So, what does it feel like to give up your life to travel? Flying 30,000 feet above sea level, seat belt on, partner by my side, can see nothing but the rusty red Australian desert below, sweeping for miles, as we fly somewhere over Alice Springs, (another one on my bucket list), next stop Singapore, with a brief stop over before we head to Bangkok. Saying our very last goodbye to Australia. We are leaving indefinitely. Well my plan is for a year max, my partner Shaun has spoken about it as indefinitely. And just to define this word for you – “not definite, without fixed or specified limit, unspecified, not clearly defined or determined, not precise or exact.” What do you feel when you give up your life to travel?
It was Shaun’s idea originally, though he is convinced it was mine in some slurred comment at 3am this one time?! Heading to Thailand to achieve a Scuba diving masters, for Shaun diving instructor course, for me some Yoga perhaps? Personal goals we both have, which seem all the more achievable when you add in the fact that they will also involve lying on the beach soaking up the sun, watching the tides pass by, in crystal clear lagoons, with nothing in the world to worry us…
So what does it feel like to give up your life to travel indefinitely? I absolutely don’t know! But i think that is the exciting bit – Everything up until this point, has been planned, structured, organised, and known -but from this point on – We are taking one day at a time, throwing all caution to the wind, taking life “by the balls”, however you’d like to put it – From here on, the world is our oyster.
Packing up our lives as we know it – Was for me, where the journey began – Finishing up at a job i loved, letting go of an apartment in the perfect location, packing up, throwing away, selling all material possessions. 18 bags of clothes donated to charity, 5 bags of shredded diaries, letters & poetry for the recycling bin, trying to flog as much as we could off on Gumtree, why was it that i still had all this stuff anyway? Why had I not done this sooner? Boxes full of things i had not even looked at in 10 years!! For Shaun, putting his much loved music gear up online, or letting go of Netflix. The feeling eliminating excess belongings, decluttering, and in our case getting rid of all worldly possessions, and ties, this feeling was revolutionising. And perhaps one that can be put into practice in daily life, more so than we already do? Then was the next hurdle figuring out what “things” one really need daily – And attempting to fit it into one insy winsy teeny tiny backpack. It is an amazing feeling once achieved, to see that all the worldly possessions you really do NEED (are a necessity), can really be cut down to a single backpack. We will keep you updated on how we go with that!
Having let go of anything and everything in our lives as we knew it, from here on its just us VS the world! Goodbye Australia – Thailand here we come!
Keep an eye on Skyscanner.com for cheap aeroplane tickets if heading on a trip – We managed to score our Australia – Thailand tix for $500 each, so were pretty stoked!