Follow Laurie McLaughlin as as she snorkels the barrier reef, explores a rainforest, immerses in aboriginal culture and crafts, and investigates native animals in Australia.
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")