Here is a really short montage from the first two day trip I had to Melbourne!
Cute animal video coming up in the morning! 😀
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.
– 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!
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?
04/03/15 It’s the first day of the F1 set up today – there was a lot of lifting, unloading, construction and I know I will aching in the morning haha! But it was so much fun and I met some more new people!
I cannot wait for the F1 to actually start!
05/03/15 I am currently in Starbucks catching up with some blog posts, just phoned Barb for the first time and am hoping to go to H&M to get some basics for farming.
I had lunch cooked for me today by my two new asian friends, which was really nice of them.
I check out tomorrow to go to Urban Central and I just booked my day tour to Great Ocean Road!
06/03/15 I went back to Starbucks today so I could catch up on blog posts and everything – not much happened! Just getting ready for tomorrow!
07/03/15 I went on my trip to the Great Ocean Road today – it was amazing, I loved it! I saw some wild koala bears, went into a rainforest, visited several gorgeous beaches and then saw the twelve apostles!
08/03/15 I started back at work again today, setting up more stands for the F1 Grand Prix. Although, I drove on the race course today!
09/03/15 I went to work again today, same thing really. Just had an induction as well for a little bit, got to know which marquee I was working on and that was about it! My logs will probably be really boring until Thursday, so I won’t write much here.
I also saw loads of amazing hot air balloons everywhere this morning, so pretty!
10/03/15 I drove on the circuit again today, in the work van! It was such an experience whilst all of the signs and fences were up – I took a video which I will try to post onto my blog, too! I will do a mini YouTube video as well, although I haven’t filmed much yet!
We also got to see people pulling out all of the bollards on the track for the race, which must’ve taken hours and hours to do! We also saw them repainting the sponsors signs all around the track, although they looked perfect from last year – it’s still not good enough! 😀
11/03/15 I saw some of the safety cars driving around the track today as they closed it for practises, so good! I also heard a lot of the drivers testing last night – exciting!
12/03/15 The Formula One is finally starting! Today is Corporate Day mainly, and some of the general public can come in too. It’s pretty quiet so far, but it will be a lot busier over the next three days! We have already sold out of so much stock already, on the first day – crazy!
I heard a lot of the cars practising today and managed to run up onto the grandstand at 7am to take a video whilst one came past – it was so fast though that I couldn’t even see who it was driving!
14/03/15 Today is Qualifying Day! I sat by the screens on my break to watch it, sadly McLaren did not do very well but it was still so exciting to watch! The atmosphere was crazy!
15/03/15 Today is the last day of the Formula One Grand Prix – so sad! Everything has been so exciting, and although it’s the main race today, it will all be over straight afterwards.
After the race finished, I heard a load of hysterical screaming and shouting coming from the grandstand, so I ran up to have a look and people were waiting for the drivers to come out.
I got to see Rosberg, which was amazing! Sad to be finishing my work here!
16/03/15 My first day off in ages, today I am getting myself organised for tomorrow as I fly back to Sydney to go farming. I have packed my backpack whilst drinking a celebratory ‘Well Done Zoe, You worked hard’ cider and a Kinder Bunny. I also went to the post office to send a box to my parents with a few bits of merchandise from the Formula One for them, as they’re very jealous that I was working there!
Did you guys watch the Grand Prix? Or visited the Great Ocean Road? It was definitely one of my favourite places so far, with Byron Bay!
I have decided to write a travel log – it’s not going to be very detailed, it’s just the little things that I have been jotting down into my MacBook for each day, as I have sent my travel journal home as it was SO HEAVY! I thought that it would be easier for me to update you guys on things, but without as much detail! Obviously, I will write some posts on specific days in more detail, but for now this will keep me updated faster! Here we go..
15/02/15 I have booked my tickets to the Gold Coast! I leave on Tuesday! So I attempted to go to Manly today, but the ferry was too full. So now I’m trying to pack my backpack and hope for the best!
17/02/15 I flew to Gold Coast today. I got to Sydney Airport nice and early, and wow, my backpack was so heavy! It was so painful to carry around with me. Anyway, I got to the hostel eventually which is very… beachy.. I didn’t get to speak to any of the people in my room though, but I went out to meet Joe and go for a walk and some food. We ended up going for a very long walk to Dominos, which took AGES!
18/02/15 Today I went to Movieworld and Wet N Wild with Joe. It was a lot of fun! I went on the Superman ride, Scooby-Doo and we got soaking in Wet N Wild even before we got into the water! The slides were fun though! I then came back to the hostel for a shower and ended up speaking to some Japanese people for ages (Masashi and Inho).
