Where is the farthest from home you have been?

Joining in with My Brown Paper Packages today for #wednesdaywanderlust on the topic of “Where is the farthest from home you have been?”


Well, firstly it’s hard to say where home is! I am a dual citizen of Australia and the UK, so both of my possible homes are as far away from each other as they can be!!


I’ve been a bit stereotypical in some ways in that I haven’t seen much in between – though if this counts as an excuse, I did most of my international traveling a decade (plus) ago when I lived at home so it was up to my parents to decide, not me!


I have a lot of Wunderlust for Thailand. I love Thai food and I would love to set up there for a few weeks (months?) and spend time just soaking the place up, taking cooking classes from locals and traveling around.

Far Away From Home

When I went around Europe, I was really looking forward to Italy, and was kind of surprised to not like it a great deal. I think it was because the tour was only going to cities. While it was great to wander lost around Venice for a day (I love getting lost in new places – and old places), and the dinner one night in Italy was mind-blowing, the cities didn’t do it much for  me. I do have a feeling I would like the quieter, countryside areas of Italy.


A few years ago, we had to go out to a teeny tiny town in Queensland for some family stuff… Meandarra is a town that only has a few streets. And the jail has a couch in it! I found that so classically Australian. It might be closer but it felt far from home. We stayed in the pub, and the doors in the rooms don’t even have keys…


Where is the farthest from home you have been?



Enjoying My 30th Birthday In My Backyard

As much as I do believe that you can travel and enjoy your own backyard, sometimes it doesn’t compare to the thrill of the unknown. Yet, other times, it’s amazing and you can appreciate the lifestyle you have – a lifestlye others have to travel for and can’t enjoy year-round.


Yesterday was my 30th birthday. I’m not a party person, so I booked the day off work and spent it at home with my husband.


We kicked off the day with a breakfast BBQ down at Suttons Beach.


Suttons Beach Redclife QLD

The view from our little picnic table hut.


BBQ breakfast at Suttons Beach in Redcliffe QLD

Bacon, hash brown, sausage, egg, onion, mushroom, avocado… delicious!


Suttons Beach Redclife QLD picnic huts

Check out those amazing Moreton Bay Pines.


We went home for a while and lazed about – it was a bit of a hot day but thankfully not so hot we needed the air conditioning on. I like actual fresh air (but am very appreciative of air conditioning during the worst of summer), which is another reason why I don’t think I could ever move away from the beach now that I live by it.


Some time after midday, we got hungry, so we drove up the road to a great little fish n chips shop call The Boat Shed. They’re not the cheapest place but the food quality is the best I’ve had. You can dine in (indoor & outdoor seating) or there are tons of picnic benches and shady spots under trees very close (walking distance close). We pulled our camp chairs out of the boot of the car and ate under a tree.


The Boat Shed Seafood Box

Check out the size of those calamari rings!


Moreton Bay Pines Scarborough

Our view while eating lunch.


It was exactly what I wanted in a birthday – lazy, gorgeous and tasty.


What did you do for your last birthday?


Fitting Travel Into Your Life

This is not a “usual” travel blog. I traveled a lot as a kid but have been stationary for a while due to study, work and health issues. However, that doesn’t mean that the travel bug has gone away.


Fitting Travel Into Your Life


So, how do you fit travel into a “standard” life?


Keep “Travel Gear” On Hand

I keep camping chairs in my car boot at all times. It makes it easy to pull over just about anywhere and enjoy the view (or read a book outside for a while). If my boot was a little bigger, I would keep my free-standing hammock in there all the time too.


Eat Outside Frequently

Nearly every single week we have breakfast or dinner at a BBQ by the beach. You can see my BBQ kit HERE.


Accessorise Your Travel Bug

The picture below is a phone case of mine; I may not get to travel as much as i would like, but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep myself inspired to travel.


Make Peace With Expenses

If you work a full time job, it’s likely that you’ll be limited to traveling on the weekends or at other peak times. Peak travel will always be more expensive, but it’s far better than not traveling at all!


Save For Travel

In line with the point above, accept that travel may cost your more and save accordingly. I have some tips HERE.



3 Easy Ways To Save For Travel

As fantastic as travel is, it can be expensive on top of the rest of life’s expenses. That’s certainly one reason I haven’t been able to travel as much as I would have liked to in recent years. While traveling in your own “backyard” can help control the travel bug, you often still feel that “pack up and go” desire. Here are the tips that I use to save up for travel. Sadly, there is rarely a get rich quick scheme that isn’t a scam and we can’t rely on winning lotto, so these are some very practical tips.



3 Easy Ways To Save For Travel



Save Regularly

If you  have a regular income from a job, talk to your payroll staff and get some money put straight into a separate bank account each pay. I keep my travel funds in a 100% different bank from my main funds. I don’t even have a credit or debit card for that bank account, so I can’t touch the money.



Sell Things

Go through your house and see what you have that you don’t need. You’d often be surprised at what is lingering in old suitcases that can be sold. Do you have some branded clothes? Put them on eBay! Take vintage clothes to a consignment store. Check your kitchen for old & unused items – they might not be worth much on their own but if you can put together a ‘package’ of items that someone who is leaving home might need you can sell them together.


Earn More

Can you pick up a part time job for a few extra hours per week? This can help you pay down debt (if relevant) and to give you a travel fund.


What are you tips for saving for travel?

