WHEN I WAS TOLD that I’d been selected to go on a tour to Turkey as the first traveler-in-residence in the partnership between MatadorU and Adventure Center, my first thought was, “Awesome!” quickly followed by, “Uh-oh.”
Even with years of travel behind me, I’d somehow managed to experience an almost-uniformly independent roster of adventures. Being part of a tour would be a new one on me, and my excitement was tempered by ambivalence about group dynamics. Would I like the people on my tour? Would I be popular? Would my group eventually drive me to drink? Would the challenges of living with strangers for 15 days be worth it? The answers, in hindsight: Yes, yes, yes and definitely, yes.