Riding to Paradise on the Whitsundays

the post where I talk about heaven..

Just two weeks after visiting the beautiful Fraser Island, I was off on another stunning adventure.. this time to Whitsundays. My trip began on the popular town of Airlie Beach, which is the launching point for the majority of Whitsundays trips.

If you know me, then you’ll know me and boats do not get along. I struggle to be on a boat for more than an hour before I throw up, and carry on throwing up until I step off my boat again. The idea of spending three nights on a boat with 30 people, and sleeping there too, was enough to put me off going. This was until I was told about Ride to Paradise. A Whitsundays trip where you stay on a resort complex, and go on a speed boat from Island to Island and activity to activity. Bingo, perfect for me.

Prices start from $569, for two days two nights, all food and accomdation included (but I get mine in a package I mentioned in my Melbourne post).

There isn’t a lot to say about Whitsundays apart from OMGGGGG. I was so so lucky that when I went it was clear blue skies, perfectly still water, and hot.

 

Instead of going into massive depths about the clear waters, pure white sands, snorkelling with turtles and sting rays (did I make you jealous?) I’ll let you look at some photos instead.

 

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unfortunately all my gopro footage from the snorkelling is currently stuck on my gopro.. but that will be uploaded as soon as I’m able to transfer over

 

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Mundane to Melbourne

the post where I talk about my first Australian city

I MADE IT TO AUSTRALIAAAAAA

I had been waiting for this day for so long. If you’re from the UK, then you’ll probably know that so many people go to Australia for a gap year after they finish sixth form/college before uni. I am just as cliche as everyone else.

 

Flight: $550 AUD from Heathrow to Melbourne via Delhi with AirIndia

Hostel: $24 a night at All Nations Backpackers which included wifi, pancakes for breakfast and pasta/rice

Transfer: $17 from Melbourne airport to the coach station

Phone: $30 a month on Optus (should’ve gone with Testra!!!)

Bank: ANZ (set up before landing in Aus, so my card was ready for collection)

 

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I was in Melbourne for 5/6 days, and it was pretty much a blue. This was a mix of jet lag and utter confusion that I’m alone in a completely new country.

In all honesty I didn’t do a lot in Melbourne now I think about it, as a lot of that week was planning the rest of my East Coast journey.

I booked it all through MAD travel that was connected to my hostel, and I actually got a pretty good deal. I believe I paid around $1800 AUD:

  • overnight coach from Melbourne to Sydney (12 hours)
  • 3 months Greyhound hop on hop off coach pass from Sydney to Cairns
  • Neighbours tour
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Blue Moutains
  • Fraser Island (3 days 2 nights with Nomads)
  • Whitsundays (2 days 2 nights with Ride to Paradise)
  • 4 nights accomdation
  • 10 nights Base accomdation card

This package had pretty much everything I wanted to do on the East Coast, minus a skydive and Cape Tribulation.. but you can easily purchase those separately.

 

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Accomadation:

All Nations Backpackers, 2 Spencer Street, Melbourne. $24 for a 8 dorm mixed room. Free pancakes 8am-10am, free rice, pasta, tea and coffee. Free wifi in the communal areas from 7am-7pm. Ubar next door.

 

Transport:

Free tram line runs from outside the hostel to the CBD and a 20 walk to CBD.

 

Food:

Coles and Woolies are only a 15 minute walk away from the hostel. 7/11 just next door, but that’s quite expensive to be getting regular shopping. Dominoes just around the corner ($5.95 for a basic pizza, yaassss).

 

Activities:

Neighbours tour (highly recommend.. however if you aren’t too fussed about seeing the set, then you can just drive to the street yourself, but there is security guard permanently on the street)

Penguin Island is just a short ferry ride away where wild penguin are seen on the beach

Luna Park is a massive world famous theme park that is free entry, but rides are priced individually once inside

St Kilda beach is just next to Luna Park, about a 20 minute tram ride from the CBD. If you go down the pier at sunset then you can often see miniture penguins who live in the rocks.

The Botanical Gardens are a lovely free activity where you can chill and have a picnic.

 

I wasn’t in Melbourne for long so I didn’t get to see many things, but the time I did spend there was lovely. Even though it is Australia and it is summer in December, Melbourne is one of the cooler cities, so make sure you have a cardigan or jumper for the evenings.

 

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Travelling Bucket List

the post where I talk about my goals..

