Thursday, 9 November 2017

Top 5 apps you need while travelling

I don't think we'd have gotten as far as we did on our first leg of our Australia road trip without these top 5 apps. Travelling across the country meant that time would sometimes slip away from us and we would be so taken in by the views and what we were experiencing, we'd forget about a couple of things - like where the next petrol station was, or where we were sleeping for the night. These apps helped us get out of some sticky situations, and also helped us to be as spontaneous as possible. Some of these apps have location specific versions, and I will link all of the Australia versions, as these are the ones that I have been using.

Photo by Justin Main on Unsplash

1. WikiCamps

This has to be our most used app throughout our whole road trip portion of us being here in Australia. You do have to pay for it - £4.99 if I remember correctly - but it is 100% worth the price. Some nights we were really in a pinch when it come to finding somewhere to sleep (which is why you don't really see our campsite experience in our vlogs), and this really helped us find the best free campsites.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Road trip essentials

When going on a road trip there are certain things you shouldn't forget, but always seem to do. This list of road trip essentials will help you pack your car up with everything you NEED. Forget what you need for the car, this isn't the post for that. This post is all about having the best road trip ever! Unless you break down... then you're screwed.

Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Why staying in hostels isn't for everyone

So many people talk about how they have the best time staying in hostels. But for some people like us, it isn't always the case. Some hostels are dirty, some are noisy and some are just filled with the type of people you don't want to come across. We haven't stayed in many hostels on our Australia road trip, and mainly stuck to motels and free camping, but there was one in particular that made us realise that we're not cut out for the hostel life.

Photo by Samuel Holt on Unsplash

My boyfriend Alex has never let us stay in hostels when we've gone on a weekend away, even though they will have saved us a considerable amount of money. As a result of that, we've both been subject to a lot of lovely (and expensive) hotels and apartments in Europe, and really, that's what we're used to. Don't get me wrong, we've also stayed in some pretty basic, budget accommodation - Campanile, Ibis Budget, friend's floors with nothing but two blankets between us, all of my student accommodation. The list goes on. Basically, we shouldn't really be this fussy.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The best free campsite in Queensland - Bouldercombe - Australia Road Trip

On our East Coast road trip in Australia from Brisbane to Cairns, we stayed in what had to the be the best free campsite in all of Queensland. This was in a place called Bouldercombe.

Photo by Lindsay Wood, Itching for Hitching, https://itchingforhitching.com/2015/10/26/the-royal-hotel-bouldercombe/

It was our third day of our road trip and we were in Rockhampton. To find our free campsites we used the app WikiCamps, which if you are travelling Australia in a van or camping, I highly recommend getting. Every night we would go on the app, find the closest site that had the best reviews, and then that would be our home for the night. In Rockhampton, there is a camp very close to the centre and close to the Zoo and Botanic Gardens that we visited (video below of that). However, it is really close to a main road and I didn't quite fancy that. The only other options meant either driving until it was dark, or driving around 20 minutes out of the way.