The Two Types of Traveller

The Two Types of Traveller

Today I got back from a long-awaited and highly expensive holiday with my boyfriend. It was as we were preparing to fly back from Cairns to Sydney this morning that I realised for the first time that we have a completely opposite method of travelling, which makes for a highly stressful two hours: goodbyyyye fingernails. In an attempt to make light of this situation, here is a (hopefully) comical post on the two types of traveller (HAHAHA I’m FINE, honestly). Type 1 – Me Most likely has a trip itinerary, maybe even has a money belt and/or document wallet – hey, don’t hate on my organizational skills. Makes a packing list, most likely including ‘just in case’ items that won’t even leave their suitcase on the holiday. Packs suitcase 24 hours before departure. Frets over the weight of their case in case they have to pay $25 a kilo (here’s looking at you, Tigerair). Frets over the weight and size of their hand luggage in case it won’t fit in the overhead lockers. Books transport to the airport well in advance of the departure day. Arrives at the airport the moment that check-in opens, so there’s plenty of time to browse duty free, and enjoy a nice cup of coffee and a cheese croissant. Spends at least half an hour sitting at the flight gate pre-boarding wondering why they got to the airport so early. Type 2 – My boyfriend Doesn’t even know how long they are going on holiday for. Doesn’t know where they are staying. Is probably unsure of which city they are even flying into. Due...
Problems in Chiang Mai

Problems in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is great, but it sure can be frustrating sometimes. I think that problems in Chiang Mai can be loosely sorted into different categories, as can be seen below. How do you feel? Are there problems in Chiang Mai that you have experienced that annoy you? Or do you think that this is a relaxing paradise? Let me know what you think! Problems in Chiang Mai in Rainy Season Having no idea whether to take a poncho, not taking a poncho, and then being caught in a monsoon. Dressing for rain and cold for a twenty minute storm, followed by blissful sunshine. Dressing for blissful sunshine, for it to be followed by a twenty minute storm. Food Problems in Chiang Mai The girl that works in the Burmese restaurant on Nimman. The guy who wraps his salad wraps loosely in the Salad Concept. The constant internal battle of craving pizza and burgers, but not wanting to be that western stereotype. The size of the coffees – why are you so small and yet so expensive? Forgetting to ask for your khao soy/green curry/red curry etc. ‘not spicy’. The fact that it’s acceptable for waiters and waitresses to sit around and play on their phones instead of serve you. Not being able to focus because you’re daydreaming about the South Gate market Thai gyoza. The smell of dried squid. Driving Problems in Chiang Mai Doing your hair then remembering your moped helmet. Constantly having tuk tuk drivers and songteaw’s shout at you/beep their horn/slow down – I LIVE HERE. Getting a songteaw for them to try and overcharge you – I...
A Message For Men Who Think It Is Appropriate to Catcall

A Message For Men Who Think It Is Appropriate to Catcall

Disclaimer I am not saying that every single man is like this, and likes to catcall women. My life is full of very wonderful, caring, lovely, protective men. However, unfortunately there seems to be a large proportion of people who are tarnishing their name with socially and morally unacceptable behaviour. I am also not saying that there aren’t women who are just as bad. This can work both ways, however this post is based on my personal experiences, feelings, and those experiences of others around me.  This is not going to be a glamourous post. Recently, something that has always bothered me has been brought into the centre of my attention, and I’ve had enough, so I’m going to voice my opinion over it. I have seen three posts on Facebook in the last two weeks from girls who have been treated grossly inappropriately by men. Examples of Catcall Behaviour The first was from a 19 year old girl who is currently doing a solo trip around the US. She was in Hawaii at the time, and missed a bus, so began to walk to the next stop to pass the time. En route, she passed two older men sitting on a bench. As she passed, they called out to her to get her attention. Being alone in an unfamiliar place can be terrifying, especially at that age, so she continued to walk without responding. This angered one of the men, who began to follow her, shouting as he did so. He started by repeatedly trying to get her attention, and this really scared her, so she told him to...
Do You Know What Grinds My Gears? The McDonald’s Traveller

Do You Know What Grinds My Gears? The McDonald’s Traveller

Travelling is a fantastic experience for a variety of reasons varying from obvious to obscure, but the most rewarding part of traveling is that it gives you the chance to completely escape the four walls of your normal routine. If done correctly, travelling will put you in brand new situations in which you will have to think on your feet and make a decision that can potentially alter the rest of your trip. This is an incredible opportunity, and it means that travellers can develop their sense of spontaneity, break away from social ‘norms’, and say ‘YES’ to experiences that you could only dream of from your dreary office back home. Most travellers are great, well-rounded people: open-minded, liberal, culturally aware, and exciting, with incredible stories to tell. So why on Earth is there a collection of people being a ‘McDonald’s traveller’ and insisting on solely eating fast food and drinking Starbucks? It’s tourist season here in Chiang Mai, which means a number of things. The roads are busier, the prices are higher, the weather is cooler, there’s a lot of sunburn, lots of elephant pants, and too many vests. My boyfriend and I like to play a game. There’s a great café at Thapae Gate that we like to go to in order to treat ourselves to an occasional brunch. It’s a great location for people watching, as Thapae Gate is the easiest landmark for tourists to use in Chiang Mai. No matter what the time of day, there will always be a steady stream of travellers passing the window, backpacks on, looking slightly lost and confused (the best look...
Do You Know What Grinds My Gears? Halloween Hoes

Do You Know What Grinds My Gears? Halloween Hoes

I love Halloween: I genuinely believe that I was put on this planet to smother myself in liquid latex and artificial blood and drag my feet around, pretending to be a dead child. Why else would I be a 24 year old who looks half my age? There must be a reason I was given these youthful genes, amiright? And it’s definitely not be one of those Halloween hoes. With that in mind, do you know what really grinds my gears? Heading out into Chiang Mai on Halloween, having splattered your white-tiled bathroom with cheap, gloopy, 60 baht blood, partially blinded by your creepy contact lenses that are making your eyes stream, white face paint clogging your pores, fully aware that you’re going to be stained for a minimum of three days, to find that at least half of the population of your town seemed to have misunderstood the concept of Halloween, and have come in a great representation of Halloween hoes. What is Halloween? There are two opinions of the origins of modern day Halloween. Firstly, it can be believed that it comes from the Celtic festival of Sahmain, the day that marked the transition between the harvest season and Winter. It has the association with the undead due to the belief that this seasonal transition acted as a bridge to the ‘otherworld’, ergo it was quite a sinister and somber event. The alternative, and most widely recognised belief its of the connections with All Hallow’s Eve, the night before the three-day celebration of Allhallowtide, when people look back on their dead, and pay them respect. What are...