Too poor to travel? Never!

So you’ve read up on a country that you’re dying to go to, or perhaps you’ve seen some stunning pictures on Instagram making you dream of a faraway place, either way you would also have thought ‘I can’t afford that’ and wished you’d never even heard of the place.

I’m here to tell you that travel itself isn’t as expensive as mainstream media lets you believe. Sure, who wouldn’t want to spend the night in a spa-bath overlooking NYC in a beautiful suite, or relax on a private balcony overlooking the ocean in Tahiti, but if you REALLY want to see a place it’s 100% possible on a budget. Read on for money saving tips for the 3 biggest purchases of your trip. Continue reading “Too poor to travel? Never!”

The Holidays…not as seen on TV

The Holidays. The phrase makes you think of twinkling Christmas lights lining snow-topped roofs, eggnog and spiced rum by the fireplace, and ice-skating at Rockefeller Center. Growing up we were told about Santa ‘dashing through the snow’ and received Christmas cards depicting winter nights and families snuggled inside a warm house. There was not a single Christmas/NYE movie that didn’t feature snow, fireplaces, and everyone needing to rug-up before stepping outside.

As a child growing up in Australia this didn’t seem right to me. Our Christmas is in summer meaning the air-con was on and our advent calendars tended to melt in the lead up to the big day.

Everyone knows what happens during the holidays in the Northern hemisphere – let me tell you how they’re done ‘down under’. Continue reading “The Holidays…not as seen on TV”

Wanderlust – what does it mean?

Wanderlust
noun
1. a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

A lot of people use the word ‘wanderlust’. They have it tattooed on their body or written in front of a beautiful photo on their Facebook page, it’s even incorporated into the name of many many blogs, but what does it really mean?

It’s a hard question to answer. There are those that will talk about the factual meaning, that the word is German for ‘a strong desire to travel or wander’. Some will tell you it’s that feeling of claustrophobia after being in one place too long. Others use it to describe their friends or family who are constantly travelling.

To me it’s having travel at the top of your list. Not travel as in travelling to Ibiza to see the hottest club, or going to Bali and staying in a 4* resort near the beach, but it’s about eating where the locals eat and going a few blocks further from the city center than the tourists do. If you’re truly suffering from wanderlust you don’t eat at trendy restaurants or buy knick-knack souvenirs, you eat at local pubs that have daily specials and you spend your money on experiences that will stay with you for life.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I buy a shot glass at every place I visit, because that’s what I collect and I like to look at them and remember everything I did there, but long gone are the days where feel the need to buy my family souvenirs from every stop or eat at whatever restaurant happened to be close by rather than searching out a good deal. Now I am not afraid to stay in hostels, or do the group tours and say ‘hey, let’s play beer pong!’ with people from other countries that I’ve never met, or just to venture out on my own and walk through the streets with no destination in mind, just absorbing the sights of this new place.

Some people grow up and they want the 2.5 kids and the ‘white picket fence’ house and the 2 cars. There’s nothing wrong with those aspirations. I used to want that too! There was nothing I wanted more than to be a housewife, helping my kids with their homework and making sure dinner is ready for hubby. Doing the cooking and the cleaning would be nothing to me if it meant I was home to see my kids walk in from school. This was such a strong dream of mine that my Dad once joked I had ‘put feminism back 30 years’.
What happened? I got a job in travel. With every country I learned about another thing went onto my bucket list. Then my friends started travelling and I saw photos of their adventure. After that I discovered ‘travel blogs’ and read about people travelling the world for years at a time! The last thing to cement my real need for travel? Living in Canada for 6 months. This was, by far, one of the most eye-opening and life-changing things I had done in my 23 years and it made me realise that the world is huge and I wanted to see it all!

So, while others are saving for a mini-van, a house deposit, a new thermomix, I’m saving hard for a gap year to end all gap years. Yes I’ll be 35 before it happens but I don’t think I’ll fully feel settled anywhere in this world until I’ve ticked of A LOT off my bucket list. I want to see Machu Picchu, I want to see the Galapagos Islands with their giant turtles, I want to ride camels on Cable Beach and horses in Montana. There are pizzas to eat in Naples, tortillas to try in Mexico, and hummus to taste in the middle east.

Wanderlust – it means something different to all of us but at the end of the day anyone affected feels the same – there’s a big wide world out there and we want to experience it all!!

