After scrimping and saving on a depressingly low wage, I finally managed to strike a big thick cross through this bucket list item as I packed a backpack (poorly) and took a trip down-under. A lifelong ambition which was finally achieved.
It doesn't matter who you are, or where you're from - everybody has a country they dream of visiting. For me, that was Australia. I've never been 100% sure why, but I suspect it began with my daily helping of Neighbours every night after school. Indeed, I still have the 'Soul Patch' resting under my bottom lip, a homage to the now departed character Stuart.
The one thing I feared more than solo traveling, was the country not living up to my expectations. Luckily for me, it was everything and more!
I began my tour in the rainforest region of Cairns before slowly coaching down through Surfers Paradise all the way to my final stop in Sydney. Some people did say that the money spent was excessive, but I was fortunate to meet some truly amazing people from around the world and that's just not something you can put a price on. I also had many memorable experiences (both good and bad) which will forever stay etched in memory.
If you have the chance to travel, do it. I wish I'd gone and seen more of the world but now I own a flat. If you have no major ties, do it. Honestly, it's the best experience you'll ever have.