My best friend gave me the tip to make a YouTube video talking a bit about myself, what I am doing and what my plans are for new people on my blog and youtube… so here it is!
I thought it would be a good idea to share a little life update because I am not writing my travel diary anymore and you might get confused on what is going on and where I am atm because I am still working on blog post topics from my previous travels, even though I am working right now.
I also wanted to give you an idea on my job and there is a little blog post about finding jobs in Australia and my job coming soon as well, so if you have questions that I need to talk about in that post please message me!
Do you think it’s unnecessary for me to post a blog post when I post a video? I just feel like nobody would find it if I don’t… Do you follow me on YouTube yet?
There is also a blog post with tips, recommendations and information you need to know if you are planning your own Work & Travel journey in Australia in the making.
If you have any further questions or ideas for other Q&A topics, please let me know!
My time as an AuPair has been one of my favourite experiences here in Australia. I am so so glad I got the change to try it, even if it was just for a short period of time. I could not have asked for a better family that will now be my second home far away on the other side of the world and we are already talking about me coming back to visit as soon as I can… and I haven’t even left.
Luckily I found a job nearby so that I can still hang out with them and visit on my free days and it melts my heart when I see how happy the kids are when I am back and spend time with them.
I am just overly grateful for everything and so glad I had this experience!
Where did you find your AuPair family?
They messaged me over aupairworld.com where you can sign up for free, create an account & profile talking about you and what you are looking for and search for families in countries you want to travel to.
Why did I want to do AuPair in Australia?
One of my best friends told me about aupairworld.com and suggested me to just have a look. And then I ended up liking the idea of becoming and AuPair more and more. I really wanted to experience the REAl Australian family life and I love kids and working with them. Also, it’s a fun and versatile job and I wanted to try it out.
What are my jobs? What am I doing?
My job is very versatile. I help getting the kids ready for school in the morning, play/entertain/supervise them in the afternoon, do homework with them, help them get ready for bed, prepare school lunches and snacks, cook dinner with my mom and also doing household work like laundry, cleaning, dishes, going food shopping and whatever else was on the plan/my mom needed help with.
But we also enjoyed our time a lot. My mom took me to many places to see the area we live in, going to the beach, for breakfast, shopping, watching Netflix and movies with the kids, reading bedtime stories…
Is AuPair hard work? Can I recommend it?
It definitely is hard work. Sometimes you need strong nerves and it can get loud and exhausting. But on the other side, it is so fun and funny and the amazing thing about working with kids is, that they always give you something back in return.
So from my side, I can definitely recommend it and I would do it again, but you need to be that type of person that is patient and can be strict while still being nice.
Do I earn money?
Yes, I get 200$ per week and food and accommodation for free. Usually, your work around 15-20 hours for food and accommodation and the rest is paid.
Do you speak German or English with your kids?
I speak mostly English with my family, but my mom is learning German at the moment so we practice a lot and say things like: Guten Appetit, Gute Nacht, Danke, Bitte, Hab dich lieb, Ich habe Hunger and stuff in German and the kids pick that up and use it as well which is the cutest.
If you have any further questions, feel free to ask them down below!
Here we go with number three of my Q&A series. This time, I am answering all the frequently asked questions about travelling alone (for the first time).
I always get so many questions from friends, strangers, other travellers or follower on Instagram, so I wanted to answer them all and help new travellers to feel more confident, safe, get inspired to travel themselves and help them plan their own journey.
If you have further questions or topics you want me to talk about, please feel free to message me on Instagram or comment down below!
I really want to create more content that is helping, informing and inspiring my readers/followers, so if you have any ideas or interests that you are interested in – tell me!
But for now: let’s get started…
How is it like to travel alone?
I love it! It is so much fun to feel free to do exactly what I want without making compromises. It is so easy to meet people in hostels or on tours and here and there you are lucky to make some real friends for a lifetime. You never have to be alone if you don’t want to but you still always have the chance to spend time by yourself and do what you desire.
In Perth I had some days where I felt lonely and just not myself… but that’s alright.
Do you feel lonely sometimes?
Since I started I only had one week where I felt a little bit down, lonely and homesick and that was in Perth after my cousin left me and my parents were about to come and I didn’t find many nice people that I really connected to in my hostel. I also wrote a blog post about my feelings at that time called the downside of travelling alone.
And usually after I have to say goodbye to travel mates and friends that I had an awesome time with, I get a slight feeling of loneliness and it is a little bit weird to be alone again, but that usually disappears after a while.
