In 2011 I went to NZ. In 2012 I went to NZ and USA. In 2013 I’ve already been to the USA and the UK and it’s only April. I think that’s pretty awesome. Right now I’m planning my next trip for the end of the year. I thought I’d share the planning process. Visas are … More Planning: The Next Adventure
If I had a million dollars – I’d do every single NOLS course – ranging from mountaineering to snowboarding, and wilderness medicine. You can do one month, or semester courses with them – but they cost $4000+ America has a heap of outdoor schools, as does Sweden and the UK and a bunch of countries in … More Planning: Outdoor Qualifications.
I’ve flown the Australia to America route a few times now, and I’ve learnt that there is a huge difference between the airlines – bigger than I ever thought. I use Skyscanner to search for cheaper airlines/dates, since you can search by a whole month, or even year, and you can search by a whole country, … More Planning : Flights
Since I’ve been booking a whole bunch of travel plans I thought I’d share the details for the end of the year. I’m flying from Sydney (Australia) to Nadi (Fiji) to Los Angeles (America) with Air Pacific. I’ve flown with them before and whilst it’s not the greatest airline, it’s the cheapest I’ve found (around … More North America : 2013 Travel Plans
At the end of the year I’m headed back the United States (Third time’s the charm). This time, I’m headed to a bunch of different places… In the past, I’ve booked trips last minute and changed my mind numerous times, so it’s been awesome being able to really plan out an awesome trip with some … More North America : BOOKED!!!
I’ve seen a few other posts and videos like these: A Couple Vegabonds, AaronsWWAdventures, Ailalalatino, that talk a fair bit about ‘sink laundry’. This is just the name for how most backpackers do laundry whilst travelling – by filling a sink, blocking the drain with half a tennis ball/flat piece of rubber, and washing with … More Gear: Clothes
Whilst I was in North America, I learnt that I had become somewhat limited by my lack of technical gear and technical knowledge. Im working on researching and investing in some good quality gear, reading and taking some workshops and qualifications and sucking up being the only girl in very male dominated things. I finally … More Australia : Gear Haul
If you’re wanting to visit the USA as an Australian, you have a few options, just kidding, you actually don’t. If you’re going as a tourist (not working, and for under 90 days) apply online for a visa waiver (ESTA), it’s about $14. If you want to do anything else (work, study, be there for … More Home : The j1 Visa
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus of Ephesus I just read this quote today, and it’s beautiful. It’s definitely hitting a chord. I’ve spent the whole day studying (Are you proud parents?). I’ve been learning a lot this past season, … More Home : The Man and the River
So I’ve decided to return to university and finish my second degree (in a double degree program). I’ve changed my mind so many times throughout my university career…you think I’m joking… I first enrolled in…a Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Arts…then I decided to do a Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Creative Writing…then I decided I hated … More Home : Plans
don’t expect public transport in many places outside the city it’s very difficult to get around and to get between places without driving. That said, if you are going between cities, there are many affordable buses (megabus is probably the cheapest). Don’t be afraid to choose a bus over the convenience and speed of a … More America : my top tips
So I received my new passport in the mail and it is pretty sweet. I’ve learnt a valuable lesson of never, ever, ever, putting a passport anywhere other than a waterproof lunchbox. Let’s hope I’ve learned that lesson anyway. I need to get a wiggle on and get myself a job, I’d like to (and I know, … More America : Update
So, funny story, I washed my passport. Well, it would be funny if by washed I meant put my passport in a safe dry place instead of the washing machine. I freaked, just a little, at the consequences of having both an invalid passport and therefore possibly an invalid visa. I googled what to do, … More America : New York, New York
So New England had a huge snow storm last week.. I had imagined snow storms would be a thunder storm with a lot of snow, but apparently, there’s no thunder, and a ridiculous, huge, freezing cold amount of snow. As ridiculous as it sounds, snow is a lot colder than I ever expected. … More America : New England Snow Storm
Tonight we went ice skating and I didn’t even fall over once. Apparently I have ‘death grip’, in which I gripped my friends hand, arm, clothing in an attempt not to fall. In the end I could take myself around the rink avoiding falling children, even able to avoid a head on collision with … More America : Ice skating
I woke up this morning at 230am in London at my sister and brother in laws unit. Magicaly, by 3am, I had missed my 330am bus and my brother in law graciously drove me to Hammersmith Bus Terminal, for a bus to Heathrow Airport. I managed to miss my bus stop getting off the bus … More America : Feb 4th : Airports and Customs
I’ve been in the United States for 4 days, and I’ve been constantly told that I am from a lucky country. I think that Australian’s take it for granted that even in the West, we’re amongst the privileged. Discussions about gay rights, retirement, student loans and employment have all made me realize this. Gay Rights/Marriage … More America : Why Australia is so lucky
When I planned my travels in the States, I thought I had a plan for everything. Apparently not. Driving Driving in the States is basically like driving in Australia or New Zealand. Except your on the wrong side of the road, in the wrong side of the car. Give way signs are called yield signs … More America : Things I didn’t consider
This year, I had two thanksgivings. Lucky me! I was lucky enough to be invited to join in Thanksgiving at a friends share house, about a week before the actual thanksgiving day. There were 17 people, and the table settings, food, and company were lovely. Definitely, the highlights for me were mashed squash, the turkey, … More America : Thanksgiving Road Trip
Hi friends! I’m Lisha and I like the typical things; travelling, photography, not going to university classes… In November this year (just two months away!!) I’m off to the United States for a whole entire year – actually 13 months. I’m going to explore, and live in the snow, freeze my butt off and learn … More Hi!