Once in a while, I really get to reminiscing about my first backpacking trip. In 2013, after spending a year teaching English and saving money in South Korea, Tim and I flew first to Southeast Asia before heading towards Australia and New Zealand.
As a bit of background, when I was in university, I had a slight obsession with the idea of moving to Darwin in Australia’s Top End. That image of the rugged sun-scorched landscape really appealed to me. As much as I wanted it to happen, my savings account and general fear of the world did a great job of holding me back.
When I finally made it to Darwin, and the Northern Territory in general, this amazing thing happened — it completely blew my expectations away. This is one region of the world where I really let my daydreams loose, and somehow that didn’t negatively impact my real-life experience in the slightest. Those memories are still some of my favourite, and most adventurous, times to look back on — even now four years later.
For now, I’ll let the rambling nostalgia end and get on with this post — some of my highlights from Australia’s Northern Territory.