A mystical trip down the Mekong Delta

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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.

12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia

12 Aposles, Great Ocean Road, Australia

If it scares the crap out of you do it if we let fear win we will never try anything.

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“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
Elanor Roosevelt

I remember when I was younger always saying I wanted to bungee. As, I got older, this very much changed. I didn’t want to do anything that would call for a coronary I lost my nerve for everything. I hated roller coasters, anything fast I don’t know why it just happened.

So in Australia as my trip was coming to an end and I was going in the direction of Byron Bay, the highest jump at 14,000 feet. It was a now or never decision so I said f**k it. I told myself if I don’t do this now I will never do it again.

I remember paying for the ticket the day before I was shitting bricks. Paid for it & off we went to the supermarket to get the last supper. Pretending everything was ok.

When we finally go to the hostel we settled in chilled out & relaxed tried not to think about it too much *yeh right* There was meant to be a big storm coming the day of the jump I must have ( even tho I’m not all that holy) said every prayer over & over for it to be so bad we couldn’t do it & it was looking like it was gonna be bad. I was so happy because I was so nervous. Next morning wished one more time pulled the curtain the sun was splitting the trees. I was devastated !!

On the way I got a serious reality check of what I was about to do I couldn’t believe how stupid it was. Got geared up prepped up, given the direction of what to do’s. I started to feel so sick.

I got in first, thinking, I would be first out. Clearly, wasn’t in the right frame of mind because “first in last out”

It was about 15 mins up so to distract myself I was talking to my instructor & asked are you doing this long, he says, no I was a carpenter last week. That was it I was a ball of nerves for the rest of the journey.

Got to altitude level, doors opened the camera man & another diver just jumped straight our one of them clung to the side of the plane I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. One after another they were gone finally my turn I said I don’t think I can do it he pushed me along & said move it. I didn’t argue. When we got to the door he asked can you remember everything I nodded he said ok let’s go.

 !!!!!! Legs tucked, Head Back & up !!!!!!!

I closed my eyes, I could just feel us rolling. I had a really quick prep talk told myself open your eyes or you will regret it the rest of your life, so I did.

The free fall lasted all of 1 Min, the adrenaline rush was unbelievable from it, I could feel myself shaking in the air. Bang, shute opened & we were in glide. The views were amazing I could see the whole coast of Byron Bay. I wanted to stay up there forever.

He was such a good Instructor. My sister & friend were also in the sky he made it all the more enjoyable by gliding us over to them to say hello & check in. The landing was also amazing. I wanted to go back up again & only for the cost I would have.

When travelling on a budget we tend to scrimp on certain things. It’s only when you have a f**t it moment & do it you realise what you could have missed. Don’t scrimp on experience like this or you will have major regrets. And, don’t, let the fear stop you.

It is still one of the best days of my life so far, not only did I push myself, I loved every minute of it & would gladly do it again. Whereas, if I didn’t how would I know.

Try everything once for the experience and to get your own opinion 🙂

 

 

One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen

Yatch Club, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef

How to organise everything yourself for travel to Australia

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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 ↓↓↓

  1. Everything you need regarding OZ is here. Research the website & figure out what you need. The visa options are different for all visitors & purposes.
  2. Any income in Australia will require a Tax File Number apply here
  3. Bank Account I used this but there are so many more
  4. All the info you need on lodging you tax return. Do it yourself don’t pay the companies
  5. Book flight well in advance & shop around
  6. Make sure you have travel insurance. Yes its very expensive but it’s so important 
  7. 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 🙂