I may be a full-fledged adult, but I felt like a kid playing dress up when I put on high heels and red lipstick for my big birthday celebration in Hanoi, Vietnam. I’ve been traveling around the world with two of my best friends, and we’d ditched our trendy handbags for hefty backpacks about eight months ago. I didn’t even own heels, so we spent the day wandering through the shoe market while Vietnamese women pointed at our feet and laughed out loud at our big “farang” (slang for white people) size eights.
We went to dinner at the fancy Hilton Opera Hotel, then wore out our new dancing shoes at The New Century Club before getting shots of Baileys and pizza at a tiny lounge called Dragon Fly. Not a bad way to celebrate the beginning of the end (a.k.a. the last year of my twenties). Determined to live up the last of our youth, Amanda (www.amandapressner.com), Jen and I saved our cash and quit our day jobs to embark upon the ultimate girlfriends getaway—a yearlong, around-the-world adventure.
Disclaimer: I’ll jot down an entry for each of the next 364 days, but may have to put them up in batches (some islands in Asia don’t have wi-fi, people!).