It’s been over two months since I moved to Port Douglas, and I still can’t believe how quickly time has flown past. I was rather hesitant to move up here at first, as Melbourne had grown on me over the past six months. But alas, if I wanted to extend my visa for another year, I had no choice but to head north and find regional work. Which is how I found myself in the little gem that is Port Douglas.
I still wake up some mornings and have to take a moment to acknowledge that I’m literally living on the opposite side of the planet, a long way from everything I once knew.
On my way to England back in February, I had the chance to stop-over in Lisbon for a little over 24 hours, while flying with TAP Airlines. I’d never been to Portugal before, and thought it’d be a great first introduction to the vibrant country.
Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of traveling through 4 continents and many countries. Each trip has provided me with lifelong memories and so much insight as to how people of various cultures live.
Last month I had the chance to couchsurf in one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever traveled to: Vancouver, B.C. Before this trip, I usually stayed in either hostels or airbnb’s while traveling. Since I was on a tighter budget this time around, my friend and I decided to try out couch-surfing, and I’m beyond glad I did! Not only did I have the chance to meet some of the most generous and kind-hearted people, I made really close friends who I still keep in contact with.
This August, I was determined to go on a trip abroad with my boyfriend to either Central or South America. I was limited on both time and money, and had only three weeks to spare. So after hours of googling, we arrived at a decision: Peru. (Scrolling through hundreds of photos of baby alpacas sold it for me). Next step was to begin planning our 3-week itinerary.
I’ve been living in the States for almost my entire life, and hadn’t managed to pay the west coast a visit until this Spring. My friend Zazu and I had been speaking of going on a road trip to some of the west coast’s national parks together for the past few months, so when we managed to come across round trip tickets for less than $280, we decided it was time to visit California!