It was about a year ago today that I saw the poster at uni.
“Want to teach? Travel? BOTH? Teach in England with Protocol Education!”
It’s bright, bold colours sucked me in. The lure of the unknown. It was an idea that had germinated in my mind at the beginning of my teaching degree, and I found it returning. I wasn’t happy with my life as it stood – something wasn’t right. I thought I had everything planned out – the perfect man, the perfect career path; I would teach and return home daily to the man who loved me and I that I loved, and eventually the promise of a ring would come true and that would lead to a marriage and children and an eternity together. But there was that little niggle in the back of my mind. And it dawned on me. I wasn’t ready.
I wanted that life – I even wanted that life with that man. but I wasn’t ready. I needed to spread my wings. I needed to see the world. I needed to learn, grow, change; and one day, maybe I would be ready. But not then.
So, the process began. On October 18th, 2011, I flew out of sleepy Perth and began my travels. It’s been a long, hard slog, but I think I’m nearly settled, and ready to begin in earnest. I’ve done my practice travels to Hawaii, Dubai and Iceland, and now I think I’m ready to start it for real. The finances are about to get settled, I have a roof over my head and a steady (ish) job. I’m comfortable enough to know that I have a solid base to return to. So, this blog will document my travels, and through it I will begin to open the Pandora’s Box of seeing new places and cultures.
That’s one thing I have learned so far – every time I see a new place, I am inspired to see more, do more, learn more. As the few months have passed of actually being a teacher, I’ve realised that I do have that need to be constantly learning. I need to be finding new things and wondering and figuring out, because as soon as I find myself without that learning in my life, I begin to feel listless. So, as well as documenting my travels, I’ll also be documenting my learning experiences along the way. There’ll be the formal ones (I’m applying to do my Masters by research this year, leading to my PhD) and the informal ones (little things I learn in the classroom); the philosophical (learning about me and the world) and the funny (what the current trendy young person slang is); and hopefully not too much narcissism along the way 🙂