Happy New Year!

Hello Blogosphere! I haven’t been here in a long while and there are several sloppy excuses, and actual reasons. I am now a postgraduate – yay! It’s been just over a month since I successfully completed my Master of Design degree, and what a journey it has been. As anyone who has been with me before the hiatus knows, I am in Australia – which was definitely a long time dream that became reality. I came here hoping I could continue to add to the travel content here on Oh! Fernweh because this beautiful country has so much to offer. The reality of that goal however was far from achievable for me. I have studied with people who had the same study load as me, who had part-time jobs like me, and still managed to travel, unlike me. I cannot answer for them and how they did it, but I know I used whatever free time I had to recharge, alone.

Fast forward almost two years and I finally went off on a holiday to replenish my soul so to speak, to that beautiful island that I fell in love with on my first visit – Bali. I returned from a 10 day break with another island to add to the ‘love list’ and also the feeling that I could not put off real life any longer. It’s great being a student in your late twenties, it gives you a breather from the rat race (should you choose to be a part of it), but for me, the anxiety of ‘What next?’, ‘What now?’ also crept in along the way. So during my visit to Bali and Gili Air I let it all go, hoping that the answer would come to me as I looked over the beautiful ocean and felt the salt breeze on my skin. In a way, it did, a small inkling of it.

A bit of background is required here. I am primarily a designer, and a very selective part-time artist. Having studied design for 7 years in total, it was shocking to me that sustainability was not an issue that was discussed enough, not at all in my undergradute education and just 1 course in my postgraduate degree out of 12. What I believe is that sustainability is a design imperative, that trash is a design side effect. If this is a confronting topic for you, please feel free to stop reading.

It has been so hard to come back here and start writing about the kind of topics I was writing about before because that is not how I feel anymore. This is what I want to talk about now, and I am aware that travel does not really fit comfortably within the sphere of living sustainably, but that is travel for the sake of travel, for likes, for followers and for all the brand endorsements. Hopefully along this journey, I will figure out that wonderful algorithm for sustainable travel that does not require a backpack and hostels.

So what does this mean for Oh! Fernweh? Possibly a name change, if I can think of one clever enough that I’d like to pay to own, haha! Otherwise, I still hope to bring to life the beauty I find as I wander around (not aimlessly), but also have a strong focus on how we, as individuals, can help build a stronger tomorrow. As the top species on this planet, we have a moral responsibility to care for it, and its inhabitants either directly or indirectly. This will include opinion pieces, well researched pieces and also just my own little tips, tricks and hacks. If you would like to join me on this path, hit the Follow button, and also feel free to check out my Instagram: @ohfernweh where I will be adding content related to the blog along with the randomness *ahem* curated content that I already post. I sincerely hope you stick with me. See you soon!

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