I travel because I’d rather look back at my life, saying ‘I can’t believe I did that’ instead of ‘if only I had…’ – Florine Bos.
When I wrote my top fifteen moments of Australia, I swore I wouldn’t post about the moments that don’t quite make to cut to social media, the ones that you forget about, or try to at least. As I said in that post, who wants to read about that? But maybe it is a good idea to share the lesser experiences just as much as the ones that bring a huge grin to my face every single time. This way, I know what not to do during my future travels, how to learn from past mistakes and give advice to anyone out there who is about to embark on such an incredible journey for the very first time.
WISH I HAD STAYED
Isn’t it funny how we look back and want different things to the things we wanted at that very time? Part of me couldn’t wait to come home, to get back to normality, to start the next chapter of my life. Yep, that chapter was short-lived after the aeroplane wheels landed on UK soil for the last time, but back then I was ready to settle. Tip: Never. Settle. Never. When I think that I could have had an extra year creating more memories and travelling even more than I did, I do feel sad that I didn’t do everything that I had set out to do when I began saving for this massive adventure.
WISH I DIDN’T SPEND SO MUCH TIME ON THE PHONE
Ha! What? I’m sure that those who know me will be like, that could never happen, why would she want that? It is true though. I spent so much time on my phone, and there is a good reason for that: I was in a long-distance relationship at the time. Nevertheless, I wish I had spent less time on the phone and more time in the moment. I was travelling, meant to be exploring new places and making new friends. I wasn’t supposed to be sitting alone in the bottom bunk of an empty hostel dorm, typing frantically away. Harsh, but true. This didn’t happen every single night, but there are moments that I missed out on and I can’t get them back.
WISH I HAD DONE THE ONE THING AT THE TOP OF MY LIST
I did so much during my travels. I did things I didn’t think I would ever do. I skydived, scuba-dived, snorkelled, saw turtles, dolphins, drove a 4×4 along the beach, watched fireworks over Sydney Harbour. I did so much, but there was always something that I wanted to achieve which was cage dive with sharks. I know, I’m crazy. I never got the chance to do it, whether it was money constraints or timing or location. Australia is humongous. I’d love to go back and live that dream one day, no matter how terrified I would feel.
Saying all of this I wish I had done this or that is good in one way because I know that I absolutely would not waste my time doing the exact same things all over again, and bad in another because what if I had done my farm work and stayed an extra year? Would I have come home at all? Would I be in the relationship I am in now? Would I have walked down a completely different path that looks nothing like the life I am leading now?
Nobody knows the whos, the whats and they whys. I believe that we are masters of our own fate, but that fate itself does have a role to play in every life. Some things are too uncanny to be mere coincidence. So, as much as I regret not living life to the full whilst I travelled, I am glad that my life has turned out this way right now. As I say, I know what I won’t be doing when I next go travelling because I will go travelling again. It might not be for a year, but there are plenty more flights and new experiences to be had in my life and my future.
What do you think about the regrets you have from your travels? Do you still regret them, or do you think that everything happens for a reason in your life too?
Love, Faye xo