When you’re in the midst of a great adventure, one of the last things you want to think about (or even worry about for that matter) is how decent you look. I know for me, when I’m travelling the first thing that crosses my mind when I wake up is usually something along the lines of “Woo! What am I going to get up to today?!” After my morning pee and feed, I’m usually pretty keen to get outside and start exploring. That is, until I steal a glimpse of myself in the mirror and the reflection very clearly reveals what I got up to the night before.

What is there that you can do that both hides the previous nights misadventures and doesn’t take up loads of room in your luggage? Lucky for you guys, I learnt the hard way and have come out the other end with a list of beauty essentials that will have you looking like the best version of yourself in less than 10 minutes, taking up little room in your luggage also!

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Super Awkward Selfie

Make Up

If you’re battling with a hangover or severely itchy feet, you don’t want your morning beauty regime to take up too much time. Sticking with the less is more look will have you looking flawless and will waste minimal time!

My top make-up-must-haves for travel are:

 

  1. A good concealer – To cover all the blotchy bits. READ: dark under-eye circles.
  2. Mineral Foundation – To finish covering up your blemishes and even out your skin tone. I prefer a mineral foundation as it allows my skin to breathe.
  3. Bronzer – A quick brush of bronzer over your cheekbones to give your face some colour!
  4. A good Mascara – A slick of mascara over your lashes to make your eyes pop!

 

Ta-da! Evidence from last night’s party is now gone and if you bump into Zac Efron out the front of the Lourve, you’re in fine form for it 😉

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Top 5 Beauty Essentials

 

Additional Essentials:

Perfume: Cool by Ralph Lauren

Lips: Lucas Paw Paw Ointment (can also be used for bites, scratches and tattoo ointment)

 

Of course, always remember to slip, slop, slap and drink plenty of water.

Happy Adventuring!

On the Road Survival Food

Sometimes when you’re travelling, you might find yourself getting a bit tight for cash, or you’re travelling with a tight budget. For most, cutting back on food seems to be the best option for holding on to the last of your pennies. However, you can’t survive on a diet of instant noodles forever. So what is there for you to eat when you’re budget deems unfit for restaurants or luxurious eat ins?

Here is a little list of my on-the-road survival eats, that I can guarantee you I’ve had to live off for an extended period of time during different points in my travels.

Meals:
Tuna and rice.
It’s super cheap (read $1 per can + $2 per single serve sachet/$5 1kg bag) and can be prepped in any environment. When I know that I’ll be staying somewhere for a certain amount of time, I usually buy a small bag of rice and a couple of tins of tuna. Obviously, the tuna is already cooked so I’ve saved time there. All that’s left to do is cook the rice. If you’re in a hostel or hotel, the rice can be easily cooked in a microwave/stove, or if you’re on the road, cook the rice with your cooking camp gear. Even if you only have a skillet, you can still make it work.

Soup in a bread roll bowl
Literal lifesaver for when you’re poor, cold and camping. All you need is some soup (in a can, deli made, whatever) and a round bread roll. While you’re heating the soup (microwave/stove/camp stove), make a bowl out of the bread roll by taking off the top and creating a bowl shape out of the bread. If you’re super clumsy like me, you’ll want to put your bread roll in a bowl because you will spill it everywhere. Pour the soup into your bread-made bowl, and use the bread you tore off to dip into the soup. The bread bowl keeps the soup nice and warm.

Spaghetti Bolognese
Always a top choice. The classic spag bog can be cooked in your hostel kitchen or your camp stove. For the limited bank account all you need is some mincemeat (or quorn for a vegan friendly alternative), an onion, pasta and spaghetti sauce. If you’re at a hostel and have plenty of people to pitch in money-wise, making your own sauce is totally do-able too. The best thing about cooking a good ole’ spag bog whilst you’re on the road? Leftovers for days! The typical size bolognese makes about 6 portions, so there’s your lunch and dinners solved for a while.

