Every month I will be writing a round-up of my #gaplife adventures. From where I’ve been to what I’ve eaten, I’ll be keeping you up-to-date with everything that’s been happening on and away from The Student Travels. Catch up with Month One & Two. Enjoy!
Places Visited: Melbourne, Victoria; Yarra Ranges, Victoria; Yarra Valley, Victoria; Dangdenong Ranges, Victoria; Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria.
What’s Been Happening Away From the Blog
- I’ve thrown myself into work this month as I’m determined to start saving the pennies for a couple of upcoming trips and also for when we hit the road again. I’ve completed a couple of assignments for a temping agency and some more lined up for June so I’m looking forward to saving some cash.
- I guest posted for Samantha over at Samantha En Route, check it out here!
- I have a couple more fun collaborations coming up soon, so watch this space…
- Escaping to the countryside at last! Ryan and I have been spending at least one day a week out of the city. This regular dose of fresh air and incredible vistas has been keeping us sane away from our full-on lives in the city. Who knew Victoria was so beautiful?! Experiencing the countryside has allowed us to see a whole other side to this amazing state and we hope to keep finding new gems to gush over.
- Our first taste of an Aussie road-trip. Our wonderful friends from the UK took us out for a day of adventure and exploration in the Yarra Ranges. Having the freedom of our own transportation again, we whizzed around the region and had the best day ever. Read more about it here.
- Seeing our first Kangaroo! We are in Australia after all! We spotted our first ever group of Kangas in a clearing whilst hiking in Dandenong National Park. Whilst we were spying on them a kookaburra landed in the tree above- HOW MORE AUSSIE CAN YOU GET?!
- Catching up with friends. The arrival of our aforementioned friends from the UK has brought us a dose of home-comfort and familiarity. It’s been great reconnecting with them and sharing this amazing city with them.
- Enjoying Melbourne, almost guilt free… Having a regular paycheck has meant that we can start to really enjoy Melbourne and start to sample its famous fare. We have limited ourselves to only a couple of meals out a week and drinks with friends at the weekend but unfortunately I’m yet to curb my coffee addiction. It’s just too good ok!
- Getting up close and personal with Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, including my favorite animal- the platypus! Keep your eyes peeled for a post coming soon…
- Seeing Courtney Barnett at the Forum. One of Ryan and I’s favorite things to do back home is go to gigs so we simply couldn’t turn down seeing Melbourne’s own Courtney Barnett play on her own turf. She was great, her band were great and the venue was awesome! Gaudy Victorian-chic at its best.
- Having a new lease of life for blogging. Like many bloggers, I have a very love/hate relationship with this outlet of ours. This is usually in direct correlation with how much content I’m able to generate which recently has been low due to work and limited budget. However, this month I’ve been more pragmatic about it, planning and scheduling posts and tweets and just generally being more organized. I can’t tell you how much it’s helped!
- Having one of the worst hangovers of my life- will I ever learn?!
- Oh routine, how I despise you yet how necessary you are at the moment! Luckily the weeks I have spent working have flown by- greatly aided by fabulous colleagues and laidback working environment. But, as ever, the need to move is becoming almost unbearable. We have been in Melbourne for almost 3 months now and I’m loving it, but I can’t help feeling confined. The road is calling…
Most Popular Blog Post
You guys seem to love the posts I do about budgeting (let me know if you’d like any more!), with How Much Does it Really Cost to Live in Australia? coming out on top this month!
Most Liked Instagram Picture
I took lots of treasured snaps this month, but I think this one is my fave. Not necessarily due to the aesthetics but because of the circumstance it was taken in. Learn more about why this picture is so important here.
This, as ever, is a toughy. Melbourne’s food scene is amazing and I am slowly beginning to graze my way around it. The accolade this month has to go to Grub for the scrummiest brunch going.
All beautifully presented, fresh and washed down with impeccable coffee, what more could you want? It was so good I even wrote a post about it here.
It has to be the Yarra Valley at sunset. This place is gorgeous! The sun was aflame, the vineyards were glowing and hot air balloons bobbed on the horizon. I could have drank in that moment forever.
What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month
June is going to be a month of head-down, buck-up-your-ideas saving. Boringggg. But I still fully intend on exploring Melbourne and the stunning Victorian countryside in the rare moments I have free. Hopefully we will be getting closer to buying a car so we can begin to cruise around this gorgeous state!