Can we talk about that time I booked the cheapest flight out of Iceland?
I had two weeks left in Europe and I wanted to take full advantage.
I jumped on Skyscanner as I lay in my Airbnb and found a killer flight deal to London. I thought, “Why not?” and pressed ‘Book’.
I arrived in London the following morning and I quickly discovered that I knew a ton of travel creatives from the city. I was solo, but before I knew it, I had a full itinerary with Londoners who wanted to show me around.
On my first night, I reached out to Cle, whom I’ve been following on Instagram for years. We immediately made plans to go salsa dancing with his sister Camille , who I’ve also connected with through the app.
Before we went dancing, we decided to pre-game at their friend and co-creator, Barnie’s apartment. We’ve been following each-other on Instagram for years but it felt amazing to connect with like-minded people who have a similar vision of the world. We’d been watching each-other’s lives through a small screen and we finally had the chance to create real connection. We discussed our travels, upcoming projects, and more. It didn’t take long before Cle suggested that we create something while I was in town. And of course, I was down.
Nearly a week and several encounters later, we met up to create a video. We had no plans or scripts and somehow, that made the experience so much more exciting. I was pushed outside of my comfort zone, but it felt good. In fact, this was one of the best nights of my year. It was full of love, laughter, connection, youth, and fun. Pure fun. We didn’t set out to create a viral video or a story that would ‘perform well’. We simply created to create, and I loved it.
At one point, we were sitting at a pizza shop discussing our ‘worst qualities’. How’s that for getting to know each other? Here’s a group of strangers who met on the internet, running around London and sharing stories of life and love. I was living that moment and I didn’t want the night to end.
Here’s to more collaboration and more connection in 2019.