Lasagne
An ace of spades hostel meal. If you’re lucky enough to be staying at a hostel that has an oven in the kitchen and a bunch of people who are willing to fork in for a feast, than lasagne is definitely your best option. All you need is mincemeat (or again, quorn for a vegetarian friendly alternative), a can of diced tomatoes, a sachet of tomato puree, an onion, garlic and lasagne sheets, as well as the ingredients for white sauce (flour, butter, milk) which should all be available in most hostel kitchens. Voila, you have lasagne and hopefully some new friends to eat it with!

Snacks:
A few snacks that I always carry with me whilst travelling (sometimes they become my core meals – gotta keep it real) include:
Cheesy Vegemite and Ritz Crackers
Dried fruit
Mentos (or some other lolly for a sugar hit when needed)


For when you’re downright, flat broke:

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It happens to the best of us at some point or another. When this becomes the case, the best rule is never, ever pass up free food and if need be, it is 100% OK to seek free food. Unsure of which direction to head? Here are some great free food dining options:
Cost-Co = free sample food galore!
T2/David’s Tea or equivalent = loads of tea (hot and cold) samples.
Dumpster diving. Loads of bakeries and food outlets throw out what isn’t sold at the end of the day. Read: heaps of fresh bread and pastries! A fav dumpster dive destination for me is Panera Bread.

Bonus Tip: If you’re staying at a place that offers free breakfast, wear a jumper/jacket that has lots of pockets. When the attendant isn’t looking, fill those pockets with as many bread rolls, spreads and cakes as you can! The days food = done!

 

 

The Liebster Award

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The Liebster Award is an award that is passed from blogger to blogger in order to help readers – like yourselves – find new blogs to follow! The lovely Arzo of Arzo Travels has nominated me for the award, asking 11 questions for me to answer in order for you to get to know me a little better.
Now that I have been awarded the Liebster Award, it’s my turn to nominate some bloggers! You’ll find the nominee’s and questions at the bottom of this post.

 

My Answers:

  1. What makes you happy?

To me, happiness is acceptance, enjoying the moment and being surrounded by people who love and encourage you. I am lucky to have so many wonderful friends and family (all over the world) who have my best interests at heart.

 

  1. Do you have any role models?

Hmm, I do have several role models, who I look up to in different aspects of my life. Firstly, my parents. I look up to my Dad for his resilience and his general life motto of ‘shit happens’. I look up to my Mum for her guidance, love and her ability to rarely get mad. I have a family friend who since a young age has inspired me to never stop travelling. Depending on what aspect guidance is needed, I have someone strong and loving for me to look to for support.

 

  1. What do you love most about blogging?
    I love that I can share any fleeting thought I have with such a wide audience! We live in this crazy world where communication is so easy and I love it! I love getting to know my readers and hearing their thoughts and sharing experiences.

 

  1. What do you like the least about blogging?

Sometimes I put a lot of pressure on myself, and I’m a bit of a perfectionist, which doesn’t help when I become lost in moments of self-doubt. I over-speculate what I write and can get very critical if an article isn’t getting as much traffic as I’d like straight away. It’s kinda silly.

 

  1. How much does your blog benefit from Social Media?
    At the moment, the only social media site I am actively using in conjunction with my blog is Facebook, and already it has helped immensely! It has reeled in a whole new readership and has allowed me the ability to get in touch with so many new people! My goal is to reach 500 Likes on my Facebook page (I’m like 20 off, so spread the word! Haha) and then I’ll begin to tackle my Instagram account.

 

  1. What is the most important piece of advice you think we should do as bloggers to keep our followers happy or to gain more followers?

Good question! I think first and foremost, be 100% open. Open to new people and new avenues and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!

 

  1. What is on the top of your bucket list?

This is a tough question! Can I have multiples?! I have a very long bucket list, but these equally share the number one top spot:

– That Central American trip I’ve had planned FOREVER!

– Travel through South America like a fine-toothed comb!

