I wouldn’t class myself as an expert traveller by any means, however travelling Australia for one month has taught me a few lessons.
1. It’s expensive!
The cost the living in Australia is a regular conversation amongst us travellers. Everything here is just a little bit more expensive than back home, so it’s imperative to budget well to make your savings go further.
I get it, I’m a realist. We meet new people, we eat out, we drink and before you know it you’ve blasted $50 on drinks for people you’ve just met. It happens. At some point you have to realise it’s just not sustainable to do this if you’re on a budget.
Some good advice is cook your own meals, take advantage of free hostel breakfasts and pre-drink before going out!
2. Don’t stress about meeting people!
This is something that always lurks in the back of my mind when checking into a new Hostel. If you’re an introvert like me, then the thought of meeting new people will send anxious shivers down your spine. But you needn’t worry as everyone’s in the same boat and meeting people just happens. Where ever I’ve ended up, I’ve made some truly great friends, even friends for life. Just go with the flow!
3. Google Maps…I’d be lost without it.
I’d say I have an okay’ish sense of direction, but I’d definitely struggle without Google Maps. Some people might class it as cheating, but it seriously makes my journey less stressful.
Top Tip: Did you know that you can use google maps even if you don’t have data? Just make sure you load Google Maps on your phone when connected to WiFi before you leave, then BOOM there you go, never lost again.
4. Put the camera down.
I was on The Great Ocean Road over looking The Arch, the sun was setting, the sky was a beautiful orange and the sea was a beautiful deep blue. Yet I wasn’t truly experiencing any of it. I was too busy clicking away on my camera and playing with the settings, trying to get that perfect shot for Instagram. Luckily I realised the error of my ways before it was too late. So just remember to put your phone/camera down and take some time to appreciate the true beauty of the location.
5. Be spontaneous.
Anyone seen Yes Man starring Jim Carrey & Zooey Deschanel? Well, there’s a lesson to be learned from that film.
I was checking into the Adelaide YHA Hostel when a woman approached me from behind the desk; “How do you feel about filming with YHA Hostel for two day’s?” Before she finished giving me all the details, I had already made my mind up. Low and behold, it was an experience I’ll never forget.
Spontaneity is the spice of life, so make the most of the opportunities given to you!
6. Travelling solo sucks sometimes.
The majority of the time, travelling solo is completely fine, however sometimes loneliness can rear it’s ugly head.
There will be times you’d wish you’d seen the sunset with that special someone or that you’d be blasting music on a road trip with your best buddy. These times of loneliness are completely normal and will come and go throughout your adventure. You just need to remember that travelling solo gives you so much more freedom. You can do what you want-when you want and I think that’s worth the occasional loneliness.
7. Don’t expect a good night’s sleep in a Hostel!
A lot of people get upset at the sound of a persons’ tonsils vibrating the whole bunk and I can understand why. But seriously, come on, snoring is an involuntary thing, plus what did you expect sharing a room with 15 other people? The thing that really grinds my gears is someone who decides to pack their bag at 5am in the morning. *Zip, Unzip, Zip* GRRRR PLEASE DO THIS THE NIGHT BEFORE!
8. Goon, the best-worst drink you can buy.
If you’re wanting to get white girl wasted, then buying a 5 liter box of Goon is the right way to go. If you’re unfamiliar with Goon, it’s basically the cheapest, nastiest wine you can buy. It costs around $11.00 to $15.00, It tastes horrendous but it does the job.
9. It’s ok to have “rest” days.
“But you’re on a BIG holiday, why do you need to rest?” – Everyone
Many of us travellers are the same, as soon as we arrive in a new destination we’re keen to meet new people, discover new sights and of course get sh*t faced with fellow travellers. After a month of doing this, It finally caught up with me and I realised how tired my body was. I needed to slow down and relax.
Remember to slow your pace and accept that it’s ok to do NOTHING for a day or two. I know, I know, I feel guilty too, but seriously, it’s ok. Some Hostels have chill rooms where you can go and … err … Chill. Stick some headphones in, watch a movie or read a book. Failing that, take yourself away from the Hostel, find a nice Park, Beach or River Bank. Let your mind have a small break, recharge your batteries and press on with the next day.
10. Have a system for your belongings.
Basically, get your sh*t together and organise your belongings. I’m usually terrible for this kinda thing as I have a habit of misplacing important things. However this time, my Dad suggested I have a system for where I locate specific items such as my passport, camera, wallet, laptop etc. It seems to have worked so far as I’ve only managed to misplace a pair of flip-flops! Thanks Dad!
Use whatever system suits you, just make sure you know where all your important things are located and stick to it.
Are there any lessons you’ve learned on your travels?
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