A new year; the adventure continues. 

2016 is at an end; and this year has gone so quick. 

Social media wise, everyone has been complaining that 2016 has been the worst year yet and they can’t wait for it to be over. But for me it has been a fantastic year. I feel like I have accomplished more in the last 12 months than ever before. 

I mean January to May was difficult and stressful. Studying for my exams was exhausting. The stress caused me to be ill. I still came out with fantastic results some how! A Levels were over and I could finally relax. 

The summer still wasn’t particularly exciting. I was working 5-7days a week. Ridiculous hours to save up every penny I could. Trying to manage working so much, with seeing friends and getting enough sleep was a difficult balance to find. Looking back it was definitely worth over working myself. 

Before I knew it, it was September. The month I had been waiting and counting down for.  Although the January to September period was not at all exciting; the rest of the year made up for it. 

I left England on the 5th of September to begin my adventures in Bangkok. 

City views, Bangkok

In those few months I’ve visited three new countries and two new continents. I’ve managed to get myself around Thailand, to Malaysia and finishing in Sydney in one peice. 

You learn a lot about yourself when you only have yourself to rely on. I’ve definitely grown as a person- more independent and self reliant than ever before. If there was I problem I would have to find a solution- with nobody else to help. 

Travelling has made me feel a lot more mature than my age. The last few months has taught me to manage money better, I’m a much better cook and my common sense has definitely got even better. 

One of the best bits is that I’m leaving this year with lots of new international friends. English, German, American, French, Swedish, Chilean, Italian, Dutch, Thai… The list goes on.

Travelling has taught me that meeting people from different backgrounds and different countries is extremely important. It teaches you to look at things from a different perspective. 

I’ve managed to tick a few things of the list; sky diving, seeing elephants, surfing, and all the little things in between. All through the planning of my trip I knew that I wanted to spend Christmas on the beach- I did it and loved it (although it didn’t feel very much like Christmas) 

Christmas with everyone on Maroubra beach, Sydney

I have seen some incredible places- all in just a few months. From the beautiful temples in Bangkok, to wonderful national parks in Sydney. 

There are too many highlights to mention. Along with a few negatives- like getting sick in Phuket or just generally feeling homesick. 

I truly believe that 2017 is going to be just as good or even better. I hope that I manage to work the 88 days I need on a farm to get my second year visa- and I hope the travels continue. 

I have so many more things I want to do and achieve. Although those goals may not be academic- I’ve definitely learnt that nothing can beat the experiences that the world has to offer. 


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