For the first time in a long time, we get to introduce a #rtwsoon Interview while the two of us are actually traveling.
Sydney girl Lindsey from Chasing The Wild is taking on the world as of next Thursday! First stops include some of our favorites Bali and the Philippines before a year working in the USA. We’re very jealous of that visa and hopefully our green cards will come next year so that we can join you over there Lindsey!
I’m Lindsey, a soon-to-be traveller and serial daydreamer with a healthy appreciation of the ridiculous, and only a little bit mad. Born and raised in Sydney, I’ve travelled most of the National Parks of the East Coast of Australia with my family. I took my first solo trip in 2011 and spent two months getting down and dirty with the amazing history of Europe.
I love the sense of wonder that exploration brings, and I travel for the sense of freedom, the thrill of uncertainty and the adventure that comes with discovery. Also to photograph beautiful things.
Where are you going on your RTW?
First stop – South East Asia! I’ve given myself a week in Bali to pinch myself and convince myself it’s really happening, before I head to the Philippines. I’m there for just over a week before my boyfriend joins me, and together we’ll explore the southern islands. We have very few set plans from here on out, and I love the freedom inherent in that. We’ll explore forgotten jungles, hidden beaches, and (our non-negotiable), spend his birthday swimming with whale sharks.
After the Philippines we’re headed over to Thailand, where we hope to learn to dive, see some more amazing sea life, and generally explore before he heads back to Australia. On my own again, the entirety of South East Asia is at my fingertips. I have absolutely no idea where I’ll go next. As long as it involves playing with nature, rediscovering history, photographing beautiful things and writing like crazy, I’m a happy girl.
From Asia, I fly to Canada just in time for TBEX, and then head down into the USA to live and work for a year. I’m ridiculously excited to be an expat, and I haven’t stopped grinning like a crazy person since my visa arrived last week. I’ll base myself on the West Coast and spend my weekends exploring the amazing diversity that is America. Especially those National Parks.
When are you leaving?
Ah so soon! I fly out of Sydney on January 3rd – just a couple of days away!
Why did you decide to go on this trip?
I’ve wanted to do a big trip for a very long time, and the idea of working in the United States has been percolating for several years now. The initial decision to actually go though? That came about at the beginning of this year. Knowing I was graduating in September, I knew I didn’t want to start working just yet. And what better time to travel than after university? I’ve had several false starts, but travel is a lifestyle and I want to give it my best shot to solidify into something that is a major part of my life before other things take immediate priority.
What will you be doing to pass the time before your travels?
Not much – they’re so close now! I’ve just spent my birthday with a large gathering of friends and family who relieved me of most of my unwanted belongings. Next up is packing up what remains, and spending as much time as possible with my loved ones before I leave. Oh, and packing my bag. I haven’t even thought about that yet!
If you could give just one piece of advice to a fellow #rtwsoon traveler, what would it be?
Be flexible. This is obviously important on the road, but also in the planning processes and the overall expectations you have of your trip. My trip has changed so much since it’s conception, and in so many ways. Don’t get too hung up on what other travellers are doing, and open yourself to all the possibilities. I could have saved myself a bit of heartache by not holding onto the initial preconceptions (from back in March when I first decided to go!) I had of my trip so fiercely. Your destinations, your goals for your trip, even how you travel it, will all change. And that’s part of the beauty of travel.
Visit Lindsey’s Website: Chasing The Wild
Follow Lindsey on Twitter: @chasingthewild
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