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Trousers: Topshop
Top: Topshop (old)
Jacket: Topshop
Bag: Bali (similar here)
Boots: Glassons

Anyone else constantly have that nagging feeling that you should be doing something else? Like with work, you question whether you're following the right career path, or doing the right job ATM for your supposed chosen career, or with general life feeling when you're chilling at home that you should be at the gym or when you're out doing something you question whether you should be spending the money? etc etc

 I've always wanted to constantly improve on myself, my appearance and my life - always wanting to move forwards and not stay stagnant, or god forbid, go backwards. But putting this constant pressure on myself, I've figured, is not always the best, most productive thing. Constantly focussing on goals and how we want to be in the future means you're not having fun in the now. And what is the point in a life resulting in achieved goals but minimal enjoyment? 
While I was travelling my skin cleared up, and I became so much happier and de-stressed. Obviously, it's great to be seeing new and exciting places every day and this should make anyone happy, but one of the biggest differences in my travelling self v normal self is that my travelling self (especially while travelling with three friends and going with the flow of whatever they wanted to do) can't plan. While travelling, I wasn't worried about whether I was doing the right thing all the time - I was going with the flow for a set period of months, letting others make the decisions and just focussing on enjoying myself. The dream, right?

The thing I'm realising now, however, is that I could definitely live a little more like this in my normal 9-5 existence. So here are 8 Simple Rules I've set myself:

1. Don't overthink anything, if you want to do it and have the means - do it, if you don't want to do it - don't do it. Simple yet an under-the-radar concept these days
2. Don't let what other people might think influence you or stop you from doing you
3. Don't ever compare yourself to others, career, job, life, hair-wise. You don't know whether they're happy and really happiness should be the biggest goal in life
4. DO do what makes you feel good and achieved, but if you don't manage to do it constantly, don't beat yourself up over it - just go with the flow. Sometimes after work you might feel too tired to go the gym, don't push yourself if you're going to be miserable, a time will come when you're fully into it and ready to get ripped (coming from someone who snook back past the receptionist 5 mins after entering and pretended to be on the phone having an emergency - was attempting to go worth the anxiety of having to do this - NO)
5. DO do more of the things that calm you down and distract you from your own thoughts. For example, reading, watching films and watching Netflix. I used to feel like these were unproductive activities, but anything that improves your happiness and wellbeing is not unproductive
6. Don't worry about a decision after making it. You made it for a reason so accept it and go with it. In the wise words of Robbie W: No regrets - they only hurt
7. Don't worry in general, what good is that going to do. Easier said than done, I know, but I'm pretty sure that this becomes easier with time, as you realise that nothing is Thaatt big of a deal
8. If you don't like something in your life, and it is on your mind, DO do something about it

OOTD & de-stressing rules

Whether you're an Aussie looking for a new outfit, someone coming to visit the land down under, or someone anywhere in the world just looking for fresh fashion inspo, here are my favourite Australian fashion shops and my current favourite pieces from each...

1. Glassons

Copyright: Glassons

Can't even tell you how much I love this shop. Of all the fashion stores in Aussie malls, Glassons is definitely my favourite. I've bought more from Glassons while over here than I have Topshop, which is significant because Topshop is my favourite shop in the UK (or one of them, alongside Urban Outfitters I guess). Glassons is just so perfect for anything that looks a bit cool, a bit edgy, and very fashion-forward. They know the trends but they adapt them into such a cool girl, youthful style. They're also the best place for basics that aren't too basic if ya know what I mean - so for example, when you have that perfect pair of trousers (case in point, the striped ones below that I actually own lol) and you need a cool top to go with – Glassons is the place to go. Their crop tops, vest tops and blouses are all so nice and not at all basic.

2. Myer

So Myer is a department store and a great place to go for brands – and I don't necessarily mean expensive, high-end ones. Myer stock the likes of All About Eve, and Bardot, as well as my favourite Aussie vintage brand, Miss Brown Vintage.

