Eating healthy is ridiculously expensive. I am trying my absolute best to fit into this whole health revolution happening in Perth right now but its really not easy spending $45 on a raw salad at the Raw Kitchen when you have a Stunner meal at Hungry jacks going for 4.95 with a free storm dessert. Avocados at 3.99 each that last for about 24 hours before turning brown is an expensive substitute for butter to put on my 7.99 gluten free bread slice which is about the size of a drink coaster. Did I mention I was also a university student as well? The word Student just has the connotations of being poor. Apparently, there was a cheap solution which I read about in a copy of my free magazine which I get from my gym. Note the word free. Growing a vegetable patch. It’s number one benefit was the money savings. Anything that would save me money was something I was willing to try. Its second benefit was the health benefits. Growing your own meant you knew there was no preservatives or whatever else goes into your tomatoes these days. I decided that I’d swing by bunnings and pick up some packets of vegetable seeds. Lucky for me, Dad had already tried making his own vegetable patch in the past so there was a nice square box of land for me to plant on. His was unsuccessful, so I hoped it was just his poor gardening skills and not the soil. The problem with growing vegetables is that they apparently don’t grow overnight. They take a few weeks, or in the case of some, months. During that wait, I had to continue buying vegetables and overpriced avocados. However, after an impatient and expensive 6 weeks, I had grown my first tomato. It was only about the size of a ping pong ball, and I don’t eat tomato’s unless its in a sauce, but I had grown it. Leeks and carrots were next to sprout in the following weeks. Today I have a number of vegetables which I pick and eat regularly, it has saved me quite a bit of money, and I’ve added some herbs to my patch as well now which grow even faster and are always handy to have around the house! The best thing about it though is Dad has pretty much taken over which makes it low maintenance for me. Although, I’m hoping his previous gardening ability was just a one off…
One of the most amazing things you can do in life, is to at one point conquer a fear. For me, that fear was the ocean. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beach, and I love swimming in the shallow bits and floating over the waves, but there’s just something unnerving about what’s hiding beneath those waves. In particular, sharks. Its bizarre, because I find them fascinating as an animal. Majestic and intelligent, but they absolutely terrify me. So, back to conquering my fear of the ocean. I decided that one weekend, I wanted my scuba diving licence. Dad had one, and he used to come home after dives describing colourful reefs and exotic fish. I wanted to explore this underwater world and I knew in doing so, I would be much more confident in the ocean. I did my course with Dolphin Scuba dive at only 13, and was the youngest by about 30 years on the weekend I did the course. It cost about $400 but I have continued to reep the benefits. By far, one of the best experiences of my life. I would recommend it to anyone even considering.
Scuba diving is incredible and having my licence has given me the opportunity to dive with sharks in the goldcoast, the navy pier up in Exmouth, and just casual weekend dives around Perth. Did you know there was sea horses in the swan river? There gorgeous. I’m sure that some of you out there, like me, are a tiny bit afraid of what’s in the ocean. How about finding out?
Everybody likes their alone time. The way I see it, sometimes you can’t please everyone. Sure, the idea of going to Europe with your best group of girlfriends is the ultimate holiday, but just take into consideration the following. If you have a group of 6 friends that want to do exactly the same touristy things you want to do, then congratulations, your going to have no problems and I suggest you keep hold of that friendship for life. The chances are though, that maybe half of you are going to want to do the tourist expeditions and the others would rather dig their eyes out with a blunt spoon then step foot into a museum. The good thing about friendships is that your all different individuals and you all have different tastes, hence that famous quote ‘Opposites attract’. The bad thing is that on group holidays, this can sometimes be a problem. Let me tell you the pro’s of being an overseas traveller with a short story.
I travelled overseas to the UK for four weeks solo last year over the university break. I have family and friends scattered around the country over there and after struggling through my first semester of university, decided to escape the Perth winter and have another summer. I look back now and think about the madness, but most of all how spontaneous it was and how much I grew as a person over them four weeks. I felt like I had reached the top of Mount Everest when I found my connecting gate at Dubai airport for the transfer. It’s little moments like that which make you proud. The best thing is though, you can do what you want. I got to build my own itinery. I know for a fact if my best friend was there, we would have spent more time shopping than seeing the sights. Shopping is great, but you can shop anywhere. In two months time I’m back to the UK with a side trip to Greece with my best friend, and we’ve already had conflicting ideas when discussing what we want to do while were there.
Travelling solo is a fantastic experience, something you’ll only understand if you get out there and try it.