A thirteen month long journey to the most spectacular, unique and beautiful country located 24 hours away from home, Australia. An adventure so incredible and inspiring yet so complicated. Australia is without doubt, a country I feel everyone should visit if they are given the opportunity. I’ve been living back at home for over a month now and over the course of the next few months, I’ve been eager to share my experiences and photographs from the Land Down Under.
The decision of going to Australia came easy – I’ve always wanted to go. Like most people I never imagined the opportunity would actually arrive, especially so early on, but it was an opportunity I simply couldn’t turn down. Back in June 2017, I was granted my Working Holiday Visa, the following month our one way tickets to Brisbane were purchased and in November, we boarded the 24 hour flight. We didn’t go with a set plan, in fact, the only trip confirmed was New Years Eve in Sydney.
The first couple of months were fairly straightforward. It was daunting being so far away from home, especially over the Christmas period. I missed winter and the cosiness that Christmas brings in England, but I knew it was all worth it. As the weeks passed, my love for Australia grew and grew. We settled into an Airbnb for a couple of months until it was time to get down to work in the outback; a story so intriguing it deserves a whole post dedicated to it.
When travelling you have to be comfortable with change, challenges and the feeling of being lost. Being a couple our only companions on the road and during work were each other. We road tripped from Brisbane to The Great Ocean Road, then back up to Brisbane, to western Queensland, back down to The Great Ocean Road, then to South Australia, then all the way up to Cairns – ending back in Brisbane. It was a journey I will never forget.
Safe to say, I have a lot to write about and a lot of photos I can’t wait to share. If I’m being honest, together Jack and I faced a lot of challenges with many long days, and moments when we thought we were no longer capable of travelling anymore, but we never gave up. I’m so glad I made the decision to make a dream a reality.
I suppose there’s never going to be a right time to leave your responsibilities behind and go to the other side of the world for a whole year, but as soon as you have a slight opportunity, do it. January has hit me hard but the memories and the experiences I left behind will stay with me forever.