“I think the Gators made me sick,” I told my new friend. “Sorry – who are the Gators?” Ugh. Sometimes it’s difficult living abroad. For one, your new friends are not usually the kind of friends you can share the typical banter from home. These new friends also come with a new set ofContinue reading “Catching the bug (and unfortunately I don’t mean the travel bug…)”
This Wednesday marks three weeks in Oz! I’ve explored much of Sydney, viewing the city through the eyes of a tourist, and am now transitioning into life as a temporary citizen. There’s a lot to sort out including a bank account, tax number, employment, and apartment. I’ve been chipping away at the list each day.
I’m here! After 9 months of planning, excitement, and anticipation, Ali is finally in OZ! It’s almost surreal–there are moments that feel like a dream. There is much to learn, see and do in my new home of Australia but, for now, I will share my initial impressions of Sydney. We all know first impressions areContinue reading “First Impressions of Oz”
Did you know, if you are between the ages of 18-30, you are eligible to work and travel in Australia for up to one year?! Thanks to a friend of mine, I learned about this visa option in December and, as of July 4, 2015, I have been approved!
With my Aussie adventure a short 4 months away, I’ve created a bucket list of things I’d like to do while in Australia. I imagine this list will continue to expand and change with time but these are the adventures I’ve been thinking about so far. As I check each off my list, I hopeContinue reading “Australian Bucket List: Top 10”
Have you seen headlines like this one before? I have, and I never thought I would be someone to write something similar. I’ve read posts about travelers booking seemingly impossible low prices to destinations all around the world and the one thing all of these write-ups had in common was MILES. That’s right, using airlineContinue reading “How I Booked a $300 Flight to Australia”
I’ve learned a lot about travel over the last year. I have learned where to find the best travel resources, developed my own list of top travel apps, earned free flights using travel reward credit cards (thank you, Southwest!), and experienced the post-travel blues. After I returned from Italy, I found myself constantly thinking aboutContinue reading “How I Plan to Afford My Year Abroad”
I’ve decided to take a career break to live, work and travel in Australia for up to a year. There. I said it. Unlike a friend of mine who wrote a terrific post about why she did not quit her job to travel, I am adding my name to the ever-growing list of female travelersContinue reading “The Decision”