My annual holiday recap is here! This has been a year of a lot of flights – big, small, long, and short. In fact, one of my most memorable moments this year was taking a little charter flight from Nome, Alaska to Anadyr, Russia across the Bering Strait. It was a small 12 seat plane, I was right behind the pilot when suddenly in the middle of the flight he turned around and tapped me on the knee. He motioned for me to get up and look out the front window of the plane. There he pointed out our first sighting of Russia through the clouds. I sat back down, fastened my seat belt, and thought about what just happened.
I just flew over the Bering Strait and saw Russia out of the cockpit of an airplane.
If someone had told me back when I was a teenager that I would view Russia from the cockpit of a plane as an adult, I would’ve assumed that had grown up to be a pilot or in the military.
But never…never ever…in my wildest dreams would’ve I thought that I’d grow up to be a travel writer flying to remote Russia to write about it.
I used to think creating this video was easier than sending cards, but after spending all day working on it I’m starting to question that theory! However, when it’s done, I’m always happy I went through the process of creating it. It’s a chance to realize just how special of a year I’ve had traveling around the world writing, and how lucky I am to be doing what I’m doing. After 9 years it’s easy to start to take it for granted, but this video always makes me thankful.
I hope this year you are flying somewhere wonderful!