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Week by Week 4: My Travel Plans for the Rest of the Year

August 13, 2015

I can’t believe it’s August.

More than maybe ever before, I feel like time has truly escaped me this year. I don’t know whether it’s my bouncing between seasons, the mirage-like month I spent at home between Melbourne and Broome or simply getting older. Whatever it is, I’m having a hard time keeping up. This morning, a friend at the hostel even called me out when I said I’d been in Broome for a month.

“Well, I’ve been here four and a half weeks,” she said. “And you were here first…”

Five weeks, then. I’ve been living in Broome for five weeks, and in Australia now for nearly six months. It honestly blows my mind.

Somehow, despite my current confusion with (or denial of?) time, my plans for the rest of 2015 are quickly shaping up. It’s a little scary in that I’ve been made to confront the reality of how late in the year it really is, but more than that, it’s really, really exciting. From Broome onward, all of my travel plans center on one big event: my sister’s coming to visit!

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One of the best parts of living abroad over the past couple of years has been traveling with family on the other side of the world. Last year, my dad and sister made separate (but overlapping) trips to visit me in Thailand, and my brother (who was living in South Korea at the time) met me in Vietnam for ten days of travel between Hanoi, Sapa and Cat Ba Island. This time around, my youngest sister Casey will be meeting me in Melbourne in mid-December. Not only do I get to show her around one my favorite cities in the world and return to the staggeringly gorgeous Great Ocean Road, but we also get to share the experience of visiting one of my two biggest must-see destinations here in Australia: Tasmania!



We’ll have almost three weeks to explore Tasmania. Our biggest plan there is to hike its famous World Heritage-listed Overland Track, which will take us from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair over six days. This, in fact, is the reason my plans for December have started to come together so quickly. According to Tasmania’s Parks & Wildlife Service, this year has seen stronger bookings for the hike than ever before. Compared to last year, the number of people who booked spots on the trail during this year’s opening booking weekend doubled. I’d planned to reserve our spots on the trail to celebrate my sister’s birthday last week, and it’s lucky that I did — three weeks in December and January were almost completely booked! Our options were slim, but I still scored perfect dates. We’ll be starting our hike just in time to finish on Christmas Day, making this year’s Christmas one for the books.

Besides the Overland Track, we’re planning our Tassie trip around Falls Fest at Marion Bay, a popular music festival that takes place over New Year’s Eve (requiring advance planning as you have to enter a lottery to get tickets) and road tripping along the island’s incredible coastline. This, I know, is going to be one of the best trips of my life.

So that’s December. What’s in between? Well, it’s looking like I’ll be sticking around Broome working, saving up and exploring locally until the end of October. That will give me six weeks to travel on my way back to Melbourne, during which I’m planning to road trip the other of my two biggest must-see destinations here in Australia: the West Coast. I’ve been dreaming about exploring WA for awhile now, and hearing about how incredible all of the beaches and national parks are between Broome and Perth from other travelers here at my hostel is only getting me more excited.

I have a lot to look forward to the rest of this year. For now, though, I’m happy to be living the Cable Beach life here in Broome. Even though I’ve been here for five weeks, I still have a lot to explore. I can’t wait.



I still haven’t made it all the way through Anna Karenina yet, but I’m working on it (I promise I’ll finish soon, Mom!). This week, I’ve also been reading essays from The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013, an anthology I’ve been carrying around for awhile. I’ve been obsessed with the Best American anthologies since college, and this is one of my favorite series.

Listening to…

Spending an hour and a half on the phone with my sister last week got me psyched for everything Tassie. This week, I’ve been listening to artists from the Falls Festival 2015 Lineup Playlist on Spotify, especially Gang of Youths (check out “Magnolia”), Meg Mac and Toro y Moi.

& Feeling Inspired by…

I spend possibly far too much time daydreaming about places I have no immediate plans to visit. Case in point? This week, Flying the Nest’s “Visiting Antelope Canyon: Everything You Need to Know” left me dying to plan some home country road trips, while this AFAR list of swimming holes around the world sent me on a spree of googling Mexico itineraries and trying to convince my friend to come with me.

