My First Video from Australia – Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road

I am so excited to finally share my very first video from Australia with you!

I planned to film and vlog a lot here, but it is harder than I thought to keep on track and also find time to edit. Especially because I have never done it before and needed to start from the beginning.

But now I am super motivated as I had so much fun looking back on my old video clips from the beginning of my journey and making it into a wonderful memory, so there will be a lot more videos following soon!

I already planned to make one from my Outback adventures and I started to vlog and talk in my videos as well now, so there will be vlogs coming soon!

I hope you are just as excited as I am and curious to see more than just text and pictures on here.

To make my own filming and your watching experience even better, I am grateful to have my brother with me for the next three weeks, who is into videography as well. And I am planning to buy a new GoPro for some great action and underwater footage, as well as using my brother’s drone for some awesome landscape views.
So there will be a lot of great new content from us coming soon! So make sure to follow us both on our YouTube channels and Instagram accounts!

I hope you are just as keen to see what will come and if you have any suggestions, tips or ideas for my videos, please leave them in the comments as I really would love to improve!

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Loneliness – The Downsides of Solo Travel

When my cousin left me after three weeks of travelling together, I could quickly feel the negative sites of travelling solo.

I was really in love with it beforehand for two months, enjoyed my freedom and the advantages of hostel life and meeting people easily when you have no other chance of socialisation.

But after I fell in the laziness and easiness of living in Airbnbs and spending every day with my cousin, it was harder to get back to it than I thought.

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There also were a few problems I had to face that didn’t make it easier for me to get back to it: First of all, my flight from Sydney to Perth got cancelled and the stress and tiredness affected my mood. I also had a lot of blog work that I wanted to catch up on after enjoying most of my time with my cousin, which made me feel like I want to be alone to work. On the other hand, I missed the socialisation and talking to others, but my hostel in Perth was also home to some alcoholics (yes, they really were, starting to drink in the morning and already being drunk after lunch) who didn’t make me feel comfortable to stay in the common area for long. In that period of time, I also met two nice boys/men that I started spending some time with, but who started liking me more and saying/doing things that annoyed me and made me wanna rather spend time on my own. Knowing that my family would arrive in only 3 weeks made the time even harder, as I knew it was so close but still not there yet.

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Of course, there were also silver linings. Knowing that my family would arrive in Australia soon and that it wasn’t many days to get through until I could finally spend some time with them. Long phone calls with my parents and friends, that almost made me feel like sitting on the sofa next to them talking. A lovely German couple I met and spend two days with baking brownies and playing lots of cards. Using the time to treat myself – sleeping in, working out in the morning, having a big healthy brunch. Watching Youtube videos in bed without feeling guilty for the time I could have done something productive.

Experiencing the feeling of loneliness and being homesick is part of travelling solo and I think that every traveller faces these kinds of days in some stage and at some point of their travels.

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For me, this week in Perth was the first time on my Australia journey of negative emotions for several days. Before I was feeling very comfortable in my situation, knowing what to do to keep me feeling great, but after my cousin left I kind of fell into a hole that I couldn’t get myself out of completely.

Luckily, I never felt a really strong depressive mood or anything, as I always tried to keep myself busy, around some nice people and thinking positive, but I also didn’t get back into feeling like myself.

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Because of that, I decided that it would be time to change something and as I had really amazing experiences so far with taking part of guided tours for several days (like I did on the Great Ocean Road or in the Outback), I booked another 6-day-tour to see the beautiful South-West of Australia.

I knew that having an adventurous and busy schedule with many great places to see and awesome things to do, as well as a group of people around me,  would make me feel good and just like I hoped so, it was a great decision. The six days flew by very fast and even though I returned to the same hostel and the same dorm room afterwards, everything felt different.

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I had a much better experience being in Perth afterwards, even though I didn’t have touristy things to keep me busy and have things to do, but instead I had met some nice people on the tour that I also spend time with afterwards back in Perth and I also met new faces in my hostel that I could hang out with. Once again, I used the time to work on my blog, work out and take time for myself and this time I could luckily enjoy it much more.

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Things that Help Me when I feel Unhappy, Lonely or Homesick while Solo Travelling

  • Surrounding myself with people. Going in the common area/kitchen, find people to talk to or just listen to their conversations. Working on my laptop in the common area instead of the dorm, going into bookshops and reading/browsing through their books, going in the park to listen to music/podcasts.
  • Watching your favourite Youtubers that make you feel cosy, inspired and just overall good
  • Focussing on yourself. Taking time for body and mind care, working out
  • Call or text with people that you miss. It might make you miss them more, but sometimes all we need is crying a bit and feeling better afterwards
  • Thinking about all the positive things. That I am currently living the life of my dreams and doing every day whatever I desire
  • Keeping myself busy with touristy stuff, blog work, food shopping and cooking, working out… find something that you like to spend your time with
  • Reading, listening to podcasts and audiobooks or music
  • Book a tour for a few days. In my eyes they are worth the money and you meet great people and have great experiences. It is also great for couples/travel mates that are together 24/7 to be on a tour with more people to hang out

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Short Stay in Brisbane, Back to Syndey, Going to the Opera and Saying Goodbye | Diary 010

Friday 9/11

We enjoyed a last breakfast in Surfers Paradise and then took the bus to go to Brisbane.
This time we rented an Airbnb in Petite Terrace, only 15 minutes by foot away from the city centre. It was a very nice place and we had an amazing breakfast-/ and sunset views every day.

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We walked a bit through the centre, looked around, went food shopping and cooked dinner while watching the sunset.

