Get mov­ing to catch your dreams

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“THE world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

In many ways that is so true, but it leads to the ever- pop­u­lar ar­gu­ment of why waste money trav­el­ling the world when you can travel our coun­try first.

That’s true, but with an at­tach­ment – the fu­ture is not promised and if you have a yearn­ing, fol­low it.

So this is how I see it, and it’s so dif­fer­ent to many of my friends’ views, af­ter all it’s a per­sonal thing, fol­low your dreams first.

This glo­ri­ous coun­try of ours is safer and eas­ier than many at the mo­ment – and yes I’ve not seen enough as some may say – and I look for­ward to a mo­tor home ad­ven­ture in time.

But af­ter a week of magic at Uluru, I feel more set­tled with my Aus­tralian ad­ven­tures. Though at this iconic Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tion with many a brochure ex­tolling the great op­por­tu­nity to learn from the tra­di­tional own­ers, see lo­cal dancers, lo­cal mu­sic – there was lit­tle.

We saw no in­dige­nous guides at AAT, no lo­cal didge play­ers, no dancers – what­ever the rea­son, we weren’t told. I was hop­ing for a lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ence but it didn’t hap­pen.

Maybe other pri­vate com­pa­nies do it, not AAT. Not knock­ing the young Cana­dian guide and a young Aussie, they were OK, that’s just the way it is.

Per­haps I was wrong to ex­pect it. Hav­ing said that, we loved ev­ery minute.

Back to my point on fol­low­ing dreams, I’ve back­packed many places, now I can’t even carry one due to a crook back. Years of sport took its toll.

I had many dreams to fol­low and though I wanted to travel this mag­nif­i­cent coun­try, I de­cided on world ad­ven­tures first – glad I did.

I couldn’t do the six- day Inca trail now, dive the Solomons and the PNG wrecks, crawl in­side the Great Pyra­mid, trek Ti­bet, jog the Great Wall, climb the steps at Po­tala Palace, crawl into the Tomb of the Ea­gles on the Orkneys and lots more of my early back­pack­ing days. It’s a choice, just so hap­pened the right one for me. And now I have mem­o­ries. No doubt I’ll have a few calls this morn­ing about this, I hope so, it’s truly a de­ci­sion for the in­di­vid­ual and as a kid spend­ing time as a jackaroo and liv­ing in one of Aus­tralia’s great trop­i­cal cities now, I guess I’m do­ing OK.

Oh yes, and I would have had to say no to Afghanistan now and, other than Jerusalem, that was my great­est ad­ven­ture. There’s much of the world to see, the way I do it just may have to change a lit­tle. And as for the won­der­ful Red Cen­tre, it’s not to be missed.

with Steve Price steve. price@ townsvillebulletin. com. au

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