Being a bit of a band aid in my early 20's following a pile of Aussie bands around the country and soaking up the music scene.
The Europe trip I did with my DP before we got engaged and had kids. Greek Islands, Italy, Paris, Amsterdam we bought anything we wanted, ate anywhere we wanted, it was glorious.
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16-05-2016 13:30 #22Senior Member
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Quit my job, sold car, furniture etc and traveled to Europe and US for 6 months with my then hubby. I came back pregnant with DS. So glad I did the big Europe trip pre kids
16-05-2016 13:41 #23
So many travellers I'm jealous I wish I travelled before buying my house and having bubs..
16-05-2016 14:40 #24Senior Member
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16-05-2016 14:44 #25
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16-05-2016 16:10 #26
Best life experience - Leaving Australia alone at 21, to backpack the world for 2 years. I returned a completely different person.
Most memorable - Going all out on our honeymoon to the Maldives as a once in a lifetime holiday, costing as much as a home deposit... Don't regret a single dollar spent.
16-05-2016 18:06 #27Senior Member
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Travelling by ship to Antarctica for a month. Realising that life without news and without phones is liberating. Comprehending that humans are just a small part of the world's amazing species diversity and that so many things we think are important really don't matter, because the totality of nature is so much more than us. Feeling pure, unadulterated joy and a sense of deep gratitude and privelege while watching a colony of penguins going about their business. Cruising past towering icebergs and feeling liberated by my comparative insignificance. It really put my own world into perspective.
I also loved backpacking around South America for a couple of months. No firm plans or schedules, just us and our bags. Seeing a different way of life, and developing an appreciation of how priveleged and fortunate we are. And seeing amazing scenery - towering mountains, vast deserts and raging waterfalls. Such a great couple of months.
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16-05-2016 18:25 #28
I feel a little like an under achiever reading all of these amazing stories. I guess for me my best life experience would be between moving in with my grandmother while completing Uni. The ability to spend a few extra years as a Uni student before entering the adult world were amazing and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to do it, while also forging an even deeper relationship with my gran as she battled through terminal cancer taking away her independence.
As for an experience I would have to say spending a weekend at Nan Tien Buddhist temple in Wollongong at a meditation retreat with my mum and sister last year. I also was lucky enough to do in High School on an excursion but so glad I took my mum back and I think I came home to my husband and children so very refreshed. I wish it were closer so I could do it again, solo even.
16-05-2016 18:32 #29
16-05-2016 18:39 #30
My work...having the opportunity to build relationships with kids from seriously awful circumstances.
Having the opportunity to see my kids grow up with extended family around. I didn't have that as a kid, and am so glad I can see them build such close relationships.
Travelling with my DP. We had a fantastic trip in Asia, but my best memories are from long road trips around Australia.
Being in a long-term relationship that began in high school. That may sound strange, but it's been a wonderful experience to essentially grow up and to mature together.
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