It wasn’t until I was 24 that I first left Australia but, in the eight years since, I have managed to step foot on all 7 continents. A dream come true! Though it has me asking, what next? To visit every country of course! But, that’s going to take some planning so, in the meantime, here is a small collection of my favourite memories from my global adventures.
It’s the continent I was born and raised in and though I haven’t called it home for a few years now, it still holds my heart. One holiday that stands out in particular is the time Justin and I went on a road trip from his home town in East Gresford, NSW down through Canberra, along the Great Ocean Road and into Melbourne. We snuck beers into parliament house...probably why I'm so happy in this picture!!
The first time I left Australia, I went to Bali with my cousin. Since then, I’ve also travelled to Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, with the latter being my favourite. The food there is incredible and as the beer there was cheaper than water, I'm pretty sure I spent the whole two weeks there smiling!
I’d dreamt of visiting Africa since I was 8 years old and in 2010, I made that dream come true. Seeing animals normally viewed at the zoo in their natural habitat was amazing and I got to share all of this with my Mum.
My next destination was Europe. I had a work visa for England though I found living in London somewhat depressing. It was probably the weather but, it did allow me to visit most of Western Europe and a couple of the eastern ones too.
#5 North America
The beginning of the Global Runaways adventure and the only side of the world I was yet to explore. There are way too many fabulous memories to choose from but I if have to pick one, I'd probably say our road trip through Yosemite National Park in the US.
#6 South America
On arrival to South America, Justin and I settled for a year in Colombia, doing our best to save some money. We had a few downers as things became repetitive but we moved on and made the most of our time on the continent. One of our most challenging experiences was working with All Hands Volunteers in Ecuador offering earthquake relief and it's an experience we'll never forget.
Saving the best for last, I stepped foot on Antarctica at Brown Bluff. Surrounded by penguins, ice floats, and being there with my best friend made it simply perfect. I have never experienced anything like it in my entire life. I hope to return again one day to do it all again!!
Travelling has completely changed my life. It has opened the door to new possibilities, new experiences and new friends. I am not wealthy in terms of money and I probably never will be but, I’m rich with memories and greedy with a desire to see more. I want to see it all. So, it's onwards to the next adventure and the rest of the world…unless someone wants to sponsor me to visit outer-space???
"The tourist's paradox: how to find somewhere that's free of people exactly like us" - David Nicholls, Us
Travel safe x
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