It seems so strange to me to think that I left my home a year ago now, when I look back It feels like it was just yesterday and then at the same time it feels like I have always been travelling.
So much has happened in this first year, I have done a lot with the time I have had, but I feel like I have also changed as a person.
I have gone through every emotion that there is from feeling incredibly high to incredibly low, it is a hard thing to leave home and all the people I know and love behind but it’s also amazingly rewarding.
I have seen and done some absolutely wonderful things and as I mentioned before I have changed as a person to the girl crying as I was boarding the plane at the beginning of this big adventure of mine.
One of the main reasons I wanted to leave was because I wanted to become a better version of myself and all the great things I had heard about travelling made me wonder if this was the way to do that and I think I was right.
I am in no way perfect and nor will I ever be but I have definitely grown and improved on my weaknesses in the past year, when you are a solo traveller you are forced to be in the unknown and out of your comfort zone and that in itself is the best way to figure out who you truly are.
At the beginning of the year I didn’t like what I found, I was very emotional and self-conscious and I felt like I was not a nice person to some of the people I met especially when I had been drinking (isn’t that always when we are at our worst hey! Damn you alcohol)
Since then I have fallen for the lies of people I thought were true to me and felt heartbroken, I have cried because I miss my home and the people I love and also felt like I wanted to go home at times. However even though I have had a lot of time on this first year feeling these things I am actually happy for them because I feel stronger than when I left.
I didn’t have anyone to turn to like I would at home to hug me and tell me everything was going to be alright, I only had myself and the places that I was in to try and figure all these feelings out myself, and from having to do that it has made me feel like I am definitely stronger as a person and know my worth.
The great thing about all of this is that in one year I already feel like I am on the right path and I have gained so much knowledge about myself and the way I want to be treated and also treat others, which means that with each year I travel this will improve far more than It ever did while I was at home.
So that was my main reason for going travelling but I obviously had more than self-awareness and improvement as my goals.
I wanted to see the world and experience the beauty that it holds, overcome fears and also become an adult.
In the past year I have travelled down the east coast of Australia, I have tried a few jobs, done sky dives, scuba dives, drove many different vehicles, purchased my very first vehicle, fell in love with the little boy I was an Au pair for (Dan), met some absolutely amazing people and seen some of the most beautiful places in the world.
(a few of my favorite pics from the past year….click to make bigger)
I have overcome some of the things in my past and I feel like I have finally become an adult.
It is such an amazing feeling for me to have to feel like I have come so far since leaving home and I am feeling very happy and proud of myself, and the thing that makes me feel even better than all of that is that I know its not over yet, I still have more places to see, more people to meet and most importantly I have much more to learn about myself and the type of person I am and want to be.
So cliché hey! Haha
So……I wonder what the next year of travelling will bring me? It will be a different year as my brother will be joining me. 🙂Share This: