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Should I Travel the World?

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.

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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.

Landslides were scary (image courtesy of Taylor Hearts Travel)

Landslides were scary

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.

Holding baby turtles at Bundaberg was fun (image courtesy of Taylor Hearts Travel)

Holding baby turtles at Bundaberg was fun

No Regrets

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

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Comments (10)

  • Sounds like you went through some pretty intense tings so glad to hear you came out the other end so strong & still with a huge a huge passion for travel. Really inspiring :-)

    Taylor Hearts Travel 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks, Shikha :) Yeah, it was definitely a learning experience! The amazing things I saw and did on a daily basis far outweighed the blips.x

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  • rmblsandrnts 6 years ago Reply

    Thank you for your inspiration! I’m in the planning/dreaming stage of my backpack RTW 2015 trip. :) &&Awww baby turtles!

    Taylor Hearts Travel 6 years ago Reply

    Anytime – happy to help. Ah, how exciting – 2015 will soon be here! Do you have any ideas of where you want to go? The baby turtles at Bundaberg are super cute – you should definitely try to stop by there. X

  • theleapingllama 6 years ago Reply

    The first picture looks familiar… :o Thanks for sharing :)

    Taylor Hearts Travel 6 years ago Reply

    Have you experienced landslides too? That pic is from part of my round the world trip – on my Mexico/Guatemala/Belize tour. Hope you enjoyed the post :)

    theleapingllama 6 years ago

    Plenty of times when I lived in jungle area of Peru, is because the rain and the deforestation, anyway thank you for sharing :)

    Taylor Hearts Travel 6 years ago

    Wow, living in the jungle area of Peru? That’s pretty cool. Happy to share and glad you liked :)

    theleapingllama 6 years ago

    :)

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