Explore & Inspire, Travel Tips & Ideas

50 Things That Make You Addicted To Travelling – Part 1


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There is nothing like travelling to broaden the mind and expand your view of the world. It’s THE best way of learning not only about others but about yourself. Be careful though, because travelling is like a drug and you become addicted to the next trip, the next adventure, the next experience – albeit a positive one.

If you’re like me, travel brings out the best in my personality, it extracts from me an indescribable feeling of joy and edginess that both scares and excites me at the same time. This insanity stays with me as I travel, keeps me on my toes and stretches me to explore things I may not do at home. I suffer withdrawal if I don’t get that fix of airports, experimenting with different food and meeting local cultures. (more…)

Explore & Inspire, Outdoor Education, Travel Tips & Ideas

Snake Bite First Aid from an Outdoor Educator


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I’m a professional Outdoor Educator and have been since 1989. I’ve never seen a lot of snakes in my line of work but my friends say that’s because I’m too busy being bitten by them rather than seeing them. So here is the story of how I’ve come to be bitten twice and what I call an occupational hazard in our industry.

The first one was in my backyard in 1991 in that well forested and bushy suburb of Ashwood (not!). The juvenile brown snake bit my hand while I was fishing under the shed for star pickets. It was clear that it hadn’t envenomated but still a trip to ED was required. Tick – home within an hour. (more…)

Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

MECWA Op Shop – Auburn


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Each MECWAcare store has its own personality reflecting the location, its staff and volunteers. The stores all share in the same ideal, offering quality second-hand and vintage products and clothing, at prices not found in the high street stores.

From designer label dresses, kitchen and household utensils or just a good book to curl up with – you are sure to find something to take home when you visit one of our three MECWAcare Opportunity Shops.

All funds raised through the sale of goods in the Opportunity Shops go towards MECWAcare‘s important work with older people and people with a disability.

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Explore & Inspire, Living Simply

15 Signs You’re An Adventurer, An Explorer, A Traveller


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I’m always so glad to home to my own bed and the next morning, I’m thinking about my next trip. What’s it like for you? How do you know if you’re an Adventurer or an Explorer or a Traveller? I know because of the list below. You may have more to add. Some of these might not fit with you. But I guarantee that some of these will sit with you deeply and connect with you.

So here goes:

1. Planning the trip is gets you excited and revved up for travelling

Whether you make it up as you go along, go through a travel agent to book it all or are part of a tour, it’s all in the pre trip stuff that gets the juices flowing. What route will I take, where will I stay, who will I meet, will there be toilets and so on. The exploring of what is ahead of you is so much fun. I remember travelling to Burma on an Intrepid Trip and was buddied up with another woman of a similar age. We got along well without living in each others pockets. When you fart on the en suite and know your new travel buddy heard it – the barriers are dropped and a different friendship begins. (more…)