For more than a year and a half now, I have been preparing for, talking about, planning and getting ready to tackle Mt Kilimanjaro and raise very important funds for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. But what happens after….

For all this time, Kilimanjaro and the trek ahead has been all consuming in so many of my motivations and activities. Fundraising, training, awareness, mental preparation, packing, working to pay for the trip,  and  learning about the adventure and what’s in store for me. It’s strange to think what I will do next.

Not sure what the future holds...

I have very vague plans come 27th September when I return. Only one trip to Sydney in late October, but other than that, the world is my oyster. I can go anywhere, do anything, be anything… it’s strange. For the first time… ever! I have no commitments, nothing to tie me down and no plans. No plans!! That’s outrageous for the non-stop life of The Traveller Em.

I know that I actually have to get to Africa, Climb the Mountain, reach the summit and get back in one piece before I take on the next chapter, but it is something worth thinking about. I’m letting my mind run away with me and really should focus on the task ahead.

Have you ever had a time in your life when you have such open-ness and freedom?

That's Freedom!

The closest I came to this was when I travelled for 3 months over December 2011- February 2012. I had no job, no car, I lived with my dad, I’d graduated Uni and I had nothing tying me down. I even contemplated not coming back to Australia as really I could have gone anywhere. But there was the climb! I had to come back to get myself ready for this climb and to focus on my fundraising and awareness.

It will be a great time for me to think and to explore my options whilst I’m doing the trek. With no telephone, no internet and no communication to the outside world apart from the people in my group, it’s going to be an interesting learning experience.

I’m excited for the next chapter – I know that a path will form and whatever road I may take, it’s going to be an adventure, a challenge and another great story!

Legian Beach, Bali - peaceful and at ease


I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:


KILI COUNTDOWN – 7 Days to go

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