When you're planning a trip around the world
I've always been a dreamer. I always imagined that I would travel the world someday.
I imagined how the food would taste in each place and how I would become a student of the world.
When I went to uni, I became even more of a dreamer. There were so many stories of the wondrous gap year. I heard magical tales of all night parties on the beach with campfires, absorbing culture almost by osmosis while stranded in various idyllic or bizarre locations.
When I finally got the chance to take a break from the working world, I thought - now is my time - if I don't do it now I never will! So, I took a leap of faith and booked a round the world ticket. It just had to be used within one year - that made sense. One year seemed like just the right amount of time.
When you're planning a trip around the world, it's the most bizarre feeling. You have a budget to stick to, plans to make and essentials to buy, but that moment that you buy the Lonely Planet Travel Book, you start to realise that your dreams can come true. All of those places that you had only seen on the tv or read about, you were about to see in real life.
Ironically, my first point of call on my trip was London, which was ironic only due to the fact that I had spent almost over four years of my life in the city and it held so many memories, all which were inextricably linked to the people I met and places we went. London was my second home.
The beginning of my trip was slightly haphazard because it seemed to appear like a cloud of dust, out of nowhere. One minute, I was having my last rabies vaccination, going to my friend's wedding and next thing I was on a small Aer Lingus plane, about to start my adventure.
Looking out the window and thinking that this image of this island that was my home, that I may or may not be able to see again (cue my true fear of flying). The green fields shrouded with morning dew, cattle grazing and lying about lazily. Suddenly, the ocean appeared and I waved goodbye to my homeland, albeit in my head, as a few tears trickled down my cheeks and I started my adventure.