How to find work on the road whilst travelling

Travelling is fun, but being able to stand still if not just for a few weeks can be nice as well. To be honest I work on my laptop for my business so I don’t usually work for other people, but along the way I decided to try and lodge in a place and work in return for free accommodation and food. So far so good, you get to work a few hours a day and then you get time off to yourself to explore. Plus I get to save money as well.

I find that it is easier to get to the place you love, and then once you arrive you can go around and ask if they need any staff but there are other ways to do it as well that I have mentioned below. Happy hunting!

Facebook Groups

Depending on how big the city or even how small it is, it should have a Facebook page. For example Australian Backpackers. Many people post jobs on here directly so you can just contact them through this.

Old school way

Remembering walking to offices and retails stores physically handing in your resume? Well, in places like Asia where they don’t use the internet much this is a great way to get a job. You won’t have to show them your resume though, depending on what the job actually entails.

Look-out for signs

Sometimes restaurants will have signs around, I’ve even seen signs on poles on the streets. So just keep an eye out.

Travelling around Laos

Laos is still so very untouched that I had such an amazing time here. I started by journey by getting the bus from Chiang Mai and crossed the border to Huy Xai. As soon as I saw what was on the other side I was instantly in love. It was so peaceful, no chaotic madness of Thailand and the people just left you alone.

However I did notice that travelling within Laos is quite difficult I mean it’s not that it is difficult it is just that there aren’t many options to get regular public transport. You’re better off just going with the organised tours that they provide because it ends up being cheaper.

You can book most of your tickets from your Guesthouse which I highly recommend. I did notice that the travel agencies took a little bit of commission but it would only be by a dollar. The good thing about the private minibuses and vans in Laos is that the cost of the ticket includes being picked up from your Guesthouse so you don’t have to flesh out any money for a tuk tuk.

Cost of Tuk Tuks

If you do need to get a yuk tuk, depending on how far you are travelling it should really cost you 10,000 KIP. However, if you’re at a border or somewhere where there aren’t a lot of transport around expect to pay a little bit more.

Tips before you travel Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali

Travellers come from around the world to visit the infamous Monkey Forest in Ubud. For $4 dollars you can roam around the sanctuary itself and not only see the monkeys but visit the temples as well. Tourists’ get so excited about seeing the monkeys that they forget how wild they are. I knew a few people who got bitten by one, and one was even slapped by a monkey! So I thought I’d share some tips on what you should know before you travel to the Monkey Forest.

Don’t wear any dangling jewellery

The monkeys will grab at anything, so make sure you don’t wear any dangling jewellery as they will pull at it.

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Take photos from a distance

I know everyone wants that perfect picture with a monkey on top of them but I must remind you that these animals are still technically wild. You may still get bitten! A lot of tourists that I met did so. If you must take a picture of them, then make sure you have one of the local workers there with you. They’ll be there by your side and make you hold the banana high up enough in the air so that they won’t hurt you.

Keep everything in your bag, even water bottles

Once you take something out of you bag make sure you put it back in straight away. The monkeys will take your water bottle, open it and drink it right in front of you. I shit you not.

Don’t pick up anything off the ground to offer the monkeys

The monkeys do not like it if you grab something off the ground in front of them, I saw one hiss at a lady and the worker there telling her monkeys do not like that.

Keep to yourself and don’t be afraid

I find that if you’re just roaming around and watching the monkeys they will leave you alone. I like to marvel at the creatures from a distance because I had just heard so many horror stories. Don’t panic, they aren’t there to harm you unless you harm them. So if you see them walking just let them do their thing. They will come up and jump on you, but if you remain calm and don’t do anything then they will go away.

10 things solo travellers know to be true

Travelling alone has so many benefits, but there are some moments you know you will only have when travelling solo. Like never being able to take that perfect Instagram photo or rocking up to a country and it be full of couples. Below I list 10 things solo travellers know to be true.

1. Instagram perfect photos is nearly impossible to do

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2. Asking someone to take your photo never comes out the way you want it to

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3. Selfie-sticks are just not cool anymore

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4. People will always ask you where your boyfriend is

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5. When you arrive to a place and it’s full of couples

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6. People will ask you when you’re going to settle down

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7. You forget to take photos because you get lost in the moment

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8. You never end up being alone

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9. People will want to help you out more when you are alone

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10. You open yourself up to so much more when travelling solo

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My first week in Bali

I have to admit, Bali has never really been on the list of places I’ve wanted to visit. But, sure enough I was in Darwin and the flights were pretty cheap so I decided why not see what the fuss is all about. As soon as I arrived into the airport and walked outside I was inundated with taxi drivers. Luckily the host I was going to stay with had advised me roughly how much to pay to get to hers so I knew I had to get my battering skills up to scratch.

