I don’t know if its actually possible to put Australia and New Zealand in a nut shell, but I will do my best to summarize my nearly 4 months in Oceania from my perspective, based on the experiences I had, and the places I visited in one blog post. If you have been following my blog then you will have noticed that I have been blogging daily about my journey backpacking through Australia (3 months) and New Zealand (3 weeks). I have been attempting to capture extensively each step of my journey and to explain all of my experiences from the different aspects of the trip.
It has always been my dream to make it to Australia. Finally, at 30 years old I made it to one of my bucket list turquoise destinations. On the way to Australia, I stopped in turquoise Miami and Key West for 2 weeks and on my way home I ended my nearly 5 month trip in mountainous New Zealand for three weeks. The trip was everything I dreamed it would be and more. Everyday I learned something new about the world and about myself. After leaving my home on January 3rd, and not returning home until months and months later, I realized that the traveling life is one worth waiting for. Although I have always traveled throughout the year while in university and during my teaching career, I hadn’t traveled for longer than 6 weeks at a time. After saving up for 6 years and impatiently waiting, my year off finally came. 14 months of exploration was worth the wait.
After 11 destinations in 6 months and nearly halfway through my traveling life, I worked my way to Oceania, with Australia being my first stop. Australia was a place where I completed countless bucket list items including hang gliding over Byron Bay, while visiting some of the world’s most beautiful turquoise destinations like White Haven Beach in the Whitsunday islands. As large as Australia is, I made good ground by spending 6 weeks on the east coast, 10 days on the west coast, and 3 weeks in south east Australia. My hyperactive travel style allowed me to see the best of what Australia had to offer. Not only that, I met new friends in Australia, connected with countless travel bloggers in person and online, discovered new things about myself, and set off for the longest stint of travel I have every experienced.
When I think back about my trip in Australia I instantly get goose bumps reminiscing about all the places I saw and the new experiences I had. I am left wanting to return as if I have left a part of myself in each region I visited. I’ll someday return to regain what I left behind. Leaving part of me behind only means I will gain new parts of myself in the new places I visit. I’ve gained more from my time in Australia than I could have ever left behind. Writing about Australia leaves me speechless; although I have so much to say about my trip I am almost stumped as to where to begin. Writing about each step along the way has made it easier to recap my experiences as a whole, even though I will never truly be able to describe all that I feel. I’ve always tried my best to describe it as I experienced it. Traveling for me is a spiritual experience, connecting me with people, mother nature, wildlife, the ocean, the earth, and beyond what I can see and comprehend. Australia allowed me to be exactly where I needed to be to find out exactly who I am. I have never been so confident. Australia and New Zealand changed me.