So it’s not actually that long until I make the all exciting trip to Australia!! EEEEPP!! Good Golly I can’t bloody wait!
I’m first heading out in August with my family for a mini holiday as I’m heading off and travelling all on my lonesome and I’m slightly absolutely terrified of it! Being a slightly social but highly anxious and sometimes proper introvert, I’m very much nervous about heading off with no plans living and travelling round a country I’ve never been to that’s on the complete opposite side of the world!
But you know, that’s what you’ve got to do when you’re young right! Make the most whacky and perhaps stupid decisions you can and then regret them later – however I’m quite sure there’s no possible way you can ‘regret’ a trip to Australia.
Firstly I’m going to say, I have no definitive plans. There’s things I would like to see and experience but as of yet I have not booked anything! Not even a flight home! I haven’t booked flights around the country, hotels or hostels, or transport or anything! It’s kind of freaking me out…
I would very much appreciate any tips from anyone who’s been travelling – to tell me if that’s completely reckless and stupid or if I’ve got nothing to worry about and I can literally get these on the door kind of thing??
I’ve now got myself my working holiday visa and am all set up and ready to go! I’m planning on heading up to Cairns to begin with, because it’s warmer up there and August is Australia’s winter! Then I’m gonna hop on the Greyhound bus (quick question from past travellers – is it a good idea to buy my bus ticket before I go?) and head on all the way down to Melbourne, obviously stopping off along the way!
Anyway enough of the ramble, here are a couple of the bits on my itinerary;
Image stolen from The Lonely Planet Guide – I’m basically being a classic first time, beach loving traveller and heading for the East Coast of Australia (the right side on the map ->) I’ve also found the amazing Mollie Bylett’s travel blog, Where’s Mollie, which is basically where I’m getting a lot of my inspiration and insight on Australia travelling as sh’es done some really brilliant videos and posts with great tips on what to do!
Classic Tourist Attractions/Places to Visit:
1. Queensland is probably my picture perfect ideal for what I want most out of my travelling – I can’t wait for the stunning beaches, amazing tours and gorgeous hikes! Top on my list include;
- Great Barrier Reef
- Daintree Forest
- Mission Beach
- Magnetic Island
- Whitsundays (duh!?)
- Fraser Island Tour
- Surfer’s Paradise
2. Byron Bay
Photo credit: AustralianTraveller
Known as one of the whitest and best beaches of Australia – this had to be on my list! What can I say, I’m a beach bum at heart!
I mean it wouldn’t really be a trip to Australia would it, if I didn’t visit Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Zoo! Bondi Beach is of course definitely on my list!
A good friend of mine has just spent her year in industry living and working in the hustle and bustle of Melbourne and I’m hoping she’ll give me some brilliant tips of stuff to do and local places to go, like the gorgeous abundance of coffee shops and cafes and hopefully some of the wonderful places recommended by the wonderful Olivia in her post on 48 hours in Melbourne!
(I also want to go to New Zealand for a bit and do a skydive! *Gulps*)
Experiences I want to have:
More importantly than the classic tourist attractions, I want to make this a time I really live! I want to do all the things I’ve wanted to do and really let myself go and enjoy everything I do. I think because I’ve always been in education I’ve never really had ‘no responsibilities’, as in I’ve always had to save money for something or be back home for something and I’m looking forward to going out and really living in the moment.
Things I want to experience are;
1. BBQs on the beach!
2. Climbing/hikes with incredible views and visiting the stunning National Parks!
3. Swim in Waterfalls/ jump off (not waterfalls but you know just a big ledge will do!) into the sea! I’ve heard and plan on doing the Uncle Brian’s tour when I start off in Cairns, which I’m uber excited for Babinda Boulders and Josephine Falls – And there’s Millaa Millaa, I mean look at that >
Millaa Millaa Falls – Queensland – Photo Credit; sgandb
4. Surfing – I can’t wait to get my hair all tangled with salty water and attempt to learn to surf again!
5. Make friends – The thing I think I’m most worried about is being all alone. I’m pretty content with my own company and I’m sure I’ll long for some quality wandering on my own, but I really hope I’ll find some good friends along the way who I can join on some cracking adventures, drinks and BBQs and maybe even a roadtrip round this amazing continent!
I mean, who knows if I’ll even like it out there – I’ve never done this sort of thing on my own, so I have no definitive plans and I’m trying not to build too high expectations (yeh, OK, maybe too late for that). I’m very aware that I’m not a fan of change usually or being away from my family and friends (God a 4 hour train to York has still got me homesick 3 years later let alone the other side of the world) so I’m well aware that this maybe isn’t the most logical decision of mine.
But who ever said in old age, ‘Gosh I’m so glad I stayed in my comfort zone and lived a logical life!’! Yes obviously there’s a limit, I’m not about to drinking my weight in alcohol (much), taking drugs or playing chicken in the road, but I know I need to get over this fear of ‘adulting’ or just life in general, and need to start throwing myself out of my comfort zone and taking grab of all the opportunities I can get, while I can still get them!
Anyone else been travelling? Have you been to Australia – any tips are much appreciated? When was the last time you really jumped out of your comfort zone?
I’ve also just signed up to Unbounded and you can check out places I’ve been and where’s on my bucketlist there on my profile – this isn’t sponsored or anything that’s just where I’ve started documenting a few things!