I arrived in Sydney on the 1st September ’17 ready for a year in Aussieland working and holidaying and exploring what Down Under had best to offer me. Fresh out of uni with a BSc under my wing and already one year in California I was hop, skipping and jumping to be in a new country with all the freedom in the world.
After 10 months (well nearly 10), I have finally got a date that I am to leave the country (26th June ’18) and I can honestly say that Australia has been such an amazing experience and wouldn’t change it for the world.
Travelling in a different country, meeting people from around the world, learning things you never knew before about different cultures, bonding with people of all ages who are excited by the same things and have the same attitude to life as you, and ending up in situations you have never been in before and realising if you can handle some difficult situations here you can take on the world. Just the best experience ever.
Of course, it is not all sunshine and rainbows, things go wrong, you have bad situations, you feel uncomfortable, you question what you are doing in life, you realise that sometimes things are just out of your hands, but inevitably travelling has taught me one main thing – at the end of the day, everything will always work out.
Whether you don’t make friends on your first day, or don’t bond with anyone in the hostel, or get rejected for the first job you apply to, or every hostel appears to be booked up, or you don’t know where to go, or you lose something important, or you run out of money, or you don’t have a solid plan, or the list can go on and on… You will look back at it in a week or a month and think – Wow, that really was stupid to worry about that. Yes, we all worry and stress to some extent, but travelling you get to see a wider picture and not just the little bubble you can often get sucked into when you’re in a set routine day to day.
Before I came to Australia I always needed a plan, I needed to know what I was going to do, and who I was going to see, and whether they were going to cancel or not, because I didn’t like sitting around waiting for something to happen. But as soon as I arrived I havd only two nights in a hostel booked and no plan and obviously it has all worked out for the better. Some days I didn’t even where I was going to be in Australia in the evening let alone where I would be or what I would be doing in a week or a month! Travelling in a car camping at the nearest spot we could find was truely liberating and taught me I didn’t need a plan and that was fine. Also, often I find myself appreciating my home country more after seeing the differences from other countries, other times I wonder why England doesn’t do some things the same way as the rest of the world. There are pro’s and con’s to every situation and how you interpret it can be the key to a successful journey.
So, whether you are on holiday, on a year away from home, travelling inevitably, or even still at home but need a new perspective on life. It can be the little things and the way you look at them how it can completely change your mindset. After all, it isn’t about the opportunities we receive in the palm of our hands, it’s about opening our mind to be able to attract and identify a new opportunity when one arises.
Adventure is always out there, go forth and seek.