Hanwanderlust: Hannah; 29, originally from Essex, England
Hello, so after years, and years, and years of putting it off, I have finally succumb to my wanderlust, that irresistible urge to travel the world, to see new horizons, to meet new people and to experience as much as I possibly can. I have dreamt of travel ever since I can remember, although it has only been over the past few years that I have found my backpacking roots and have started to really explore the world.
I have been lucky enough to come from a family who love to travel far and wide, although my adventures never went past holiday mode until a few years ago when I first travelled solo throughout Thailand in 2013. I have a deep set love for Thailand, it’s the country I’ve always dreamt of visiting, it’s the country where I found my feet for the first time. On my adventure through The Land of Smiles I headed South to Island hop, I went to this little island in the Gulf called Koh Tao for a few days, I must have only been there for a day before I realised that Koh Tao was exactly where I wanted to be, where I needed to be. So, I flew home, quit my job and my life and flew out there to live on The Rock for a while, it was the best time of my life. Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end (so I thought). So, I headed home, back to Essex where I got a good job in London and started working towards ‘settling down’ with my life. (I have some pretty strong feelings about ‘Settling’ please read below).
There was only one thing, the world hadn’t finished with me, my wanderlust was growing daily instead of shrinking away. To try and cure my itchy feet I backpacked with a friend through Central America in April 2014, we explored tropical beaches, got lost in jungles, climbed volcanoes, kayaked shark infested lakes and danced through the Caribbean Vibe. It was an amazing trip that ultimately changed my way of thinking, you see, it was on that flight back to London that I knew, I had to answer my calling in life and that calling was to take me across the world.
I chose to not ignore my desire for long-term travel any more, so, immediately after coming home I applied for a Working Holiday Visa in Australia, with a month back in Thailand before hand for good measure, I quit my job to travel and I am currently waiting to leave England for who knows how long on the trip of my lifetime. I know I will be based in Melbourne, but my travelling calls will not go ignored, from January 2015, my life will be set around my two passions, travel and writing. I really hope you will join in on my journey, it’s going to be a blast.
Why I won’t settle for a life half-lived
I often thought (as many people do) that in my late twenties it was too late to leave the 9-5 job, thoughts danced about in my head, questioning my decision to leave England on an extended adventure, “shouldn’t you settle down?” “What about a house?” “A relationship?” my mind pressured me over and over, until I forced myself to STOP, I realised that if I were to carry on the way my life was going I would be settling, and the worst part about ‘Settling down’ is having to settle. So, I’ve decided that I will not settle for anything other than outstanding. I will follow my dreams, I will live my life the way that I have always wanted, I will follow my restless feet and one day, when it comes to telling my story, I will know that my life had been followed the only way I saw fit, it might not fit into the suburban norms from where I live, but then again, neither do I. It’s never too late, there’s always a time to follow what you have always dreamed, it might not be the same as other peoples paths, but that’s what makes it special. It’s yours, colour your life in whatever colour you see fit.