Come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned – Peter Pan.
After just two months of travelling Australia, I have seen and done a lot of amazing, incredible things that I won’t forget. By now, you will have seen my highlights of the east coast trip alongside some more in-depth posts about particular places and experiences that I am still in awe of. There is still more to come! I just haven’t written it down yet. It’s still floating around in my head somewhere.
When you’re in one place (with your backpack unpacked and safely under the bed you sleep in every night, you have a lot of time to think about what you want to do next, whether you want to go north or south, and what really is on that must do list before you go back home with the stunning views of a different country fixed behind your eyes.
I have done just that. If you follow me on Instagram or have me on Facebook, you’re going to have already seen the list, but not the reasons why. This list is causing slight stress because eight months (seems like a long time) really isn’t a long time to get everything done, not to mention I actually have to pay for all of this. However, I will be doing it all. I’m not coming home otherwise.
Cage diving with sharks
This aim in life started out as something to laugh about, to slightly scare my parents, and something that was always in the back of my mind. I remember watching a programme on the BBC last year all about sharks. That’s when it turned into I actually want to cage dive with sharks. It’s a once in a lifetime thing, something that not many people will ever do. It’s scary and I’ll probably feel sick on the day, but I want to do it. I want to see great whites up close.
Melbourne is one of those places that everybody talks about. The hospitality sector there is meant to be the best in Australia, so all the bars and restaurants are to die for, I’ve heard. Plus, it’s one of those places that you just go to when travelling Australia. I’ll be going in the summer though, I’ve heard it can get pretty cold down there and has about five different weather forecasts throughout the day.
Whilst on the Whitsundays, one of my roomies said that Perth was absolutely stunning. I’ve heard lots of great things about Perth before, from folks at home who have travelled Australia extensively. Everyone who’s been to Perth has told me: go to Perth. The west of Australia is supposed to be beautiful.
Going to the Northern Territory is obviously something that is on my to do list whilst I’m Down Under. Again I’ve heard lots of amazing things about Darwin, especially as a place to work so I may well try and find a job up there for a couple of months. I don’t know whetherI’m going to travel for a bit first and then go, or whether to go in November. Who knows? I don’t have to make that decision until September. It’s hot all year round too, which is a bonus when you’re currently in Queensland in winter. As my boyfriend pointed out, I don’t think I’m going to cope well in English weather.
Cape Trib (locals call it this and it has stuck) is something that I have to do. I visited parts of the North Queensland rainforests and I loved it. I want to see more of the rainforests, and I especially want to learn about the aboriginal way of life, because that is part of Australian history and heritage. There are also stunning places to stay on some of these trips too.
Of course New Zealand is on this list. It wasn’t originally, until every traveller I’ve met has said how beautiful it is, and that they much prefer it to Australia. Therefore, I have put it on the list of must do before I leave. Plus, it’s a short flight away and it does look like a fantastic country.
For some reason, Fiji has always been on my list of places that I have to go to one day, even from when I was a teenager dreaming of travelling to the other side of the world and beyond. I’ve heard loads of mixed things about it, but ultimately a few days of relaxed exploring and sunbathing is exactly what I need from a stunning island like Fiji.
I’m thinking that I will have a month and a half to explore parts of South East Asia so I definitely want to go to as many places as possible but not too many so that I’m rushing everywhere. I’m thinking Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao and perhaps Sumatra.
This is an absolute must, partly for my mum as well because she loves elephants. It is a wonderful experience that I am yet to have, and one that I’m definitely looking forward to.
Bali is written separately on that top photo because I am planning (fingers crossed) to go there on holiday with the other half. It’s, again, one of those places that I just have to go to and I have to see with my own eyes. It looks like a dream with green-blue oceans and beaches that are golden white.
This is all in addition to going back to places that I have visited and loved already: Byron Bay, Magnetic Island, Manly Beach, Sydney… It’ll be difficult to squeeze everything in whilst working too! I’ll make the time.
Which of these things are on your bucket list?
Love, Faye x