Hat: $44.99 Bardot

3. Dotti

A cheap 'n cheerful shop, Dotti is the place for a bargain statement jumper, a bag that won't break the bank or an of-the-moment skirt.

4. Sportsgirl

Mainly for their accessories – but as you can see by the trousers and jacket, the clothing isn't all bad either.

5. Universal Store

Another one full of really cool brands from Mink Pink to Tommy Hilfiger, Vans and Dr. Martens. Plus some obscure ones, meaning you're bound to discover a new fave in here.

Let me know what you think of these picks, or if you have any favourite shops I haven't mentioned! :)

Best Fashion Shops in Australia

A scene witnessed in my local supermarket the other night inspired this post. A British girl was stood in the crisp aisle, staring around looking quite amazed and shouting into her iPhone “They do multipack crisps!”. You would think, judging by her demeanour, that they did multipack gold.

This, I realised (not being a crisp fan myself, soz) was one of the many things Brits really miss when they move to Australia and it made me think about the things I miss the most. Here are my top ten:

British girl autumn floral midi dress
Ah the Topshop clothes & historic architecture..

1. Sugar-free dilute juice (I’m looking at you Robinson’s – where are ya?!). It’s nothing special, but it’s something I expect to see on the shelves of a supermarket, and more importantly, in my cupboard. I ain't wasting calories on the full sugar crap.

2. British chocolate
Luckily I'm not that fussy when it comes to chocolate, but I have had to stick to Dairy Milk Oreo as my main chocolate bar of choice because you can definitely tell the difference with plain Dairy Milk. They make it to a different recipe here so that it takes longer to melt in the sun. Practical, but in my experience it still melts and just doesn't taste anywhere near as good. A lot of Brits get it imported and I do not blame them.

3. Old buildings
I think the oldest building in Australia is Cooks' House which was shipped all the way over from Great Ayton, 20 minutes from where I come from. And this is how excited I got about it:

A serious case of a gal being away from British heritage for that bit too long

4. Beer gardens
You can't beat a sunny beer garden with a cider in hand. One time we found a place called 'The Beer Garden', which was very exciting until we got inside and realised THERE WAS NO OUTDOOR AREA. WTF Australia?! False hope or what.

5. British fashion
So yes, there are stylish people in Australia, but Aussie style is just not the same. It's too laid back and understated for me, I need some British flamboyance back in my life. They also don't get the buzz about Topshop so a lot of branches across the country are closing. There's something so sad about a derelict Topshop.

6. British fashion shops
So by the previous point you can see there are some, but the lack of Urban Outfitters especially, and Primark is heartbreaking. Plus, Topshop is so expensive over here.

7. The sense of humour
It was strange, but I found myself acting totally different around a Brit girl at work than I do the Aussies. I felt like I was being totally myself, sarcastic etc. No clue who I'm being around the Aussie's though. It's probably a similar difference to how you act around your boss v your best friend at work.

8. Being in the same weather zone as all my favourite fashion bloggers
I miss scrolling through Instagram and seeing my favourite bloggers in amazing clothes that I could then purchase online in one second. I'm loving all the summer clothes people are wearing but they are not going to work in Melbourne's two degree temperatures (yep – not kidding).

Love this outfit by Megan Ellaby, but not okay for Melbs RN 

9. Normal Weetabix
As a cereal fanatic, Australia's answer to Weetabix 'Weet-bix' really gets to me. It's not the same. It's like the cheapest version of Weetabix I once bought in Tesco as a student and immediately regretted. You know the one with corners instead of smooth, rounded edges? The compact cardboard-like square thing? Probs not tbf, as you would never have bought this crap.

10. Cheap Subway salads
I don't know if it's changed in the last nine months, but I used to pay about £2.20 for a tuna salad from Subway. Here, it's about $8-9. Heartbreaking.

