Since announcing my resignation, I wish I had an Australian dollar for every time someone asked me about my plan! It’s a natural question of course and one I would ask someone else in my position.
It’s not that I don’t have a plan. I just don’t have one that’s concrete. Set-in-stone.
Usually people look to me for answers. Several of my colleagues consider me to be one of the most thorough people they know. But this time, I can’t plot out everything. No matter how much research I’ve done (and believe me, I’ve put in more hours than I can count), reading, asking questions, and planning can only get you but so far.
My natural inclination — in life in general — is to research and organize. I can “go with the flow” sometimes, but it’s not my first preference.
However, with a trip this big, I can only plan but so much. I only want to plan but so much. When I started thinking about this adventure, I was sold on a RTW. But after a few weeks, the sheer number of decisions I would have to make were overwhelming. (Note: My respect for anyone who has planned a RTW. How did you do it?!) Selecting one place I really wanted to go seemed much more manageable.
So far I’ve selected a travel medical insurance policy, secured the Work & Holiday Visa, bought a one-way flight to Sydney, resigned from my job, started this site, opened an account with an Australian bank, scheduled and gone to most of my doctor appointments, and booked some hostel stays and bus passes for my first few weeks. What’s next? Decide the best way to see Queensland, get tickets to see a few AFL games, update my resume, purchase some new clothes, and sift through all of the research I have conducted and saved to help me plan things as I go.
And yes, I do have a general outline for the months ahead! I’ll arrive in Sydney in late May, where I’ll be for about a week before traveling to Melbourne, Adelaide, Ayers Rock, and Alice Springs, with lots of stops in between on the Oz Experience bus pass (let’s just hope I enjoy it more than Nomadic Matt did). By July 7 I’ll be back in Sydney for the last State of Origin match, and then it’s off to Brisbane to begin a trip up the coast of Queensland. I’m guessing I’ll head back to Sydney “for good” by late August or early September, where I’ll hopefully find a job to support myself at least through New Years. After that, it all depends on how I’m doing financially! If all is well, maybe I’ll stay and work in Sydney a bit longer. Head to Western Australia for a bit. And if I still have money, spend some time in New Zealand and South East Asia.
I thought I would be more scared not to know where I’ll be a year from now, let alone a few months into the future. But this is where I’m supposed to be right now. I know it. One of my brave friends encouraged me lately saying, “It’ll all come together, I know it. The universe demands it so! Jump and the net will appear!”