Ellie Hamby, 68, and her granddaughter Sandy Hazelip, 28, have completed an 80-day around-the-world trip, visiting 22 countries on four continents. The duo set off on their adventure in January, starting in Miami and traveling through Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
The trip was a dream come true for Hamby, who had always wanted to travel the world but put her dreams on hold to raise a family. Hazelip, who quit her job to join her grandmother on the trip, said it was a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” that she will never forget.
The pair visited a variety of destinations, from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the ancient temples of Cambodia, and even went on a safari in Tanzania. Along the way, they encountered some challenges, including a brief hospital stay in Thailand for Hamby due to a stomach bug, but they persevered and continued on their journey.
Hamby and Hazelip documented their journey on social media, where they gained a large following of people who were inspired by their adventurous spirit and strong bond. The duo said the trip brought them even closer together and gave them a newfound appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the world.
As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, international travel remains challenging and unpredictable. However, Hamby and Hazelip’s journey serves as a reminder that with determination and a spirit of adventure, anything is possible.