Rewind to Christmas 2018. I recieved a Lonely Planet travel guide to the wonderful country of Australia. Obviously I had mentioned traveling there more than a few times (either that or my parents were heavily hinting something…). I always had in my head that someday I would travel Australia, but I almost can’t believe that the flight is booked, and in a month I’ll be gone!
The crazy thing is that I’m not nervous at all. It just seems completely right to me that I have this one way ticket to the other side of the world. I’m very aware it won’t all be happiness. I’m sure to have to overcome some low times while I’m away. Maybe what I am doing just hasn’t sunk in yet?!
Choosing to travel Australia
Right after pressing submit on my flight booking I looked at my dad and said ‘who is this person and where has she come from?’ I’m not known for being the most decisive person, but for some reason my motivation this entire year has been to travel Australia.
I’ve always felt very restricted on what I am able to do thanks to training multiple times a day for kayaking. Kayak training did effect my social life at uni for sure, although it did bring me many other amazing opportunities. Now that I am on a prolonged break from the sport, my first thoughts were travel.
I chose Australia because it is a relatively safe country for solo travellers, and has a well established community of backpackers and hostels. The fact that it is on the other side of the planet is also something that draws me to it. It’s a real challenge, you can’t just hop home after a bad day. Of course I am also so excited for the stunning scenery and outdoor lifestyle.
Worried about fitness?
I am a bit of a health and fitness nut. Currently I go to the gym at least four days a week, and cycle and swim as well. I know that as a backpacker I will not have access to the gym, but I want this trip to be sustainable. Exercise is part of my identity. I know that to avoid burning out and wanting to come home I can’t completely fall off the bandwagon.
I’m also nervous about not being a big drinker while I travel Australia. I do drink, but I’m a glass of wine kind of person rather than a drink to get drunk girl. I don’t want to be someone I’m not. However I don’t want my lack of alcohol consumption to impact my ability to make friends. I don’t think non-drinkers are particularly common down the East Coast backpacking party route.
Most excited for?
The outdoor lifestyle! I love walking, whether hiking through jungle or strolling along a beach. I am also such a water baby, and I can’t wait to swim in lagoons, oceans and under waterfalls. I’m also excited to come across a totally different range of wildlife to anything I’m used to. Although yes, the idea of sharks and crocodiles somewhat terrifies me.
I can’t wait to meet loads of people all with their own stories from all over the world! The great thing about solo travel Australia is that no-one knows me. I can be the person I want to be, without any past history or baggage with someone influencing how you are percieved. I do also have a few relatives out there, so I am really looking forward to meeting up with them.
And the best thing of all is that I have NO IDEA how the next year is going to go, what’s going to happen, where I will work and who I will meet. I’m truly stepping into the unknown for the first time in my life and I can’t flippin’ wait!!!!!!!