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My brief travels to Fiji!

I have now been back home for the last month – I got my old job back pretty much instantly, but in another store that I am loving at the moment, back on the car insurance so I’m on the road again and I am finally getting into a routine!
So now that I’ve settled back home, I thought it’s finally time to catch up on all of the travelling blog posts and video editing.
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So I arrived in Nadi and like I’ve heard about Fijians, I had a very, very warm welcome. Not only in temperature, but the people are so friendly in Fiji! They greeted me, gave me this gorgeous shell necklace (one of many, I received) and offered to help with everything possible. Next, I got in a shuttle for a three hour drive, as I had booked a much nicer hotel which was on offer, for the same price as a standard hotel in Nadi. So I decided to make the gorgeous drive here anyway, as it was in Pacific Coast near Suva (the Capital).
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I stayed at the Pearl Pacific Resort and it was gorgeous here! I had a HUGE room all to myself (note: this bed was actually bigger than a double bed) and it was just beautiful here! They had their own private beach for the resort, a swimming pool, spa facilities, gold course.. oh, and buffet breakfast – of course!IMG_2287
I must say that the weather wasn’t as hot as I thought it would be, it was warm but I was going into Autumn/Winter. It was so nice though to relax on a hammock, reading my Kindle and completely destress!IMG_2310 IMG_2314
It was such a beautiful resort, and although it was windy from being right on the coast, it wasn’t as windy as the palm trees look – they’ve just been bent over time! Haha!IMG_2347 IMG_2350
Unfortunately, one evening some guests had no running water, they must have tried the shower and not realised that they left the tap on (obviously they had no water, so they didn’t realise). Turns out that when they were out in the day, the water came back on and had not only flooded their room, but it had flooded through 5 rooms in the corridor.
So I rang reception to tell them, maintenance came and found out the problem from a few doors down and we were treated very well. They offered us a room change for the night which had an Ocean View and two double beds (although it was only me travelling!) but it turns out that they just left me in this room for the rest of the week – which was great!IMG_2360
During the week, I decided to go to Suva for a little bit of souvenir shopping! Sadly I went on a Sunday and the markets were closed but I found plenty of souvenirs which were very cheap in their shopping centre!IMG_2372
It was really nice to get out and see how the Fijians live and what their towns were like (especially the capital) and I met a lot of friendly Fijians. Even if you’re walking down the street or alongside the road, they all shout BULA BULA at you, which means Hello. They are very friendly here! I even met this little girl on the bus back to Pacific Coast, who was so adorable and fell asleep on me the whole way back.IMG_2378
I had such a great time in Fiji, and thought that I would send the souvenirs home as they were pretty big as I bought a Fijian Bongo Drum, wooden carved bowls and some masks. So I hopped over to the post office to send them and was delighted at their stamps:
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On the last few evenings of being at the resort, I met the lovely Wati from housekeeping. She is such a lovely lady, who would help with anything at all. She would come in my room for a good chat and she even gave my family a homemade present from her, which was so lovely of her! (I will try to get a photo of the ‘Wooden Leaf, Bird Wind Chime’  that she made, it’s beautiful).
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o that was my visit to Fiji! It was lovely to just sit and chill out in a hammock and completely destress, as I got pretty stressed in New Zealand as I started to run out of my New Zealand budget – but I had such a great time here and would definitely recommend visiting here as they have a lot of activities you can do too, like snorkelling, scuba diving (much cheaper to do courses here, than Australia and NZ). My trip was purely for relaxation this time!

