This was the first time we had ventured outside of Europe so we picked our destinations, the popular back packing route of Thailand & Australia.
I would like to say 'I found myself' and 'a path for the future became clear' but the the main thing we became passionate about that year was passion pop! (a sweet fizzy Australian wine, mildly more classy than boxed goon) Yes I fell in love with the excitement of waking up every day to a new (drunken) adventure.
We spent most of our one year working visa for Oz at a surf camp working in the kitchen. No matter how heavy the night, we were always up before breakfast shift for a surf and we were always there, over-enthusiastically entertaining the backpackers come sunset, it was the perfect lifestyle.
This is where I caught my travel bug, meeting all those people from other backgrounds and cultures, being forced out of my comfort zone and becoming more confident. And many years down the line this surf camp became a very relevant part of my life again, but I shall get to that in a later post....suspense haha!!
So as the year came to an end I knew it wouldn't be last time I took off to explore, and this is where my story starts, 5 years later in 2012....