One of the best things about Australia, is the fact that every time I see the face of someone visiting for the first time, they always look so happy and joyful. I may be biased, but I absolutely adore Australia. I love this country for so many reasons, it’s almost impossible to choose just one. Being born and raised here, while growing I didn’t appreciate Australia anywhere near as much as I should have. Now, I can say with absolute honesty: I love calling Australia my home.
I constantly wonder what first-time visitors to Australia, think of their time here. What are their favourite cities? What’s something that blew them away, and changed their life? What was their absolutely favourite memory, from visiting this beautiful country? So, with this question in mind, I took to Facebook! I’ve asked some fellow Travel Bloggers, what their favourite things about Australia are.
I received some fantastic responses, so keep reading to learn some not-so-average things that visitors loved about Australia!
Best Things About Australia: 5 Travel Bloggers Share Their Experiences
Australia’s Murals – Backpacker’s Wanderlust
“I am a Kiwi born and raised, so I do head over across the ditch every now and then. Whether that’s to visit family, a weekend holiday or to soak up some sunshine, I manage to find myself in Australia at least once a year. What this country has that I am absolutely in love with, is all of the amazing murals on their buildings. Some are humorous and others artistic, but in my opinion, they really bring life and colour into something that would otherwise be boring concrete. As well as this, they also make for some amazing Instagram worthy locations, ensuring you will leave Australia with some amazing pics!”
Tasha from Backpacker’s Wanderlust
Tasha is from New Zealand, and last visited Australia back in 2016. Being so close to Australia, she tends to be a frequent visitor, which is awesome!
Check out Tasha’s blog, and follow her on Instagram!
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Bike Rides Along the Swan River (Perth) – Travel Hacker Girl
“I have fond memories of Australia from the time that I spent there as an au pair. I lived in Perth, close to the Swan River. My favourite thing was going on bike rides along the river. Quite often I would see dolphins jumping out of the water next to me, and spotting parrots, kookaburras and black swans was common as well. I would often cycle up to Kings Park and enjoy the lovely view or take the little girl I looked after, to the playground on the bike. The whole 6 months that I spent in Australia, was like a holiday.”
Eni from Travel Hacker Girl
Eniko is originally from Hungary, but currently living in London. She visited Australia to work as an au pair back in 2014 and absolutely loved it!
Check out Eni’s blog and follow her on Instagram.
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Bustling Vibrant City & Tons to See and Do – Glorious Sunrise
“What I liked most about my stay in Sydney, was that it had everything to keep me happy. That is, it’s a bustling and vibrant city, to keep me occupied all week and on the weekends, there were so many things to do to take me out of the busy life and get me fully refreshed and ready for the week.
I lived in Sydney for about 2 months, and every single weekend I went on a solo trip to a place I had not been before. I never felt lonely during commute for everyday work, and on the weekend there were so many spots to explore, to feed my travel-lusting soul. Royal National Park was especially beautiful! The natural beauty within the city itself is amazing. So many green spaces and awesome commute options, made this my most favourite city in Australia. My second favourite place is Melbourne, though I was here for less than a week. I loved my stay in Australia so much, that I’m planning my second trip to this gorgeous country again.”
Priya at Glorious Sunrise
Check out Priya’s blog and follow her on Facebook.
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The Yarra Valley (Victoria) – Road Unraveled
“My husband and I visited Australia for our honeymoon, and out of all the wonderful days we enjoyed, one of the most perfect experences was in the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley combines some of the things I have come to love the most when traveling: incredible scenery, wonderful food and great wine. We spent a full day exploring and found it to be a truly relaxing experince. It felt like time slowed down for us,making it so easy to decompress and enjoy the moment. It’s also a wine lover’s paradise. We sampled some of the best Pinot Noir’s, Chardonnay’s and Sparkling Wines we have ever had, and desperately wished we had more room in our suitcases to bring a few bottles back with us. To this day, it remains one of our favourite memories and best travel experiences.”
Stephanie & Adam from Road Unraveled
Stephanie and Adam are married, part-time travelers who have been to an incredible 58 countries! They visited Australia back in 2011 for their honeymoon.
