(Untitled thoughts of one who has been away for six months)

‘The two impulses in travel are to get away from home,
and the other is to pursue something’
– Paul Theroux

On Wednesday of this past week I celebrated my six month ‘travel-versary’. That’s right. Six months ago I left my family, my friends, and my country behind in order to start afresh. To go on an epic trip abroad. To see and learn as much as possible of the world around us that I can.

Like many others, it’s a trip I decided to do alone, but not a decision I made lightly. Yes, I am having an amazing time in a country and culture that I continually learn about every day, but being so far away from the people you love and care about isn’t easy. Still, thanks to various forms of social media, it’s easier than ever to stay in contact and even though it might not be as frequent as some of them would like, every conversation satiates me and helps me push on.

Creating goals has helped as well. Of course, these goals have taken form in some sort of extended bucket list which, in turn, is going to become a new extension of this blog page.

So anyway, quick update on how I am doing. The last you really heard from me was a summary of my 2016 at the turn of the year. Before that were my detailed posts about my New Zealand experience. Australia, so far, has been completely different. Of course I knew this would happen. After all, the savings I had could only last so long and, in February, I found my bank account empty. Fortunately I also found myself a job, returning to Topman, who I spent so long working for back in the UK. As a result, the excitement has slowed down a bit. There has been the odd day trip here and there which has seen me go to the Australian Open and watch the opening season race of the F1, coupled with plenty of exploring, but none of the high-octane things I experienced in New Zealand. Although I do have some weekend excursions coming up which I’m excited for, and which will hopefully create plenty of new content for my photography page.

I’ve been working for 3 months now, so 3 more to go. The end of my contract will also signal the end of my time in Melbourne where I will hopefully move on and complete the necessary work for obtaining my second year visa. After that, who knows? I have some ideas, but whether or not they come to fruition is a different matter entirely.

It may not be as fantastical as I try make it out to be on social media, but despite the long working weeks it is still every bit as exciting as when I woke up on the morning of November 9th 2016, knowing I would soon be boarding a plane to start the next chapter of my life.

Finding a place that you like or discovering something unusual
is a very sustaining thing in travel
– Paul Theroux

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