Stage 1: The Early Years
(1990s – 2005)
These were the first adventures I ever went on, predominantly with family, financed by family, and embarked upon in order to visit family. Most of them were long car trips down south in Western Australia, but there was also my first overseas trip on a plane when I was 11. These are the trips that made a huge impression on me, though I didn’t know it at the time. They sparked my sense of wanderlust and set me on the path that I travel along today, I’m sure of it.
Stage 2: The Budget Years
(2006 – 2010)
When I finished high school in 2004, I vowed to travel at least once a year. These trips were the start of fulfilling that promise- one that I have yet to break. They were mainly interstate holidays, often embarked on with friends. These trips were generally no-frills affairs, as they occurred in the era of being a poor uni student who was still naive and inexperienced in the ways of the big, wide world around her.
Stage 3: The Working Years
(2011 – 2015)
Once I gained steady employment as a teacher, one holiday per year just didn’t seem to cut it anymore. I became a bit greedy and wanted to travel each school holidays- and usually did. After all, if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel four times a year, why not take it? This was also the era when I started venturing overseas and doing a lot of solo travel, as most of my friends did not have as much time available to take off work as I did. I chose to travel alone rather than not at all- and loved it!
Stage 4: The Transition Year
In 2015, I became very disillusioned with teaching and decided not to reapply for full time work, but do relief teaching instead. It was the best decision I ever made. I became a much happier person, and knowing I now had absolute freedom to travel whenever I wanted certainly contributed. By this stage in my life, I’d learnt a lot about who I am as a traveller. One of the insights that emerged was my love of wandering through the wildernesses of the world. I walked some amazing trails in 2016 and have a feeling that many more will feature in my future.
Stage 5: The Adventure Years
(2017 – ?)
I’d always intended to take a break from teaching in 2017 and spend the year I turn 30 having adventures. What my transition year taught me, though, was that, although a year sounds like a long time, it really isn’t. I have a list of adventures mapped out to take me through to 2020, at least, although I will probably have to return to full time work at some point in order to fund them. But I’ll worry about the future when it gets here. It’s time to embrace and enjoy the now.