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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Booking a One Way Flight

The notion of quitting your job and flying to the other side of the world to go travelling where nobody knows you is fairly romantic in thought. You can go anywhere in the world, be whoever you want to be, and do whatever you want.

So that's what I did. I quit my customer service job, dropped my life in the UK and went to spend a year in Australia. But two months later, back to England I came. Truth is,  I didn't enjoy it as much as everyone else. I wasn't getting the excitement from freedom and spontaneity as everyone else. And quite frankly I was fed up of living out of a suitcase, wearing flipflops in the shower and sleeping in dorms.

The experience was needed. I needed to go so I knew it wasn't for me and now I'm not going to wish all my life 'what would have been?' I did some incredible things that some people can only dream of and for that, I am very thankful I had the opportunity to go. But for me, it wasn’t quite right and I ended up realising I’d fallen in love with the idea of travelling, not the actual travelling. I am part of the 10% of little human beings that don’t like travelling. Or leaving home ever for that matter.

One month in, I thought I'd made a huge mistake. I'd spent thousands, I was unemployed, going back to live with my parents (after not living at home properly for 4 years) and I'd put my relationship at risk. This is a very scary realisation when you're literally on the other side of the world. But I knew, if I wanted to I could be home in 24 hours, so that kept me sane for the most part. I also met some really lovely people who I hope to keep in touch with for a long time. And not so great people too...

If you're thinking of going, you have to. You have to experience different cultures and learn more about yourself. I wouldn't necessarily recommend Australia as, to be honest, it's a very weird place... But definitely travel around and you'll have memories to cherish. If you're not sure, go for a short amount of time and then you can always stay longer if you'd like, or go some place different.

At the end of the day, I am myself and I always will be. So many people told me that I'd regret coming home and I'm wasting an opportunity of a lifetime, and I can understand that, however, I haven't and I'm really happy with my decision.


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