At the end of each month I am going to send out a summary of the highlights of the month and update you on our plans for upcoming trips and activities. Here is the summary for November 2018. Follow me on social media or by email to see the full posts coming up soon.
It’s Been a Busy Travel Month
November started with us at Uluru, being wowed by Australia’s amazing rock. Yes, that’s all it is, but Mother Nature really knows how to put on a show so it’s pretty awesome. I can totally recommend a visit. It’s a long way from anywhere, and it’s also not the cheapest place to travel, but it should still be on your list! If budget is an issue, ensure you read my post Alice Springs to Uluru on a Budget – Visiting the Red Centre, Australia it will give you some ideas.
Next up was five days in Hobart, Tasmania. We were mostly there to catch up with some friends, but we managed to squeeze in a few great attractions too. I’ve already written about our fantastic Day Trip from Hobart to Richmond but on the way we went a bit backwards and drove to the top of Mt Wellington to check out the views over Hobart. It might have been November, but it was freezing cold at the top of the mountain. The views were amazing.
We also went to both the Cascades Female Factory and MONA during our stay. Each so totally different, but both worth a visit. Do not skip the My Story tour if you go to the Cascades Female Factory. I almost didn’t bother with it, but it really brought the place to life. Look out for blog posts on both places in the future.
On our final day we hired a car and drove to Port Arthur to visit the historic convict site. While I knew about the history of Port Arthur, I was surprised to see how big the actual site is. It had a quiet, peaceful air about the place, which totally belies not only the history of it’s original use as a convict settlement, but the more recent massacre that is the worst in Australia’s history and the catalyst for huge changes in our gun laws.
My visit to the Gold Coast was to accompany my daughter MacKenzie as she competed in the AASCF National Cheerleading Championships. We stayed in Broadbeach, which is where the competition is held and also the area I am most familiar with. Timing is always not great for these championships as they occur when schoolies is on, also on the Gold Coast. Schoolies is basically a week long festival right after the end of the year 12 (the final year of high school in Australia) exams. School leavers come from all over Australia to let their hair down and party for a week. There is normally much alcohol and bad behaviour involved, so there is a huge police presence in Surfers Paradise. Late November is generally a good time to avoid the Gold Coast.
So mostly we stayed in Broadbeach. We did go and do one walk though, the Federation Walk, which is through the sandhills on The Spit. Our plan was to walk through the bush in one direction, come back along the beach, then make our way to the fancy Palazzo Versace Hotel for a coffee. It didn’t quite work out, because just as we were finishing our walk the heavens opened and we got completely soaked. While it was perfectly acceptable on the Gold Coast for us to get on a public bus dripping wet, with no shoes on, and MacKenzie had only her bikini top on, that would not have been suitable for Palazzo Versace!
December will be a travel free month for me – or at least a plane free month. It is possible we will end up driving to see my parents over Christmas, but that’s only three hours away. I do have a few new places in Adelaide I need to get to in the next week or two. I will be doing a quick trip up to the Barossa Valley and checking out the winery that has the oldest shiraz vines in the world. Who knew they would be right here in South Australia! Our isolation has meant that the vines here were not affected by the dreaded phylloxera that have killed plants all around the world.
I also have two more museums on my hitlist this week. I am getting really close to bringing you the best museums in Adelaide. It’s been a lot of running around and seeing places I have either never been before or I haven’t been in years.
The rest of the month I plan on catching up from November, and planning a bit more for our trip to Europe now that I finally have purchased the last flight. I’m also looking at booking another trip back to the Gold Coast in March. I’m planning an event there and need some more time to
relax in the sun research.
In case you missed them, here are my November blog posts:
October 2018 Summary
Alice Springs to Uluru on a Budget – Visiting the Red Centre, Australia
The Rock Tour – Our 3 Day Uluru Trip Review
A Night at Field of Light, Uluru
2019 Travel Wishlist
Day Trip from Hobart to Richmond, Tasmania
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Remind me again why I thought this blogging gig was a good idea! It’s been a tough month, but it did show me things tick along at least a little while I am on the road. Unfortunately page views did drop off from the month before, so clearly I do need to keep working. While less people visited my blog, it was still my best ever month for income. Thank you to everyone who clicked through one of my affiliate links and made a purchase. It really does mean the world to me.
I also got my first paid writing job in November. It’s only small, but I have to start somewhere right? I am madly trying to pull it all together at the moment, and I will share the link to the site once it’s all up and live.
Just a reminder about the new Resources page on my website, sharing with you all the websites I use to book and organise all my travels. I have added some more websites and some more information too. There are sites here for flights, accommodation, car hire, insurance and travel gear. If you don’t know where to start, have a look at some of these sites to give you an idea.
And finally, another plug for my Facebook group called Travel Tips for South Australia. I hope to create a community to help answer questions for those travelling to SA. Please come over and join us!
Wishing you all a fantastic month, and wherever you are, enjoy the holidays ahead!
Josie is a forty-something budget traveller. She only discovered travel in her late thirties, but since then has travelled extensively including taking an adult gap year. She is now based in Australia and loves sharing all she has learned about travelling on a budget but with the comforts a Gen Xer requires.