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.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to road trips, we’ve been around the block a few times, as it were. Now we’re on a 10 month roadtrip, you know we’ve put in a lot of thought about this…
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.
It’s no secret that Australia is expensive, but there are ways to saving money while visiting Melbourne. Here are 4 ways to keep the budget in check.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
We’re HUGE fans of Airbnb. When you first sign up on the Airbnb site though, it can be intimidating. We’re here to help.
Despite all the planning, our departure wasn’t as smooth as anticipated. Here’s the realistic picture of starting a RTW Adventure.
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.
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.
This indefinite travel adventure has been a dream for as long as I can remember. I never anticipated the emotional journey it would take to get here.
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!
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…
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…
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?
When planning a trip to Rome, I found myself asking the question of whether we should invest the extra money on a guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum?
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.
We love movies. There are so many good travel films out there. We had so much fun putting together the last list that we thought 15 more films would help to keep the travel juices flowing.
TripAdvisor will stop selling tickets for activities that include physical contact with captive wild animals and endangered species. We love that. Here’s why…
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”.
While not technically a foreigner, I found the process of setting up life again in Sydney to be a complete a head spinner! Here are some tips on how to navigate the 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.
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.
Moving to Australia is not easy. The main lesson is everything takes time. More time than you realise. But there’s so much more to know…
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!
What do you do when you have well laid out plans that go awry? Freak out? Give up? Hold a pity party? Or do you rework the plan and adjust?
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 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.
When doing your research, there is one golden rule when it comes to hiring a campervan in Australia: You get what you pay for.
“If you don’t pack it, don’t worry. You can ‘just pick it up’ somewhere on the road.” Ugh. Are you a curvaceous traveller? Does this mindset frustrate you as it does me? Read on on how I deal with it!
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.
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…
You have 5 days to explore Sydney? That’s not a lot of time. That’s okay. We’ll guide you through five unbelievable days.
Is the exhilaration of going vertically down a mountain in Katoomba, held on only by two cable wires worth the admission price?
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?
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.
On a recent adventure, we decided to ‘test drive’ some new travel apps as well try out some ‘oldies but goodies’. Check out our MUST HAVE travel app list!
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.
Traveling for me isn’t just something I dream about. It’s something I do. It’s a part of me. Here’s why I’m pursuing it with everything I have… and why you should to!
Want to Know How To Ease Your Travel Stress? There are two simple words that answer to this question: Carry on.
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!
What I’ve learned about money through travel has been life-changing! Check out our Top 6 Lessons.
Travelling with a teenager can be done. It just takes some flexibility and communication to make it enjoyable for everyone.
We’ve travelled a bit. Picked up some tips here and there. Learned from our mistakes (alot). So, here are a few quick travel hacks for your next adventure!
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.
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.
There are ways you can save and travel further.
Life is short. Isn’t time to plan your dream trip? Here are some ways to save money so that you can fulfil that travel dream
What do you do when you have a huge long living list? How do you decide WHERE to go? Here’s how we decided on New Zealand.
Road tripping the NSW North Coast from Sydney to Byron Bay (and back). Here’s our recommended itinerary for your own Pacific Wanderings.
Finally. Travel Tips that make sense! Here are our tips for planning and packing for your next adventure.
Sydney is a destination many dream about. If you’re heading this way, here’s the local’s guide to your ultimate day in Sydney.
Do you want to have a life you can look back upon and say ‘I did that!’ Do you want to have a life people write about? What’s on YOUR bucket list?
Kids are connected to their devices like never before. Camping is a great, cheap way to get away and enjoy the outdoors.
Road trips are the ultimate adventure. Here are 9 simple ways to make your next road trip extraordinary!
What an epic road trip from Texas to Mount Rushmore and one we recommend for everyone. Come on, check out our recommendations and then pack your bags!
How do you convince your team not to wear their headphones for an entire roadtrip? Here’s how to manage the music.
Great games to play – at any age – on your next roadtrip!
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!