I’m almost three months in to my Australia journey. We set off on our travels in early November last year, and are planning on staying for at least one year. It’s what everybody else seemed to be doing at the time, and it seemed like we had made the right decision. Travel a bit; get jobs, settle in different places and explore Australia – something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. But recently I can’t help but feel like I’m doing something wrong.
We’ve seen Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, The Great Ocean Road and everything in between in less than a month. We still have plans to see Cairns; the rest of Queensland, Ayers Rock and possibly Western Australia if we can afford it – and that’s spread out over the course of a whole year. That means there are many days where we’re strolling around aimlessly; applying for jobs with no reply, and quickly running out of money.
I’m writing this underneath a fan; on the striped bed covers in my Airbnb; the clouds are forming, the wind is picking up and birds are singing within the trees. Before this, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed admiring my favourite travel influences – and what stood out to me was how many countries they visit in such a short space of time.
Let’s Talk About The Travel Bug…
We knew we would eventually have to work, and that isn’t the issue. However waiting around to find work and waiting for people to respond is tedious; and it feels like every day is morphing into one. When I planned Australia, I didn’t want much more. I didn’t have the “travel bug”, I just knew I wanted to experience a year in a country I’d always dreamt of visiting as a child. Ever since I’ve been here; ever since I’ve developed a passion for travel – I’ve wanted more and more. I don’t want to stop, I don’t want days lying on a bed with no get up and go – I want to explore the world and visit several countries every year – not just one.
I never understood the term “travel bug” until I actually experienced it first hand. Australia is incredible and better than I initially anticipated, however there are still so many more countries I’m eager to visit this year, and the possibilities are endless. However, with a plan to stay in a country for a whole year means there’s 12 months to space everything out – which is great.
If you are looking to live; work, and travel Australia – then a year is fine, and that is originally what I wanted to do. Now that I’ve dipped my toes into travel, part of me wishes I’d made a six month plan – and then spend the other six months of the year exploring surrounding countries. Sometimes; our passions take over, even when they do seem unrealistic to many. I’ve said it quite a lot recently – that I’m quickly falling in love with travel writing and exploring new places in Australia to write about. When this is your job; you have the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want – unfortunately that’s something I currently don’t have.
On the other hand; having those passions and the travel bug, is what drives us to achieve and to follow our dreams. Everybody starts somewhere, unrealistic or not. Developing a passion for travel and writing; as well as having longer to spend here, has allowed me to pay closer attention to Australia. Long term travel in one particular country means you take more of it in; you are able to adapt to a new way of living, a new lifestyle and new surroundings, as well as discovering hidden places outside popular cities.
Staying in one country for a long period of time isn’t for everyone, and I would recommend you write down what you really want before booking anything. Do you want to be in one country for a long period of time, or do you want quick; yet busy, schedule in one country for a few weeks? I’m still figuring out what I’d actually prefer, and I guess this year is all about self discovery and having a year away from real life.
This post ended up being a bit of a ramble, and I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to publish it. However; I love being honest and for me it’s important to get all sides of travel across. It isn’t always glamorous; heck, it’s far from it, but I love that being away from home has allowed me to have more time to myself to think about what really matters.