All posts tagged: Travel

For the Traveller

There is no feeling more euphoric than setting off into the cloudy blue skies, for the journey of a lifetime. A smile will be composed across your face as you begin to imagine the possibilities of adventure and the beautiful cultures and sites that you will see and experience. This moment is something that every person deserves to experience. Young at heart, wise at mind and a burning passion for all that life has to offer, the traveller is a unique being. Be you travelling alone or friends, travelling truly is the opportunity of a lifetime. Travelling has the opportunity to shape you, to change the very essence of your being, challenging what you thought you knew and who you thought you were. It’s a liberating and entrancing experience. Every one of us a story, something that has unconditionally changed or inspired us. Travelling the world is no different. You may temporarily leave behind your life back home, though you will fall in love with people who have their own stories and journeys, with cities …

European Contiki Survival Guide

  You’ve stepped off the plane at Heathrow Airport, London, just a bewildered face in a flood of people. This is it – congratulations! You have successfully made it to the other side of the world and now it finally hits you. How are you going to survive a month long European Contiki? Well don’t fear – with these few tips you will have the time of your life in your new summer playground, Europe! Rule number one: Be outgoing! You have just landed in one of the oldest cities in the world. Do not give in to the temptation of resting your pretty little head on that warm and comfy bed. Jet lag is a bitch. Stay strong and awake. Get out in the city and meet people. Say hello and talk! Keep an ear open for that familiar Australian accent. It is an unwritten law that when in Europe, meeting a fellow Australian seems like meeting a long lost friend! Staying awake is key to adapting to your new time zone. Be prepared …

When In Rome

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. So grab a gelato and vespa and try keep up with the locals! Rome is a beautiful city, filled with rich history. As you walk through the winding streets you will definitely come across ruins! Maybe even take a walk through the Roman Forum and try your best impression of Julius Caesar. The Colosseum is a must do activity and the sheer size of it will leave you speechless! After that, head deep into the city and grab some more gelato, I mean, you’re in Rome! Am I right? Or am I right? From hear, duck over to the Trevi foundation and be ready to through in some Euros! Remember, if the first coin goes in, you will return to Rome; the second, you will find love; and the third, you will get married! As fate would have it, it seems I will never return to Rome, though I will find love and marriage. Soon you will have to leave this incredible city and my one last bit …

Nice Is Super Nice

What better way is there to spend a summer afternoon than to read “Tender Is The Night’ whilst sunning in the French Riviera. Nice is such a sunny city and the best way to enjoy it is to soak up the rays and head to the beach. The water is clear and fresh, allowing you to relax and take in the beautiful French culture and views of the old chateau ruins which reside on the hills above you. After finishing off tanning, you must walk along the coastal streets, ice-cream in hand, as you make your way up the hill to the ruins to soak in the beautiful view. There is also a section of ruins which one can write their names on to say that they have been there, but hey, I am not telling you to do it.

Hola Barcelona!

If cities were people, I would definitely chose Barcelona to join me for a night on the town. It is such a funky city.  Arriving on the sunny Spanish coast and sipping on a glass of Sangria is the perfect way to spend any afternoon! With locals hustling all around you, the city is kept alive with a constant buzz of soul and music. The people are friendly and the food is tasty! What else can any traveller ask for? Be sure to check out the insane architecture that is La Sagrada Familia and the Gaudi apartments. These architectural artworks are so magnificent and obscure, you will find yourself in such a complete and utter daze!

I Bet You Thought You’d Seen The Last Of Me.

Well, I am back into it! I have finally finished my first week back at university and it feels so strange. I have spent the past month and a half travelling the world and now I am back into the world of blogging, but nonetheless I am motivated as ever! For the past 5 weeks Europe and New Zealand have been my playground and I have definitely had the time of my life, though travelling really put into perspective the significance that the media space has upon myself and my life. Whilst my trips were filled with laughter, amazing friendships and sleepless nights, they were also filled with various wifi battles! It is funny to see how quickly a friendship disintegrate when you find wifi access, though the connection is only strong enough for one person at a time. Social media generations have become so immersed into the online world that we feel that we must continue parts of our lives on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Seriously, give me mediocre wifi connection, my …

International Exchange: The University Dream or University Hunger Games?

University international exchange programs seem to truly offer the opportunity of a lifetime and it is continuing to grow, becoming Australia’s third largest export industry. Chances to make new friends, see new and exciting cultures and travelling the world are all promised and expected! So why wouldn’t students want to participate in such a vibrant and rewarding experience? Hoping to go on exchange next year to either the USA or Europe, I already have envisioned the positive experiences described above, but is this really the case for all students going on international exchange? As we pack up our bags and textbooks, jetting off around the globe, have we ever thought about what the experiences are like for students landing in Australia on exchange, entering our universities and hoping for the same colourful experiences? After looking into the reading by Peter Kell and Gillian Vogl, I began to understand that international students coming to Australia don’t just experience our sunny beaches or lovely weather. They are subject to language barriers, culture shocks, societal fears and other worries about security …