"When you travel, it can be so easy to just follow the flow, do what everyone else does, take the same photos and visit the same places…That is what makes it so hard to make it your own experience. Of course, there are some places you just have to see, for their beauty and uniqueness, and yes, there’s a whole lot of tourists there but thats just how it is, you’re one of them after all. It’s just up to you to decide what you make of it.
So when you go backpacking along the east coast of Australia, it’s quite hard to make it your own. Everything is already preplanned for travellers, all the hostels and tours and bars are there waiting for you, arms wide open, with a big smile and a free drink. Of course, it’s great fun, you meet people from everywhere, heard their stories and tell them yours, then move on to a different place and start all over again. Let me tell you, sometimes it does feels like someone took a handful of Europe and dropped it there. There’s not much point of going all the way across the world to be with the same people and do the same things as back home. To be honest, it doesn’t surprise me we didn’t meet that many locals, to my greatest disappointment. The constant traffic of European travellers hopping from bar to bar or club or hostel, carrying a bag on goon in one hand and trying to stay standing with the other mustn’t look that appealing. I know it sounds a bit stereotypical, but sometimes it was just like that.
But, if you step away from it all, take a deep breath and look around, it’s all worth it. Rainforest, coral reefs, mountains, infinite beaches and clear blue water, it’s got it all. And it’s incredible to get to see all that in one country. And there is still so much to see. The few local people we met were the kindest and most genuine of them all. I wouldn’t have done it any other way, I would just go back again, for longer, do it differently and see what happens.
Here is a preview of the places & people which made it all as incredible as it was.”