(n) a strong desire or urge to travel and explore the world
I was born with the travel bug.
My sister and I grew up listening to the stories of my parents backpacking days, looking over the old photos from my father’s long hair carefree years and dreaming about far off lands. And thanks to them I have an incurable desire to pack a bag and run away.
I am in love with places I have never been and people I am yet to meet.
For so long I have lived vicariously through their reminiscing, seeing through their eyes, walking streets via their feet. But not for much longer.
Today marks the beginning of a new era in my life. Today I take charge of my life, stop dreaming and start living.
On Friday been I booked the three major leg flights that will take me to Europe – starting Geneva, America (flying out of london) and back to Australia again. And it is 5 months today till I board that plane and change my life forever.
You reading this may question why I would feel so ecstatic about this, why I am being so dramatic. I mean, it feels like nearly everyone and their grandma has taken a gap year Top Deck bus tour around Italy in the summer months of their youth. Right? But I am not your average 23 year old. Travelling has never been a real possibility for me, not like it is now. There’s the financial aspect; I’ve never had a full time job or a stable income to afford it. There’s the time and availability aspect; I’ve either been studying or touring (performing). And there is also the health aspect; both physically (chronic pain and auto immune disorder) and emotionally (anxiety) I wasn’t strong enough to travel, especially not alone.
But all of that is different now. Or maybe I am different now and none of those factors weigh in to the equation. I am 23 years old and I am not going to let anything hold me back anymore. Sure there is a lot still going on in my day-to-day life. There is a lot to deal with before I set off on this trip. But no more am I going to allow those things to govern what I can and cannot do. Today I succumb to wanderlust.
So with fears removed, let the planning begin!
Oh would you like to know where I plan on going?
I am going to start off my winter extravaganza trip by attending my college friends’ wedding in Lausanne Switzerland. This is actually the event that is making all of this happen. I want to attend the wedding of my old house mate and college friend and the more I thought about it, the more I realised what a opporunity it was to see all the cities that I am in love with (but have yet to visit).
After spending a few days in and around Lausanne, my college friend Rachelle (another college friend – not the one who is getting married) and I are going to travel via train (at least this is what I would like to do – TBC) up through Switzerland. One of my dad’s favourite places on earth is Interlaken in the middle of Switzerland. There are numerous Funiculars that I would really like to travel on. One was even built in 1906 (111 years ago) but all of them – trains and cable cars alike – go up to the top of the mountains where you can see for miles all around. I want to make the most of the winter season and Switzerland by seeing it up close and personal. And what better way to experience Switzerland than by train?
We will then fly or travel via train (with a eurorail pass) to Prague, spend a few days there, exploring the old town and maybe taking a day trip out of the city somewhere. Then it will be off the Paris!
We plan on going to Disneyland (which will be a dream come true in itself) but I cannot go to Paris without visiting Versailles. I have been in love with Marie-Antoinette and the Gregorian era of fashion and enlightenment ever since I was a little girl and I have dreamed of walking the halls of her apartment and the gardens of Versailles. Even more so than seeing the Eiffel Tower!
My travel buddy’s twin sister lives in London (she’s working towards becoming a vicar!) so we are going to spend some time with her and explore London like true tourists. I want to see everything; The Palaces, the Tower, The Bridge, Big Ben, Hyde Park, Hampstead Heath, you name it, I wanna see it.
And that will conclude the first leg of my travels. I will then be leaving my friends behind and flying to my all time favourite city. Yes you guessed it…
New York City
I have always felt deeply moved by and strongly attached to this city. And no, I have never been there before. But all the same I feel like a New Yorker, I dream like a New Yorker. And finally, I will actually be there. Finally able to live out my Friends/How I met your mother/Sex in the City fantasies. I want to explore everything the big apple has to offer. I want to live like a local and find all the hidden foodie gems. I want to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge – even if it rains – and stop in the middle, arms out wide, head tilted back toward the sky and simply be.
Next up, down to North Carolina.
My family (okay they are not blood related but they feel more like family than anything else; I grew up with them, my family moved countries to join them, I lived just up the road from them for a while there) have lived in Charlotte North Carolina on Lake Norman for years now after moving to America from Perth. It has been like 10 years since I saw them last and to finally be going is just too amazing to actually believe. I cannot put into words just how incredible it is, how much of a dream come true it actually is. I have wanted this for ever so long.
Not only am I hoping to find some warmer weather down there to thaw out after weeks of snow but I am going down to Florida to catch up with some dear old college friends. I’m expecting that Florida’s autumn weather will be much like Perth’s but I don’t mind at all, fun can and will be had no matter the temperature!
West Coast & Grand Canyon
The west coast was never really on my bucket list – at least not until I watched La la land – but I have managed to score a very good flight deal so I will be flying back to Australia out of LA (unless plans change). Now that I will be heading in that direction I can’t help but let the travel bug take over my imagination and I have found myself researching bus tours out to the Grand Canyon or up to Yosemite National Park. I mean, when in Rome right? And after watching Netflix’s original movie to the bone I really want to see the Rain Room at LA County Museum of Art.
But where I end up going and no matter what I end up doing, whether I’m joined by friends and family or not, this is a trip I am not going to take for granted. I’ll make the most of it, I’ll go with the flow, I’ll try new things and I’ll thank God for every moment.
Can you believe it, I’ll be gone for 65 days!!?
Let me know if you have been to any of these places and if you have any recommendations.
Where are you off to next, where do you dream of travelling to?
Let the planning begin, succumb to Wanderlust.
I do not own any of these photos.