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.

10 Reasons Why Pai Will Help You Find Yourself Again

The hippy town of Northern Thailand Pai is a must-see if you’re sick of the island life of Thailand. It’s a perfect spot to chill out and centre yourself again.

In this town you’ll be able to meditate with monks, do some yoga and as cheesy as it sounds find yourself again.

1. Walking street markets

The town of Pai is relatively small, but the walking night street in centre is really a wonderful treat. You’ll be able to try so many delicious foods for really cheap.

2. Running in the mountains

Pai is a pretty active city, locals get on their bikes and go jogging with the backdrop of the mountains. The scenery is very picturesque.

3. Canyons

Watching the sunset at the canyons is a favourite past-time for travellers. It’s free and you’ll be able to walk all around them. Just be careful and walk around at your own risk.

3. Caves

There are so many caves to explore in Pai, my favourite one was the Lod Cave. It as huge and you could also do the bamboo raft through it. The ride up to the caves is pretty magical too.

4. Hot springs

If you miss the water you can head to one of many hot springs that Pai has. Just be warned that it is hot! So try and go on a cooler day.

5. Scooter up to the mountains

Beginner scooter drivers will feel confident in Pai. The roads are bigger and there aren’t many cars on the road. Take a ride up the mountains and just sit there, clarity will come to you and your mind will thank you in the end I promise.

6. Meditate with monks

For those who are on the spiritual side there are several of classes, or days that you can do meditation with monks.

7. Brush up on your yoga

There are loads of yoga classes in Pai that you can attend. If you’re staying at Circus Hostel in Pai they hold free yoga in the mornings.

8. Waterfalls

There are many waterfalls in Pai and they are free. Bring your swimmers and take a dip in the falls. Don’t forget to bring a towel to dry off.

9. Enjoy the quiet

While Pai is touristy you’ll be happy to know that no-one really hassles you like the rest of Thailand. The locals are super sweet and friendly and they tend to keep to themselves. Thai people from other regions also come to Pai as a holiday destinations so there is a mix of travellers and locals bonding between each other.

10. Stunning views

The roads in Pai are pretty good, so if you can ride a bike/scooter than you should. The views on top of the mountains are stunning. Just remember to take a breath.

Where to stay?

I stayed at Baan Aomsin Resort in Pai, relatively cheap private rooms and only a 10 minutes walk from the markets.

How to get there?

Depending on what direction you are coming from you can fly straight into Pai. If you’re coming from Chiang Mai you can get a mini bus for 150-80 baht. Alternatively you can rent a soccer and driver up there yourself.

Tips on how to take the perfect Quokka selfie

When I first arrived in Rottnest Island I thought it was going to be so easy getting that quokka selfie. Then I approached them and realised it’s not that easy. Loads of people give them human food to trick them into ‘smiling,’ please do not do this. This upsets their tummy. You can however grab leaves from the trees to get them to smile. Here are my tips on how to take the perfect selfie.

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1. Find quokka

Quokkas will be everywhere when you’re on the island, they mostly come out more during sunset and at night. You will however be able to see them during the day, you’ll just have to find a bunch of tourist who have stopped in the middle of the road. Then you’ve found them.

2. Grab some leaves

Don’t touch the quokkas. I see people do this all the time. If you are going to feed them, make sure it’s leaves from the trees. You’ll see the bottom of the trees are empty from them eating most of it already.

3. The perfect shot

Once you’re feeding them, this is the prime time to get that selfie. If you have a selfie stick this will give you a better angle. If not you can still just use your phone without it to get the shot. Make sure you position the phone really low, so that it is a upshot of the two of you and that’s it. It takes a few trials and errors but you’ll get there.

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5 Reasons You Should Visit Denmark, Western Australia

I know what you’re thinking, but Denmark is in Scandinavia. Wrong, well technically you are right but this Denmark I am talking about is down South Coast. It’s home to the infamous Green Pool and Elephant Rocks. The town is small, but you’ll find all the beauty of Margaret River with less crowds and stunning coastal lines.

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1. Elephant Rocks

Boulders on the beach. Who would have thought of that? It’s so completely beautiful and stunning that it is a must see when you head to Denmark.

2. Wineries

Denmark has it’s own wineries and they are just as good as Margaret Rivers. A little less crowded and more personal I feel.

3. Cheese factory

Cheese. Need I say more? I probably should, the town has it’s own cheese factory that you can visit and do some tastings.

4. Surfing

If you’re a surfer there are loads of spots that you can go to surf. Just make sure you’re careful with the sharks. Kidding. Or not really kidding, just be careful.

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5. Serenity

Seriously Denmark is so beautiful, scenic and so untouched. It’s nature at it’s best, and the best thing about it is the landmarks like Elephant rocks is free to enter.

My favourite places in the West Coast of Australia

Many East Coasters don’t venture to the West much, if at all. So I was super excited to compare the two. The big different between the East and the West is that the West is so much more secluded. The beaches are untouched and you basically have it all to yourself. The water is crystal clear it will have you thinking you got dropped off in the Maldives. If I have one complaint it would be that there is an excessive amount of flies on the West.

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Exmouth

Exmouth has stunning beaches and the best part is that you can also go diving with whale sharks. If that doesn’t float your boat you can snorkel with turtles and fishes just off the shore. The best thing about WA is that the only thing you pay for is the national park fee, all the activities such as snorkelling is free if you bring your own gear. Whale shark isn’t free, for obvious reasons.

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Coral Bay

Coral Bay is your quaint little beach town with clear blue waters. You can literally swim to the coral no far from the shore and snorkel. It’s beautiful and so close that even the most unconfident swimmers would appreciate it. They also have an area where you can see reef sharks, you can swim with them as well, but to be honest they are more scared of you then you are of them.

