ONE PICTURE. That’s all it took for me to book a one way ticket.

Would I be lying if I told you that all it took was ONE picture?…

Image I saw on Tumblr one day....
Image I saw on Tumblr one day….

No.
No, I wouldn’t be lying, because that is exactly what happened when I first saw this picture.

One picture. That’s all it took for me to book that one way ticket..(Thanks to tumblr, and google)

I figured…. I’ve STUDIED nearly my entire life from the ripe age of 5 till 21. That’s 16 years of my life!
I’ve worked casually from the age of 14 till the day I left! I had just graduated University, and I didn’t want to be tied down to a full time job just yet.
My heart just wasn’t telling me to stay in Sydney, and get a job. It was telling me to go for what I love, and travel. So I did…

Some of the things i’ve done in 8 months; 

  • Chiang Mai Lantern festival – Loi Krathong on November 17th, 2013.

    FINALLY got to see this magical spectacle with my own eyes.
    FINALLY got to see this magical spectacle with my own eyes.
  • Volunteered teaching English in Northern Thailand , Chiang Rai through IVHQ and the Mirror Foundation.
Thailand Volunteer
4 days of teaching an entire school from Grade 1 – 6 in Chiang Rai.
volunteer work
Very rewarding experience to have done this with 3 other amazing volunteers, and friends!
  • Cliff diving in various locations
15 metre cliff jump overlooking the sea - Ariel's point, Boracay.
15 metre cliff jump overlooking the sea – Ariel’s point, Boracay.
  • Motorbike tour through the Central Highlands of Vietnam ( I will do it myself one day, I promise)
Easy Riders motorbike tour - Vietnam.
Easy Riders motorbike tour – Vietnam.
  • Trekking through various locations
One of many treks...This one was in Sapa, Vietnam.
One of many treks…This one was in Sapa, Vietnam.
  • Visited some beautiful waterfalls
Kuang Si waterfalls - Laos.
Kuang Si waterfalls – Laos.
  • Gotten some crazy  and spontaneous tattoos (one of three)
My tattoo from Pai.
My tattoo from Pai.
  • Beautiful beaches EVERYWHERE.
Visited some amazing beaches - Gili Trawangan.
Amazing beach swing – Gili Trawangan.
Camping on Koh Rong - Cambodia.
Camping on Koh Rong – Cambodia.
  • Climbed the highest Mountain in Hpa-An, and sleep in a monestary for $3!
2700 steep climb to get to the top of Mt Zwegabin. Worth all the sweat.
2700 steep climb to get to the top of Mt Zwegabin. Worth all the sweat.
  • Get into ridiculous situations in Myanmar, with no idea what’s going on. Last minute decisions are the best ones right…
Our failed attempt in 'Hitchhiking' to Bagan
Our failed attempt in ‘Hitchhiking’ to Bagan

THE LIST GOES ON. AND ON. AND ON.


 

My trip was never supposed to be this long…In my head I had a return ticket somewhere, but that prospect slowly disappeared.

What was supposed to be a 4 month trip, turned into something that was looking indefinite to me…every month turned into another extension…
Every “see you in a month” turned into uncertainty…

All my worries and troubles just disappeared off the face of earth and I was just living presently.
I begun doing everything I could to continue travelling. I was determined to make my money last.
I did dares in return for Thai Baht.
I begun budgeting strictly on meals, accommodation and partying so that I could go another day.
I found myself staying in one place longer, rather than moving around too much (You do save money like that)!!
I even begun an unofficial tour company that never really brought me any money! BUT i did get to spend it with some awesome people!

My unofficial tour company in Bali.
My unofficial tour company in Bali.

I sold tickets, for commission so I could afford meals. I even used all my insurance money, so I could last a few more months! (Good riddance belongings)

And then somewhere along the road, when I became completely broke, with no job, money, or a flight ticket home…I still had a glimmer of hope. That my luck would eventually turn…and it has.

I found myself taking chances I never would. I faced enormous challenges, and found solutions to them. I found myself completely unfazed by anything that life had to throw at me. That itself is something 16 years of education, or an office job won’t teach you.
My desperation to continue travelling, and desire for a job meant I had nothing to lose, so i was presented with a window of opportunities.

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible”

You really can change your life in an instant. If you want to. The question is…are you ready? Are you ready to take that leap of faith and never look back. Go on. Do it. I promise that you won’t regret it.

We are all here for some special reason, stop being a prisoner of your past, become the architect of your future.

For more information on my travels please visit https://www.facebook.com/natasiatravel

 

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