If you ever go to Australia… DO NOT MISS Fraser Island!!๐Ÿ’œ

For this blog we’re re-exploring my East Coast adventure! It began in Cairns, where I said farewell to my awesome Grandparents, visiting sites like Cape Tribulation and a tourist favourite: the Great Barrier Reef (seeing a shark while scuba diving is a definite highlight๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿ™Š!). Despite knowing all these awesome places were waiting for me, travelling on my own for two weeks along the East Coast to Brisbane had me feeling a little nervous… but the amount of lovely people I met on the way soon kicked my worries to the curb.

The first stop on my journey down the coast was Magnetic island ๐ŸŒด. Here I got to cuddle the icon of Australia, a Koala bear, hold a snake and a lizard on my head, and drive a Barbie car! The east coast had only just been hit with an awful cyclone, and the Whitsunday islands were hit particularly hard and had a lot of damage. So staying at Airlie beach before my boat ride around the Whitsunday islands was made all the more interesting; they still had no power when I arrived and I showered in complete darkness ๐Ÿ˜‚.

After that, it was onto the Whitsunday’s boat I went, and spending the night sleeping on a boat was certainly an experience. I was actually put in the room with the crew- lucky for me, they were very good looking so it wasn’t too bad. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Whitehaven beach was so stunning and I remember thinking I had never seen anything so amazing before. The sand was white, the sea was crystal blue, and I never thought anything could beat the beauty and fun I had on the that boat, at least until my next stop: Fraser Island.

When I got to Rainbow Bay Hostel, I had a conversation with the lady at the hostel; she was asking where I had been and, after telling her about the Whitsunday islands, her reply was “I guarantee you’ll prefer Fraser island”. At the time I thought, no way… but, well, she was right! Three days on Fraser Island spent camping, cooking and driving 4×4’s with the funniest and kindest people ever was an experience I would repeat again and again! It was unforgettable, the views were stunning, and lake Mackenzie was particularly beautiful. Driving the 4×4 was thrilling especially because of my love for cars (remember my last post? F1 fanatic right here). And to top it all off, I made friends that I would bet are friends for life!

As my East Coast trip came to a close, I was definitely ready to ditch hostel life for a little while and have somewhere to call home for a few months. I worked as an au pair in Brisbane for a wonderful family, making even more friends and more travelling on my weekends off! ๐ŸŒ

I truly believe you find yourself whilst travelling, even if you already think you know who you are. It opens up a whole new view and brings out a whole new person. I love the Aussie life and am more relaxed about life in general now than I’ve ever been.

Time to carry on going with the flow and see where my life takes me โค๏ธ

See you next time – Explore Jen ๐Ÿ™‹

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Yes.. My Grandparents travel the world too๐Ÿ‘Œ

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚ 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.๐Ÿ™Š

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! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Ayres Rock also has the cutest, smallest, most adorable airport I’ve ever seen. ๐Ÿ˜

If you are a F1 fan and ever get a chance to go to the Australian Grand Prix, I would definitely recommend it. ๐Ÿ˜ 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! โ™ฅ๏ธ

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. โ™ฅ๏ธ

See you next time! – Explore Jen ๐Ÿ™‹

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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 homeย that I wasย 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,ย 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!ย We saw and did so many amazing things in a week, including:

– Pink Lake ๐Ÿ’•

– Dolphins swimming right next to us๐Ÿฌ

– Too many beautiful sunsets to countโ˜€๏ธ

– We got upย at 4amย to try and see baby turtles on the beach, Tilds didn’t get up (even though it was her idea) ๐Ÿ˜‚

– 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!ย It was an amazing week, and if anyone is hesitating to travel on the west coast of Australia, I would ๐Ÿ’ฏ% 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!

See you next timeย –ย Explore Jen ๐Ÿ™‹Want to come on my journey with me? Want to see pictures of the Pink Lake and more? Then follow me on Instagram today๐ŸŒŽ

My First Blog – The Expectations ๐ŸŒŽ

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 ๐ŸŒŽโ˜€๏ธ

From when you are very young, people ask you โ€˜what do you want to be when you grow up?โ€™, and iโ€™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 donโ€™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! Itโ€™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 Iโ€™m looking for some direction, guidanceโ€ฆ who knows? But I do know that travelling felt right. So, I quit my job and thatโ€™s exactly what Iโ€™ve been doing since February 2017- and I absolutely love it!

So, I think what Iโ€™m trying to say is itโ€™s ok to be different. Itโ€™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! โœˆ๏ธ