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Why Housesitting Is Great for Long Term Traveling

Knowing we wanted to travel for as long as we could, we knew we had to find some way of keeping expenses down. No five star hotels for us. A fellow blogger told me how she saves a bundle with her long-term travels by housesitting around the world. After being on the road awhile, with a number of housesits under our belt, we share our experience.

Crossing the Nullarbor

Crossing The Nullarbor – It’s Not as Scary As You May Think

Before we began our trek across the Nullarbor, the great expanse of desert that connects South Australia to Western Australia, I had heart palpitations. I had this massively inflated image of being remote and the possibility of being abandoned for days. I expected to feel isolated on the Nullarbor.

It couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Unforgettable Kangaroo Island

The Unforgettable Kangaroo Island. A Must For Your Australian Itinerary.

To say Kangaroo Island is exceptional would be an understatement. It’s one of Australia’s hidden gems, although it is gaining a lot more notoriety due to their award-winning restaurants, lodges and produce. We spent three amazing days on KI and it’s a place that has lodged a place deep in my heart. It has character, charm not to mention scenery that will blow your mind. And, as I said to Rich, I’ve not seen so much Australian wildlife in one concentrated area – in my life. If this place isn’t on your Australian Itinerary, you need to add it. Seriously.

9 Things To Know Before Heading to Australia

9 Things To Know Before Heading to Australia (So You Don’t Look Like An Idiot)

While Australia may seem laid back and easy to navigate, I’m here to set your expectations and give you some inside tips. The last thing you want is to look like an idiot because Australians will ‘take the piss’ out of you if you screw up.

I’m here to give you the insider’s guide, as it were. I share with you about distances, costs, give you a language guide, guide you to the best places to find the wildlife, help you navigate our way of life, including our sucky internet, and provide some other links to help you plan your trip.

48 HOURS IN...MELBOURNE.FI

48 Hours in… Melbourne, Victoria.

With 48 hours, we give you a clear itinerary for making the most out of your stay in Melbourne: Where to visit, how to get around, where to stay and even a restaurant or two. Melbourne is quite possibly the best city in Australia (and I’m taking a quite the risk saying that, since I’m from Sydney!) So pack your bags! It is seriously time you visited Melbourne.

10 ways to save money on a roadtrip

10 Ways to Save Money on a Road Trip

Let’s face it, road trips can be costly but they don’t have to be budget blasters. Here are 10 ways to save money on your next road trip.

Is Wilsons Promontory on your Australian Itinerary?

Is Wilsons Promontory on your Australian Itinerary?

Wilsons Promontory was one of the first places we put on our (re) Discover Australia itinerary, after reading rave reviews. We’ve been to New Zealand and Hawaii, along with various parts throughout Australia, places that match these kinds of views. Yet here we were, totally in heaven. Wilsons Promontory has stunning vistas, equalled with amazing bushwalks and wildlife. You feel like you’re part of the landscape. Here’s why you must add it to your Australian Itinerary.

Budget Report

RTW Travel Budget Report: April 2017

It’s our second month of travelling indefinitely. We’ve kicked off our 10-month Australian Road Trip and we’re having a great time. We’ve blown the budget in a few spots, but surprisingly not the areas we thought we would. Huh.

Our 10 Month Australian Road Trip Plan – Updated!

We depart from Sydney in March (2017) for a 10 month road trip within Australia. Now, Australia is a damn big country – and obvious statement – so we’re focusing on the places that ignite us. We’re excited, aren’t you?! Here’s our plan…

Discovering Australia Through AirBnbs

While travelling indefinitely, we’re discovering AirBnbs to be invaluable. Not only do they provide space to spread out, constant WiFi and washing facilities, but some offer truly unique stays. For our Aussie 10 month road trip, we’re finding them to be cheaper than holiday parks and hotels! This is definitely the way to go!

Limiting Our Impact on the Great Barrier Reef

We were reluctant to snorkel on the reef. In fact, after our initial research, we seriously considered not doing it. When we arrived in Cairns, I saw tankers and cruise ships, I found myself red-hot mad. But, it’s more complicated than that.

Snorkelling the Barrier Reef has been on our Living List for a while, but we wanted to do it consciously and with the health of the reef at the forefront of everything.

8 Tips for Snorkelling on The Great Barrier Reef

Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef…One of our Living List items and for many others. We almost didn’t do it. But, after a lot of research and a day in the water, we have 8 helpful tips to make your time less impactful and more enjoyable.

Hotels vs. Airbnb

When booking accommodation, you now have a choice: Hotel or Airbnb. And it all comes down to providing travellers what they need – and want. Here’s our take…and what we prefer nowadays.

Why We Decided to Donate All of Our Furniture

Have you ever read a piece of news that affected you so greatly you were compelled to act immediately? I was drawn to an article titled: “Farming family lose everything in the NSW fires”. Here’s why we’re donating all of our worldly goods to these victims of the Sir Ivan Fires in Central N.S.W.

Pre-Trip Costs for a 10 month Australian Road Trip

With less than 30 days before we begin our 10 month (re) Discover Australia roadtrip, we’ve calculated our pre-trip costs. We’ve determined a way to travel comfortably, frugally that’s a lot cheaper than buying a campervan and a lot less stress than towing a camper trailer.

It’s Time To Embrace The Big Purge!

When faced with an indefinite, long-term, ‘Round The World adventure, it’s shocking how brutal you must become with your belongings. It was emotional, but honestly, there’s nothing like a good purge to simplify your life!

