Now I know I have been adding ‘ My Australian Journey’ posts every day and will continue to do until I leave, however I received this in an email recently.


It really is hitting home now that I am only here for a few more days, and that I should probably get my sh*t together. But saying that I don’t have much to do. I keep being asked ‘Are you ready? Have you packed?’ and as a backpacker a lot of my things were never unpacked! Certainly a benefit to this style of travel.

The hostel I am in is currently having lots of renovations, and everything around me is being carried somewhere. The tables, the chairs, and I can see them currently eyeing me up wanting to take the chair I am sitting on too. This is further getting me into the mindset of moving out. I will give it to them as I am about to shoot out the door anyway to have leaving drinks with work friends. But I wanted to post again today to you all instead of leaving this day blank. It feels strange if I don’t post once a day.

But I like that, because it keeps me posting. And I have been lucky to have so much to post about, I won’t always be travelling and finding content to write about is sometimes hard. And with that in mind I do have a little dilemma.

I had an interview for a job near London Bridge at midnight (it is 4.30pm now) that I think it wen’t pretty well. However this would require a start date pretty much straight away when I land in London. Great as I will be getting paid straight away, bad that I will be straight back into full time work after a long haul flight when I could take a couple weeks off. Shortly after the interview I Skyped with my mum that reminded me that it would be better to maybe take a couple weeks out. I have a funeral that I need to attend at the beginning of September and of course my Muse gig in Berlin on the 10th September.

So maybe it would make much more sense to take a couple weeks rest and head back up north. This would also help me look for more jobs and maybe one that is better for me. Not to mention I will have so much time to plan posts!

Even as I type this the second option is sounding more desirable. I might not even get this job and if I don’t, I will certainly travel back up north. However if I am successful I may still tell them that this is what I am going to do instead. It is hard to plan life and sadly my step-gran passed away the other day. She was the last of my grandparents and it is sad to know she is no longer with us. So taking a break to attend the funeral and spend the precious time seeing my family and friends actually sounds like a no brainer.

So I guess I will upload my first UK blog posts from the north east of England, a beautiful part of the world so I don’t mind at all. And now I need to run out the door to have my leaving drinks.

Just a little life update, and I will see you all soon!

53 thoughts

  1. It definitely sounds like you should spend some time to focus with your family and settle back home rather than jumping straight into a job. Although work is important, your wellbeing is more important! Good luck !

    1. I agree with you Danielle, I am now starting work on the 16th so I will have some time off with family. Looking forward to it and a much needed rest 🙂

      Thank you for the words of encouragement.

      1. I hope you are having fun! I got back a couple days ago and went through York on the train just before your comment 🙂 we were briefly so close!!

    1. I will continue working for the same chain as I was in Australia. For me I am not drawn by the work, more the opportunity to explore my capital. I feel bad for hardly seeing it despite being only 3 hours away on the train!

  2. all the good wishes for you in London!!
    sure..its pretty difficult to leave the place you’ve been so attached to !!
    but adventures never end!!
    all the best!!
    cheers!! 🙂

    1. I am hoping 🙂 I am now going to London on the 16th, so I have time off before I start work. This seems like the perfect plan for me right now .

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  3. Let the wind carry you Sam! enjoy your last few days in there. Sure you’d have an exciting journey back in the UK. I look forward to your posts from the UK 😀 cheers Dew

    1. I look forward to posting about my journey back 🙂 and will have plenty from the UK and possibly Europe to blog about too.

      I hope you enjoy the posts Dew!

      1. How wonderful. Share the photos and stories. We are finding we really enjoy checking out locations and stories from others – we are expanding our horizons. We have been to London once, but only for 1 day, 10hours.

      2. I will happily share them! I hope you enjoy. I too only went for a day so everything will be pretty much still new to me. I also hope it gives you inspiration and travel ideas 🙂

    1. Much calmer I would imagine? And I bet there are some real beauty spots around.

      Thank you for the kind words of support 🙂

  4. “To whom it may concern,
    Kindly get lost! Scram!
    Kind regards,

    Best of luck to you, my friend! New adventure awaits!

    1. You’re right Pat, I will be staying with family too so I don’t have to worry so much about an income just yet. I will be starting work in London on the 16th so I have a good amount of time to relax 🙂

    1. I am from Durham in the north east of England, however lived and worked in Newcastle a little further north for a few years before making my way to Australia. Now I am back in Durham with family before making my move to London 🙂

    1. Yeah, it is strange to have a deadline instead of it being my choice, but I am grateful in a way as it forces me to change and not get stuck in a routine.

      Thank you for the kind words and I look forward to London!

    1. Thanks Aspasia, it’s a sad time however we will all be together with family I haven’t seen for a long time. I appreciate your kind words 🙂

  5. So sorry to hear about your step gran.
    Wish you all the best with your move back to England Sam. I wasn’t ready to head back and after a detour in Malaysia and Indonesia starting new working holiday in NZ!!

    1. Thank you Sandra, I appreciate your kind words.

      And haha, does this mean you made it half way back to the UK and did a u-turn?

      1. 😊 Well never thought of it like that but yes, booked a one way ticket to KL from Melbourne in May and just went where the wind took me so to speak. Trying to catch up on my blog posts now I’ve stopped hop skip and jumping around.
        Just wondering would you have returned to Australia if the option of sponsorship was on the table?

      2. Ah interesting! Get all those blog posts up for us to see 😀

        Also I don’t think I would have, although I loved it here I feel I would have to really work hard for the company sponsoring me and I don’t want that kind of work commitment just yet as I try to travel and experience new places. Also I wanted somewhere new to blog about and feel London was the place, and is also so close to so many European destinations.

      3. Working on it 😁
        I totally get it, it’s such a long-term commitment it would need to be a dream job or something. Plus a tourist visa is always an option if you want to visit. London will be a great travel base for sure. The events, food and easy transport connections will give you loads of content. Can’t wait to read all about it 😊

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