I have come to accept that noone will fully understand how much of a life-changing experience going on exchange and living overseas is for a person, unless they have personally experienced it. It has opened my eyes to a world of possibilities and has given me the confidence and desire to want to take full advantage of the many opportunities just waiting for me. One question that I have asked myself on multiple occasions while travelling is… what is the rush? What is the rush to “grow up,” finish school, get a job, settle down, begin a monotonous life??? With the hundreds and hundreds of people I have come in contact with in the last 5 months, I have learnt more about the world and myself than I have in the last 20 years of my life. A huge reality check occurred to me, and I came to the conclusion that travel is one of my passions. I have never made an official travel/life bucket list, but I have checked off many things that I would of put on it if it was written down. On my 20 hour flight home from this amazing country/continent, it is my plan to have a solid bucket list in the works. While browsing the internet, I came across “The Ultimate Bucket List,” and saw a handful of things I personally have accomplished in my time overseas…
What a better way to remember those little nitty gritty details of my travels than starting a blog. I am not the greatest writer, but I truely believe this blog has been one of the best things I have created, and I am so thankful I kept up with my travels and daily activities. Check!
Live Abroad. Two words. Sounds pretty easy right?… WRONG. This is the proudest check off my Bucket List yet. Picking up your life and transporting it to a far away (~16000kms) foreign, unknown land is extremely nervewracking and difficult. I am so proud to say that I did it, and am close to making it home in one piece. Check!
While visiting Justin in Singapore, we had the chance to go to the 100th year Titanic Exhibit. I know it isn’t the real Titanic, but I only have my PADI Introduction Dive Certification… one day i’ll work my way up to being able to scuba dive the real Titanic. Partial Check!
What a better place in the world to take my first surf lesson than the one and only Surfer’s Paradise in the Gold Coast of Australia. Thanks to Hamish for all the support, and being awesome eye candy! You got it duddddddeeee…. Check!
How many times in your life can one go on a 7-day rock climbing – abseiling – prussicking – trapezing – camping trip and get a credit for University. Very unlikely. Mount Franklin was the first mountain that we had various climbs set up, as well as the Grampian Mountains. Check!
On our “spring break” trip down the East Coast of Australia, we booked a tour on Ocean Freedom which cruised along two different dive locations on the Great Barrier Reef. Insia, Clare and I all received our PADI Introduction Dive Certificate. I also had the chance to do another Introductory Dive while on the Atlantic Clipper while sailing the Whitsundays. Check!
It may not have been a LARGE live insect… but I did eat a green-bottomed ant on the Uncle Brians Tour. I don’t know if I am just extremely gullible or what, but apparently their bottoms/bum is loaded with Vitamin C if you like them. I figured if a lick is good, eating it would be better. Check!
Once again another modification on this one. Climbing an active volcano is cool I guess… but i’d say that swimming in a non-active volcano is even cooler. The last stop on our Uncle Brians Tour through the Atherton Tablelands was at a volcano that has been turned into a waterhole. Check!
I shall list them for you if you’d like… Emu, Dingo, Koala (cute but fiesty when disturbed), Shark, and a the brown snake. My wildlife exposure was absurd in Australia. Check!
As mentioned above, I saw so many animals/wildlife during my experience overseas… From the top of my head I can recollect seeing; monkeys, emus, dingoes, sharks, kangaroos, wallabies, turtles, komodo dragon (I think), snakes, camels, koals, barking owls, and many more. I most definately took way to many pictures of them as well. Check
On the Phillip Island tour I was able to see the smallest species of Penguins in the entire world. The name is a dead giveaway… they are called Little Penguins. They would gather in groups of around a dozen and cross the beach at shortly after dusk to make their way back to their on land habitat to settle in for the evening. Check!
I have never camped so much in my entire life, as I have in Australia. I can count four camping experiences since being overseas. Each of these camps have all been very different from each other. From base camping in my outdoor education classes, to camping in a cave, in a bush, sleeping in a swag, sleeping in a tent, and on Fraser Island… the variety was fabulous. To fulfill the requirement for checking this certain task off my bucket list, while in the Outback, we had to collect firewood as a group to provide heat for not only staying warm, but to prepare our meals. I think I am ready to be on the show survivor after this! Check!!
Self explanatory. Check!
May not be my ULTIMATE biggest fear, but it comes pretty close. I think this is a fear that many people don’t realize they have until they are forced to face it straight on. The Fear of the Unknown. I believe that I have been stretched in every which way while being overseas; emotionally, physically, mentally, financially, socially and academically… and I can confidently say I conquered everything with a smile on my face. The fear of the unknown is nothing to be worried about, but something to find excitement within. As I am currently in my house in Australia, I realize I only have two more sleeps before heading back home. I can officially say this task is 100% checked off my bucket list, and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. CHECK CHECK CHECK!