I thought I would give a general overview of my travel experiences and let you guys no what way I’m going to approach the travel section on The Big F Word.
I spent a 18 months living, working and playing in Australia, with a couple of pit stops in South East Asia.I flew from Dublin to Bangkok on 9th March 2015 and spent a few weeks travelling all around Thailand first before venturing on to Perth, Western Australia.
Perth then was my home, and my boyfriend, Petie, and I quickly settled in after getting jobs and making friends. Perth gets a lot of stick, and its often regarded as the ‘boring’ city of Australia, but I absolutely loved it, and I would definitely recommend people to visit. There are so so many beautiful beaches, and a chilled inner city vibe. You get get from the hustle and bustle of the shops to the beach in about 10-15 mins. If you visited a different beach every weekend, it would take you most of the year to get through them all.
We spent 8 months living in Perth, before coming home for a surprise visit at Christmas 2015. As much as I loved Australia I could not spend Christmas without my family and friends and a trip home was a must. After a very merry festive season, accompanied by an extra stone of weight and a heavy heart we returned out to Perth in January 2016.
Looking back this was the only real time I felt actually homesick. Of course there comes days when you really miss your friends, and nights out and your dog, but at this time I really didn’t know if I was doing the right thing going back to the land down under, despite returning to 35 degree weather. But after a lot of tears and a few weeks moping I soon came round and booked our next adventure.
We visited Bali in February for Valentines and OMG this was a trip to remember. We stayed in the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in, in Seminyak and I just loved it from start to finish. The people, the sights, the ambience – everything was beautiful.
Not long after we came home from Bali I was checking cheap flights on SkyScanner already. Petie regularly scolded me for wanting to go everywhere and spend all our money on flights- but hey you can’t take it with you, so why not? Sydney was a massive thing I wanted to tick off my bucket list, and so we decided to go for Petie’s birthday.
Stereotypically, when you think of Australia you think of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, and I couldn’t go home without taking a few selfies outside these. I loved Sydney, and I remember turning to Petie on the flight back to Perth before it took off and saying “Will we just get off and stay here?”
After coming home from Sydney we booked our flights home, for good. We were flying on the 23rd August 2016 and I knew my travelling wasn’t finished, there was one more thing I wanted to tick off my list before returning to the emerald isle. I love animals and wildlife, and The Great Barrier Reef was something that I always dreamed of seeing, even before we had booked our flights to Australia.
I booked on to a tour, which included everything I wanted. I flew by myself to Cairns and stayed there for 5 days. It was the first time I had done any solo travelling but I had jam packed days full of activites, and despite several massive hangovers- I got through it all. That week was one of the best in my life, and I look back on it with a smile on my face.
So what I’m going to do with the travel section, is write a travel inspired post every month. I’m going to start by taking on a place I’ve been, recommending things to see and do and what to miss out, what to pack and what not ( I had great difficulty with this) money guides and everything in-between.
Of course I am not some kind of professional traveller and I never claim to be, there is a lot of places that I missed out that I would have loved to have seen, and I had a lot of misfortune on the way – including a bust suitcase zip after day 3, and a cancelled flight with one days notice. But I’m writing this for the normal, average person doing something that they’ve never done before and not knowing where to start.
Before I left I was very scared; the longest I had ever been away from home was a week to Spain. I was entirely out of my comfort zone, and if I knew anyone that had been and done it before, I had a list the length of my arm of questions for them.
So thats it from me on here, Im going to take it in chronological order from where I went, so the next post you can expect to hear all about is THAILAND. I already cannot wait to write about it, Thailand was the most magical place.
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