Though the title might sound a little too negatively energised for the content in which it is meant, I did it on purpose because I feel the same kind of energy of wanting to leave as really desperately wanting to leave but not in such a sense that I hate where I am right now because actually life is good. Very good at the moment. I hope that’s not too confusing.
The academic term has started yet again and for the first time in my life I feel like I’ve got my life sorted out. I’m a third and final year student now and it’s taken me around 5 years to figure out what I’m actually interested in doing. Travel. All I want to do for the rest of my life is see this amazing world, experience all the languages and cultures and inevitably eat everything. Yes. Everything. No matter how bizarre. (On that topic, I tried goat the other day, it was beefy in texture but kind of porky in taste.) But of course, if one intends to travel the world, one must cover the monetary expenses for this extravagant hobby and that’s when my life’s planning happened.
I’ll turn 21 the coming June and that is where I believe my life will start again. Last time that happened I was 18 (freshly legal) and I was about to start one of the most important journey’s of my life, alas it is now nearly finished and I plan to move on rather quickly. I guess you could say I’m the kind of person that can’t sit still, always on the go, looking for change, I can hardly wait for my 24 month phone contract to end just so I can get another one. Although it seems my currently funds won’t allow that for a while anyway so moving on to the more important topic. How am I going to travel the world? Well, I’ve decided to go to China to study my native language properly and in depth since it’s about time I learnt how to converse properly with my maternal grandparents. I can’t wait to see them again, it’s been about 5 years. The language school will help me with everything from selecting the correct course to accommodation. My part time now should cover the costs of everything provided I don’t spend silly money now. I will study intensely for 3 months and then God willing I will stay an extra 3 to 6 months for an internship. And I will then return to England in the worst case scenario.
However, I’ve made it sound like the only place I plan to visit is China. No. That would be far too unfulfilling and therefore I have decided to tour Asia starting in July. First stop Malaysia, where I plan to meet many of my friends, the next the Philippines or Thailand or Japan or Korea, the possibilities are almost endless. But eventually because I am a homing pigeon at heart I will return to England once I’ve seen my fair share of Asia. By this point my fund will have diminished greatly and I will have to find work, preferable in the UK government and preferably in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where even then I will have opportunities to fuel my passion and travel.
Then next stop America and Africa and Antarctica, if I ever have the time and money. Finally, I will end with Europe where my worldly travels will surely end and I will be thoroughly worn out. It’s almost time to get outta here, July could not come faster!