– Russia

– Egypt & Jordan

 

  1. What was the nicest thing that somebody has ever done for you?

These questions are getting tougher and tougher! I can’t actually pinpoint an example off of the top of my head; rather my mind is being in-fluxed with all the nice things people have done for me! I love it when people complement me, especially at times when it’s so unexpected! Like, sometimes at work I’ll be having a crap day and a customer will complement my eyeliner or hair (superficial and silly I know) and it’ll boost my mood immensely. Then there’s also really sweet gestures, picking a flower, going to my favorite beach. It’s the little things 🙂

 

  1. What is the nicest thing you have ever done for somebody?

I’m a big believer in always being friendly and giving. I always try to complement people, and donate my time or if I have a little spare money to different causes.

 

  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I get asked this question a lot and it always stumps me. I hate planning my future. I much prefer to live in the now and go with the flow. But, I guess if I had to pick anything, I’d hope that in 10 years time I’m happy and doing what I do best – travelling!

 

  1. What is your favourite quote and why?

I suck at picking favourites. They change all the time. I’ve never had a single favourite color for this reason too. My favourite quote at the moment is a quote by Cheryl Strayd:
‘The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long, meandering walks. The days reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming’.

 

Again, Thankyou Arzo for nominating me. Now it’s my turn to nominate some bloggers and ask 11 questions.
Here are my nominees for the Liebster Award:

Mel – Illumelation

Molly – Molly on the road

Alicia – Blissfultravelher

Dani – Not Lost Just Discovering

Tanvi – That Girls Life Stories

I hope you all enjoy these blogs as much as I did!

 

Some rules to follow:

– Accept the nomination and answer the questions of the blogger who nominated you.

– Think of 11 new questions yourself

– Tag your favourite bloggers who have to answer these questions.

– They write and article on their blog about this nomination and link back to the website of their nominator.

– Please remember when you share the link of your article on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to tag your nominator again as well so she can read your Liebster Award blog.

Do you accept your nomination?

Here are your questions:

  1. What made you decide to start a blog?
  2. Why do you continue your blog?
  3. What is your favourite book?
  4. You’re stuck on a deserted island. What 3 things do you have with you?
  5. What is your favourite app?
  6. Where is your favourite place in the world?
  7. When not blogging, what do you do for fun?
  8. What is your least favourite food?
  9. What is a name you hate based on a bad school experience with someone?
  10. What is your go-to meal that you kick ass at cooking?
  11. What is the next big thing for you?

 

Looking forward to reading your answers!

 

Happy Travels,

Kachina 🙂

Top 10 Travel Essentials

“What’s important is that you make the leap. Jump high and hard with intention and heart. Pay no mind to the vision that the committee made up. You get to make your life.” – Cheryl Strayed

 

After a much-needed break, Nomaddiction is back and ready to fill 2016 with plenty of adventure, inspiration and drive! Only 10 days in to the new year and I have already found myself packing my bags and jetting around the country. Having just arrived back home again, I am feeling ready to tackle the New Year and write about everything travel related for you to indulge in and be inspired by.

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Driving through rural Victoria

To get you ready for your upcoming trips this year, I have put together a list of travel essentials that’ll help you get by on the road.

 

  1. Noise Cancelling Headphones

It is definitely worth investing in a decent pair of headphones. Not only will a pair of good quality headphones enhance the music you’re listening to, it will drown out background noises on buses, trains, planes, hostel rooms etc.

 

  1. Camera

When you travel, you want to take plenty of pictures that capture each and every glorious moment. To get the best quality pictures, again you’re going to want to invest in a good quality camera. You don’t need to be an SLR whiz to take amazing photos, however I do recommend buying an SLR quality camera. I use my Canon EOS 1100D, which is easy to use and great for beginners.

 

  1. Neck Pillow

While these items look ridiculous and can take up a lot of room in your bag, I 100% cannot live without mine when I travel! There’s nothing worse than having a sore neck after sleeping in an awkward position on a long flight. When you’re not flying, you can use your neck pillow as an extra pillow on your hostel bed if you (like me) prefer extra neck/shoulder support or if you’re camping, they make a great pillow in general!

