Category: Travel

The East Coast

I’ve been very busy over the past few days, planning and packing for my upcoming trip! I have definitely done more planning than packing, but I’ll get to it…

I’m excited that I’ve finalised (most of) my accomodation and stops along the way. I’m only waiting now to touch base with some family to make sure I can stay with them while I’m passing through. I’m very lucky to have so many family members scattered along the way – it will be the best of both worlds! An independent trip, my own time frame, my choice of sight-seeing and my own rules, but visiting the family will keep me from getting too lonely on the road. So, so lucky.

This is what my Trip Planner currently looks like:

22 stops in there, and they are mainly places I’ve never been before! I’m getting more and more excited to explore this beautiful part of the country. I’m very grateful that a trip like this is possible, and that I don’t just have to hop on a plane and leave. This road trip will undoubtedly help soothe the pain of walking away from this mammoth part of my life.

I don’t want to go into too much detail now about the places I’ll be visiting because I’ll be doing lots of posts along the way, but I just thought I’d post my little Trip Planner as a teaser.

Only 14 days to go!

It was super difficult to keep this a secret, but my cousin Renee, her two beautiful baby boys, and I booked a flight in secret and flew to Cairns this afternoon! Nobody knew except for us, so it was a big happy surprise for everyone when we arrived at their doorsteps out of the blue!

First we surprised my parents, who couldn’t believe I was home, then we surprised her parents, who couldn’t believe we were here with their grandbabies! Then we sent a photo to our cousins and invited everyone over for a mini family reunion. It is incredible to be home and to see everyone again. I even hid behind my best friend’s car and gave her a bit of a fright after she finished work, which was awesome! I haven’t seen her in so long, and she flies to Europe tomorrow – so I made it just in time!

It is just so good to be home. Cairns is beautiful. I have some very tough decisions to make over the next week, and it’ll be nice to have my parents and family around to chat to about the whole situation…

Expect updates soon!