Oi! You! Listen up, it’s The Lone Traveller…
What started as a grandiose plan of being abroad for a year or two, ended just as it began. As most of you dear readers know, this time last year, I had a one way ticket to Australia on a working holiday visa. I ended up half way up the Australian East Coast, flew down to Melbourne for a one month long love affair with the city and jetted away to Bali, Indonesia. The decision to return home following Bali, ended my whirlwind romance with international travel for the year. They say hindsight is 20/20…I suppose it’s true. The decision to come home incredibly early felt like the right one at the time, but looking back on it now…it’d be a lie to say that I didn’t have a few regrets.
The beauty of a new year is that you’re able to start fresh. A new year is a gift. It’s the universe’s (or something along those lines) way of saying “ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER CLEAN SLATE”. I plan on making this year count.
The plan following Bali was to: head home, find a job, go on a climbing trip to Mazama, Washington and head over to Calgary, Alberta for my cousin’s wedding. Since then, international traveling has been placed on hold as I replenish my traveling fund.
So what’s in store for 2015?
I don’t know where I’ll be headed to this year, but I do know that Im determined to leave (again). Originally, I was planning on heading to Hong Kong and then springing from there to South East Asia with my brother. Unfortunately, that plan doesn’t quite look like it’s happening, as our plans to head over to SE Asia together collides with his convocation. No worries, I have a few options at this point. I’ve debated on where to go for a little while now and at this point…Im open to suggestions.
What I do know, is that I’d like to leave in the Spring sometime. I also know that SE Asia, particularly Vietnam, will happen at one point or another. France, Spain and Greece are pretty high on the bucket list, although I foresee those being a climbing trip of sorts.
The last seven months have both been a blessing and a curse. I do believe that everything happens for a reason…and had I not traveled home, many things may not have worked out as they presently are. However, with the arrival of January, I couldn’t help but wonder where I’d be now…where I would have ended up and whether or not I would have actually traveled through SE Asia. These thoughts, and the acceptance of past events related to my travels last year, have simultaneously haunted and inspired me to feel the urge to travel.
For now, I digress.
Stay in touch and look out for the next post! Hopefully by then, I’ll have a ticket and a plan.