The first step if you are flying with any average airlines, make sure you have plenty of snacks! Also something for entertainment! On board we had sandwiches, juices, snacks, fluffy pillows and even a blanket! the look on flight attendant’s face was amazing when she saw us carrying so much fluff on board! But who cares if others think this looks ridiculous! Others can enjoy their painful seats and deal with hunger for 4 hours! This was a long flight so we paid extra for the leg room (which was worth it)!
- DO NOT carry things that slows you down from going through the ariport’s security screening.
- Bring food/snacks, water and tooth-brush. (this is extremely important!)
- Utilise your carry-on baggage to its best. Do not exceed the weight and do not pack unnecessary things.
Bring proper pillows. Airline pillows are smelly and uncomfortable (if there is any!)
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Have some form of entertainment.
- Consider paying extra for more leg room.
Landed in Cairns
We realized renting a car was about the same price as a taxi, plus we had more flexibility. It is humid but not too warm yet, in fact it is very refreshing. Standing outside, the airport, watching the sunrise and fragmented raindrops touched our face every now and then.
Something we did not take in mind was how quickly the refreshing whether could turn into a sauna! By 10 am we both could feel the urge of taking a refreshing shower!
In the city…
Driving up and down the Esplanade. It is extremely hard to find a car park! Also sleeping in the car (i.e. “camping”) is prohibited! something we learnt the hard way!
We tried to sleep on the grass but shortly ants and tiny (unknown!) creatures started to eating us alive!
Plan for the best weather. Be mindful of cyclone season (November to April)
Try to avoid travelling during high seasons and school holidays
Mega Dirty, Mega Bat #ZeFrank
Our first encounter with fruit bats (i.e. flying fox) involved gripping our noses and dodging bat sh@t! Regardless, they are fascinating creatures! They are just everywhere!
Fruit bats chuck stuff! Be careful when sitting under a tree! We got nearly killed by thrown mangos!
Living a dream (in a peace of sh@t!)
I always dreamt of travelling in a camper van! it is like travelling like a real nomad! Wherever you roam, is home! no fear of not being able to book a room in high season or being restricted to a certain place! (But buff! We shortly realized we had not considered the whole picture!
We looked at a Hippie Camper Van brochure. It had everything one needed to travel! a bed, a fridge, a sink, a stove and power plugs! And boy the pictures looked glistening! (I always knew the brochures were “slightly” over exaggerated the quality but this time I was way off!
We had nooo idea what we had signed up for!
We underestimated the cost of fuel on those things and the fact that if you are lucky to find a spot in overly booked caravan parks, you still have to pay the same cost that you would at a backpackers’. Due to high level of adrenaline required, I will write the story of the camper van in a separate page!
(At this stage, we had no idea what we had signed up for! we were not going to pick up the camper van until the next three days…)
Your main travelling costs are:
- Car rental
Although at the first glance the camper vans seem to save you money on accommodation, but overall they cost more due to fuel consumption and having to pay for a spot in caravan parks (unless you are a risk taker!).
Just lovely to wander round in Cairns. Many things to do and many nice places to dine! We found out about free fitness classes and I performed some devious moves in the Zumba class! (check out www.facebook.com/officialcairnsesplanade)
We spent the night relaxing, we had a crazy day ahead of us (at the time we did not know yet!)
This was one of the moments when you could not decide what you liked to eat. “What do you want!?… I don’t know it’s not that easy… WHAT DO YOU WANT!? ”…
We wander around for too long for the perfect place. I was getting a bit grumpy. Tina told me she was craving fish with asparagus, some potato and mashed avocado! But how am I supposed to find a place to tick so many boxes!?
We really needed to eat before turning into zombies! so we just popped in the nearest seafood restaurant “The Raw Prawn”. This food turned out to be perfect! As if the Chief could read Tina’s mind!
Great way to end the first night and tomorrow, the real adventure begins…