Check out Stephanie & Adam’s blog and follow them on Twitter.
Photo Credit: Road Unraveled. Photo also used in Pinterest Graphic at end of post
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Pioneer & Nomad Spirit of Australia – Jungle Exploring
“One of the things that I loved the most about Australia is the pioneer and nomad spirit that seems to be part of the DNA of the country. I spent one year there, working casual jobs and traveling with a 4WD. Life on the road allowed me to meet many Australians that choose a life on the move. I cooked for Queensland cowboys that worked around the country, from one cattle station to the other. I lived with the nomads of Coral Bay, who sold everything in exchange for a motorhome and a seasonal job by the ocean, I talked to truck drivers that worked as agricultural pilots in Tanzania and I met city people that considered moving interstate kind of the norm. Not to mention the Grey Nomads, a tribe of retired folks that sold everything to travel non-stop! For me, Australia is the final adventure country!”
Sabrina from Jungle Exploring
Sabrina is a former nomad, as well as nomad-to-be. She spent one year in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa, and loved traveling around the country, meeting locals.
Check out Sabrina’s blog, and follow her on Instagram!
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What I Love About Living in Australia
Now that you’ve heard from 5 fellow travel bloggers, sharing their favourite things about visiting Australia, I’m going to share what I think are the best things about Australia!
I’ve mentioned this before, but both Russell and I have lived in Australia all of our lives. Growing up, I personally didn’t appreciate Australia for just how amazing it really is. Now that I’m older, I specifically love how laid back and relaxed people are. Sometimes I forget that this is the case, given the fact that I work in customer service. But whenever we’re out and about, the true Aussie spirits shines bright, and I’m reminded of just how lucky I am to call Australia home.
Other than our friendly locals, I also love the beautiful scenery and beaches that we have. Australia is its own continent, and we’re entirely surrounded by ocean. This means that unless you live in the centre of Australia (we did for 8 months!), there is an endless amount of incredible coastline to enjoy.
So if you love relaxing on the beach, waking up at five in the morning to go surfing, hiking impressive mountains, exploring the vast desert, shopping, enjoying a delicious cup of coffee or just about anything else – Australia is the perfect country for you to visit. I’ve lived here for all 25 years of my life, and it never ceases to amaze me. Us Aussies are weird and wonderful human beings, with unique quirks and a truly terrible slang language. However, I wouldn’t change the fact that I am a born and bred Australian, for anything!
No matter where I travel, as sad as it is when a trip ends, I’m always excited to come home to Australia. This may be largely due to the fact that I’ve lived here all my life and it’s an extremely comfortably place to be for me. But it’s also because I genuinely believe Australia is the most incredible country in the world – in my very unbiased opinion!
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Have you visited Australia before? What did you think were the best things about Australia? Do you love the coast and beachside towns? Do you love the outback and road-tripping through the centre of Australia? Have you had a completely random experience that has changed your life? I’d love to hear about it! Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.
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I truly believe that everybody should travel at least once in their lives. Whether you explore your own city or hop on a plane to explore the world. Whichever form of travel you decide to embark on, it will be the most incredible experience of your life. You may have some hiccups and you might even miss home, but one of the most exciting reasons to travel the world, is learning more about yourself and the world around you, than you would any other way.
Travel is the best form of education available. If schooling wasn’t compulsory, I would fully support the idea of taking children on overseas adventure, allowing them to make lifelong memories from all over the world. I do understand that not everybody is able to travel internationally. Some people aren’t financially stable enough to do so, and some are physically unable to fly. But travel doesn’t have to be about heading off on a multi-country adventure. Traveling in your city or country can be just as exciting as jetting off on a plane and heading to a brand new destination. If there is one thing I have learned since creating Rhiannon Travels, it’s that beauty is all over the world – especially in our own backyards.
If someone had asked me five years ago what I wanted to do with my life, I wouldn’t have been able to answer. At least not honestly. Throughout high school when I was faced with this question, which was quite a lot towards the end of my schooling, I could never answer. I always envied the students who had something to work towards during their school years.
Kids who aimed for amazing grades to become a doctor or a lawyer. Me? I was the kid who started off her high school experience with no friends, and ended with a barely passing grade. I felt like a failure, and I was distressed for such a long time, because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.
