I almost skipped Cambodia on this trip. After hearing about…
As you may have noticed I haven’t been writing much lately, or keeping up with any of my social media. Bad blog management, I know. Well that is largely because, in May, I decided to cut my travels short. What can I say? Long-term travel doesn’t suit everyone. There were a lot of factors that came into play making this decision. I’m not good at making friends so I spent a significant amount of time in my own company; it was a bit lonely and I missed my friends and my family. But the alone time gave me a lot of time for reflection.
I still want to see the world. I don’t see my passion for travel ever fading. But I think shorter stints will be the way to go. Kind of like Amanda from A Dangerous Business [One of my travel inspirations. I have been following her blog for years], I want to work travel into my life rather than put my life on hold in order to travel. Having so much free time also gave me a lot of time to get to know myself better. It’s such a cliché, but travelling did help me figure out what I want to do with my life. So, I am pleased to announce that I am planning on returning to university next year! I’m hoping to get into the Veterinary Science program. The fact that it is a five year course had a lot of influence on my decision to come home now. It’s not something I really want to drag on too far into my 30s.
I decided not to tell my family that I was coming home and got to experience the fun of turning up on their doorstep to surprise them. Their reactions definitely made my day ha-ha. But coming home has been a strange experience. Life here is so different from Asia, I did get a bit of reverse-culture shock. The traffic here is so civil, it was really weird after being used to trundling along in a tuk-tuk everyday. The lack of cows was a bit to adjust to as well ha-ha. I do appreciate having my bed back though. The first time I climbed under the covers I felt like I was being swallowed by a marshmallow! I swear some of the beds in Asia are filled with concrete (I had bruises from a couple of them!). But the hardest thing to deal with is not the culture shock. It’s how simple it is to slip back into a routine. All of a sudden it’s like those six-months away never happened. Very little changed while I was travelling. Family and friends are living their lives as normal. I moved back into the flat I was living in before. I almost have to remind myself that I left in the first place. It’s surreal, and a little depressing really.
So what have I been doing since I got back?
It took a while, but I’ve managed to find myself a casual job. It only just pays the bills but I can’t afford to be picky right now. Unemployment rates are rising in Australia at the moment and jobs are few and far between. Luckily I still have a decent amount left over from my travel fund and it’s keeping me going for the time being. I also got a cat. Well we already had the cat, but he has now moved in with me. His name is Hutch and he is a pig! Every time I walk around my home he starts bugging me for food. But it’s nice to have a companion again. Since I got home I’ve also had to put myself on a bit of a diet. I put on a bit of weight while I was away, went up a whole dress size. I blame my new found love of Indian food; Garlic Naan in particular! I probably could have eaten a bit better during my travels but my love of yummy local food trumped my desire for a trim waist-line ha-ha. But now the party is over and it’s time to get healthy again.
With the state that my currency is in right now I won’t be doing much overseas travel for a little while. So instead I’m going to be sharing a few of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up so far. I’ve also recently come to realise that my home state is pretty interesting as well. So I think I might put some time into a few staycations. Road trip!