My week in Bali has been interesting, for once in my life I’ve felt like Karl Pilkington spending more of my time moaning. I just think that Bali is a great place for people who work the 9-5 life and want to escape and have a proper vacation. For me travelling is more about experiencing new things, getting lost and mixing in the locals. Even though I blend in with the locals, it has just become so touristy driven that the locals here are so westernised. I guess you can say for me it’s just like being in Australia still. Spending a lot less money though of course. I have however been able to find a piece of paradise away from the chaos so I thought I’d share with you guys my first week in Bali.

Seminyak

The first few days I nestled in Seminyak, it basically has a shite load of fancy shops and a beach there where everyone surfs. I personally didn’t enjoy it, but I gave it a few days before I made any judgments. I was staying with a local Indonesian lady so it was good to get a locals perspective on the place. She took me to 707 Beach to watch the sunset and to a cool Pho restaurant that overlooks rice paddies. Luckily my friend who books musicians lives here, so it was nice to catch up with him and one of the DJ he has booked for one of the clubs here. I managed to use his infinity pool and live the life of luxury that everyone seems to do in Bali. I enjoyed it for the day, watched him DJ at Jenja at night but that was enough for me. The place is ridden with tourists, so I knew that after spending 3 days here that it was time to move on.

Canggu

Canggu is the new Kuta and Seminyak. It’s basically the same same, but a little less touristy?? If that is even possible in Bali. I stayed there for a few days whilst I met up with one of my mates, it was nice to chill by the beach and check out the nightlife. There is something more chill about Canggu than Kuta. You had the opportunity to either check out some rice-fields or just go to the beach. The restaurants and bars were a little upscale with Finns Hotel being there, but you can just go there and have a dip in their pool which is nice. The one thing I didn’t like about Canggu is the fact that the mafia runs the town, so it’s really hard to get an Uber or a GoJek. Forcing you to use one of their taxis which is pretty much double the price. Still the place wasn’t quiet enough for me so I decided to move on to the islands.

Sanur

I ended up grabbing an Uber to Sanur, although it was putting the driver at risk he still picked me up. Basically the locals have been known to smash Uber cars in the area which is pretty sad. So once you order an Uber, they make you walk up on the street a bit so that they pick you up from there. I went to Sanur because it was the gateway to get me to Nusa Lembongan. It’s been known as ‘Snoozeville’ but hey that’s something I think I would enjoy. I also found out that older prostitutes that can no longer work in Kuta come to Sanur and get paid as little as $5 which made me pretty sad. Again the place is run by mafia so the Uber driver can drop you off, but they cannot pick you up. The town itself seemed nice – beach town, very quiet with no nightlife. I decided that I would book the ferry to Nusa the next day.

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Nusa Lembongan

The ferry from Sanur to Nusa was only 30 minutes by fast bought, I paid around $25.00 for the boat one-way. Nusa was the best decision I had made on my trip so far, if I had to do it again I would just fly into Bali and go straight to Nusa. The water is crystal clear and the sand is so white and beautiful. I booked myself into a bungalow for around $20 a night and just had a walk around the place. If you’re inexperienced with riding a scooter, Nusa would be the best place to do it. There is not that many people, and to go from one end of the island to the other only takes you about 15-30 minutes. The roads do get a bit rocky but if you take your time you’ll be fine. In Nusa you can snorkel with manta rays, the tour takes you to three different spots and it only cost $15.00. Snorkelling with the manta rays was the highlight of the trip, I literally wanted to do it again the next day. The friendly rays swim right past you without a care in the world.

It’s also a great place for divers as well, and if you do decide to spend time there then make sure you head to Devil’s Tear and Blue Lagoon. You’ll also have to ride the scooter over the yellow bridge that takes you to Nusa Ceningan. It looks like you won’t make it over the bridge as it seems so fragile but it holds fine. In all honesty, if I wasn’t going to explore more of Bali I would stay there more, however time is of the essence so I decided to head to GIli T.

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Gili T

Gili T is a party island, however if you get yourself a bungalow outside and away from the strip then you’ll be fine. The water here is crystal clear as well, and I guess you can say Gili T has more of an ambience. People are happy, loads of tourists and it goes off every night of the week. During they day people are snorkelling along the beach, tanning, reading and then head off to watch the sunset. I find myself letting myself go a bit more in Gili, I guess because I have just accepted the tourists and just try to embrace it all. I’ve decided to stay here for a few days and just chill. Sometimes its nice to have those moments where you socialise with people, I for one did it for a few days but I’m back again in a bungalow alone.

The only con about Gili T is that there is so much dead coral around that you find yourself stepping on it when you’re in the sea which kind of hurts. It is entertaining though watching people come out of the water though. Tomorrow I plan to explore Gili Air.

