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!
I went with the three basic items that I find make me comfortable:
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.
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?
I miss travel. It’s something I can block out most of the time, but then I read a post like this one and the love I feel for it rushes back in. I feel the anger I have towards doctors who don’t seem to care we still live in limbo about my husband’s health. I feel the anger I have towards unstable income and the duty I have as the sole income earner. The struggles I feel when a part time job just isn’t paying the bills. The avoidance of using my Pinterest account for this blog as it makes me sad to see all the places I can’t go.
My only travel this year so far was a night away an hours drive from home. But it was so good. I had space. I had time. I had absolute freedom from daily life. Do you know how much you need a break from daily life? It hit home to me when I was walking around the Gold Coast on my own, trying to work out what to get for dinner.
I stopped in at Nandos for some chips to go with the salad I had just bought in the supermarket. I didn’t have the money to buy food at the hotel I was staying at but a picnic on the beach is probably more my style anyway.
I placed my order at the counter and took a seat to wait while my chips were cooked. I was doing the usual ‘waiting’ things, staring off into space, playing around on social media, scribbling down ideas in a notebook … when suddenly I panicked. I looked at the time to see how long I had been waiting. Shit! I had used up some of my half an hour!! Shit! Time was running out. I had to get back to work. I only had half an hour to eat and get back. GET BACK TO WORK.
It was a bit of a ‘holy fuck’ moment for me. My brain is so, SO wired to my 9-5′s and taking the minimum breaks that I worried while on holiday that I could only take half an hour to eat.
The ridiculous part is that most jobs I’ve ever had pretty much let me choose the length of time I take for lunch anyway. It’s me that chooses to take only half an hour, to get home quickest to get onto doing other things.
No. That won’t do. I don’t hate my day jobs, in fact I’m grateful for the stable income they give me so I can develop this very neglected travel blog, as well as my personal blog and my blog about blogging. I couldn’t work on any of these if I didn’t have a day job income. I don’t want to quit my job and travel. I like having my own house and want to be a home owner. But travel just says in your veins. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. It will never leave me. Have I been anywhere new in recent years? Eh, not really. A city that you fly into for the day to sit in a conference room doesn’t count to me. But for however long my blood flows, travel will flow through me too.
For now I may very well have to explore locally. To find a great new park in a local suburb. It will have to do. Because I have to do something that makes me feel new.
How do you balance life and travel desires?
Shark Bay is one of my favourite parts of Sea World. As much as I like theme parks, I’m not a fan of crowds and I love animals, so I find that it’s a great place to decompress during the hottest & busiest part of the day. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:
The entry sign at Shark Bay
Shark heading towards me!
Beautiful giant turtle.
Do you love the animal areas at theme parks?
You can read part one here and part two here.
Another day, another beautiful sunrise from the QT Hotel.
I am a huge buffet fan and the QT is the best I’ve been to.
Huge selection of juices and milks.
Shayne Tilley on stage during the email marketing sessions with great advice: don’t just build a form for your email newsletter, build a benefit.
Great advice for pretty much any situation – learn from others, but don’t think you have to imitate them.
I was in the bar and missed lunch (and an entire session), so a quick bar meal it was.
Chris Ducker on stage with his wisdom.
Two years in a row I’ve been to the QT for ProBlogger, and two years in a row I’ve been so busy I haven’t gotten to enjoy the hotel facilities. It was a bit too cold for a swim, but I did dip my foot in!
After two very full-on days, my roommate and I took a sunset walk to relax and clear our heads. I love how empty the beach was.
We did go out for dinner too, but I think the AH-MAZING food at Bazaar deserves its own post…and another trip down there for more eating!
You can catch up on Part 1 here.
Beautiful sunrise to wake up to. Hello Gold Coast!
The best part of the buffet breakfast at the QT Hotel Gold Coast.
The point at which I got very excited because it was STARTING!
Mr ProBlogger himself on stage – with great advice behind him. Because if you don’t start, you’ll never have opportunities.
Virgin Australia were major sponsors again and we were treated to some Business Class food of theirs. FAR too sweet for me but it’s also not the sort of thing I have often, so anything juice-like is too sweet for me!
Lunch time sweet treat.
Amazing Fruit Tower at lunch.
I left a session that afternoon & went back to my room to decompress – ProBlogger is a conference where a LOT of information is thrown at you and sometimes you need a break. I was following along with the hashtag on my laptop.
No conference is complete without a cocktail party!
Food to go with the champers :)
And that was day two in photos! There is a lot more that I learned, but copious handwritten notes make for a boring blog post!
Woah. Well the ProBlogger conference was last weekend at the Gold Coast, hosted again by the quirky QT Hotel. I took many photos of the conference and hotel, so I’ve divided the posts up by day to give you a visual tour of what the Gold Coast, the QT hotel and the ProBlogger Conference is like.
Suitcase packed and read to go! Other bag full of food. And maybe wine.
On the road!
I love the carpet in the hallways at the QT Hotel!
Comfy twin room at the QT hotel on the Gold Coast
View from 14th floor QT Hotel Gold Coast
A couple of days before the conference I was reading a travel article that said you HAVE to check under hotel beds for dead bodies when you check in. So I checked. No dead body here.
Instead of eating out on the first night, my roomie and I did a little DIY room service.
Sangria from the Stingray bar within the QT Hotel.
And there you have it! Day one (travel day) of the 2014 ProBlogger conference in pictures. Stay tuned for part 2.
Have you ever stayed at the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast?
Brisbane and its suburbs have a huge selection of markets for the population. I think it’s safe to say that markets, particularly farmers markets, have been a very successful enterprise in and around South East Queensland.
I actually lived in Nundah years ago when these markets were introduced. They were very busy at the first one, then it tapered off quickly. Since moving away from Nundah years ago, the area has become a bit more urban and funky. I decided to go back to the markets and see what they were like these days. And you know what, they’re pretty good!
Nundah Fresh Farmers Markets are not huge – they are held in the train station car park. But what they lack in size, they make up for in being funky! I actually buy all my fruit & vegetables from a shop a few doors from my house, so if I go to farmers markets, it’s just to browse, enjoy being out and see what little secrets are in each place.
Flowers to welcome you to the market!
Cute cafe area where you can eat any of the bits & bobs you buy at the market.
Great selections of fresh fruit and vegetables.
I was really happy to come across a stall I’ve seen at a few markets. They sell iced tea and have a range of flavours – but it’s not always the same ones. I’m not sure what markets they are at regularly, because I’ve seen them at quite a few around Brisbane.
If you’re around the Northside of Brisbane, or stopping through, Nundah markets are a good way to get a dose of markets without spending your entire day there.
What makes or breaks a market for you? Have you been to Nundah Farmers Markets?