 

  1. Baby Wipes

Baby wipes are great! They can be used for almost any purpose and are easy to carry, taking up barely any space in your baggage. I always keep baby wipes on me and use them for cleaning my hands, make up wipes and for cleaning my bits when there is a large amount of time between showers (eg. Long haul flights, camping etc).

 

  1. Book

I’m one of those people who severely struggles with reading a book on a digital device. I much prefer to hold the tangible product in my hands and bask in the great papery smell that can only be experienced by holding a real book. While books can take up a bit of room in baggage, you only need to pack one and then participate in hostel/public book swaps in order to continue reading and lighten your potential heavy load.

 

  1. Food

I always pack survival food. For me that pack includes a tube of vegemite, a tube of cheesy vegemite, ritz crackers and zappos. Unfortunately, all of these products are Australian (you can take the girl out of Australia, but you can’t take Australia out of the girl –amirite?!) so if you’re reading abroad, the only advice I can offer is ‘that sucks’.

 

  1. Vomit Bag

One of the great little gem’s of advice that my Mother gave me was always take the vomit bags from the Airplane. I always laughed at her and thought she looked crazy stealing as many vomit bags from the back of chairs as possible. That is, until I fell ill with the most horrible hangover ever and very ungracefully threw up out the front of a religious temple in Vietnam – not a fine moment. In between spews, I remembered my Mum shoving a vomit bag in my backpack before I departed, so in an act of desperation I opened the front pocket of my bag, and like some kind of holy grail sent from above, there was a vomit bag, clean and folded, ready to be annihilated.
Ever since then, I’ve followed in my Mum’s footsteps and always grab a handful of vom-bags before getting off a plane.

 

  1. International Travel Adapter

No explanation really necessary. Get one.

 

  1. Journal and Pens

You don’t need a fancy journal; a 50cent notepad from the dollar store will do just fine. Really, all you need is something to write on and something to write with. When you’re constantly on the move, it can be hard to remember everything, so even if you only write a sentence a day, you’ll still have something to remind you of all the fun you had when you go back home.

 

  1. Quick Dry Clothing

Always pack at least one quick dry t-shirt and pair of pants. They always come in handy and cleaning is easy as they only take seconds to dry in order to become wearable again.

Things that gave me wanderlust in 2015

Initially, I was going to make my final post of the year a review of the past twelve months. However, the Internet is being filled with people’s reflections and thoughts of the year and I couldn’t possibly bear the thought of boring you all with a years worth of personal trials and tribulations. I am in no way denying the significance that 2015 has had on me; it’s been a big year that has seen a lot happen (including the birth of this blog – yippee!). So instead I’ve decided to write you all an extensive list, recording all of the things that gave me wanderlust throughout the year. Hopefully something in there will make you smile or inspire you to get up and get out there! Enjoy.

 

Books

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

A Penguin classic. While this book isn’t new (it was written in 1955), I was yet to read it until this year. On the Road is a novel based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends across America. Everything about this book equated to wanderlust for me. I bought it in Shakespeare and Company whilst in Paris earlier in the year. At that particular moment I was feeling reminiscent of my time in America, so On the Road comfortably filled any empty thoughts I had.

 

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

I think I actually read this book in 2014, but this year has gone by so quickly that the time has kind of moulded together (I also figured that seeing as this is my first ever final-post-of-the-year that I could get away with a few 2014 inclusions). Another book that put happy, nostalgic thoughts of America in my mind. This book is definitely a must read! The story follows Cheryl Strayed who, at the age of twenty-six thought she had lost everything after the death of her mother, so impulsively decided to walk eleven hundred miles along the Pacific Crest Trail alone. The emotions described in this book are very raw and real, and also empowering.
After reading Wild, I may or may not have (I did) gone straight to Mountain Design and layby-ed heaps of hiking gear.

