The courage to be happy

…and why everything begins with a first step

As long as I can remember, I wanted to go abroad. But again and again I made up excuses. Either I had no time, no money or it just wasn’t the right time. Year after year I watched friends and relatives going abroad before me while I was still stuck in my cozy life in Berlin. But repeatedly, I found myself in front of my laptop late in the evening, where I was doing some research regarding work and travel, au pair and volunteering. Australia appealed to me – but me, myself and I one year away from home?

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Preparation is key!

When we got back to the subject at a family dinner and my cousin said: “I don’t want to see you here again next year”, I knew: Now or never! But the thought of going abroad piled up before me like a huge wall and I had no idea where or how to start. Luckily, I had my best friend Tim by my side, who gave me the best tip of all time: “Just apply for your visa and the rest will come on its own”.

Even tho I thought he was crazy, because I still had a million questions in my head, he was right. Two days later I held my Work and Holiday Visa in my hands and from then on, my adventure became more and more real. There was no turning back now. And that is exactly why everything starts to fall in place from this point on.

When I sat in the travel agency a few days later to book my flight, one thing became clear to me. From now on I would have to take every job I could get, because I only had the 500 Euro deposit for the flight and the rest of my savings account, which was used for equipment and entry fee. That caused a rising fear inside me. How long would it take to find a job? And what if I couldn’t find one? Then I’d be back on a plane heading home in no time.

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A long journey from Düsseldorf, Germany to Cairns, Australia

But I got lucky.  Shortly before my departure, I got a contact from my cousin, who had been in Australia a few years before. This contact was supposed to give me a job that would suit me perfectly. Selling something with creams and approaching people in the middle of a shopping center. Even though I could not really see where this was going I took my chance. One Skype interview later, I had a job, accommodation and a pickup service from the airport. Australia, here I come!

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Flying alone for the first time ever – going to the other side of the world

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