Saturday 10/11

Saturday was market day at Devies Park, so we walked to West End and I completely fell for that cute market.
A lot of much cheaper fruits and veggies than in the supermarket…
…and so many great food stands with amazing smelling baked goods, yummy food, amazing banana bread, falafel, cute purses and more.

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After shopping a lot of good stuff, we walked back and it was so so hot in comparison to Sydney before – you could really feel that you just travelled 1000 kilometres. So we made a small siesta.

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I bought avocado toast with scrambled tofu and tomato chutney at the market from a completely vegan food stand and it was so so delicious!

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Afterwards, we walked to the Botanical Garden and strolled along the river.

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Sunday 11/11

On Sunday we went to another market, as there is not just one market every day in Brisbane (like in Melbourne), but there are different ones on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday.


We went to West End again and there is a vegan market every two weeks and I was so in love! We tried vegan Donuts that where so fluffy and yummy and I had a vegan coconut ice cream with fruit and rawnola which was so good as well. They had so much yummy food there: Asian, Lebanesian, Pizza, cupcakes and more and I wish I would have been able to try it all!

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Afterwards we went to the Streets Beach in South Brisbane also called ‘the Lagune’ and it is super nice there. Almost feels like a beach with the sand, but it’s human made and in the middle of the city. It was super nice to relax in the heat and we really enjoyed the afternoon.

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Monday 12/11

The next day, we went to the beach again and chilled there for the whole day.

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At night, after dinner we went to the cinema as it was 8$ cinema Monday and we watched ‘A Star is Born’ which was such a wonderful movie! Truly one of the best ones I saw in a while and I am in love with the film music! We also had some treats and just a great night overall.

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Tuesday 13/11

Today we decided to go to the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane which was nice.

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We had ‘Bagel Boys’ Bagels for lunch that were super delicious – I really love bagels and it reminds me of Canada, because we always had them on our vacation there.

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And we couldn’t help ourselves having Gelato Messina’s Ice Cream once again as their Ice Cream is just the best! Even though it is so expensive…

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Wednesday 14/11

Wednesday was market day again right in the city centre and they once again had a lot of food stands and I wished again to be able to try it all :D I’m just such a foody!
And then we went to the Lagune again… yep, we loved it there as you can tell.

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Thursday 15/11

On Thursday we had to leave our Airbnb and Brisbane behind to fly back to Sydney.
Originally we planned to take the train instead of the plane but unfortunately, it is cheaper (and quicker obviously) to fly… very sad for my eco-heart, but I’ll try to avoid flying if possible from now on.
We arrived late in the evening in Bellevue Hill, which is not far from Bondi Beach, we had Quesadillas for dinner (alright, but I just don’t like the taste of soo much cheese anymore..).
Out Airbnb was super cute, small but very clean and our host was so lovely. Those where two last nights for Lisa’s and my trip together and I already knew that I would miss her and having a travel buddy in general, as well as staying in Airbnb’s instead of hostels. They are so much quieter and more private, even though I also really enjoy the hostel-life usually.

Friday 16/11

On our last whole day together, we had an last exciting thing on our to-do list: we went to see a ballet training and behind the scenes of Spartacus and Cinderella ballet.
It was so great to see professional dancers so close in their training, practicing and I would have loooved to see the real performance for both (Stücke), but unfortunately the tickets are pretty expensive. But it was still such a great experience and I would recommend to everyone who loves ballet or theatre to ask for behind the scenes tickets (they were only around 30$).

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For lunch we had Sushi Hub (the last time for Lisa eating super cheap and delicious sushi rolls…) and of course we had to go to Jet Café Bar once againto  eat their carrot cake again.
We shopped some souvenirs and treats that Lisa wanted to take home with her to let her friends try, because they have many different things (a bit like in the US) here when it comes to sweets. For example triple chocolate Twix, chocolate mind Kit Kat and of course the famous Tim Tams!


Back at our Airbnb we had a relaxed last night together with a delicious candle light dinner (sweet potato, salad and homemade guacamole) and just laid in bed, ate chocolate and watched series…

Saturday 17/11

Before both of our flights where meant to leave in the evening, we had some time to go to Bond Junction and have a look around in the Westfield shopping centre. Lisa was looking for a bikini/bathing suit the whole trip but she never found something that she loved – but if that’s the case in Australia, I don’t know how to help her :D I could have already bought 20 new bikinis!


For lunch we ate burgers at Grill’d that I wanted to try for a while already. They have a vegan Cheeseburger that was very delicious, but it missed on some greens and tomato to be the perfect burger in my opinion and their sweet potato fries where weird: wedges not fries and seasoned very spicy…but it was still yummy.
As you have probably already realised Lisa and I are real foodies. We love to eat, try new recipes, dishes and restaurants, go food shopping, look at food on Instagram and talk about food. We would both consider ourselves as trying to eat healthy (for me that means mostly vegan, for her high protein :D so pretty different) but we looove to have treats!
So we ended up having a last desert in the shopping centre. I had an apple Danish that was to die for: pastry, pudding and apple – such a good combo!


Afterwards, we had to leave for the airport and say goodbye to each other after being together 24/7 for three weeks. This time really (schweißen uns zusammen) and I am so happy what we did it! It will forever be in our memories and who knows, maybe we’ll end up travelling together again.
So she flew back home to Germany and I wanted to fly to Perth but unfortunately my flight got cancelled.
After some stressful calls, not knowing what to do, figuring out what to do… I ended up going to Bondi again (my happy place in Sydney) and now I’ll try to fly to Western Australia a few days later…