So I thought this could be a fun little way for me to document my thoughts & reflections whilst on this 3-month adventure; every week I’ll do a short(!) post on my main musings and favourite experiences in the past 7 days. It’s gonna be a little soul baring at times so I’d be super grateful for your interaction and support!
WHERE: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (6-12 March)
It’s been a little while (2 years) since I was on the solo traveller / hostel life vibez and it’s safe to say that the switch in lifestyle has hit me in the face like a bullet train. I’ve gone from living in a beautiful serviced apartment in Hong Kong where my towels were changed every day and I could ask reception for anything at the touch of a button, to sharing a bedroom with up to 10 strangers, including snorers and alarm snoozers (the worst), having to queue for a shower and guard my mug and bowl like they’re my newborn babies. Yes, some real #firstworldproblems but relativity is relativity!
That said, I wouldn’t change the experiences that I’ve had so far and know that I will have for anything in the world. Travelling is so different to holidaying, and being surrounded by humans from all walks of life and from all around the world is, in my opinion, truly the best education and gift one could ever give themselves.
In one short week I’ve met some absolutely incredible people and started great friendships. It’s hard to choose who inspired me the most between the mental health worker in Hawaii, the law graduate who decided to go travelling for a year when his mum was diagnosed with cancer and 3 years later is still roaming the world and has a mother in remission, the girl who left a stable career to sail boats in the Whitsundays and loves every single day of what she does. What all of these people have in common is travel, a hunger to see the world and to enjoy & embrace the planet that we live on, an open mind and eagerness to share that experience with others.
This may all sound very cliché but lest not forget travelling is all about “finding oneself” after all. And what I’ve “found”, or reminded myself of, this last week is that life is short. So terrifyingly damn short. You need to spend every day doing something that makes you happy. Don’t be afraid to not follow the path that you’ve paved for yourself or the one that you’re expected to follow. Instinct is a powerful thing and you’ll know what’s right for you. This sounds deeper than it is; really it’s just common sense.
Being plucked out of your little bubble life and dropped into a sea of human beings, where no one knows your circumstances, your battles, what you do for work or how much money you have is strangely & refreshingly liberating. It’s an even “playing field”, and really makes you realise how (and I say this positively) entirely inconsequential you are. You are 1 of hundreds. Thousands. Hundreds of thousands. Millions. Billions. 1 OF BILLIONS. Honestly if you ever need a reminder that being a size 6 or having a Celine handbag is not the most important thing in life and, literally, no one cares(!!!), then go travelling. All that matters is you in this moment. Just do you.
TEN FAVOURITE PHOTOS
TEN FAVOURITE MOMENTS
- Watching Drew (the tour guide) trying to split wood with an axe on concrete and being absolutely ruined by Al showing him how it’s done.
- Drew getting the most drunk on his own tour.
- Overcoming my solo dining fear with delicious tapas at Bomba Tapas Bar & Rooftop.
- Spending a few solid days with 4 girls, at the end of which I felt like I’d known them a lifetime, and more importantly realising & appreciating how similar many of our opinions were despite coming from very different backgrounds and countries.
- Being wrapped in sarongs by the side of the road, drinking wine from plastic cups and reading one another’s freakishly accurate “secret language of your birthday” to each other (really recommend this for a laugh!).
- Nora’s excitement at seeing a penguin for the first time in her life.
- A beaut evening featuring the St Kilda sunset + food truck park + happy, old hippies getting their groove on to live music at Dog’s Bar.
- Drinking epic homemade espresso martinis with Ronnie whilst looking through our Vietnam travelling photos and reminiscing about our amazing memories together.
- Winning beer pong first time around and experiencing a real Straya Labour Day party.
- Getting an entire bedroom to myself for two nights courtesy of Ronnie’s beaut family.
“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled”
– Prophet Mohammed