 

Confessions of a QANTAS Flight Attendant – Owen Beddall with Libby Harkness

I’ve got to be honest; I didn’t think I’d love this book as much as I did. There is no denying how cutthroat honest yet hilarious Owen’s tales of his time as a Flight Attendant are though. This book is filled with gossip and debauchery. Despite the warnings of lack of sleep, relationship strains and annoying passengers, you will find yourself filling out application forms for your local airline.

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

To say that this book gave me wanderlust would be using the complete wrong terminology. Rather, this book put things back into perspective for me. The story surrounds two women living in troubled Afghanistan and portrays the meaning of family and friendship. A very well-written, emotional novel that left me speechless upon finishing. We all get so absorbed in our first-world bubbles sometimes, and this book is a great reminder of global happenings outside of those bubbles, and the devastation that innocent people are unwillingly falling victim to.

 

You Mean the World to Me – Jesse Hunter

A gorgeous book filled with photos of Jesse Hunter’s travels around the world. The pictures showcase love all around the world. Regardless of age, sex, religion, race or social status you mean the world to someone and someone means the world to you. A really cute book that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy.

 

Paris in Colour – Nichole Robertson

Another photo book. Paris in Colour is filled with photos that Nichole Robertson has taken in Paris and are organised according to colour. Much like the city, the book is super quaint, lively and romantic.

 

Magazines

I love killing time browsing the magazine stands at newsagents. Here are a few magazines that never fail in inspiring and motivating me:

 

The Collective Renegade

National Geographic

Get Lost

 

Films

Wild

The film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s novel, following her three month hike on the American West Coast. The film was so well done, Reese Witherspoon is amazing (!!) and the scenery is killer.

 

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Another 2014 addition. However, I love this film so much that I couldn’t not include it! The scenery is amaaaazing and I always love a film that has a ‘life’s what you make it’ moral. This film definitely inspires spontaneity …. And inspiration for that $2000 Iceland flight!

 

Paper Towns

A little cheesy, but I can’t deny how much I loved John Green’s film adaptation of the novel! A coming of age film without the BS. Follow your heart.

 

Art

Unfortunately, I’m not a very artistically talented person, much to my disappointment. However, I do really love looking at other people’s amazing creations. A few months ago, I went to a gallery viewing at the Bulli Beach Gallery and was blown away by the art that was being displayed. Unfortunately I didn’t write down the artists’ details, but her artwork was amazing! The artist was a University student who always painted the view from her hotel window, and let me tell you, some of the paintings were immaculate! A really inspiring, fresh twist on travel art that I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Photography

Whilst doing a photography class at uni earlier in the year, I found that I really enjoyed looking at the work of other photographers – particularly those of Ansel Adams. His no-editing beliefs are something that I have taken on board and are constantly kept in mind when taking photo’s.

 

Instagram

I’d be lost without Instagram. I waste so much time scrolling through travel accounts. These are some of my favourites that induced serious wanderlust:

@seanscottphotography

@chrisburkard

@worldwanderlust

@jonesaroundtheworld

@muradosmann

@travelemporium

 

Social Media

Facebook

A recent inclusion. Facebook and other social media sites can be so wonderful when the purpose of its use is to create and connect! I recently joined some travel groups on Facebook (Girls Who Travel and Female Travel Bloggers) and have very quickly grown madly in love with them both! It’s so great to see women encouraging other women to go out and achieve whatever they set their minds to, it’s so empowering and lovely! Both of these groups have filled my heart with so much love and admiration and have given me seriously itchy feet!

 

Music

The Playlist

No journey is complete without a killer playlist. Here’s a snippet of what mine includes (no judging either – sometimes you just need a little Bono to get you going):

Beautiful Day – U2

Pumpin’ Blood – Nonono

Love Like This – Kodaline

Built – Watermät

Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Escape – Jack Johnson

Step Out – Jose Gonzales

Lost it to Trying – Son Lux

Falling – HAIM

My Type – Saint Motel

Crystals – Of Monsters and Men

King And Cross – Àsgeir

Fire and the Flood – Vance Joy

Of the Night – Bastille

Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

On Top of The World – Imagine Dragons

Midnight City – M83

Endless Summer – Josh Pyke

Memories – Weezer

Alive – Empire of the Sun

 

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Only Smiles – Sanur Bali – November 2015

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Only Smiles – Reutte Austria – January 2015

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Only Smiles – Bondi Beach Australia – August 2015

Reflection.

