I Haven’t Been Everywhere, But It’s On My List…

I LOVE lists. My brain also loves lists… at two o’clock in the morning when my body just wants to sleep!… In fact, I am shocked at the fact that I have yet to make my ultimate Bucket List! … I have made to do lists, and check lists, and to remember lists. Lists of books, lists of films and lists of people. Card lists, present lists and I owe you lists. Shopping lists, finance lists and ‘I can’t afford it right now, but one day i’ll own that’ lists. (Thank you Amazon Wish List and Pinterest!!)
But the list of things that I want to complete in my life, well that’s a big ask. That list would go on forever. How could it ever be completed?… However I suppose there are quite a few things I could check off that Bucket List after finally choosing what my next step will be.
1. Go to Australia.
2. Travel.
3. Travel alone.
4. Do something that scares you.
5. Do something exciting.
6. Go on a long flight.
7. Start a blog ;D
And as I make my way through my travels there will be plenty more things to add and check off that list!
Before I leave though, it excites me to be able to start several lists in preparation for going away. A to do before I travel list, a documents needed list, a what to pack in my case/backpack list, a where to visit when I’m in Australia list and oh so more.
But my plan when away is to not make as many lists. To for once just ‘go with the flow’ and ‘see where things take me’. This after all is going to be a whole new experience for me, and that is what I want it to be. An Experience…

It Is Already Tomorrow In Australia…

Throughout my childhood my grandparents jetted off to Australia to visit my Uncle, Aunt and Cousin’s every other year. Whilst they were away postcards arrived from the different places that they visited and I eagerly awaited their return for the photographs and the tales about their adventures on the otherside of the world. They told me stories of exotic animals in the back garden, beautiful beaches where people surfed and colourful fish swam, of open roads and rainforests … and of course christmas in the sunshine.  (Ok, yes, I did also like all of the presents!)
And although I still find the idea of a hot, sunny christmas weird, and to be honest, just not right, everything that I was told was so incredibly exciting. So much so that every time my grandparents arrived back I would tell them that one day I would also visit Australia.
Now Australia isn’t just round the corner, so popping over for a week is not the best idea, and I found that long periods of empty time just haven’t turned up over the years. First school, then college, then uni, and of course that thing called work seemed to get in the way.
But here I am deciding which direction I should head in, stressing over what my next career move is, and suddenly there is only one thing I can think of… Sometimes you need to take one step backwards to breathe and admire the view before heading onwards. Maybe one giant step (or hundreds of normal steps and a 22 hour flight) should be taken, all the way to Australia?