Today is quite an exciting day for me – it’s the day that I set off on my (almost) three months of travel around this corner of the world. I’ve packed up my room in college and a fraction of those possessions have been squeezed into two bags to come with me – hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, travelling is one of the real highlights of being able to go on a Year Abroad for me. Suddenly you end up in a different part of the world, and a whole heap of destinations that used to cost thousands of pounds and hours of travel to get to are now only a short hop away at a fraction of the price.
My travels will begin in Tasmania (where I’ll look out for Taz the Tasmanian Devil), before I fly up to Melbourne where I’ll meet my family. It’s been nearly six months since I’ve seen them, so that will be a nice reunion. It’ll involve Christmas on the beach/in the sun, so that will definitely be different (I’m really struggling to get in the festive spirit when it’s 36°C outside). From there we’ll do some travelling around the south east corner of Australia before I leave them in Sydney and hit up Adelaide and Brisbane to take in the sights there. From Brisbane I’ll fly to Fiji where I’ll meet a friend and do a week of island hopping – something I’ve always wanted to do so looking forward to ticking that off the bucket list. Finally I’ll travel to New Zealand where I’m doing a four week trip round the North and South Island. During that time I hope to try surfing, do some more snorkelling, jump out a plane on a skydive (also on the bucket list) and maybe even try some paragliding.
It’ll be an adventurous 11 weeks. Some of it will be solo, most of it will be in hostels, the Fiji section will probably also be lacking running water. But I’m really looking forward to it, and I hope that you enjoy following me on my travels through this blog. If you have any ideas for things that I should see/do, feel free to leave them in the comments. See you in Tasmania (probably, hopefully, technology permitting).