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Jurien Bay

Jurien Bay doesn’t get too many visitors, in fact I know a lot of backpackers skip it. Jurien Bay is definitely worth a visit. It’s filled secluded beaches and stunning views.

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Denmark

Before coming to Perth the only Denmark I knew was Scandinavia. As soon as I got there and saw the elephant rocks I was completely blown away. There is something so beautiful about boulders on the beach. I couldn’t get enough of the place.

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Albany

Albany reminded me so much of Rottnest Island it was amazing. Again, beach to beach you were left alone. Each one looking more enticing than the last one you saw.

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Margaret River

Margaret River lived up to it’s reputation, how can you not love a place that has wineries, a river and not far from that the beach. The town is cute and the wineries are perfection.

The most beautiful secluded beach in Albany, WA you must visit

Two Peoples Bay Natural Reserve is only 35km east of Albany. When we went into the reserve we had no idea what we were walking into. As soon as we arrived, we were speechless. It can be compared to the Maldives.

If you’re driving South, this is a must-do while you’re in the area. The place boasts unspoilt coastal scenery with barely anybody in it. The beach caves in and there are beautiful boulders beautifully positioned in the water.

Trail

One of the best ways to enjoy the scenic beauty and wildlife of Two Peoples bay is to walk along the Heritage Trail. The walk starts at the rear of the visitor centre and winds through peppermint woodland then loops back along the beach.

Entry Fees

$12.00 per vehicle.

$6.00 per motorbike.

For further information jump onto the wildlife parks website.

10 types of travellers you’ll meet

Travelling can be so much fun, but after a while you tend to notice that there are certain kind of travellers you meet along the way. Some are fun, while others are questionable. So I decided to write 10 types of travellers you’ll meet.

1. The one who hates labels

This traveller hates being put in a box, they hate being put in labels.

2. The dreadlocks hippy

The dreadlocks hippy is one that mostly smokes a lot of weed, is happy and goes with the flow.

3. The solo traveller

The solo traveller is comfortable enough to join in, and also happy with doing their own thing.

4. The one who loves being in groups

This traveller is the one you see in the hostel, trying to make big groups and sticking with them. Doesn’t like to be alone and prefers more company.

5. The clinger

The clinger is a traveller who clings onto people. They meet you and decide to follow you everywhere you go.

6. The blonde girl who hates attention in Asia

There is nothing worse than being tall and blonde and travelling through Asia. All the people that take photos with you, must be a hard life.

7. The one old man in a hostel

No matter where you go in the world, there is always an older traveller in the hostel on his own.

8. The instagram ones

The ones who want to get that perfect picture. The scenery and places become nothing but instagram worhty.

9. The ones who plan everything

These travellers hate change and prefer to stick by the plan.

10. The ones who is blessed

Similar to the instagram ones, but more blessed of course.

Why I chose to follow my heart instead of my head and still do

I grew up wanting a structured life, I guess I used to be able to see what I wanted in the future. How I wanted to live my life. I wanted to live it in more of a traditional way, no taking risks, something stable you know.

I went to university, got the job that would progress my career (whatever that means), I was set. Day after day I sat there, in an office, making fake friends with colleagues who would eventually back-stabbed you when they had the chance. Sometimes I was sad, sometimes I was happy. There was never one more emotion than the other. I was at a bee-line, I was neutral.

It wasn’t long until I realised that perhaps my life doesn’t need to be this way. Perhaps if I dropped everything right now I’d still ok be. The idea at the time was silly, I have to think of my future right? If I don’t, then I will be stuck, I’ll have no purpose. Then it became an endless cycle, the thought of whether to stay in this job being unhappy or maybe drop it all for a change. I really didn’t know what to expect, whether I’d fall, or whether I’ll make it out ok. I just knew that this wasn’t it, this wasn’t my life.

Slowly I got used to the idea or the unknown. The excitement that came along with it, and of course the lifestyle that followed. I no longer worried about the materialistic things, all I ever started to care about was spending time with people. Not just my friends, but complete strangers. I wanted to listen, to share stories, to offer a shoulder to cry on. I wanted to live my life everyday like it may potentially be my last. Eventually I started to ask myself, if I died would I be happy with that I have achieved until this day.

The answer before travelling was no. I wasn’t happy with the things that I had done. Yes, the experience and the degree have lead me to work and travel. But I cannot imagine my life if I had stayed at that office job. If my mind was focused on getting promoted, getting married and buying a house. My life would not be what it is today. Don’t get me wrong, I do want those things, eventually but in my own way. In my own time. 

“Nothing is guaranteed. Happiness is not guaranteed,”

Most people ask me how I do it. When I hear people complaining about their lives and I tell them simply to make a change they think I am crazy it’s mostly because they are too afraid. I don’t blame them as well really, because I used to be like that. I used to be in their shoes. Perhaps I am crazy. But I have learnt that staying in something to be stable, to be safe doesn’t always equate to happiness. Mentally it isn’t good for your soul to be locked up inside like that.

The thing is life has no structure. It happens when you least expect it. It happens when you let go, sure if you want something bad enough you make it happen but that is life. Nothing is certain in the future, sure we can do things to direct it a certain way but nothing is guaranteed. Happiness is not guaranteed.

When you lock yourself in you don’t allow the earth to bring you want you actually need in life. Your eyes are closed to what is surrounding you.

Following your heart allows you to dare to dream again. To give you hope, to appreciate the smaller things in life. To appreciate what the world and the earth has to offer you. I’ll never be able to properly explain the freedom I feel when I am on the road, unless of course you’ve done it as well. Now that I know what it’s like I’ll never look back, I’ll always follow my heart. Even if it doesn’t make me rich, it will always make me happy.