Not everyone believes that travel is a responsible use of time and money. But what those people don’t understand, is that travel is the best way to learn about the world. Of course you can sit at a school desk for twelve years, being force fed math equations and scientific terms that most of us forget as soon as we graduate. Personally, if calculators didn’t exist, I’d be screwed.
But when it comes to learning about ourselves, the people around us and the world we live in, there is nothing better than travel. With all of that being said, here are 10 of the best reasons to travel.
10 Reasons Why You Should Travel The World
Your reasons to travel will depend on your personality, career, interests, likes, dislikes, hobbies, background and many other unique factors. You may not be able to travel the world, and though that is what this post is focussed on, world travel isn’t the be all and end all.
Whether you decide to explore every inch of the planet, or take a couple of weekend trips and explore your own city, the same general rules apply. There are so many amazing lessons to be learned from traveling, regardless of how far you go. So keep reading, to learn 10 of the best reasons that everybody should travel (the world) at least once.
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Experiencing New Places
In this day and age, we are very lucky to be able to book a flight and be anywhere in the world in less than twenty four hours. So what better way is there to experience new places, than to travel the world? It’s as simple as choosing a destination and creating an itinerary, to begin your very next (or first) adventure.
Back in March 2017, Russell and I spent the entire month in Japan. It was one of the most incredible experiences that I have ever had, and being able to have that experience with the person I love, made it even more special. Traveling to new places with the person you love is, in my opinion, the best way to travel.
Travel is Easier Than you May Think
Most first time travelers assume that going out and seeing the world is hard work, and it definitely can be if you let it. But generally speaking, traveling the world is super easy. This is even more so the case these days, with an endless amount of websites and blogs dedicated to helping people just like you and me, travel the world as easily as possible.
There are a ton of resources on the good ol’ interwebs, including travel agencies, that will do all the hard work for you. All you’ve got to do is choose where you’d like to visit first! Travel doesn’t need to be difficult or stressful. All it takes is a little bit of knowledge, and you will be jetting off on your first adventure in no time.
We Learn about Ourselves, and Grow as Individuals
Travel can cause a lot of complications and stressful situations – if you let it. That’s pretty inevitable when you travel the world and explore places you’ve never been, forced to speak languages you don’t know or understand. But throughout these challenges that we’re faced with, we learn a lot about ourselves.
Those difficult situations make us stronger, and that’s one of the most important lessons we will have. Being able to return home after a period of time in a new place, having changed and become better versions of ourselves, is something that we shouldn’t take for granted.
Travel Teaches us New Languages
One of the most satisfying things about traveling to a foreign country, is being able to comfortably communicate a phrase or even just a sentence in a different language. By the time Russell and I left Japan, we could communicate pretty decently using the handful of words or phrases we had learnt during our month long visit.
You probably won’t come home being fluent in a new language, but even being able to understand a few words can open up opportunities you didn’t even know existed. Learning a language takes a lot of dedication, but for all of the hard work involved, the rewards are certainly worth it.
You’ll Have a Lot of Good Stories to Tell
Seeing the world gives us an almost endless amount of stores to tell. Even those small things that happen while traveling, we remember at the most random times. A song will come on the radio that reminds us of something that happened while exploring the world, and we will anybody who will listen.
People love to hear travel stories, and once you start telling them yourself, it will be just part of the excitement of traveling. Just don’t be that person who constantly brags about all the places they’ve been, at every possible opportunity. There’s a time and a place for travel stories, and you’ll learn to notice the difference.
Discovering New Food
When it comes to food, Russell is the brave one in our relationship. He loves to try new things and experiment with different types of cuisine. Traveling is the perfect excuse to try absolutely anything. If there’s a particular type of cuisine that you love, such as Chinese, Thai or Japanese, what better reason is there to visit the country and experience their food first hand?
One of the things that surprised me most about Japan, was that there is a huge variety of food available. I’m a picky eater. I don’t tend to experiment too much with food, and I generally stick to what I know. But this wasn’t an issue while in Japan. Russell had the chance to try all of the Japanese cuisine he wanted, and I found plenty of familiar Western food options to keep me happy.
