Ever since I was a teenager the call of the open has been strong for me. I have had a few adventures but no where near enough to to quell that explorers spirit inside me. I watch all my friends travelling the world and I wonder why not me too.
There are different kinds of adventures from 5 star hotel tours (yuck) to the complete opposite. Roughing it with only what you can carry and no destination in particular. It is the latter that I am about to embark on.
In Australia we often call such a journey Walkabout.
Walkabout refers to a rite of passage during which male Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the wilderness for a period as long as six months.
For more contemporary Australians it has taken on the meaning of a spiritual journey. You keep travelling until you find yourself again.
When I look at myself in the mirror I hardly recognise the person looking back at me anymore. The eyes are weary. Where is the positive energy I used to have? The person I see isn’t the happy vibrant person who arrived in Melbourne over 2 years ago, he isn’t the joyful man who saw life in everything. He is still in there somewhere, but he is buried under all the nonsense and trappings of life that we heap upon ourselves to makes us happy, burying ourselves under layer upon layer of expectations, masks and things.
I need time away from the people and things that are bringing me down. Not so much running away but a chance to catch my breath and think about what and who I want to be.
And so enters the Arion…
Arion is a small 2 man boat, modest and yet beautiful. She will be my home for a short time as I take my own walkabout amongst the deserted islands and the azure waters of the Whitsundays. Aboard this little island home, stripped down to the bare essentials and with only limited contact with the outside world, I hope to find myself again as I write, take photos and enjoy some time for introspection and thought.
In just over the week I am leaving, taking only what I can carry and with only the open water before us the sense of adventure is strong again. I am excited beyond words and looking forward to sharing this adventure with you.