Ha Long Bay by Siobhan Cleary @ http://www.siobhanmariephotography.com
This was one of my favourite trips to date. I remember the drive to the boats was exhausting the heat was unbelievable.
On the way, I got to really see how Vietnamese people lived, all the young kids going to school on dirt roads, but, they seemed happy with what they had.
We drove past paddie fields & pearl farms which really got me thinking, because, I seen the older women out in the fields, gathering the rice. Now, when I’m having rice dinner, I’m very grateful, because I know someone has to work very hard to put it on my plate.
When we arrived, my initial thought was “OMG” we have to sleep on this Junker for two days. There was me, my sis & a friend, when we boarded, we were shown our rooms & given a brief explanation of what we would be doing.
That night we had a lovely dinner with great people & a stop off at a beach & plenty of fun on the boat. It really is amazing what can happen when you put a group of people together who don’t know each other. Although, I’ve never seen them again the memories will last forever.
The next day we went & done some kayaking around the area, visited the caves, the scenery was beautiful & here we got to see how the people live. They are water people spend all their time on the water & get sick on land 🙂
I will always remember before we headed back to the mainland, I sat out on a balcony writing my postcards, it was the first time I really experience unaware mindfulness. I just sat staring out, the peace I felt was unbelievable, I had never experienced it before & now I would be lost without it. If you don’t know how to be mindful or meditate, learn, its amazing.
It’s one of my top places from my travels & would highly recommend not missing it on a trip to Vietnam.
Out of the whole experience I learned how to relax, understand & just enjoy every moment. Oh by the, the junker, was perfect for the trip, it was just a matter of appreciating & enjoying everything about it 🙂
Absolutely love the vibrancy of their robes & how they stand out against the dark background.
This was one of my favourite days in Asia along the Mekong Delta. It was a lovely area called Bến Tre where there was also a place we went for some tea & to watch the fresh coconut sweets being made. They were delisious we took loads with us.
There were so many photo ops but this was one of my number 1 the fogginess all the way up to the last boat in from of us and over our head & I was the last one so I’m very happy for that as it got the whole scene in the picture.
I went a spend a couple of days in New Jersey with a friend while travelling around America.
There was no set plan just go with the flow & see what happens. I love the outdoor so she suggested going for a drive into the Delaware Water Gap. No hesitation needed that’s what we did. Got up the next morning and headed off it was roughly a 1 Hr drive away.
The first stop was amazing, it was just under the bridge going in it was covered in autumn leaves, I loved it already. Couldn’t wait to see the rest. It’s enormous, there are so many places to see i would recommend way more than a day to rally enjoy it.
We stopped off at some of the walking trails & went down to the water. The peace was unbelievable.
We were lying at the side of a bank & i noticed a man across the water with a gun Alarm bells start ringing. Then out of nowhere these mean came behind with guns. I was shitting bricks even the sight of the guns made me sick. I said to the girls i think we need to go. It was like something you see in a movie 3 of us down at the water a good ten min walk back to the car uphill theses two come behind us one with a Riffle & one hand gun. “My fight or flight was hoping off the walls. There is absolutely no need for guns I don’t care what anybody says. I could even tell by looking at them they thought they were the big men with their guns. For me it was a highly disturbing situation.
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We got the hell out of there & headed further into the park it was almost sunset. We came across some many beautiful areas. In one place the water was just flowing so gently but fast & the water was full of leaves so relaxing to watch. But one in particular really caught my eye. The picture of the men fishing it was just so peaceful the sun was setting over the water & they we just right in the middle of my shot. It was a lovely ending to the trip.
I would highly recommend when travelling look for places not on the list they offer the most beautiful areas.
Understanding how to, organise everything by yourself is essential when, before & while travelling. Not only will it save you enormous amounts of cash that you could be enjoying you will learn so much about you & what you are capable of.
When I first decided to get to OZ, it was kind of a last-minute decision. Not sure of what to way to do everything, I started to research everything myself. People were telling me about all these companies who do everything for you. The problem with them is the final price is scandalous.
Don’t be scared to do it all yourself, it’s not hard, just a small bit time-consuming which is worth it in the end really.
↓↓↓ I’m going to try make it as simple as possible ↓↓↓
- Everything you need regarding OZ is here. Research the website & figure out what you need. The visa options are different for all visitors & purposes.
- Any income in Australia will require a Tax File Number apply here
- Bank Account I used this but there are so many more
- All the info you need on lodging you tax return. Do it yourself don’t pay the companies
- Book flight well in advance & shop around
- Make sure you have travel insurance. Yes its very expensive but it’s so important
- Accommodation can be very expensive & will rack up fast this is a link for hostels but search for house shares or something more permanent
Regarding the phone & network you need at some point after you arrive, go around the different companies they all offer something different.
That’s the most basic of what you will need regarless of where you are from for backpacking purposes. Go with the flow & take each day as it comes. Most importantly, don’t stress, have fun 🙂