I'm so excited for this year.
I've got loads of travel ideas planned and some are already booked, making them into a reality! I want to travel this year more than ever before and tick countries off the bucket list. I'm a big fan of making plans and have always tried to plan out every last detail of everything. Therefore I wouldn't resist the urge to plan out something exciting for 2018.
I will be staying in Sydney until the 27th February. I started a new job last week and will be working hard there until the end of February. That is if I'm able to get enough shifts! A large group of us will then be embarking up the East Coast with Ultimate Oz for 4 weeks. We'll pass Byron Bay. Gold Coast, Brisbane, Fraser Island, Whit Sundays, the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns to name a few. I'm so excited for this trip as it'll be fun to do it with close friends and it will also give us the opportunity to meet some new ones as well. This was one trip I'd wanted to do even before I booked my ticket to Australia and I'm glad that we'll be away for a whole month travelling after working in Sydney for so long.
When we arrive in Cairns in March this is where our group will split for the immediate future. Some will be travelling South to Melbourne with others searching for farm work. I will be flying up to Darwin, NT to explore the area before catching another fly onto Singapore. Darwin was one of the cheapest ways to travel to Asia and since I'd wanted to explore the tropical North thought it was a good excuse!
Jumping into 2018 on Bondi Beach, NSW
In Singapore I'll be meeting my Mum and Dad and we'll be exploring Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia for two weeks. We're still sorting out the logistics of the trip but I can't wait to be with my family again and to return to South-East Asia. We'll also be making a trip to my Great-Grandfathers Grave in Malaysia which will be a humbling experience for us all.
When I return to Australia mid-April that's where things start to get hazy. It'll depend on how much money I currently have and what my decision is on farm work to what I'll do next. Possible ideas currently are: gain my second year visa on a farm and save money whilst there, visit friends in Melbourne and travel the Great Ocean Road, or settle down somewhere to work a 9-5 job and hunker down to save money for the next adventures.
Regardless of how the rest of my time goes in Australia, I know I'll enjoy it and fully embrace the experience, meet loads of awesome new people and get a lot of variety!
In October my visa for Australia will be running out and I'll be moving onto New Zealand. Before I travel straight onto Auckland and a job, it would be rude to not push some travel in between! I'm planning to explore the South Pacific Islands including Fiji and the Cook Islands. I'd want to explore at least three Countries and travel authentically whilst there. I've always dreamt about exploring islands so isolated from the rest of the world and can't wait to finally go!
In November, I'll fly to Auckland and start a new life over in New Zealand. I'll be looking for work, an apartment and new routine to help save for the rest of my New Zealand trip.
So there you have it! If all goes to plan, 2018 will feature over eight countries, two continents and multiple jobs, apartments, friends and experiences.