Why you should visit Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park has some majestic cascades, swimming holes and waterfalls.  For me it was waterfall heaven. It also has a sandstone plateau called the Tabletop Range, monsoon rain-forests, intriguing magnetic termite mounds and historical sites.

It’s a great place to visit if you’re road tripping up North to Darwin or if you have some spare time in Darwin as it lies approximately 130km’s southwest of Darwin near the town of Batchelor and covers around 1,500 sq km’s.

It is recommended to spend 1-3 days in the park itself, but if you don’t have the time then make sure you check out Buley Rockhole, Florence Falls and Wangi Falls. They are must-dos if you’re only there for the day.

You won’t get much coverage for there, but they do have wifi at the Wangi Falls.

There is so much to see within the national park so I have highlighted some must-sees below:

  • Terminte mounds
  • Tolmer Falls
  • Florence Falls
  • Wangi Falls
  • Buley Rockhole
  • Tabletop Swamp
  • Tjaetaba Falls
  • Surprise Creek Falls
  • Rum Jungle Lake

Where to stay?

There are several campsites around, check the trusty Wikicamps.

I camped at a place just when you’re entering Litchfield National Park and absolutely loved it. For a non-powered site it was only $5 per person.

For more information, visit the website.

5 reasons you should visit Darwin during Darwin Festival

For those who have never visited Darwin, the thought of travelling up their might not sound ideal. It is however, ideal if it’s winter. The dry season in Darwin is enough to get the crowd rolling in to escape the cold. And the best part to come is during Darwin festival as this is when the city comes to life.

1. Music galore

The best thing about the Darwin Festival is that it showcases a lot of local musicians. It may sound simple enough but these days loads of people attend festivals with a lot of international musicians which strays away from supporting our own industry. It’s a great way to see newcomers and even veterans in the music scene for less than $50.00.

2. Celebrating comedy and arts

If live music doesn’t tickle your fancy then maybe a theatre show or comedy show will. Many comedians flock to the town to showcase their talents, as well as theatre performances as well.

3. City comes to life

Darwin comes to life during the festival, yes people are always out on Mitchell street but the festival itself shows us there is more to Darwin then we think. Not only do they enjoy a pint or two at Shenanigans (shags) they also enjoy the arts.

4. Enjoy free events

There are many free events around the town as well, so you can go to art galleries or watch free performances. This ensure that you can plan your festival experience without having the break the budget.

5. Explore the Darwin

While it’s easy enough to get stuck on the strip, the festival is held all over Darwin so it allows you to explore the city. Sometimes they will be held in town and other events will be held at the botanic gardens. So whilst you’re enjoying the festival, enjoy a tour of the city as well.

The Darwin Festival is held during August, check the website for further details.

Discovering Katherine, Northern Territory

Throughout the drive from Adelaide to Darwin, Katherine would have to be one of my favourite towns. I instantly fell in love with the place. It was big enough to be a town, but small enough to feel like you’re still in the outback.

There aren’t many places to stay in Katherine, but there are however a few activities that you can do. This includes the springs, Katherine Gorge and the surrounding national parks.

Opening hours

It’s opened all year round, but the park and some activities may close due to flooding in the Wet Season. The best time to visit is between May and September. The Nitmiluk Visitor Centre is open daily from 8am to 5pm.

Katherine Springs

If you went to the Mataranka springs then you’d be blown away with the Katherine springs. It had a few more pools to swim in and chill out. There was also a really cute little section at the end that you can sit in, feels like a little hot tub.

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Katherine Gorge

The Katherine Gorge is absolutely massive. It’s located in the Nitmiluk National Park and you could spend a few days there. Whether it be canoeing, hiking or just marvelling in the scenery. We did a few hikes around the gorge which was pretty amazing. The tours and canoeing can be a bit expensive for a backpacker, so I recommend just doing the hikes to get the views.

Edith Falls

Edith Falls is also in the Nitmiluk National Park, the walk to the falls itself is pretty easy. Make sure you bring your swimmers and have a dip in the water. Swimming in the lower and upper pools is a must. My favourite one is the upper pools, nicer waterfall and more rocks for you to lay about in. If you have more time you can go into the Sweetwater pool. I’d recommend bringing food and tunes with you, could definitely spend a day in there relaxing and swimming. Throw in a kip in there too if you have the time.

Aboriginal Rock Art

There are Aboriginal rock art across the national park, so make sure you get the time to do some bush walking and check out the local art.

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Camping

We stayed near the Gorge Caravan Park. They offer powered and non-powered sites which are available. Of course if you’re using Wikicamps then you know where to go.

There are also non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls).

How to get there

The Gorge entrance to the park is 30km east of Katherine on the sealed Gorge Road. Follow the signs.

For further information visit the tourism site.