Byron Bay

Rainbows and blue skies 

13th & 14th February 2018

Byron bay is known for its beaches, independent shops and relaxed environment. We were only there for 2 days so had to cram in what we wanted to do. It would have been nice to stay maybe one more night to take in the sights more but we did experience the beautiful sites of the Cape Byron trail. 

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As you can see from the pictures it was absolutely stunning and the water was the nicest we had been in so far. Byron has a bit of a reputation for being a hippie town and the shops definitely reflected that, there were lots of independent shops selling local artists work and it was nice to see the support and the real sense of community that Byron had.

We were there during the most romantic day of the year, valentines day and in true team triangle fashion we went for a lovely Dominoes!

Time in Byron was short but sweet, a place I would like to go back to like most places we have visited. We made the decision to move on to Sydney and we were really looking forward to heading to the big city!

All aboard the greyhound…

Speak soon,

Hannah x

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Gold Coast

Surfers paradise & Movie World

10th, 11th & 12th February 2018

Going to new places can be scary and it was something we hadn’t done after being in our Cairns bubble for a while but it was finally time to head somewhere new and explore.

I fell in love with the Gold Coast straight away. As soon as we were driving in on the good old greyhound I could just sense that I was going to enjoy our time here. We arrived at the hostel and were blown away, It was so nice! After staying in only Nomads up till this point, it was a breath of fresh air to be somewhere that was newly furbished and modern. Spoiler alert, this turned out to be our favourite hostel so shout out to BUNK surfers paradise, keep doing you. We spent the afternoon napping and doing a bit of exploring, aggy and tired we needed to just spend some time coming round before we did anything too adventurous.

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The next day we were up ready for a beach day which was only a 10 minute walk away. Living up to it’s name the surf at the beach was insane! We nearly drowned a few times but it was SO FUN. Funnily enough just after we left for the next place they closed the beach for about a week due to strong tides.

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The thing about Aus is that no matter how mcuh this pale Brit put suncream on, the Aus sunshine always won. 2 very burnt bum cheeks later it was time to head into the city to do some shopping, which conveniently, was just off the beach. I think that was my main reason for loving surfers as much as I did, you had the big sky rise buildings, shops in the City and the beach all in 100 metres of each other. 

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I won’t lie to you, another reason I enjoyed surfers was because of my whirlwind date with a certain boy nicknamed J-lo. I won’t be going into detail as I know my dad reads this (hi Stu), but lets just say it was the sweeping off my feet I needed. 

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Monday came around and it was time for an adrenaline filled day at Warner Brothers Movie World. This was honestly one of the best theme parks I’ve ever been to, including Disney. The wait times for rides where minimal and with opportunities to bump into characters and have your picture taken or watch the parades, there was always something to look at and engage with. 

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An evening in the Hard Rock Cafe was a treat to us and it was nice to treat ourselves to something other than cheesy pasta. The next morning we were off again heading to Byron so we spent the evening packing and getting some rest. 

Yep you guessed it… it was greyhound time again, off to go “find ourselves” in Byron Bay…

Speak Soon,

Hannah x

East Coast Part 2

When they greyhound becomes home…

7th & 8th February 2018

After the gruelling 17 hour bus to Airlie we arrived to glorious sunshine and we were ready to chill. We went back to our favourite cafe (Sidewalk Cafe) for breakfast and a smoothie and started to come to terms with the exciting fact that we had left Cairns, this time for good. We were so tired but we still managed to go for a wonder around the shops and decided to go for a lay down bye the sea. We arrived in Airlie in the morning and were leaving that evening so we took the time that we had to chill out and take in some fresh sea air. 

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As the evening came the sky gave us a beautiful goodbye view and we boarded the Greyhound ready for a long slug of a 17 hour journey. 

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In between this journey one of the stops was our favourite service stations where the ‘Winking Matilda’ kangaroo mascot from the 1982 Commonwealth games. We have passed through this stop so many times on our travels it was nice to see her again one last time! 

