After an erratic and exhausting 2017, I spent the first week of this year giving some thought to how I might do things differently in 2018. I’ve decided to take a slower and more structured approach to travel and so I signed up to a site called ‘Trusted House Sitters’. Within a couple of days, I spotted a house-sit in Tasmania where I’d get to look after some chickens while the owners are away. After a couple of emails and a Skype interview, they accepted my application. It’s official: I shall be heading off to Tasmania at the beginning of March!
But wait… there’s more!
I couldn’t resist checking out flights from Australia to remote South Pacific islands. I’ve ended up adding on a trip to Vanuatu! This is a tropical archipelago boasting live, lava-spewing volcanoes, it’s a place where cannibals feasted on eager missionaries until fairly recently, where dugongs casually snuffle along the ocean bed, and where the local tribesmen demonstrate their masculinity by bungee jumping, naked, from a scaffold with only a vine tied around their ankles.
I’m beside myself with excitement!
I will have three weeks of meandering around the islands which should be enough time to fill my boots with Robinson Crusoe / King Kong fantasy adventures to last me a lifetime (or until I get back to Iceland).
I have a good feeling about 2018 🙂 More to come soon…