Sunday, 13 March 2016

What does the future hold?

Right now my life is all up in flux, I am waiting to hear back from a few key applications to see what direction my life will go in after graduation in June. Half of me likes the fact the possibilities are endless, the other half fears the unknown.

My first choice for September would be a masters at Oxford University in US History, however, my grades last year just fell short for their required threshold so I'm not very hopeful on that front. I have been accepted onto a law conversion course otherwise, but I'm not sure yet how I will fund it since I was unsuccessful in my million vac schemes applications. I still have training contracts to apply for, but I'm waiting to hear back from Oxford first before putting effort in for these again. Finally, I have also applied for a £1,500 research bursary that I'm due to hear back on this week, if I get this I will be studying the drug-trade in 1960s California.

I'm just desperate to hear back from all of these so I can start booking my next adventure! If I don't get Oxford, then I'll probably push back my law conversion to January and work the month of July, go away till November, then work till January. If I do get it, or decide to start law conversion in September, I'll just travel from July till end of August. I originally thought I wanted to do the whole of the US, but the idea now is becoming less appealing as the best way to get to everything is by driving, and I can't do that solo. But, I think I'll start in Toronto, head to New York, do the North-East then fly to Las Vegas, visit the Grand Canyon, go to Death Valley + Yosemite then LA and San Francisco. If I have longer, and do leave it postpone till January, I'd love to learn to dive in Honduras as it's the cheapest place in the world and well... I like cheap places, sunshine, and a completely different way of living. I'd also like to go to Alaska though... So I don't know!

Potential trip?
I recently started watching the TV series 'Departures'. You can find it on Netflix. If you're constantly dreaming about travel though, as I am, I wouldn't recommend it as I have some serious envy and can't stop creating dream routes on tripline. I love it because it shows both the pros and cons of travels. It's about two 27-year-olds that drop their jobs and just travel the whole world together. There are 3 series and each episode is in a different place/ country. I can really relate to Justin too because it's nice to see someone who equally loves their chocolate on the road haha. But also, because he often finds the hikes hard, and doesn't particularly like climbing. It's nice that they're not the stereotypical adventurer you tend to see that just emphasise good cuisine and long treks. The only thing that I didn't like as much was that in the first series, they always knew locals in the places they were going, making it unrealistic for other travellers. But the second series sees more random adventures. It definitely fuels that wanderlust within. It's easy viewing while chilling out too. 10 out 10 stars.

I've also been procrastinating in other ways. I decided I wanted to write a program to help me with my planning, but realised I could do it on excel. I'll change it one day to be more user-friendly but whatever. I've been looking for an app that allows flexibility in planning. If I fall in love with a place, I want to see how much time it will take off my overall adventure if I stay there a few extra days. So, by changing the number of days, it automatically changes all of the arrival/ departure dates, and I can see at the bottom how many 'days remaining to play with', which will turn negative if I add too many to show me that I need to remove some days in other locations. Obviously all the locations and dates are totally arbitrary at the moment, was just working out how to convert a date into a value, that's where Excel comes in handy!

Anyway, enough of that, I'll update more with my travel plans as I find out my future in the upcoming 2 weeks! Wish me luck, xoxox.

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