Despite missing aaaallll these things about the UK, I'm sure there are way more I'll miss about Oz when I return, such as some of the things in this post. I can already tell Sushi Hub and Sumo Salad are going to be major players. Stay tuned for the moany post from the other side of the world. x

Top 10 Things I Miss About Britain

You might think it's hard to keep up an exercise routine while travelling, especially budget, backpacker-style travelling, which often involves copious amounts of alcohol and the cheapest food you can lay your hands on. However, I have been travelling for over nine months now, and I can tell you it is possible. I struggled for motivation initially. I used the excuse that I didn't have a gym, I was going out and drinking most nights... Therefore it's hopeless. I told myself I was going to have to give up on fitness. Yet, as it turns out, this is totally the wrong attitude and you can definitely stay fit and healthy without a routine, gym, or even steady location to live in. All you need is your own willpower. So here are my top tips and advice - from my experience - on how to achieve it.

Disclaimer: this is a posed run, one normally looks much more bedraggled and lipstick-free

1. Create a specific goal-related routine that you can complete anywhere, any time 
So for me, I generally always want a toned stomach, perky bum and to basically be all-round toned. So I decided to make my routine a good 20-30 minute run/jog, 100 squats and 100 sit ups. Plus my abs and bum apps if I had extra time (which are available here for free). But you can make it anything you want - my friends, for example, do the Couch to 5K routine, which aims to improve your fitness levels and have you doing a 5K in about 10 weeks.

2. Stay focussed
Once you've set your goal and created your routine, choose a specific time each day to do it (preferably in the morning, so no distractions present themselves and stop you from carrying it out), and make sure you think about it and get it done each and every day. It's even a good idea to put a reminder or alarm on your phone.

3. Find a location to complete your routine as quickly as possible
As soon as you arrive at a new destination, or even when driving in on the bus, scout out a good area for your routine. So if it's a run, look for a nice pathway along the beach or through a park, and if it's toning exercises look for a nice patch of grassy land (a park or beach are also great for this).

Hike - it rewards you with good views too. This is Mount Batur in Bali

4. Take days off the drinking and excessive eating occasionally
As much as I love Kate Moss and her 'Why the hell can't I have fun all the time' attitude, for me, personally, my fun can only be continued if I have a few 'detox days'. In every area of my life, not just exercise and diet. Variety is key.

5. Look to Instagram
It's free and full of fitness fanatics to motivate and inspire. If you don't want to follow lots of fitness accounts that will spam your feed, just search hashtags such as #fitfam or #fitness whenever you want that extra bit of motivation.

6. Join in all 'active' activities on offer 
Climb mountains, explore on foot, walk instead of Uber (you'll save money and burn calories, what's not to love), free day? Go on a bike ride or surf or hike... every country and every environment will offer a fun outdoorsy exercise experience. Even if it's just swimming in a pool

Get on yer bike

7. And finally, if you really just bloody love an exercise class and need that 'stranger shouting at you' vibe to get going...
There are tons of pay-as-you-go classes. Just Google 'fitness classes [insert location]'. My faves were:

Brisbane - Lagree Fitness at Studio 45 - I heard Meghan Markle swears by it and fake marketing ploy or not, I was there

Melbourne/Sydney - (and almost everywhere else in Aus) - F45 - a 45 minute workout that is guaranteed to have you covered in sweat. Whether that's your own or other people's, as the room itself gets so gross, idk, but it made me feel faint and ache so make of that what you will

Seminyak, Bali - Motion Fitness - a really fun studio with a fab variety of fitness classes for about £7.50 a go.

Let me know if you have any more tips!

