I have been travelling now for almost 3 months and it is something that I have always dreamed of doing but never really believed that I would.
At 13 I wanted to move to Hollywood (typical theatre school kid) then at 16 I went to New York with college & almost convinced myself not to go to the airport with everyone else but to run away and stay there (which obviously didn’t happen). When I was 18 I started my degree in Primary Teaching and booked as many holidays as humanly possible. Between 2013 and 2016 I visited Portugal, Gibraltar, Spain (3 times), Egypt (twice), Venice, Croatia, Turkey, Athens, Poland, Crete & Santorini. Most of these were new places to me and were an escape from the stresses of University.
During my final year in University, my boyfriend and I decided that we wanted to visit Australia but not only visit, go travelling ‘properly’. Living out of our backpacks & staying in hostels. At first, I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to do it, then I asked myself ‘why not?’ I couldn’t think of a good enough reason so I let myself get excited.
We decided that we would work for 18 months & then go with as much money as we could have possibly saved giving ourselves the best start.
When we first left, I didn’t know what I wanted to get out of this year. I knew that we wanted to do the 88 Days regional work to get our second year visas to leave the option of returning but other than that, all I wanted was to do something that would make me happy.
As the weeks have gone on & I have seen what this beautiful country has to offer, I’ve been filled with so many ideas of what I’d like to do. Unfortunately, I would probably need to be 12 different people all at once to do it all. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been called a dreamer, I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Writing this blog has encouraged my love of writing even more. Ever since I was a child, I have loved to read. I was that kid who took a book everywhere, including to parties ‘just in case’. Not only have I always loved to read, but I loved to write! I have always had so many ideas that I couldn’t always put pen to paper which is why the drafts section of my blog currently has over 20 posts in (all of which are varying in levels of completion). I want to be a writer. A travel writer, a children’s book author, to write a memoir, I want it all.
Walking around a shopping centre in Noosa, I walked into a bookshop (I can never resist) and I was hit with another one of my childhood dreams. I want to own a bookstore/library & encourage even more people to read. I want to host events for children to engage them with reading for pleasure. I want to open up a chain of bookstores that have heart & soul instead of mass produced bestsellers.
I also want to never stop travelling & to see every country before I die. I want to be able to make enough money that I never have to settle for a job that I’m only doing to fund more travel. I want to do all of the above whilst still being an explorer. Now you can see why I’m a dreamer who may have her head in the clouds but has good intentions.
Travelling in these last few months has made me no closer to figuring out what I’ll actually do with my adult life, but it has made me more passionate about my life. I know that this was 100% the best thing I could have done & though I miss everyone at home, I know that they’re happy that I’ve found happiness.
Before I came travelling (or decided to travel), I knew (or thought) that I would end up working in a job related to my degree, I’d save up, move out, go through the traditional route of life and it terrified me that I would never get to see the world for more than 2 or 3 weeks at a time.
Travelling has helped with my self-esteem, it has helped with my confidence & even though some might describe long-term travel as putting off the ‘real world’, I have grown up more in the last 3 months than in the 3 years previous & I can say without a hint of cringing or awkwardness that I am proud of myself. I don’t want to settle for a life that I am not in control of. There’s a quote I have seen on Instagram that states ‘in 10 years from now, make sure you can say you chose your life & that you didn’t settle for it.’ That is my mantra.