The trip was also difficult at times, from dealing with long bus rides and car sickness to flipping over my bicycle handlebars in Peru and breaking both my body and my ego.But I was fine.

In point of fact, the trip demonstrated my true independence and capabilities, so I was more than content. It also demonstrated to me the beauty of immersing oneself in a culture that is distinct from one’s own and connecting with locals who are eager to teach you about it.

Years later, when people inquire about my favorite trip, this is the one that comes to mind.