DESIRE TO TRAVEL
I always had the desire to travel since my final high school year. But instead I pushed those thoughts to the back of my mind and committedly attended university from the age of 17 – 21. Ready to become a teacher in the career that I had always aspired, I attended university. I squeezed in spontaneous travel road trips up and down the east coast of Australia and surf trips to Indonesia whenever possible. Yet I was always left wanting more and more overseas experiences upon returning to the trusty shores of Australia. At this stage I was never sure whether it was the people, the places, the food or the freedom that made travelling feel so liberating.
LANDING A JOB
Upon graduating university I again had thoughts of going further overseas and even regretted not studying aboard in another country.
My initial year after university, aged 22, I was fortunate enough to land myself my first real teaching gig, with my very own class. This led to a new challenge; two further years of Special Education.
Three years into my profession, at the ripe age 24, I found thoughts of ‘travel’ popping back into my head. And more and more of them as the school year drew closer to end. This was when I knew that I needed a year for me; time out of my busy work life, time out from helping others to achieve their goals, time out from the small town I lived in.. time out full stop, for just me.
PUTTING ME FIRST
At 25 years old, I made the conscious choice to live happily each and every day and ‘make it happen.’ I got fit again, started a furniture redecorating business, got my teaching fix through casual teaching and tutoring from home and most importantly, made plans to travel. And never in my life have I ever been so busy or so happy. I was finally happy doing only things that I loved, day in day out.
5 Months straight TRAVELLING
In 2014, for 5 months straight, I travelled around Europe, America and the Pacific with my then partner of six years. We made memories of the best kind that we will both cherish for a lifetime, saw the most spectacular places and scenery, met the most amazing people from so many different countries who I can gratefully call life friends, participated in different languages (or tried!) and cultures, ate foods I never even knew existed, partied at many of the best renowned clubs in the world night after night and ticked more things off my ‘bucketlist’ than what were initially listed. 23 countries, 50 cities, tonnes of passport stamps later, I had ‘made it happen’ and without a doubt, lived the best days of my life. For each and every day of those 5 months.
Sitting in bed one night in Huntington Beach in L.A, California, I decided to start a travel blog. I enjoyed sharing my photographs with family and friends whilst I was away and dreamed of inspiring other people to travel too. So in beginning my blog I was hoping to help others experience some of the things that we were lucky enough to see and do, or at least to show them more of this amazing world that we live in. Whilst I thought I would get my ‘travel-fix’ and tick off as many things on my bucket list as possible from my 2014 travels, the number of things on my bucket list actually doubled.
MOVING MY LIFE TO THE MALDIVES
I returned home for Aussie Summer at the end of 2014. Before long, I decided to take on a new adventure for the upcoming year ahead. I moved to Male’, the Capital City of the Maldives in February 2015, for seven months. I taught English at the best international school in the Maldives and spent every weekend surfing and exploring the beautiful islands. It was here that I met loads of other travellers and surfers, expats and of course incredible local people, including the amazing Maldivian man who has stolen my heart.
HAPPINESS & SUCCESS
I also revisited Europe in July and August 2015 after winning my first blogging competition and gaining my first writing assignment for a European travel company. I travelled around Italy, France, Spain and the Netherlands solo for 5 weeks. And again met loads of new friends, ticked off (and added) lots of bucket list activities. I returned to the Maldives shortly before returning back home to Aus where I am currently enjoying being home for summer (I’m addicted to sunlight and the ocean) with family and friends. I’m planning on moving back to the Maldives for a few months in 2016 and will hopefully bring you some great travel tips throughout more of Asia!
It’s an amazing world in which we live and one thing I know for certain, life’s short, there’s a massive world out there and I want to see a whole bunch more of it. We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity not to live life in one place and for that I will be forever grateful. Stay tuned and until the next adventure … I choose to live my life by the simple little motto…
FALL IN LOVE WITH LIFE.
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