The World is your Classroom
Have you ever been on a round-the-world (RTW) backpacking trip? If not, why not? I had THE time of my life. I learnt so, so much…about me, about others, about the world. Everything was educational, but in the unconventional way. A zillion times better than any classroom lesson I’ve had. Reading about the differences between alligators and crocodiles just cannot compare to holding a real life baby croc, with an Ozzie teaching you the key facts. I mean that’s going to be so much more memorable.
I guess some may think this sort of trip is soo cliché; the skydive on the east coast of Australia, the bungee jump in New Zealand, the rainforest trek in South America. Yes, I guess you could say it is cliché, but it’s only because these things are so amazing that everyone wants to do them. There are plenty of other things you can add into your trip to make it a little more original and those things are usually the unexpected things you haven’t anticipated.
Not to Plan
My trip wasn’t all peaches and pie. I had some low, very low moments. I was dumped in poverty stricken Rio (cue one very nervous dad on the phone asking me to go home), I got separated from my two week tour group in the middle of what felt like nowhere, my bank card was frauded…I could go on, but hey I survived and they all make great stories. The good and the bad experiences have made me who I am today and I wouldn’t change a thing.
If you’re thinking about going on a RTW trip or backpacking, but you’re worried about what might happen or how you would deal with any advertises. Stop. Rethink your outlook. You cannot prepare for life, well certainly not what ifs. You never know what is going to happen and chances are if something does happen, you will surprise yourself in how you handle it. Life would be pretty boring if everything was plain sailing. The unexpected challenges, motivate and develop us. And anyway, life is going to be a bit of a test regardless of where you are, so you might as well see some of the world and maximise the amazing experiences along the way. Go on, dooooo it….book that trip and have the adventure of a lifetime.
Don’t forget to write me and let me know what good and bad experiences you have/have had throughout your travels. X