Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Journey Down Under

Today begins my journey back Down Under!  The last time I visited Australia was in 1985.

Yes, I was rockin' a killer 80's Perm!
It was my first time to travel outside of the US.  Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand - I decided to start big!  This was the beginning of my love affair with travel.

As a child, I was lucky enough to explore a good bit of the US -and there is certainly a lot more to see - but international travel can really open your eyes and your mind.  Learning about different cultures - exploring the world's forests - encounters with amazing wildlife - seeing extraordinary vistas!  

When I decided to change careers- I remembered how much I enjoyed planning my South Pacific adventure and how influential the experience was - I decided to join the travel industry.  In 1987, I moved from Mississippi to Gainesville, Fl to attend the travel school that was being offered by Holbrook Travel.  At the end of the course, I applied for a position and 24 years later -- I'm still here!  So, to say that my first adventure Down Under was life changing is an understatement.

Join me as I return to Australia and explore Northern Queensland and reconnect to my Aussie roots!  G'day - Good onya - Fair Dinkum!  (a few of my favorite "Aussieisms")

Coming back to see you, Roo!


  1. Looking forward to seeing more of the "Laurie Goes Down Under" blog :)

  2. Update please!!! Where have you been? What have you seen? Looking forward to seeing you in beautiful SA soon!