Don’t Underestimate Brisbane for a Great Aussie City Experience

 

Have you noticed that people who visit Australian cities always seem to gravitate towards Melbourne, Perth or Sydney. I think Brisbane is a fabulous city and is actually underrated. Its an attractive city for starts, set alongside the Brisbane River, and its hot, humid Summers allow for plenty of outdoor events and activities, and I love the vibey cosmopolitan feel of the city. Its got everything for city lovers and lots of parklands for the outdoorsy types like me. There are lots of awesome places to cycle, especially the tracks along the river, and believe it or not, there is even a man-made beach.

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I love live theatre, and Brisbane has  lots of theatres, so when I was there I saw a couple of live shows at the Playhouse Theatre and the Lyric Theatre. Fortitude Valley is a great attraction for those who like to be entertained at night and you’ll find lots of nightclubs, bars and restaurants, a lively atmosphere and definitely not for anyone who loves their peace and quiet. Next time you’re in Australia, try Brisbane – there is so much to see and lots of great tourist accommodation too – I was really impressed

Travelling in the Desert

Travelling in a desert is a liberating experience. It has its own thrills and challenges. However deserts pose many challenges even for the experienced hikers. Lack of water, shifting landscape and extreme temperatures make it really difficult.

Desert Travel

Travelling in Desert

But a little bit of preparation goes a long way in making the trip through a desert enjoyable.

  • Do not travel alone – Always travel in groups in a desert. Even a camel does not travel alone, in spite of being well equipped to brave the sun.
  • Check weather – Dust storms can be a grave threat in the deserts. Modern forecasts are however very accurate. Always check with the forecast before travelling.
  • Proper dressing – Wear cotton dress which is loose to feel comfortable. Tight dress or short dresses are a complete no. The temperature drops appreciably in the night, so carry warm clothes as well.
  • Hydration – Keep drinking water, as the heat in the desert dehydrates your body. Keep energy bars handy to keep up the sugar level.
  • Carry GPS – With similar landscapes for miles you may be easily lost. Keeping a GPS helps you to find where you are and keeps you on track.
  • Walk steady – When walking keep a slow and steady pace. Do not stretch yourself, and take proper rest breaks.
  • Quick sand – Keep a stick and prod your way through. Many cases of quick sand drowning have been reported.
  • Animals – Most of the animals are nocturnal, but you may find some snakes and scorpions. They are extremely venomous. Beware!!!!!

Taking the necessary precautions, desert travel can really be enjoyable. You will enjoy the vast emptiness!!!!

Packing your makeup for a trip

You want to look your best in your travel photos, and you will certainly want your favourite makeup to accompany you in this trip. But thanks to flight regulations, you might have to pack your makeup carefully.

You don’t have to carry every item you own- you should prioritize and only carry the products and makeup that you really need. If you travel a lot, it would be good for you to invest in some travel size containers for your shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, sunscreen, etc.

Travel containers

You should avoid carrying any breakable bottles, as far as you can, and if you have to, you can keep it rolled in his socks, or other clothes. By keeping all your liquids in a sealable ziplock bag, you can ensure none of these things spill on to your luggage.

Ziplock Bag for Beauty Product

While carrying your makeup, make sure you keep all of it in a small pouch or a box that you can take with you on your carry on. This way, you will be able to get off the flight looking amazing. You can carry this pouch with you in your bag too- in case you want to refresh your makeup for that special photo!

Makeup pouch for travel

How to pack for your solo vacation?

The first time I went travelling alone, I was extremely unprepared. But I’d still consider that a helpful experience, for now I know exactly what to avoid, and I can spread my wisdom too.

First and foremost, if you are travelling alone, try keeping the luggage to a minimum. It certainly does not help if you are carrying a huge, big suitcase with you. It will be a good idea for you to invest in a sturdy backpack which can carry all your necessary luggage for an extended journey.

Secondly, do not pack too many clothes. It will be a smarter idea for you to carry clothes that can be mixed-and-matched to create new outfits on a regular basis. Carry clothes that suit the climate too- during summer, you will have to carry enough cottons and shorts. In winters, it might be better for you to carry multiple layers, sturdy boots and one thick jacket that will keep you warm throughout the journey.

Tips for women on what to pack

Besides this, you should also remember to pack the essentials- some sunscreen, bug repellent, pyjamas, sunglasses, toiletries, basic make-up, etc. You can find many handy lists on the internet that will give you checklists too. Just remember that even if you do forget something basic, you will be able to buy it in Australia.

How safe is Australia for women travellers?

Australia and New Zealand are probably two of the safest countries for women who want to travel without any male companionship. There is a thriving backpacker culture in Australia, so big cities and small towns both welcome women backpackers and travellers. This, however, does not apply to all of Oceania, for the traditions and culture in the Pacific Islands are rather different.

Like any other country, Australia has it’s own share of problems. This is the reason why you should exercise basic caution when travelling alone. There are some areas that are considered dodgy and you should try researching on these places so you don’t end up there by mistake. You should certainly not try travelling alone in the Outback or any of the remote areas in Australia, either.

Women Backpackers in Australia

If you would feel more comfortable, you could try researching a list of hotels that are women-friendly. Many backpackers hotels have women-only floors, in case that would make you feel safer. Greyhound buses are a safe mode of transport for those who do not wish to backpack, as well.

As long as you exercise basic caution (as much as you would in your home town), you will be able to have an amazing holiday in Australia.