Winging it with conviction
Over the years I've had alot of adventures in alot of countries: Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Phillipines, Malaysia, France, Ireland, England (where I lived for 4 years), Scotland, Holland, Germany, Czech Rep, Cyprus, Italy, Spain, USA, Canda, Nepal, China, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, New Zealand and Australia!
I've obviously been born with the bug but why not just continue to travel during my work holidays? Why would someone with a good career, well paid job, nice home, new car, and a comfortable lifestyle on the Australian coast want to give it all up? Am I crazy? Am I having a thrisis? Well, maybe, but I did it anyway ... I quit my job, rented out my house and sold my car. I crammed all my possessions into a backpack, said tearful farewells to family and friends, and set off on my "adventure of a lifetime".
I often hear "Aren't you brave" or "I'd love to do that". Well, my advice is that life's short and your only obstacle is you so get out there.... the world is big and there are still a lot of countries on my "to visit" list. I've been introduced to some fascinating new places & cultures, and sometimes to some pretty strange lifestyles & customs. I've seen how other people live - the good, the bad, and the ugly - and I've realized how truly blessed and absolutely privileged my life has been. I've changed, travel does that to a person, and I like who I've become. It's been an amazing journey of discovery - both about others and about myself.
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples laugh, cry, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." - Maya Angelou
"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." - Jawaharal Nehru
So far...... Himalayas, Southern Algeria Sahara, Angkor Wat (Cambodia), New Zealands Sth Island, UK countryside, Tanzania, Canadian Rockies, Great Ocean Road (Australia) particularly Barwon Heads & Peterborough, Venice
09 Jun 2010 - 28 Jul 2010
Visiting: Turkey, China, Mongolia, Nepal, India and Thailand.
31 May 2010 - 08 Jul 2010
Visiting: United Kingdom, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Turkey.
24 Feb 2010 - 30 May 2010
Visiting: Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba and United Kingdom.
Particularly knowledgable about Victoria and Great Ocean Road region
Travelled through Nepal in 2008 - trekked Annapurna region, Chitwan National Park, etc
Spent alot of time throught North Africa (Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria & Morocco) as well as East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania & Zanzibar). Happy to help!
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