??Journey or destination??

Exploring life experiences at home and beyond – Destination Happiness

Homeward Bound


I would say “Why is the day always so perfect weather wise , when you have to go home” but every day has been wonderful. The wet season the locals curse for not yet having arrived ,was good for us :). Sure it has been hot ( very hot) but we expected that.

Breakfast was fun. There was the usual hot food buffet you come to expect plus it had a pancake machine to make fresh pancakes when you want the. At the touch of a button a pancake rolled out of the machine onto your plate. They were hot and fluffy. I think I need this as a gadget at home ( to keep all the other gadgets company in the ‘I’ve used it once ‘ gadget cupboard ) hahaha.

After breakfast we sat in the coolest air conditioned part of the hotel on a comfortable lounge before heading to the airport around midday. all went smoothly. We boarded on time
And took off on schedule. This was written while in the air about an 1 hour and 15 minutes into the flight. We have had the first inflight food cart service and have been informed it comes out again in forty minutes. We are travelling Virgin so it’s a pay as you eat/drink affair.

Must remember to do the inflight leg exercises. We were in a set of three seats. I had the middle and was peeved I hadn’t booked us a window seat then remembered I had booked the aisle and middle to let Brian stretch out. Well I couldn’t see out the window ( those who have travelled with me before know how I like to hang over the window person …well it didn’t feel right to do that to a stranger hahaha. There were free aisle seats so I asked to move. Much more comfortable for us. 🙂

Just turned my iPad’s time to Sydney time. That certainly sped up the trip hahaha. In Darwin we were one and a half hours behind – that includes half hour time zone and hour DLS. From 3:24 pm I went to 4: 54 pm :)) hope my maths was right cause had to do it manually. Our plane lands at 19: 30 I think so if my calculations are right ( probably not lol) we have about 2 and a half hours left – equivalent to a trip to Hamilton Island…what a thought .. I wish !! So all up I think that makes the trip just under 4 hours. That is such hard work , working it out 🙂

Ok, I get up to do my walk . It’s a long flight . As I walk I see the whole back row is vacant…all six seats. Probably where the attendants sit to takeoff and land but I asked if I could sit near the window and the head guru said yes! So now I had a window seat and a row to myself to stretch and exercise my legs in flight hahaha . Asked Brian if he wanted to join me but he thinks the plane might be a bit too bumpy for him. Actually it is a bit bumpier here but its a trade off for space 🙂

No idea where I am flying over as the flight path according to the magazine is over central Queensland in a roughly diagonal path from Darwin to Sydney. I can see a huge mountain range below. Probably can google map it when I’m home. Australia is such a vast country of varied landscapes.

Plane landed. 10 minutes early so we Tarmac sat 10mins. So close to home yet so far .
Collected our bags and before we knew it were on the train for the hour and a half ride home. Ally met us at the station-so good to see her.Tim and Rachel (his gf) were home when we arrived so we all sat up for a while telling stories of the days we have all been apart. I love travelling but home is the best of places to be .

This is the end of the holiday blog but I have enjoyed writing so intend writing in it as often as I can ( I even have some ideas to pen -suggestions to make NT even more user friendly hahaha).

We had a wonderful journey, met many different people from varied walks of life and heard the stories they had to tell. This widened my perspective on life. Travelling is an opportunity to open the doors to new experiences , ideas and opinions. The view from ‘inside’ is often so different from the one portrayed to us as outsiders. While we can’t walk in others’ shoes we can see their tread on the path as we move along it. Now I am inclined to debate again that topic Journey/ Destination. It’s not a finite answer. I have seen journey and destination on this trip and both enlightened me.

It was especially wonderful to have this time with Brian away from the chores of life, the distractions, being time poor. We remembered we could laugh a lot together, have fun, show strength (well that was Brian with suitcases hahaha) and importantly remember why we married 25 years ago. Again I must wonder was it the journey here …or arrival at this knowledge destination that was important.

Check back soon for more ramblings 🙂

Love Kerry-Anne ….happy to be back home in Terrigal ( least for now I say as I finish thumbing through the Sunday Telegraph holiday section …some nice cruises in Europe I see hahahaha)




Selfie from my solo plane row 🙂


Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

2 thoughts on “Homeward Bound

  1. Long distance flight tip #341 ALWAYS book and aisle seat 😉 I have it down to a fine art – ask me, it must be like sitting next to Sheldon Cooper for those next to me on long flights LOL
    Love reading your blogs. I really should see more of Australia, it is an amazing place, and i guess you now have a better understanding of distances. We always know how far things are away, but its not til you travel it that it becomes real.
    Waiting for the next blog!
    x L

  2. Brian had the aisle I’d been kind to him but next time yes it’s aisles for both of us …and not near the wing haha so I can still see out .Australia is an amazing place. I wish I had blogged more of our travels though. I’m sure you’d love it.

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