Thursday, December 9, 2010

A visual aid.

Circled in blue are a few places on my wish list.

Check out Australia's Tourism site too.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Oh the places you'll go...

Here's a few places I'm considering to work (and visit):

Griffith, NSW: This is a town I'm pretty interested in spending time in. The area is known for its wineries and authentic Italian food (60 percent of Griffith residents claim Italian heritage). The city has over 20,000 people.

Laidley, QLD: The area boasts a Top Seven Most Fertile Places In The World. There is work available here year-round picking fruits and vegetables. Laidley is a town in the Lockyer Valley, just about an hour west of Brisbane. (I also really like the name)!

Berri, SA: Berri is part of the Riverland in South Australia. Wine grapes and citrus are popular crops here. And, it's not terribly far from Adelaide, a town I'd love to revisit.

As you can tell if you click the links above, these aren't the high-profile major cities known to most non-Australians. These towns house the real Australia, which is what I'm after!

I hope it's a little scary.

I'm six months away from graduation.

$80,000=one mass communication degree.

Looking back, I didn't eat too much Ramen Noodle but borderline too much pizza. I only pulled one academic all-nighter. I'm almost done with college and I STILL have no arrest record.

It's been a really great four years. In fact, I've had 21 really great years.

But at some point in the last couple weeks I've realized that I've never really been scared of anything. I've been nervous and worried. I've been challenged and stressed. I've been confused and emotional.

But I haven't been scared. I haven't pulled myself up by my bootstraps or had to do any good old-fashioned soul searching.

I've been pretty privileged and pampered and predictable by most standards.

So in an effort to get out of my comfort-zone, to get out of my habits and to check on myself, I'm skipping town for a little while.

Obviously, I'm not leaving without a trace (I'll be blogging).

And, I'm not venturing into a complete unknown--I studied abroad in Geelong, Australia for five months in 2009.

But I'm hoping to shed my safety net by going away on a work holiday visa--a program that allows overseas visitors to live in Australia for up to one year while financing their trip by picking up casual or temporary jobs.

Popular backpacker jobs include fruit picking, working in food service and hospitality and working at hostels for free accommodation.

After my visa's approved, I'll book a flight to Sydney to start the trip in June 2011. From there, I'll organize myself with a bank account and cell phone and try to find work (probably in a small town, not Sydney).

I'll have enough moolah for the plane ticket, the visa and a couple weeks of living but in order to continue eating and sleeping in a bed, I'll have to find a job.

I'm just in the planning stage but already I can't wait.

I hope it's a little scary.