Does Life Get Any Better Than This

by Gap Year Escape · 8 comments

I’m in South Australia, a metre away from a Great White Shark surrounded by blood and bait.

I’m under a woollen blanket, resting my head on a sand dune in the Sahara Desert looking up at shooting stars until I fall asleep.

I’m in Guatemala and I’ve completed a 12 hour bus journey that should have taken 5. There’s no beds available so I sleep in the roof of a bar in the jungle.

I’m in Thailand walking a fully grown tiger on a leash.

I’m suspended between two mountains over a lake from a gondola in Switzerland. I’ve just done a 15,000ft sky dive and now about to jump out and plummet 450 feet attached to a bungee chord.

It’s just struck midnight. The Sydney Harbour Bridge explodes with fireworks and I’ve got the perfect view.

I’m on the Eurostar just popping to Paris for lunch on the Champs-Élysées.

There’s a thunderstorm. I take my top off and dance in the rain.

I’m in Australia and just made my first dollars online. I’m officially being paid to write.

I’m in Mexico and I don’t know it at the time but I’ve just made friends for life. I’ve also gained a fish taco addiction.

I’m floating. I’m in a light aircraft and have just experienced zero gravity.

I’m in Bali. I’ve just had my first ever steak and more importantly I’ve just caught my first wave. I can surf.

I’m riding on a horse called Chippy. We’re climbing an active volcano together.

I’m in Aiya Napa, eating pizza and climbing roofs for a better view.

I’m 13. I’m awkward, shy, skinny, nervous and unconfident. I’m wondering whether life gets any better.

It does.


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Dane January 11, 2013 at 6:14 AM

Awesome post mate! It’s posts like this that help people to want less ‘things’ and more experiences. I sure do!

Nicole Connolly January 11, 2013 at 3:25 PM

What an inspiring post! My hubby and I left our home to travel full time almost a year ago.

I hope in a few more years we will have as many exciting achievements under our belt as you have!

Keep on living the good life!

Ian [EagerExistence] January 13, 2013 at 8:32 AM

I started reading thinking “WTF? How can you be in South Australia and the Sahara desert at the same time?”, then I saw what you did there.

Sounds like one helluva gap year.

I’ll have to try the fish tacos.

Gap Year Escape January 17, 2013 at 3:14 AM

I’m glad you caught on to what I did there!

Gap Year Escape January 17, 2013 at 3:15 AM

You’ll have to join me on an adventure Dane!

Gap Year Escape January 17, 2013 at 3:15 AM

Thanks for your comment Nicole! I’m sure you’ve had some great experiences and there will be many more to come!

Chantelle Stobbe May 13, 2014 at 12:04 AM

This is great! I was a nerdy kid too, always wondering if life got better than being made fun of every day at school. After reading this I sat down an made my own list :) It also helped me to look back at all I’ve accomplished, rather than always focusing on crossing the next thing off my bucket list. So here’s mine, I thought I’d share it with you :)

Does Life Get Any Better Than This?

I’m 7ft from a wild lion in Botswana, so close I can hear the bones of the warthog he is eating crunch.

I’m on a rickety old boat anchored in Komodo National Park, sleeping under the twinkling stars.

I’m in Zambia walking with lions.

I’m standing on top of an ancient Mayan pyramid in Palenque.

I’m hot & sweaty, I’m at the equator, and I’m climbing a volcano.

I’m pretending I’m Angelina Jolie exploring Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

I’m in South Africa, on a boat, surrounded by 1000s of wild dolphins and 9 Killer Whales.

I’m riding a camel in the Namib Desert.

I’m soaking wet and exhausted, and have been hiking for hours in the rain in Borneo, and see Proboscis Monkeys leaping from treetop to treetop.

I’m standing 10ft from a wild Komodo Dragon.

I’m sitting on white sand beach watching penguins waddle to and fro.

I’m on an airplane, flying amongst the fluffy clouds, and all of a sudden South America’s tallest waterfall is right beside me up in the clouds.

I’m sitting beside a Giant Tortoise in the Galapagos Islands.

I’m on a cruise ship sailing through the Caribbean.

I’m riding an elephant through the jungle in Thailand.

I’m on a walking safari in Zambia and come face to face with my very first rhino.

I’m 13. I’m awkward, nerdy and insecure. I’m wondering if life gets any better.

It does.

Gap Year Escape May 25, 2014 at 10:55 PM

This is awesome! Thank you for writing such a detailed response!

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