I will be uploading a few little clips from my travels (the ones I didn’t vlog, but had snippets of footage) into one video and I’ll post it on here for you all!
Look out for more of my posts soon! Would you visit Fiji, or have you been?
xx

LINKS:
Pearl South Pacific Resort: HERE

Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach

This was my first stop, when I carried on travelling from Auckland – I was a bit nervous to get back on the bus, but it was completely fine! Hot Water Bech was really pretty, it is in a really small area but if you go down to the beach and dig holes in-between certain rocks, the water comes out BOILING HOT! This is because of the Geo-thermals, not that I know TOO MUCH about this, but the heat and water is coming from deeper inside the earths surface, causing it to be very hot! (Something along those lines, anyway!)
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Anyway, I thought that we’d looked really weird digging a little hole on the beach, but when we got there, it turns out that so many people, especially families were down there – not just digging small holes, but pools to bathe in! It was crazy, but such a great idea!
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I’ll just post the photos here, as there’s not too much that I can say now! Yes, my memory is very bad, especially when I’m trying to backtrack my travels! Apologies!
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Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach

This was my first stop, when I carried on travelling from Auckland – I was a bit nervous to get back on the bus, but it was completely fine! Hot Water Bech was really pretty, it is in a really small area but if you go down to the beach and dig holes in-between certain rocks, the water comes out BOILING HOT! This is because of the Geo-thermals, not that I know TOO MUCH about this, but the heat and water is coming from deeper inside the earths surface, causing it to be very hot! (Something along those lines, anyway!)
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Anyway, I thought that we’d looked really weird digging a little hole on the beach, but when we got there, it turns out that so many people, especially families were down there – not just digging small holes, but pools to bathe in! It was crazy, but such a great idea!
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I’ll just post the photos here, as there’s not too much that I can say now! Yes, my memory is very bad, especially when I’m trying to backtrack my travels! Apologies!
xx

WHERE AM I NOW? WHAT AM I DOING?

Well, I am currently in Auckland at the moment, I’m not too sure if I explained this in a previous post but I am waiting for my flight to Fiji.
Basically, I thought that I was going to stay in New Zealand for 3 months and find a job, but by the time that I went travelling around, I would only have just under 2 months left. I thought to myself that by the time I find a job (2 weeks minimum), it probably wouldn’t be worth it just for the 3-4 weeks as I’ve probably spent the same amount whilst looking for a job. Does any of this make sense?

Anyway, I decided that I would leave New Zealand asap, as it’s just the sensible thing to do. I have had SUCH AN AMAZING TIME in New Zealand, it has been so incredible here. But I think that it is just the right thing to do, leave here before I end up spending money when I could be spending my money on other activities that I haven’t done like Disneyland and Las Vegas when I get to America.

So, I contacted STA Travel to change my flights via the online form (Surprise surprise, they didn’t respond to me as usual..) so my dad rang them up and asked them. We had a really helpful guy (shock horror!) that tried to get flights ASAP for me, but sadly they were really struggling to get flights from Nadi to Los Angeles. So I was and have been just waiting around until I manage to get flight confirmations, which is sort of defeating the point of the reason why I want to leave. But long behold! I have my flights confirmed and I will be leaving for Fiji in just under a week, so I am excited to move on and spend my money wisely on new things, instead of hanging around and spending on hostels, food and Starbucks.

I am really sad to be ending my travels a lot sooner than expected and I absolutely loved it here, but it’s so expensive to travel and I just can’t afford to carry on like it. Also, the amount of stress and anxiety I have had recently really needs to come down! I have been feeling like my brain is going to explode from so many thoughts, for no reason at all!

So, I’m excited and a little bit sad too. But I have to move on and carry on enjoying myself for the time being!

I will be getting wifi in Fiji at my hotel, hopefully. I’m not too sure if it’s fast, but I will do my very best to try write up some posts before I go, so I can just schedule them or actually quickly post them when I’m in Fiji. I am going to be using the time to really relax and chill out, but I will also be my usual self, saying I’m going to relax but end up trying to be productive at the same time, too!

