Have you ever just felt that need to get away? Well, I seem to be feeling that more and more these days, just that need to escape normality and discover and experience something new and different. It is increasingly coming upon me when I see a plane fly above me (which I happen to see a lot since my current place of employment is next to the airport). All I do is wish that I could be on that plane, jetting off to somewhere different.
Don’t get me wrong though, I am a very lucky person. I have an amazing, loving and supportive family, I am gaining a tertiary education and I have a part-time job, which keeps me relatively solvent. It is not that I don’t love where I live and the people that surround me, because I absolutely do. Plus, there is nothing like that feeling of coming home when you have been away for a certain amount of time.
It is just that I am so aware of the fact that the world is large and diverse, filled with amazing places, sights and cities. I want to see as many of them as I can.
As with anything though, I have limitations. The most notable of which is of course, financial. Plane tickets are expensive, even more so from Australia. And although I have a job, it doesn’t exactly keep me flushed with cash I can spend on a ticket when all of life’s other expenses are factored in. And I am still studying, which limits the amount of time I can spend working, as well as the available time in the year for travel that is not occupied by classes, studying, essays and exams.
Then there is this other thought that keeps popping into my head. Most of my friends and colleagues are following a certain pattern. Find a full-time job, work to advance in that job, work to earn money and then spend that money on a house, car, investments or whatever their hearts desire, find a partner, settle down and start a family (if they wish). And while I definitely do want those things, I don’t necessarily want them now. You’re only young once right, and doesn’t everyone say your twenties are the time to explore?
And I have been lucky enough to do some exploring already, both at home in Australia and overseas. I spent an amazing month travelling through Europe with two friends and three weeks in the UK with my mum. I lived for two months in Germany on exchange, went skiing in New Zealand, and went on a school music tour to Japan.
I know that I have been very lucky to go where I have been, but for me it just isn’t enough. There is so much more I want to see and experience.