2012 proved to be an amazing year of travel for me. I was lucky enough to travel to Europe twice (to London for the Family Planning Summit and Berlin for TEDxChange), visit Rio for the very first time for Rio + Social and Rio + 20, and visit Ethiopia at the tail end of the year. Each time I traveled out of the country it was to learn more about global development from family planning for women in developing nations to frontline health workers.
Not only did I learn about global development programs and country commitments to global problems, I also learned not to panic when you’re stuck in Frankfurt with only a few hours to spare to get to Berlin for TEDxChange. I learned to get local money for tips before leaving the airport. I also learned to take local transportation and use AirBnB when you’re in town for a UN conference and all of the hotel rooms have been gobbled up.
I discovered a ton, wrote a lot, and set my pace for another year of educating myself about programs in developing countries that are working to help those in need or have been scaled to show a massive, sustainable effort.
Through it all, my favorite travel moment of the year was spending time with children in the Ethiopian villages I visited with Save the Children two weeks ago. They were so sweet and innocent. I couldn’t get over their beautiful faces.