Heading to England any time soon? No doubt you’ll have been crying into your socks about the exchange rate, because frankly it’s horrid. We’re basically halving our money, and how are we seriously supposed to afford all of the Guinness and steak and ale pies with that amount of money!?
I’m fairly conflicted about where I want to spend my honeymoon. And may I preface this with no, I am not engaged. However, as a travel agent (and in a long-term relationship) who regularly plans holidays and honeymoons, I of course think about my own. It’s a complicated decision between beach haven, flop and drop, to the action/adventure accomplished kind of getaway.
Every year I think back about my favourite trip of the year. This year is a little more difficult, as I had so many other life changes happening – in between changing careers from full time working in retail travel sales, to helping start up a news and lifestyle magazine, to moving house and getting pregnant, and spending almost two months away from home travelling around to new exciting places, it’s been a big one!
Whilst I am aware there isn’t a vaccination or cure for Ebola, in light of the outbreak bringing to light a very real health scare that is affecting people worldwide, I thought I would do a write up of vaccinations people should expect to get before embarking to popular destinations. Whether you’re traveling for the first time, or to an obscure destination, it’s always best to check with your doctor or travel agent as to whether you should get some vaccinations to stop any pesky virus from ruining your trip!
Packing, I’ve written about it numerous times. For me, I like to think I generally have it down pat. Between that and being generally prepared when I venture off on a new adventure, with all of my vouchers printed out and my passport in a special travel wallet, I imagine I’ll be walking into the airport, hours early, with a fresh blow wave with not a care in the world.
If you read my website or column you’d know by now how much I love France. I got the chance to live there a few years ago on and off working in a chateau, and I go back every time I head to Europe. I learnt the language for a few years (even though it’s a little rusty!) and like to spend my time imagining a simple life living in a French loft in Montmartre, buying my baguettes every day and riding my bike everywhere with my scarf flowing in the wind on my way to gallery exhibitions.
Planning your holiday can be one of the absolute best and most exciting things you’ll ever do, from deciding where you’re going, to how long for, what your must sees are and what to pack. You’ll probably Google where the coolest bars are near your chosen hotel and the best times to go to galleries and certain attractions you want to see. You might even look up the best way to get around with the public transport systems and read fellow travellers reviews and blogs on the areas.
Last week I had the very unjoyous occasion of moving house. Between having to disconnect gas and electricity at one house and reconnect at another, pack your whole life into boxes and clean everything as you go … well, it’s exhausting – and I guess I’ll just have to live in this house forever because I certainly never want to move ever again! It did get me thinking about moving house though, especially overseas.
This week, I thought I’d write about something a little closer to home. And when we are blessed to be living in such a cultural, beautiful and produce-filled place, why not! For my birthday a few weeks ago I decided to do a winery tour down the Bellarine Peninsula. I got the idea off a friend from Adelaide, where wineries outnumber houses and winery tours are a regular event!
What would you like to read about when it’s cold and rainy outside and your heater takes three good hours at work to finally defrost your fingers? How about I tell you all about my hottest holiday – when clothes were not even optional, just a hindrance? And lying on the cold tiles on the balcony (yes, san clothes) was one of the only ways to keep a little cooler and be able to sleep.