ONE YEAR OF TRAVEL: A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

It's officially been a year since I declined a full-time job after graduation to embark on a life-altering adventure. I could write a book (actually, I am writing a book...eek!) about everything that has happened in the last year alone.

From the Cies Islands off the coast of Spain to stranded at border crossings between Greece & Bulgaria, to the beaches of Italy and the mountains of Utah, I have experienced some incredible highs, and of course some incredible lows. There were tears, and laughs, and bruises, and swear words, but there isn't a single moment I would trade. I wish I could've brought you all along on the adventure, but I hope you felt like you were there with me along the way.

Below is a series of black and white photographs from my journey in chronological order. 25 countries, 20 states, and one giant adventure.

 

Lisbon, Portugal: Europe day one. June 1, 2016

 

Madrid. June 12, 2016

 

Barcelona, Spain: Feet meet the Mediterranean Sea. June 15, 2016

 

Chamonix, France: Dinner overlooking Mount Blanc. June 23, 2016

 

Brno, Switzerland: Unenthused cat. June 25, 2016

 

Cinque Terre, Italy. July 3, 2016

 

Viareggio, Italy: Our Italian home. July 4, 2016

 

Venice, Italy. July 5, 2016

 

Standing on the border of Italy and Slovenia. July 6, 2016

 

Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia. July 7, 2016

 

Lake Bled, Slovenia. July 7, 2016

 

Zagreb, Croatia: Sleeping in the train station after becoming stranded. July 8, 2016

 

Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovnia: Bathroom with flickering lights. July 11, 2016

 

Sofia, Bulgaria: traditional Bulgarian dinner. July 15, 2016

 

Border of Greece: stranded at the Greek border crossing due to train strikes. July 16, 2016

 

Mount Olympus, Greece: Summit of the highest point in Greece. July 19 2016

 

Craiova, Romania: street art. July 23, 2016

 

Craiova, Romania: Romanian home. July 23, 2016

 

Prague, Czech Republic: street art titled "Two Peeing Men". July 28, 2016

 

Auschwitz. July 30, 2016

 

Cheb, Czech Republic. Josh and I's second anniversary. August 7, 2016

 

Quedlinburg, Germany. August 14, 2016

 

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Red Light District. August 12, 2016

 

Braunschweig, Germany. August 15, 2016

 

Ringsted, Denmark: sunset along country roads. August 17, 2016

 

Coopenhagen, Denmark: Nyhavn. August 18, 2016

 

Ostersund, Sweden: traditional Swedish crayfish party. August 22, 2016

 

Oslo, Norway: last day in Europe. August 31, 2016

 

Michigan: home after three months in Europe. September 2, 2016

 

Traverse City, Michigan: beginning of a road trip around the United States in a renovated van. October 30, 2016

 

Austin, Texas. November 14, 2016

 

San Antonio: taken at almost the exact time our van was being broken into. November 16, 2016

 

Salt Flats, Texas: shortly after climbing the tallest peak in Texas (pictured on the horizon). November 19, 2016

 

White Sand Dunes National Monument, New Mexico. November 22, 2016

 

Valencia, California: Christmas Day and a visit from my brother. December 25, 2016

 

Big Sur, California: Bixby Bridge. December 29, 2016

 

Half Moon Bay, California: Pacific love. December 30, 2016

 

San Francisco, California: my brother overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. December 31, 2016

 

Pacifica, California: the spot we were nearly struck by lightning. January 20, 2017

 

Santa Cruz, California: a best friend visit. January 25, 2017

 

Carson City, Nevada: sunset over the mountains. February 14, 2017

 

Salt Lake City, Utah: paragliding with our Couchsurfing host. March 1, 2017

 

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. March 10, 2017

 

Arches National Park, Utah: Delicate Arch. March 13, 2017

 

Zion National Park, Utah: Angel's Landing. April 8, 2017

 

Zion National Park, Utah: summit of Angel's Landing. April 8, 2017

 

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah: reflections. April 30, 2017

 

Ogden, Utah: searching for a summit. May 2, 2017

 

Odgen, Utah: final van day. May 10, 2017

8 Comments

  1. MJ on May 14, 2017 at 6:15 PM

    Really cool photos!

    • Shalee on May 26, 2017 at 10:43 AM

      WHAT KIND OF EMAIL IS THAT? 😉

      Thanks!

  2. Kathy on May 14, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    Great pic, cant wait to read your book!

    • Shalee on May 26, 2017 at 11:04 AM

      Thanks Kathy!

  3. Sabretoothed Chickens on May 14, 2017 at 11:04 PM

    These are so wonderful. These memories will stay with you always <3

  4. Katherine Twichel on May 15, 2017 at 3:03 AM

    Beautiful Photos Shalee! Can’t wait to read your book.

  5. Kathy H. on May 15, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Wow. Can’t wait to read your book also!

  6. Willene Tanis on May 17, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Spectacular recording of the experience of a lifetime.

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