July 2015 is when I left my permanent job at Fitch, September 15 I was travelling around the USA for a month. Safe to say I needed a holiday. I wanted to spend time in the country exploring not just New York (this was my fifth time in NY) but other parts of the country particularly the south. I did a lot of research but in the end booked two trips through Intrepid.
The first tour was from New York to New Orleans, my second tour was from Las Vegas to San Francisco. Luckily I had family in Connecticut and Albuquerque so I had the chance to break free of the tour regime in between tours. My trip was one of my favourite I've ever taken. I wasn't sure what to expect of the country. I have major problems with how America deals with race and gun control. As soon as we passed into the southern states I saw my first confederate flags, always flying proudly over its owners houses.
I did a lot of once in a lifetime things, I biked the Golden Gate Bridge, took a hot air baloon in New Mexico, saw the Grand Canyon, visited the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, saw a free music festival in Nashville, watked the Vegas strip and walked Yosemite national park.
Seeing the natural landscape of America made think about how the land, which is the most stunning I've ever seen, should be separated from the countries reputation. The problem with a lot of countries if that ignorant people sometimes define how it is seen. America is beautiful, it is rich in landscape, culture and people. I'm not sure what the future is for race relations in America but there are interesting and honest conversations people are having now which is somewhat hopeful.