Australia Bound

Last modified on February 7th, 2013

While there is still a great deal of world left for me to explore, I have to admit that I’ve managed to see many of the places I was really hoping to over these last few years. In the last 18 months I’ve visited Argentina, Uruguay, New York City, Ireland, Scotland, Oahu (Hawaii), Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali (Indonesia), South Africa, England, New Zealand, Brazil, Malta, Italy, France and Serbia. I also did a few trips around Canada, including Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, and Montreal.

This year I really only had two goals in terms of where I wanted to visit. The first one is Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, located near the city of Cusco in Peru. The second place I really wanted to visit this year is Australia. My friend Vanesa (from Buenos Aires) has been telling me for years what an amazing place it is, so I decided last year that I would make it a priority this year. I was originally thinking of going around May, but a friend of mine in Sydney convinced me that I really should try and go as close to summer as I can.

So about a week ago I decided I would head down to Australia for a few weeks at the end of the month. I leave Canada on Wednesday, February 27th, and arrive in Sydney, Australia in the morning on Friday, March 1st (I lose a day because I have to cross the date-line).

Sydney, Australia.  Photo from Wikipedia.

Sydney, Australia. Photo from Wikipedia.

I don’t really have any accommodation lined up, and other than visiting a few friends and checking out the beach scene, no real concrete plans. I’ve been told by more than a few people that I should also visit the city of Melbourne, so I’m going to try hard to make it there as well.

This isn’t a vacation for me – I’ll be working during the days, same as I do when I’m in Canada. But during the evenings and weekends I plan to do some exploring. This is a trip I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, so it’ll be great to finally go “down under”. The only downside is the 15 hour flight to get there, but I’m pretty sure I have enough ativan to get me through it.

4 responses to “Australia Bound”

  1. Gus says:

    Australia is on my must do as well. I was thinking of going down there this year, but with my work situation being thrown for a loop I have to hold off on it for now.

    I’ll be following along as I hope to make it out that way in the next couple of years.

  2. TylerIngram says:

    I too want to visit Australia. Robyn did a Working visa there back in 2006 with 2 girlfriends of hers (as nurses). They always tell me how awesome it is etc. Though because she’s already been there, trying to get her to go back again is tricky as there are other places she wants to visit first.

    We have friends who live there too. One of the girlfriends that when with Robyn on her working visa, found an Aussie and has been there with him ever since. Think they recently moved from Coffs Harbour to Sydney. So many places to see so little time to do it.

    Will be following along here on this next adventure of yours Duane.

  3. Ryan Dempsey says:

    We just returned from a 13 month stay in Australia. Obviously we liked it else we wouldn’t have stayed so long. The first thing that hits you is how huge and diverse the country really is. Even after visiting Melbourne and Sydney you’ll still get the feeling you’re only getting a small sampling of the country. The only down side was the cost of everything. Not a budget destination that’s for sure.

  4. Have an amazing trip! Can’t wait to read your travel tales and see your photos!

    We’re going to Australia in April. I’m sooo excited! My fiancé is from Melbourne, so I’m really looking forward to visiting for the first time. We’re going to spend some time in Brisbane as well for a friend’s wedding while we’re down.
    Machu Picchu is one of the top places on our “to visit” list too…I will be following your adventures via the blog! Bon Voyage!

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