Though my life has taken me to a foreign country, there are times when I can’t help but think of other places I’ve longed to visit since childhood. Spain is, and always has been, a country that’s fascinated me. It was one of the first countries that made me want to get out and explore, but it certainly hasn’t been the only place that’s caught my eye. For a very long time, Australia has held an important place on my personal travel list. While I don’t always vocalize it, a trip to the other side of the world would be a dream come true.
There’s no single catalyst for this being the case, but it stems back from a summer many years ago. At about the age of 12, I had never realized I had extended family spread throughout Australia. I was then formally introduced to some of my cousins from both Melbourne and Sydney, who had told me their cities were similar to ours. “Australia is a lot like Canada, but much warmer” is what they would say. Whether this holds true or not, I have yet to find out. However, regardless of the similarities or differences, there are a few reasons why I need to go there some day soon.
1. The accent.
There are several different accents within Australia itself, but the general Australian accent appeals to me the way the general English (from England) accent appeals to many others. I’ve never been the type to swoon over the accent of a non-native English speaker’s way of saying English words (Antonio Banderas excluded). However, there’s something about the way Australians form their words that amuses me in only the best of ways.
2. The distance.
Australia being so far away is a huge reason why I find it so intriguing. It’s supposedly very similar in terms of culture, yet it being several hours ahead, in a different continent, and completely surrounded by water makes it seem like a completely different world.
3. The wildlife.
There are several countries around the world that have exceptional (and very varied) landscapes. Canada is one of them, as is Australia. However, what Canada generally lacks in, Australia has. Although, the reverse is also probably very true. In any case, to explore the landscapes and see what native wildlife Australia boasts would be an adventure in itself.
4. The beaches.
This one ties in with the previous point, but still deserves a mention on its own. The deserts of Australia appeal to me greatly as well, though to think most of Australia’s major cities are coastal (or somewhat close to the coast) makes it seem too good to be true. Many people don’t enjoy the beach that much, but as an ocean-loving former competitive swimmer, this one is a big deal!
5. The travellers.
As if Australia wasn’t appealing enough on its own, its many travellers have given it a fun and attractive reputation. Many of the friendliest and most adventurous travellers I’ve met have hailed from somewhere in Australia. The coolest part? They say travelling for a couple of years isn’t completely abnormal for them! Meanwhile, in North America, the idea of being away from home for longer than a month or two usually sounds too risky. I wonder why that is?
Regardless, there are many more reasons why I’ve made it my mission to trek in Australia. Who knows, maybe the day for that will come sooner rather than later. There’s definitely something to look forward to in that part of the world!
Do you feel this way about any country? If so, where, and why?