I have to be the least traveled architecture student I think?! All my architecture friends and co-students have been overseas, or if not at least to the other side of the country. I haven’t even been on an airplane, and at 26 years old it’s not only surprising to others, it’s embarrassing for me. I have a close friend who is off traveling the world as I type this (in fact he does have a blog, check it out, Lost Aussie) and I can openly admit to being insanely jealous. So why haven’t you traveled the world yet? Good question!
As you can see by my coloured world map, orange indicates where I’ve been, grey is representative of where I have yet to grace. I have been to one country, but to be fair I was here since the very millisecond I’ve was born. There is huge amounts of land that I have yet to discover, buildings I have yet to see and moments I have yet to experience.
Looking at the world map and the coloured version of Australia, that isn’t a very accurate representation. The world map may lead you into thinking I’ve been to Perth, Darwin and Hobart, but I haven’t. In fact it even is a little misleading when states are fully coloured as I can assure you I have not been to the north-west corner of NSW. Perhaps I should update it with dots?
If I am to travel, it won’t be a ‘holiday’, I’m not after relaxation and beautiful sunsets over my 5-star hotel on the 40th floor overlooking the ocean. I can do half of that scenario at home, I’m rather after experiences, memories and to see the architecture I have only seen in books and online. I want to become friends with strangers, try things that can only be done there and get lost on the other side of the world.
I do need to improve on my map, so my plan is after finishing university for good, undertake a large backpacking trip through Europe and make my way to Asia, or if how viable a world-wide adventure is. Or maybe perhaps travel in my own backyard and road-trip around Australia? What do you think? Comment below, and if there is one part of the world I have to see (whether it’s for the architecture in general, a particular building, an experience, event, etc) please share with me!