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Thursday morning was when we finally arrived in Noosa after the 17 hour journey turned into 18!! We were all just absolutely shattered so we checked into the hostel and took a quick chill/nap.

That evening we headed to a place called Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co, which was hands down one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. We had such a lovely evening walking around Noosa Heads and we even bumped into some old friends who had left Cairns just before us. so we had a drink with them and headed to bed. 

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We wanted to get an early night because we were heading to Australia Zoo the next day! Brace yourselves for the animal pics…

Speak soon,

Hannah x

Cairns Part 2

Work work work work work work…

28th October 2017 – 7th February 2018

We arrived in Cairns ready to start work but it was’t until the 14th November when we actually started. This is because of issues outside of our control and we were messed around A LOT by Nomads.

When work finally began our job roles were housekeeping and bus driving. We were also lucky enough to get jobs at the local tavern, The Cock N Bull. Both jobs were very active and meant we were on our feet all day, a drastic contrast to the rest of our travels so far. We didn’t mind this one bit, we were just excited to be earning some money! 

I don’t want to dwell on what happened in cairns though, as I don’t look at it with fond memories. When you’re working 2 jobs up to 50 hours a week it can start to bring you down. Instead I just want to note some of the fun things we did when our friend from home, Jared came for 3 weeks over Christmas and what we did on our days off.

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Christmas in Cairns, fun BBQ on the esplanade thanks to chef Jared. 

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Some pictures of what we got up to with Jared.

 

The beauty that is Fitzroy Island.

7th February was when we had finally had enough and decided it was time to go back down the east coast for some more adventures. We decided to take the Greyhound again and stop off at Airlie and Noosa.

1am bus journey to Airlie was first… 10 hours on a bus is nothing right? 

Speak soon,

Hannah x

Brisbane

How to outstay your welcome…

3rd – 27th October 2017

Where do I start with Brisbane? What a place. The place we thought held all the answers to our job needs. As it turned out we just ended up spending 3 weeks wasting time, energy and most importantly, money. 

“It’s a city, they’ll be loads of jobs” we thought. Everyone had told us we’d find it easy getting a job because we had retail experience but no matter how many resumes we handed out or shop managers we asked to hire us, they just weren’t looking for back packers. 

We all printed out 50 copies of our resumes and handed out all 50 of them all over the city and got nothing back. That’s 150 resumes. 0 replies. 

Websites such as Seek, Indeed and Gumtree are the sites that advertise the most jobs so we would spend our days sat in the bar applying for job after job I couldn’t even tell you how many, only to hear nothing back.

After a while desperation set in and we decided to apply for a job as ‘fundraisers’ for a charity. Yes you’ve guessed it, we applied to be one of those people who stop you when you’re out doing your shopping and don’t want to be stopped. Off to the group interview we went and surprisingly we were all successful. We were told they were only hiring 10 and interviewing 50 so we were pretty chuffed with them odds. It was the boost we needed. 

Next it was up to us to learn the speech we would have to repeat at the training day to prove we were ready for ‘the field’. Cringe as it was, we made it through the day and were told where we would have to go the next day. Thankfully me and Jess were put at the same station and it was only a mile away but Alex’s was a train ride away. With it being our first day we only had to do half a day, me and Jess were in the morning but Alex was in the afternoon. 

Up early and not looking forward to it, Jess and myself set off ready to give it our best shot. We were designated an area and we had to stop as many people as we could and try to get them to sign up. I won’t sugar coat it, I didn’t even get through the first line of my speech. It was horrible, the most soul destroying job I have ever done. Anyone who knows me will tell you, I am a really sociable person and I don’t have issues talking to new people so constantly being rejected and being ignored was really tough. After about 2 hours of trying to get people to stop we got a 15 minute break in which me and Jess rang Alex and told her how it was going. Alex was an absolute star and talked us down and told us not to do it if we didn’t want to and that we could quit. She also told us that she had decided not to go that afternoon and we didn’t blame her one bit.

When the morning was finally over Jess had made the decision that she was going to call it quits. Why I didn’t do the same, I’ll never know but I thought I’d give it one more shot. I lasted one full day and that was it I couldn’t do it any longer. 

