Big city life

I grew up in a small town of 10,000 people in Northern Australia. Remote, personal and secure.

From my hometown I moved to a mountain town in North America of roughly the same population> to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia, slightly more densely populated> onto a mountain town of roughly 15,000 on the south island of New Zealand> to a town on the coast of Western Australia that was a bit smaller than my last destination. Therefore have never lived anywhere with 30,000+ people living in the same area. Then we decided to move to Brisbane…

It was hard. I’d consider myself quite an easily adaptable person. I love meeting new people, seeing new areas and changing up my work places. We signed a lease for a one bedroom apartment in central Brisbane and this in itself I had never experienced. I’ve always rented rooms from friends, friends of friends etc. And always off the books. I felt a bit stuck and obligated to stay in one area for a certain amount of time, as I’ve always had the freedom to pickup and leave whenever I felt like it. I made heaps of friends at my new workplace but I was worth more than the pay and I felt anxious going- again have never struggled with anxiety until, you guessed it… moving to the big smoke.

The first three months I had heaps of adjusting to do. Not having housemates to come home to. My partner was working away again so not being able to see him during the week and once again being away from my family, as I’d probably seen them more than ever in mid/late 2019. Going to be honest here and I know a lot of other ‘travellers’ will pick up what I’m putting down. Being away from my family for a few years and not seeing them face to face I guess I was used to the distance as such, and keeping in mind my fam are legends when it comes to communication/visiting me wherever I am in the world. They’re never not putting in the effort and I’d like to think it’s reciprocal. But after seeing my sister get married, my dad for fathers day for the first time in maybe three years, my brothers both turning ‘legal’ and seeing them in between holidays I started to realise what I was missing out on and had to get used to being away from them once again. Sidenote: 100% my choice, not having a pity party.

It’s funny with age how we really start to prioritise what’s important. I’ve always loved my family but have never felt that strong desire to spend 24/7 with them and I’m sure they feel the same. As I’m getting older though, (lol ripe age of 24) I find myself appreciating them so much more. Probably more than I ever have. And I think that’s beautiful. Its also beautiful having a family that supports your decisions to move around constantly and live the life you want to live. Maybe they prefer it this way… I joke.

I obviously considered going home many times. Three months in though something clicked. I really started to enjoy being in the city. Not that I didn’t try to enjoy it prior, but I think it just took time. I joined a gym that I loved, made even more mates, left my job and did something different. Going to say though that moving metropolitan was my hardest move to date. The noise that a city creates, the ambulances, air pollution, seeing SO many different faces on a daily basis. I just felt on edge constantly. If you’ve just moved to a city and are struggling I FEEL YOU. It is definitely not the most natural way of living nor something humans should be used to. Being surrounded by buildings, excess light pollution and the concrete to grass ratio. But I am such an advocate for change also. I live for it. And I do think that we cant knock these things before we try them. I feel stronger for staying and i’m so glad I stuck it out. I have just moved into a gorrrrrrgeous two bedroom apartment in a new area with my boyfriend + bestfriend, started hairdressing again at a salon that I love, have a great group of humans around me(really really great) and im feeling happy, healthy, good in my own skin and best of all- not anxious.

I never thought I’d be saying this but I LOVE Brisbane and am really enjoying being here- for now πŸ™‚ Good things really do take time and we need to be patient with ourselves. Nothing lasts forever and we always have the power to make change/different choices in any given situation.

The convenience of this city, the beautiful gardens and produce markets, the array of jobs on offer(pre covid), having an airport close by(again, pre covid this was helpful lol), the different cuisines, selection of transport options, so many new friends to make and you knew I was going to say it *cough* Uber eats. I’m enjoying it. Can’t say I’ll spend the rest of my life here, never say never though right? Its home for now.

Now for the Covid cases to completely minimise(we are doing really well in Australia) so that we can get out and explore more of our own backyards!

One piece of advise from me though would just be give it a go. What do you have to lose, really? I think we always gain something from moving to different areas. Places to explore and contacts to meet. Plus we learn so much about ourselves.

What advice would you give to someone when they’re moving somewhere new? Tips? How long would you stay before you picked up and took off again? This isn’t really a travel related blog as I feel semi uninspired due to not being able to book/plan anything right now but it feels almost therapeutic for me to type out. So I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did writing it πŸ™‚ Alllllllllllllll of my L O V E x

5 Tips to save for trips

It feels kind of ironic writing a blog about something ‘finance’ related due to the ‘rona and being semi unemployed myself… lets ignore that though πŸ˜‰ here are 5 tips that have helped me save money QUICK in the past, enjoy!

1. MOVE BACK IN WITH YOUR PARENTS

If you’re wanting to save for a longer trip I would highly recommend this. The money us millennials spend on rent is CRAZY! So if there is a way to cut your rent in half(or maybe you’ll be lucky enough not to have to pay anything at all) definitely make the move. Even if its only a few months. Probably not the most ideal situation for most of us but hey- its only temporary. Parents are generally super on board when it comes to helping us achieve goals like this anyway, I know mine are!

