Distance doesn´t matter for friendship

I feel like everyone always moans about how hard long-distance relationships are, but never really about distance friendships. I can miss a good friend dearly if she or he lives far away, can´t I?

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Now a days, loads or maybe even most of my friends don´t live near me ( don´t worry, I also got some friends where I live, hahaha) and sometimes I just miss them. Sometimes I just want that particular friend here, but she lives hours away and I am not gonna meet her for another few weeks or months. It is a bit like being homesick. It sucks sometimes. We all study for different degrees at different universities. Nevertheless I believe in long-distance friendships and thinking your friendship is gonna break because of distance, to me, it is just stupid. Why should it?  I remember a friend writing in my travel diary a quote from  Winnie the pooh " Never apart, maybe in distance but Never by heart " and I think that is true for good friends, for boy- or girlfriends for family..
If you are making good friends while travelling, don´t be sad to leave them, instead make an effort to keep in touch and maybe plan future travels together. If you read my other posts, you know by now that I have very good friends who I met e.g. in Australia which was like almost 2 years ago. Since then we have been on various adventures together and our friendship is still going strong, but we live hours apart. If you go along time without seeing each other, just pick up the phone and give ´em a call or send around little postcards. I once send around little hearts to tell my friends how important they are for me even if they are miles away.;)
In this modern-age distance shouldn´t be an issue and on the bright side, you will always have an open door somewhere else in the world.

I hope this might bring a smile to your face, if you have a friend who lives far away from you. (Why not give him or her a call right now):)

Tough Twenties?

Do you remember your twenties? Or are in your twenties just right now? 

I decided to write this post because I realized a lot of people feel a bit lost or overwhelmed around that age like me, but that is okay. You will find your way. It is okay to take time to figure out what you actually want to do in life.

Most of us have been in school for the majority of our (pre-adult) life. Although sometimes (or maybe loads of times) we didn´t like school to much, it gave our day a structure. Besides that school takes quiet some time out of the day, it is a huge part of our life, for years and years, and all of a sudden it is over and you need to know what to do next. But how are you suppose to know? It can be hard, right?  Especially when it seems everyone else except you knows what to study, where to move, what job to look forward to.. If you are struggling with that, I totally understand. I get it. But I also know, you are not the only one feeling this way. Yes, there are people who know exactly what the want to study and what job field they want to work in since they are ten years old, but that´s most likely the minority. 

When I got out of school, I had a plan and I knew that I want to go to university and what I want to study… or at least I thought I knew. First of all, I went to Australia for a few months (check out my travel posts for that). It was an amazing time. You don´t have any commitments, no school anymore, you are basically free! I can only recommend to everyone, take a gap year or maybe even two, even if you seem to have found your dream job already. You gain valuable life experience, Travel can teach you a lot. It can help you to get to know yourself better and therefore figure out what is good for you, what you want in life. If you are not a big traveler or you just don´t want to be far away from home, there are other opportunities to take a gap year. You could do internships, volunteer or just get a student job to earn some money. You could even use the time to just go to your “local” university and listen to some courses. ( I am not sure if you can do this in every country for free, but it is worth checking.)

When I got back from Australia I applied for the universities I had chosen, but to be honest I wasn´t really sure anymore. In the end I didn´t get into the courses I wanted and I saw it as a sign and took another gap year, well actually half a gap year trying to figure out what to do. I went to London for two months which didn´t turn out to be right for me. I went back home and  mainly worked and then I found a new BA-program which seemed to combine all the subjects I am interested in.

So it took me almost 2 years to figure out what I am really interested in and what I want to do and I am not the only one around my friends who needed that time to find the right fit. It is totally normal and okay to take this time. Don´t let the society or anyone led you into thinking you have to make a decision the day you graduate, because you don´t. You decide when you make this decision and you know why? It is your life and no one else´s, remember that.

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The unknown roadtrip

Taking the greyhound up the east coast was great and fun, but for the last bit we had planned something different. A friend of ours from back home, had decided to spend some time in Australia as well, so we all met up in Brisbane. Like a lot of backpackers, he had bought a car...so no more coach rides from here on;)
Our plan was to camp somewhere else every night with three longer stops in between where we would stay in hostels. Now, us girls had never been camping before (a shame I know), we didn´t know how to set up a tent and what it would be like to pack it up again almost every morning. What more can I say, let the adventure begin. I am going to share with you all the places we visited that you shouldn´t miss on your own roadtrip and of course how hard it was to set up a tent, hahaha.

We started the drive up north without knowing where we would spent the day or the night. The first day was pretty unspectacular and mainly spent with food shopping and driving. Unfortunately we arrived at the camping ground in the dark and together with a rain storm. We quickly decided it was not the right time to figure out how to set up a tent and we all slept in the car.

For the following days we had booked a Fraser Island tour. Fraser Island is a must do, in my opinion! We had so much fun and met loads of cool people. Our tour guide was very funny and showed us all the major "hotspots". We swam in Lake Mckenzie, Eli Creek and jumped into the champagne pools. We stayed for two whole days, but if you have more time, I ´d say stay for the third day.

When we left the island on the evening of day two we drove to a camping ground in the dark, again.  This time it wasn´t raining and we decided to set up our girl´s tent...it wasn´t that hard! The more scary thing were the weird animal sounds around the toilet and because it was night time you couldn´t actually see if their was an animal, maybe right in front of you.
However we got a decent amount of sleep and after a few more nights and a surfing stop in Agnes Water, we passed the Capricorn Coast. I´ve never heard of it before, but it seemed to be a nice place rather unkown in the backpacker scene. This time we opted for a real camping ground (not just a parking area next to some highway). It was super nice and we were beyond happy to have showers cleaner than the once in some hostels. The Highlight however was our day trip to Great Keppel Island. Again I didn´t even know anything about this island before we came. We had only been told about all the popular once like Magnetic Island and the Whitsunday´s. It was really nice to not be surrounded by loads of other european travellers for once. Great Keppel Island is just like a paradise island. The water had this amazing color and we almost had the beach for ourselves. I believe there was one resort (not sure if only one) on the island for those who wanted to stay other night and to be able to get some food.

We left at the same day and made our way up north to Airlie Beach. Excited to stay in a hostel again for the next three nights, we mainly spent the day walking around the streets of the little town or relaxing by the pool. I really really enjoyed Airlie Beach, it is a cute town, but most people like us come here to visit the Whitsunday´s. The Whitsunday Islands were one of my personal Australia highlights. We went on two day tours. The first was on a rather big ship to the Outer Great Barrier Reef where we went snorkeling and all that stuff and the second one was on a catamaran. We visited Whitehaven Beach, went snorkeling again and just enjoyed laying in the sun on the catamaran with all the beautiful islands around us. I think I was the happiest person on earth (in that moment).

Our last major stop on this roadtrip was Cairns, where we stayed three more nights before we flew to Asia. If you want to know more about what we did in Cairns, I am happy to write more about it in another post, but for now enjoy your weekend! Have you been to the Whitsunday´s yet? Or are you planning a roadtrip at the moment? I would love to know in the comments below.

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