By Amber Ainsworth

A month ago at this time, I was on my way to Norway.

I had a long day that included two layovers that would bring me to Boston and Iceland. It was my first time traveling internationally, so I was filled with excitement about the journey but a lot of anxiety as well.

Right now, I’m wrapping up my last few days in the country before I fly home Sunday morning. I came into the trip with no idea what to expect, but I had one of the best experiences of my life, and I am so thankful to have spent four weeks in such a beautiful, energetic and diverse place.

Before this trip, I was pretty set on the idea of traveling for work eventually. The journey to Norway to work has only reaffirmed that desire.

Some days were go, go, go with barely any time to rest. Some days I was gone from the apartment longer than I was there sleeping. Those days were the best days.

From the people I met, the festivals and shows I attended, the people I interviewed, and the days I spent roaming the streets, I don’t think there was ever a day on this trip that I didn’t really feel like I was accomplishing something or part of something that was bettering me, both as a person and a journalist.

I’m not ready to go home. I feel like there’s still so much to see, and I don’t want to return to the routine of life, but at the same time, I am so excited to take the energy I gained while on the trip and some ideas I have back home and expand my skills even more.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to put the impact this experience has had on me into words for quite a while, but I just haven’t been able to. I don’t think there’s a way to really sum up just how much breaking free from the day-to-day for a bit can be beneficial, especially when it involves exploring and doing what you love.

I’ll be back in the United States soon, but I’m sure I won’t be there for long without another adventure.