As you all know, I love to travel, real shocker there. Seeing as it’s now been a year since I came back from travelling and started my life as a uni student, I thought it would be fitting to tell you guys a bit about my spontaneous trip to the gorgeous islands of Fiji.
So let’s go back to the beginning, I decided to book a flight to Fiji the week before I left. I had completed by bus pass up the east coast of Australia, and still had 2 weeks left on my VISA. With time to spare and no other plans, I thought why not go to Fiji, it’s cheap to fly there from Australia and I’d always wanted to go, so before I knew it, I had booked a flight, chosen my island hopping pass and I was off a week later.
My flight was at 3am (for those of you that do travel, you know that cheap doesn’t always mean good flight times, so it was an early start for me that day). The flight was smooth and I was super excited to arrive and just see what it was like. My mum has been to Fiji before and had always talked about how beautiful it was and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Even the flight over was stunning, looking out of the window at the clear blue water and turquiose colours, it’s fair to say I was pretty eager to land.
I landed in Nadi and made my way to my first hostel. This was a 34-bed dorm…! Now I’ve stayed in hostels before and stayed in big rooms, but 34 was breaking a record for me. Let’s just say, it wasn’t the quietest nights sleep.
Nevertheless, I woke up the next day feeling refreshed and ready to explore the Yasawa Islands, but before all this could start, we had to get on a ferry. This is one of the only ways to get around all the islands, it’s like a taxi service with little boats coming off the islands and making their way to the big boat with everyone and all of their belongings.
The next week consisted of lying on every white sand beach I could find, snorkeling 3 times a day and soaking up the gorgeous sun. I went on a morning walk to the top of one of the mountains, to see the sunrise, which did not disappoint.
Watched the locals play volleyball, and fall asleep in one of their many hammocks, and just watch the sunset every evening, it was bliss.
I got the chance to swim in underwater caves, visit secluded islands, and snorkel with Reef sharks (this was a big deal to me, as sharks is one of my biggest fears, so I was determined to overcome this, and as much as I’d like to say I am, I’m still a little nervous of them, but we’re getting there!).
The one part of Fiji that maybe people don’t tell you about is that every morning you will wake up with a new mosquito bite, I cannot tell you how many bites were on my feet … too many to count. Also, I’ll be honest, because I went travelling by myself, there were times when I felt a little lonely. As amazing as it is to be able to do whatever you want to do, whenever, and I recommend it to anyone who is thinking of doing it, just be aware that there are times that you will feel a little more secluded than people who say are travelling with a friend or partner. I was lucky enough to meet a really lovely couple on an island called ‘Barefoot Manta’ and as you can probably guess, this island was known for the Manta Rays (no surprises there). I especially bonded with Chris, over our mutual love for Instagram, photography, and fashion. He was a photographer, and had appeared in a few Vogue books (you know the little coffee table ones, cool I know) and happened to have attented university in London and studied the exact same course that I am currently studying. This is what I love about travelling, it is so unexpected.
I can’t wait for my next set of travels, and of course, I will keep you guys posted.