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In Love with Wollongong

September 28, 2018

I’m currently sat in a very instagrammable café in Wollongong, NSW, the seventh stop on what I’m now referring to as my ‘Eat Pray Love road trip’ up the East Coast of Australia. Why the Liz Gilbert reference? Because I’m having a me holiday to heal myself after my recent breakdown, alright? You don’t want me to get into it, trust me, but if you know me in real life you know I haven’t exactly been shy about all my problems as of late and I really need a time to start enjoying life and travelling again. That’s what this trip is.

So far I’ve been to Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island, Wilsons Promontory, Jervis Bay and Morton National Park. My plan was to only stay in Wollongong for two days but here I am, on my fourth day in Wollongong and I don’t want to leave. Continue Reading…

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How I was Almost Abducted by a Paedophile in Miami

September 27, 2018

Whenever I tell this story, I find myself laughing, usually to horrified expressions. “That isn’t funny! That’s terrifying!” they object. I’m not sure why I laugh. I know it’s not actually a funny story. Maybe it’s the absurdity that makes me laugh, or maybe it’s my twisted sense of humour and the fact that I cannot break out into giggles whenever something goes horribly wrong. It’s easier to laugh than to cry, right? Continue Reading…

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Hiking to the Base of Belmore Falls

September 27, 2018

You must know by now that I have an affinity for breaking rules. In general, I’m a good girl. I don’t do drugs, I rarely drink, I feel like I have a pretty good moral compass when it comes to supporting companies and practices that don’t oblige with my ethical code. And yet when I see a ‘danger, do not cross beyond this point’ sign… Continue Reading…

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Jervis Bay

September 26, 2018

I’ve been finding it difficult to write about my short time in Jervis Bay. It was sandwiched between Wilsons Promontory and Morton National Park, two places full of beautiful nature, trees, waterfalls, mountains and glorious beaches. But Jervis Bay certainly had the most glorious beaches so far on my journey. It is, after all, home to the beach that has been awarded the Guinness world record for having the ‘whitest sand’, Hyams beach. Continue Reading…

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Smiling When Everything Goes Wrong

September 25, 2018

Right before I moved to Australia, I decided I wanted to create a British bucket list of all the things I wanted to do before I left. This list consisted of a Scottish road trip to see Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, the Hogwarts Express and some reindeers. I wanted to hike Snowdon. I wanted to see the poison garden of Alnwick. I wanted to do a vegan cooking class in the world’s best vegetarian cooking school in Bath. I wanted to do the Harry Potter Warner Brothers tour in London. I wanted to do everything the UK had to offer! I mostly wanted to keep myself busy because my actual life was depressing me immensely. And yet I never got around to doing any of those things.

Why? Well, I was working. I hadn’t earned even a quarter of the amount I originally wanted to for my trip so I spent my last month in the UK hustling by making lattes. Don’t get me wrong, I did end up doing some things on my days off. One of the things I did ended up being an absolute disaster. Continue Reading…

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24 Hours on Phillip Island

September 22, 2018

I knew I was going to like the place as soon as I drove over the bridge and saw a rainbow reflecting over Phillip Island. Little did I know a rainbow would be the first thing that welcomed me into the Mornington Peninsula, Wilsons Promontory and Kangaroo Valley. It simply means I picked the rainy season to road trip up the East Coast but still. Continue Reading…

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Rainy Days on the Mornington Peninsula

September 17, 2018

Stop number one on the road trip from Melbourne to Cairns: The Mornington Peninsula!

Last time I was in Melbourne in May, Amanda insisted we go to the Mornington Peninsula hot springs. Funnily enough I refused to pack a swimsuit because under no circumstance was I letting anyone peer pressure me to go swimming. But a relaxing spa during a thunderstorm? Alright, I regretted not packing a swimsuit. Continue Reading…

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My First Solo Trip to Milan

September 12, 2018

I chose Milan as my first trip abroad, solo. It wasn’t intentional. I simply found some flight tickets that coincided with my days off work and I couldn’t find anyone else who wanted to go with me so last minute. Usually I would rely on my sister, Rebecca, for this, but after I supposedly “broke her ankle” in Barcelona a few weeks before, she wasn’t having any of it. Besides, I had gotten so used to being alone at this point, I took the risk and booked the flights. Continue Reading…