Saturday, 24 August 2013
Saturday, 10 August 2013
Looking through my blog, I've noticed that some of my posts aren't as upbeat as I'd like [this one in particular]. I recently come across this quote - "Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit, talk about your joys." - and so I thought I'd look for the good in the bad.
- I hated my job in Perth for a Sales and Marketing company BUT... I met some of the most amazing people and life long friends. I got to travel to Bunbury, Albany and Geraldton, which I may not have done otherwise. I gained so much confidence and learnt about the importance of body language. I tried something new. I have a new job type to add to my CV.
- This same job left me broke BUT... I learnt how to budget and stretch my money further. I discovered the true meaning of generosity. Somehow, there is always money for cheap beer and goon. I rekindled my love for wondering around supermarkets, even if it was to look for the cheapest food. I realised that I spend a lot of money on things I don't really need.
- My health took a bashing BUT... I now know I'm allergic to wool. I have felt the importance of fruit and vegetables. I have learnt to take my anaemia more seriously. I have experienced a visit to the doctors in a different country, so I won't be as worried if it happens again. I have mastered the art of peeing in to a pot.
- I hated my job in Coober Pedy for an Opal Mine and Museum BUT... I got to learn about opals. I got to buy opals with an awesome discount. I learnt a bit about mining. I got to experience working underground. I got over my fear of talking in front of large groups of people. I will be featured in a programme on the BBC, hitting your screens in September. I tried something new. I have a new job type to add to my CV. I got to save a massive amount of money. I met a great, life long friend.
- Boys have hurt my feelings BUT... They were good friends at one point. I have many happy memories with them. I didn't hide away from my feelings, like I usually would. Life is about learning from your mistakes. I learnt a little more about myself. I reminded myself that I can leave if I don't like a situation, I don't have to put up with bullshit.
Whilst travelling, you will experience so much more then if you were at home. I won't lie, sometimes is can be tough. But there is always a silver lining to every situation, no matter how hard you have to look for it.
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Sunday, 4 August 2013
Saturday, 3 August 2013
- Ear Plugs and Eye Mask - each dorm will usually sleep at least 4 people. As you can imagine, everyone has different sleeping patterns and schedules which may affect the amount of sleep you get. By using ear plugs, you can block out any unwanted noise and an eye mask will keep you in darkness even if lights are switched on in the middle of the night.
- Padlock - each room will usually have a lockable storage unit for everyone, but you must provide your own padlock. Instead of buying an overpriced padlock from the hostel, buy a nice cheap one from home and take it with you.
- Book Swap - a lot of hostels usually have a book swap facility, so when you are finished with your book you can simply swap it for another. It'll save you carrying around several books at one time which will weigh you down. A lot of the books will also come with a sticker from BookCrossing.com, so you can see what other parts of the world your book has been to.
- Don't Be Shy - hostels are a great way to meet like minded people who are travelling around the country, but you have to make the effort. A simple "hello" is all it takes and remember, you already have one thing in common; Australia.
- Consideration - it's important to remember that people have different plans and schedules when you're staying in hostels. If you're out partying until the early hours, remember there maybe someone that has to be up at 5am to go on a tour, or slightly later to go to work. Before you leave for a night out, try and sort out everything you'll need to sleep so you don't have to rummage around for it when you get back. Likewise, if you're that person that needs to be up at 5am for a tour, have everything sorted so you can be as quiet as possible.
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Listening to: Feel The Love by Rudimental