10 Things I Learned From 10 Days Across The Ditch
Last week I got back from a solid 10-day trip over to Australia. I spent most of my time around Brisbane + Byron Bay + the Gold Coast.
It was a real good time.
This was one of those trips I knew I needed... I've been missing big adventures a lot lately, so I knew I was in for a good time. Sometimes you get so stuck in the motions of the day-to-day that you forget what its like to get out and see the world.
* 'Across the ditch' is a term us Kiwi's use when we're talking about Australia, and vice versa.
Here's a few things I was reminded of + learnt along the way ::
1 :: Adventure is life. Life is adventure.
I'm not sure I'll ever fully understand people who have zero desire to travel or see the world. I'm pretty open minded, but that's one thing I don't think I'll ever 'get'. To me... That shit is life. Experiencing new places, meeting new people, throwing yourself into random situations + seeing what happens... It's life.
In some ways I feel more at home when I'm on the road than I do anywhere else. Gimme some wheels + a new place to explore and I'm the happiest person in the world.
2 :: Australians are slightly better drivers than Kiwis.
When I got back from Canada, driving in NZ scared the shit out of me. Turns out we’re a bunch of crazy fucks on the road compared to those maple leaf kids. Australians aren’t too bad though.
3 :: Rental car insurance is a con.
Don’t quote me on this since I’m not an actual rental car or insurance dude — but that insurance rental car companies try to get you to buy (on top of travel insurance) is a con. If you have travel insurance — that should cover the cost of the excess should anything happen. I ended up paying an extra $30 a day that I didn't need to — cause I didn’t realise this at the time. Whoops.
4 :: Adrenaline. Get some.
It’d been a while since I’ve done anything high up there on the crazy/adrenaline rush scale… So on Sunday, I went to Dreamworld with Amanda + Steph. I'd been there once before when I was younger, and I was way too pussy to go on any of the bigger rides — so this time I committed to doing at least one of 'em.
We kicked it off with the Giant Drop. This thing is a 120m free fall. It's scary as shit. (See the bottom left photo). But the feeling you have when you get back on the ground and realise you didn’t die — is a good time. So worth it.
5 :: Do what you gotta do to hang with awesome people.
I spent a few days in Byron Bay with a bunch of creative ladies, in a big old jungle-vibes house. It was awesome. We jammed on creative + biz stuff, ate some awesome curry made by Amanda, played stupid games + laughed our asses off, and just had one hell of a good time.
Thanks to all of the ladies that came ::
Dani Hunt | Neverland Studio
Jo Klima | The Darling Tree
Madeleine Burke | The Daily Mark + Hyphen
Alana Wimmer | Raspberry Stripes
Sarah Wilder | The Fifth Element Life
Michelle Swan | Eyes of Love Photography
6 :: No bars or restaurants in Byron Bay serve shots.
Say wha? Apparently people got too drunk all of the time so they ditched them. Whatevs, you crazy Australians.
7 :: If you feel stuck or bored with your work, just take a break and don't think about it for a few days.
Before I left for Australia I was feeling kinda out-of-the-zone when it came to my work. I was tired all of the time, and I just didn't feel like working on my biz. I kept trying to force it, but nothing was happening, so I went all 'fuck it, I'm not working on anything big until I get back from my trip'. I did a few small client things while I was away, but for the most part I was too busy hanging with friends or out adventuring to even think about my biz that much.
It was JUST what I needed, and I came back stoked + ready to go.
8 :: New Zealand is expensive. But it's worth it.
I did a bit of shopping (for the first time in ages) while I was over there, and it was kinda crazy to see the prices of stuff in Aus, compared to NZ. We don't have half as many of the bigger discount shops as they do in Aus or even North America, but I guess that's what happens when you live at the bottom of the world.
I can dig it though — Aotearoa is a damn solid country to live in.
9 :: Odesza are awesome.
'nuff said. Listen to 'em here.
10 :: Life doesn't happen in your Inbox or on your computer.
You've probably heard this a bajillion times before, but it's true. Something I believe in wholeheartedly is that there's more to life than just how we make money and serve others. I've said it a hundred times before and I'll say it over and over again.
Your work is important. Making money and living the life you want to live is important. But so is other stuff. Like adventure and family and friends and doing stuff for no other reason than because you fucking can.
The emails and the to-do lists aren't going anywhere. The blog posts and social media updates you'll miss out on aren't a big deal.
*Across the ditch is a term us Kiwi’s use when we go to Australia, and vice versa.