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The plan is there is no plan

Besides knowing that I wanted to come to Australia, I didn’t have any solid plans for how I was going to spend my year. I wasn’t too worried about it, though. Others pretty much did the worrying for me (doesn’t mean I’m not grateful for them caring!) I can’t count the number of times I had a conversation along these lines: Friend: “So are you excited for Australia?” Me: “Does a bear shit in the woods?” (Okay I didn’t use that exact term) Friend: “What’s your plan? Me: “I don’t really have one.” Friend: “So you don’t have a job??” Me: “No.” Friend: “Do you have an apartment???” Me: “No…” Friend: “What are you going to do?!?!” Me: “I’ll figure it out…?” I’m actually surprised I didn’t freak out. I thought as my departure date got closer, I was going to start getting really nervous, maybe have a panic attack on the plane (like I sorta did when I left for study abroad). This is my third time moving abroad, but it’s the only time I had absolutely nothing planned or laid out for me in advance. All I knew is I was flying into Sydney and had a place to stay for the first week or so (thanks Sara!).

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On the plane…do I look freaked out?

I’m almost at the two month mark of being in Oz and still can’t believe how fast it’s going. But I do have more or less of a plan by now. Ish. I realized I never really made it clear what I am currently doing: I took a job as an au pair in Brisbane, with a family of a friend of a friend (thanks Kate!). It’s a pretty sweet gig; I nanny 2-3 days a week and in exchange I get accommodation, food and a weekly stipend. I signed up with an event staffing company and am picking up events on my days off. Brisbane is nice, although I’m not sure I would have chosen to live here had it not been for the job offer. I’m definitely appreciating it more and more since arriving (1 month ago already). Plus, it’s in a good location, with both Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast only an hour away in each direction and a short plane ride to a lot of cool places like the Whitsundays, Cairns, etc.

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View of the Brisbane River

I figure I can save up by not having to pay rent, and when I’m done nannying in March I’ll travel until I need to start working again. Australia is expen$$ive. Anyway, I’m glad I didn’t make a plan. Before coming to Australia, I had no idea what I was getting myself into and I wouldn’t have wanted to lock myself into something I later may have wanted to get out of. In my opinion when you’re traveling for an extended period of time, it’s better to leave certain things open-ended. It’s fun to see where the journey might take you! IMG_4858

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