Posts include days 284-463 in reverse chronological order. Click to read each short story.
I was driving to a gas station in Port Hedland when a 6.6 earthquake shook the area. The credit card machines stopped working and the town was shook up. I was about to drive a few hours north to camp at Eighty Mile Beach – directly across from the epicenter that steamed from the ocean.
I hiked at Dale’s Gorge in Karijini National Park. The red rock canyon surprised me with natural pools and waterfalls, as well as lots of green life growing throughout. Then I found the most beautiful camping site, and it was free!
I had never rock climbed or rappelled, but this experience going into the center of the earth was once in a lifetime! We went all of the way into a class six gorge in Western Australia. This was in the top three things I’ve ever done.
I camped two nights at Cheela Plains station and had a great time! They offer hikes on their private property, which have incredible scenery! The Wall was so unique and I couldn’t believe that I was the only person there! I also met some interesting people and got into my “storytelling” mode.
I hiked in Exmouth and enjoyed the beach before heading east. Then, I camped at Cheela Plains Station, where I went on a stargazing tour. I had the opportunity to photograph the moon & met some great people.
I had a packed day that started with snorkeling in the Ningaloo Reef, where I saw some massive creatures – even a shark! Next, was a flying high into the sky on a powered hang glider! It was easily in the top 3 most amazing travel days.
Sometimes solo travel feels incredibly lonely. I had been out of my home country for 5 months (the longest ever) and I was missing family, friends, and familiarity. I never thought I’d miss routine, but in that moment, I wanted something stable. I didn’t want to keep making major decision every single day.
I dived at the Navy Pier in Exmouth, an intermediate site. I had a horrible time – the conditions were terrible, the currents were strong, and water kept getting in my mask. Then I panicked.
I camped at a secluded beach full of shells on the Shark Bay peninsula. It was incredible! I also saw stromatolites – the oldest living life form on Earth!
On the way to Kalbarri in Western Australia, I stopped at a pink lake! The next day was full of adventure – an ATV ride and then a strenuous hike at Nature’s Window. The work was worth it to see the incredible scenery!
I walked around the pinnacles, a couple hours north of Perth. They were really interesting to see and scientists don’t know much about them. I also finally figured out what the “hives” were on my face, neck, and shoulders that Benedryl wouldn’t cure.
The nighttime prison tour at the historic Fremantle prison provides lots of good history and stories of some famous criminals. The first thing the convicts had to build was their prison! I also met an awesome Airbnb host who had unique travel stories.
Quokka’s might be the cutest animal I’ve seen! They live on Rottnest Island, just outside of Perth, Australia. They’re friendly and playful! I loved my selfie photo-shoot with one little guy! If you’re in Perth, you must go to Rottnest Island!
While in Perth, I was able to go on a bar tour, check out a market, see the botanical gardens, visit the Mint, and do some self-pampering. Perth has been one of my favorite cities to visit!
As an American, I had no idea what Australian footy was all about. I went to the Optus Stadium and watched a game. It was a blast and was exciting to watch! I scored a ticket in the 5th row and was invited to the VIP room!
Perth is the world’s most isolated capital city. It’s designated as the sunniest capital city in the world. It’s a beautiful city, combing city and nature.
Just then, I noticed Billy and Apple standing to my left…outside of their pen! I panicked. I hadn’t closed the gate to their property, and they could escape the whole property. I set the food down and raced twenty feet to the gate and closed it. I noticed the first section of the electric fence that was near the metal gated fence had fallen. It was still making a crackling noise, so I knew it was live. My heart started racing! I was terrified the goats would run away.
I was accepted to house and cat-sit in Bridgetown, Western Australia. I ended up also feeding two goats each day. The homeowner and I became instant friends.
Esperance, Western Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches that I’ve ever seen! During my drive there, I also met some fun characters.
Norseman is the first town I arrived at after driving across the Nullarbor. I stayed at a hotel that was above a bar in an old Victorian building. Walking down the hallway was like walking into The Shinning.
Driving the Nullarbor Plain is like driving through Kansas. It’s more remote than driving to Alaska through the Yukon in Canada.
I ended up in the corner of the yard in an old indoor/outdoor shed full of random tools. Dust and rust covered most of the items. There was a dummy dressed in old clothes that was hunched over in a strange position. It looked like something out of a horror movie. I started to freak out a little bit as Allan continued to follow me around the isolated corner.
Solo traveling gives you the opportunity to meet people from all sorts of backgrounds. One evening in Australia, I met someone at a high level in politics.
I bought a used car in Adelaide and within less two weeks, one tire had a slow leak. I was also told that I needed four new tires. I decided to go back to the dealer and ask for the money.
