The perks and the quirks of riding solo along the East Coast of Australia
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It’s only when you return from your travels and are struggling with post-holiday blues that you can truly reflect on the moments that made your trip to the East Coast of Australia just that extra bit special compared to any other holiday you have been on.
Whitehaven Beach, WhitsundaysHere are some of the quirks and the perks that I experienced during my time travelling alone, which I am sure many of you will already be able to relate to, or have yet to encounter… Trying to get SOME sleep during your 24-hour flight It’s 11pm, you left London Heathrow three hours ago and have just finished watching your first blockbuster movie of the flight. You have seven more hours until you reach Hong Kong and you’re feeling rather sleepy as your body clock is still well-attuned to Greenwich Mean Time. However, you weren’t lucky enough to bag the window seat and so you are now sandwiched between two businessmen who certainly do not want you snuggling up to them and resting your head on their shoulder. Instead you open the dinner tray in front of you and attempt to use this as a form of head rest… eughh this is a great start to the journey… NOT! Your first night in Aus Ok, so you have arrived in OZ, you have just checked in and settled yourself into your first point of call in Brisbane. The room is empty and there is not a soul in sight. Of course, it’s a Saturday night; everyone is downstairs at the bar doing tequila shots, preparing themselves to sing and dance until their hearts’ content to Justin Bieber’s latest love song in the cheesy back packers’ night club next door. You think to yourself, ‘Am I really up for this tonight?”. However, it’s best to get your body clock well in tune with Aus time by staying up a little bit longer, make some friends and have a bev or two (but not too many, as you’re on your own now and your travel insurance does not cover alcohol induced issues!). Ok, so now you have made this decision, it’s time to loosen up, to put on your best smile and fully your embrace your extrovert self – you don’t want to come across as that lonesome local perched at the end of the bar, staring aimlessly whilst nursing a pint. Setting out on your big adventure You wake up the next day feeling much more revived and fresh as your body has recovered well from jet lag. You set off with your mini rucksack on your back and your map wide open, in hand, navigating yourself down the streets of Brisbane like Dora the Explorer. Updating your Facebook fans as to your whereabouts You have been walking for ages and have finally stumbled across the iconic Brisbane sign, complemented by the backdrop of the chic, modern city. Perfect, now’s your chance to upload a photo to Facebook, showing all your fans that you’re still alive and have indeed made it to the other side of the world! Everyone around you is having group photos taken in front and on top of the sign and here you are, looking for someone to take a picture of just you. This might be the first moment where you suddenly think, ‘Aww, I wish my mates were with me’.
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