Quite a few years ago; I decided I wanted to go to Australia, but neither had the balls or money to do it.
A few months ago; I decided I had the balls to do it, but not the money (with a massive “sod this, I’m going..” thrown in for good measure).
One month ago; I purchased an Australian Working Holiday Visa.
72 hours after that, my Working Holiday Visa application was rejected because my passport was running out – I knew this too, but thought I might get a magic bypass (yeah, I know…I didn’t think it’d work either, but it was for some passport renewal fees I wanted to avoid).
7 days later and with a £250 dent in my pocket (including passport renewal fees), I became the owner of an Australian Working Holiday Visa and a renewed passport.
I’ve got a year to get my arse there.
The Plan has always been:
- purchase visa
- work out when I’ll have saved enough money to support myself for, at the very least, 3 months (hopefully longer, but that’s my minimum).
- make sure that I’ll be in Sydney for New Year
- set leaving dates
- purchase plane tickets
- go to Australia
- …see what happens…
Granted, it’s a plan of Baldrick proportions, but that is as planned as I want it to be!
Unfortunately, income I thought I had coming in hasn’t materialised (yet), so the purchase of plane tickets has had to be put back. But so far the saving is plodding along nicely and I’m still on target.
There is also the small matter of possibly having to give up my job of the past 12 years. It’s not the greatest job in the world, but it pays ok and it’s a job. As they don’t know my plans, I may still be able to have a few months sabbatical, but I’m not banking on it and whether I go or not will not depend on their answer. I’ll only tell work once I’m certain I’m going (i.e. booked plane tickets) and just see what they say.
There are also various degrees of shitting myself about this. One week I’m full of positives and know, absolutely, that this is what I’m going to do. The next week, I’m less sure of myself and wonder if it’s the right thing to do.
But I keep getting back to one thing: I’ve wanted to go for years and nothing is stopping me…so why not? I need to go and see what the pull of Australia is to me and at least get it out of my system, if nothing else.
I’ve also told far too many people that I’m going by the end of the year (I’m looking at end of Nov/early Dec), so it’s a bit late to back out now – hence throwing this up here. Just to egg myself on a bit more (so I don’t end up with actual egg on my face) and make it a bit more real.