We planned for months for a 3 weeks trip to Australia. From getting a visa to researching places and things to do on Lonely Planet, Trip advisor, Yelp, numerous travel blogs/forums, friends who’ve been there/live there and to planning our itinerary and then deciding against having an itinerary to enjoy serendipitous experiences, it has been far different from the routine lives we’ve been living for a while. The anticipation of new experiences, new culture, new cuisines, once we booked our flight and hotel tickets made it all the more exciting.
It’s been years since I’ve traveled to US and Europe. And everytime I’ve traveled, all my tickets, hotels/apartments, currency, travel cards were managed by others. All I had to do was attend a visa interview, pack my bags, collect my travel cards and leave to a new country filled with new experiences. This time, I wanted to be more independent and do everything on our own – Visa without any assistance, flights, hotels, cities, places to see.
The itch to travel again started with an urge to break the monotony of day to day life, long commutes, meetings, jira, staring at the same codebase for more than a year (I love programming and building new things, but work kills passion gradually and routine makes you feel like you’re in a rut. This is a travel blog, so I’ll save this rant for a different blog). It started with a bigger plan to go on a 6 months vacation to 6 countries/regions. But, we settled on a shorter vacation. Vagabonding is not for everyone and it’s for the true wanderlusts. Planning your trip and working for 6 months to fund your next short trip works as a good motivator for others!
Why travel? I googled for the opposite of monotony and could not find any word. Polytony has a completely different meaning, eventhough it has the opposite root word. Travel is filled with new experiences and is the perfect antidote for monotony. I’m not sure if our brains are wired to get comfortable with a situation and stick to a routine for survival (day to day lives) or learn and adapt in a new environment for survival (travel). I’ve done so many new things during traveling that got my endorphins and serotonins flowing. I feel our brains are wired for both mundane and new experiences and they complement each other – your commute to work is the complete opposite of the high you get from driving to a remote island to watch thousands of penguins marching from sea to land (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillip_Island_Nature_Park)
We will be sharing our experiences in planning our trip to Australia, all the awesome places we visited and the new things we did Down Under. Cheers!