As my travels soon come to an end I’d like to reflect and share some insight about my experience. As only a few of you know, my trip to Australia was put on hold by four months due to an ovarian cyst that needed to be removed by invasive surgery. Everything went well with the surgery and I am fine, but it was hard to put off that trip. It was a month before my departure, everything was booked, most of my possessions had been sold or given away, and I was mentally preparing myself to leave my friends and my boyfriend at the time for possibly a year.
I had my surgery, the time passed (which I did end up appreciating because I got to spend more time with the people that mean a lot to me and I wouldn’t change that), and more determined than ever, it was now time to jump on the plane.
I will be honest- the first few months of the trip were not what I had expected. To me, Australia was overrated and it was not the magical paradise the internet and everyone made it out to be. I wasn’t really happy and kept blaming other people and making excuses as to why. I always saw the downside of the situation and was never fully satisfied. “Why did I spend the extra money to rebook after my surgery? Why did I sell all of my stuff to come here when it’s not even that great? Why did I leave everyone and everything back at home to come to this expensive place?” are only a select few thoughts that crossed my mind- but that all changed when my mindset changed.
I stopped expecting things to happen for me and made them happen. I stopped relying on everyone else to make me happy and chose to do what makes me happy. An attitude adjustment is all it took to finally enjoy what I worked so hard for. I stopped trying to control every aspect of the experience and just let it happen. I learned to live in the moment, to stop being so uptight and enjoy the ride. I don’t need to stress about things I cannot control and that can change at the drop of a hat.
All of these are things I struggle with in my day to day life and despite being told by friends and family, it’s something I needed to learn on my own. I’m not saying I’ll no longer be this way, travelling has just made me realize what I need to work on to improve my life and that maybe next time it will make me think twice. I’m a planner and I think it’s important, but some things just need to be left to chance. Plus, it’s always fun meeting Aussies in Bali and staying out drinking until 5am when you have to get up at 8am for a day tour and getting your purse and phone stolen by a moped driving by on your way to McDonalds, right?
I will leave you with this: attitude is everything. Live in the moment, plan only as much as necessary, be patient and appreciate every experience, good and bad. There is always something to be learned, whether you realize it at the time or not.
If you have been keeping up with the goings on in my life you will already know that I am currently competing against 9 other Canadians with CampusPerks to be the #1 Travel Guru with Tourism Australia to win a chance to travel blog in Australia this summer for 2.5 weeks. Although I have been putting a lot of time and energy into this I have been loving every minute of it.
Beth Saunders, Katie Malcolm, and Ashley Doiron promoting the ‘Best Jobs in the World’
My job is to promote the campaign the ‘Best Jobs in the World‘ to students at Memorial University of Newfoundland, across Canada, as well as around the world. The ‘Best Jobs in the World’ are 6 different jobs in each of Australia’s states. They feature the best of the country- the breath-taking landscapes and scenery, unique nature and wildlife, great food and wine, enviable lifestyle and sense of fun which in turn represents Australia as an amazing place to work and play! Not only are these jobs absolutely AMAZING on their own, they even pay well! The jobs are 6 months long and are valued at $100,000! You get a salary of $50,000 and the other $50,000 is for accommodations and travel expenses. How do you apply?! It’s really easy! All you need to do is make a 30 second video explaining why you are the best person for the job and submit it by APRIL 9th! Ben Southall, the original ‘Best Job’ winner, has put together a great article with some tips on how to make your application stand out!
Katie Malcolm and Beth Saunders promoting the ‘Best Jobs in the World’ campaign at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) #GetTheBestJobs
Katie Malcolm Promoting the ‘Best Jobs in the World’ campaign at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) #GetTheBestJob
Do you need help with your video? If you are reading this and live in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada or know someone who does, you should pop out to the event I am having next week! On Wednesday April 3rd on the 3rd floor of the University Centre from 12:30-3:00pm I will be hosting an awesome event with free food and swag, some fun games, and most importantly, filming application videos (we have props you can use, too!!). Come out, tell your friends, and most importantly, HAVE FUN! Check out the Facebook event for details. You can also follow my Facebook page for updates on the competition, the jobs themselves, and any useful content I’m posting over the next two weeks. Hope to see you next Wednesday :). Feel free to tweet between now and April 7th using the #GetTheBestJob hashtag, I would love you forever! ❤
‘Best Jobs in the World’ Event- Memorial University, 3rd floor University Centre April 3rd 12:30-3:00pm
To find out more about these awesome opportunities and how to apply visit Tourism Australia’s website.
Tourism Australia is offering 6 jobs in Australia’s 6 states valued at $100,000 for 6 months of work. You could be photographing and blogging about Melbourne’s nightlife or eating and drinking your way around the country, whatever fits your fancy. Check out their website for specifics about these awesome opportunities; you will NOT be disappointed!
The Best Jobs in the World: Australia: http://bit.ly/15y7v32
I am currently in the running against 19 other Canadians for a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to Australia this summer from Campus Perks and Tourism Australia Best Jobs in the World! I am sososo excited about the possibility of this, it would be absolutely AMAZING if I got this, I can’t even explain!
The position (grand prize) itself sounds totally rad and with the addition of Australia in there it just blows my mind (position stated post explanation). I am currently in the 2nd round of the competition and need to get support through social media and on my submission. I need to track everything I am doing, who is liking and sharing, and how engaging my content is with my audience. Clearly this is awesome for me because I love social media hah. If (when) I place in the top 10 for the next round I then need to then host an event on campus to promote the Best Jobs in the World campaign with Tourism Australia. In this event I will need to get students to apply to these 6 different jobs with 30 second video applications. Depending on how successful this event is and my number of applicants it is then determined who will actually go to Australia.
So, what does the prize entail? Well, it’s an all expenses paid trip to Australia for 17 nights happening in June. During this trip I would be travelling around Australia as the travel blogger for Tourism Australia reporting on these 6 Best Jobs in the World. This would be SIIICK. I travel blogged while I was studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic last semester and I loved sharing my experiences with others. I love researching the places I want to travel to and blog posts have been so key in finding out necessary information. They are great for finding stuff to do off the beaten path and have a more personalized touch which is great.
I think this position is really well suited for me because it involves marketing, PR, social media, event planning and travel; all things I’m totally into! I’m graduating from my Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in May and am still really uncertain of what I actually want to do. I think this would be an amazing first step and something I would be incredibly grateful for if I actually won! I could even reconnect with my Aussie friends I met in Prague, including my former roommate!
Beth Saunders; Tourism Australia’s next travel blogger!
Tourism Australia The Best Jobs in the World