favorites. You can comment below or email me directly at The top 5 will be announced and voted on soon!

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2 thoughts on “Cheers to the next chapter!

  1. Kim Kaneshiro

    Hi Erika – Happy New Year! So amazing all of the places you have been! I’m thinking a backpack name might be “Dora the Explorer” 🙂 So what are your plans now? Blessings and prayers!! Kim K.

  2. Robin

    Traveling with that one bag is beyond my imagination, so thank you for expanding my horizons in many ways over the last year. Here’s to more adventures with ‘Big Blue’. 🙂

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