Travel Notes Week by Week

Week by Week 2: Hello, Broome!

July 14, 2015

After all the transitional craziness of trading a fleeting month at home for a short visit back to Melbourne last week, starting over in a new place this week has been a breeze in comparison. I’ve settled back into hostel life (and, you know, partying), fallen in love with Australia’s famous Cable Beach (it’s not overrated in the least), responded to a couple of job posts on seek.com.au and spent a morning handing out a few resumes to some bars and restaurants around town. I had several trial shifts scheduled for today, and after my first this afternoon, I’m happy to announce that I’m officially employed again!

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The best part? I can officially call this amazing place home for a little while.

Broome is exactly the change I wanted from Melbourne: it’s small (I don’t think I’ve ever flown into a smaller airport), perpetually warm, almost always sunny and home to some of the most gorgeous beaches I’ve seen. This is a completely different Australia.

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Back home, some of my friends think I’m a little crazy. I understand: the idea of dropping everything to move to a place you’ve never been, where you don’t know a single person and don’t have a job or even a job connection — it’s unnerving. It’s unnerving, but only until you’ve actually done it. Moving to a new home base this week was easy compared to all of last week’s good-byes. It’s impossible not to meet friends at hostels, and as long as you’re serious about looking for a job, I promise that you’ll find one quickly. I’ve written that in Melbourne, it took me only two weeks to land two jobs; here, I handed out five resumes and had three offers for trial shifts within the afternoon. Starting over in a new place does not have to be hard. With this visa, I’ve found it easier than ever.

Now that I’m back to bartending, I couldn’t be more excited to settle back into a routine and really get to know Broome. Get ready for lots of exploring over the next couple weeks, plus a bunch of flashbacks to some Melbourne favorites I haven’t posted yet.

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//THIS WEEK

Reading…

I’m still on Anna Karenina this week. It’s a long one, but I’ve finally made it halfway!

Listening to…

Lianne La Havas’ “What You Don’t Do” and Santigold’s new single “Radio”. Both are bright, upbeat and perfectly suited to the kind of back-to-summer celebrating I’m feeling here in Broome.

& Feeling Inspired by…

While I’m living on opposite terms now and reveling in my return to travel, Leah’s post “Why the Nomadic Lifestyle Can’t Last” on her blog The Mochilera Diaries seriously resonated with me this week. I love travelling and the communities I make on the road, but there’s a lot to be said for having a more permanent home base.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Amanda | The Travelling Teacher July 15, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I read The Mochilera Diaries’ post on “Why the Nomadic Lifestyle Can’t Last” also! Her post resonated with me too, because though I cannot say I live a true nomadic lifestyle, I do have a passion for travel…and I have a permanent home base – I am able to make the two work together though 🙂

    Glad to hear you found work! I am in the middle of trying to find a job again myself, ahh the stresses!

    • Reply Katie July 16, 2015 at 1:53 am

      Thanks, Amanda! I’m lucky to have an awesome and supportive community to call home when I return to the States, but every now and again the lows of traveling all the time strike. Glad to hear the post resonated with you, too! Good luck on the job search 🙂

  • Reply Maddy August 31, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Wow, congrats on finding your job in Broome so quickly! I can’t wait to read more about Broome and your experiences there. But so far, it sounds like it’s going to be an amazing experience!
    -Maddy @ http://www.travelalphas.com
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    • Reply Katie September 2, 2015 at 1:59 am

      Thanks! I feel pretty lucky. Broome really is an amazing place. Can’t wait to share more!

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