Whether you eat what you know, or dive deep into the unknown, traveling the world is the perfect excuse to get out of your comfort zone.
Making Memories with Someone Special
One of the best reasons to travel, is creating life long memories with someone special. Traveling with your partner or a group of friends, is a great way to experience new things with someone you care about.
I love traveling with Russell. Although we may argue every now and then, mainly because I get all stressed about getting lost, we have made an endless amount of incredible memories together. Not to mention all the wonderful photos to remember our travels for years to come.
There are some people who swear by solo travel, which I have also done myself. But to me, traveling with someone special is the best and most memorable way to see the world.
You will Appreciate Home a Lot More
There’s no denying that being able to see the world is a dream come true. It doesn’t matter how far you go or who you travel with, you will always feel grateful for the opportunity to see the world. But for me, at the end of every trip, I’m always excited to return home.
Not because I don’t love to travel, and certainly not because I didn’t have an amazing time wherever I was in the world. But being in a foreign country where everything is new and different, makes us realise how comfortable and familiar life is back home. There isn’t anything wrong with appreciating your home, even if you have the ability to travel around the world. It’s called home for a reason, after all.
I love the feeling of landing at Adelaide Airport, knowing I’m back in my familiar surroundings, being able to look back on the memories from our latest trip.
Rest and Relaxation
Whether you work full time, part time or not at all, it’s important to escape from reality sometimes. Regardless of your every day routine, there are always going to be stresses in our lives. Travel allows us to escape from those difficult situations. Being able to rest and rejuvenate, whether it’s for a week or a month, does the world of good.
Travel Changes us for the Better
The above nine reasons are just scratching the surface, about how travel improves our lives and makes us better people. Don’t let somebody who doesn’t agree with your decision to travel the world, stop you from living your dream. Whether you choose to take a road trip throughout your home town, or hop on a plane and fly across the world – just go for it.
I have learned so much about myself. After spending most of my childhood trying to decide what I want to do with my life, travel has helped me answer the question I was never able to while growing up. I now know that I want to travel the world and write about it, so readers just like you, can do the same as easily as possible!
So go ahead, book that flight. I dare you.
There are so many reasons to get out and explore this beautiful world of ours. Whether you’re keen to try some delicious food, educate yourself on the history of a new country, or do a world tour of the best theme parks – the world is your oyster! I haven’t seen as much of this incredible world as I would like.
There is still a lot that I want to experience and explore. It’s my goal with Rhiannon Travels to not only share my own personal experiences and advice, but I also hope to inspire as many people as I can to get out there and explore the world for themselves.
Do you agree with these reasons to travel the world? Have I missed any? Make sure to tell me in the comments below. Don’t forget to share this post on social media, with a friend you’d love to travel with!
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As you may or may not know, I’m quite active over on my travel Instagram. I post daily, interact with a ton of awesome people, and expand on my wanderlust every time I scroll down my feed. Instagram is a great place to make new friends and learn about different places around the world!
One of my favourite travel Instagrammers is Sophie. Sophie’s feed is absolutely beautiful, filled with photos from her travels and daily life in England. She also has a blog, where she shares a good mix of travel guides, personal posts and reviews! I’m so glad I have had the chance to collaborate with Sophie. She has written a super helpful post for my blog, all about learning a language and how to adapt to using it! I’m sure there are lots of people out there who are interested in learning a new language, but find it intimidating and are unsure where to start. So hopefully Sophie can give you all some encouragement!
Getting Immersed in a Country Through Language: A Guest Post By Sophie
Hello, it’s such a pleasure to be writing on this blog today! I’m going to be talking about language learning and how it can really aid you when travelling and also give you a more immerse (and somewhat better) experience.
I am someone who always found languages extremely challenging, mainly because speaking in English is hard enough at times right! I did learn a language at school, Spanish, however lets just say I narrowly passed the subject and I cannot remember much. However now, as a result of falling in love with a certain country I really want to get a grasp of its language. That country is Japan, within the last two years I would have been four times by September, and next year I plan to be working there after I graduate, meaning if I just keep on going without attempting to learn Japanese, I would be a little bit of a fail…
So here is my guide to learning a language, adapting whilst abroad/attempting to use it, coupled with a couple of embarrassing stories where I just epically failed (it happens).
