Vagabond whilst at a Crossroads: NO to Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef and YES to Bali and the Wonders of SE Asia

Anyone who has travelled before for any period of time can attest to this statement:

There comes a time that you WILL inevitably hit a crossroads, one in which you must make a decision on what to do, where to go and what to see. It’s a tough decision because there are SO many things to see and experience in this world, and you don’t ever want to miss a thing-at least I don’t anyways. I’ve only hit month two of my travels and yet I am no stranger to this. Being at a crossroads seems to be the bane of my travelling existence..one that has been put to the test yet again.

I’ve known for some time that I’d be packing my bags and leaving again…initially, I was dead set on Cairns for The Great Barrier Reef (GBR). However, as I thought more and more about it, and as I started looking into flights and accommodation…I started questioning whether or not it was worth going to. Yes, The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but I was starting to feel the pinch of my traveling fund. IF I were to fly from Melbourne to Cairns and from Cairns to Bali, I’d be spending close to a grand on flights alone. That would put a serious dent in my SE Asia fund. Some serious considerations had to be made.

I could probably recite the number of time I’ve had people tell me “but you’re in Australia, you HAVE to see The Great Barrier Reef!”
Like hell I have to see it! This is MY journey, yes…it truly is one of the wonders of the world, but upon researching how much it would be to snorkel out there…no thanks! The snorkelling expedition alone is the cost of at least four flights within Asia (did you read that correctly?! Yes, FOUR). Did I really want to see it that badly? After speaking to Gramma Shibuya ;D and Kayleigh about their experiences in Cairns and the GBR, the decision was rock solid- I wasn’t going to Cairns. Instead, I’d fly directly to Bali on the 25th and head to Malaysia, three weeks later and land in Kuala Lumpur.

I realized that I wasn’t exactly super excited when thinking about hitting up the GBR. Rather, I would be going because I was already in Australia and should see it. If you’re not feeling something whole heartedly-why go?? You’d be spending more money on accommodations, food and excursions. I had an amazing experience at Byron Bay and feel that that would be enough along the Australian East Coast, if I end up having money post Asia, then sure…I’d hit up Cairns. Although, I seriously doubt that that’d be the case. Besides…the lure of Bali’s beaches, Penang’s food scene, Vietnam’s Halong Bay and it’s boat excursions, Laos’ Mekong River and being in Cambodia for the sunrise over Angkor Wat were really, truly what I was excited for.

Booking the tickets last night and this morning, for both Indonesia and Malaysia had my adrenaline pumping, and had me excited beyond anything I’ve felt while in Australia. The lure of adventure and of experiencing something truly different awaited me, and I was a mere eleven days away from it.

You’ll find yourself at a crossroads every now and again- it’s up to you to decide which route best suits your interests and needs. There is no right path…as the path you pick, will be right for you at the time. After all, it’s what you wanted at the time.

I have no regrets and am embracing this next chapter with open arms. Life on the road, in a transient state, brings with it many challenges, changes and unexpected plans. You’ve just gotta roll with the punches.

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What’s that? Eleven rotating roomies? Saying sayonara to that soon enough!

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