I can’t believe it is time to share my Month 11 Travel Reflection already. It has been a busy and exciting month of travelling, studying, organisation and adventuring. I have developed a few new interests and gained another qualification. We are currently in Noosa and this month we have visited 7 places (Magnetic Island, Cairns, Cape Hillsborough, Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach, Noosa & Brisbane) across Australia.
Month 11 Highlights
- Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest with Uncle Brian Tours. This has been my favourite day trip in the whole of Australia so far! We learned about the rainforest, conservation efforts and had a really fun day.
- Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef with Passions of Paradise and learning about marine conservation.
- Fun, Falls & Forest Trip with Uncle Brian Tours. Swimming in fresh-water waterfalls in the dry start of summer in Cairns was just lovely. The water is perfectly refreshing, the locations are stunning. Perfect trips.
- Spending extra time in Cairns to get an extra qualification each. We were supposed to stay for a week and ended up staying for 2! I got my First Aid Qualification and Jack got his Open Water PADI Diving License.
- Fraser Island. It was raining almost the entire time but we had the best group! I can say I’ve been off-roading on a beach and didn’t kill the 8 of us in the car! The Eli Creek lazy river was so much fun.
- Going back to Noosa. Being back at the river just felt like home. I absolutely adore the place! The Everglades Kayak tour was really fun.
- Going to a Clairvoyant at Eumundi Markets and feeling more settled within myself.
Month 11 Lowlights
- We went white water rafting which was fun but what was not fun was getting a barotrauma injury in my ear meaning I ended up in the doctors & on steroids for a week! I also ended up trapped under the raft when we flipped (on purpose) and panicking as I had water in my throat and couldn’t cough it out as there was limited space underneath – I genuinely thought I was going to drown as I felt like I couldn’t breathe, so yeah. I was probably only trapped for less than a minute but when you’re struggling to breathe and in a state of panic, it feels like a lot longer. I actually had the thought “is this really how I’m going to go?” The rest of the day was good though, once I got over the shock.
- Having to walk 40 minutes through a lightning storm after we (aka Jack) ignored the weather forecast.
What I’ve Learned
This month I gained my Level 2 Emergency First Aid Certification so I have learned infant, child & adult CPR and received Asthma and Anaphylaxis Training. This is required if you are working within a support role around children so I did the course in Cairns while Jack did his Open Water PADI Diving Qualification! We both learned new skills in month 11.
I also learned that I need to start trusting that whatever is meant to happen will. I need to work to make things happen but sometimes changing path will get me closer to where I want to be. I’m not good at relinquishing control so I’m still learning how to trust the journey!
In the next month, we’ll hopefully be starting work on the Sunshine Coast in non-farm related work! I’m hoping to be working with children again & Jack in Engineering. It’s also going to be Christmas which is going to be bittersweet but going to try & make the most of it.
There are also only a few days left to Vote for Me to be short-listed in the UK Blog Awards for my writing about Travelling with Anxiety.