Time travel (how I wish I could)

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Althsuler

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the start of my big overseas backpacking adventure.

On September 9th 1986, at a very tender age, I set off alone into the wild blue yonder.

I had lots of time, and not a great deal of money, to travel the world and experience what I could.

I said goodbye to Mum and Dad and did what many young Australians did in the 1980s – put on a backpack and travelled to the other side of the world with a vague plan to see Europe.

I had purchased a return ticket (which I eventually extended by a month),

I had one friend in England

and not a clue about what to expect on my travels.

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Life in Camelot’s ticket to adventure

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Life in Camelot’s ticket to adventure

I marvelled at seeing Mother England,

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Life in Camelot and a Beefeater at the Tower of London

where the east coast beaches had no sand, just rocks!

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Life in Camelot at Snape Moultings in Suffolk, England

Then popped across to the Emerald Isle, which was great craic…

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Life in Camelot and Mary in Ireland

Then I launched myself across the English Channel, alone, and was less than impressed with Paris, or more accurately, with the way I couldn’t communicate with the Parisians.

I stopped off in Nice and Monte Carlo (where I met fellow Australian travellers) and then continued on eastwards to Italy.

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Life in Camelot with fellow travellers in Monte Carlo

The journey only got better from there because…

…Italy was gorgeous,

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Life in Camelot and Mathew at Trevi Fountain, Rome.

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Life in Camelot at the top of St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican.

Greece was marvellous,

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Life In Camelot with Michelle and Mike, American backpackers.

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Life In Camelot with fellow international backpackers in Santorini.

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Life In Camelot at Thira, Santorini

and Turkey was sensational.

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Life In Camelot in Turkey

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Life In Camelot in Marmaris, Turkey.

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Life In Camelot in Istanbul.

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Life In Camelot at Turkish wedding in Izmir

Genevieve at dinner with Erol and friends - Turkey 1986

Life In Camelot in Kusadasi with Australian and Turkish friends.

But the months passed, the northern winter approached and I was getting colder, more homesick and very low on money.

So I headed westward through the same countries and returned to the United Kingdom to travel a bit more (with my fiance who’d flown over to spend Christmas with me) before going home to Sydney, Australia.

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Life In Camelot at Loch Lochy, Scottish Highlands

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Life In Camelot in Scottish Highlands

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Life In Camelot, Aviemore, Scottish Highlands

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Life In Camelot, Twickenham, England.

Over the years I have been lucky enough to return to all of those countries, apart from Ireland, but I do plan on returning to them as many more times as I can, as well as all the other countries on my long list.

30 years later I might have a bit more money but also less time to travel as much as I’d like.

I do wish I could travel back in time to relive that wonderful journey with the knowledge I now have, but until that becomes a possibility, I have my photos and more importantly, my memories of my grand adventure.

“Memory is the diary we all carry about with us.” – Oscar Wilde

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