I can’t believe 2015 is basically over. I know people say this every year, but where did the year go? Seriously. This year really has flown by. I want to share with you my top three (overseas, Australian and personal) moments of 2015.
Top Overseas Moment – Scotland
I spent all of June travelling around the Northern parts of Scotland on my own and boy, did I love it. Scotland is just one of those places that I could travel back to over and over again and never get bored. One of my absolute favourite moments was when I met up with my parents and we headed over to the Orkney Islands. Our very first stop was at the Tomb of the Eagles. This tomb is a 5,000 year old Neolithic or Stone Age creation. This tomb contained 30 human skulls with talons and bones of 14 white-tailed or ‘sea’ eagles (hence the name as it was the only tomb with eagle bones on the Orkneys) and numerous polished artefacts.
To get inside the tomb, you get down on your belly and pull yourself in on a little skateboard thing. Once I got inside it hit me. This was a 5,000 year old tomb! Older than the Pyramid of Giza and some believe that it was even older than Skara Brae (also on Orkney). We arrived during the last half an hour so we got the entire tomb to ourselves. As my parents and I stood inside this tomb you could feel all of these eyes on you. Nothing sinister, only good. There was only the three of us but you could feel that there were a dozen or so ‘people’ looking down at you. We felt welcomed and that they only wished us well. This really is a place I will never ever forget.
Top Australian Moment – Perisher
I love travelling around Australia during the year. My favourite was heading to Australia’s snow fields at the very start of Autumn (there was no snow and it was warm enough to wear a t-shirt). Now there was nothing overly spectacular about this trip. Don’t get me wrong, the bushland was stunning but it was all about the people. It was a long weekend and my parents, my brother and I decided to drive up to Perisher to check out the Porcupine Trail. It was a fantastic bushwalk up to the top with fantastic views. On the drive back home we stopped in at Jindabyne and just snacked and talked. It was great to just kick back in a different place with the family. Travelling isn’t always about the destination, sometimes it is about the people you travel with.
Top Personal Moment – University
I just wanted to throw this one in so you guys actually get to know me a tad bit better. This year I found out that I will be heading back to uni to study my Masters in International Security, starting in February 2016. It will make the next couple of years quite hectic but I always believe that learning something new (that includes travelling) helps the mind, body and soul.
So, what’s next?
I have two major trips that I am planning for 2016. My overseas trip will be heading back to the USA, Mexico and the Bahamas. In the States, I am looking at checking out Florida, Alabama, Nevada and California. This is a trip that I am planning on taking with family so getting us all together can be a bit of a pain!
The other one is to Port Lincoln in South Australia. For my brothers 21st we told him that we would go cage diving with great white sharks. So now it is time to bite the bullet and jump in a metal cage with eating machines just outside.
I am so excited for 2016. I hope you all enjoy your New Years Eve. Please be safe and have fun! I will see you in 2016 for more crazy travel adventures!