Don’t lost hope on the blog posts, they will still be coming! And expect quite a lot of Book Reviews too, I have been doing more catching up recently!
I’ll speak to you all soon!
xx

G Adventures Trip: Part Two (The Whitsundays)

Wahoo! Here’s the second part of my G Adventures Trip, The Whitsundays!
The Whitsundays was so much fun, it could be one of my favourite times from the trip, possibly..
So, before we headed off to The Whitsundays, we had a 4 hour train journey which was actually really enjoyable with films, great customer service and food. Then, we stopped at a Cattle Ranch in Rockhampton to sleep under the stars in a swag. I had a slight idea of what we were going to be sleeping like, but I have no idea what the cattle ranch would be like!
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It was really cute, very remote and give us a completely new experience and we had a blast there!
We immediately got served this amazing beef stew and some ‘beer bread’ and then got stuck into some campfire games that our guide knew – we ended up playing for hours in the end!
Finally, we got our swags and sleeping bags out and all slept around the campfire, looking at the stars until we fell asleep. Luckily, it was a lot warmer than at the Outback when I slept in a swag!!DSC02754 IMG_0850
Anyway, the next day we got up bright and early, saw the sunrise over the ranch and went to feed lots of animals on their farm, which was on another property. It was so much fun, I am a huge lover of animals and definitely got stuck in there by feeding every single animal a massive wad of bread! Pesky had to be one of the cutest animals too, as he was a pig that thought he was a dog! He was constantly chasing the dog around trying to tackle him, kept playing and shaking his head into my scarf and even rolled over for a belly rub!
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We arrived at Mackay, where we were suggested to find a costume as we were going to have a party on the boat, so we all did that whilst rummaging around for food before the boat, which was Boomerang (a well known, competitive sail boat). We got to stay in these really cute cabins with everyone, too! (and it was pretty relaxing, falling asleep whilst being rocked!).
As we got on the boat, we sailed for 4 hours until we docked in the Whitsundays, luckily nobody was sea sick!
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The next morning, we were up bright and early, had some amazing breakfast and were off to see Whitehaven Beach which has the most gorgeous ‘swirly sands‘. It was pretty chilly on the beach because of the wind, but we all still burnt our legs as we underestimated the sun rays! Damn it!
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After this, we got the chance to go Scuba Diving in the Whitsundays, which was amazing! Although, I must say I had such a panic attack for the first 15 minutes of it, due to the thought of having to breathe through the oxygen tank! Other than that, it was such an amazing experience and I would love to do it again – we got to touch the coral and see so many different colourful fish but sadly we couldn’t take our cameras as we weren’t qualified divers.
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We then headed back to the boat to have our costume party, which was so much fun! We docked again, had the music blasting and a mini food fight with the other boats (although the seagulls ate 80% of it, mid air).
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We got up the next morning to go snorkelling, before having to head to Airlie Beach where we’ll finish the Whitsundays trip. Snorkelling was great though, we loved every minute of it although we were a little cold, but the sites we saw were breathtaking! SO MUCH FUN!
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That quickly sums up our Whitsundays trip, before we started heading to Cairns – but feel free to ask me more, if you want some more information on anything, I am more than happy to answer any questions!
Look out for my next post on Cairns! It’ll be a short one!
xx

LINKS:
G Adventures Brisbane – Cairns Tour
Boomerang Sailing, Whitsundays

NEW VIDEO: Short Melbourne Montage


Here is a really short montage from the first two day trip I had to Melbourne!
Cute animal video coming up in the morning! 😀
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What I miss whilst travelling..

There are a lot of things that I miss now and feel like I have taken for granted before. Most of these are just some of the small things in life, but what use to make me happy whilst chilling around the place!
So, here we go!

– Friends and family (obvious one, there.)
I miss the flexibility of being able to see my friends and family whenever I can.
I can still see them now, but the smallest things make it harder like the time difference, missing special dates and the distance.
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– Trifle (Yes, I know.)
If you often read my blog, you will know that I love trifle. I have only found one in Australia so far and it was not what I thought!
Turns out the cream is actually natural yoghurt.. EW!

