Today I am writing this post sitting in a hammock in a hostel in Coff’s Harbour, NSW, Australia so I am extraordinarily lucky. Today also marks 1 month since I started travelling.
I thought I’d write a monthly review to let everyone know how it’s been going, we’ve been so busy doing lots of different things that I haven’t actually been able to write as often as I’d thought I would!
In month 1, we have visited 9 different places across 4 countries, all of which have been new to both of us. In Asia, we visited Dubai, Singapore & Bali (Jimbaran, Ubud & Kuta). In Oceania we have visited Australia (Sydney, Port Stephens, Port Macquarie & Coff’s Harbour).
Month 1 Highlights:
- Yoga class in Ubud,
- Meeting new people in Sydney with OzIntro,
- Having my first surf lesson and standing up a couple of times,
- Port Stephens weekend with OzIntro,
- The beautiful coastal walk in Port Macquarie.
Month 1 Lowlights:
- The night bus,
- Watching the doctor clean out the cut on Jack’s foot.
What I’ve learned:
- Hostels can be gross, especially kitchens and bathrooms. By backpacking you are sharing with more people than you are used to in your house at home, however, the shared bathrooms haven’t actually freaked me out as much as I expected. The kitchens aren’t as horrible as you would expect as in the ones that we have stayed in so far, people are actually cleaning up after themselves!
- The right roommates are so important. In hostel 1, we had a few hostel long-termer lad roommates who because they were living there rather than just staying there, would leave their stuff everywhere, even if it needed to go in a laundry bag (that’s all I’ll say about that) and would be coming in and out of the room all night with people who did not share our room. This made me in particular feel quite uncomfortable & we ended up moving. Our next roommates were great, we all arrived on the same day, no one snored, we were (mostly) tidy and the 5 of us ended up friends!
- I am not as homesick as I thought I’d be. I speak to my Mum, Dad and brother every day in the family WhatsApp group, I message other family members too. I’m using Facebook each day or so to update everyone at home as to what we’ve been up to so the contact is almost constant. Technology makes long-term travel so much easier. Though saying that, I haven’t missed a big family event yet so maybe I’ll get a little homesick then as one of my cousins is due to have a little one in a few weeks time so I’ll be missing out on baby cuddles! I’ll have to FaceTime to see his little face once he’s here!
We’re currently heading up the East Coast so our plans at the moment are to keep following it up and then stopping for a while in Brisbane, making it our short-term home!
I have no regrets about leaving home to come travelling around Australia. I honestly believe that it is and will continue being a big learning experience. I’m so lucky to have this opportunity and I know that even though the mosquitos are using me as a pin cushion, I am having the best time.