Fitness & travel: motivation

Photos from top to bottom:
1. Lake Mattheson 2. the road to Milford Sound (it was a misty day and yeah it was misty on the boat around the Sound also hence I have no photos here), 3. The road back to Auckland near Tongariro National Park (where Lord of the Rings' Mount Doom is located – the flat top volcano is Mount Doom itself soz to name drop) 4. Black swans and rocks on the road from Taupo to Auckland – fun game if you're really looking to kill time; can you guess which are rocks and which are swans?) 5. Sunset over the thermal lake at Taupo 6. Lunch near Tongariro National Park 7. The beaut location of the Nevis Bungy, taken from the bridge you jump off (I just watched, of course) 8. Me a at the bottom of the melting Franz Josef glacier (one of the most beautiful walks I've ever done thanks to rainbow waterfalls, a white glacial river and snow in the sun) 9. Hobbiton 10. Again more Tongariro clearly love this place 11. The lone tree within the lake at Wanaka (there were about 200 people sat by the river bed with expensive looking cameras waiting for the sun to go down behind this phenomena) 12. Me on top of Mountain Iron near Wanaka. 

New Zealand has never appealed to me. I've never seen, or heard, anything about NZ that made me think 'Wow, I've really got to go there'. Unlike the vast beaches and surfer lifestyle of Australia, and the white sands, beautiful turquoise waters and exotic temples of Fiji and Bali, I just didn't feel a pull. Perhaps for a similar reason to the one that stopped me interrailing around Europe – it just seemed so similar, or familiar (climate and landscape-wise, at least) to the UK. Close-minded, maybe, but this was just how I felt.

So when my friends were planning to leave Australia to travel New Zealand after our six amazing months travelling and working (a lil bit) in Oz (read more about that here), I had a decision to make. NZ wasn't going to be cheap (the bus ticket alone was $800AUD), and I had never planned to go anyway, however, despite believing I'd hate the traveller lifestyle and want to return to England a couple months in (max), I surprised myself by absolutely loving every minute, or almost every minute because to be fair who could love extinguishing hostel room cockroaches in order to sleep peacefully. It's all part of the experience though.

Anyway, eventually I decided, YOLO, I'm so far around the world that I might as well make the most of discovering this side of the hemisphere. I also would have major FOMO if it did, in fact, turn out to be an amazing trip.

Luckily for my indecisive self, it did indeed prove to be amazing, and I would have had the worst FOMO of life if I had decided against going.

Initially I had quite a few reservations when it came to the Kiwi Experience. It’s a well-known tour company, both around New Zealand where small town residents must get so sick of seeing the big green bus roll up with 30-50, often hungover, millenials, all ready to swarm the local supermarket in search of microwave noodles, but also throughout the world, or at least the world of travellers. However, this was the only fact (knowing so many had gone before me) that convinced me the ticket was worth the money.

To put the cost into context, our discounted (because there are four of us, and you can always haggle) Kiwi Experience ticket, which we needed only to get us around NZ for one month, was almost double the price of our Greyhound ticket, which took us all the way along the East Coast of Australia from September to December. To be fair we got one of the most comprehensive tickets available, we added on extra destinations such as Bay of Islands and Milford Sound, and when you get to NZ and realise how much all the activities cost there (almost $500 to skydive and roam the Franz Josef Glacier etc) you may well, like I did, change your opinion on the cost of the bus ticket, file it away under ‘bargain purchases’ and forget all about it.

Another thing I didn’t realise (because I literally did zero research and just let my friend sort and book everything), is that Kiwi does actually take you to many amazing places that you just wouldn’t know about, well unless you did extensive research and itinerary planning but who has time for that when you can pay someone else to do it for you. Plus, they basically give you a guided tour of the entire country as you drive around it, hand out useful little sheets of activities such as bungy jumping (totally didn’t realise you spelt bungy like that either, but I swear it’s how they spell it in NZ), rafting, horseriding, Maori stone carving blablabla as you’re on the way to the destination where said activity can be completed. This is particularly useful if you’re travelling alone or hoping to make friends when you arrive, because you can check what they’re doing and stalk their itinerary if you wish.

