By the time this post goes live, we will already be one week into the new year, and for the first time in a long time, I move forward into this new year with very few definite trips planned, and with the strong likelihood that I will be going on significantly fewer adventures in 2019.
So, why will things be slowing down?
Though 2019 will not be completely filled with overseas explorations, it will be extremely full of brand new life experiences.
If you have been following this blog for a while, you may recall a post about my body image and the impact that significant weight loss has had on my travels. Well, despite having a significant improvement in my body image, things are still far from perfect. After losing around 40kg (88lbs) I have been left with a fair bit of excess skin that I am extremely self conscious of. So, I have finally made the decision to forgo spending all of my money on travel, and to instead spend a significant portion on undergoing two surgeries to remove the bulk of this excess skin.
Financially, these surgeries are an enormous commitment, and physically, the surgeries themselves are quite full on, and I will need a minimum of six weeks to recover.
Furthermore, at some point this year (the when is still quite fuzzy) I will leave my life in Darwin to move my home base somewhere else, in order to facilitate being with my partner Dan.
Originally this move was to be to Melbourne, but at the time that this goes live, Dan will have just taken a job in Sydney, which is where the bulk of suitable work for him is. So, my future kinda depends on how long he stays at this job. I might end up moving to Sydney, maybe to Melbourne, or I may do contract work in rural areas around Australia if he moves to a FiFo (Fly in, fly out) kinda job.
Basically, I have no idea what lies ahead!
Regardless of where I go, this move will be a rather bittersweet one. On one hand, I am absolutely in love with Dan and really hate being away from him – which is why the move is unavoidable. But on the other hand, I moved to Darwin over three years ago with plans to stay six months, or maybe a year, but Darwin got under my skin and I really fell in love with it here. I love my job, I have amazing friends and the relaxed pace of life here makes it a really special place to call home.
The East Coast is home to huge cities, crazy traffic, long commutes, a buttload more people and there will certainly be no tropical living! But, I have never really explored the East Coast of Australia, and moving to one of its biggest cities will definitely give me the opportunity to explore and seek adventures domestically.
Despite all these changes, I just couldn’t cope without a few little overseas jaunts!
So, at some point in the year Dan and I will head to Bali and try to explore parts of it that I have never seen (such as the Gili Islands) and then later in August, I will be taking Papa Burne to Tonga to swim with humpback whales once more. Later in the year, I am going to aim to take 4-6 weeks off and head somewhere in Central or South America. Currently on the shortlist are Mexico, Belize, Cuba, Ecuador and Costa Rica – so any destination suggestions within this region will be highly appreciated in the comments below!
However, never fear, my bonkers busy trip over the past four months has left me with content up to my eyeballs and I have more than enough material to keep you with brand new blogs each week for at least the next nine months, if not longer.
So make sure to stay tuned for new blogs about Finland, Kenya, the Faroe Islands, Namibia, Iceland, Tanzania, South Africa, Scotland, Norway, Czech Republic, UAE and Oman.
My blog schedule does have some flexibility, so if there is any particular destination you’d like to read about sooner rather than later, feel free to let me know in the comments below.
Finally, I’d once again like to thank you for travelling with me in 2018 and I am looking forward to sharing more life and travel adventures in 2019.
Happy New Year, and as always, safe travels.