If you’ve been with me since the beginning you’ll know that the first stretch of travelling I did in Australia was the trip from Sydney to Cairns along the Australian East Coast. It’s a hugely popular backpacker route so if you’re a solo traveller staying in hostels you’ll meet lots of people along the way in the same boat – and probably keep running into them as your trip progresses. You’ll get used to answering the question “Are you going up or down?” Add it to the list of those introductory questions you answer every few days that you’re sick of hearing. However if you meet someone travelling in the opposite direction to you make sure you pick each others brains for recommendations, or more importantly what to avoid, when it comes to tours, places and accommodation.
Yes you read that right. I’m spending a couple of weeks on a Victorian farm. Victoria referring to the state and not a replica of the era so if you’re here for that you’re about the be disappointed. There are no period costumes here right now (come back in a couple of weeks for Ballarat?) In an attempt to experience more of the “real Australia” whatever that really is I’m spending a couple of weeks on a farm in the middle of nowhere WWOOFing.
Maria is one half of Learning Life’s Lessons The Fun Way, a travel blog set up with her partner Charlotte to share their experiences travelling the world full-time on a budget. She went to Australia seven years ago and is returning later this year to complete her second year visa.
Sarah from Paper, Ink and Passports is originally from Kansas City but has been travelling since 2007 everywhere from Scotland to Mexico to the Arctic. She is currently in New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa.
Sarah has been travelling since September 2014 and recently spent a year in Melbourne on a Working Holiday Visa. She blogs at A Feeder Travels about living and travelling abroad and (you guessed it) seeking out delicious local food!