When I last wrote, our plans for a year in South America had gotten started and I was trying to decide what this meant for the blog.
After a few months of debating between keeping up our previous 3-4x weekly blog post schedule and giving up entirely, I’ve decided on a happy medium: social media.
When I started this blog in 2016, Instagram was well-established but not the force it is in 2018. Over that time, most of my favourite bloggers have transitioned into a mostly social media-driven presence with opportunities to point followers towards blog posts when relevant.
So that’s the plan– I know that most of our current readership came here through searches for information on Mongolia, Myanmar, or one of the other (super random) locations we’ve written on, and I do still want to post helpful itineraries, lists of what to bring, tips, etc. But it won’t happen on as much of a regular schedule and our main communication will come through Instagram posts and stories.
Stay tuned for a few posts on packing advice, and until then, follow us @unsettledlife on Instagram if you’d like real-time updates on our prep for 2019.
It’s not over yet. Or, I’m not sure if it’s over yet.
Let’s backtrack. I started this blog in 2016, when I was sure that 2017 would bring a year of adventuring. Then life intervened. I tried to keep this blog going, because we definitely never stop travelling, but my heart wasn’t in it in the same way in had been– or in the way it needed to be in order to run a blog on top of a full-time job. So I put it aside, and two years in a row I thought carefully about whether I should pay my yearly fee to WordPress to keep the blog going, albeit without any posts. Clearly, I decided to keep it.
So now, two years later, we’re ready to go. 2019 will finally be the year that M. and I spend travelling South America. We’ve got our leave approved from work and our one-way tickets to Buenos Aires booked, so it’s really real this time.
How does that translate to this blog? I’m not sure yet. I’d like to get back to posting, and I do think there’s a gap in this super-packed travel blog market for our tips and experiences. But will we have enough access to internet and free time to make this a viable project during our unsettled year? Will I want to be stopping along the way to share our lives, or should we just concentrate on living them? If I do start the blog up again, how will it be similar or different to what I started more than two years ago?
I have no answers to any of those questions. But I do have that one-way ticket to Buenos Aires, and that’s enough for me right now.
After a few months mulling over the possibility of buying a caravan and driving around Australia this January, we’ve completely changed our minds last-minute and decided to jet off for a 3-week Pacific Island holiday instead.
Vanuatu is known as a more rugged option in the Pacific Islands, while still providing a lot of options for travellers. We plan to move at a nice, relaxed pace (in direct contrast to our usual 2-week sprints around countries like Mongolia and Myanmar) as we explore the three main islands in Vanuatu.
If you’re interested in learning more about Vanuatu, check out these blog posts and articles that we’ve consulted for ideas:
Free Your Mind Travel, the most useful set of posts we’ve found, with lots of little-known advice and budget-conscious tips.
And my favourite, The Guardian has a piece on a more luxurious version of a Vanuatu holiday, but reading it made me very excited for our trip!
Stay tuned for updates after this trip– I’m still not sure about the direction our blog will take in 2017, given that a long-term trip doesn’t look feasible until 2018, but I think given how few resources we’ve found that explain travellers’ experiences in Vanuatu, we may have to fill that void with some more blog posts of our own.
Having lived in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs for several years now, we are sometimes asked for ideas for travel activities and recommendations from friends and family members. While the Lonely Planet and other guidebooks are helpful, the people who seek us out are usually looking for something a bit different. Here are seven of our favourite places to point travellers to Melbourne to for fun and off-the-beaten-track activities in our city.
Eat at Welcome to Thornbury – a vibrant food truck park & bar in a converted car wash away from the city but accessible by tram. They have different selections of food trucks every night but always enough variety to satisfy everyone.
Friday nights at the NGV – see the National Gallery of Victoria in the evening with live music and a bar. Your $30 ticket includes the special exhibit (right now it’s Degas but that might change by December) and sometimes a special talk about the art on display.
If you ask a North American what a long-haul flight means, most will tell you about the torture of a 7-hour flight to Europe or the time they spent 16 hours in transit to South America.
When you ask an Australian, that’s a short flight! A flight from Sydney to LA takes about 15 hours, and that’s not counting any other destinations on either side. Getting to Europe usually means going through the Asia or the Middle East for a longish layover.
Between the two of us, we’ve done dozens of these types of trips now. It never gets any less annoying, but I’ve found a few good tricks to make the experience of flying long distances a bit more bearable: