Itâ€™s been a while since I have last connected with you all about what I have been up to lately. I feel as though this is the perfect post to start up my blogging craze again.Â Following my return from the â€œBest Jobs in the Worldâ€ competition this past June 2013, I was immediately off on another adventure; an adventure very different than â€œBest Jobs.â€ I was off to Boston, Washington D.C, NYC and New Jersey for three weeks as a trip leader for a high school Community Service trip.Â
While I was away, I couldnâ€™t help but constantly think about Australia and how I yearned to be back there as soon as possible. I found it difficult at first to be fully immersed in the experience that I was undergoing, as my mind and heart was set on Australia. You could say I was going through serious withdrawalâ€¦ My withdrawal became so severe that I began to reconsider a few plans that were currently set for my immediate future. I had been enrolled in Teacherâ€™s College and was suppose to begin my studies in Intermediate/Senior Physical Education and Geography in September. After finally piecing together my many thoughts and feelings, it became very clear to me that I didnâ€™t want to be a teacher. I realized that the main reason I chose â€œteachingâ€ was solely based off the idea I wanted a way to justify my â€œwanderlust,â€ and I believed I could do that by supplementing my travel expenses with teaching worldwide. However it occurred to me that if I really just wanted to travel the worldâ€¦ why donâ€™t I simply do that?
Greg Snell (Best Jobs – Wildlife Caretaker) stated it perfectly to me on a Skype call we had not to long ago; â€œI once considered teaching because it was one of the only jobs that would allow me enough time off in a year to travel, but then I realized all I really wanted to do was travelâ€¦ so I did.â€ My mind has revisited that Skype conversation that we had many times, and it has helped me immensely in making many decisions Iâ€™ve had about the next chapter of my life post graduation.
I know that it may sound extremely crazy and slightly impractical at this stage of my life but the final decision I made was to decline my acceptance to Teacherâ€™s College and move back to the country I adore – Iâ€™ll give you three guesses what that country isâ€¦You guessed AUSTRALIA right? Well if you did â€“ way to go! If you didnâ€™tâ€¦ you obviously donâ€™t following me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any form of social mediaâ€¦ itâ€™s all I talk about.
Letâ€™s now fast-forward about a month and we are sitting on the date of August 16th 2013â€¦ two months away from the biggest and most drastic (but AWESOME) move of my life. Leaving around the 15th of October, I will board a flight from Toronto Pearson International Airport and jet off for the adventure of a lifetime: This spontaneous-Canadian-wanderer is Sydney, Australia bound indefinitely! As clichÃ© as the saying is: YOLO â€“ and I want to live it to the fullest. Are you ready to join me for the ride?
Travelling requires a certain amount of planning. Before we discuss all the â€œfunâ€ stuff surrounding my move â€“ I think it is smart to highlight some of the technical and logistical aspects of leaving oneâ€™s home country to reside in another for an extended period of time. First thing that was on my checklist was applying for my Working Holiday (Temporary) Visa â€“ Subclass 417. This visa is meant for people between the ages of 18 -30 who are interested in supplementing their â€œholidayâ€ in Australia with short-term employment. Within minutes of answering a few questions and filling out a simple applicationâ€¦ my visa had been approved. It took less than three minutes to be granted permission to live, work and study in Australia for up to a year! I was amazed by how fast and easy it was to get, and made me wonder why more Canadians donâ€™t consider doing a WHV in Australia. For more information on the Canadian and Working Holiday Visa connection, make sure you check out my previous interview with â€œBest Jobs in the Worldâ€ winner Greg Snell.
Now with my Visa sorted out, I knew I had to get the ball rolling in seeking out jobs in Sydney. Apparently my Australian luck struck again as I received an email I had been waiting for from a backpacker adventure travel company that I had applied to a while back. It was to schedule a Skype interview for a position in their Sydney City shop as a travel consultant and on-field travel blogger. Talk about the perfect job for me! Iâ€™m going to cut to the chase now and say that I got the job and will officially be starting in mid October as Peterpans Adventure Travelâ€™s newest employee!
What is Peterpans Adventure Travel?
They are the leading brand in adventure travel for the student, backpacker or â€œyoung at heartâ€ traveller. With 18 shops located all across Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Gold Coast, Cairns, Â Perth, Adelaide, etc) and a 2 located in New Zealand (Auckland, Queenstown) â€¦ Peterpans Adventure Travel specializes in providing the best deals and packages for all travellers within Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Whether you are looking for a day trip to Phillip Island (VIC), an Outback Rock Tour to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (NT) or a 2 night, 2 day sailing adventure through the majestic Whitsunday Islands (QLD), Peterpans will be able to plan the perfect trip to suit you!
With my visa approved and a job secured, things are starting to become more real each and everyday. I look at my calendar and realize that 2 months is not a lot of time to plan, pack and say all my â€œsee you latersâ€ before I leave. There are still lots of things to do and I canâ€™t wait for everything to fall nicely into place.
Itâ€™s going to be one hell of a ride and I hope you are there to join me.