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Jess/23/Yorkshire. I make friends with every dog I see, eat too many M&M's and make too many Mean Girls References. Oh and I live in Sydney.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

How to be a terrible budget traveller


I might be a bit skint most of the time but that doesn't stop me blowing my budget 99% of the time whilst travelling. Here are a couple of things I've done that have completely thrown my budget out of the window.

- Booked a stay in a 4* hotel via Groupon just because it had £290 off it's usual price

- Tipped a waiter in Florida $40 on top of a $10 meal 'cos I didn't look at the note properly.

- Eaten at the Hard Rock cafe just because I needed something western (ie a proper pepsi)

- Got talked into a spontaneous trip to Gili Trawangan by a waiter whilst grabbing a quick drink.

- We then proceeded to book a room in one of the jazziest hotels on the island, complete with private pool.

-  Taken taxi's everywhere 'cos it was just too damn hot to walk.

- Got an unnecessary and quite expensive tattoo (Jody)

- Went to the shopping malls 'just for a look' then ended up having to throw away half of my backpack's contents to make room for the new stuff.

- Point blank refused to stay in dorm rooms because of my terrible Aussie experience in one - Private bungalow for two please.
 
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Sunday, 22 May 2016

The Sunday Catch Up #15


Well Aloha amigos! Welcome to the Sunday Catch up where I waffle on about my boring week for a few paragraphs then give you a few links to posts that I've enjoyed this week.

- The weekend began with a trip to the cinema to see X Men: Apocalypse. It didn't have great reviews in the paper but I thought it was awesome. I'm a big fan of the franchise so I knew I'd like it anyways and Sophie Turner/Sansa Stark is great as Jean Grey. I have a feeling that may not be the last X Men movie though, especially as it introduced a lot of new younger mutants.

- I started off my Sunday with a trip to Ripley for an ice cream breakfast. Defs have eyes bigger than my tummy cos a large tub of whippy vanilla nearly killed me. Good though.

- I also got to see my lovely baby niece again today. I swear I've only seen her awake twice since she was born and both times were after she had done a poop and needed changing. Pretty jealous, wish it was acceptable for me to sleep all the time.

It wasn't the most exciting week but meh, I'm saving money by being boring. I get paid Friday though meaning it's finally time to book some flights for my trip in January! Hope you all had a lovely week!

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Teenage Refugees Tell Us the Horrors They've Been Through to Get to Europe Vice
21 Women who got labelled crazy ex gf's tell their side of the story Thought Catalog
Halsey is our June/July cover star Nylon
Life Beyond The Screen A Little Twist Of
Dear Diary: I really like being on my own Hannah Gale
Mary Poppins the Musical, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh Underland to Wonderland
To The Racist I Had the Displeasure of Meeting Recently Adventurous Kate
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Thoughts on coming home after a year of travel


A small collection of thoughts I've had since coming home at the end of January, ranging from the minute I got home to the present day.

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When I walked through the door my four crazy dogs came running up to me and they remembered me. After 13 months away.
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Coming home to a pregnant Sister and seeing her bump for the first time was so surreal. There was a real little person growing inside her, I wasn't just being Punk'd by my entire family.
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I spent the first week of my home coming lost in limbo. Even when I was awake I felt like I was asleep, like everything was surrounded in fog. Probably the jet lag. Definitely the jet lag.
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Our friends are the same yet so different. Things have happened whilst we have been away that we know nothing about. New friendships have been forged and some relationships have disintegrated.
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Do I really want to be stuck in this job, in the 9-5 grind forever? Should I have maybe gritted my teeth and done my 88 days of farmwork? Did we make a mistake coming home?
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Saving for the future is hard and it is boooooring. Can I not just use my savings to book a mini break to Rome or spend it on a month long adventure in New Zealand?
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I don't want to bore everyone by talking about my travelling but at the same time it's all I want to talk about.
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It's hard to believe that this time last year I was living in Perth and exploring everything WA had to offer. Life has soon gone back to normal, my time in Australia feels a bit like a dream.
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At the moment I'm pretty happy. I have a niece, my savings look good and I have a trip to Norway planned for January aswell as a lot of gigs and festivals within the UK. Every now and again I have off days where I wish I'd carried on travelling but I'm happy to be back home.
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Err what do I blog about now?
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One thing I know for sure is that the travel bug never really leaves you. I may be taking the year to stay in one place but I still want to see everything.
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