I was sat in my psychology class age 17 when I saw a poster for Camp America. The idea of travel always appealed to me and after a bit of research I loved the idea of doing Camp America that summer. Unfortunately, I am an August baby and to participate in Camp America you are required to be 18 years of age by June 1st of the summer you are going, meaning I would not be old enough to participate that year, but the idea had been planted.
That same year my school was hosting a exchange programme with a school in New Zealand. A student from New Zealand would come stay with you for 6 months and work at the school part time to earn some money and then you’d go to New Zealand and do the same. I applied for this programme and got down to the last two candidates however they choose the other person. It seemed I just wasn’t destined to travel yet and I decided to go to University.
A year and a half later I was at the start of my second year of University when I saw a stand for Camp America and I decided it was time to apply. So that Summer I spent 2 months working at a Summer Camp in Vermont before spending a month travelling down the east coast. It was such a fantastic summer and it fuelled my desire to travel and see more of the world.
I arrived home in September and went back for my final year of University. Within a couple of months though I had a major case of itchy feet. Me and my sister went to Brussels for a few days just before Christmas in a bid to provide some relief but I knew I needed to go travelling again. In the New Year, as my friends started thinking about possible plans post graduation I was researching travel possibilities.
I decided I had waited long enough and wanted to go to New Zealand. At first it began with me imagining a month long trip but then a friend suggested going for the whole NZ summer and working at festivals along my way which I liked the sound of but then eventually I said Hell I’m gonna go for a whole year! I found BUNAC and after a lot of research I decided it was the way to go. I booked my place as well as a seat on a group flight on September 17th 2015 and told my family and friends I was heading to New Zealand once I graduated.
And that’s where I am now.
I will be keeping this blog updated with my travels as I go as well a stories from past experiences. I hope you enjoy reading my stories and maybe even find something useful here whether it be inspiration or advice.
See you on the road.