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Shiny Song #20

8 Feb

Every year, thousands and thousands of people cast millions of votes in Australian radio network Triple J’s Hottest 100 poll.

The countdown of the results is an Aussie tradition, usually accompanied by barbecues, swimming pools and some very dodgy bets to celebrate Australia Day. I definitely lost money this year.

This tune came in at number one and it has definitely grown on me.

You can hear more of the Hottest 100 on Triple J and this explains how Vance Joy came up with those lyrics…

How To Be An Explorer

24 Jan

It has been 79 days since I’ve been on a plane.

Backpacking

This is not unusual in itself: I’ve been longer without travelling, of course. But this summer has been an experiment in staying put: in commitment, in consolidation.

It has been an interesting process. And by “interesting”, I mean, “a massive challenge.”

I’m used to a life that is not planned for more than a couple of weeks ahead. I’ve loved that I could, at any moment, jump on a plane or a train and be somewhere new. I’ve been addicted to that feeling.

I admit it’s much easier to feel that sense of awe when you are travelling. Being overseas, at any given moment, I can see something I’ve never seen before. That I might never see again! Of course it’s interesting: it’s NEW! It’s a surprise! 

The experiment has been in finding that feeling in the “every day” – how can you have a job and go to work and find time to exercise and see family and do laundry and eat well…AND maintain a sense of wonder?

It turns out, you can.

Don't remember days but moments

I started thinking of some of my best moments while travelling.

For me, they’ve often involved being outside: hiking, swimming, diving, exploring a town…
Overwhelmingly, the moments I remember best are ones where I stop, take a moment and breathe in exactly where I am.

(And, according to my photos, throw my arms wide and exclaim “I can’t believe I’m here right now!”)

The challenge of a few months in one place, my hometown no less, was to find that same sense of taking time and applying wonder.

I think when we’re back in our familiar surroundings, especially when we’re working, it’s easy to get into a grind that can make us forget all the beauty around us. The first step for me was making time to stop and notice. Scheduling a walk. Being outside at sunrise or sunset. Taking the dogs out and noticing how they interact with their environment.

Instagram has been an amazing tool for this.
(Check out my summer: @shinyhappyhealthy)

I tried to find one thing – a scene, a bird, a tree, a certain slant of light – that captured my eye. Just that act of stopping, snapping and sharing, helped me reconnect with my surroundings. And it helped me feel connected with my travelling community, when I saw how beautiful they found my hometown.

Then, last week, I came across this list from author/illustrator/creativity guru, Keri Smith. 

Explorer Keri SmithI love this list.

Here’s the thing: people come and visit where I live as tourists and exclaim how beautiful and amazing it is. Exactly as I do for places I visit overseas or interstate. The only difference is perspective.

I love the idea that I could be anywhere, at any given moment and completely surrender to and appreciate the beauty of where I am.

To be an explorer in my own life, throw my arms wide and exclaim: “I can’t believe I’m here right now!”

How To Find Cheap Flights to the Bay of Love

31 Oct

An oldie but a goodie…And it all still applies!
I’ll be posting information about ferries and trains soon, too…

Shiny, Happy, Healthy.

A few years ago, when I first started jetting around all the time, a frequent flyer friend of mine taught me a few little tricks to save on airfares. This can sometimes take longer than flying directly to where you want to go, but for me, it has been a great way to see more places on my transits and I’ve saved thousands of dollars in the process. 

You want to find the cheapest way to get to the other continent and then use local carriers to get around within that continent. 

Using Melbourne to Koh Samui for the retreat as the example, here’s how I do it: I use a flight search engine like Adioso.com, Kayak.com or Skyscanner.com to check first how much it costs to fly directly. 
Right now, Malaysia Airlines have flights from Melbourne for around $690 to Koh Samui. Usually, flying directly to Samui will cost at least…

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How To Find Cheap Flights to the Bay of Love

23 Nov

A few years ago, when I first started jetting around all the time, a frequent flyer friend of mine taught me a few little tricks to save on airfares. This can sometimes take longer than flying directly to where you want to go, but for me, it has been a great way to see more places on my transits and I’ve saved thousands of dollars in the process. 

You want to find the cheapest way to get to the other continent and then use local carriers to get around within that continent. 

Using Melbourne to Koh Samui for the retreat as the example, here’s how I do it: I use a flight search engine like Adioso.com, Kayak.com or Skyscanner.com to check first how much it costs to fly directly. 
Right now, Malaysia Airlines have flights from Melbourne for around $690 to Koh Samui. Usually, flying directly to Samui will cost at least $1000 from Melbourne, so this is a fairly reasonably priced flight for those of you wanting to fly straight there! 

But if you’re prepared to break the flight up into little legs, you can fly to Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia X from Melbourne for around $380, then grab a flight to Koh Samui for around $60 – $120 with Firefly from Subang Airport.  

Alternatively, Jetstar has some ridiculously cheap flights from Melbourne to Bangkok right now – $360!

Then you can grab a Bangkok Airways flight for around $100 – $150 to Samui. Thai Airways also often has promotions from Bangkok to Samui from as low as $50.

If you want to save even more, you can fly with Air Asia or Thailand’s Nok Air from Bangkok to Surat Thani for around $30. You then catch a ferry over to Koh Pha Ngan from the mainland. 

Personally, I use the stopovers as opportunities to see friends or explore the stopover – You may need to stay a night in Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok to make it work. I can give you loads of recommendations for places to stay and things to see in both cities.

Those of you coming from Europe or the US, use the hubs like Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok as your entry point. It will save you loads of money!!! 

Happy to answer any questions!