The biggest risk I’ve probably ever taken, apart from coming to Australia, would be taking a solo trip to New Zealand. Not only did I book my trip a couple of weeks before I was to depart the country, but I did it with an online travel agency for students that I didn’t know anything about. On top of that, the tour group I was going with was also completely foreign to me. I never read any reviews or did any research about the company or any alternatives. I just enquired about a trip to New Zealand within specific dates, took what worked and ran with what I was given without looking back.
To add to my list, I didn’t receive my trip information until a few days before I was leaving so I was unable to work out specific details pertaining to my trip until the days before I left. These were things such as transportation, exchanging currency and packing. As if all my uncertainty and worries weren’t taking such a toll on my stress level already then the financial aspect of this trip most certainly would. I didn’t plan to spend as much as I did, but it made me come to the reality that I won’t be able to do as much as I originally planned and forced me to assess my priorities.
Looking back after having returned from New Zealand, my trip may have been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life. I was forced to get out of my comfort zone and meet new people for the second time this year. I experienced things some people will only dream of experiencing, seeing or doing. I went sailing, zorbing and embraced my nerdy side by going on a Lord of the Rings tour. I even went most of my week without any form of communication with the outside world which is an increasingly difficult thing to do nowadays. It was unbelievingly freeing to discover a new country without any distractions because I did nothing but live in the moment, dealing with what life handed me as it came. Without the fear and worry clouding my mind, I’m glad I invested my money in this once in a lifetime chance because some things in life are meant to work out the way they do for a reason.