The Travelling Series
We travelled down the east coast from Byron Bay on an overnight bus to get to Sydney.
As our stay in Byron got cut short, we had over one week to spend in the famous Australian city. Therefore we just about had time to do all of the typical touristy things!
We went to Bondi Beach which was lovely, however I remember thinking that there were so many posers on it! People were parading around in skimpy swimwear thinking they were the best things since sliced bread and this was a little off-putting, if I'm honest.
I absolutely loved the bridge, harbour and - of course - the Opera House. It was super impressive and exceeded all of my expectations.
Other backpackers recommended that we also visit Manly, a suburb in Sydney, with a nice beach. It was fun but the best thing about it is the ferry ride there and back as it has amazing views of the city.
Sydney itself was okay but I actually preferred Brisbane, which some people may be shocked at. I liked how Brisbane was a lot more compact and easier to get around, with all the shops on one street. Sydney is so spread out and the shopping areas are a little disjointed. Plus Brisbane seemed cleaner and less busy. Sydney reminded me a bit of London; there were crowds of people everywhere and a lot of rushing around.
I enjoyed Sydney but I wish we had the time and money to have been able to make it to Melbourne, as we have been told numerous times that this is the best city in Australia. But I'm happy that we managed to do what we did and make it home in one piece on 9th December.
All in all, our three month travelling trip has been incredible. I'm so glad I followed a dream and did it - it's opened my eyes a lot more and given me perspective on my life back home.
I've realised how lucky I am to come from a wealthy country with prospects and a good quality of life. I appreciate the things I have a whole lot more now and will try not to take anything for granted in the future.
I've also been so lucky to meet so many great people from all over the world. I'll forever be thankful to my international friends and I hope we see each other again soon!
People ask me if I've changed and I tend to say 'same same, but different'. (Anyone who's ever been to Bangkok will understand that!) I'm still the same person as I was before but it's my ideals that have altered quite significantly, as well as my outlook and reflection on life.
What's next for me? Well, I have some very exciting news: my travels aren't over yet.
To be continued...