Is it easy to meet people (even when you are shy)?
I would say yes! For me, it depends on the situation and the people if I am shy or not, but I would say it is super easy to meet people when you live in hostels.
In your hostel room, in the kitchen, TV room, sitting area there are fellow travellers everywhere that also want to meet other people and even if you are shy but just smile and look friendly there will be people talking to you and starting the conversation. Or you can start it yourself by just saying “Hi, how are you?” or asking a question. You will get more and more used to it and it gets easier every time.
I also found it super nice and very easy to meet people when you do a bus tour with a small group for a few days. Because you have to stay together for several days it is a lot easier to make friends because you actually have time to get to know them and you also are kinda forced to talk to each other as you are travelling together. With my three tours I did so far, I was always very lucky with my travel mates and met some nice people.
Are you scared of travelling alone sometimes?
I am not a person that gets scared easily and until now I’ve been not in a situation that really scared me. Obviously, there were some moments that I didn’t felt completely safe walking home alone or being in a surrounding that doesn’t feel completely safe, but you also have those moments at home. Overall I would say Australia is a very safe country and you don’t need to worry a lot. It is definitely a great place for females travelling alone or travelling alone for the first time. Usually, you are in bigger cities/towns anyways and the hostels are in animated and busy areas.
I also experience so many great situations where people asked me to help me, told me what to do and how to stay safe and in general Australians are so nice and helpful.
Easy questions for first conversations:
Where are you from?
What are you doing in Australia?
How long have you been here?
What are your plans?
What have you seen so far? Where have you been so far?
Are you travelling on your own?
What are your plans for today/tonight?
How was your day?
What do you do at home/what have you done at home before you left?
Those are the easy questions you basically ask and get asked as a traveller EVERY TIME you meet people :D Can get annoying, but it’s fun at the same time, especially when you get over these basic questions with someone and have real conversations. Another funny thing is that you usually ask very late what his/her name is because it doesn’t matter that much and you meet so many people and can’t remember all their names anyways :P
How do you get to meet/talk to people?
In your hostel room. Just say hello to everyone in your need room, smile and if you get a friendly response and a real smile back just ask one of the questions above t start a conversation
In the kitchen. When you ask to get a kitchen tool after they are done using it or tell them that their food looks/smells yummy you can easily start a conversation and sit together while eating after cooking.
In the common area. When you sit down with your food next to someone/at the same table, smile, say hey and if you get a friendly response/smile back you can start a conversation
On Tours. Because you are travelling for a few days together, it is a lot easier to find friends here because you are kinda forced to talk to each other and get to know one another. When you meet at the bus ask where they are from or see what the situations bring you. Oftentimes the tour guide also makes everybody to introduce him-/herself.
And you will see that oftentimes the other person is just as willing to start a conversation and starts him-/herself. Especially when you are travelling alone and other people are together or in a group they will start a conversation because it is a lot easier for them than for you as a solo traveller. And when you are shy to do the first step, better choose another person alone than a group/couple because that makes it less scary.
Why Australia and why on your own?
It’s hard to exactly say what made me do all this. There were several reasons behind it, but the biggest was that it just felt right. I felt the urge to go travel on my own after school and Australia called me.
Other than that, Australia is a warm and sunny country which I love, it is big so it makes sense to explore it in one year and really see many places (for example New Zealand can also be done in 2-3 months, at least that’s what I think), the nature and animals are completely different than in Europe or wherever I’ve been so far and it’s supposed to be a very good country for travelling solo as a female for the first time when you are still very young. It is also pretty popular for travellers, so you can easily meet others, find jobs as a Backpacker and travel around.
When I was thinking about my gap year I was always seeing myself doing whatever I want, not being with someone and when I started to get more into it and read amazing experiences and advantages solo travel has I knew, I want to do this on my own.
Why do you love and recommend travelling alone?
Because you learn and grow so much as a person
You learn to be confident,
to make your own decisions,
stop being shy and practice talking to strangers
getting life experiences that will help you your whole future life
meeting many different people from all around the world
you will get to know yourself and your own character trades more
making friends with new people and some will be part of your life forever
you get to see the world and culture more intense and maybe even differently
you can do whatever the hell you want to without having to make compromises or justify it
I love travelling with my friends or going on vacation with my family. But solo travel just has such a special feeling to it and it changes and lets you grow even more than travelling already does.
I can only recommend everyone to try it themselves! It’s special, it’s an adventure and it will only have a positive impact on your life at the end (even with a bad experience you will learn something).