I apologize for disappearing for over a month with pretty much no explanation. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, however, you would have quickly realized there is, in fact, a legitimate explanation: after graduating from my MBA program in mid-May, I packed up and ran away to the land of koalas and kangaroos and bleached surfer dudes (and also Thailand) for a month. In the whirlwind of planning and packing before the trip, I didn’t manage to update the blog…but I’m about to make up for it in the form of major trip recap posts!
–okay pause for a second–I’m going to not talk about food for a hot minute and go on a mini rant about how much I LOVE SOLO TRAVEL, please excuse the digression of a post–
I actually didn’t set out with the intention of a solo trip but when plans suddenly didn’t line up with a friend I was hoping to travel with, I booked my tickets anyway since this was really my last chance to do some significant travel before starting work.
I was lucky enough to travel solo once before for a three-week independent study in Paris as a sophomore in college, but this time around–maybe because I was older, maybe because it was farther–it felt different. It was almost spiritual in the transformative effect it had on me and has completely converted me into a solo travel believer and lover. Not only does solo travel open you up to more opportunities than you thought possible to meet tons of friendly, interesting, fun people that you might never otherwise meet, but it also allows you to basically do whatever you want according to your own whims and schedule. It’s exhausting, wonderful, stimulating, terrifying, exhilarating, challenging and was, overall, a complete growth experience.
I chose Australia and Thailand because (1) they were about as far away from the U.S. I could get, (2) I love the beach and (3a) a surf camp opportunity in Australia and (3b) Thai food!!–but more on Thailand later.
Suffice it to say I have major heart eyes for Australia, and I’m just bursting to share my experiences because I think it’s just an amazing country and travel opportunity for anyone interested. So if you hate travel posts, just ignore me; we’ll be back to (ir)regularly scheduled food posts soon!