With us all once again jobless and out of ideas we decided to contact the people we met in Cairns to see if they could help us out. After calling on a few favours we had word that if we got ourselves to Cairns we had jobs as housekeepers in Nomads where we started our trip. This was the good news we had been waiting for even though it felt like a little step backwards. We were really lucky that Juicy had a relocation offer on a big condo van so it meant we only had to pay $1 a day to get it up to Cairns. Of course there were plenty of hidden charges but it was still cheaper than flying or getting the greyhound. 

This meant our time in Brisbane was over. I have only really moaned about the lack of jobs here but overall we did really like Brisbane as a city it just wasn’t meant to be. We were regulars at musical bingo on a Tuesday night and trivia Wednesdays were always a win (even if we did cheat)! I’ll insert some pictures below of what we got up to:

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Anyway, back up to Cairns we go…

Speak soon,

Hannah x

The Whitsunday Islands

Ahoy captain…

20th, 21st & 22nd September 2017

I’ve had a bit of experience being on a boat in England but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to beat the beauty of the Whitsunday Islands.

We were on the boat, named Broomstick for 3 days and 2 nights, soaked up the sun, snorkelled with the fishes and turtles, watched the sunset and gazed at the stars. It was honestly the best few days spent with some new friends. There were 19 of us on the boat not including the captain, Rob, and 2 crew, Saskia and Mertha who were so great, they had so much knowledge and had the answers to all our questions. The group of people we were on the boat with were good fun too, it was always going to be a risk throwing a bunch of people together on a boat, but because of the boat we had picked luckily it was all similarly minded people. You’re never going to get on with everyone but we found our kind of people and bonded. 

I’m going to let the pictures do the talking with this post so get ready for the stunning views!

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Side note… I saw so many more views, like Whitehaven beach, but a lot of the time I didn’t take my phone as I didn’t want to take it off the boat to the beaches! I’m hoping that my mind keeps it in my memory for ever! (if not google will help trigger them).

Final note… we had nachos on an island and it was the best thing I have ever eaten/experienced in my life. 

After we got off the boat we headed back to Airlie beach for a night and I really liked it and would like to go back and explore some more if we have the opportunity. 

Next stop, The Town of 1770, Agnes Waters for Scooteroo…

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

Food For Thought

“Just because my path is different, doesn’t mean i’m lost”

Over the weekend I went to a house warming at a family friends and his girlfriends new house. They are 24, have two beautiful children and being in their house got me thinking about just how different our paths are. I am at that age now where a lot of my peers are settling down with their partners and buying houses, renting flats and having babies. Things that send absolute shivers down my spine. I’m not upset about it though and I think the above quote sums it up perfectly, I know my time will come, I just have a little exploring to do first. 

“You’re always one decision away from a totally different life”

If I didn’t have AUS planned it’s more thank likely that my life would be heading in the direction of moving out from my childhood home and possibly starting a life with someone else. Honestly, I couldn’t be more confident in my decision to travel. I think now is the perfect time for me to get out of my comfort zone and live each day as it comes, it is such a big move and a decision that will change my life but a decision I am so happy I made. It has given me something to work towards in terms of saving money and having a goal (P.S. 15 weeks). 

“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it”

This one really resonated with me, because honestly not an hour goes by without me thinking about AUS and what i’m going to get up to there. It is such a motivator and is always pushing me to work hard to make sure I have the best experience there. 

If you are thinking of booking a trip, have any trips coming up or are on a trip now, how do these quotes make you feel? I’m hoping to look back at these in a few months and see how my thoughts have developed and if have any of my opinions changed. Most importantly i’m excited to see what i’m up too!

I’ve been binge watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race recently and I’ve honestly fell in love with it so I will leave you with some words of wisdom from the Queen herself, Mamma Ru:

“If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love someone else”

Speak soon,

Hannah x

Disneyland Paris

The happiest place on earth. FACT.

My TimeHop this week kindly reminded me that this time last year, I was in Disneyland Paris. It is also where the idea of going to Aus came about.