What a whirlwind the past couple of weeks have been! I’ve just got back home from a much needed break in Byron Bay, and boy did I need it! Sometimes you don’t realise how much you need a holiday until you get it, and when you do it’s like a great sense of relief washes over you, leaving you feeling fresh, pure and ready for more of whatever life has coming up for you.
The last couple of months have been an absolute rollercoaster for me. There’s been the typical trials and tribulations of everyday life as well as unexpected highs and happiness. Although, when tough times are put upon us it’s sometimes hard to rise above it and you become consumed by this false sense of negativity. I’m not supersonic and have definitely fallen victim to these ill feelings from time to time. I’m only human after all.
One of the things that I love most about travel (even if the destination isn’t very far in distance) is the sense of refreshment that you gain from being away from your regular life. Being given the chance to escape from routine, unwind and reflect is a wonderful thing. The clear perspective you gain when away, for me, quite often helps me in resolving issues that made me feel uncomfortable and reinforce some decisions that I’d have made prior to leaving, encouraging myself that I made the right choice.
As most of you will know by now, I have been a frequent traveller since the ripe age of 18 months. Outside of Australia, my home is in a small country town in Montana called Chinook, and beyond there, my home is the road. It’s where I am most comfortable and free to be myself without harsh (nay, any) judgement. It’s an unfortunate thing, but I’ve found in my returns from travelling that some people (even people who I called “friends”) have been quite cruel and have not held back what they thought of my constant moving. When I was younger this hostility would upset me immensely, but as I’ve grown older and travelled more, I’ve learnt to move past these negative figures. I accept that everyone is different, and that people are going to want to do different things with their lives, however I don’t have the space or energy for negativity in my life, so when someone is being particularly nasty towards me (especially when in regards to what I’ve been lucky enough to experience in my life) I let them go. My life is much brighter without these darknesses that seem to get a kick out of putting others down.
The reason that I am writing about this is that I have recently been reading on other blogs the struggles of some people who have just started travelling and are struggling with coming to terms with the hostility they are receiving from people whom they thought were friends. I know how isolating these peoples behaviours can make you feel, and I want to reassure you that these people are within a minority and that you are better off without them! While it sounds stupid, I can guarantee you that these peoples negative attitudes is 100% due to jealousy. Which is crazy!
When these events occur it can be pretty devastating, but there is an immense positive that comes out of them! You come to learn (and greatly appreciate) the true friends you do have back home, who are always encouraging of your crazy plans and are understanding of your constant moving.
Another positive from this minor drawback is the fact that by continuously travelling you are forever opening up your mind to new experiences, places, people and friendships. The friendships that you make abroad last a lifetime and the bond is unbreakable. The only sucky thing about this is that your dearest friends live so damn far away!

If you’ve been keeping up to date with my other blogpost’s you’re probably wondering what the heck any of this has to do with the motorcycle trip that I recently introduced you all to. While I was in Byron, the memories of the motorcycle trip were frequently popping into my head. When Henry and I were travelling around North America last year on our two-wheeled baby, we were astounded by the kindness of other people. Everywhere we went we were being stopped to have lengthy conversations with other motorcyclists, travellers and locals who were all willing to help us out in whichever way they could. We had discounted bike repairs, accessory offers, advice on great bike routes and even places to stay if we needed it! We were treated so kindly by so many people, which I guess is something that can sometimes be overlooked in everyday life.
I was reminded of this kindness in Byron. Byron Bay is a fantastic place that I recommend you all visit if you haven’t already done so! Everyone there was so friendly, it reminded the both of us of our bike trip. It was so nice to get away from our routine’s in Wollongong and enjoy being around easy-going, friendly, relatable people.
While this post is a bit off-field of the promised Motorcycle sequence, it has been something that has been on my mind that I’ve wanted to share. I will continue with the motorcycle trip posts and am also very pleased to announce that an Oceania album is going to be added to the gallery! Yay!

