In May of 2015, Shelby and I went on the adventure of a lifetime. Just one day after we took our final exams, we hopped on a plane and flew a total of 24 hours from the East coast of the United States to Brisbane, Australia.
Brisbane is the farthest I have ever traveled from my home. Shelby and I arrived at the airport early– it was dark and we were tired. Once we cleared security, we sat down and got organized.
For such a long journey, we packed relatively light. We each had a backpack and a carry on bag. Shelby is not the stereotypical female traveler, many times she packs lighter than I do. However, she out packed me this time by bringing her large memory foam pillow.
We had a lot of traveling ahead of us. Our first leg brought us to Atlanta, our second to Las Angeles, then Sydney and finally Brisbane. Once we arrived in Brisbane we had to take a number of trains from the airport to South Bank and then we walked with our luggage from the station to the house where we stayed.
We received a lot of skepticism weeks before our trip. Our plan was limited to a simple five day trip — three adventure days sandwiched between two travel days. Many said that this just wouldn’t be enough time to enjoy another country. Aside from that, the friend that was going to house us was sick and dealing with final exams of her own.
In my mind, I didn’t see it as an option. The door had opened for us to travel to a place that we had always wanted to go. I chose to approach it as if we had only three days to live. And so we did — and we squeezed as much fun as we possibly could into those three days.
This trip was only possible because of our contact in Brisbane, Bre. She helped fill in the blanks of our travel plans and, most importantly, gave us a place to stay. Due to her busy schedule, we were only able to see her in the evenings. However, she did take one day off to tour us around South Bank and the Botanical Gardens.
My “Welcome to Brisbane” moment happened at Grill’d. This restaurant just happens to be home to the best burger I have ever tasted. What makes it so great? Perhaps it was the slightly toasted bun that lovingly hugged the plump grass fed cheese burger. Maybe it was the homemade pickles or the perfectly fried chips. Though it was great and it does stick out in my mind as the best burger I’ve ever had, its deliciousness more than likely had to do with the fact that it was my first real meal in over 24 hours.
This was a brief story that I wrote to help me remember embarking on our first international adventure together. I have written much more about each unique Australian adventure including Tamborine Mountain and the Irwin’s Zoo. To summarize our trip, I put together this video that really brings back the sights and sounds of our trip. Enjoy!