Well happy new year to all you lovely readers, I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year! As of today we have officially been living in Australia for a whole year! How exciting is that?! If we had stuck to our initial plan we would have done our year here and then been in Asia by now, however as we all know plans change a hell of a lot when you’re travelling, so here we are a year later, still in the country. Not only are we in a different country to where we thought we would be, we’re also in the last place in Australia I ever thought I would end up calling home, the stinking hot tiny little town of Quilpie. When I quit my job in 2014 if you’d told me that this would be my life next year I definitely wouldn’t have believed you, I can’t believe this time last year we were landing in Melbourne ready to start our adventure!
I started this blog to keep everyone up to date with what I was up to whilst travelling, but then I started to get really in to it and begin writing for other websites and blogs, writing posts for my own blog several times a week and really trying to be involved in the travel blogging community, it’s been great fun and a really good creative outlet for me! Although the last month or so I haven’t been so great at writing all the time due to being so busy with work and festive social events, I’m still loving sharing my adventures and stories with the world wide web!
I’ve been a bit obsessed with the whole wandering/wanderlust/being purposefully lost thing for a while now, since I read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein where he writes ‘not all those who wander are lost’, I just think it’s so true. When I got this phrase tattooed on me whilst solo travelling round Europe I just felt like it encompassed everything I was thinking and feeling at that time, hence why the name of my blog was always going to involve it as well. I’ve spent the last year wandering around this beautiful country, I definitely haven’t been lost, but I’ve definitely not always felt like I knew what I was doing or what was happening next, but you know what, it’s felt great to take each day as it comes and be a bit more relaxed about everything.
I feel lucky, but more proud of myself, for working hard to get to where I am today and being able to take that big step and move abroad, earn money, fund my travels, see new sights, meet new people, learn about new cultures and just step completely out of my comfort zone in all aspects of life. I have definitely, definitely, found the beauty in wandering this incredible world and look forward to continuing to do just that in 2016 as well.
We were wanderers, never lost, always home.