I hope that there is someone out there who has read this and are now feeling better. There are always going to be Negative Nancy’s in all fields of life, it’s just important that you learn to rise above them and don’t feel bad when you realise that they’re negativity in not needed in your life!
Like always, if you have any questions or would like recommendations feel free to contact me, I’d love to hear from you!
Happy travels,
Kachina 🙂

Traveller VS. Tourist

I believe that there are two types of people in the realm of travel and world exploration – the traveller and the tourist. Neither one makes a person better or worse, they are just different styles in which people prefer to experience the world and the wonderful things it has to offer.
So which one are you? There are many different factors that contribute as to what kind of wanderer you are. So lets start with some key points to helping you identify which best describes you.

Case Point 1: The tourist
– Travel mostly during peak-seasons
– Interested more in major cities that offer lots of tourist-friendly activities
– Spend a couple of days at a time at each destination
– Tend to eat mostly at restaurants
– Assimilate with the group in which they travel with (for example, many tour groups have restrictions on allowed ages)
– Tend to stay in nice hotels for the duration of their trip
– Communication with locals is minimal
– Have a tendency to say that they’ve “done” places (which I can’t make sense of). For example, you’re at the Leaning tower of Pisa in Italy, you see a group of people enter the site. They are there for all of 10 minutes in which they pose with the tower, take a few photo’s and leave. Firstly, I can’t comprehend how one could fully experience the location and history of the area for what it is in 10 minutes and secondly, upon asking these people where they have been, they are most likely to respond with a comment along the lines of “I just did Pisa”, which in no way, shape or form makes any sense, but is used a lot in tourist-lingo nonetheless.

So I guess you could say that being a tourist means being more interested in going to big-named places that are well-known for their famous sights – sticking to what is known will be safe.

Case Point 2: The Traveller
– Prefer to travel during the off-peak period
– More interested in going off the beaten track rather than seeing big cities
– Prefer to spend an extended amount of time at each destination in order to get to know the area, the people and understand/become part of the culture.
– Strictly eat as cheaply as possible (sandwiches, granola bars, nuts etc.)
– Tend to stay in hostels or with locals
– Avoid using the term ‘done’ to describe the places that they’ve been to
– Avoid sticking to a strict itinerary and prefer to leave time for unseen adventures
– Travellers travel not just to see new places and experience new things, but to learn (about the self, other people and the world in general).

To be a traveller means going out to experience new things, to find meaning. To be a traveller means to do the in-ordinary.

While there are different styles in which people choose to travel, there is one thing that we all have in common – the time in which we choose to travel. There is no better time to travel than now, so go out there and do it!
Happy Travels,
Kachina 🙂

Flying Etiquette 101

Travel  by air. A necessity for getting from one place to another in a timely fashion. Quite often it is tedious, exhausting and needed. And quite unfortunately, there are so many people that make this vital part of travel an absolute nightmare. So here, I have written some tips on how to fly, knowing that you won’t be that person annoying fellow flyers – that’s something to take pride in!
First off the bat. Carry on luggage. Nothing makes me quite so mad as seeing other flyers with huge carry-on bags! Especially when they push their way through to be sure that they can fit all 5 of their bags in the overhead compartments, leaving little room for the people who follow the rules and remain considerate of other people on the flight to store their bags. So, rule number 1: When organising your carry-on bag (usually you’re allowed 1x carry-on baggage and 1x personal item equalling a total of 10kg) don’t go over the size/weight limit of your carry-on bag. Store your carry-on in the overhead compartment, and keep your personal bag at your feet. Also, don’t push other people’s carry-on in the overheads around, it’s rude, there could be breakables in their bag and you wouldn’t like people handling your bag like that either.
During the flight:
1. Never, EVER take your shoes and socks off! Taking shoes off and leaving socks on is fine, but please, for the love of god, keep your feet covered! And within your space! There is almost nothing as frustrating as having someone’s bare-feet resting on your arm rest.
2. Never wake a fellow flyer up! There are two important things that aren’t certain when travelling. Sleep and food. On every flight I take, after small talk to the people sitting next to me, I tell them that if they need to get up during the flight and I’m asleep to climb over me, and if the food is coming around, wake me up (admittedly, I’m not very good at the latter, but most airlines will put your food aside if you sleep through meal-time). While these requests may seem odd to someone who hasn’t travelled long distances before, it is a completely normal request and frequent flyers really do appreciate an understanding from other travellers.
3. If you are flying with small children, please refrain them from running around the cabin and unnecessary screaming. This point doesn’t really need explaining, just don’t do it.
4. Generally, don’t be rude and inconsiderate of the other people you are sharing the plane with. It’s really that simple.