Additionally, still on the subject of the driver guides because they were my potential highlight of the entire experience, they are so entertaining. The driver we had for the majority of our trip, Simon, was honestly the most hilarious commentator. Sometimes when guides start talking and you’re listening to a really dece song/drifting off you just don’t want to bother making the effort to listen but with Simon I always sacrificed my headphones for his ramblings. He’d often tell facts that turned out to be utter bullshit but I’m not going to lie, those were my faves. He also let a 10 year old drive our bus at one point, which was my personal adrenaline activity of New Zealand. He later told us that three years prior the same boy (aged seven!?) had reversed the bus into a hostel, knocked a wall down and despite not injuring anyone was understandably traumatised for quite some time. Shockingly I don’t think this was one of the bullshit tales.

Anyway, moving on to the rest of the experience. The drivers were totally worth a whole paragraph lol. Would I, cost considered, do it by car/campervan if I was doing it again? I mean, potentially for a bit of variety as I’ve already done the Kiwi Experience once, but no, if you haven’t done it I one-hundred-percent recommend Kiwi Ex. You meet so many like-minded travellers along the way, which you simply wouldn’t going it alone, even if you were staying in hostels. Kiwi organise social events like bar crawls (the Queenstown bar crawl was so good and featured the best pizza from London halfway through), and a fancy dress party. We met some lovely people, had a hilarious time and I’m pretty certain we’ve made friends for life, or if nothing else, gained plentiful Instagram followers.

Kiwi Experience summary:

How it works: You choose your ticket (you can opt for one covering just the North Island, just the South Island, both, or both plus extras such as Bay of Islands, Deep South, Milford Sound (the latter is just a day trip really). Once you have your ticket you can call or email the office, let them know what dates you’ll be travelling from or two (it’s valid for a year or two but the entire circuit can be done in a month, which is how most people do it). When you’re there you can change dates of travel to and from certain places if you change your mind about what you want to do, or make friends and want to stick with them. in high season the buses go every day but they reduce this in May.

Our pass cost: $800

Places covered: Everywhere major across the North and South Islands, including Bay of Islands (optional extra) and Milford Sound (same). The only place we didn’t visit as far as I’m aware is the Deep South.

Unforeseen expenses: The bloody ferries to and from the South Island, which were $55 each way.

New Zealand & Kiwi Experience

Great Ocean Road Australia
Contemplating life on the Great Ocean Road

As you probably already know if you've visited my blog/Instagram/any social media recently, I am in Australia on a working holiday visa (I think I posted about it once or twice!). As you can imagine, it’s quite a change from the 9-5 life in the North East of England, and having lived and travelled around a few different places in the country, I feel like I've learned a lot about travel, life and Australia. Read on if you're thinking of travelling, visiting Australia one day or if you're simply nosy of course...

1. Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things
When you're across the other side of the world, there’s no better time to experience something new. Luckily, there’s all kinds of fun to be had in this amazing country. You can try out everything from horseback riding and swimming with dolphins to scuba diving or the one your parents will advise you against - skydiving, and that’s just a few of the experiences travellers have the opportunity to partake in. I'd recommend biting the bullet and trying out anything and everything you've ever dreamt of doing but not had the opportunity to. You won’t regret it, I've never spoken to anyone who embarked on an adrenalin adventure who regretted it. Even my friend who is terrified of heights says jumping out of a plane is the best thing she's ever done... I'm yet to give it a go but New Zealand is next on my list and it may well happen there - stay tuned!

2. Always Be Optimistic
Australia is often spoken about as one of the world’s happiest countries and I can understand why. Well for me, personally, the sun and warmth and being outdoors makes me so happy and content. Plus, the people here are (not to stereotype and they do have different personalities, but generally) so friendly.

You're guaranteed to hear a jolly "How’re you going?" at least once a day - don't panic and wonder how you're supposed to respond to this alien phrase, they simply mean "How're you doing?" so the standard response, of "Good, thank you - yourself?" is fine.

