My biggest dream, over any other dream, is that I have wanted to travel and see all the world. I find the notion of being a traveller very romantic and as a child I used to dream of running away with the carnival. I am past the carnival bit now, but still the love and passion for travel is at my core. I love hearing stories of when others have managed to centre their lives around travel, even for a year or so, and wish that I could do that.
I've decided to make my passion my reality! To take a year off and to go backpacking around the world!
As you can see from the picture above, I have been doing reading around the subject of travelling and trying to get ideas and practical tips of how to make it happen. The Rough Guide book: 'First-Time Around the World' has been borrowed off a friend of mine and it has been absolutely brilliant for helping me make this big decision. This dream is also why my love of thrift has increased, although I always hope to keep my thrifty principles, these skills are very useful to learn so that I can save for this bigger goal.
I think it is easy to put off big decisions like this till 'the time is right' and to then never fulfil your dreams. Practically this isn't the most perfect time to go, I am just finishing university and could do with gaining some experience to kick-start my career. I've had some opposition from others, saying I may struggle to find work when I am back due to competing with new graduates, which may be true. However, I have this overwhelming feeling that if I don't do this now, I never will, because there is never an ideal time to take a year off work and additional commitments may make it seem like an impossible task in the future.
I am very much looking forward to the idea of living out of a rucksack, feeling very free, seeing new things and meeting new people. I hope that I can blog my way around the world too and also meet some international bloggers!
My rough plan is to keep it simple, flexible and stay places longer; I'm thinking of getting a round the world airplane ticket. I'd like to go to the USA (so any tips of where to visit will be greatly appreciated); I'd like to work/travel in Australia or New Zealand (recommendations of which would also be greatly appreciated) and then to go around South East Asia, which I am receiving a lot of advice from my close friend A as well as borrowing his travel book!
I'd love to hear what your dreams are? - I honestly believe you can make them reality with a bit of hard work!