The beginning of the middle
Let me start by introducing myself. I turned 28 last week and gosh do I feel 18. But 18 and like I finally have some direction in my life. It took me ten years to work out what are my main goals, what do I want to do for a lifelong career but I also know that this may change again.
Over the past ten years I have travelled to roughly 15 countries already and they were all memorable. I always knew… travel that is what I want to do. But you ask yourself how do I do this. How will I afford this. Oh I can’t it is so expensive and my holidays and leave from work was always so limited so instead I would mostly travel within Australia to visit friends and family. There was also the occasional overseas trip through work or on my own. In 2008 I made the decision to join the Navy as a linguist because with all my research it said that if you want to travel and see the world this is your best option. I served for eight and a half years. I did a little bit of travel through work but I could have also done a lot more. This is my biggest regret.
I always knew… travel that is what I want to do.
So here I am the day after a girls party trip to Bali. Gosh was it fun. There were so many memories made, so many laughs and so many drinks consumed. It was a trip to remember and we have now vowed to do a yearly girls trip and the next stop is Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands. This trip has taught me some valuable lessons though for someone who wants to make travelling the focal point of your life.
In the short five days we were there we all gained three kg. It has to be put down to the copious amount of alcoholic beverages we had. We also missed our transfers to go see Gili Trawangan not once but twice. Therefore as I set off on my mission now to visit all 196 countries in the world drinking will be a last priority. I want to remember, I want to take my surroundings in, I do not want to be a tourist, I want to be a resident of the world.
Switching back to today. I am sitting in my apartment that is about to be packed up into boxes and stored in a container. This is where I now have to go through and decide what will I need for the next three months when I go to the extremes of summer and winter. For when I return for my university semester to continue working on my lifelong goal of being a Human Rights Advocate.
Working on my lifelong goal of being a Human Rights Advocate
This is the beginning!! The beginning of today where I will live the life I want. I will not succumb to being normal. I will be me and I will see the world. I will learn, experience and meet. In a few days I fly to the United Arab Emirates and I have a long list of wishlist items to complete. None of this includes drinking despite catching up with some friends. It is up to them if they want to tag along on my mission to experience as much as possible in the few days I am there.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page”. – Saint Augustine