I’ve always been on of those people who have massive dreams that are often told are unrealistic, and I always think to myself ‘why should they be?’ Why should our dreams be ‘unrealistic’..

With that thought it mind, I have created a bucket list, that fingers crossed I will complete and document on my blog.

Activities:

  • swim with sharks (wild)
  • skydive
  • swim with dolphins (wild)
  • 4×4 in a desert
  • swim with turtles (wild)
  • bathe an elephant
  • drive a tuk tuk
  • volunteer in schools or orphanages
  • climb a mountain or volcano
  • be in a Bollywood movie
  • watch a space shuttle launch
  • snowboard
  • blue lagoon outdoor spa

Countries:

  • New Zealand
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Thailand
  • Nepal
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Iceland
  • Antarctica
  • Russia
  • India
  • Israel
  • South Africa
  • Kenya

Places:

  • Taj Mahal
  • River Ganges
  • Pyramids of Giza
  • Machu Pichu
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Dead Sea
  • Mount Fuji
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Niagra Falls
  • Tabletop Mountain
  • Base camp of Everest

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To Travel Or Not To Travel?

That is the question..

 

Birth. School. School. College. University. Job. Marriage. Children. Retire. Die

Where in that list do you get time to travel? Do you skip University, not get a job, don’t have children? Or can you still do all of those and travel?

So far I have done birth, school, school, college, job, travel.. and now planning more travelling, having deferred university twice. This probably isn’t the most standard route, but it seems to be a lot more common nowadays. Young adults, in their late teens early 20s are going on the ‘gap yah’ before University. A lot of people say this is the only time you get to travel before you settle down with your life and get tied into too many commitments to actually ‘live’.

I remember being at sixth form and turning up to one of those sessions where lecturers come in from Universities and try and sell it to you. I remember walking out of the hall after, turning to my Head of Sixth Form and telling him that I won’t be applying to Uni.I remember he made me write a personal statement, a personal statement that had no life or drive in because frankly I had no passion for Uni. I remember after results I panicked that I would have no career, so I applied through clearing and go accepted onto a Criminology and Psychology course (even though I knew I didn’t want to do that as a career). And finally, I remember deferring that place two days later, and the year after, because I realised that Uni is for everyone, but the world is.

So now I’m sat in my living room, having worked in insurance for a year and a half, quitting that job to volunteer in India for 3 months, and now I’m thinking what to do next. After getting back from India I had numerous people asking me, ‘so which Uni are you going to in September?’. They were shocked and very often confused when I replied, ‘no I’m not going to Uni.’ A lightbulb would soon click and they would then proclaim, ‘oh, so you have a good job lined up?’. Again, ‘no, no job lined up.’ You would then see their face register that I was going to be a bum, on the dole, lay about or simply a dosser.

Finally I would tell them about my plans to travel the world, to which they would scoff and joke about me going on a ‘gap yah’.

‘So what are your plans when you return?’

‘I don’t know..’

‘What career are you going to do?

‘I don’t know..’

‘Are you going to go to Uni after?’

‘I don’t know..’

‘What do you mean you don’t know?’

‘I just don’t know..’

 

But I think that is the beauty of it, I DON’T KNOW. I’m 21 years old, am I really meant to know what I want to do with my life? I’ve heard numerous stories of people who do years at University to be a doctor, they complete all the relevant exams, do all the relevant training, have a year in the profession, and then they realise they actually want to be a stand up comedian and they rushed into what they thought was the right thing to do.

I’m 21 for goodness sake. I want to see the world, experience new things, live a life of adventure and wonder. Yes, that might not be the ideal life for everyone. I understand a lot of people go to University straight after school, get their degree, go into their desired profession, and stay there until they retire, absolutely loving it. Kudos to them. But that’s not me, and as far into the future as I can see, that won’t ever be me.

So yes, to everyone who is asking, I am off on my gap yah to galavant around the world, with no true goal in sight. I want to see the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and Machu Picchu. I want to reach base camp of Everest and walk The Great Wall of China.  I want to lie beneath the stars of the Australian outback and the Aurora Borealis of Iceland, with no real aim and journey planned.

To me, that is my life. One day I will settle, or return to where I am now. Hell I may be back in two months, but maybe, just maybe, I will never come back. I may go to Jordan or Japan and realise this is where I should be my whole life.

But until then, I will step on that plane next month, and say goodbye to Cheltenham and hello to Melbourne. The rest of my life starts then, and I cannot bloody wait.

 

Until next time,

xox