Feel like you are not getting anywhere? Stuck in a 9 to 5 with no path for something different, other than to be given other peoples jobs while still being expected to do your current workload as well. Yearning for adventure in the mountains, less stress and to stop asking what if.
I didn't really know what to do, all I knew was if I kept going down the path I was on something bad was going to happen. My body always ached, I had no motivation and everything was hard, I was really run down and knew I needed a break.
I always had a dream to live overseas however I never did it. Once I finished school some stuff happened and I really didn't know what else to do so I went straight to Uni and then from Uni got a 9 to 5 job and got trapped with only 4 weeks of leave each year.
This was the time I needed to take the chance and do it. It was now or never. I had a lot to lose, my partner and mortgage but I also knew that if I didn't do something soon the way things were going I could still could lose them. This didn't make bringing it up with my partner any easier though.
After a few hard discussions with some other things tossed in for good measure we worked out a plan. We would both go to South East Asia for 2 months then I would go off to Canada for a few months. Easy......
Both of us had never really travelled much of Asia so it was all very new to us. We decided on just working it out as we went but had a rough idea of places we wanted to hit up. We ended up going through Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. It was amazing people always ask for the highlight but I always find it very hard to answer, for me it was somewhere between food, scooters, islands, caves and landscapes. It was amazing however 2 months was long enough for us as there is a lot going on all the time and very little personal space. I do want to go back at some stage however 2 months in one hit is about our limit.
Then it was onto the next step of my journey, Canada. My working Visa had been approved (just been lifted to include people up to 35 years old!!!) and I was off. Once I had hit the ground I didn't really know where I wanted to go, all I knew was I wanted to be out of the city's in nature and I wanted somewhere a little isolated so I had time to think and work out what to do for work when I get back to Perth.
I was applying for jobs all over Canada in places that interested me.
I had some luck I got a job in Lake Louise that included accommodation! I had fallen in love with Banff National Park on a previous trip to Canada so I was very excited to be heading back!!!
I jumped onto a bus and I was on my way. I was in the heart of the Rockies from the end of summer to the start of winter. It was amazing to wake up every day and see mountains and all the adventures you can have in them!! My time there was full of exploring, hikes, trail runs, and lots of time to take photos!
Now I look at it my time there went so fast. I had so many great experiences from fall hikes, playing and driving in the snow, iced lakes and I even managed to witness the aroura on my second last night in Banff.
When I was on my way home I had mixed emotions, I was going to see all the people and my partner that I had been away from for so long but I was also leaving the mountains, however I still haven't worked out how to get that work life balance and that was meant to be one of my aims during my time off.
Having said that the way everything is currently going I may soon have a lot more time to think about it.