Right now I’m seated in an A320 somewhere between Darwin and Bali, about 30,000 feet in the air. Passengers around me thumb through their air malls or search for an impossible-to-find comfortable position to sleep. I, on the other hand am caught staring out the window at the passing clouds, with a myriad of thoughts arriving sooner than the last one could leave, all trying to answer the same question…
“What the hell have I been doing these last four months?”
In case you are unaware, I have been living and traveling for the last four months in the land down unda’, Australia. I managed to see Tazmania, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, and so much in between. And although I did manage to see a lot, I can’t claim to have seen it all.
One of my biggest goals for my travel reviews and posts is to provide great information and insight that will make it easier for others, but when I think about Australia, I can’t seem to do it.
It’s not because I have none, believe you me, I do (and don’t worry, it’s coming). It’s just that in this case it feels like my experiences are just that; MY OWN. There is a lot that I cant recommend because it was unique. Others would not experience the same.
So instead of giving you a review of places to go and things to do, let me just paint a picture for you of what Australia is to me:
Crazy road trips through the bush, losing sleep in car seats because the tent was broken, and eating meals on the side of the road.
More cool wildlife encounters than anywhere on Earth: kangaroos, wallabies, penguins, wombats, big ugly birds with long beaks, parrots everywhere, giant fruit bats at dusk, feeding cute possums at night, and favorite, the ECHIDNA.
The 12 Apostles. Crazy beauty and mystery of the natural world.
Ridiculously priced speeding tickets. Actually, ridiculously priced EVERYTHING.
A lot more Asian people than I expected.
Amazing nights fueled by GOON. Horrendous hangovers as the result of Goon.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. Intense is not a strong enough word to describe the sun.
Connecting with old friends and making countless new ones.
Ultimate Frisbee and disc golf.
“The beaches in Australia are amazing. You’re going to love it” “…Dude, I’m from California.”
A glimpse into living in a totally different country. A glimpse into what work-life balance should REALLY look like. A glimpse into life in a healthy economy.
Experiencing the labors of passion beginning to bear fruit.
More road trips. A glimpse into living out of a camper van.
The Great Barrier Reef. The amazing beauty of the world below the surface.
I think that just about covers it.
Some of it might be relatable, but I know others are not.
And I know this is not the traditional way to do a review, but I hope you enjoyed it none the less.
Maybe now those of you that have been there and know what I am talking about have some long forgotten memories resurfacing. Or perhaps others of you that have not yet been are now fantasizing about far away lands and adventures. Either way, I hope I managed to connect with you and left something resonating.
If I did, then please let me know. Tell me about your favorite memories, or tell me about what you look forward to the most. And if you like this post, remember to share it so others can enjoy it too.