Things I Have Learned in Australia

Always say yes, whether that be to a new experience, a trip, an event, or a party, always say yes. Who knows when the opportunity will knock again and do you really want to miss that opportunity to go somewhere, see something, meet someone all just because you decided Netflix and your bed were the better option that day? Money comes and goes, experiences do not.

Be friendly, this should be a given, you never know who you are meeting but this is especially important when in a foreign country. Get to know the people of the area, and be genuine with them. Some of the best people I have met I would have never come across if I had not gone up and just introduced myself. Go for it. When you make friends with the locals you gain new opportunities and knowledge which is priceless. (Shout-out to my dear friend Travis and his endless help and knowledge about my Whit Sundays trip. Also, the countless rides back from the grocery store when I did not want to do that dreaded walk.)

Choose travel over the party. If given the chance to get away for the weekend to a new place compared to going to the latest club, this should be an easy call, choose travel. There are clubs and bars and parties in every place you will go in life, but there is not a new culture or scenery within your usual Thursday night club.

Don’t forget to let loose. You still need to let loose every now and then. Dance your little heart out at that club, get up and sing karaoke, run on the beach until you are out of breath. You need to have fun and let go of the travel agenda every so often or traveling becomes a chore or a race to see how much you can see, and let’s face it, races are no fun.

Always go to the beach. See every coastline, every ocean, every shore, it will calm your soul and bring you answers in your life you did not even know you were looking for.

People will make fun of you for being American. Take it lightly and do not get to worked up about it, laugh along with them even if it bothers you. No country is perfect and although they are poking fun at you, I am sure there is something you could tease them about with their country. Be the bigger person and let it go.

America is not the end all be all. The world does not revolve around you because you are an American. So do not act like it does. Prove the dang stereotype wrong and do not subject yourself to the cliché American tourist appearance.

Try the interesting food places, by which I mean the places that are not chain restaurants and not that Instagram brunch place you found on the discover page. The best thing I have eaten here in Australia is from a little Moroccan food stand. I am now known as a regular of at least once a week, and all I get is dang cheese fries and a hot dog. I have never been so satisfied. I can only suggest you do not do this in third world countries as a safety precaution.

You don’t miss home, you miss the people. I do not miss 100-degree weather, I do not miss the desert, I do not miss the American lifestyle or the grocery store I used to shop at. I miss my mom when I get sick or when I am not sure how long to cook the chicken for. I miss my dad when it is the middle of the day in my country and midnight back home and I want to ask him a philosophical question. I miss my boyfriend when I am looking at the prettiest sunsets in the world, or doing my next wild adventure and all I want is his hand to hold so he can feel the excitement radiating off my body. I miss my friends when I see them having fun back home without me, realizing no one elses life paused when I took off. You don’t miss where you come from you miss who you came from.

Love the opportunity and the life you have been given. If you are traveling, whether it close to home or far far away, remember you are fortunate, you are blessed, and never forget to appreciate that.

Whit Sundays Review

Whit Sundays Review

Wow! It has been a whirlwind of a month. I have now been living in Australia for two months and I feel like I have seen, experienced, and fell in love with more people and friends than I have in my twenty years of life. I have so many stories and journeys to share with y’all, but my most recent trip was to the iconic Whit Sundays! I promise you just about any picture you have ever seen of Australia or the Great Barrier Reef, it is in Whit Sundays. I will be attaching some on the blog too though for your own view pleasure. This trip was absolutely incredible, but if given the chance to redo it, there are definitely some things I would do differently. Hopefully one day I get the chance to do it better but until then here are some of my warnings for fellow travelers.

We stayed in Airlie Beach at X-Base Airlie Beach Hostel on the mainland. I have a growing love for hostels, mainly because many of them do private rooms of six. They are super cheap, clean and then I get to stay in the same room as all of my roommates when we travel together. X-Base was especially nice since it had a bathroom attached the room for us instead of the normal hostels I have experienced like the one we stayed in during the Byron Bay trip where it was a community one and across the hall. Now Airlie is a cute, but very small town. There was not much to do there besides restaurants. We did have a phenomenal meal though and many superb brunches. This is the first thing I wish I got a do over on; I wish we had stayed on one of Whit Sunday’s Islands instead of on the mainland where there is more opportunities and a vacation vibe. Hamilton is one of the islands we visited during the day. It was absolutely breathtaking, had incredible food and shopping, and was made up of a ton of little resorts with swim up pool bars and beautiful beaches. I have a sorority sister who works on Hamilton Island since graduating, she works at one of the resorts and is having a blast. If anyone were ever to have any questions about staying on Hamilton Island I can put you in contact with her just message me or comment below! The absolute highlight of the trip though was our cruise to White Haven Beach, which is designated as a national park. Some cool facts about White Haven…

  • 98% silica (this is known to ruin your electronics so be careful)
  • Does not retain heat so the sand is never hot
  • The sand is basically powder
  • The most photographed beach in Australia
  • Can only be accessed by boat or helicopter

I have to say, it was one of the most ethereal places I have ever experienced and I would most certainly visit again and again. I don’t use this term lightly, it was magical.

The next adventure of our weekend was sailing… which was quite an ordeal and a story for another day, but stay tuned for it because I’m sure some of you will find humor in my misfortune.

Suggestions for travelers to Whit Sundays – stay on Hamilton Island, book the maximum time you can spend at White Haven Beach because half a day just does not feel like enough, if you are on Airlie beach mainland at all go to Hemingway’s for dinner. Get a table looking out at the boats during sunset, the food is phenomenal and dare I say it was the best meal of the year for me. The sun is super strong, bring lots of sunscreen and a hat, I tend to burn just a sliver of my forehead so the only reason I made it out alive this week was because of my Ranch Bucket hat that you all know I always have on me. Lastly, book some fun activity and be willing to splurge on this trip but… DO NOT GO SAILING. (This story is coming!)

 

Xoxo,

Gabi

Hostel: http://www.stayatbase.com/hostels/australia/airlie-beach/base-airlie-beach-resort

Cruise: http://www.hamiltonisland.com.au/whitehaven-beach/whitehaven-beach-half-day-cruise#vxG39JRKeCULdpYV.97

Restaurant: https://www.hemingwaysairliebeach.com.au/