I arrived in Shanghai via train on February 6th, 2019; I did not know that this would be the last stop on my trip. I came into this city with a different mindset. I didn’t care to explore or see the sights here, I wanted a place to call home for a while, so that I wouldn’t have to be constantly planning where I was going to sleep the follow week. I also wanted to see if I would enjoy living in a busy urban city like Shanghai. I’ve traveled many times to similar metropolises but I always wanted to try my hand at living in one. So I rented a tiny little apartment for 1 month, got a 1 month gym membership, and just lived here for albeit a brief period of time.
So after a month of living in Shanghai, I decided that my next destination was back home to Southern California. I had been deliberating when to end my trip since the turn of the new year. I had written about my thoughts in this article I published, while I was still in Japan, called When Should I Go Home. I was unable to commit to a decision, whether to continue around the world or fly back home while I was still bordering the Pacific. I stumbled upon a $175 direct flight ticket back to LAX, although not a substantially convincing argument to conclude my trip on it’s own, ended up being the tipping point I needed, I bought it and didn’t look back. I loved my trip but I didn’t have the energy left to continue and enjoy another 3-6 months of backpacking. I was ready to go home.
I stayed in Shanghai, China between February 6th - March 6th, 2019
I feel unexpectedly sad to have finished blogging about my trip, even though I’m writing this one year afterwards. It’s like penning the final word in the most interesting chapter of my life so far. I’m not a fan of over hyping things but I continue to repeat in every self-reflecting article that the experiences I’ve gained and all the different people, lives, places, and cultures I was exposed to during my trip have fundamentally changed my life for the better. If you get the chance to do something similar, buy the ticket, explore, go.