Western Australia is a huge region that covers nearly a third of the country as a whole. While a big proportion of the population is concentrated in located in the southwest, there are plenty of great road trip opportunities throughout the area – especially if you are looking to get off the beaten path. So, in this blog post, we will cover just a few ideas that could take you on the journey of a lifetime.
Let’s start off in the northwest corner of the country around the iconic Kimberley region between Broome and Kununurra. Highway 1 will take you to places including Purnululu – otherwise known as the Bungle Bungles – as well as historic outback communities and the largest man-made body of water in the world, Lake Argyle. Otherwise, you could take the road less travelled along the Gibb, where it is certainly worth taking the detour up to the Mitchell Plateau, famous for its cascading waterfalls.
Grand Central Road
If you are looking for an authentic outback adventure, a trip along the Grand Central Road could well be the option for you. This red-dirt highway takes in some of the most celebrated attractions in the region including Alice Springs, Uluru and the WA goldfields. For people with plenty of time on their hands, you have the opportunity to travel from the far north-east of the country all the way to the far south-west. There are various campsites along the way that give you the opportunity to really appreciate this sparse, yet beautiful landscape.
Starting in the remote and bustling city of Perth, you can spend a couple of days taking in this pleasant city before looking at car hire options to take you along the beautiful Coral Coast. The Pinnacles Desert near Cervantes is a must-see attraction for its famous limestone spires. A couple of the other magical experiences which you can enjoy along the way include feeding wild dolphins at Monkey Mia, snorkelling around the coral of Ningaloo Reef and hiking in Kalbarri.
The Great Southwest Edge
The final road trip idea that we are going to discuss is situated in the far southwest of the region, where you will find some of the whitest sand and bluest water in the whole of Australia. Don’t miss out on whale-watching at Point Ann or seeing the wildflowers of Fitzgerald River National Park. When you are ready to take a break and relax, head over to the Margaret River region where you can enjoy some of the nation’s finest wines.
Western Australia is far too big a region to enjoy on a single trip, but each one of these four road trip options is worth embarking on during your time here. Whether you are looking for a remote adventure or a comfortable drive along the coast, you have a myriad of options in front of you. Enjoy!
Love to Travel? Why Not Go a Step Further and Move Abroad!
If you’re a keen traveller who wants to see and experience as much of the world as possible, have you ever considered moving abroad? Even if it’s just for a year or two- it’s something that could open you up to a completely different way of life and give your opportunities that you never would have had if you’d stayed at home or visited for a shorter time frame. While it can be easier to do when you’re a little younger and before you’re too settled in your life, don’t rule it out if it’s something you want to do at any age. Here are just a few of the reasons why it could change your life for the better.
Decide On The Country
The very first thing you will need to consider is where in the world you’re going to live. If you’re really unsure, start with the continent, then narrow down to the country and finally the destination. Lots of factors should influence your choice- how easy it is to move (some countries will require you to have certain qualifications for example, so would need to be ruled out of you don’t have them). Things like taxes and how much it costs to live there, what the weather is like, the culture and customs and much more will all play a part. Some places in the world are experiencing a skills gap, so depending on your job and experience you might find it easier to move there. Others provide more opportunities, or you might decide to move somewhere because you’ve travelled there, find the place interesting and simply want to spend more time there.
Schooling and Education
One reason you might decide to move abroad would be to get better education. It might be that you come from a part of the world where the schooling isn’t as good, or perhaps you want to go to a university that specialises in the area you’re studying in. If you have a young family and are planning on moving, the schooling system is something you will need to take into consideration. You always have the option to homeschool online, but if they study abroad they’re likely to pick up a language more quickly, socialise and learn customs and generally integrate well into the new country. This is especially useful if you plan on moving long term.
Work and Career
Another common reason people move abroad is to find better work or career opportunities. Perhaps the company you work for now is branching out and has asked you if you want to move and work for them but in a different part of the world. Another country might have better job prospects, or give you the ability to expand your career in a way that you’re not able to do where you live now. Working abroad is also something that looks excellent on your resume, so even if your move isn’t permanent, you can add it to your record and it’s something that employers when you return home will like. It shows that you’re well travelled and experienced and is something that can help you stand out over other candidates. If gaining work and new skills is your primary reason for moving, you will want to rent a house that’s close to where you’ll be working. Lots of places offer longer term lets, you could always look into buying somewhere later on if you want to stay for longer.
You Could Experience Another Culture
As a keen traveller, learning about and submerging yourself in other cultures is something you’re likely to already enjoy. So why not move abroad, where you have the chance to do this properly? You really get to see and understand what life is like in a certain part of the world, not just as a traveller but as a local. This can really open your eyes to other ways of life, and shows you that as a traveller you only really scratch the surface. From learning a new language, which is more easily done when you’re surrounded by it, to tasting different ingredients and recipes. You will learn about traditions and customs, how the weather affects things, religion and general ways of life.
You Could Meet New People
It’s the people you meet in life that are likely to have the most impact. When you travel or even move abroad, you tend to meet people that are very different from you. They’re from a different ethnic and cultural background, a different socioeconomic status, they’ve grown up in a very different place. It means they have a different perspective to you, and can perhaps teach or show you new values or things that matter. You could find lifelong friendships with people you would simply have never met any other way.
