Imagine you're sitting at home, it's a long weekend, you're bored and don't know what you want to do. You suddenly get an idea to round up some friends and go on a roadtrip. After about 10 minutes of rationalising the idea in your mind you start thinking about all the possible things that could go wrong, the cost, who will go, where you will stay... So you decide against it. But my question is, 'why'? I think a lot of people stop themselves from living life to it's fullest potential. In reality the good outweighs the bad but you are scared to get outside of your comfort zone. Being wrong, making mistakes and screwing up are a part of the adventure.
It's 3am, I wake up after 3 hours sleep and start getting my gear together on a day trip we planned with a couple friends to head down to Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend. Me and my best friend Dylan drive to our friend's house near Brisbane City and as they come out I think of this crazy idea and say, 'Why don't we just do a roadtrip?'.
Next thing we knew we were on our way down to Byron Bay for sunrise and on the first leg of our roadtrip down the east coast of Australia with no destination in mind and no where to stay.
First stop Byron Bay, an hour and a half from Brisbane and a hotspot for tourists to come and soak in some great vibes.
After spending half the day in Byron Bay we started doubting the roadtrip, we got onto Airbnb and had a look through every house possible down the coast. We found a house that had been cancelled in the last hour and decided to book it before anyone else could. The Airbnb was in Coffs Harbour, another hour and a half down the coast from where we were so we left Byron Bay behind and started making our way down. We arrived in Coffs Harbour at my favourite time of day: sunset.
After spending the night in our Airbnb we had another full day of the unknown. We had no idea where we wanted to head or where we'd sleep the night. We sat down together over breakfast and came up with a rough idea of where we wanted to head towards next: Port Macquarie. From Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie was another 3 hour drive. On our way down we thought it'd be cool to camp instead of staying in an apartment somewhere (we also wanted to save $$$).
By the end of the drive we had booked a campsite and stopped in at Target and bought ourselves some $12 tents and set up camp in Port Macquarie before heading down to the beach to see the sun go down.
We actually decided to stay for another night in Port Macquarie at this campsite. We realised that we only had one more night before we needed to head back and we already travelled 6 hours down the coast (half way to Sydney). The drive back would already suck enough so we thought it was best to just relax and enjoy our last full day in this beautiful place.
We spent the day lazing around on the beach, eating and soaking up the good vibes. The afternoon came and thought it'd be cool to get some fish and chips, head to the lighthouse nearby and just chill as the sun went down. So that's what we did.
On the last day of our roadtrip we wanted to get up super early to catch the sunrise. We also had to pack up our stuff and leave this beautiful place behind to make our way home. This weekend was honestly one of the best of the year and really showed that I didn't need to be scared of the unknown and to embrace spontaneous decisions - something I struggle with in the past. Some of the best moments of my life have been the result of being spontaneous. Even if it doesn't feel like a great moment at the time I feel like I can look back and appreciate it.
The take away that I want you to get is to be spontaneous, make decisions and worry about the consequences later - working through them is a part of what makes an adventure so great (even if it doesn't seem to be at the time).
Let me know about a spontaneous decision that ended up turning into some awesome memories in the comments.
Until my next post, stay safe but not too safe,