Its the last day of 2009, I’ve arrived at my parents permanent on-site caravan in the lovely town of Nelson, Victoria. The temperature would be pushing 35 by now given how the plant life is withering under the suns gaze. And I can’t think of a better place to be, especially since I am stuck without mobile phone or internet service, which for and IT geek really is a problem.
Sitting back at the cheapest plastic outdoor table setting you can buy, beer in one hand and keyboard in my other. All I can think about is how perfect it is to be where I am right now to bring in the new year, the year my entire lifestyle will change.
Surrounded by strangers I will pass from 2009 where I rebuilt my life after a turbulent ending to 2008, into 2010, where I have friends across the world all seeking what I seek. The lifestyle of a nomad, a vagabond a wanderer.
In just a month of involving myself with the awesome travel blogging community I have tweeted to and commented on some really impressive people that have re-enforced what a great lifestyle and personal journey travel can be. I just hope that on my journey I can pass by these amazing travelers and in typical Aussie style buy them a beer and let them know that what they do and the help they offer is greatly appreciated.
For now though I’m off to throw a fishing rod into the river and make peace with 2009. Because come tomorrow I will no longer be saying “I’m planning to travel next year” because the year will have arrived.
Oh and excuse the fact its no longer the last day of the year.
Hooray for new beginnings! Pumped for 2010 too.
I know, its slowly dawning on me just how much I need to organize between now and June. But god help me I am super excited and can’t wait.
Just as excited about 2010, too! Can’t even imagine what NYE 2011 will be like or where I’ll be!
That was something I kept thinking about when I was off relaxing with a fishing rod in hand on NYE. Where will I actually celebrate NYE 2011. I hope to be in London by then but everything is so close I could be any number of places, and to be honest that sounds pretty cool to me.
You Aussies are such an adventurous bunch! Traveled to & through Australia a couple of years ago (loved it; loved Aussies) – so many of the people we met there are so easy with quitting their careers (not just jobs, mind you) & traveling the world for awhile. More power to you!
Hey Suzi, while it scares the bejesus out of me to do it. I just want to get out and see what else there is. Live like the rest of the world does for awhile and move on.
I remember when I was younger wondering what someone in America is doing right at this moment. Now I’m determined to find out.
And I wondered (being from America) what someone in Africa, Australia . . . fill in the blank . . . “is doing right now” – I think it’s called “Wanderlust” 🙂
I remember (being an American) wondering what someone in Africa, Australia, South America . . . fill in the blank . . . is doing right now. I think it’s called “Wanderlust”!! 🙂
Yeah is funny like that. I still wonder but its a lot easier these days. I can’t wait to be on the other end of it though and thinking about what my friends/family will be doing while I swim on a beach or make a snowman in the snow.
Yeah I’m making a snow man, might be getting close to 30 but I’ll be damned if I miss out having never seen the snow.
I concur with Suzi, I’ve met tons of Aussies during brief travels who never hesitate to wander about the world. I’m off in June too! There’s so much stuff to do, but it’s a build up to something substantial, IMO.
So, Nomadic Chick (love the name!!), where have you been & where are you going?
Hey Nomadic Chick, well I hope I don’t end up following too many aussie’s around the world. I’d much prefer to hang with someone I didn’t possibly grow up with.
Where are you off to in June?
Too right. Isn’t travel about meeting folks from different countries? The route will be posted soon, but thus far, cross Canada trip to hook up with family and friends. Snake to Miami (South Beach, anyone), then weasel into Mexico, and do Central/South America. After that, possibly some Africa/Europe and SE Asia.. that was a mouthful. Oh, and India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka.
That is SUCH a mouthful! But, Good on ye! Wish I’d had your courage when I was young (& you, too, Aussie Nomad), but I’m getting the courage as I get older! Done some traveling now, & there’s no holding me back – I’ve had a taste of the world!
See I wish I could do that sort of trip. Being in australia we either head north to Asia or jump on a plane for 24 hours to america or europe.
For now I’m heading for a quick loop around Europe before heading to London to try and find some work to fund a better look at Europe.
After that I’ll just play it by ear.
LOL “I’d much prefer to hang with someone I didn’t possibly grow up with.” The unknown always seems so much more exotic, doesn’t it??
Its the unknown which has the greatest attraction for me. I want to make new friends like I am on twitter etc. Meet new people across the world, share a beer and tell stories of adventures past and present.
Travel and you will meet new people! It’s almost impossible not to unless you’re a rock. 🙂
You never know, I might be the same age as you! Building courage can come in increments or whap you at once – keep going girl, cause that taste might turn into a hunger you can’t ignore. That’s kinda what travel can be. 🙂
“You never know, I might be the same age as you!” Point taken – LOL! And you do know that of which you speak! 🙂
When it comes to what travel can be, I mean.
I missed this when you posted it but it made me really happy we have you in our community!
Thx Stephanie, I’m so glad to be part of it. You guys all seriously rock.