“Oh great, another inspirational travel quote. Massive cliché alert!”
I know what you’re thinking and ordinarily I would agree. But I’ve been doing a fair bit of navel-gazing recently, and I’ve decided that it is probably true that travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.
Not financially, of course. I’m already cringing at my decreasing bank balance, but at the end of the day, who remembers exactly how much they spent on a particular trip, meal or whatever? It’s the experience that sticks in your memory (I’m not usually a big fan of women’s magazines but this article in Cosmopolitan rings true to me: 9 people on the best piece of travel advice they’ve been given).
I’m fast approaching my fourth decade and I’ve had loads of fantastic life experiences already, don’t get me wrong. Like so many people I’ve been caught up in the cycle of school, college, uni, work, that I feel like I’ve never got “off the treadmill” and done something just because I want to. I haven’t really had a holiday in five years so personally I think this trip is long overdue!
I’m always telling people how fortunate I am to have family and friends dotted around Australia. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve promised them: “I’ll come and visit soon!”.
So finally, I’m actually doing it. I’ve booked my flight to Perth and I will flying out in less than a month and spending just over seven weeks exploring the west coast (Perth to Exmouth), Melbourne and Queensland.
I’m looking forward to the adventure that lies ahead!