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Things I’ve learnt while travelling part 2

Hey all!

Another week, another blog. Nothing has changed. I’m still working and basically braindead. I have been getting up at 5 am every day for the past month and haven’t had a day off or anything.

That’s why little cheer – ups, like the one my friend sent me from the Netherlands, are more than appreciated! She sent me an awesome “survival kit”. I never thought I’d be so happy over a notepad, a razor or a pair of socks! Super cute of her!! Shoutout to my girl Esmee! Xx

Anyway, since part 1 seemed to be quite popular, here is part 2! Five more things, that I learnt while travelling!

1. Your name is irrelevant. Literally every conversation between traveller’s starts with any question, other than “What’s your name?”. It’s not the next question either or the question after that. If the questions occur at all, it’s usually the last. (“Oh by the way, what’s your name?”) But what usually happens, is, that you end up forgetting to ask at all and after two days start wondering, whether it would be awkward to ask for the name, after you two have become good mates already…

2. Shoes aren’t necessary. Especially in Australia, many people just screw shoes. Whether you go int the mall, the grocery store or the service station, no one ever wears shoes and it is socially acceptable… Well, in most places. Other places put up signs, telling you, that entry is prohibited without shirt or shoes.. or both. I must say, it is definitely convenient to leave them off since I drive barefooted anyway. It’s just so much more comfortable!

3. Goodbyes are horrible. While travelling, you meet so many lovely people, that you have a really good time with and you never want to let go. But, since we’re all constantly on the move, goodbyes became inevitable. And they’re the cruellest part about travelling. Especially, because you have no idea, whether you will see the other person, living on the other side of the world, ever again. But, hey, travel makes the world suddenly turn into a really small place, doesn’t it??

4. Earplugs are an essential. Most travellers decide to save their money, staying in hostels. I mean, you usually can’t afford anything else anyway, when you live on a budget. Especially, because hostels are expensive enough already, considering what you actually pay for: no privacy, snoring roommates and noisy couples. If you decide to stay in hostels, earplugs are a must! Unless you have a really deep sleep…

5. Comfy clothes and sweatpants take up about 75% of your backpack. Let’s be honest, who needs to have fancy clothes, when you spend most of the time driving, hiking or trying to stay warm during cold nights in the car anyway. From all the fancy clothes, that I had with me, I haven’t kept a single piece in the end. It’s just not worth it. Your clothes will get dirty and full of holes anyway, since the washing machine over here doesn’t really fulfil its purpose. Plus, you can just wear them with anything. True travellers just don’t have space for luxury!

Let me know if you want a part 3!

Here is the link to part 1:

https://can-will-did.blog/~canwilld/2017/09/03/things-ive-learned-while-travelling/

Stay tuned everyone,

Dani

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Things I’ve learnt while travelling

Hey guys, what’s up?!

Well, this blog post is not gonna be, what you’d normally expect. I won’t give you a weekly summary this time. Simply, because nothing happened. I was busy applying for jobs and watching the amount of money in my bank account disappear more and more. It was all worth it, though! I didn’t get a job… BUT… I got two!! That’s right! Two jobs! The first job is on a dairy farm and only for two weeks, starting on Monday.

The second job is on a dairy farm, as well, starting straight after I finish the first job. This job is a long-term position, though. So yeah, I’m gonna be working for a while. I’m still trying to keep this blog as interesting as possible but!

While I had to spend my days looking for campgrounds, which are not closed, due to muddy sites, jumpstarting my car, because I spent all day charging my devices on the car battery and figuring out, how to get food, without spending money on it, I actually had time to work on something else. I’ve got a special announcement!! But first… let me get into this blog post. Many people think travelling teaches you a lot of valuable stuff. I’m not denying it, I just want to point out, that travelling also teaches you a bunch of other stuff, which is basically useless! 😀

Here we go! Here are 5 things, I’ve learnt while travelling:

1. My sense of direction shouldn’t be allowed on the street! People, who met me, might have noticed, that my sense of direction is basically … non-existing! I’m not even joking! Even back in my hometown, I had to use GPS, although I had been living there for 18 years!

Owning my own car and being depended on directions made me realize, that it’s worse than I thought! Even, if I’ve driven roads a million times and I basically just have to follow signs to get to the next destination, I would still get lost! That’s why I ALWAYS use google maps, no matter what.

To be honest, that’s not much of a big help either. That’s why I often find myself in private properties, construction zones or in front of a gate about to board a ferry! 😛 I’m not even kidding, I’m hopeless!

2. I’ve learnt how to defend myself with all sorts of objects! Since I’m mainly travelling on my own, people are often worried about my safety. And I don’t mean family. I mean people, that I’ve just met. Those people are more worried about me than I am about myself!

That’s how I often end up in little “boot camps”, where my “instructors”, aka. random strangers, show me how to use random objects against all those thieves and other criminals, that I have to keep up with every night. (I’m kidding!)

Ranging from a fire distinguisher to deodorant; I’m fully prepared now. Which is not a bad thing at all, if I think about it! Someone even gave me a pepper spray once. That stuff is actually illegal, but hey, it was good for the moment.

3. Instant Noodles cannot be classed as food! People might now, that I can’t cook. And by that I mean, I can’t cook at all. I’ve managed to burn a heat-up microwave dish in the microwave once! And I was just following the instructions!

Anyway, being a traveller, you have to learn, what sort of food you can/can’t take with you. If you don’t own a fridge/cooler you shouldn’t be taking dairy, meat, vegetables etc. Of course, you can, but it usually doesn’t last long.

As a person, that can’t cook, I don’t have to worry about all that anyway. My dinner just consists of “Instant Noodles”… Day by day.. it’s quick and easy, but I’ve soon learned, that it cannot be classed as real food. I don’t know what sort of chemicals are in there, but, it doesn’t satisfy, it usually tastes like plastic (don’t ask me, why I know how plastic tastes :D) and it for sure isn’t healthy. Unfortunately, I haven’t found another option for me yet. Any suggestions?! 😀

4. You can fall asleep at the most awkward places! From sleeping on a ship to sleeping in the back seats of your car, I’ve had it all. While travelling, I’ve learnt, that your standards get pretty low and you’re basically happy with whatever sleeping option comes up.

Travelling is exhausting! Sometimes, I don’t even care, where I’m gonna sleep. If I’m tired, I can fall asleep anywhere! Let me give you an example: the car I had in Australia, had a bed in the back, that needed to be made every single night. In the beginning, I was happy to have a bed, no matter, how much effort I had to put in it. But in the end, I didn’t care anymore and just decided to sleep in the driver’s seat. I think I’ve been doing that for a month straight! 😀

5. You learn, how to live with the minimum! I’ve just realized, that I don’t need much to survive. I’ve definitely become less materialistic. Ironically, I actually feel better having fewer belongings. I enjoy getting rid of stuff! That, of course, means you can lose less and less gets stolen!

The only disadvantage is, that I keep getting rid of more and more clothes, usually not buying any new ones. I wear clothes with holes and have to find a washing machine every 10 days. Yes, I’m basically confirming the backpacker – stereotype, but I don’t really care! 😀

I hope, the one or the other has learned similar things and can relate! I’m always happy about your feedback!! 🙂

However, I’m gonna reveal my special announcement…. I’m….

WRITING A BOOK!

I started writing it last week! It’s gonna be a lot of work, but I hope to be finishing everything before my birthday! I’m an ambitious person. Whenever I start something, I’ll finish it for sure! It’s gonna be a travel book … in a way..  and in a way it’s not!

Be patient, be excited!

I know, that I am! 😀

Dani

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