So here I am. Back at Camp Sloane for the summer. My travelling escapades are over and it’s time to get back to work…and when I say work I mean have the most fun a girl can have in the best place in the world doing something she loves.
I cannot believe how quickly this round the world trip has gone…it feels like yesterday that I was boarding a plane to Bangkok at the very start of my travels, nervous for what the world had to offer me. And boy did it offer a lot. I went to the lantern festival in Chiang Mai, had fun tubing in Vang Vieng, endured a torturous 30 hours on a bus into Vietnam, cried at the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, saw dolphins off the coast of Koh Phi Phi in Thailand, experienced the hectic markets of Kuala Lumpur, marvelled at the shopping malls in Singapore…and that was just SE Asia!
Australia and New Zealand brought a whole heap of new experiences into the mix, things like camping on Fraser Island, sailing around the Whitsundays, learning to Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef, getting to grips with driving a campervan on the windy roads of NZ, jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft and hiking on a glacier, just to name a few.
Then came Fiji and the USA for our final 6 weeks of the trip. Fiji was possibly one of the greatest, most beautiful places I’ve ever been, with welcoming locals, awesome activities (with the FeeJee Experience), bright blue seas and gorgeous white sands. We made some great friends, got a wicked tan and just generally had a blast. The USA had even more to offer, with plenty of sunshine in Los Angeles, tram rides in San Fran, fun times in San Diego, craziness in Vegas, great tourist attractions in Chicago and lots of friends in NYC (the last week of our travels was spent just chilling in the city, shopping, hanging in the sunshine and meeting up with old friends from all around the world).
So there we have it…7 months, 10 countries, 13 planes, 36 buses, 27 boats, 52 beds, 2 trains, 2 cars and 1 campervan later, I’m back in the place where it all began.
And I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.