Time to Plan
For any long term readers of this website you’ll know of my poll on my about page. It gives you a chance to say where you think I might find home. I put it up quite some time ago and here’s what’s come in so far —–
Europe, and Australia / New Zealand are in the lead with nearly a quarter of the vote each.
As you can see there’s a fair indication of the web these days as Europe still ranks really high coming in at around 20%. Granted I’ve not traveled all of Europe, nor ruled it out.
Asia also ranks fairly high, which considering where I am; is fair enough.
Australia and New Zealand – Should I travel there or not?
It’s an easy answer to most – yes. But here’s my dilema in a somewhat ordered list:
- It’s expensive to travel there so …
- I have to work there to supplement travel, but …
- I don’t qualify for a working visa (over 30)
- I don’t have a degree
- I don’t have a sponsor
- I don’t have any reputable contacts
So what to do?
Take a chance and get a 3 month tourist visa and disapear under the counter for a while?
Or skip it altogether.
Or am I missing something?
As my living on an island attempt in the Philippines draws to a close I am in planning mode. I am closer than ever to Australia and New Zealand, they fall into many of my categories for possible potentials as home. But, bureaucratically I’m not welcome.
I’ll have to make a choice soon, and as of yet, I’m still undecided. Contacts are my biggest thing. I simply don’t have any. I don’t just mean a bed for the night either. I mean work contacts, volunteering contacts, heck even just friends to meet up with that don’t want to go out for beers every night.
The majority of Austalian’s New Zealanders I’ve met in the Philippines have been either retired with potential drinking problems, or young surfer dudes that might well be heading that way one day (no offence meant). So I really don’t know anyone outside of this scene.
Why is this a factor?
Well from what I’ve learned so far, this is will be very important if trying to find home in a developed country. And this is not easy …
Fellow travelers one meets in hostels are mainly a younger crowd looking to live life up a little. They see the sights during the day, and at night party. Not a practical scene for me.
Other people are busy with their own lives, work etc.
Keep in mind these are my experiences in traveling in search of home so far. Which I rely on. And while others may have a different take on this. I have to go back to what I know through my nearly 5 years of travel on this journey.
To be very honest as I sit here I am thinking: no, I will not go.
It’s a financial crux mixed with a mesh of experience over the years. The thought of sitting in a dorm room hostel trying to find contacts, places, work, high end budget and searching for an ideal place in a place where I’m bureaucratically inept; sends doubts through my bones. It has me thinking back on how this worked during my travels in Europe … It may also just about break me if things do not go well.
I don’t actually envisage going to Australia nor New Zealand anytime in the next few months, there’s still a lot I want to do in the Philippines: but I want to start addressing this issue now.
So as I go through my own list of pro’s and cons:
What do you think about me going to Australia and/or New Zealand in search of place called home?
Here is my second more recent post on how to plan travel in Australia or New Zealand
Yep … Time to leave El Nido