It was towards the end of my jaunt in Germany. I’d spent a few weeks with close friends from Australia (some who I don’t get to see much in my home country - Australia’s huge!), and I’d met some awesome people from around the globe on the trip. I wasn’t ready to go home.
The end of my German journey honestly felt like a breakup. I could feel my heart breaking, a savage heaviness in my chest, and it was all I could do to stop myself from sobbing in my empty hotel room, once my travel companions had left for the Italian segment of their holiday.
See, I’d gone through this breakup process before. Breaking up from a country, and from the relationships I’d formed and cherished over the course of my trip. It happened to me when I was on exchange in Japan, when I was traipsing through Europe, and it happened every time I visited family in Ireland. Sure, I knew that I could always use Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and every other social media outlet to stay in touch, but it wasn’t the same.
It’s not the same as being there. You can’t feel the same breeze, smell the same smells and hear the same accents and languages. There’s richness to be found in discovering a new country, and I wanted some way to capture that experience and share the joy it brings me with other people. And what better way to do that, than to explore and write about the unique culture and history of my own home country, Australia? In amongst some handy-dandy travelling tips, too.
That being said, there’s a part of me that cannot help but be critical of the political, economical, racial and gendered processes that influence our day to day activities and perceptions. This is given the name ‘intersectional feminism’. This does not mean that you have to be an ardent feminist to enjoy what I write about. But, it does mean that I aim to maintain a community of acceptance and understanding here at Travelscriber.
Because hey, half the fun of travelling is realising that there’s more to see than can ever be seen, or to do than can ever be done.
Wait, that’s from The Lion King.