At the beginning of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, a voice breaks through the silence: “Time passes. Listen. Time passes”. Such a clever line, if acted properly, really does make time stand still.
At some point in my thirty years I must have stopped listening. Unlike that moment, the decades have hurried past in a blur of new faces, places, cultures and journeys. The fog is punctuated every now and then by intense, vivid moments that are ever ready to spring to the front of my mind; triggered by a familiar smell, a knowing smile or the well-worn chorus of an early nineties pop song.
July was a month of firsts: My first Wimbledon, my first Commonwealth Games and my first live glimpse of Le Tour de France speeding its way along London’s embankment. Despite all this sporting excitement, by far the most extraordinary and quite frankly, bizarre thing I did this July was to turn 30.
Despite being slightly bewildered by the event, I don’t feel panicked or depressed. Birthdays for me have always been a time to reflect on the year’s events and achievements so that I can start planning my next adventures, goals and destinations. My only bugbear is the pressure that society puts on me at this age to settle, to find a base camp and stay in one place for the rest of my life. This may happen in years to come, but travel will always remain a massive part of my existence.
So, for July’s Monthly Mission I’m gifting myself with a (slightly narcissistic!) trip down memory lane. I’m hoping that by reminiscing on my travels, I’ll be able to shine a light on my favourite destinations and experiences. My aim, as always: to inspire others to explore and immerse themselves in this fantastically diverse world we live in.
I’m journeying into the past through snapshots because, just like the years I’ve enjoyed so far, time really does fly if you’re having fun!
The Top 5 places I’ve lived
Want to know about life in Canberra? Read about its best hikes!
The Top 5 Destinations
Tassie also features in my best beaches list…
The Top 5 Journeys
The Top 5 Moments…because moments are what make up a lifetime!
My trip to the Monaco Grand Prix was an early 30th Birthday present to myself…and May’s Monthly Mission!
Read more about my scuba adventures here…
Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers, followers and the WordPress blogging community for taking the time to visit The Long Way Home this year. It’s still very much in its infancy, but I love sharing my travel stories, and reading about others journeys around the globe. There are many more stories to come…
Here’s to another thirty years of travel for all of us!