19/02/15 I am now sitting on the balcony in the hostel, catching up on blogging and editing. I went to Seaworld this morning with Joe, but it started to pour down again because of the oncoming cyclone! We had a good time though, saw most of the shows and then I went for a Starbucks. I’m probably going to make some pasta and chill out with TV Series or a film tonight!
21/02/15 Today I went to the Black Milk Clothing sample sale which was a lot of fun! I bought a swimsuit and a crop top which are so cute! I stayed in for the rest of the day and caught up on Pretty Little Liars as the weather was so bad.
24/02/15 I went to Byron Bay for the day today, which was so much fun! It was so pretty there, I started off at the lighthouse, then walked the coastal walk back down, wandered through the town and then had a chill on the beach with a book!
25/02/15 I have checked out of the hostel now and am waiting in The Coffee Club until I can go to the airport. I’m flying back to Melbourne this evening, so I can work at the International Air Show on Friday!
26/02/15 I am in Melbourne now! I moved out of my hostel for the night and have moved to Melbourne Metro YHA now. I had to run around today to get food for work and to find some leggings – somehow have to find a way to work tomorrow!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Have you guys gone backpacking/travelling before?
I would love to hear some of your travel stories, good and bad! 😀
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!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
I hope you’re all having an amazing christmas and will have a happy new year! I wish you all the best and hope you have a lovely day with all of your friends and family.
Although I am not with my family this year, I am enjoying my experience with new friends that are in the same position as me, ‘the christmas orphans’.
Today, we decided to have our Secret Santa in the morning which was so lovely – really brightened my day up! We then went to Bronte Beach for a few hours, sunbathed (in my case, just plopped myself in the sun and went a little pink) and attempted a BBQ which didn’t happen in the end! Haha! But it was all fun anyway, as you’ll see from my video!
Anyway, I will be posting photos from our Australian Christmas tomorrow hopefully! So keep your eyes out for that!
Do you guys have any traditions? Or have you travelled alone and been a christmas orphan? Tell me your experiences! 😀
We went for such a long hike yesterday! We re-did the walk from yesterday, visited Katoomba Falls which were so pretty and then we walked to the Three Sisters and another 2 and a half hour hike to the train to save us from walking back up 900 wobbly, uneven steep stone steps!
It was such a nice day! We all took sandwiches with us and ate them in the mountains, had ice lollies whilst at Echo Point as well whilst looking at the views and didn’t get sunburnt!
We are going to have a relax today and have a picnic, as we don’t want to spend any money and our legs are wrecked after yesterday’s hike! We must’ve been climbing steps and slopes for about 6 hours! Zzz..!
I’m taking this time to attempt editing my videos, but my only problem is getting videos onto my iPad off my camera and from my iPhone somehow! So bare with me!
Hope you’re all doing well! x
A lot of people have been asking me these questions, so here I am writing this post for you lovely lot!
Firstly, it all started off when I visited my local STA Travel. I decided to go in, just to browse at a few brochures, really not sure what I wanted to do apart from leave the UK for quite a few months!
I thought about Canada and America, but the visas are quite hard to get. I then looked into ‘Work Australia’ and fell in love with it!
STA Travel will get your visa sorted for you, can book your flights (or have a group flight, like I have done with another 40 people) and they can add on lots more things like excursions and skills courses.
I only went through STA Travel for my visa, mainly because the member of staff that we had several times was really rude to me and my parents. Even when we would ask for their opinion (as they had done the same trip previously), they didn’t show much enthusiasm and decided to talk bad about BUNAC (who runs Work Australia).
I ended up going through BUNAC which was a lot easier! They organised my group flights, accommodation for the first 7 days and are going to handle stuff like setting up bank accounts.. This has taken a lot of stress off my mind, so I would definitely recommend going through this process!
When it comes to your visa, don’t feel scared – it is a few small pages of questions to answer and then I received mine within 1 or 2 days!
It was as easy as that really, I didn’t have much more to do ‘form wise’, apart from the dreaded paying part!
Here is a link to the BUNAC page for Work Australia, which will cover all of the information that I have spoke about here! http://www.bunac.org/uk/work-abroad/work-australia
They also do other countries such as the UK (for internationals), USA, New Zealand and Canada.
If you have any further questions on this, then feel free to leave me a comment or a tweet!
I will post more about my trip just before I go, giving the details on what I will be doing, etc..
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!
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/zz2owA
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!).
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.
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.
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!
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?