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Three Years of Travel

Today is my three year travel-versary. On February 4th 2011, I left Dublin with my two friends, almost bursting with excitement at what was to come.

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At the time, it was meant to be a four month trip. Three years later, I’m still on my journey, and the years have flown by.

Looking back on three years of travel, it is hard to remember even half of the wonderful moments that took place, or all of the many disasters which now make me laugh.

 

Disasters

 

I’ll start with the disasters. There was the time all three of our bags were stolen as we frolicked in the sea at Kho Phangan, or the time we had to stay awake all night on a bus to Chiang Mai, as the staff kept crawling up the aisles, trying to open bags. Or the time our bus drove off and left us at a toilet stop in Cambodia.

 

There was the worst hangover of my life while on a boat in Halong Bay, or when I jumped into a pile of broken glass and had to go to the medical centre in Thailand. Or the time we slept in a car after driving to see where Home and Away is filmed, and woke to find ourselves in the middle of a scene, with two cast members pointing and laughing at us!

 

Jobs on the Road

 

I have worked as a hostel cleaner, a strawberry seller, a Rugby World Cup staff member, a mystery shopper, a door-to-door salesperson, a milkman, and distributed flyers for a massage place. I worked in an orphanage in Vietnam and taught English in Cambodia.

 

Three Years of Nomadic Highlights

 

In three years there have been countless hours spent on planes, trains, boats, buses, mini-buses, tuk-tuks, trucks, rickshaws and bikes. I have climbed waterfalls, hiked through jungles and jumped out of a plane. I attempted a night climb in Tonsai, lay with tigers, got mauled by one, got a bamboo tattoo, sipped a few special shakes on the beaches of Gili Trawangan, and learned to surf in New Zealand.

 

 I met the most friendly people in Auckland, and experienced the closeness that comes from sharing a dorm room with a fellow travellers who became like family. I fell in love with the city of Phnom Penh, thanks to its people and its haunting history.

 

Lessons Learned

 

I have learned that the love I have always had for travelling is something that is only getting stronger every day. I now know that nothing makes me happier than being somewhere new, and being free to explore with my camera and notebook.

 

And on the anniversary of my longest travelling stint, I am only mere weeks away from reuniting with my backpack after over a year of Aussie life, and heading back to Asia.
I can’t wait!

 

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    Donna Janke
    February 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

    What a journey! Enjoy.
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    Beth Niebuhr
    February 5, 2014 at 10:29 am

    How super. What a fun way to live. Your escapades are hilarious. It would be fun to see more details. Write more!
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      Christine
      February 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you, Beth! I will write more soon, thanks for your encouragement, it is much appreciated. x

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    Doreen Pendgracs
    February 5, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Sounds like you’ve had quite the adventure! Yes, some of us truly have the travel bug deep within us. And once you discover/acknowledge it, it’s really hard to ignore it. I live to travel, and it’s been that way since I took my first long trip 40 years ago.
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      Christine
      February 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Yes that is so true, I’m actually a bit afraid that I will never be satisfied when it comes to travel! There are so many amazing places to see, and the more I travel, the longer my list of ‘must-see’ places gets! Thanks for stopping by Doreen 🙂

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    Greg
    February 5, 2014 at 11:55 am

    That was beautiful, Christine. Makes me wish I weren’t cooped up in New York, though I love it. Great stuff.

    So how did you end up jumping in a pile of glass?
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      Christine
      February 6, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks so much, Greg! 🙂
      You are very, very lucky to live in New York! That has been top of my list of places to live for as long as I can remember.

