How I Came Out… 15,579 KM From Home

Pull up a chair kids, todays story is about how I traveled to Australia by accident, fell in love, & came out to all my friends and family at home, 15,000 km away in Ireland.

I know what you’re thinking, how does someone accidentally travel to Australia.
Obviously it wasn’t entirely an accident, but the events leading up to the decision were.
I had a boyfriend at the time, & had recently had a massive falling out with my parents. The kind where I packed up my car and moved to my friends place, then moved back ย to my parents and then back to my friends. The details of that particular time in my life aren’t totally necessary . All we need to know is that I wasn’t entirely happy.

Between all the moving and hustle & bustle, one evening I was in work, as a cashier in a petrol filling station listening to the radio and there was a competition. To win Inter-railing tickets around Europe & some cash.
This was it. The adventure I needed to get away from everything and come back a new person! So.. I entered.

Somehow, I won. & used some of the cash prize to upgrade a ticket for said boyfriend at the time. this meant the total price of the tickets for inter-railing was just over 600 Euro.

Fast-forward a few weeks, and well, we broke up. We gave it a good run, about 6 months total but inevitably the end had come & I was left with a ticket for two people to go travelling & no one to come with me! Fantastic.

It just so happened that the website I was booking with did Working Holiday Visa’s in Australia. So why the hell not, I still needed an adventure, I had family here and just needed to save some money for flights. 5 months later I was on a plane to Sydney and 3 years later haven’t been home since.

Ya gotta admit, that’s a lot if what if’s and maybe’s about being in the right place at the right time. I never usually believe in things like that but it was just like this was meant to happen.

Maybe we’ll make this a 2-parter…


*sips coffee*



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