Travel is Possible ProvesMiddle Class Australian Lucy Owens
17 March 2017 | Lucy Owens
Name: Lucy OwensCurrent Age: 21Gender: FemaleNationality: Australian
Age When First Traveled: 6Time Spent Traveling: 4 yrs of ownCountries Traveled: 55Class When 1st left: Middle Class
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Who was the most fascinating person you met on the road? What made him/her fascinating and how did you meet him/her? On a rainy day in Montenegro, I was sitting at a café with my travel buddy peacefully sipping a Balkan coffee when we were interrupted by a brash American-accented voice. Initially irritated by this – who would disturb our peace like this? – our annoyance quickly faded. This mysterious middle-aged man was loud, boisterous, and seemingly never short of a good travel yarn. We quickly ascertained that he had been on the road since he was 18 and hadn’t been home since, and this had left him with around 30 years of absurd adventures. He was endearing, fascinating, and intriguing. To think that I had been so stressed about taking a year off from the real world, here was this guy, and his whole adult life had been a break from the real world – he had made nomadism his reality. With no mobile phone, no social media, and only a small age-old digital camera to his technological footprint, it was fascinating to learn about his life. I often think about him and the way, with such ease, he had disconnected from social mores and pursued a life that suited him, not others. What is your most treasured travel experience? Why is this one your favourite? It is hard to narrow this down because so many experiences are my favourite for differing reasons. Favourite food, favourite experience in nature, favourite spiritually… the list could go on. One that is particularly pertinent is one that relates to my time in Morocco. After two months my travel partner and I had made some firm friends. When he was mugged we felt completely hopeless. Hours in dodgy police stations with even dodgier policework and not a chance of any retribution. Once we had left the station disheartened and downbeat we saw one of our new Moroccan friends and told him what had happened. He bought us tea and calmed us. It was not much but it meant the world. If you could travel anywhere in the world where money wasn’t an issue, where would you be and what would you be doing? In essence, describe your idea of the perfect traveling experience. If money wasn’t an issue it is positively difficult to decide where I would be -- I certainly wouldn’t be in this lecture theatre right now not paying attention. I have always fantasised about a trip which in my notebooks I call “Around The World Trip: The Other Way”. Instead of circumnavigated the globe in the sensible direction (horizontally), I would love to do it vertically. From home in Australia across Antarctica (somehow), up through South, Central and North America, over the Artic, down through Russia, Mongolia and Asia, and then back home. Crazy, but it would be so cool.
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Travel Tip #4
Now that you know traveling is possible for Lucy; do you still think it's not possible for you?