Best Source of Entertainment for Travelling

One of the reasons why people like traveling is to experience new things or to escape from hectic life for a while. Traveling is exciting that you can even feel it before your departure to your destination. However, there are many chances for you to get bored throughout the journey especially if your destination is abroad. Dealing with long haul flight has already hard as it is. No wonder that boredom can even make it worse. It is also easy to feel during when waiting in lines at the airport. That’s why you need to bring your own source of entertainment for traveling so anytime you feel bored and exhausted, you have something to entertain you and keep your mood in check as to not ruin the trip you’ve been wanting for a long time.

Entertainment source for your travel needs

So here are some sources of entertainment you can bring from home to make your long trip more bearable:

  • Books are a friendly companion no matter where you go. You can always bring it and put it in your carry-on so anytime you have time to read, you just pull it out. Books are best for entertainment because they can make you forget about all your personal problems at the moment. They can make you loosen up and get distracted. Thus, bringing your favorite book to your travel destination is a great idea. You don’t have to bring many of them. Just bring one or two books you intend to finish throughout your trip. With books, you don’t have to worry about waiting for delay flight or long line.

  • Movies are also great entertainment when you feel bored during your journey to your travel destination. You can bring your own USB and fill it with your favorite movies. Or, you can just stream them through your mobile or laptop (if you bring any). All you need is internet data so you can connect and stream your favorite movies whenever you feel like dying from boredom. Remember that you can also enjoy this type of entertainment during your flight. Choose movies you like the best and enjoy watching. You will arrive at your destination feeling delighted with no trace of boredom.
  • Games are also great source of entertainment for long trip. There are many of them you can play from your mobile. You can play online or offline games to kill time. You don’t have to be ashamed to play games whenever you are stuck in long line or delay flight, or long haul flight. Games are not only for kids but adults as well. Choose games that can make you feel excited but not thinking too hard because you may get stressed over it if you lose the game and ruin the mood of the trip.

There are many others sources of entertainment you can also bring or enjoy during your long haul trip such as music, puzzle, riddle, etc. choose type of entertainment that can make you stay motivated to go through the trip.

Where to Stay in Oz When You’re on a Long-Term Visa: Part 2

While in part one at the previous post have discussed where to start when you’re looking for an accommodation in Australia, here we would talk about some of the most popular options people on a long-term visa have actually used. This long-term visa includes those of Work and Holiday that’s popular among backpackers. Whether you plan to stay for a year or more in Australia on your long-term visa, where can you find some solid options for accommodation?

Gumtree: for finding everything under the sun

The Gumtree website is not just a place to offer flats, advertise share houses, and things related to accommodation alike. Gumtree is a place for literally everything. You can find used bikes, secondhand wifi routers, and whatever else you can think about. Many work and holidaymakers find their accommodations through this website. Gumtree is also a popular website to post jobs and also advertise yourself as a job-seeker.

Use your social media’s potentials 

People advertising their space as well as people who are looking for them are all using social media to get the word out. It’s one of the easiest and the quickest ways to let the world know that you’re offering or looking.

Join relevant facebook group for your upcoming stay 

Groups are usually for each area. If you’re planning on staying in Melbourne, then join relevant groups for it. If you’re staying in Darwin, look for groups with the relevant keywords. People of the groups sometimes share content from facebook pages that advertise house space in general, so be on the lookout for those as well. 

Pro-tip: browse for these groups and join them even when you have yet to arrive in Australia. From the posts of these groups, you’ll get to know the exact range of prices that people offer, and so much more information you wouldn’t have known unless you’re included within the community. You’ll get to see pictures, read descriptions, and be more knowledgeable in searching for accommodations. Having a sense of familiarity in this—as one of the most basic things you need to survive when traveling—would give you a better piece of mind. 

A dedicated website for sharing houses: Flatmates

If you’ve decided that a share accommodation is for you (whether it’s a private room in a share house or a shared one bedroom apartment), then you can go to a dedicated website to specifically look for this type of accommodation. 

The website flatmates.com.au is one of the most popular websites people go to when it comes to the whole apartment and house sharing. The websites is a place for both those who are looking and offering their space. 

Pro-tip: get to know your flatmates and your space before you commit 

Spend some time talking to the people whose living space you’re interested in. Getting along with the people you’re living with is not just important, but necessary. 

Lookout for flyers as well. This may be an old-fashioned way to advertise virtually anything, but some still do it. Take a picture of the contact number you find on the flyer. Call and arrange for a meeting. You may find something worth looking into. 

How to Find Accommodations for Long-Term Visa in Oz: Part 1

While hostels are a popular way to stay in Oz at an affordable rate, it often isn’t an ideal way to live in for longer stays. Hostels in Oz are quite famous for having lower quality and standards compared to hostels in Southeast Asia and even Asia in general. However, that does not mean that it’s impossible to get a good place with an affordable rate. It just means you have to be more diligent to dig more.

City of Sydney panorama showing the Harbour Bridge and Opera House

Consider where you’re going to go first in Oz

Determining where you’d like to go first in a long-term visa is often not an easy task at all. Australia is a large country spanning the whole continent. it’s easy to get confused and somewhat lost because of the sheer size of options that awaits you. 

A year-long visa like the work and holiday visa should be able to afford you with plenty of chances to explore the whole continent, if you so wished. And for many people, they love to stay in a place and get to know the area intimately—living like a true local. But what of things like accommodation? Where do you suppose you’d like to stay? 

Starting out at a hostel is OK

While many travelers find it less than ideal to stay at a hostel for a prolonged time, staying at a hostel can be an acceptable way to start off your accommodation. While you will lack privacy during the entirety of your stay at a hostel, it can be the easiest way for you to meet people in the first few days or weeks of your stay in Oz. Websites you can try to browse through is HostelWorld, Booking, etc. 

Dig through the Aribnb options 

Staying at a house with a local is something that can yield a better and often more rewarding experience compared to staying at a hostel. You’ll get to meet a local, and you may even get to make some meaningful connections while you’re there. The only downside to Airbnb is that extending your stay won’t be possible. Unless the dates of your planned extension haven’t been booked, of course. 

An affordable Airbnb is a great option in place of booking a hostel. It affords you with a more private place and often, more comfort. Good airbnb spaces that are affordable for backpackers are often not located exactly in the city centers. As they’re owned by the average locals like you, they’re often located at the residential area or neighborhood. But it’s definitely not difficult to find places that are still very much in the city—just a quieter part of it (which is so much better in many cases)—and those that are only a couple of train rides or stations away from places like a CBD. A lot of travelers have found Airbnb to be a pretty solid option for even longer stays ranging from 1 to 3 months of days booked. 

While we’ve sorted out the matter of starting out when you’ve just arrived in Australia on your long term visa, on the next post, let’s talk about more options. Sites that would be covered would be those popular sites like Gumtree and Flatmates.