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 September 2018. Follow me on social media or by email to see the full posts coming up soon.
Spring has Sprung!
September started with us spending a day in the Adelaide Hills visiting some wineries with friends. If you want to visit, I can totally recommend Hahndorf Hill and Nepenthe cellar doors. Not only did I really like the wines, I loved the interaction with the people we talked to during the tastings. It makes such a difference to learn about the wineries, the grapes and the winemakers. I am definitely not a wine expert, and wine to me either tastes “good” or “not good”, but this time I was finally able to actually taste and understand some of the flavours. Visiting a good cellar door should be an experience, not just for downing some free wine!
Each year in Adelaide one of the big events is the Royal Adelaide Show. This goes for nine days around the beginning of September. It could be likened to a fair or carnival, or, from what I have seen this week, Munich Oktoberfest without the beerhalls! Smaller versions of the show are held all throughout the small rural towns in Australia too. They started as an event for locals to come together, show off their products/animals/skills and learn about new things from others who bring their products. The version in Adelaide now is huge. It has everything mentioned, as well as rides and sideshows and fireworks and fairyfloss and showbags. I only went a few times as a kid because I lived 700km away, but when we did go, it was the highlight of the year!
It had been quite a few years since we last went to the Show. It might be good fun but it always ends up being a ridiculously expensive day out. This year we were lucky enough to win free entry tickets at a quiz night so off we went. And I really liked it! I was more conscious about buying stuff we didn’t need, we caught public transport to and from (parking can be an expensive nightmare miles away from the Showgrounds) and only spent a few hours rather than the whole day. Might even go again next year!
I’ve been out and about in the city centre a bit this month too. I am working on some more Adelaide content that requires me to check out some places I am hoping to recommend to others in up coming blog posts. The better weather has made this a much more pleasant task now that mostly the sun is shining.
Because it’s spring, I took a walk through the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. I was disappointed to see the lovely glass cactus house covered in scaffolding and not looking it’s best, but enjoyed seeing some of the amazing spring flowers. Here in Adelaide we have a dome not unlike the Could Forest or Flower Dome at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Our houses tropical plants that need that lovely warm environment to grow in. Inside are two examples of the rare Titan Arum, better known as the Corpse Flower. Apparently the huge flowers smell like rotting flesh. The only produce one flower every few years and it only lasts a day or two. One flowered in January 2017, and I tried to get there to see it, but in the end it was well wilted and not so smelly by the time I got there. Maybe next year.
October is going to be another quiet month. I will be continuing testing out some of the Adelaide attractions so I can recommend only the best to my readers. I have been totally surprised at what there is to do in this city if only we look! Sometimes we too quickly look to do fun things elsewhere, but really we could just look in our own backyards and still have to same sense of discovery.
Planning for Europe is still underway. I’ve come up with an itinerary that I say is final – I wonder if I can stick to it? It’s going to be a crazy six weeks, but it will likely be my only trip to Europe next year, so I want to make the most of it. Lets just say my plans to have an easy trip by only visiting Germany and Austria have gone out the window. We are mostly going to be doing a road trip, so I have been researching car hire options. Have you heard of RentalCars.com? These guys are like Skyscanner or Expedia in that you put in what you want, and they get prices from all different car hire companies so you can find the cheapest price without having to go to each company separately. If you want to have a look, click here to go to the website.
In case you missed them, here are my September blog posts:
August 2018 Summary
Things to Do in Vientiane, Laos
Experiencing the South Australian Steam Train Rides
How to Get Foreign Currency for Your Travels
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This month I have again been focusing on sprucing up a few of my old posts. Inspirational Travel Books got a makeover, and now it includes links through to Amazon so you can click straight through. There are some great reads here that cold be a perfect gift at Christmas time. I also re-edited all the photos for A Day Trip to Versailles from Paris. This place is just so completely over the top. It’s impossible to imagine the extravagance without going and seeing it. The only thing that astounded me more was the line up to get it! Click through to the post to see how truely bad it was!
One of the questions I see over and over again all over the internet is how to best get foreign currency. I have answered the question so many times I decided to do it in a blog post. Not only do I talk about how to get currency, I also talk about the security measures you should put in place too. Read about it in my post here.
I have also created a new Resources page on my website to share with you all the websites I use to book and organise all my travels. 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.
While creating things, I set up a new 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!
In terms of blogging income, I’ve had a few more small sales but they are all still in that period where they can be cancelled so I don’t actually consider them income yet. Fingers crossed they all come through! I am in that difficult stage at the moment where I have put in a lot of work but am not yet seeing the rewards. I have always said though that this is not a get rich quick scheme, and I have to remind myself of that whenever I get discouraged. So, it’s off to work on the next post…
Have a good month!
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.