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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?
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LINKS:
Pearl South Pacific Resort: HERE

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

You’ll have to bare with me..

Like the title says, you’ll have to bare with me for a little bit as like I have said in the past, the wifi in New Zealand is pretty poor in the places that I have been to! So, it doesn’t look like I’ll get much chance to upload posts for a little while. I’m very sad. 😦

I’ll explain.
I was going to stay in New Zealand for another 2 months, to get a job but I have realised that by the time I get a job (2 weeks minimum), there won’t be much point in me working for just 3-4 weeks. I’ll probably end up on the same money that I have now.
So, I am going back up to Auckland tomorrow to be on the safe side, as I have asked STA Travel to change my flights for Fiji & America for ASAP, so I just want to be there that I can leave whenever I need to.
I just hope it’s soon as I really don’t want to keep spending money on hostels and food, whilst I’m waiting around to go somewhere new!

And about the wifi, Auckland doesn’t have much wifi that I can connect to, or is fast enough to blog and upload photos/videos on. The hostel one always crashes (like my Wellington one recently) and just hardly works!

So, I have no exact idea to when I am going to get wifi to do all of these posts for you guys!
If my hotel in Fiji has wifi, great – although I’m using the time to relax. But, I will try – I have heard the wifi is very VERY expensive there. So maybe I’ll wait until I get to America. But don’t worry, in the meantime, I will be writing up the blogposts into Pages anyway and saving my images to go with them and I will post them as soon as I can!

Although I am sad to be finishing my travelling sooner, I just think that it’s the wisest choice for me. I am also sort of looking forward to going home at the same time, to my own room, to have all of my belongings again, see my friends and family, eat monster munch and trifle, play on my xbox, sort out my wardrobe and start all over again and then try to sort myself out, ready for the new year!

Prepare for a lot of drafts to be written today! I don’t want to fall behind!
xx

You'll have to bare with me..

Like the title says, you’ll have to bare with me for a little bit as like I have said in the past, the wifi in New Zealand is pretty poor in the places that I have been to! So, it doesn’t look like I’ll get much chance to upload posts for a little while. I’m very sad. 😦

I’ll explain.
I was going to stay in New Zealand for another 2 months, to get a job but I have realised that by the time I get a job (2 weeks minimum), there won’t be much point in me working for just 3-4 weeks. I’ll probably end up on the same money that I have now.
So, I am going back up to Auckland tomorrow to be on the safe side, as I have asked STA Travel to change my flights for Fiji & America for ASAP, so I just want to be there that I can leave whenever I need to.
I just hope it’s soon as I really don’t want to keep spending money on hostels and food, whilst I’m waiting around to go somewhere new!

And about the wifi, Auckland doesn’t have much wifi that I can connect to, or is fast enough to blog and upload photos/videos on. The hostel one always crashes (like my Wellington one recently) and just hardly works!

So, I have no exact idea to when I am going to get wifi to do all of these posts for you guys!
If my hotel in Fiji has wifi, great – although I’m using the time to relax. But, I will try – I have heard the wifi is very VERY expensive there. So maybe I’ll wait until I get to America. But don’t worry, in the meantime, I will be writing up the blogposts into Pages anyway and saving my images to go with them and I will post them as soon as I can!

Although I am sad to be finishing my travelling sooner, I just think that it’s the wisest choice for me. I am also sort of looking forward to going home at the same time, to my own room, to have all of my belongings again, see my friends and family, eat monster munch and trifle, play on my xbox, sort out my wardrobe and start all over again and then try to sort myself out, ready for the new year!

Prepare for a lot of drafts to be written today! I don’t want to fall behind!
xx

Packing Update!

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I thought that I would start a little ‘Packing Update’ to get the travel posts going! I started to pack about a week ago and it surprisingly went quite smoothly!SAM_0109
Anyway, here is my backpack! I have the Lowe Alpine Alpa Mayo 55:75, which I bought from Go Outdoors around April/May. This is a really good backpack (from what I’m witnessed so far) as it has the standard drawstring fastening at the top, but you can also open the backpack from the middle like a holdall. So luckily, I wouldn’t have to rummage all the way through my bag to find stuff!
I’m not too sure if they’re still making this backpack online, but here’s the same model but different colour: http://goo.gl/zz2owASAM_0110
This also comes with a rain cover, grips to place walking sticks and a hydration pack. It has extendable straps, a moveable back piece for a perfect fit, along with the hip straps. (If any of that makes sense!).SAM_0112
So, I have decided to purchase some Packing Cubes which I wouldn’t have even thought of buying until I saw other travellers taking them! I have 3 Medium Cubes in Orange and 3 Small Cubes in Blue. They are so much easier for my backpack! I have rolled up all of my dresses and tops into one orange cube, then all of my shorts, playsuits and jumpsuits into the other. I then put my underwear, tights and bikinis into 3 separate cubes.SAM_0117
These easily fit inside my backpack and I know what stuff is in each bag so it’ll be much better to find stuff and not mess everything up whilst shuffling through it! In the photo below, I have two orange medium cubes at the bottom, next to each other, then 3 small blue cubes on top.
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These cubes are so handy and I would definitely recommend getting some for a backpack or even a suitcase! They fit quite a lot of stuff in surprisingly, and they are deeper than I thought! You can get these from Amazon, from eBags!SAM_0118

Here are the links to:
Small Packing Cubes: http://goo.gl/cdtUjw
Medium Packing Cubes: http://goo.gl/nRQ5Nh
Assorted Packing Cubes: http://goo.gl/kmns4H

You can get these in loads of different colours, and they also do a wide range of handy bags – so definitely check them out!

I will be posting another Work Australia post soon, to explain how to get through the process of applying for a Working Visa and other things!
So let me know what you want to see in my posts before I go and I will jump to them! Also prepare to see a TMI Tag Video this week and a vlog!

Any backpacking tips or want to know anything?
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