3. Never Forget Where You’re From
Although the food and drink in Aus is amazing, there are some subtle differences which have not gone unnoticed. Firstly, and most importantly (as a chocaholic), the Cadbury chocolate is different. Don't expect to buy a Dairy Milk bar and it taste the same - the chocolate over here is made to a slightly different recipe to stop it melting as easily (it still melts easily). Additionally, the Weetabix (or 'Weet-bix') is just not quite the same.

It goes without saying that everyone will get a little homesick when they’re away and I’m really thankful to be travelling with my best friends from home (which really makes the trip feel like home from home) and my family back in the UK for always being on the other end of the phone for a chat, advice and updates about what's going on back in Teesside. They've also sent me care packages all the way to Australia from home that are packed with all my favourite things and it’s given me a newfound appreciation for all those things I took for granted back in the UK (miss you, Galaxy chocolate).

4. Make New Friends
Don’t be shy – try to talk to anyone and everyone whilst you’re travelling. Because you’re all in the same boat, you’ll find that you make new friends really easily and keep bumping into the same faces on your way around the country too. Esepcially down the East Coast if they're travelling in the same direction as you. We made some friends with some really nice girls along the coast (from Leeds lol) who we now hang out with in Melbourne where we're all living now. I guarantee you’ll make friends for life.

5. Go Off the Beaten Track
Yes, visit all the main touristy spots on your first visit Down Under – like the Harbour and Opera House in Sydney, Bondi Beach, the Great Barrier Reef and the city of Melbourne (which I love and have talked a bit about in a previous blog post here). They’re all a must on the to-do list, but don’t skip visiting some of the lesser known spots too, as they’ll give you a unique insight into the culture and how everyday life works away from all the travellers and visitors. I'll never forget our visits to tiny towns along the East Coast and chats with locals in the bars there. If you can’t squeeze these into your first trip, then it’s a good excuse to go back and visit again. I'd love to come back and do Western Australia if I don't manage to fit it in before I leave.

It’s hard not to fall in love with Australia when you visit, even if it’s just a short trip. I mean, when I first came out, I thought I'd be homesick and flying back to the UK before Christmas, yet now I'm considering carrying out 88 days of farm work to allow me to stay another year (this is what's required for your second year Visa fml).

Aus is a huge country with so much variety in everything from food to climate. You can have a chilled, beach lifestyle here or a busy city life. Or a bit of both as all the major cities have beautiful beaches. If you're suffering from wanderlust and not sure where to go, I can't recommend Australia more.

My journey in Australia isn't over yet, and I'm looking forward to all the adventures to come. Who knows, my northern accent might slowly start morphing into an Australian one and I’ll end up swapping parmos for parmas! Only kidding, that will never happen.

Have you travelled around Australia before, too? What lessons do you think will stay with you from the experience? If you haven't travelled Aus, but are planning to, check out my packing 'how to' post here.

Living in Aus: Life Lessons

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How to pack for a working holiday in australia
How to pack for a working holiday in australia
How to pack for a working holiday in australia
How to pack for a working holiday in australia
How to pack for a working holiday in australia
How to pack for a working holiday in australia
How to pack for a working holiday in australia
How to pack for a working holiday in australia
How to pack for a working holiday in australia
How to pack for a working holiday in australia
How to pack for a working holiday in australia

My friends laughed at me when I told them I had bought suitcase organisers. "What the hell are they?" was the general response. Well, after living out of my suitcase for almost five months I can honestly say they have been one of the best investments of my life.

Before you judge, we decided against backpacks for a reason. I like to be able to roll my luggage where possible (diva) and I'd heard the terrain along the East Coast of Australia does not require a backpack as it's all quite flat and accessible.

So four months, three flights, one eleven hour train journey, lots of hostels lacking lifts and about 15 Greyhound bus journeys later – am I finding this to have been a good decision or a terrible one?