The Greek Islands

Welcome to another Travel Tuesday readers! If you need an escape from the beginning of yet another working week then sit back with a nice cup of tea (or large glass of wine, there’s no judgement here) and escape to the wonderful Greek Islands!

The words ‘Greek Islands’ summon up thoughts of bronzed bodies lying on white sandy beaches with crystal blue water lapping at the shoreline and sunshine beaming down, followed by warm nights of drinking Ouzo and partying with locals who have lived in the village for generations. I’m happy to say that it’s not an uncommon occurrence however there is much much more that makes up the 6,000 islands and islets.

Although there are 6,000 islands and islets, only 227 are inhabited and of those 227 there are approximately 10 that are common holiday destinations. Instead of focusing on each island, I’ll be letting you know which island to visit if you have a budget, if you have cash to splash, if you want to get the adrenaline pumping, and where to go if you have kids to entertain. Hopefully you’ll find something that will suit you! Continue reading “The Greek Islands”

East vs West

Firstly I need to say sorry for my absence – in the past two weeks I’ve moved from the east coast of Australia to the west coast and I managed to pick up a cold along the way. Now I’m on the mend, settled in, and I have internet so I am back on track!

Today’s post is going to be a little different as it’s not about a ‘travel destination’ as such. Today I feel like writing about the difference between the west and east coasts of Australia. As I’ve mentioned previously, I grew up in Perth however I spent the past 19 months living in Sydney and let me tell you they are VERY different.

LANGUAGE:
Believe it or not there are some language differences between the east and west coasts. Growing up in WA our non-uniform days were called either ‘casual dress day’ or ‘free dress day’. On my first Christmas in Sydney the office received an email advising Christmas Eve would be ‘mufti day’. Now I was confused because in my limited vocabulary a muff was a part of female anatomy and definitely not appropriate to write in a work email! It wasn’t until someone explained to me that this means you get to wear casual dress that I stopped worrying about how to dress as a ‘mufti’.

Another confusion came with the word ‘footy’. Growing up in Perth, footy is 100% AFL, Rugby is Rugby (league or union, there’s no difference for a lot of WA’ers). We don’t even have an NRL team! So as you can imagine, footy tipping my first year was very confusing when I didn’t know ANY of the teams on the list. Also, take my advice here, don’t call Rugby League just Rugby over there, it never ends well. Continue reading “East vs West”

Croatia

Things are well and truly warming up in the Northern Hemisphere and one of the hottest places to visit right now is the beautiful nation of Croatia (and not just because of the 13 hours of sunlight it experiences in the summer months!).

The country, and it’s borders, were once a matter of much argument. Those border wars, along with the complicated and centuries old background of the Croats, bring a rich history and many interesting stories. From the capital of Zagreb to the coastal towns of Dubrovnik and Split, there’s always something interesting to see, eat, and experience.

Want crystal blue beaches? Head to the Dalmatian Coast.
Love your coffee? The locals in Zagreb (and most of the country) take their coffee very seriously so you’re sure to get a G-R-E-A-T cup o’ joe wherever you are.
Feel like partying like it’s 1999? Check out Hvar Town on any given night and you’ll be sure to find others to party until dawn with.
Are you a bit of a history buff? With a country that has a documented history spanning over 1000 years, you’re sure to find a Roman ruin or a museum of some sort that will interest you.

If the above has you wanting to know more then keep on reading to find out the places you should add to your next Europe trip… Continue reading “Croatia”

How do I afford to travel so much?

This is a great post on how to travel longer for cheaper!

MY WORLD WΛNDERS

20160915_135218-01 Hiking in the Colorado Rockies

Happy Holidays my dear readers and fellow adventurers. This seemed like an appropriate topic to cover on the holiday 🙂

Yes I know this article has been done a million times, by much better bloggers and more experienced travelers than myself. However, I never get tired of reading these articles and getting new ideas.

I also believe that travel and experience is exceptionally unique and should by tailored accordingly. Thus, the crazy safari jungle vacations of one might be a night mare to another and hostels may seem like a dream to some and a bad horror movie to others.

So let me tell you in brief how I afford to travel, some basics on how much I travel, how much it costs, and then in the future delve into the details of each item that I address quickly here. I’ve placed links throughout of…

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