There are some adventures that I took when I was younger that I would love to take again now. I have become a completely different person that travels with a different purpose than I had back then. Before, I absolutely hated hiking, thanks to mountainous Korea, now I love it. Before I loved to party…these days sitting somewhere in the serene nature is absolutely perfect for me.
Australia is one of those countries that I feel would be much more special for me at this stage of my life than it was 6 years ago. Australia is a beautiful country. Although I don’t think that I truly appreciated its beauty when I spent 6 weeks travelling the East coast.
There were many reasons for this:
We arrived in to Melbourne near the end of August. It was cold…like a winters day in Ireland. Nobody had ever let me in on this awful secret that the Aussies keep. Australia gets bloody cold!
Myself and my friend Louise only had one pair of jeans each and one hoodie. We were also staying in an awful hostel that was freezing inside!
If I ever have a chance to get back to Australia, I’ll definitely pack more appropriate clothing.
2. Australia is expensive!
One of the hardest things to get used to was the difference in the cost of living between South East Asia and Australia.
We went from having delicious food in restaurants every day and staying in nice clean private rooms to having to cook every night and spend more on one bed in a big dorm room that we did on an entire room in Asia.
Next time I get to Australia, I’ll make sure to treat it as a destination in itself.
3. The final reason that Australia was tough was because we were camping.
We rented a car and a tent for our roadtrip. I think Grainne today would appreciate it so much more than 24 year old Grainne did. It was incredibly isolating and after travelling together for over 3 months my relationship with Louise was getting a bit tense (our relationship is better than ever now!).
But having said all of that I still had a wonderful time and some beautiful memories. I can’t wait to go back at some stage in my life!
Is there anywhere that you have been to that you would love to go back to at a different stage in your life?