Travel Notes Week by Week

Week by Week 10: On the Luxury of Slow

November 20, 2015

Ten days.

I’ve come to the beginning of the end of my time here in Broome. Two months ago, I would have been overwhelmed by the thought of leaving this place; one month ago, I was more than ready to make a break for it. Now, I’ve found my peace. When I hit the road again ten days from now, I know that the time will feel right.

Getting ready to leave Broome has given me a lot of cause to figure out not only the rest of my travel plans in Australia, but also where I’m headed next. After all, my days here are numbered — my year-long working holiday visa runs out at the end of January, and I have a feeling these last couple of months will pass all too quickly. Here’s to hoping the money doesn’t go as fast as the days! Travel in Australia may be exciting, but it’s definitely not cheap.

When I leave Australia at the end of January, I’m still not exactly sure where I’ll be going. By now, I’ve daydreamed my way through dozens of potential countries and travel routes, and I keep coming back to the same point: all of these places I want to go, I want to really know. I want to spend months in each country and weeks in each city; I want to wander aimlessly around neighborhoods, to explore their hidden streets and tucked-away cafes and get to know their daily rhythms. I want slow.

From my first time leaving the US to work in India for a month to a semester abroad studying in Costa Rica, I have always leaned toward longer, deeper travel. In my last couple of years living and working abroad between Thailand and Australia, I have been downright spoiled. This has been the greatest perk of my working holiday visa here: not the opportunity to see all of Australia, but to really, truly live here. I have split my time between Melbourne and Broome, and in those months, I have gotten to know two very different faces of Australia. My perception of Melbourne would be another thing entirely had I spent a week and moved on; for Broome, I think, this holds even more true. There’s a lot of Australia I won’t have seen when I leave at the end of January, and you know what? I wouldn’t have at any other way.

And as for where I’m going next? We’ll see. Maybe I’ll find the will to return to a faster-paced travel style and move around Southeast Asia; maybe I’ll stick with the slow I love and linger somewhere for awhile. For now, I’m going to love on Broome a little while longer.

//THESE DAYS

Reading…

Still working my way through Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. I flew through the first half, but then life kind of got in the way. Hopefully this week, I’l have time to fit in a last couple of afternoons reading at Cable Beach!

Listening to…

I’ve been bouncing between a few albums over the past month: Gang of Youths’ The Positions (still getting Falls Fest-ready!), Toro y Moi’s What For? (obsessed with “What You Want” and “Empty Nesters”) and Boy and Bear’s Limit of Love (a new release by an old favorite).

& Feeling Inspired by…

I’ve got Mexico on my mind — again! — thanks to Bon Traveler’s 10 Best Things to Do in Riviera Maya, Mexico. My Mexico dreamin’ just keeps growing, y’all. I also loved Roads and Kingdoms’ 16 Things to Know Before You Go to Singapore. While I’ve been to Singapore twice and plan to return again this January, this article gave me some fresh perspective on the country’s politics — definitely a good, quick read for anyone considering a visit!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Joella November 24, 2015 at 3:40 am

    I agree- I really like to travel slowly. I’ve been lucky enough to have lived overseas in a few places and it’s meant I’ve really been able to explore those regions and get to know them well.
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    • Reply Katie November 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      It’s such a privelege to be able to live abroad and experience countries from a deeper perspective. I don’t know how I’ll ever go back to the kind of week-long vacations that are standard in the States!

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