The Great Australian Road Trip, The Frugal Way

How do you find a cost effective solution to travel around Australia? Not buying a campervan, for one. We dug deep, looked at ways we could be frugal, and yet see and do everything we wanted to…

Oh! How I love my Mountain Designs Escape 40L Daypack

One of the dilemmas I’ve had, planning for our long-term travel plan, is to find a backpack that will fit every adventure we have planned. I needed a pack that would suit everything from travelling in a campervan to staying in luxury hotels. And then there’s the plan to walk the Camino De Santiago in Spain: 800km over a two-month period (give or take). I needed a pack that would fit all those needs. I think the Mountain Designs Escape 40L Daypack may be just the ticket…

England: Is it Smarter to Take the Train or to Rent a Car?

Weighing the pros and cons of choosing between train travel and renting a car can be tough. Especially when travelling around England. If you’re planning on staying in London, it’s a no-brainer: neither. But if you’re going outside of the city, it’s a decision you need to consider: Train or Car?

An Afternoon in Paris

An afternoon in Paris. Sounds delightful, oui? We managed to see the Notre Dame, the Pont Neuf, the Louvre, the Jardin Des Tuileries, the Champs Elysée, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. We had walked over 18k steps and 16 kilometres, all in 6 hours. Yeah, we know how to make the most of our time.

Why You Should Consider The YHA Metro in Melbourne

I have been reading about hostels for years and for whatever reason, missed the boat on the hostel experience while backpacking through Europe in my 20s. Budget accommodation was found elsewhere, in cheap hotels or B&Bs. Yet, I was always fascinated with the concept because of my budget-travel mindset. After hearing about the Melbourne YHA (Youth Hostels Association) Metro from a number of sources, I thought it would add a different element to our Melbourne Adventure. After all, our travel mantra is “Try Something Different”.

How to Navigate the Crazy Sydney Rental Process!

When we moved back to Australia, we went through the rental process in Sydney. I felt like a foreigner – even though I wasn’t! The process is pretty crazy so here are out tips on how to navigate it.

How We Navigated The Australian Immigration Process

Question: How many websites do you need to read and cross reference, and how many forms do you need to fill out, when applying for a Partner Visa for Australia? Answer: WAY too many! It’s not an easy process. But if we got through it, so can you. We share our insight.

15 Movies That Will Make You Want to Pack Your Bags

Cinematic film has the power to captivate and transform us. Check out a few of our favourite movies that motivate us to seek out that next great place. After watching these movies, you’ll be ready to pack your bags!

Why ‘The Perfect Life’ Made Me Miserable (and what I did about it)

What makes your heart sing? Is it a pretty house with a picket fence or is it an airline ticket with no definite return date?
Everyone’s dreams are different. It’s what makes you happy in life that’s the key. What makes your heart sing. What lights you up when you talk about it. Yeah, it took a long time for me to figure that out.

Do You Have an Exit Plan?

Do you dream of quitting your job and living a different life? Your dream life maybe? Do you surf the internet, reading about how other people are living their dream life, wondering how they got there? I have two words for you: Exit Plan.

Planning a Campervan Roadtrip to the Outback

We are using this as an opportunity to test drive the campervan as an option for our even larger road trip: Our (re) Discover Australia road trip. Here’s the process we went through to plan our Outback N.S.W. road trip.

Favourite Travel Booking Sites

Want a great, reliable site to book your next getaway? We’ve tried many, but these are the ones we love and use. Expedia, TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Trivago…

How to Realize a Dream When You Have No Money

Have you ever wanted to do something but knew you couldn’t because you didn’t have the money? Have you dreamed of a place you’ve always wanted to visit, but just couldn’t see a way through the financial maze to get there?

Popping our AirBnB Cherry

We are no longer AirBnB virgins! I’ve got say, we loved the experience. And, like that other experience, we had plenty of nervous anticipation…

From grunge bars, to Pike Place Market; from Bainbridge Island to finding nirvana, Seattle has it all. Join us on our 24 hour Seattle binge trip.

24 Hours in… Seattle

From grunge bars, to Pike Place Market; from Bainbridge Island to finding nirvana, Seattle has it all. Join us on our 24 hour Seattle binge trip.

Planning an Adventure to an Unknown Destination

Have you ever dreamed of exploring a place you’ve dreamed about, but never been? How do you plan a trip to make it worthy of your dreams? Seattle was that place for us… Here’s how we planned it.

Discovering Australia: Planes, Trains or Automobiles?

There’s a saying amongst Aussie travellers that everyone should do ‘The Big Lap’. As in, taking a road trip around Australia. But is a road trip the only way – or even the right way – to see Australia? Check out our Pros and Cons List for all of the options!

How To Plan a Budget-Friendly Road Trip

We’ve taken many road trips and over the years, have worked out how to do it inexpensively without feeling like we’re missing out on anything along the way. Check out our 10 Ways to Plan a Budget Friendly Road Trip.

Why YOU Should Use Travefy To Plan Your Group Adventures

This is an app which makes it easy to find accommodation, rentals, flights and even activities, and lay the itinerary out for all to see. Better yet, it makes it easy for people to come together, understand what their portion of the costs are AND have a really clear way to manage expenses.

Share Your Dream. Make It Happen.

Just because we have jobs, partners, kids etc… doesn’t mean we can’t make our dreams a reality. Share your dream. Make it happen!