      There may have been buckets of Thai whiskey involved in the glass incident. It’s a litle fuzzy but I think I was hopping/running and landed on a freshly smashed 40-sized bottle of beer and didn’t realise until I looked down and saw the blood!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Susan Cooper
    February 6, 2014 at 3:38 am

    What an awesome experience. I’m sure jumping in a glass pile and subsequent hospital visit wasn’t so fun but it did create a memory. I have always wanted to travel more then I do. Way don’t I, I think it’s because I have way to many other things like family, friend and helping others that prevent from doing so. That said, I have done my fair share and will not over look any opportunity when it arrives.
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      Christine
      February 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Exactly, Susan. No matter how big the disaster is at the time, it is something to laugh about later. It’s all part of the adventure!
      Yes, life can really get in the way when it comes to travel. I tend to get quite guilty at times because I am not around for my friends and family.
      I hope you grab your next opportunity to travel! Thanks for your comment 🙂

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    Niekka McDonald
    February 6, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Good for you! So many good memories even the disasters. It sounds like you are truly enjoying life and that is commendable. Congrats on the 3 year travel-versary!
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      Christine
      February 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you Niekka! Yes, the disasters tend to make fun memories! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Jeri
    February 6, 2014 at 5:20 am

    My addiction to travel got started when I went back and forth for a few years working summers in Yellowstone and winters in the Everglades. I admire and envy your ongoing journey.
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      Christine
      February 6, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      That sounds like a great experience Jeri. I think the earlier the addiction starts, the stronger it can be! Thanks for your comment, have a great day!

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    Stephanie
    February 7, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Something that I have always encouraged my daughter to do is to get into the habit of packing a bag and “just going” before she settles down into a long term relationship and building a life around someone else. I hope that when she gets out of college she follows my advice. This is inspiring and something that I will share with her.
    On another note, I’d love to hear the “jumping in glass” story…how exactly does one make that mistake lol.

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      Christine
      February 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Yes, that is great advice Stephanie, I hope your daughter follows it, she won’t regret it!
      The glass was definitely a mistake! It was at the full moon party in Thailand and I was drunk and ran/skipped into a large pile of glass. Luckily it didn’t hurt thanks to the whiskey, until the next day of course! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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    Bindhurani
    February 7, 2014 at 4:32 am

    It is amazing to know you are travelling for 3 years. I never can imagine myself doing that… I don’t have the courage to go to the unknown world. I really admire you.
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      Christine
      February 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you so much Bindhurani! I don’t feel courageous at all because it us something I want to do so badly! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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    Krystyna Lagowski
    February 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Wow, that’s amazing! Not many people get to experience everything that you’ve done, and in only three years? Sounds like you’ve got more than a blog, quite possibly a couple of books. Keep on with your wanderlust, and writing down your adventures!
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      Christine
      February 13, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you Krystyna! I would love to write a book, but it took me this long to start the blog so a book might be a long way off. Luckily I have been writing notes on and off, because I have a head like a sieve! 🙂

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    Jen Weaver
    February 7, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    How exciting! Your post brings back memories of a trip my husband and I took in Europe. To many more adventures!
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    Suzanne Fluhr (Boomeresque)
    February 7, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I inherited my wanderlust from my father. By the time I graduated from college in the US, I had lived in Mexico, England and Colombia. I’ve had to adapt my travels to various life circumstances over the years, but I’m always wondering about and planning our/my next trip. Congratulations on finding ways to stay “on the road” for 3 years!
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      Christine
      February 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      I’ve always wanted to go to Columbia. That’s great you did so much before graduating, and that you’ve adapted to keep your wanderlust satisfied. That’s what I hope to do! Thanks for stopping by Suzanne 🙂

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    Pat Amsden
    February 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Your life has been one long adventure for the last three years. Good for you!

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    Jeannette Paladino
    February 9, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I admire your sense of adventure and you are still young with a life ahead of you. So why not do it now? I don’t know that it would be for me because I’m more of a homebody but I have friends who would literally die if they couldn’t travel so I can understand catching the bug.
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      Christine
      February 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Yes, life is short so now is the time. Haha, sounds like the travel bug can be fatal for your friends! Thanks for your comment Jeannette 🙂

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    Kerry
    February 10, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Lord oh lord , just found your blog and you’re living the dream life! completely and utterly jealous

    Just followed you on bloglovin and would love it if you could check my blog out too!
    http://dixonkerry-o.blogspot.co.uk

    Kerry xox
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      Christine
      February 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Kerry, thanks for following! I just had a look and it’s cool. I know what you mean about changing your hair all the time, I love your new cut! x

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