Hey there! It’s been a hot minute since I blogged and a very long time since I did a Thinking Out Loud style post. The travel life has been pretty hectic that last little while so I haven’t had a lot of downtime to spend on the blog. Hopefully you’re following along on Instagram because that’s one thing I do keep updated with what’s going on. But let’s get into some randomness…
1. In case you’re not aware, I’m currently in Australia. Tom and I are spending 2.5 months here, the longest we are staying in any one country during our year trip. We’ve had a dream for a very long time of buying a converted campervan and road tripping the east coast. When we arrived it turned out finding our perfect van was a lot harder than we anticipated. We also got told by a lot of people to be very wary as the vans are often not well taken care of and likely to break down. Not able to find something we liked and a little scared of buying a lemon, we ended up buying a station wagon.
I mean it doesn’t quite look as cool as a van and it’s not as roomy but its surprisingly comfortable and we’ve got it arranged pretty well to meet our needs. If all goes well and we sell it for a reasonable price at the end of our trip, it’s going to make for a pretty inexpensive way to travel an otherwise very expensive country.
2. When we were in Indonesia, pretty well every person we met was there to dive. It’s a country with really great diving and inexpensive compared to other places. After all the diving talk I started to wonder if Tom and I had made a mistake by choosing not to get PADI certified way back in Cambodia. But on the great barrier reef I had my opportunity to try out scuba diving for the first time. I did two discovery dives.
The experience was really cool. I’m glad I did two dives because during the first dive I was so nervous I barely paid attention to anything around me but the second dive I was more calm and could enjoy the experience and was able to swim on my own without holding onto the instructor.
But did I fall in love with diving? Not really. I would do it again and maybe one day I’ll consider getting certified but I wasn’t wowed and certainly don’t regret my decision at this point to save the money and not certify on this trip.
3. As for the great barrier reef, I have to admit it didn’t really wow me either. Now don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful but I think I hyped it up to think it would be exactly like the brochures and I would swim with turtles and see manta rays. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. And just coming from amazing snorkeling in Indonesia, this was a bit of a letdown. However, I am going on another trip to the reef soon and we talked to a couple who said this part of the reef was infinitely better. So I may just change my tune.
4. One thing I really, really wanted to do in Australia was run a local race. When I left on this trip I imagined Tom and I would sign up for lots of races. But the reality is unless you plan your journey around races its unlikely you’ll be in a city on the specific date of a year that they host an event. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that something will workout. We just need to figure out where the heck we’re going a little bit more before I can decide on a race.
5. I cannot tell you how much I love that ombre hair trend. I have dyed my hair religiously, every 8 weeks for as long as I can possibly remember. And now, I haven’t dyed my hair in over 7 months! The trend is the best thing to ever happen to travellers. However, the reason I’ve always dyed my hair is because I dislike my natural colour. It’s a mousy light brown colour and now that I’ve got 7 months of growth, its starting to bother me. The top of my head looks gray and dull so I might finally have to go and see a hairdresser. Luckily I’m now in a first world country where I can also speak the local language.
Would you live out of a station wagon? Have you scuba dived before?