TIPS FOR LEARNING A LANGUAGE
Be dedicated and determined
This is crucial. If you have no drive to learn, you will not be able to, so you might as well give up now! Languages are hard, and require much time and effort to learn, they are no walk in the park. Make sure you have time allocated to learn and ensure that you intend to focus during that time.
Get the right materials
The right materials can make or break your learning. For instance, a really boring but overwhelming textbook will put you right off. Which is why books that are aimed at younger students are often better when starting out, they’re made to be approachable and easy to follow. Make sure to invest in some CDs and some workbooks too, you need to be able listen to things to know the pronunciation, and a workbook to put your skills to the test.
Speak to people
This can either be going to a proper class where you’ll be with other learners and a qualified teacher, or speak to native speakers. You need to put your work to practice and also have another person correct you. Without intervention from others you might learn things in the wrong way!
Whether this is travelling to the country in question (which realistically is the best way) or by watching films, listening to music, reading in the language, immersion is a great way to test yourself both under pressure and without pressure.
HOW EASY IS IT TO ADAPT?
Not as easy as you might have thought! In classes, and learning myself, my comprehension of Japanese is pretty good, and I can get sentences out. However, last time I went to Japan, I was just one walking fail. I couldn’t even explain to a member of staff at a restaurant that I wanted a table for four properly…he thought I wanted to eat at four.
Basically, you may think you will be able to communicate, but when you’re hit with some vocabulary you’ve never heard before, and the other person in the conversation speaks with speed without considering you’re not fluent, it can become an issue. Of course in the past during other trips, I’ve found it easy. At Mt Takao I was able to converse with a lovely kind man at the monkey sanctuary, with my broken Japanese and his broken English we had a good convo!
Some people will help you and understand your lack of fluency, but remember some will not and conversations that you plan in your head will often not happen! I feel like this will be much less of a problem next time I visit Japan, as I have 12 more months of learning (and two terms of intensive classes!) but as a beginner, remember you will get frustrated and you will not be able to use the language as much as you would like to, ultimately you will always need and want to learn more.
WHY IT’S USEFUL WHEN TRAVELLING TO NEW COUNTRIES
- Being able to say ‘I don’t speak (insert language here)’ or ‘Could you speak a little slower? I struggle with (insert language here)’ or ‘Does anyone understand simple English?’ can make conversing a whole lot easier if you need something!
- Even if you only learn a couple of phrases to help your manners: Please, thank you, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, pardon etc will mean even if you cannot communicate well, the people of that country will understand you’re not a rude person or mute if you’re in an awkward situation.
- If you learn certain words for foods, directions this too can help you. Combine this with ‘I don’t speak very good (insert language here)’ and people will be willing to help you with whatever you have asked, and they will bear in mind to speak simply and slowly (or will sometimes reply back with broken english!)
- People will be more willing to engage with you if you speak in their language. It says a lot about you if you are willing to take the time to learn a few phrases, you’re not just travelling for the photos and to tick items off a list!
- Finally, isn’t it frustrating not being able to talk to people as you would normally?!
I hope you found this post helpful, and I hope some of you have considered maybe learning to speak in another tongue!
Have any of you learnt any languages in the past, or in fact are any of you bilingual? If not would you consider learning for the future? Also thank you to Rhiannon for inviting me to guest post on her blog! It’s been lovely! <3 Her guest post will be going on live on my blog soon if you would like to pop over and have a read!
Sophie’s Blog: sophieannetaylor.com
Sophie’s Instagram: @sophieannetaylor
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I’ve got something a bit different for you guys today! Recently I took the plunge and decided to start opening up my blog to guest posts and bloggers from all around the world. Due to my blog being focussed on travel and lifestyle, there are a huge amount of potential categories which can be featured, while still entertaining my current readers and any future readers!
The first instalment of Travel Guest Posts here on Rhiannon Travels, is by the lovely Emily from Fijord (you can check out her blog, here!) Emily’s blog is filled with a wide range of topics, including her series ‘Learning How To’s’, where she writes helpful and unique posts on all things us as adults are required to learn!
