Realising shortly after booking a trip to Tyrol, Austria, I learned it was the same trip my Dad undertook in 1983, exactly 35 years previously. It’s crazy to think somehow you decided to undertake the same adventure which one of your parents experienced in their 20’s.
I booked my trip through Contiki as I thought it would be much easier than organising all the ski hire, accommodation and more cost-effective in the long run. I didn’t realise how much fun I would have, and how many people I would have met, not just Aussies but many from the UK and Europe. I felt that many of us all came from different homes, lifestyles, ideals, yet we all shared the same interest of enjoying ourselves on the slopes and making some travel friends at the same time.
Originally having the idea that I was going to do both skiing and snowboarding, I ended up deciding to do just snowboarding which was something I had only tried the one time when I was young. Skiing for me was more natural as I had been many times when I was a child and teenager. Snowboarding was very difficult for me, I gave it my best however towards the end I had the sorest butt imaginable from always landing on it. Although I struggled snowboarding (also the fact I lost my ski board which hit a very angry gentleman’s skis. And very sure my friend Harry will never let me live this one down), I do not regret choosing it as I noticed a lot about the way I challenged myself to keep trying. I got very scared at moments and felt like giving up which was definitely something I use to do but was not used to seeing in myself recently. Luckily a couple of the guys on the trip were patient enough to teach myself and others and I gave it another go. One of them who was German warned me he would be teaching me ‘the German way’, which made me giggle. At the end of the trip my snowboarding had improved slightly, however, I knew skiing would be more enjoyable next time.
There was so much to the trip that I loved, the nights out with the group, the night skiing, the trip to the Sound of Music and Mozart's home, Snowball fights, the fact that everyone was unique in their own way and how we all tried to make everyone feel included. A cute guy who took me up for a lunch date up to the mountain, which ended up with another guy joining us (names will not be mentioned hehe). And of course making friends with a girl called Ash from my home city of Melbourne, who I was very sad to see leave but knew that I would see her again. She is one of those rare kinds of people you meet who gives you so much energy and makes you want to follow what you are passionate about and who can be your true self around without any judgment. Overall I would recommend anyone who wants a great way to meet people whilst skiing/snowboarding to go on a group tour like Contiki.