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What a year it was!

12 months ago after I had just complete my university degree, I booked a one-way ticket to London.

Convinced I wasn’t ready just yet to step into the real world (of corporate offices and a mortgage???), I took off on an adventure for a year travelling the world solo. 

Then, a year on, I flew home to Australia to surprise my family on Christmas Eve. I hope you enjoy watching the full video below or on my Youtube Channel.

Happy Holidays!

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    November 5, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Brooke has said time and time again in her videos, that her parents have not paid a cent toward her travels… She has worked for it all herself. What’s stopping you from doing the same?

    • Brooke Saward
      November 5, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Justina 🙂 some people just don’t get it —- you can do it ALL yourself if you get off the couch and stop being a keyboard warrier, hating on others’ achievements! Ahhhhh. Thank you again <3 xx

    August 25, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Rich parents

    July 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    How were you able to afford travelling around the world for a full year when you had just graduated from college? I’ve read that most people need $15,000-$20,000 USD to support themselves while travelling and not working. Did your family pay for the trip or have you just been saving up since birth??

    June 3, 2015 at 2:08 am

    That video literally left me with tears in my eyes, such a nice recap!!!

    February 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks for this amazing video – it brought tears to my eyes!
    Thanks for being so inspiring and making myself dream of dreams I didn’t even know I had!

    January 13, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Aaaw, that’s an amazing video! Hope you had a great Christmas at home!

    January 5, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Amazing video! Your family must be so happy and proud! Hope you had a great Christmas!

    January 2, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Aww that was such a great video! I loved it! 🙂


    December 31, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I wish I could travel like that, but it seems so expencive. Hopefully oneday I could buy a one way ticket to somewhere and explore. Love your blog btw 😀

    December 31, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I loved this video so much!

    December 31, 2014 at 1:13 am

    BEAUTIFUL video! And you have inspired me so, so much! Thank you for creating and posting :o)

    December 30, 2014 at 3:21 am

    What a great documentation of your incredible year and that wonderful homecoming. Beautiful! So glad you got to spend Christmas with your family. Safe travels back to Berlin!


    December 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Omg that made me tear up like crazy! Great video. Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!

    December 27, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Watching your movie gives me goosebumps. I really love it! Hope you had a great Christmas with your family 🙂

    December 27, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Love love love this video! Coming full circle after a year of incredible adventures makes the journeys that more potent and memorable 🙂


    December 27, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Brooke this video is soooo sweet and amazing! I wish you happy holidays and a lot of quality time with your family!
    Greetings from Austria

    Dreams and Cities
    December 27, 2014 at 1:22 am

    So cute, especially those surprised faces when they see you! 😉

    Lauren Hughes
    December 26, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Amazing video! I hope you have had an amazing Christmas with your family 🙂 xo

    December 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Really love the video!

    Anne Marie
    December 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve kept coming back to this video in the couple of days since you posted it. Thank you for not only saying, but showing, that there are other options than the typical career ladder! I hope you have a wonderful time at home in Australia 🙂

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    December 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Wow!! I am so inspiring to see this blog. thanks for sharing nice views.

    The slow pace
    December 26, 2014 at 8:13 am

    What a beautiful video!!!
    I hope you are having a great time at home!!!

    December 26, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Dear Brooke,

    your story is amazing. I couldn’t resist writing a tiny feature about you on my blog. I’d love for you to check it out:

    All the best,

    December 26, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Just an amazing video, I started to cry as your brother opened the door. Reminds me of missing my friends and family at the other end of the world.
    Happy holidays!

    Sarah Elizabeth
    December 25, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    What a beautiful video Brooke, one we will be advising all of our readers to watch! You’re such an inspiration to so many women out there, you should be so proud. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and a very happy new year! Girls In Polka Dots xx

    Ann @ Pollyanna Lin
    December 25, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    This video is so cute! I love how you chose to surprise your family. (:
    I traveled solo for the first time this year and your blog inspires me to do it more.
    Happy holidays!

    December 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    WOW! Such a great film! Merry Christmas.

    December 25, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Wow, i just loved your video. Can you please answer this question, maybe in a new post? My question is How did you have the money to do all this incredible stuff? Did you save and then travelled or how did you do?

    December 25, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Wow, this is incredible. I started to tear up when your brother (?) opened the door. Oh my goodness, this is so adorable. I can’t get over it. Ugh.

    December 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    What an awesome, AWESOME surprise! (and the video too!) Merry Christmas Brooke 🙂 hope to meet you one day somewhere in the world

    December 25, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    What an awesome video. So well put together and inspirational. I bet your family is thrilled to have you home and even better that it was a surprise!
    Merry Christmas! Looking forward to following more of your adventures in 2015.

    Susan the farm quilter
    December 25, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Made me cry, you did!! Wishing my girls could be at my home for Christmas, but 2 are on active duty for the military so I won’t be seeing them. I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas with your family! I am so glad I found your blog and I have enjoyed your travels so very much!! I’m with Kate, I’m thinking about doing more travels solo…just need hubby to agree!! I’m looking forward to the next chapter of your life…don’t stop blogging!!!

    December 25, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Fantastic video! The story is inspiring, the editing is exciting, the music is touching.
    I’ve enjoyed a lot on your blog for months. Thank you for sharing your story with us and Merry Christmas!!
    Kozue from Tokyo

    December 25, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Wow! This video made me cry! I love that you were able to surprise your family and I loved seeing more video of your trips! You are Amazing and I absolutely love following your blog! you inspire me daily!

    • Brooke Saward
      December 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Thanks so much Sara 🙂 Hope to keep inspiring you in 2015 with more adventures 😀 Merry Christmas xxx

    Jodi Duncan
    December 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

    That video was probably the highlight of my day. Thank you SO much for being an inspiration, and above all, an absolutely amazing person. I’m so happy to call you my role model B! xx

    • Brooke Saward
      December 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Thank you so much Jodi 🙂 it really means a lot to hear that! Hope to meet you one day!! x

    December 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Brooke this video is so beautiful, definitely brought a tear to my eyes at the end! Thank you for being such an inspiration, I never thought I would be able to travel solo but now I can’t stop thinking about! 🙂