Although I never have the clearest memories; something which majorly sticks out in my mind as a turning point throughout the last few years, is the moment that I made my decision to travel.
The decision was finalised in my last year of University, lying in bed one night with my boyfriend talking about our future, the world, the universe and everything in between. For me, it wasn’t the most simple of decisions (it doesn’t really help that I can’t make decisions to save my life anyway).
I have always struggled with a fear of the unknown and stepping out of my little comfort zone is absolutely terrifying to me. My worries about travelling in particular were even more complex as my number one fear is flying- just the mention of the word makes me want to cry.
However, this one night in particular, after years of scrolling through incredible images of different countries on Instagram, I decided there was no reason why I couldn’t do what I’ve always wanted to. The only barrier I had is the one I had put up for myself.
Once the decision was made, everything seemed to click into place. After deciding to face one huge fear (a long-haul flight, or lots of long-haul flights!), I suddenly became braver in every way. Although I am still absolutely terrified for the 1st of September when I have to get on nearly 24 hours of planes to get to Bali- I am also the most excited I have ever been.
So, after that intense ramble about how I actually found myself in this position, here is the plan so far.
(Warning: there’s not actually much of a plan)
- On the 1st of September my boyfriend Nathan and I are flying to Bali for just over three weeks. I have wanted to go to Bali for the longest time. I would even go so far as to say that Bali is at the top of my wanderlust bucket list.
- On the 24th September we fly from Bali to Sydney. We have working visa’s for Australia so will probably travel around the country a fair bit before choosing somewhere to settle for a while. I can really imagine me loving Australia more than anywhere and fitting in really well over there. Hopefully by this point I will also have an incredible tan so life will be extra fabulous.
- From the 14th of December to the 28th of December we will be flying to Fiji- another absolute dream location that I never thought I would actually have the chance to visit! We’ll be staying on various islands, and although this will be my first Christmas spent without my family, it’s most likely going to be a very special and memorable one.
- After Fiji- we’re flying back to Brisbane (I think) to continue exploring and living in Australia.
After that- there is no plan. And that’s the thing that excites me the most (which is crazy coming from someone as organised as myself). We have no idea how long we will stay in Australia and although we have some ideas of other places we would like to travel whenever we do decide to leave (New Zealand and Thailand to name just two), we have complete freedom to travel wherever we please.