What It Means to Live the #VanLife

Posted in Journal, On the Road
What it's like living the VanLife

The sun begins peeping through the homemade curtains at about 6am. This is usually met with a disgruntled groan and blankets being pulled over eyes, or no reaction at all, depending on how much energy was expended the previous day.

By 8.30am, it becomes rather impossible to ignore the start of a new day, and someone will roll out into the morning and being preparing breakfast.

99% of the time, that “someone” is Leon. Mornings aren’t my forte.

Brekky usually consists of porridge, which I’ve actually grown to love (provided there’s brown sugar and bananas available) or bacon & eggs if we have access to a barbecue.

So far, sounds pretty similar to “everyday life”, whatever that means… Read more…

May 25, 2016

Getting Bogged: 5 Lessons We Learned the Hard Way

Getting Bogged: 5 Lessons We Learned the Hard Way

As budget road-trippers, we go out of our way to find cheap or (better yet!) free places to set up camp for the night. One night last week, that meant driving down a promising-looking track just off Princes Highway, north out of Eden.

About 50 metres from the main road, we spotted a large muddy puddle area, and thought it best to get out and investigate on foot first. After walking both around and through where we were aiming the car, we both agreed that the van could handle it, no problems.

It is a 4WD, after all! Read more…

May 1, 2016

Gifts for Road Trippers [under $50]

Posted in Planning a Trip
Gift ideas for road trippers (all under $50)

Everyone loves gifts, especially ones that are actually useful (we’ve all received our fair share of useless presents!), and travelers on a budget are no exception. In fact, we probably appreciate handy gifts more than your average person!

Some wonderful people in my life have been lovely enough to gift a few super helpful things to Leon and I over the past few weeks, and I could not be more thankful for their thoughtfulness.The excitement I got from receiving these great prezzies gave me the inspiration for this post!

If you know anyone planning a road trip soon, or are organising one yourself and want to give people a nudge to buy you a going-away present, the following is a list of items that are perfect gifts for road trippers/van-lifers etc. And they each cost less than 50 bucks (can I get a HELL YEAH?)! Read more…

March 31, 2016

4 Tips That Could Ruin Your Time in Australia

Posted in Tips
4 Tips that Could Ruin Your Time in Australia

There are thousands of tips directed towards travelers, most of which are relevant to just about everybody and everywhere: get travel insurance, don’t carry a stranger’s bags for them, know at least a few basic phrases in the local language…

I noticed, when first organising our road trip, that a handful of the most commonly spouted tips made absolutely no sense when you’re talking about traveling in Australia

Such is life.

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February 27, 2016

How to Successfully Avoid Washing Your Hair

How To successfully avoid washing your hair while traveling

There is nothing worse than having greasy hair!

Okay, there is a never-ending list of things that are worse, but it can still be a frustrating phenomenon, particularly when traveling.

When you’re on the road, living life to the fullest, who wants to spend precious time washing and drying their hair when you could be out doing… well, anything else?

Not me, that’s for sure!

We’ve all had the experience of finding ourselves in a beautiful place, perhaps with other beautiful people, and deciding it was the perfect time to snap a few pics. But when you go to check how the photo turned out, it kinda looks as though you’re Professor Snape’s long-lost twin. Read more…

February 19, 2016

Valentine’s Day for $13 (and why I don’t like getting flowers)

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Valentine's Day for $13 (and why I don't like getting flowers)

I have been given flowers once in my life, when I was in Year 6. I was supposed to have gone on my first ever date that weekend, but he hadn’t shown up. So at school that Monday, he found me in the morning and gave me six red roses as an apology. Sure, it was sweet (and a little embarrassing), but I remember wondering, after he had walked away, what the hell I was supposed to do with them.

I think they just spent the day shoved in my backpack. Sorry about that, Ben, but I was rehearsing for a play and flowers didn’t quite go with the costume. Read more…

February 16, 2016

Overcoming Fears: Learning to Drive

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learning to drive

Big metal cages on wheels. Fast enough to outrun a cheetah.

Cars scare me. Actually, that’s not entirely true – I’m a fantastic passenger. The idea of me driving a car scares me. I feel as though it controls me, rather than the other way around.

It’s a very unfortunate feeling to have, considering the need for me to get my license so our road trip can actually succeed.

(The Boyfriend has his license, but it’s not exactly practical to expect him to drive all the time.) Read more…

February 9, 2016

6 Wonderfully Weird Festivals in Australia

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As an Australian, I often forget just how strange this country can be. I’m so used to the made up language (bottle-o, grouse, “chuck a U-e” etc.), local foods, and the fact that the country and it’s inhabitants seem to be out to kill you.

I’m referring to the animals here, of course…

As a child, we gorge ourselves on fairy bread and Tim Tams. As we get older and (supposedly) wiser, we learn to give possibly venomous snakes and spiders the space they deserve, and start to understand the culture surrounding grog and durries.

It’s all just… normal.

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February 3, 2016

Why I NEED to Travel

Posted in Journal
Crystal Castle

Ever since we decided to travel Australia, the impending trip has been a driving force behind almost everything I do. Every meal I cook, everything I buy, every dollar I save… I am constantly considering how my actions could potentially better our upcoming road trip experience.

It’s similar to that feeling you have when you first start dating someone, and suddenly every single thing seems to remind you of them.

Any time I cook a meal, I’m considering how I could cook something similar on a portable stove, or even over a camp fire. Every purchase is only made after considering how it might help us on the road. Every dollar saved is a dollar to spend on food and fuel when we leave. Read more…

January 28, 2016

4 Serious Tips for a Road Trip around Australia

Posted in Tips
tips for a road trip

I recently wrote about why, on our road trip, we won’t be following three of the most common recommendations found online. That’s all well and good, but what about tips that I do think are important to keep in mind? To accompany my list of ‘anti-tips’, I’ve compiled the following list of four things that I think are SUPER important to keep in mind when planning a road trip around Australia.
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January 25, 2016