Read Emily’s post all about how she was able to combine her love for travel and ballet, and has since then, danced her way to dozens of beautiful places around the world!
To say that my curiosity for the world is something that I’ve cultivated from a very young age would be dishonest. I never went on many vacations with my family and if I really think about the reason why, it probably has to do with my life tumbling into the path of a ballerina from the age of five. Ballet prevented me from travelling? Yes. At the beginning, it very much did. It was a serious time commitment and I never really had the time to take a holiday. And it’s also a very costly extracurricular to get into. So, instead of sipping on virgin Mimosas on the beach, I was sewing pointe shoes in between classes.
Ironically enough, it is ballet what later brought me to travel very much. After graduation, and with the notion that I wanted to dance professionally, I was ready to set off into the world and audition for ballet companies to be able to claim my career as a ballet dancer. Of course, this is no easy thing to do. The ballet job market, not unlike any other job market, is insanely competitive, and often depends on being in the right place at the right time, or just being lucky. So, with only a small handful of companies in Canada, I decided to broaden my horizons and contact companies overseas. I was then invited to a few auditions in varying cities across Europe and so began my first major travel adventure.
I didn’t really want to leave Canada. Canada was my home. It was everything I had ever known. My family was there and my friends were too. So the idea of going to across Europe alone was daunting. And ballet company auditions are incredibly intimidating – hundreds of people competing for just one or two positions. Odds are you won’t even get seen in a crowd this big, but you have to try anyways.
My job hunt took me from Toronto to some incredible cities: Montreal, Copenhagen, Oslo, Prague, Bordeaux and Edinburgh. It really opened my eyes to what else is out there in the world and when I returned home to my family I had a completely fresh perspective. The whole world was out there and I had the chance to end up anywhere thanks to my profession. Instead of being scared, I became excited.
I had also been bit by my first travel bug – an unconquerable itch that could only be cured by booking another plane ticket. Since then, I’ve had a much easier time booking trips and holidays. I’ve gone to Iceland (which became my first travel dream), Berlin, Malmö, Miami, all across Canada, an island in Croatia, Bergen, and hopefully more to come. My current travel dreams include Japan, South Africa and Portugal.
Following my whole audition tour, I was offered a dancing job with Tivoli Ballet Theatre in Copenhagen and have been living there ever since. The fears of leaving the nest I was nurtured in was still there. It was a leap of faith moving countries but as of now, I have no regrets in the move. I’ve gained so much from the experience and have grown into my independence. I’m unsure if I’ll be in Copenhagen forever but my openness to a new destination is even stronger now than ever. I’m constantly learning, and with a world so fascinatingly big, I don’t think I can ever stop learning.
Emily’s Blog | Emily’s Instagram
Emily’s story of seeing the world through her love and passion for ballet, is such an inspiring one. So if you’ve got a dream that you want to pursue, but you also want to travel around the world, why not combine the two? Emily shows that it can most definitely be done!
If you’re interested in writing a guest post for my new series Travel Guest Posts, please don’t be shy – send me an email! Let’s chat about all the options there are in regards to guest posting on Rhiannon Travels. I’m super excited to share your stories, whether they’re about travel, your blogging success or tips and tricks that you’ve learnt throughout your life on almost any topic!
Shoot me an email at: contact @ rhiannontravels (dot) com
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I’d love to hear your ideas! Don’t be shy. I don’t bite 😉
Happy Birthday to me! I’m 25 years old today. Woohoo! I’ve always loved my birthday. If you had asked me where I would be spending my 25th birthday, I definitely wouldn’t have said in hot, dusty, desert Australia – Alice Springs! But here I am.
I wasn’t sure what to post about on my birthday. I knew I wanted something to go up today, for me to look back on in years to come when my blog has exploded with popularity and success (birthday wish?), but I didn’t know exactly what that would be.
So I decided that it would be fun to write 25 things I’ve learnt in my lifetime. I’m sure I’m not the first person to have come up with this genius and oh so original blog post idea, but since I couldn’t think of anything else, I decided to be a follower instead of a leader.
