Yes.. My Grandparents travel the world too👌

One thing about me that you won’t know is that I have super hip Grandma who has a ridiculous amount of energy! She loves to keep up with her grandchildren and actually tells us off if we don’t tell her about a new ‘trend’; I like to think I’m the favourite grandchild, but she tells me she doesn’t have favourites 😉😂 Once I went with her and my Grandad to Florida on holiday, and she made us walk around for so long and do so many things in one day that it actually made me sick.🙊

With this in mind, I maybe shouldn’t have been surprised when, after telling my energetic grandparent duo (aka G&G) I was coming to Australia for a year, they booked a plane ticket to join me for some of my adventure! They really are an inspiration to me and have travelled pretty much every corner of the globe (in fact, they’re in Italy on a cruise as I write this), so they are great for travelling advice too. I also enjoy the annual event of seeing the Formula 1 in a different country each year with them, so they’re a very familiar travelling companion to me by now.

Belgium Grand Prix – August 2015

So my G&G joined me in Perth where we first made our way to Alice springs, and oh what can I say about Alice springs… it’s a lovely little town in the middle of the outback of Australia. One of the first things I noticed were, unfortunately, the flies- they’re insane! They land on your face and pretty much everywhere else. The beauty of the place far outdoes that annoyance by, like, a gazillion though, so don’t be put off, and we managed to find a couple of great tours.

West MacDonnell Ranges – Alice Springs

Our next stop was Ayres Rock and, of course, my super energetic grandparents booked us a FULL day sunrise and sunset tour. Yes, that’s right, it meant getting up at 5am followed by a very long day. But we got to see the beautiful sunrise at Uluru which was spectacular and definitely worth it, followed by a 5 hour tour. The sunset tour was (obviously) last, and we got to see Uluru (Ayres Rock) one last time as the sun set, showing off some amazing colours for pictures. To top it off, we were very classy and had champagne and nibbles whilst watching the sunset, though Grandma and Grandad actually went back out for a good old fashioned beer. I think I went to bed earlier than them every night! 😂😂 Ayres Rock also has the cutest, smallest, most adorable airport I’ve ever seen. 😍

If you are a F1 fan and ever get a chance to go to the Australian Grand Prix, I would definitely recommend it. 😍 Just visiting the track and watching the race there made for the best day ever, but the massive cherry on top was getting to meet Lewis Hamilton. I can check that dream off the list! ♥️

Overall we had an amazing time and Melbourne is an incredibly vibrant city. If you love a bit of history on your travels too then I recommend taking a peek at Captain Cook’s Little Cottage; it was really interesting to look round.

In just 3 weeks together, we crammed a different experience in pretty much every day. I’m incredibly grateful to have spent some of my first weeks with two people I love and thought I had left halfway across the world for 8 months, not to be seen until I returned. It was truly special, and they definitely get the award for coolest grandparents ever. ♥️

See you next time! – Explore Jen 🙋

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How many people can say they’ve seen a pink Lake!?

I’m not sure about you, but I get put off reading a blog if it’s super long, so I’ll be keeping my blogs short but regular.

It was only in February that I hopped on a plane- well, two planes- and left the UK far behind me, along with my family and friends and all the people I love most. But it wasn’t until I landed in the big ol’ city of Perth that it truly hit home that I was alone (and, in all honesty, a little scared) in this huge country.

Looking back, I can’t really believe I’ve been in the beautiful country of Australia for 7 months now, and I love reflecting on all the absolutely amazing things I’ve managed to squeeze in so far. One of my all-time-favourite places is the Pink Lake in Western Australia… I mean, really, how many people can say they’ve seen a pink lake? It’s pure magic!

Pink Lake,WA

Within a day of landing though, I suddenly got a text from my best friend’s brother, inviting me on a camping trip up the west coast of Australia with them. If the relief of having company in my first week wasn’t reason enough to jump on this chance, the advice I got early on from one of the loveliest people I’ve met so far, (you know who you are, Tilds), would have been. She told me to ‘say yes to everything and, even if it turns out to be a bad experience, you’ve still learnt from it’.

So I travelled with Luke, Tilds, Hannah & George from Perth to Exmouth and back in just over a week, even now it’s probably still one of the best experiences of my life. I had no idea I was going to have such fun and laughter with people who’d I’d never even met before this trip! We saw and did so many amazing things in a week, including:

– Pink Lake 💕

– Dolphins swimming right next to us🐬

– Too many beautiful sunsets to count☀️

– We got up at 4am to try and see baby turtles on the beach, Tilds didn’t get up (even though it was her idea) 😂

– A sting ray swimming around our feet!

– Driving George’s 4×4 on the sand dunes and Hannah being scared for her life

And the list goes on! It was an amazing week, and if anyone is hesitating to travel on the west coast of Australia, I would 💯% recommend it. There’s loads of amazing sights and experiences and you will definitely not be disappointed.

Seeing beautiful things like this all the time is truly special and the reason I left the UK to travel in the first place. I can’t wait to see and do more!

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My First Blog – The Expectations 🌎

Just an average girl from Dartford (near London) who doesn’t have a so called ‘career‘ in life that everyone expects of you… So exploring the world in the meantime 🌎☀️

From when you are very young, people ask you ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’, and i’m sure I used to have an answer to this. As life moves on and you grow up even more, it’s expected for you have started that ‘dream career’… well, I don’t have that. I am 23 years old and I have absolutely no idea what job I want to do for the rest of my life! It’s such a big thing to think about; my passion is sports and exploring, so I decided to travel the world and see what I can find.

Maybe I’m looking for some direction, guidance… who knows? But I do know that travelling felt right. So, I quit my job and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing since February 2017- and I absolutely love it!

So, I think what I’m trying to say is it’s ok to be different. It’s ok to not know what you want in life or where you want to go. Just go with whatever feels right and the outcome is unlimited. Like my mum always told me, I can be and do anything I want if I put my mind to it! ✈️