I first left the UK and my journalism job back in October 2009. I planned to escape the winter by spending six months in New Zealand before heading back to the Northern Hemisphere summer, preferably in the Mediterranean. Six months in New Zealand turned into two years, then I jumped across the Tasman Sea for a year in Australia where Sydney captured my heart and wanderlust took hold.
I backpacked through South East Asia, arriving alone in Hanoi at 1am, feeling excited and terrified at the same time. I explored parts of the South Pacific and Indonesia. I gravitated back to the UK twice and returned to New Zealand to be unsettled by earthquakes. I partied in the Austrian Alps, worked at a Canadian winery and stood at the edge of the Grand Canyon, in awe of nature at its finest.
After living in five countries in eight years, I’m now enjoying a stint of stability in Austria. But the wanderlust days are far from over. I may have swapped cities for the mountains and my backpack for a stylish suitcase, but my nomadic side will always be searching for new adventures. After all, restlessness demands attention and the world is a big place.
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