Booking a flight to Australia was the best decision I’ve ever made.
Back ‘home’ in Yorkshire, life was pretty comfortable. I had no major stresses other than getting to and from work everyday on the tram and arranging the weekends antics with my mates.
Travelling overseas to Australia was always inevitable for me as I’d grown up with my cousins all taking a gap year, some staying there to live, some coming back saying how incredible it was. Thing is I could never imagine the time I was actually going to stop procrastinating and just do it! But there was always ‘so much going on’ that I never thought I could leave behind. My close group of mates, my family, my studies. I just wasn’t ready yet.
I kept making excuses because I didn’t have a strong enough reason to go…Do you know the feeling?
After experiencing university for a year, working in Spain, and working a 9-5 in retail for a year, I finally had a moment when I knew I was ready. I took a real long look at my life and I just wasn’t satisfied. And that’s not to say that I wasn’t enjoying myself or un-grateful for what I did have. But I felt bored of my routine, my workplace was frustrating me, I wasn’t being paid my worth whilst doing something I didn’t even enjoy and I was completely over it. I could feel myself growing out of my hometown.
I craved a new scenery and I wanted to experience something more.
So after a few weeks of persuading my mate to fly to the other side of the world with me, we booked a flight to Brisbane leaving on the 8th of August 2013.
After some emotional goodbyes with friends and family I remember thinking as I got on the plane that I definitely wouldn’t come back as the same person, which scared me and excited me at the same time. And man was I right!
It’s now 3.5 years since I left. Since being in Australia, living, working and travelling, I’ve found out things about myself I never would have known, I can’t even begin to describe everything that I learnt, experienced, the sights I’ve seen, the people I’ve met. My perspective of the world has developed and it truly has shaped my life. I’ve been travelling and experiencing life with the girl of my dreams and she has been great company.
One massive lesson I’ve learnt that stands out for me and will for you too is the power of stepping outside of your comfort zone. Whatever it may be, 15 metre high rope swings above a plunge pool, public speaking or flying to a country you’ve never been to before. It is all about personal growth. When you break that barrier in your mind and do the things that initially feel uncomfortable, it really can lead you to some epic places. Trust me!
I now appreciate home a lot more and as I write this I’m chilling in my hotel room in Malaysia, excited and about to fly back to the UK to explore Europe with my gal.
I hope you also find the courage to travel overseas, whether it’s for 3/6/12 months or more. Travelling overseas will give you more of a taste of what this world has to offer, but more importantly, it will help you to find yourself.
**Update: I’ve now received my defacto partner visa and can officially return to Australia as a semi-permanent resident with Sandy..Happy days!
Have you ever travelled overseas for a lengthy period of time? What did you learn? Leave us a comment…
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