Disclaimer: I wrote this post as a previously very sheltered, and extremely home sick person. It’s a laugh and a half to read to i’m leaving it for prosperity.
I love Australia. I love the lifestyle, the weather, the sights and activities but let’s not beat around the bush; I’m a bit of a princess. When it comes to holidays I love a really nice clean hotel with my own bathroom, room service and a nice deck chair to chill on by the pool.
Travelling has been a bit of a shock to the system, something I probably didn’t think through enough to be fair.
Part of me feels really shameful for not being able to embrace the hostel-life; it’s not that difficult to live out of a suitcase and it’s a great way to make friends, plus it’s relatively cheap (or really cheap if you’re willing to sacrifice cleanliness and dignity) but I just really like being able to shower for more than 2 minutes and having a bit of peace and bloody quiet every now and then. Besides, I can’t cook! I’ve been living off cereal and toast for 3 weeks now, I just really want to be in a nice hotel, sipping on affordable cocktails and going out to eat at restaurants every evening.
There, I said it. Yeah I know, boohoo, poor Apryl’s travelling Australia and just can’t catch a break, such a hard life, whack out the violins, blah blah blah. Call me a snob or whatever, the fact of the matter is i’m still spending at least 7 weeks in a hostel, with the likliehood of that increasing and that’s just not something I necessarily enjoy the most out of this experience. As such, I realised in the midst of all this degredation that it’s not all that bad if I compensate with little luxuries and, if you’re a bit like me and prefer glamping to camping, or just generally going to an actual hotel, then some of these ideas might help out;
Go to a restaurant every now and again.
I’ve made a habit of finding somewhere nice to eat in each new town i’ve visited. I can’t cook for shit, I don’t get any enjoyment out of food and i’m really lazy when it comes to eating, I do however, love going out to restaurants. So, whether it’s a little cafe for breakfast or a nice bar for dinner, i’ve tried to treat myself in every new area. Whether you do it once a week, a month or in each new stop over, it’s obviously up to you, but it doesn’t hurt to splurge on a proper meal once in a while.
Pay the extra for the nicer hostels
The truth is you’re never really going to pay much more than a fiver per night for the slightly better rated hostel are you? Choose what you most want out of your hostel, whether it’s free Wifi, free breakfast or a really good party and choose the best one to your liking. For example at Bunk I chose to pay an extra dollar a night to have a room with my own plug and bedside light, it’s the little things ok!
Book yourself into a hotel for a night
I haven’t done this yet but my plan is to go back to Sydney and when I do, i’m splurging on a room for a night or two and refusing to move from the bed, the balcony or the bath. This is what’s keeping me going people, the promise of 2 nights of pure luxury. Judge all you want, man.
Talk to your friends back home
Chances are your friends will think they’re bothering you if they message you too often. I talk to a couple of my mates pretty much every day and I try to make sure I keep in touch with most people at least once a week. Pretty sure i’ve established the fact that i’m a bit of a home-bird and as such i’ve got constant FOMO about home, despite the fact that i’m getting the chance of a lifetime to travel Aus. Go figure. Anyway, keeping in contact with my friends means they can’t forget about me and they don’t think i’m forgetting about them either, winning.
Take something from home to bed with you or out with you.
If you know me, you’ll know my two Care Bears have travelled to all the countries i’ve travelled to. Coming to Australia meant I had to forfeit them due to size and space but never fear, I have the blue one in a smaller size so he’s come along for the ride and usually goes in my day backpack or sits on my bunk bed for general hostel views. I also have a sarong that is my mums which tends to go pretty much everywhere with me as it’s such a versatile item but also acts as a bit of a comforter as i’m such a big baby.
Read your favourite book/watch your favourite programme/listen to music
I love my Kindle for this very reason. It has every single one of my books on and I haven’t had to lug around 20 hardbacks. I’ve been struggling to read over the last few months but i’m getting back into the swing of it with all the spare time i’m accumulating. I also loaded three seasons of Friends onto my phone so whenever someone is really irritating in the hostel room at night (had a snorer the other night) or if i’m feeling home sick I watch a few episodes of my favourite TV show. (I’ve got an iPod with over 4000 songs on too but it’s more frustrating than anything having to skip over all the shit I have. Why did I ever think downloading Nine Inch Nail’s entire discography was a good idea when I only wanted to listen to one song?)
These are just a few ideas i’ve come up with along the way that’s sort of helped me out if i’m ever stressing over sand in my bed, annoying room-mates or just generally feeling homesick! Hope they help if you are travelling/planning to travel!