Hey everyone my name is Emma and I want to share with you all my story of why I chose to travel abroad to Australia!
I’ve lived on the East Coast of America my entire life. In the past I’ve been fortunate enough to do a little bit of world traveling here and there. I’ve been to Canada, France, Spain and the Dominican Republic. The majority of my travels were through my school language programs, who sponsored these trips; and one was a destination wedding. Although, growing up the idea of traveling to this far, far away, mystical land with sunny weather, weird little (and big) animals, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world, known as Australia, always caught my eye! I’d heard of this wondrous place but never quite knew if I’d ever get the chance to travel there! It seemed so far away to attain in real life, until I got the amazing opportunity to travel, work and live there.
Deciding to go to Australia was the first step. It was a nerve-racking but exciting decision to make. I knew that if everything worked out as planned in just a few months I would be sitting on a plane headed to the opposite side of the world!
Next came all of the logistical issues: what to bring, how much to pack, what flights to book, the list felt like it never ended. I could go on and on about this, but I’ll save that for a different post!
…and then, like the blink of an eye, the day finally came. I remember walking into Dulles Airport, near D.C., with my parents in tow, a giant suitcase, my backpack and another large duffel bag slung over my shoulder. I won’t sugar coat this post and say that I wasn’t a bit terrified to be starting this journey; but it was the good type of terrified! The type of terrified that motivated me to want to make this an experience of a lifetime. The type of terrified that knew the journey I was about to embark on would change my life and my perspective on the world forever. And just like that, I hugged my parents a heartfelt goodbye and disappeared through the airport security gates to start my summer of a lifetime.
15 hours later, lots of sleep and surprisingly decent airplane food, I finally arrived at Sydney Airport!!! My first thoughts were “Wow, this feels like any other city" as cars and people were bustling around. The sky was bright blue with not a single cloud. The sun was beaming down on me and the air was crisp... it was winter in Australia but the temperature was a glorious 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees C!). I noticed the quaint apartments that lined the streets with beautiful, intricately designed wrought iron balconies and the tall sky scrapers in the center of the city. But, as I would soon learn, Sydney, Australia is NOT just like any other city, it is FAR better...