“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton
Never before has returning to Singapore seemed more foreign. Although my trip to the Northern Territory (NT) was only 8 days long, it felt as if I had been gone for a much longer time. In fact, it has taken longer than I expected to adjust back to the hustle and bustle of busy Singapore.
As I am not really the type that likes to rough it out, truth be told, I was a little apprehensive about this long trip that would lead me into the outback. Worse still, there was the possibility that we would have very little access to the internet while we were out in the desert and national parks. Oh, what a nightmare for a social media addict like myself! I shuddered at the thought.
But in the end, I loved every bit of it. Even the flies didn't really bother me. As my fellow travel buddies will testify, there were many times that I was blown away by the experiences that we had.
From getting up close and personal with reptiles, swimming in murky waterholes and enjoying bush tucker fare, I found myself relishing each new experience that was thrown at me in this land which I thought I already knew. In the past, I have travelled to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra numerous times but never have I seen Australia in the way that I now see it.
It wasn't just the beauty of the land or the scenery that left me speechless at times. In essence, what left an indelible imprint on my soul were the stories of the indigenous people that lived in the land before it was inhabited by British settlers.
As I learnt about the history of the people, I caught a rare glimpse into what life was like tens of thousands of years ago. A time when you ate what you hunted, those who were better at weaving nets and baskets would do just that. And when there was time to spare, they painted stories on the rocks so as to pass on wisdom to their brood.
In some ways, they lived a life without many of the conveniences that we now enjoy but were spared the fast-paced life we have also grown accustomed to. Yet despite the stark differences between their way of life and ours, I couldn't help but feel that deep down, they weren't that different from us after all.
Because at the heart of it all, we are all just human beings striving to live in the land where we belong, passing down our stories to our brood.
I returned to Singapore on Sunday night and unlike my other trips away, this adventure took me on a journey I didn't think I needed and taught me lessons I know I will never forget.
Our 8 days in a land where life was so simple and free from distractions helped me step back and appreciate what I really valued - my family, my friends and my relationship with God. Travelling in a land where the desert doesn't seem to end and where the stars seem to stretch into eternity helped me realise how complicated I had made my life out to be.
While I can't promise you the same journey that I had in the NT, I will be sharing it with you on the blog and I hope that one day, you will have the chance to visit this undiscovered gem for yourself.
So over the next few weeks, join me as I give you my 6 Memorable Reasons for you to visit the Northern Territory, Australia.
If you do decide to head to the Northern Territory, head over to the Ultimate Australia Outback Adventure Blog where I shared a couple of pointers on Planning a Memorable trip to NT, Australia.
For more information about the places that we visited, head over to the Australia Outback Adventure blog to read my posts or click on the links belowNT Travel Memoirs : Northern Territory, Australia
NT Travel Memoirs 1 : The Memorable Wildlife
NT Travel Memoirs 2 : The Memorable People
NT Travel Memoirs 3 : The Memorable Waterholes
NT Travel Memoirs 4 : The Memorable Desert
NT Travel Memoirs 5 : The Memorable Rock
NT Travel Memoirs 6 : The Memorable Markets
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