When I left the states for Australia, I never imagined or planned an around the world adventure.

It’s true. My around the world unfolded in a way I never expected.

I said no to returning to The States and started an impromptu solo journey. I visited 6 countries in this order: Australia, New Zealand, a second visit to Australia, Bali (Indonesia), Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and The Netherlands.

I’ve selected 5 photos from each country I visited along this 6 month adventure. Enjoy.

(If you’d like a musical soundtrack, feel free to open Tunnels & Planes by Nick Leng in another tab)

AUSTRALIA

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One place I feel my best: amongst the trees. Kuranda Rainforest.

 

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Views in every direction: Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail

 

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Fitzroy Island: Post hike swim for me

 

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Morning run to the Sydney Opera house. It was all mine for a few moments.

 

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“Pinch me”dreamy level at the Bondi Icebergs Pool

NEW ZEALAND

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Birthday abroad: I turned 31 in Auckland.

 

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A two-week South Island road trip. Campervan thanks to Escape Campervan Rentals.

 

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I woke up in a campervan and was greeted with this: Lake Tekapo

 

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Pit stop to take in the beauty of Fox Glacier

 

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Jumping for joy on the North Island

BALI, INDONESIA

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Homestay in Ubud

 

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Hiking an active volcano to see this sunrise: Mt. Batur. Surely worth the 3:30 AM wake up call.

 

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Tirta Empul Temple

 

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I began most of my days like this. Breakfast with a rice field view: don’t mind if I do.

 

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That time I had a honeymoon for one at a 5-star resort: Viceroy Bali.

NORTHERN IRELAND

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Rain boots and raindrops at my second home: County Down

 

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Life on the farm

 

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Afternoon drive musings: Loughinisland Village

 

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Family road trip! Gorgeous scenery on the Causeway Coast.

 

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The Bogside Murals: Derry. Make sure to visit Northern Ireland if you visit the Emerald Isle.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

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Glasnevin Cemetary: Dublin

 

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National Botanic Gardens: Dublin

 

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Knocknarea Queen Maeve Trail hiking: Sligo

 

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Steal my heart, Ireland. Beauty at Glenveagh National Park

 

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View from the round tower at the Cathedral Church of St Canices in Kilkenny

THE NETHERLANDS

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Visiting a good friend, Gretchen whom I met in 2005 while studying at NAU in Flagstaff. She’s now a Mom! Near Scheveningen.

 

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Strolling in The Hague. Orange and grey is an oddly wonderful color combo in my opinion.

 

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An enjoyable morning spent viewing The Girl with the Pearl Earring at Mauritshuis in The Hague.

 

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I had a Dutch roommate named Paulien. I call her Polly. She teaches yoga in this church in Akkrum.

 

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Boats in the harbor.

IN CLOSING

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Last shot: Soaking up the Dutch sun in Amsterdam on the Museumplein after visiting the Rijksmuseum.

So that’s that: a journey around the world.

I used to love the quote: “Live the life you’ve imagine, go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”¬†After this trip I’m not so sure I agree with that quote. In no shape or form did I ever dream up this trip, it came together thanks to a series of forks in the road and saying “yes” and “no” along the way.

I’d always wanted to visit Bali, but I never would have imagined I’d have the chance to visit Bali after spending 6 weeks in New Zealand and then head to Ireland for the summer. So I suppose what this around the world journey taught me was to have a few dreams here and there, but also to be open to other possibilities.

And at the end of the day, go with your gut and what feels right.

For now my gut is telling me to soak up my hometown, strong coffee, and the Oregon raindrops. I look forward to sharing more stories and images along the way.

Stay tuned for future adventures.

Written in: my hometown of Eugene, Oregon (Track Town USA) at my favorite coffee shop 

 

Photoessay: Around the World in 31 Photos

4 thoughts on “Photoessay: Around the World in 31 Photos

  • September 29, 2016 at 3:10 pm
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    What a wonderful feeling to ‘be’ in your photos with you via this photo journal just now . . . beautifully done and thoughtfully collected. A pleasure my dear, just lovely.

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    • October 4, 2016 at 12:23 am
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      Thanks for the kind words. Happy that you could ‘be’ with me!

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  • October 1, 2016 at 12:14 am
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    What an inspiration! Your photos are gorgeous and the commentary is spot-on. Thank you for sharing a slice of your adventures.

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    • October 4, 2016 at 12:23 am
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      Thanks so much! Happy to hear you enjoyed the photos. I look forward to sharing more someday soon!

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