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  • Reply Gabby | The Globe Wanderers August 14, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Hi Katie! Great post :). Stumbled across your blog via the lovely comment you left on Venga, Vale, Vamos… so pleased you liked my answer! I can totally relate to your time issue…. it goes so terrifyingly quickly. I swear it was only just Christmas… surely someone’s having a laugh!? Your plans for the rest of the year sound incredible, especially that hike! It will be boiling hot though, water a-plenty! πŸ™‚ Have fun and I look forward to reading more of your adventures.

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    • Reply Katie August 14, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      The hike is definitely what I’m most excited for! The weather on the Overland Track can be pretty wild — it’s Tassie’s hottest season, but I know of one person who hiked it on Christmas and had snow! Pretty crazy. Thanks for your note — I’m happy ro connect πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lisa August 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    So Lovely ! πŸ™‚

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    • Reply Katie August 16, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks, Lisa!

  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte August 14, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Ohh Tassy is definitely on my list too – I hear it is really similar to NZ in the geography! The hike will be awesome too. So much exciting travel! x
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    • Reply Katie August 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      I’ve heard the same, Jasmin! I had originally hoped to follow my year in Australia with NZ, but it’s looking like I might have some other plans shaping up — definitely making me extra excited to explore a similar environment here in Australia!

  • Reply Joella // Paper Crane Stories August 15, 2015 at 2:55 am

    I do the same thing- daydreaming about places I have no immediate plans to visit. I waste hours researching and them I’m like- what am I doing?! But I just love learning about new places so I guess it’s not bad- I’m improving my geography I suppose.
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    • Reply Katie August 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Haha YES. I can always reason my way into making my trip-daydreaming a productive activity. It always pays off eventually, right? πŸ™‚

  • Reply Justine August 15, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Wow, I’m so jealous of your travel plans Katie. That’s so cool you’ve been able to convince your family to visit you abroad. I’m trying my best to get each and every one of my family members out to Southeast Asia. So far my mom seems on board but everyone else is so uninterested! Well, I can’t wait to read about your travels, especially Tasmania!!
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    • Reply Katie August 16, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      I can’t imagine anyone being uninterested in Southeast Asia! Good luck — even if you’ve only got your mom on board, sharing travel experiences one-on-one is often the best way to go with family visiting, I think! I’m lucky to have siblings who also love travel. My mom’s the next due for a trip πŸ™‚

  • Reply dora August 15, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Totally jealous but I love it!

    • Reply Katie August 16, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks, Dora! Wouldn’t be making any of these travel plans a reality without Australia’s working holiday visa. I definitely recommend looking into it if you’re interested in any of these destinations πŸ™‚

  • Reply Naomi August 17, 2015 at 10:29 am

    That all sounds SO lovely! I definitely want to visit Tasmania as well while I’ll be in Australia. Super excited.
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    • Reply Katie August 19, 2015 at 3:47 am

      Do you have plans to visit Australia soon? I feel as if Tasmania is such a dream destination — I couldn’t be more excited!

  • Reply Janna August 21, 2015 at 8:39 am

    nice read! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Katie August 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks, Janna!

  • Reply Maddy August 21, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Wow! Three weeks in Tasmania will be so amazing! I’ve been dying to go there. I keep seeing it all over social media. I cannot wait to read more of your posts about Melbourne and of Tasmania! Enjoy! School is just starting for me next week, so my traveling is about to come to a sharp halt over the next few weeks! πŸ™

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    • Reply Katie August 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      I know! I can hardly believe I’ll have so much time to travel around Tasmania — feeling seriously lucky πŸ™‚ It’s hard to think of travel coming to an end, but sometimes I love returning to my home base and returning to little routines and local exploring. Plus, there’s always time to plan the next big trip πŸ™‚

  • Reply Srimanta Ghosh September 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    First, I would like say many thanks to Katie for sharing this travel plan. We’re planning to visit Bangkok at December. So excited to go. Hope, this plan will help us to make our trip more perfect.
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    • Reply Katie September 21, 2015 at 2:04 am

      Thanks, Srimantra! I’m sure you’ll love Bangkok.

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