After recently becoming a thisworldexists adventure ambassador, I reflected back on when and where my journey started.....
At the age of 24, I had a good job, house, car and lifestyle. But something was missing from my life, I had always wanted to travel the world but things always seemed to get in the way. Mainly my finances. That year I decided to make a change; quitting my job and selling the car, there was even a stint in a caravan outside my parents house to save every bit of money I could.
The plane ticket to New Zealand followed and applied for a job on a farm pretty much as far away from England as possible and applied for a working holiday visa.
Many countries around the world offer them; generally to people between the ages of 18 and 35. However, many more visas are available.
$1,000 in my pocket, it would be enough to get me started in NZ. So the plan was, to arrive, earn, explore and save. Work hard for six months, save, then on the weekends, explore my new amazing home, climbing mountains, road trips and adventure sports.
This new life couldn’t be more exciting!
The travel bug had bit and wasn't letting go! How could I let it go? Not that I wanted to? The idea of normal life back at home just didn’t appeal anymore. So I did everything I possibly could to stay ‘Traveling’. I ended up trimming fruit vines, driving tractors, felling trees and everything else you can imagine in the countryside.
The work hasn’t always been fun but it has always been so worth it. I have now been living this life for nearly five years. It has taken me to over 30 countries around the world. Introduced me to so many incredible friends from all corners of the globe and my adventure is as alive as it ever was.
Currently in Australia on a work visa, I wanted a job that would allow me to save as much as possible, so I ended up on a farm in the outback. Over 100 kilometres to the nearest shops makes saving money quite easy. You can’t exactly pop down to the bar after work for a few drinks. It has been a small sacrifice though, to fuel the life on the road that I have always desired.
My next plans... three months driving around Australia in a campervan that I recently bought!
My advice if you are thinking of traveling the world: just do it. It isn’t going to happen if you’re sitting at home watching TV and feeling sorry for yourself. Money is only as big an issue as you make it. You can work in so many countries around the world, opening you up to a potential lifetime of travel and adventures!
Who knows, you might be one of the next people I meet on my adventures!