Home for a New Adventure

24 Feb

And I’m back home. In 8 weeks I travelled to 5 countries, over 21300 kilometres and had 14 new passport stamps. I travelled by foot, plane, bus, tuk-tuk, mini van, motorbike, bike, becak, jeep, long boat and ferry, meeting amazing people from a wide array of countries along the way.  I saw the unimaginable horrors of the Cambodian genocide and Vietnam War and the amazing recoveries that those nations have made. I also saw amazing natural beauty from beaches to mountains and had the fantastic experience of completely immersing myself in Indonesian life and culture. Things didn’t always go to plan with a close run in with a snake in the Cambodian jungle or far too much time spent in an Indonesian hospital.

I learnt that working for an NGO is not all glitz, glamour and saving the world and for every day spent in a disaster area takes weeks of sitting in an office planning. I also learnt that this world is an amazing place and I have so much left to discover and that sometimes taking a risk to get off the beaten track can be incredibly rewarding.

So what’s next for me? I have a thesis to write so I’m thinking the next year will be a challenge but perhaps another adventure. Ultimately life is an adventure after all. Travel wise I’m looking at going to India for a few weeks at the end of the year to expand my horizons and to get away before having to put that degree to real use and find a job. India has always appealed to me and lately I seem to constantly encounter Indian themed things so I think it’s time (and it’s fairly cheap). There are a number of other places that are tempting like Laos, China and Africa as well as the Middle East and a dream of mine is to go to the World Cup in Brazil so we will see what happens. I don’t see any more 2 month trips in the near future due to lack of funds and the realisation that travel is really tiring and I’ve had a fair bit of time away in the last 3 years. Until then though I’ll keep updating this blog as I have plenty of other stories and tips to share from my travels so I hope you continue to read and enjoy.

Make life an adventure!

Courts xx

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One Response to “Home for a New Adventure”

  1. One World, 4 Girls February 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Wow! Good luck on that thesis and I’m sure you will visit those places one day. I think once a person has seen a lot of the world, they realize just how small they are and want to see more. Maybe that’s just me. I have been intrigued by India, as well as Myanmar, Japan, and Istanbul. I hope to visit them when I grow up. I wonder what it will be like when we get home after our 8 month journey…
    Thanks and good luck on the next adventure!
    Lillian

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