Finally, when the flight is over, unless you have a quick flight transfer, there is absolutely no need to push and shove to get off the plane. Everyone WILL be getting off, people don’t get left behind!

The above annoyances I’ve listed are the things I find so many people doing way too often! If anyone has any other flying nightmares/pet peeves I’d love to hear them!
Have a good week, happy travelling!

Affordable Travel

So often I am asked how I can afford to travel so much. Or when not asked, people make the silly assumption that I come from a ridiculously wealthy family (which I can assure you is not the case). When really scrutinized, being able to travel often comes down to two things, a desire and wait-for-it … common sense! When saving up for a trip, your every day actions can and will affect your ability to save up. So where do you start? For me, the usual process is as follows: 1. Choose your next destination! 2. Research, research, research. You need to gain an idea of how much getting there will cost, living expenses and what the exchange rate is like. 3. Once you’ve grasped a fairly good idea of what money is like at your desired destination, it’s time to figure out how much money you’ll need for your time away. 4. Once you’ve figured out how much you need for your time away, you need to sit down and make a budget. Look at how much you earn in a month, detract money for rent, bills, food, petrol etc. Whatever you have leftover at the end of each month can be split between savings for your upcoming trip and money for yourself at home. Quite a lot of the time when I’ve been saving up to travel, I’d leave myself with $20 per week for myself. It was hard, but it is 100% worth it once you step foot on your new adventure! Work hard, play hard. Whilst saving money plays a big part in affording to travel, there are also other ins and outs that are worth knowing about to minimize costs whilst abroad. When going abroad you don’t want to be spending a large portion of your money on the airfare. Planes are your mode of transportation for getting you from point A to point B. If you can save $700 by going on a budget airline, that means an extra $700 for yourself while you travel. There are lots of travel websites out there, the one that I use in Australia is https://www.jetabroad.com.au/ When flying in different countries, it’s important that you research the best flight search engines, and cheaper airlines. For example, when flying domestically in Australia, I usually stick to Tiger Airways. When flying around Asia Air Asia, China Southern and China Eastern offer cheap flights. RyanAir offers  cheap flights around the UK and Europe. United Airlines and Southwest are airlines that offer cheap flights around North America. Following other search engines like SkyScanner and Kayak can also be useful in comparing prices of flights. In terms of accommodation, there is an array of websites available, making affordable accommodation only a click away. Some websites that I like are hostelbookers, airbnb and couchsurfing. All three websites offer cheap (and free) accommodation to suit almost every kind of traveller. Once at your selected destination. Some of the best ways to save money include, using the public transport instead of taxi’s and buying and cooking your own food from supermarkets rather than eating out. When I travel I am always reminded of how important it is to keep fit as well. If you’re able to walk long distances for long periods of time you can save a lot of money! I hope this post has been helpful. It’s also important to remember that there is no shame in going without when you are saving to travel. I’ve never had nice TV’s, DVD players or clothes; I’d rather spend that money overseas. Happy Travelling! Kachina.   Also, I am very pleased to announce that the Gallery has published! So feel free to have a sticky-beak 🙂