Clare in South Australia offers many wineries that are easily accessible by riding a bike on a beautiful dirt path. I recommend using e-bikes.
The Oodnadatta Track in Australia’s outback is a corrugated road in the desert, and offers amazing sunsets. You’ll also find abandoned ruins to explore.
Alice Springs is a remote desert town. We checked out the desert park and explored downtown. We came across a strange candy lady.
Australia’s “red center” offers a true outback experience. From hiking Uluru, camping, riding a camel into the sunset, and hiking Valley Of The Winds.
As we drove hundreds of miles in the red center of Australia, Brittany felt worse by the minute. What do you do when you’re sick in the middle of nowhere?
Coober Pedy has a lot to see – from underground homes, an underground church, old mine shafts, and a vast desert. It’s truly a unique town.
There are 2,000 unsolved missing persons, 500 unidentified remains. The majority of Australia is a vast desert, making it the perfect place to kill.
It’s complicated buying a car in Australia when you’re American, but it’s the best way to drive into the outback.
Sometimes it’s forced at first, but in order to live and find happiness again, you have to live. You may not feel like it. You may want to wallow in your emotions. But you have to keep going. You have to pick yourself up and force yourself to be part of this world. Eventually, it won’t be a chore.
I walked to the bus station near where I was house sitting and hailed the bus down like the sign instructed me to. I stepped inside and asked the bus driver, “Can I buy a ticket from you?” He asked me where I was going and told him I needed to get to the CentralContinue reading “Day 322: You’re Going to Get Into a Stranger’s Car?”
I went wine tasting, watched the sunset on the ocean, learned about hailing busses and relaxed during many rain storms.
Australia has speed cameras all over the place. I was pulled over by an officer, issued a ticket and the fine was $438! I highly recommend you pay it.
On the side of the road, I noticed hitchhikers with large backpacks. I was driving too fast and passed them. Then my gut told me to go back and see if I could help them with a ride.
He explained that if he is debating someone and they resort to name-calling by using “ists” and “isms,” he stops debating them.
There are a lot of things to do in Melbourne, so I spent two days exploring St. Kilda, the famous Penguin Pier, Museums, and of course, a hidden bar.
I used to work with a guy named Daniel at an industrial supply company in Los Angeles. At one point, we were both supervisors in the office, in departments that were next to each other. I remember one day our system went down, and representatives couldn’t access any information about orders. Being one of theContinue reading “Days 308-309: Solo Travel, But Often Not Alone”
I was in Melbourne and planned to go to Adelaide for another house/cat sit in a week. Once I finished the sit, I wasn’t sure how I’d spend the next five months in Australia. Each morning, I took some time searching options but also wanted to make the most of my time in Melbourne whileContinue reading “Days 306-307: Bars and Libraries”
It was Easter morning in Australia, and I was still at the house in Ballarat, where I was house/cat sitting. Carolyn and Tom woke up early and headed off to Jess’s house. I didn’t want to intrude on family time, so I hung back. I got a lot of writing done and played with theContinue reading “Days 303-305: Who Names a Swimming Pool After a Prime Minister Who Drowned?”
After two weeks of house and cat-sitting in Ballarat, Australia, the homeowner returned from her holiday. Carolyn offered me to stay for a few more days, so I could figure out how to get my prescriptions from a doctor there, and then offered me the opportunity to spend Easter with her family. Carolyn and IContinue reading “Days 301-302: Hiking and Learning about Australia”
I hadn’t spent much time exploring Ballarat because I was resting and catching up on my blog. I was starting to get restless and wanted to get out of the house. I took an Uber to Sovereign Hill, which is a replica of the old gold-rush town that started in Ballarat. I had no ideaContinue reading “Days 294-300: Gentle Reminders in Life”
My house/cat-sit was about to begin in Australia. The homeowner, Carolyn, showed me how to compost food scraps in her worm farm. It was a lot easier than I thought. She also showed me the clotheslines in her backyard. I was surprised to learn that many Australians don’t have a clothes dryer. I asked CarolynContinue reading “Days 287-293: House and Cat-Sitting”
Ballarat, Australia, is four hours ahead of Vietnam, so the jet lag set in, making it hard to wake up in the morning. After sleeping in a bit, I made myself a bagel for breakfast. Carolyn, the homeowner of the house I was about to watch, looked surprised. She said, “Americans really do like bagels,Continue reading “Day 286: Attack the Argument, Not the Person”
Singapore airport was beautiful, clean, and efficient. I stopped at 7-11 before heading towards the gate for my flight to buy some snacks, a sandwich, and a bottle of water. Scoot Airlines doesn’t provide any complimentary drinks or snacks. At the register, the man behind the counter told me that I wouldn’t be able toContinue reading “Days 284-285: My First House and Cat Sit in Australia”