It Can Get You Out of a Rut
It’s so easy to get into a rut in life. It might feel like all you do is work and sleep. You probably frequent the same shops, bars and restaurants and do the same things you’ve been doing for years on repeat. Moving abroad gives your life a massive shake up, it encourages you to get out there and experience new things. It’s a change of scenery, and a fast way to get yourself out of a rut. If your life is in need of a revamp its a dramatic yet effective way to really change things up for yourself. Who knows what could come about from the move- you could gain experience to get a better job, meet the love of your life or a person that becomes you best friend, you could learn new skills. At the very least, you will make memories that will last you a lifetime!
Whether it’s for a year, five years, a decade or a permanent move, spending some significant time in a new place in the world can be highly beneficial. If you love to travel then why not go that step further and live as a local somewhere new?
Victoria, Australia: Is It The “Place To Be?”
Australia is a great country to visit and often you will find the country on best bucket lists around the world. But, as Australia is so big, it is also vital that you are specific with your locations. One of the most popular areas is the state of Victoria, thanks to its capital Melbourne. The state is commonly nicknamed as “the place to be” and Melbourne has been visited to most liveable city in the whole world. However, there is more to it than that. I wanted to share with you some of the things to see and the places to go in Victoria, so that if you do find it on your bucket list you are prepared.
Something for the car lovers
If you love all things motoring then Victoria provides you with an sun dense of activities and things to see. Whether you want to witness the driving or do the driving yourself there is something for everyone. First up, there is a great charity event that includes driving and the Bayswater Charity Drive Infographic is full of information to explain what it is all about. If you like to drive then the Great Ocean Road is one thing you must do on your visit to Victoria. Not only do you get to take in sights such as the twelve apostles but you can also visit places like Logan beach where the whales come to have their calves.
Something for the cosmopolitan amongst us
If you love the idea of something a little more cosmopolitan. A chance to enjoy fine restaurants and bars, shop in all the designer shops and enjoy the famous coffee culture then, of course, we couldn’t talk about Victoria without a special mention to Melbourne. It is a fabulous city full of plenty of activities to do. The zoo, sea life Center and the abundance of shops and restaurants will keep you busy for days.
Something for the people who love their nature
Maybe you are interested in animals and nature, then there’s much to do in the state of Victoria. First up, you may want to take a visit to Phillip Island. There are tours that will enable you to see the march of the penguins as well as Koalas in their natural habitat. There is also the Blue mountains tours that can have you seeing some of the most famous Australian Wildlife.
Something for the wine lovers
Finally, if you love your wine then Australia won’t disappoint, and neither will the state of Victoria. The Yarra valley has an array of vineyards and wine tasting opportunities that will have you wanting to explore some of the different tastes and varieties around. You could even experience wine tours that incorporate food and different restaurants which will have you experiencing some of the best fine dining experiences around.
I hope that this has inspired you to consider the state of Victoria when it comes to visiting Australia. In my opinion it certainly is the place to be.
The Importance of Sleep for Travelers
Resting in between trips is just as important to your travel experience as the trip is itself. As the old saying goes, “there’s no place like home”, and there’s no place to rest like your bedroom at home. Some tips on getting enough sleep including turning off the lights, keeping your bedroom temperature low, and using the right mattress. Rather than going all the way to a store, you can go to an online store such as Rest Right Mattress and get the mattress of your choice delivered right to your front door.
Studies show that sleep is more important than we think. Many bodily functions happen during sleep, such as cell growth. Harvard University says that sleep may prevent obesity and many other diseases, such as cancer. Without growing new cells during the night, our immune system goes down and we get sick and tired more easily. If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, one good way to gain more energy is to get at least 8 hours of shut eye every day, especially if you’re at home in between long trips for business, travel, or pleasure.
There are many different types of beds and mattresses, which are suitable for every house, apartment, and any other type of residence. These range from bunk beds, to day beds, to king size beds. But one thing that has changed over the years is mattresses. Traditionally, mattresses are made with springs. However many of today’s mattresses are made with a new, technologically sound substance known as memory foam. Memory foam allows the mattress to stretch along with your body. It was invented by NASA, and is made out of polyurethane. Doctors have discovered that memory foam may prevent back pain.
Some other substances used in mattresses include USDA certified organic latex, as well as organic cotton. Latex is made from the sap of a tropical tree, often found in Brazil. No pesticides are used in organic latex, which is grown in a completely natural environment. Latex mattresses have many benefits over regular mattresses. They are resistant to dust mites, mildew, and mold. They are hypoallergenic, and last longer than regular mattresses. Just like memory foam, latex mattresses have been proven to prevent back pain more than regular spring mattresses.
As a traveler, you may often discount the importance of your home environment because it seems like you’re always in a hotel or on a bus. However, getting a better mattress, whether it’s made of memory foam, organic latex, organic cotton, or any other option, is one of the most basic ways to improve your experience during the times that you spend between trips. By getting better sleep, you can improve both your experience at home and your travel experience overall.
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