– Pampering Myself
I miss coming back from university or town with my friends, I would throw Netflix on and catch up on series whilst pampering myself.
Oh, how I miss having a skincare routine, moisturising all over daily, plastering my face in either a mask or oil, painting my nails a different colour every 2-3 days and taking care of the vile split ends!
Now.. I can officially say.. I am a traveller.

– My Own Bed
That’s right, living in hostels that have at least 4, 8, 12 or even 16 person rooms – it gets to you after a while!
It’s not too bad, but you start to miss having your own space and a bit of privacy and quiet some days! But hey, when I go farming, I’ll possibly get a room to myself! Wahoo!

– Sharing Moments with friends back home
Moments like birthdays, nights out, our daily starbucks fix, cinema days, rainy days, going to London with Glen at christmas and in the summer.

– My Possessions
I miss having my own room, which held all of my possessions. Even the smallest of things like having my make up laid out neatly, a row of shoes and dresses hung up in a wardrobe (instead of being stuffed into a backpack constantly – the Queen of Creases, here).
My xbox, playing music out loud in my room and having a dance about or getting ready for a night out, having a junk food day with a lot of Netflix!

– My Parka Coat
Yup, that’s right. Wearing my Parka Coat that has the fluffy lining inside. It is the comfiest coat going, I love it – I wear it all of the time, use it as a pillow on journeys, use it as a blanket or padding, it just feels like you’re having a duvet day! Even if it’s warm outside, I still have the urge to wear it haha!
I could really use it in Melbourne at the moment, but that would NEVER fit in my backpack! I struggle to find a hoodie in, at the moment!
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Although I say that I miss these, I chose to leave those things and to make new memories and explore more things in life. I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to travel and I love every minute of it. Although you’re having a create time, you always have a laugh with other travellers about the smallest things in life that you miss. Like the other day, I was so happy when I found Sellotape. Like, over the moon haha! It’s such a weird thought, but hey! I am going to really miss travelling, although I will love my own bed again haha! One day!

What are the things you take for granted? And what do you miss?
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My Work Australia Experience So Far..

IT’S 6 MONTHS SINCE I STARTED MY TRAVELS!
I thought that now is the time to come up with a mid-way conclusion of my Australia Trip so far!

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So much has happened within the last 6 months since being on my BUNAC Work Australia programme and I have already got so many incredible memories to share with family and friends!
Although, I have been working a lot since I got here, I have met some of the most incredible people from all around the world. I wouldn’t change them for anyone else, we have all stuck by each other at all times.
I feel so thankful that I have been able to make such amazing friends, and the fact that I will always be able to visit them around the world, no matter where they are – and I can do the same for them!

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I have visited some of the most beautiful places in Australia, learnt about different cultures and I can’t wait to learn and see a lot more!

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I have been in Sydney for 5 months feeling more like a working resident there and having gained so many Australian friends, then I went to Gold Coast to experience some of their theme parks, Byron Bay was a day trip last week which was one of the most beautiful beaches I have visited so far and now I am in Melbourne for a short period of time to work before heading off to a very nice sounding farm to work for my second year visa.

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I can’t believe that all of this has happened in 6 months and I now have another 18 months left of travelling!
I highly recommend that you all try to save to come travelling, as I have become a much more independent person who now doesn’t mind hopping from hostel to hostel on my own!

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Have you guys gone backpacking/travelling before?
I would love to hear some of your travel stories, good and bad! 😀
x

New Vlog: Byron Bay!

Here’s a very, very short YouTube video of what I got up to in Byron Bay for the day!
Sadly my battery died on my phone and camera so I couldn’t film much – but I definitely want to go back one day!

Have any of you been here? What did you do?!
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New Vlog: Gold Coast, Cyclone Time.

Here is my new Gold Coast vlog! A short video, but I couldn’t go out for a few days because the weather was really bad – Byron Bay short video to come up next though!
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