11 Nov It’s just a REALLY long vacation…
Well, my goodness, where do I start? I guess I’ll start by saying SURPRISE, I’m moving to Australia! Haha it’s funny because I still can’t believe it either… I started this blog so that my family, friends can keep up with my adventures. I plan on updating this frequently throughout my year with pictures and stories. I want to be able to look back on it and remember these moments!
Sooo….I am officially 30 days out from by far the scariest yet exhilarating year of my life. In 30 days I am going to jump on a plane, alone, and travel 17+ hours to Brisbane, Australia. From there, I’m going to be honest and admit I don’t have a real plan. Cool right? Depends on who you’re asking… I say cool, but I’m sure others would disagree, like my dad.
I am going on a year long Work Travel Visa, so that pretty much explains what I’ll be doing, working and traveling and laying on white sandy beaches. I can be there for a full year from the day I arrive. The only real rules there are is that I cannot work for one employer for longer than 6 months. But I’m pretty good at that so, no biggy. Other than that it is pretty much a free for all. Yikes!
Frequently asked questions:
No, I don’t have a job lined up yet.
No, I do not know anyone there.
No, I don’t know where I am living or where I will even end up.
Yes, I am scared shitless but trying to keep it cool.
and yes, if I fall in love with a smokin hot Australian man I will bring him back. (This is actually the most asked question) but the only person I intend on falling in love with is myself!
Maybe you are wondering how I fell upon this idea to begin with. Quite frankly I am still trying to figure out how this all happened, as well. Sean and I overheard some ladies talking about the Travel Visa at a yoga class, we both got wide eyed and started telling each other how cool that would be to do. We looked into it and after verifying that this is actually a real thing that lots of people do, I joked with my family about going.
See, I was joking, but my family was not. They told me “Go! Travel while you can. This is a perfect time in your life to do this.” Of course I couldn’t agree more, after the last few years I’ve had, I needed something great. Something that I, and only I could hold on to and indulge in. So, without much hesitation I applied for the Visa and within minutes got accepted! It was a lot easier than I thought it would be, which seemed crazy! it all of sudden got real, real fast! What did I just get myself into?!?!
I spent a few weeks figuring out where I wanted to fly into and what the cheapest and easiest route was. If I told you that i based my decision on finding a hub airport and the prettiest beaches would you believe me? Well, I did. And I couldn’t be more proud of myself. This trip is mine, it’s all mine. To be free and to learn and to be happy. Not that I’m not happy, but there’s something totally frightening and exciting about getting a second shot at life. 6 months ago I would’ve NEVER thought this is how my life would turn out. I feel blessed for this opportunity, and my choice to run full force with it. Life is all about choices. Sometimes you are faced with things we couldn’t imagine happening, like death, or a breakup. But throughout my 25 years of life i have learned that you have a choice in how you react to those horrible things. Okay, enough of my inspirational speech.
So bam, after some encouragement from morgen I clicked the purchase button and bought a flight to Brisbane! That was an expensive and thrilling mouse click, but the feelings that have overwhelmed me are still unexplainable.
So, here’s my secret, don’t tell though… I haven’t made a real plan and i don’t want to make a plan, I just want to go and see what I find. Through this process I have continuously heard, “You can always come home.” And that alone makes it easier to go. Home will always be here, I have left home a few times already and have always been welcomed back like I never left. Do I have anxiety thinking about not seeing my family and friends everyday like I have these last few months? Absolutely! I have had, hands down the best support system since moving back. My family is my world. We have been tested and tested again and we only seem to grow stronger together. Those people are my best friends. But they have been so supportive and loving through this process, and I know they can’t wait for me to go, because then they get to plan their visit ?
So when do I leave?
30 days from now, December 30, 2015.
My first day in Australia, will be the first day of 2016.
So here’s to The Adventures of Kelsey 2016. Stay tuned…
“A ship is safe in a harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”