This is such an easy post to write because I found the toilets in Fiji to be mostly western style and very clean. The few squat toilets I came across in street cafes and a few stores were exceptionally clean. Of course, I may have been lucky because I’ve read where others have had bad experiences.
Hotels are always western toilets and you can expect the usual toilet paper. Rarely is there a bidet or hose as you find in some Asian countries. It’s easy to identify between men and women by their signage is in English.
If you’re coming from Australia, New Zealand or Britain, the power supply and plugs are easy. If you’re coming from other destinations, you’ll need to do bring the appropriate plugs and convertors.
Most of the larger hotels an resorts in Fiji offer universal outlets for both 240v or 110v appliances or 11ov adaptors. If you are coming from the U.S. you’ll need to source an Australian 3 pin design.
As a regular traveller, I’m often asked about managing money while overseas including ATM’s, traveller’s cheques and so on. So here is a brief summary of money in Fiji.
The current Fijian Dollar has been in existence since 1969, replacing the Fijian Pound. Even though Fiji has been a republic since 1983, Queen Elizabeth still appeared on their currency until 2013, when they changed the notes completely to feature local flora and fauna. The Fiji Dollar is like Australia’s decimal system and easy to use. The coins available are 5, 10, 20, and 50 cent coins and $1 and $2 coins. The notes that you’ll come into contact with are 5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 much like Australia.
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The food in Fiji is a wonderful blend of local and international influences. The mixture of fresh, local ingredients that you find in most tropical regions is bountiful – fish, taro, coconut, sweet potatoes, fruit all made traditionally with cooking methods that have been passed down from generation to generation. As well there is a large Indian and Chinese influence which makes for a true culinary treat.
One of the favourite meals was a lovo where meat, fish and vegetables are wrapped in banana leaves are then placed on top of heated stones, cooked for a couple of hours and served hot.
My trip to Fiji was for seven days so I needed a minimal amount of clothes and extras. I was staying at The Novotel so knew there would be towels, some toiletries and so on. This meant I could reduce what I took by around 20% on other trips and therefore, decided to travel with my One Planet Traverse daypack as carry-on luggage.
I use this One Planet daypack a lot for those smaller trips. It’s volume is 38 litres which is a generous size for a short trip. I like the simplicity of this pack. Only one pocket on the top and minimal straps that annoy me because they get snagged and caught on things.
Fiji, like many Pacific and Asian countries allows you to travel light and with the minimal amount of clothes.
As I’ve written in previous posts, I allow for three sets of clothes.
- One you’re wearing
- One you’re washing and it’s hanging up to dry
- One is in your pack
To say I’d be lost without my iPhone 6+ would be an understatement. Last year, when I had an iPhone 5 I dropped it in a lake. Doh! A colleague suggested I put it in a bag of rice and after a few hours it was fine. But for those few hours I couldn’t listen to my audio book, get emails, make phone calls, navigate my way to the airport, tell the time (I didn’t wear a watch in those days), even at the airport I couldn’t kill time playing Spell Tower.
What I missed most of all was listening to books. I’m not normally a fiction person but audio books has opened new doors. Genres I wouldn’t normally be interested in I’ve tried out and discovered some great works.
Plus I go through stages. First it was the biography / autobiography stage. Then I tried the dystopia books, then crime followed by true crime, sprinkled with self improvement and classics.