For the past few days I’ve been going and back and forth with different tour companies and travel agents and asking them questions and comparing activities and prices and I don’t even know if I want to go through tours.
I’m not sure what I’m doing with my life, but it’s time to start travel planning!
My contract job ended on Tuesday, and now I’m free! I’m free to travel!
Well, kind of free. If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, then you’d know that I have to stay in Melbourne longer than I expected, but that’s OK as I’m still exploring and meeting people and it’s still in the travel genre. I have about three more weeks before I take off to… I have absolutely no idea!
Well, I have a pretty good idea of where I want to go first but haven’t booked anything yet. This whole travel planning thing is new to me, and I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing – especially since I’m trying (trying is the key word here) to do it all on a budget. Or budget-ish?
Here’s the thing:
A part of me just wants to travel until I run out of money.
Another part of me thinks I should really budget and then eventually move to New Zealand on the working holiday visa.
And another part of me is just really confused.
Maybe I just need to buy an airplane ticket or bus ticket or some type of transport ticket and then everything will fall into place? That’s what kind of happened when I purchased a one-way airplane ticket to Australia.
I especially had trouble adjusting to this thought as I sat at a rectangle shaped table in the library the other day, researching flights, tour companies, and hostels when a group of French boys came and sat down next to me and thought it was a good place to chill out and chat.
I almost told them to shut up when I got a brief flashback to my first week in Brisbane when a group of backpackers from the UK showed up in the crappy hostel I was staying in and made a ton of racket, and I wanted to kill them. I wanted to kill all of them.
It made me stop and think about the type of traveler I am. The truth is, I don’t know. Am I an adventurist? Do I like to see touristy sites and take more pictures than I could ever possibly need? Do I like to meet locals and take time to understand a culture?
Or am I a mixture of all of the above and don’t really need to put a label on it?
When those French boys sat next to me at the library and were being loud and disruptive, I questioned whether I could handle staying in hostels with random people who I may not get along with.
Because sometimes you met those sons of bitches who are completely inconsiderate and somehow, at 3am, you find yourself throwing a rubbish bin at a funny looking kid from Holland. No? Was that just me? (See how I said rubbish bin instead of trashcan? Oh Australia, what have you done to me?!)
Yes, there were times when I certainly had problems with other travelers; however, I’ve met far more amazing & worthwhile people while staying in hostels who I wouldn’t have met had I not stayed in hostels. So the odds are, it’s not that bad. But I can’t promise I won’t throw anything at anyone if they get in the way of my sleep .
Moving to Australia has definitely placed me out of my comfort zone – where I need to constantly make friends, find places to live, learn how to cook, and find work. It’s difficult no matter where you are, and so far, I haven’t been traveling in the technical term. I’ve just been staying in one city at a time, working and living.
You get to know a place better when you are there longer, finding hidden gems you normally wouldn’t if you just rush through it. I’m appreciative for the time to get to know a place.
However, it’s time to start travel planning even if I have no idea what I’m doing! Because let’s be honest, I never really know what I’m doing.
Things I’m thinking about doing:
- I’m considering doing a trip to Tasmania, and I’m looking up tours as I heard it’s a bit difficult to get around without a car. But, again, nothing has been booked yet.
- I really want to experience the Northern Territory or at least take a trip to Uluru. I am keeping in mind that it’s summer now in Australia, and I’m not sure if I can handle summer desert heat and I heard horror stories about all of the flies. It’s something I’m considering doing.
- I might make a trip to Adelaide and experience South Australia.
- I might bus it down the east coast and skip the small beach towns as I discovered from my trip to Noosa, that small beach towns aren’t really for me. At the same time, I don’t want to this one experience to speak for all future possible experiences and I don’t want to just do things that I’m only comfortable with. Also, I have no desire to swim with anything that isn’t human, no desire to swim with anything that is human, or to dive off something or to stand on something that isn’t land or a cruise ship, which is a good thing as I don’t know how to swim.
So what I’m a doing with my life? As always – I have no clue. But I’m not going to let that stop me, am I?
Have travel planning tips for me? Have you been to any cool places in OZ that you think is worth a visit? Share!