Start of the Adventure
After a long 12 months of hard work and determination I’ve made it!!! 18 months of working 3 jobs, planning and booking, organising my companions. My whole life people have thought I was handed life on a platter, but I worked damn hard to make sure I could go away and have the best 12 months without having to worry about money or accrue a lot of debt.
The plan was Europe by Contiki, then on to actually live in Whistler in Canada for at least 6 months so I could experience working overseas, and then see the USA and South America before heading home.
I also needed to prepare myself for the emotional experience of leaving my family, especially my gorgeous nephew Archie and my beautiful Mum. The thought of not seeing my first nephew and missing out on that important year was really hard.
As they say in the classic song, “I’m leaving on a Jet Plane…”
So long Adelaide catch you in 12 months time !!!! Xxx
The start of the trip was to coincide with attending my eldest brother’s wedding in England, so most of my family was going with me, at least for the start.
After 3 flights and 3 separate countries I finally made it to England and reunited with my Family for the wedding. My about to be new sister in-laws place was
divine, the wedding was beautiful. I was so proud of my big brother and my new Sister in-law. Below are photos of my Big Brother and his new bride and me as a bridesmaid with my other brother and all the Bridesmaids.
After the celebrations, it was off to begin the adventure in London. We managed to do some exploring in London. Had the best day in London Big Ben, Buckingham palace, Westminster Abbey and the London eye.
Next stop was Belgium for the Tomorrowland music Festival.
Thank you Tomorrowland for 3 of the best days of my life !!! Too much fun and far too much alcohol but an experience of a life time.
Now we all got together for the start of the Contiki Tour.
Berlin – Amazing experience with my besties
Dachau – very emotional, I cried for people had never met and the horror you could feel in the ghosts that filled this place. You feel guilty even though I hadn’t even been born when these atrocities occurred.
Amsterdam. Bike rides, Windmills and of course the red light district. All the things you have heard of all your life
Berlin, Prague, Venice – fun, fun, fun
Rome. Again all the things you have dreamed all your life of seeing, but when you are sharing it both your oldest friends and lots of new ones it is an amazing experience. We seemed to spend all our time laughing.
Austria, Switzerland – Health, Beauty and adventure
Paris. Ahh!!!! Paris you were everything I expected you to be and more.
Yacht week in Croatia. All I can say is OMG. This place is amazing. The weather was perfect, the company amazing and every day made you feel glad to be alive. It would just be impossible to have had any more fun.
I never wanted to get off that boat but onwards towards more adventures.
Greek islands. What can I say it just kept getting better
Turkey, Budapest – different cultures
Munich Oktoberfest – oops too much beer
Finishing Europe off in style with a bottle of wine on the 34th of the Hyatt Regency Paris. One if the most amazing views in the world thanks to my beautiful Mum, love you to bits xxx.
Saying Goodbye to new friends and looking forward to catching up with old ones in Vancouver and on to what would be my new home for at least 6 months Whistler. I had already started applying for work in Whistler. Back to trying to gain some semblance of a normal day-to-day existence but in a new place.
There are not enough words in the world to describe my experiences here. I worked, skied, had our house burn down, went through terrible home-sickness, so my gorgeous Mum came for a week and eased the pain. It was something I will never forget. I had my first Christmas away from my family, but spent it with life long friends.
Los Angeles – Coachella
Our voyage continued thru the desert of palm springs to another fantasy world – Coachella.. where we met our fellow Aussie sailors had some sort of family holiday.
South America. Argentina, Lima, Peru, Ecuador.
I’ve made it to South America, Cusco you took it out if me getting here!! Next chapter has come, here’s to a new country, new friends and to strengthen myself as a person. I had to say goodbye to my best friends in the world to make it here, the hardest decisions of travel yet. Miss you already girls onwards and upwards from here
Three days of adventure from bottom to top of Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain
I climbed Volcanoes, went White water rafting swam in waterfalls, saw history and beauty beyond imagination.
Peru it’s been a pleasure.
I’ve made it out alive!! ADIOS South America you have been nothing but amazing, I’ll miss my daily adventures you have bought me. Bring on Miami here I come whoooooo!!!!!!!!
Mexico , Cancun, Chechen Itza, Plays del Carmel, Tulum, Isla Mujeres.
As you can see in the pictures, these places are very hard to take. Fun, Historical, everything Nature has in her that is gorgeous. Chichen Itza gave you an insight into an ancient culture that made you realise how small and unimportant we really are. To think how advanced they were so many years ago.
Cancun was just so beautiful and relaxing and fun. The colours and just gorgeous. I got to swim in waterfalls.
It was a lovely way to spend the almost last part of my journey and to make the decision to start heading for home.
Whistler to say Goodbye
Soo – the time has finally come for these two captains to set sail to their homeland. Whistler – aka Neverland – you have been an absolute pleasure to say the least. you really were another world – far far away with mother nature sprinkling fairy dust throughout the village for us too play in – while offering magic carpets that taught us how to snowboard.
A young Captain Feathersword – commonly called red – took us under his wing & taught us everything he knew. Blackouts became normality, every night was a good night as far as we remembered – even if we did find cctv footage of us all getting carried out of bills. & garfs.. & well everywhere really. We may have moved nine times in six weeks & accidentally burnt our house down, not once but twice – but that wouldn’t stop these young sailors.
Where do I even begin, what a 12 month adventure it’s been. I’ve got a bond with 3 of my best friends no one will ever understand, I’ve made new friends that I will have for the rest of my life and I’ve found myself in uncivilised countries enjoying my company.
I have 21 countries down and still a whole world to discover ahead of me. I’ve seen the Eiffel tour, ridden snow caped mountains, jumped out of helicopters, flown through rainforest canopies, sailed the Mediterranean sea, hiked Machu Picchu and been soaked under the Devils throat in Iguazu Falls. I’ve even paid a visit to the Pope. I’ve touched on history that dates back to before Christ and learnt more about the world and culture than I had ever planned. I’ve mourned over people I’ve never met after learning of times like the Nazi war and Gallipoli. I furthered my career by working on the other side of the world, a lifestyle I will never forget. The trip has been everything and more than I could have ever imagined it.
I’ve changed as a person, grown up in some ways and become immature in others, I’ve learnt not to take life so seriously and how to make everyday an adventure. My biggest lesson being that HOME is where the heart is. It’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made to return to reality, but I’m not sure that any amount of time away would fulfill the travel bug in me . Fuck I’ll never forget the feeling of making this dream come true. The feeling I get in my stomach at any airport in the world the adrenalin and the nerves of the unknown. For now I’m accepting the fact I’m on my way home, time to pay off some debt and save for the next trip. I can’t wait to see my FAMILY and friends and touch down on home soil. Adios to this adventure and cheers to settling down for a little while. SEE YOU SOON ADELAIDE !!! I’m heading your way.