It’s only taken nine months (or 10 years since I technically first added the country to my bucket list!) for me to make it to Australia…and I couldn’t be happier to be here. I left cold, grey and slightly snowy Scotland one week ago today – flying from Edinburgh to Brisbane, via Abu Dhabi.
Those who read the blog might remember that I had been due to fly to Darwin from Bali last December…but those plans were changed at the last minute when I had my drink spiked and my purse stolen in Kuta on Christmas Day! Since then, I’ve worked and lived in the Channel Islands, and in Sardinia – Italy…but the whole time I was saving to get to Australia.
I’ll be spending the next six months to a year backpacking through Australia – starting here in Brisbane and working my way up the East Coast to the likes of Noosa, Agnes Water, Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays, before I explore Tasmania, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Perth. I’m also hoping to see a bit more of South East Asia and make it to as many of the South Pacific Islands as I can manage (and afford!).
It feels strange and great to be completely alone again – my first-time solo travelling since leaving Bali last year. I’m also now fully freelance – a digital nomad as some might say! During the last three months spent at home in Scotland, I’ve been working hard to create a full-time income from travel writing, copywriting and photography…and I’m happy to say that, so far at least, it’s working for me. I can now make an income from anywhere in the world…as long as there is Wi-Fi!
I’ll be regularly updating the blog with new Australia tales, as well as guides to all the countries I’ve been lucky enough to live, work in and visit so far!