Personally, I think packing in this way with this type of suitcase was definitely the best and most convenient option, for me at least (a 5'3" girl with an inability to lift things). For my friend, Rach, who is now on to her second broken suitcase, perhaps not. But she has been very unlucky, so while I think you probably should invest in a suitcase with certain features (which I got told by the suitcase experts at Dalton Park, and will go into below) you really shouldn't worry too much about it all going wrong. Do bear in mind that dragging a case up a few flights of stairs isn't the most fun but I can't imagine carrying a 20kg backpack up multiple flights of stairs would be a ball either. Plus, if you just ensure you're outwardly expressing your struggle a strong male will probably offer to help. 

I've also loved the suitcase organisers. It's honestly so much easier to live out of a suitcase when you have what are basically see-through drawers and you know the location of each item cos it's always in the same place. Bloody brilliant invention, as Ron Weasley would say.

So, what to look for in your suitcase:

  •  Four wheels – makes life easier. But remember to use all four wheels where possible, cos it's not designed to take the weight on two wheels and this is one thing that could lead to the tragic sitch of the broken wheel.

  • Hard shell. Rach's first case was a soft shell, and we think the lack of even weight distribution this lead to may have been a factor in the breakage.

  •  Leading on from the previous point, evenly sized sections on each sides of the suitcase (which you naturally get with most hard shell cases).

  • A bright colour so you can easily distinguish it. You'll appreciate this when it's 2am, your bus has just pulled up to a new town and you are trying to identify your case among 20 others in the bus storage.

Essentials to pack in the suitcase:

  • A travel towel. A microfibre towel rolls up really, really small, dries easily and is generally such a good idea for any form of travelling. Hostels do not provide towels btw. Mine is from Craghoppers and was about £10 from an outdoor outlet store (Dalton Park again lols).

  • A sleeping bag liner. Admittedly I haven't used it that much because Australian hostels do tend to be quite clean, however a few of them have a lot of bugs (I slept in it in Airlie Beach because our room had a cockroach infestation and I just wanted to be in a sealed environment). Ooh and it also came in useful when we camped ('glamped') on Fraser Island because it was hot enough to use this as a sleeping bag so I didn't have to buy or rent one. Mine was also by Craghoppers from the Dalton Park outlet store.

  • SUITCASE ORGANISERS. I feel like I've said enough about this one. Just buy them, Separate your swimwear from your casual clothing and your dresses, roll them all up as demonstrated by my very thorough photography and enjoy the thrill of organisation. Head to Amazon for the best selection.

  • A portable charger. My phone literally dies after about three hours of use and while this wasn't too much of an issue for me while travelling the coast because there was barely any wifi so I didn't use it much anyway, it became quite the annoyance when settling down a bit in cities and actually having data etc/the need to use my phone to job hunt. Also a few hostels don't have sockets near your bed so if you need to sleep next to your phone this can be a great solution.

  • Plastic bags for shoes – cheap and cheerful advice here. Who wants to put their muddy trainers back among their clothes after a hike? Not me thanks. Plastic bags or shower caps are excellent for this. Or actual shoe bags if you wanna do it the posh way.

  • A pill box for jewellery. It will keep your necklaces separate and untangled, your rings safe and easy to find... Such a good idea c/o my mum.

  • Finally, the carry-on bag essentials I would recommend would be earplugs, an eye mask (I can't use them because my eyes feel claustrophobic but if you can they're probably super helpful for staying in hostels with strangers/sleeping on transport and what not), a water bottle – if you don't mind tap water, there are taps in most public spaces in Oz so refilling your own bottle will save you so much money.

This is probably everything I would recommend I think, if you have any questions/think there's something I've not covered please do ask!

 I hope someone looking to travel actually reads this because otherwise it has been a pretty pointless post hasn't it. Although to be fair if you just want to pack better for your holiday there's probably a lot of relevant advice for that too.

Anyway, thanks for reading! xxx

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