LAST YEAR, I EMBARKED ON A SOLO TRIP around the Land of the Golden Pagodas: Myanmar. One of the things I love most about solo travel is that it pushes you to meet people — not only other travelers, but locals as well. In my days alone in Myanmar I had the honor and gift to meet a number of locals who each left an impact on me, an exchange that I carried with me through the trip, and home, like charms on a bracelet.
Myanmar has more than 100 different ethnic groups — 135 distinct ones last I checked — so it would be unwise of me to claim I encountered all of them. I barely scratched the surface of Myanmar, but what — and who — I was able to experience will be with me constantly, and always calling me back. Here are 12 people from Myanmar that I am honored to have met and photographed.