It’s All JAG’s Fault

The other weekend, the USS George Washington was in Brisbane for shore leave before heading up the  Queensland coast for some war games.


There were no tours of the boat (ship? I’m not up on the terminology) but considering I didn’t know that was even an option sometimes I didn’t feel too left out. Though I would be interested in a tour the next time one comes that does allow tours. Having said that, I did see a few photos on Instagram of people who were on the George Washington for a dinner – so I guess you had to be “important” (politically) to get on board. Yawn.


I have a thing for these Navy boats. It’s all JAG’s fault. Despite reading once that JAG’s demographics were ex military personnel and that it was nearly exclusively viewed by people over forty (sorry, this was a long time ago so no references) I really loved the show as a teenager.


It's All JAG's Fault


Which lead me to watch documentaries occasionally on the US military navy plane ships (see, I’m really not up on the terminology) and a small giant dream of mine is to get to go on one of those fighter jets that gets launched from the ship-boat.


It’s probably also the fault of rollercoasters, because I love theme parks and rollercoasters too. So this is like the ultimate real life rollercoaster experience that is impossible to ever get to do.


Do you have any probably impossible travel dreams?

Bad Travel Advice

Last year I was flicking through Pinterest and ended up on a mainstream website that had all these travel tips and advice for hotels. Some of it was the usual stuff like knowing where your emergency exits are and checking that your door actually does lock – all pretty fair, logical and safe.


But the bit of advice that really got me was that you must check under your bed when you get into the room. Apparently there’s a high risk of there being a dead body under there and the cleaners do such a slap-dash job that no one has noticed there’s a dead body.


Bad Travel Advice


Yep. I actually thought it was a joke, but I think they meant is as serious advice. Now, I’m not saying this has never, ever happened in the history of the world, but really?! If you’re staying a place that’s so bad there’s a risk of dead bodies under the bed, then I’d be more worried about your decision to say in a place where that is a risk!


Nautrally, last  year I decided to take this advice on my next possible trip, because I really hate it when someone gets to say “I told you so” to me. So when my blogging buddy Gayel and I checked into the QT for ProBlogger 2014, I left my suitcase just inside the door of the room and dropped to the floor.


See, no dead bodies:


Check Under The Bed



Phew. I guess there was no “I told you so” that time!


What’s the funniest bit of bad travel advice you’ve ever heard?



Sea World Gold Coast: Tips

Tips for visiting Sea World on the Gold Coast


  • Under the main monorail station (nearest the entrance to the park) there are lockers, toilets and prayer rooms (male and female)
  • Drink prices are often advertised as the price they cost when bought with a meal. It will cost more to buy it if you buy them alone.
  • Despite what the website says, most people I saw had at least some of their own food there. The website states guests with allergies can bring their own food. My other half has weird health issues and strange restrictions on what he can eat. And I just eat the same as him because why make two sets of food when there’s only two of you?
  • Eating at any theme park in Australia is ridiculously expensive. Expect $15-20 per person for each meal. More if you want multiple drinks throughout the day.


Tips For A Great Day Out At Sea World Gold Coast


  • If you have an annual pass, write down your pass code. This makes it faster for them to reissue you with it if you lose it. There is a $5 per pass fee associate with it. The lovely staff member at the gate suggested kindly that I do this, having the surname Smith! It would make it faster for them and you if this situation arises.
  • Staff at concession stands will fill up water bottles for you. One that I spoke to implied that some staff will say no and tell you to fill them up in the toilets. Just go ask someone else if this happens. Note that the water isn’t always cold, it can be room temperature.
  • There is one water fountain in the park. It’s in the stingray pool area – up the back towards the place you can buy food to feed them. It’s behind where you can wash your hands. I don’t think anyone knows it’s there, though it is listed on the park map:


SeaWorld water fountain


What tips do you have for visiting Sea World on the Gold Coast?


Travel Comforts DIY

I did a lot of my traveling when I was in school – which was now a little while ago! In recent years I’ve been staying in the one place for work and study, but that doesn’t meant the travel bug isn’t still gnawing away at me. One thing I do get a bit particular on is comfort. Just because you’re traveling, doesn’t mean that you can’t have comfortable items with you.


Travel Comforts DIY


My main thoughts for this travel comforts DIY was long distance flying – there’s no need to leave it to chance that the airline will provide amenities for your comfort.


I bought all three of these items from a store in Brisbane called Dasio where everything costs $2.80. So while these aren’t going to be long-lasting items, it’s a fair degree of comfort for only $8.40!


Travel Comforts


I went with the three basic items that I find make me comfortable:


Neck Pillow

Everyone has their own preference about blow up vs bean filled, and that will also largely depend on your available bag space. I went with bean filled because I find them more comfortable and because it saves the huffing and puffing into funny smelling plastic.


This particular pillow is great because there is a loop at the top where you can easily attach it to a bag or suitcase so you don’t lose it while in the airport.


Eye Mask

If you need dark room to sleep like I do, then never travel without an eye mask! It can be the one thing that lets you get much needed rest. Just one tip on eye masks – if you have a big head like me (cough) make sure that it’s not going to be too tight! Test it before you go away.



This was actually an afterthought – but one I liked a lot. Long distance travel means you don’t always want your shoes on, but you also don’t want to walk around on public surfaces barefoot. A bargain compromise.


What do you take with you to make travel more comfortable?