Here are 25 things I’ve learnt during my 25 years living on Earth:
1. Don’t take things too seriously.
This applies to most things in life, but more so in regards to work and things that I can’t control. I’ve had too many breakdowns and panic attacks over things that had been simply an overreaction. This isn’t to say that everything should be taken as a joke, but there’s a time and place to worry about things!
2. Don’t be so critical of your body.
Having lived with an eating disorder for 5 of my 25 years on Earth, I have a lot of experience with this. Eating healthy and exercising is an important part of life, as it keeps your body healthy and helps you to live longer. However, once it becomes an obsession or something that you’re constantly thinking and worrying about, it’s time to take a step back and remember that life it too short to focus too much of your time and energy into looking a certain way! You’re perfect just the way you are.
3. Always smile more than you frown.
Happy people attract more happy people. The happier you are, the better your life will be! I bet if you’re walking down the street and see a person smiling and another who looks miserable, you’re more than likely going to interact with the first, happier person, right? Don’t let the small, insignificant things in life get you down. After all, in a month or even less, they aren’t gonna matter anyway!
4. Explore and appreciate your hometown.
This is something that I’ve learned recently, after moving to Alice Springs for 8 months, from the city of Adelaide. I had never truly appreciated Adelaide more than I do now. I took the living in the city and all of the amazing things that come with that, for granted. However, I’m grateful for the opportunity to move interstate, as it’s given me a new appreciation for my hometown! Go out and explore the place you live. You never know when your situation might change, and you’ll have to move away from the place you’ve become so comfortable in.
5. Appreciate the small things in life.
Being able to come home to the person you love, having a nice warm bed in winter and access to an air conditioner in summer, having the opportunity to travel and see the world. These are all things that most of us take for granted (including myself) and tend to overlook when we’re having a bad day. Try and remember them next time you’re feeling down, and appreciate what you have!
6. Take lots of photos.
I know there are people who are hardcore believers of living in the moment, and so am I – to an extent. Memories are such an important part of life. Being able to look back on moments in time is n incredible thing. I am a strong believer in taking photos of absolutely everything. Whatever you want to remember in years to come, take a photo of it. I regret not taking as many photos as I should have, especially while travelling! That just means all my future travels, I’ll be photograph crazy! There’s nothing wrong with capturing a moment, especially a special and important one.
7. Just do it.
I’ve spent so much time going over the pros and cons in my head and whether or not I should do something. But that’s plain and simply time wasted! If you want to do something, and it isn’t going to put yourself or other people at risk, and isn’t (dangerously) illegal – do it! You’ll regret the things you didn’t do, a lot more than the things you did.
8. Don’t hold grudges.
We all do this. Staying mad at someone for too long over something insignificant and stupid. Remember, life is short. Don’t be mad at someone for too long. Let it go, forgive and move on!
9. It’s okay to be sad.
There are far too many people in the world who bottle in their feelings until they reach the point of exploding. Holding in your emotions, especially negative ones, isn’t healthy. If you’re feeling sad, cry. If you’re feeling worried or anxious, talk to someone about it. If you’re afraid, let someone know and they can help you through it. Emotions aren’t the devil. But ignoring them and pushing them away, can cause future problems.
10. Get outdoors more.
I spent most of my teenage years hating being outside. I was very much an inside person, only venturing outdoors when I had to. But these days, I love walking around and exploring my neighbourhood. Going for hikes and bike rides around new places. It’s exciting and great exercise! It also allows you to experience the area you live in, and you’ll learn a ton of new things, too!
11. Work your ass off for the things you want.
Don’t expect success to just fall into your lap. If you want something, you have to work for it. That goes for money, career success, travel and everything in between. Anything that is worth having, takes a lot of time and effort to achieve. Don’t give up if things don’t fall into place straight away. Pursue what makes you happy, and you’ll be surprised just how far you come!
12. Learn to say no more often.
You don’t have to do everything that someone asks you to do. This goes for all aspects of your life. Even your working life (within reason, of course). If you work in a casual job and need extra money, but have made plans with somebody – keep those plans! Yes, the extra money would be nice, but making memories and spending time with loved ones is more important.