2. START SAYING NO

Unfortunately, especially with funds; we cant have our cake and eat it too. We really need to prioritise what’s important, and in this case its having enough coin to feel secure going away with! Going out every weekend isn’t going to impact our bank accounts in a positive way. Just say no. Your true friends will understand. Obviously don’t become too anti-social, but being home means you aren’t spending money(also say no to online shopping). Suggest different ideas to your friends, do a workout in a park together rather than paying for a hefty spin sesh, go on a picnic, invite friends to yours for a few beverages, visit a free museum etc. Do anything but go out for food and drink.

3. PACK YOUR LUNCH

This does go hand-in-hand with tip 2. But I’d say in Australia its not often you could buy lunch for under $15. A standard 5 day work week you’d be spending $75 on food… that’s a zip lining tour in NZ! If you didn’t buy lunch during the week for 6 months you’d save $1,800… return flights to South America! You get my gist. It adds up. Lunches are so easy to make and generally a lot healthier than what you’d purchase out anyway. Less take out bought also means less landfill. Beneficial for your wallet and the environment. Sold.

4. WALK MORE

Whenever you can during this ‘saving period’ do whatever you can to walk from A to B. This may not always be possible depending on where you are living, climate etc. But walking costs nothing and is so valuable for our health. If you have the time try to avoid driving/paying for public transport/Uber. And I would say you’ll be doing a mass amount of walking when you head away so this will prepare you for what is to come. More walking= more time to listen to travel related podcasts like my millennial money. Exercising + learning = winning.

5. HAVE A BUDGET AND STICK TO IT

Probably the hardest task for us all… but probably the most rewarding. Sticking to budget you’ve promised yourself you’d stick to does wonders over time. Determine a realistic figure you can put away weekly, whether its $100 or $500. Just make sure you do this consistently. No if’s or but’s about it. Don’t cave for anything. It’ll be so worth it when you’re on the tarmac about to take off to your dream destination. You’ve got this!

What encourages you to save? What tips would you add to this list? Even ways to save money whilst travelling? Would love to hear πŸ™‚

How to: survive a long haul flight

Something I think we’ve all dreaded once or twice. There’s something fairly uncomfortable about being crammed into economy(which lets be real, its most of us- including myself holaaa) for 10+ hours. But unfortunately its something that needs to be done. And half a day flying is nothing compared to the months on the water our ancestors had to undergo to get from country to country… we really don’t have it that bad. But hopefully this blog will give you a few tips on how to make flying slightly more enjoyable.

  1. Decent headphones– I recently got gifted airpods for Christmas(so so lucky) and they are a game changer. They’re so comfortable to wear/fall asleep with and you need something to block out those crying babies(worst)
  2. Podcasts– are an actual godsend on long trips. I find they keep me entertained more than music but download as many podcasts/ playlists that you can before your flight! Don’t rely on the airline to provide you headphones or a screen to watch, a lot of the time they don’t provide what you thought would be provided. Podcasts I am loving are- Happy hour with Lucy and Nikki, Plantproof, KIC and Casefile true crime. They will keep you occupied without a doubt
  3. Baby wipes– not the most eco friendly whatsoever but to give your oily face a wipe over before you land or even use a few on your seat prior. Makes all of the difference having these babies on hand. Hygiene rules
  4. Your toothbrush– speaking of hygiene. Even if you can’t take toothpaste on with you- it’s something. No one like furry teeth. Helps you feel SO fresh and human
  5. Something warm– planes get cold. I always feel cold haha. So i’d be taking a light blanket in my carry on. Because no one should have to pay $20+ dollars for a rug on a plane. Such a rip off. Same goes for neck pillows at the airport. Be organised. Don’t waste your precious travel money
  6. Something to assist with some shut eye– I’ve taken sleeping pills on flights before but haven’t needed them luckily as I’ve realised I can sleep anywhere(hope this never changes ha) but even a valerian tablet/something stronger if you’re worried you wont catch any Z’s. I love taking peppermint or lavender oil on with me too. Even pack in some chamomile tea and ask for hot water. Or even *cough* an edible prior. Get comfy.
  7. Reading material– this is the perfect opportunity to finish a really good book or even grab a few magazines at the store before the airport(half the price). Reading is time consuming, calming and will hopefully put you to sleep
  8. Comfortable plane attire– wear trackpants and a comfy shirt. Or a maxi dress. People that wear jeans on planes cannot be trusted(my worst nightmare). Chuck your hair in a bun and sport a naked face. Get cosy
  9. Water– it sucks being that person that has to ask others to move so that you can go to the bathroom. But being dehydrated when you arrive in a foreign country in a totally different timezone is worse. Take a big bottle ’cause again most of the time airlines wont provide these or charge you an arm and a leg. I once got charged $3.50 for a cup of hot water, tf.

Do your research when it comes to layovers and airline options, and weigh up your time vs money situation. It would be the dream to fly business and not even blink at the price. But I personally cant justify paying 5+ the economy seat. I’d so much rather spend those extra dollars on accommodation, food and a few too many cheeky midday cocktails. I have heard along the grapevine that booking flights tend to be cheapest on Tuesdays at midnight, so maybe give that a go also… Not that many of us will be flying for a while! Man I hope airlines don’t cave and there continues to be competition held within airway companies. Fingers crossed. Things are looking up. All my love x