What After?

I have been thinking a lot about what I am going to do after I finish my current job around September.  There may be the potential for an extension, but as much as I’m liking working for a consulting agency, I think it might be time for me to get back to working for a non-profit or for scientific research.   But there is always the prospect of traveling away to foreign lands that I have been putting off since I started to really work for extended periods of time.


Here’s what I’ve got on my mind right now as far as travel.  There are so many places that I would love to go to to explore the remaining natural environments and of course, improve my birding and other naturalist skills…because my current job has made me realize how much I have to learn!

Australia and New Zealand:

Australia is my dream home, really.  Ever since I studied here in the spring of 2006, the thought of going back there permanently has always been at the back of my mind.  But from what I’ve experienced, it’s extremely hard for an American to work in AU…reason for me to try even harder and beat the odds, right?!

Anyhow, I had been all over Australia but I’ve never been there with the intention of finding more and more birds to add to my life list.  I’ve seen a handful of them while studying and as part of my classes, but that only goes so far.  There are still so many places that I could travel to and discover their wonders throughout AU, and NZ! Birds are becoming a bigger and bigger part of my life and really, they make traveling that much more of an adventure!  How could it not!

So AU and NZ…I will be back very soon.  You are the priority on my list of places to travel to…lucky you!

Central and South America:

This is a birders greatest adventure.  There are so many birds to be searched for, found and squealed over that I wouldn’t even know where to start!  Central America, especially areas like Costa Rica, is a hummingbird mecca.  I have been learning about the various species in  the area that I can’t wait to try and find them myself.


Not only would I love to see the birds of the area, but also all the amazing mammals in the area, like a jaguar or a howler monkey!  There is just such a vast area of unknown to explore that I can’t wait to start traveling there!!!


As much as I think it would be awesome to go birding on Japan my main push to visit here is to find out more about my family history.  There is so much about it that is unknown and I don’t want it to die with the generations before me that have already passed away.  I have heard of areas in Japan where you can go and look up various names of relatives to find out where they lived, what they did, how many kids they had, etc.  I think it would be a real treat for my whole family to be able to visit the area!  We have so much to learn about the Japanese culture and well, real Japanese food if you get my drift!  I’m sure the stuff in the states doesn’t compare!

Italy, France and Greece:

I almost majored in French in college and loved art history so much back in high school that I think it would be a bad idea to never visit these places!  I have always wanted to go to France, especially to go to the Louvre and just fall in love with art all over again.  It has been many years since I did any real studying of the subject, but I know I would certainly enjoy it!  Besides, wine and bread all the time?  How could a girl say no!?!

Italy and Greece have more of the art history feel that I’m looking for as far as traveling.  There is never an area that you could go to that wouldn’t be hundreds of thousands of years old and just scream stories to anyone who looked at it.



When I was thinking about studying abroad in college I thought about going to Kenya to study out in the safari and watch lots of elephants and lions.  Sadly at that time, the war and violence in the are was dangerous for students, and well everyone, so they closed the field station and I chose AU instead.  I’m happy I made that decision but really still want to go to Kenya to see what I could have seen, you know?  There is nothing better than a mystery of the things you could have seen or done!


And…every place I can possibly get myself to.  Seem like enough?

Where would you love to travel to!?  And any suggestions?  I’m ready to burn some holes in my pockets to find some new places to go to!!!


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3 Responses to What After?

  1. Rose says:

    I love the spirit & energy in this post. I don’t have any destination suggestions for you, but I know you’ll choose whatever is right for you in this moment, this year. I wish I had more of your adventurous nature. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

    (I love that quote, too, and am already thinking of where I could take myself this year that’s new…)

  2. Maggie says:

    I didn’t know you’d applied first for the Kenya program! So did I, only I went to the point of petitioning my college president to allow me to attend the SFS program there despite the travel warning. Didn’t happen, so I held off for a year and went to AUS instead, which I really haven’t ever regretted. And then filled out my intern application about three weeks after I came back to the states.

    There are so many places in the world that I want to go…Taize in France, Wales, the Galapagos, Patagonia, Iceland, Japan and China (my grandparents and great-grandparents on my dad’s side were medical missionaries in China), go back to Russia and Germany, go back to Australia…some day right?

  3. Sarah says:

    These are all excellent choices!

    At the moment I am ready to visit New Zealand and Norfolk Island again! But I’d also like to visit Egypt and Lebanon, as well as a trip to France and Switzerland. I am sorely in need of a vacation!

    I would really love to go to Central America, and see more of S. America (I did my study abroad in Brazil!), but that will probably be a long way off, as it’s much further away from Oz than the US!

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