13. Be childish sometimes.
I don’t mean kick up a tantrum in the middle of the supermarket because your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/mum/dad/sister/brother/friend/next-door-neighbour won’t buy you the toy you want. Obviously. Doing things that seem childish but are actually a lot of fun, can be therapeutic! Buy some puzzles or board games, or even jump on the colouring book bandwagon and get creative!
14. Be confident.
Most of my childhood and teenage years was spent being insecure with myself, my body and the person I was becoming. I was a shy kid and never let anybody too far into my life because I was afraid they wouldn’t accept me for who I am. But as I grew older, I realised that was all a waste of time. Anybody who is worth having in your life, will love and accept you for exactly the person you are. Don’t settle for anything less!
15. Money is important, but not TOO important.
Yes, money buys us almost everything we could ever need or want. But don’t spend too much time worrying and stressing about it. Everyone goes through money struggles at one point in their life. There are lots of ways to get things back on track, though! Do some research or talk to a budgeting professional and you’ll be on top of things in no time.
16. Surround yourself with good people.
I’ve wasted a lot of time on people who don’t deserve it. It wasn’t until those people were out of my life, that I realised that I had made a big mistake. The people who make you happiest, and those who lift you up instead of dragging you down – those are the people you need in your life!
17. Be careful what you throw away.
I’ve had a teddy bear that I have slept with since I was a week or so old. His name is Teddy. I will never, ever throw him away. He’s one of the things I would grab if there was ever a fire. Why? Because when I was younger, he was my therapist. He was my comfort. He made me happy when I was sad. So although I’m 25 now, and he lives in my dresser drawer instead of on my bed, I will never get rid of him. Don’t throw away anything that makes you happy, no matter how old you get!
18. Being an adult is hard.
Remember in high school, when you hoped for the day you’d be finished with your education and outside those walls, never having to go back? I bet you wish you were there now. Instead, we have to deal with bills, work, stress and money struggles. Adulting is hard. But it’s also rewarding. Try to remember that when you spend an entire day doing the dishes and endless loads of washing.
19. Drink lots of water.
A random lesson to have learnt, but undeniably, water is pretty damn good for you. It’s tasty and you can add so many things to it to make it taste even better! Not to mention it’s an essential part of keeping us alive! I always feel happier and more alert when I’ve included lots of water in my daily diet. (Did you just have some water like I did? 😉 Helping people live healthier lives since 1992 🤘)
20. Don’t be judgemental.
Whether it’s judging someone by their looks, the things they enjoy doing or the things that they worry and stress about – basically anything that makes them who they are, don’t do it. Don’t be a judgemental person. It isn’t attractive and just makes you look like a douche.
21. Make the most of every day.
If it’s sunny outside (or even if it isn’t), go for a walk! If there’s something that you’ve been wanting to do for weeks or months, do it! Make the most out of every day, and you’ll feel so much more productive and happy!
22. Write the things you feel.
This might be on the list because I’ve always loved to write, but I’m the type of person to record any and all events and happy moments in my life – in one way or another. Whether it’s posting photos and status updates on social media, or going old school and using a pen and paper. It’s therapeutic and a great way to be able to look back on those memories in the future.
23. Positivity is the key.
Even if you’re having a rough day, always try and find something positive in your life. If you’re having a stressful day at work, concentrate on the fact that you only have a few hours left in the day, then you get to go home and relax! If money issues are making life difficult, do something fun that is completely free. There is always something positive in every situation. It just takes us longer to see it sometimes!
24. Appreciate the people in your life.
This can be as simple as sending someone a text message, asking them about their day, or tagging them in something on social media that you know will make them smile. Small but caring gestures like this, make both parties a lot happier!
25. Make the next 25 years even better.
I’ve had a few struggles during the first 25 years of my life. But they have all led me here, and have led me to the love of my life. So I am 100% certain the next 25 years will be even better. I’ll make sure of it!
There you have it. What felt like the longest post I’ve ever written! 25 things I’ve learnt in my 25 years on Earth.
Now I’m going to go enjoy my birthday with my wonderful boyfriend, eat lots of food and drink lots of vodka 🍸
Leave me a comment, telling me something you’ve learnt so far this year! I’d love to hear your thoughts! 💭