We stayed in the “Dream Castle” hotel, which although isn’t one of the Disney hotels, it is on the free shuttle bus route which runs every 15 mins. 

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I mean look at it! In all its beauty. You just never get over the first glimpse of the castle as you’re walking down Main Street USA. The smell of popcorn and other Disney treats, excitement fills the air.

There are only two parks in Disneyland and you can easily cover a lot of ground in a short space of time. As always, it’s handy to get to the big rides early and plan your route around the park but in comparison to the wait times at the American parks, you’re rarely waiting more than half an hour. It is important to mention that when we visited it was outside of school holidays so more than likely that will determine the wait times. 

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We did the usual sights in Paris, such as The Eiffel Tower and Le Louvre and I must admit our directional skills were not the best when it came to operating the Paris Metro! But we got the hang of it and it’s a really great means of transport if you don’t feel like walking the whole perimeter of Paris. 

During this trip we decided to make it our mission to visit all the Disney parks around the world. On route to Aus, we have a 14 hour layover in Hong Kong, so what else would we do other than spend it in the Disney park!

I can’t wait to share pictures and stories with you from that trip!

Speak soon,

Hannah x

 

18 Weeks & Counting…

Yep, 18 weeks before I get on that plane and start this crazy adventure. 

Over the weekend I booked my first 7 nights stay in Aus and although I still don’t have a plan per say, it made me feel safer in the knowledge that I would have a bed for at least 7 nights. 

I also went shopping and picked up a travel cushion. This may seem like the dullest thing ever but I can’t explain to you the excitement I get each time I buy something that will be coming to Aus with me. Each time one of us picked something up it was met with the saying; “Yeah, but will you take it to Aus?” and it just sounds so mad to think that any clothes etc that I buy now will more than likely be coming to Aus with me. 

I found myself lay in bed that evening and the following thoughts entered my head: 

Visa... check
Flights… check
A place to stay... check

A squeal of excitement later, I was off to dream land, where I was looking out over the bluest of skies living the absolute dream.

Just call me Sheila 😉

Speak soon,

Hannah x 

 

 

 

 

Scrapbook Fun

Time to get creative?

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One birthday present I left off the list, was this dreamy scrapbook gifted to me by Jess and Alex. 

Every time we meet to discuss things about our trip or we are out shopping I am always wittering on about how much I want to scrapbook the journey and remember all the little things we get up to along the way. In all honesty I think they just got fed up of me not being able to commit to a design, so like the true gems they are they proved that they know me better than I know myself and they picked the perfect book. 

The book is from Paperchase and is 25cm by 26cm. Fab size really because it makes it not too big and not too small. The pages are plain white and you can tell the paper will be able to hold pictures and other bits like tickets without it ripping which is something I was looking for when I had been shopping for these previously. 

There are 5 dividers (bottom right picture) in the book which have a pocket to hold things that might be too bulky for the pages or just too heavy. I think this will also be a really great way of separating different parts of the trip. The last page of the book has some cute stickers that you can use to either label pages or map out what you want to add in later. The stickers say: projects, notes, photos, inspiration, clippings and memories.

When we did big trips when we were younger like Disney World, mum kept everything and tried her damn hardest to get me and brother to piece some pictures together and create a scrapbook of the trip, but teenage Hannah was having none of it. In the end mum did it herself and I do like to look back now and remember things that happened and places we went that I would have forgotten otherwise. So soz mum, if you’re reading this, you were right, and present day Hannah thanks you for keeping the memories for us. 

I’m not making any promises to myself  (so don’t get too excited mum) that i’m going to stick to this and suddenly become all artsy and a Pinterest worthy “scrapbooker” because if I have learnt anything in my 23 years, its that crafts isn’t my thing. More importantly, the book is a place that I can keep pictures and little momentum’s of the trip to look back on and show people in years to come.

So take this as a cry for help, any pro crafters out there if you have any advice or ideas, hit me up, i’ll take any help I can get!

Speak soon,

Hannah x