Isaac Trounce has returned home after spending two jam-packed years travelling around Europe.
He's worked on farms across Europe, acted as a waiter in Belfast and a barman in England. He's even busked on the street to make ends meet. Since leaving Lithgow, Isaac has seen and experienced a lot.
Isaac was invited to the Vanilla Cafe on Wednesday, March 6, where he previously worked for three years prior to his travels. He took the opportunity to play some of his music with good friend Daniel Smith, and to speak about what he learnt during his time away.
"I just wanted to experience as much as I could," Isaac said.
Isaac never stayed in one place for too long, only spending a month or less in each country.
"I probably visited around 20 countries...the longest I stayed somewhere would be in Belfast or Poland for about three months," he said.
Isaac said that he experienced absolute highs and absolute lows being away from family and friends.
"For two years of my life I just wanted to experience the most I possibly could," he said.
Isaac was 18 when he first left he said that he has had some eye-opening experiences.
He said he plans on going to see more of the world again in a few months, hinting at a visit to Spain.
Isaac said he would like to speak to students who may be currently thinking of leaving school and letting them know about this lifestyle.
"I think what is promoted now is to go straight to university and it can be really difficult to step away from that, so I want to talk to them about this alternate life style that they might not know about or understand," he said.
"There is that pressure when finishing school, but you can take a gap year or travel long term, it is possible to go on to more schooling later in life."
Close friend of Isaac, Daniel Smith, performed with him at the Vanilla Cafe.
"I got depression a long time ago so I started to write and make music with my own lyrics and made songs about my fiance," Daniel said.
Daniel had lessons with Isaac, and enjoyed singing and playing the harmonica.
"I used to play harmonica but lost hand control, not completely, but I sing better then I do when I play harmonica," he said.
Daniel enjoys performing for others, playing covers of Crowded House.
"When I perform, people like me doing Elvis Presley, they say I sound like him," he said.
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