Australia....The big....The beautiful....The dream...

as some of you may be aware my dream is to go to australia. until recently i was unsure if this was a dream of a holiday adventure of between 3-4 weeks by myself to visit my family or a year long working holiday.
i say until recently because the more and more i thought about it the more and more i came to thinking i had nothing stopping me from taking the year to really explore.
since the thought process began i have been saving my hard earned pennies to begin the dream.

talking to people about their own travels has been a great source of advice. the main thing i have been told is to set a date in to travel and then plan for that, otherwise you may never end up going.
originally i was planning on traveling by myself but a close friend has decided she would like to come with me. we went out for a late lunch yesterday and discussed different aspects of going for a year including travel, work, accommodation and things we wanted to do.

here are a few of the things i would like to do....

on previous family holidays i have visited NSW, Queensland and parts of the Northern Territory. the obvious thing is i need to visit Western Australia!

one advantage to having family in Australia is that hopefully i will be able to stay with them for a few days to get settled into new surroundings and get on my feet (jet lag and other wise).

the best thing for me would be to fly into sydney and spend some time with my uncle and cousin Belinda.

one thing i have always regretted is not completing the harbor bridge climb. my uncle got us tickets for christmas when we were there once but because i was young and fooling i decided it was to early and to high to be climbing a bridge.

how stupid am i ?!?
this is certainly on my list!

next on my list is the great barrier reef. on a previous visit the weather was overcast and the sea was extremely choppy, that and the fact that was quite young put me off entering the water.

i would love to return to the lovely area of Port Douglas and visit the great barrier reef.

recently on BBC2 there has been a program called Australia with Simon Reeve. he introduces Australia in 2 ways, a multi cultural country on the edge of Asia and a country with amazingly diverse wildlife.

the thing that excited me most about the first episode was the indian pacific, a train that runs from Sydney to Perth. its the longest stretch of straight track in the world and travels through some amazing sights. the map above shows the route i would most like to travel. this is a very expensive way of getting from one place to another, however i am determined to do part of it at the very minimum.

during this journey i would also like to revisit the red center. in particular Uluru and Alice Springs. when i turned 18 we visited Alice springs and went quad biking, never before had i felt such a rush and been so incredibly dirty! it was like i had visited a tanning salon in Essex... TOTES!

thats all for now...
keep an eye out for more! 

a spanner in the works...

i started this blog back in february with an aim to help myself achieve my dreams and so is working!

if you follow my blog more regularly you will notice the savings tracker that appears frequently at the bottom of a post (this tends to be around pay day). well i'm saving for a little trip to Australia.

a lot of my family live over there and i have been 4 times in the past, last when i was 18. it has always been a dream of mine to go and either explore by myself in the time frame of a make the most of it and go for a year.

the savings you see on the blog on the savings i can actually get my hands on, the rest is hidden away somewhere where i cannot reach it.

the other day i worked out with my parents how much i actually had across all my savings and it turns out i am only £90 away from the savings required by the Australian government to go on a working holiday visa...naturally i'm excited!

then there was the spanner in the works..
my dad has always supported the things i want to do except for one thing.(or two depending on the view you take on this particular spanner..)

that one thing being the baking. dont get me wrong he always says how nice they are and stuff but he has not been very supportive of my idea to do it more professionally.

the day after we worked out my savings he was getting ready to leave for work and seemed a little deflated. turns out work is annoying him at the moment and we got into a discussion about retirement ages. he said how he felt sorry for the people that do manual labour as he couldn't imagine having to work until he was 70 doing that kind of job, let alone his own job.

i threw into the conversation that i didn't think i could do my job until i was 70 as i run around like a headless chicken all day and didn't fancy having hip replacements on a weekly basis..

he then stuck the spanner in..

"maybe it's time you start thinking about investing your savings into converting the second garage into a kitchen and starting your own business..."

i think i know his game...i think he thinks that it will maybe stop me going to Australia? 

so do i follow my dream of going traveling around the beautiful Australia? or do i follow my other dream of baking as a career? 


i have asked a few people i know what they think and they have all said that even though the kitchen idea is a great one, its something that can be done when i get back. Australia is best travelled when you have nothing to hold you back, no commitments...

any advice from you guys would be muchly appreciated as i am well and truly stuck!

Forget 2 broke girls, its all about The Broke Boy

this week I turn 25 #facepalm

what have i done so far i hear you ask? depends on your point of view i guess.
I finished school and went to college to study graphic design, finished the course and got a place at university. i then graduated uni with a 2:2 in Graphic design after 4 years.

all the while holding down a part time job which i could transfer between when at home and at uni.

i then came back home and got full time hours with the same company, got a promotion...and have yet to use my degree....i graduated 3 years ago.

i dont know what it was but uni changed my mind on the things i was doing. i expected the life of a graphic designer to be full of fun adventures looking for inspiration (im sure it is for those who actually do it), but the way that uni lecturers go about briefs makes it so incredibly dull. they suppress your creativity and make you churn out the same thing over and over and over again.

i might get back into it one day but for now i need to find something new that excites me.

i saved my money and booked a trip to the big apple with a friend and we had the most amazing time. i promised myself i would do more adventuring but sadly life took over.

this time last year i was admitted into hospital after having quite a serious hypo, iv been diabetic since i was 7 and this was the first time iv ever had to go in. when this happened i realised that life is short and things needed to change.

i needed to stop doing my usual every day routine, getting out of bed and hauling myself to work followed by coming home and face planting the pillow all to wake up and do the same thing again the following day.
it was about time i stop dreaming about things i want to do and actually do them!

however a year on im still pretty much in the same place.

so now that im turning 25 its actually time to do something. to ensure i do the things i dream of im going to blog out it. im going to try and do one thing every day that makes me happy and save for the big dreams and make them a reality.

lets get this show on the road, broke boy style!

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