I know some of you have been wondering what I have been up to so here is a current update on where I have been and where I am heading.
Where am I in the world: I am currently in Myanmar (Burma) and its the 40th country I have now visited. It’s the most humbling country I have visited as it seems the vast majority of locals live in wooden huts without running water or electricity. Yet it is the friendliest country I have been too. The road driving is so ‘interesting’ I am catching a flight between cities as I have had enough of an ‘experience’.
A quick update
Gee, she’s been travelling a while I hear you thinking, correct I say! I commenced travelling the world in August 2018 and I have been to 30 countries since. Basically some parts of Asia and 9 months in Europe along with Jordan. I remain exceptionally fortunate to have friends and family in Sweden, Norway and Scotland that I could take a break from travelling and hang with locals. I absolutly love travelling and meeting people from all walks of life but the constant self-protection awareness (ie pick pockets in Italy) and planning every step is tiering hence the breaks are great while still experiencing different accents and countries.
Where to next; A quick stop back in Australia then the America’s trip starts. It was originally Christmas in New York with family members and a desire to go to South America. So far it starts in San Francisco > New York > Chicago/Wisconsin > Mexico for nearly 2 months > Columbia and then making my way south. How much Spanish I can learn shall be interesting.
Why Myanmar: I had some Jetstar vouchers to use so I decided to have a summer break after finishing my uni exams. I booked flights to Chiang Mai, Thailand and after a couple of days of R&R (yoga classes, massages, exploring the city) I figured I was going to get bored hanging out doing this so I booked flights to Myanmar. I had already done base research on both Myanmar and Laos so it was easy enough to book last minute.
Uni exams I hear you ask: yes I did two subjects this semester and provided my RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) is approved that is my MBA done and dusted! I have submitted assignments from some pretty cool locations this year; Norway, Serbia, Turkey, and in Sydney & Tasmania, Australia.
There is also the point of why I am back in Australia (eye-roll) I hurt my foot in January and since then some days I would have liked to chop it off. But anyway travel insurance flew me home for further medical treatment. We arranged the surgeon appointment in advance so I landed in Australia in September 2 weeks ahead of the appointment. Id booked in to see the surgeon thinking Id be having my Mortons neuroma removed and studying as I recovered. Of course, nothing is straight forward, turns out I had few things causing a bigger issue. So far there is a happy ending; between cortisones into joints and nerves and my amazing sports podiatrist I can not only walk but I can run (after the surgeon said I’d never run again with or without the bone shorting surgery). It will be a longish rehab but I am grateful for the results so far, and I defiantly have been doing my prescribed exercises. I did have a Doctor friend hypnotise me prior to going for the injections and overall it has calmed me down even with spiders. Yes, you are learning about a couple of my biggest fears in life. If I write I post about Myanmar it will include my close encounter with something similar to a tarantula and my calm(wish) reaction. I am very grateful for the Australian medical system (and private health insurance), its a 6 week wait for an ultrasound in Scotland for example.
The blog direction… I am pondering writing short guides on packing tips, travel planning, apps to have on your phone etc. I have some great videos of the balloons in Turkey but I am still struggling with my website skills and focused on study while travelling.
Life direction… the question of when are you going to get a job has come up. I have been travelling frugally but there is a time approaching where I need to use my brain more. I defiantly miss dealing with the dynamics of businesses and when you have been doing it for almost 12years it is a little strange to step away. The rough plan is to start researching alternative jobs within the fin-tech world with the intent to seek a job that suits my skill set. Location for this is currently underdetermined. Although there is no doubt Australia is home now may be the time to work overseas. We shall see what unfolds.