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Monique is a reformed workaholic. An event, arts and hospitality manager by trade, Monique has recently left her office job in search of a slower and happier existence. After being diagnosed with an anaphylactic food allergy in 2009, Monique is now rekindling her love affair with food and sharing with you the ways to travel safely with a food allergy. Monique is also the author/editor of www.thewomenwho.com

Blog entry: Two months and too many adventures to keep up with

It's now been just over two months since we left Mission Beach and we may not have kept the blog up to date but believe me, we have been collecting stories to retell later. I won't go too much into detail because now that we are living the roadtrip life again things are a lot calmer and we have...

Adulting sucks. Give us back our life of freedom

At the risk of sounding like a ‘typical Millenial’, I hate being an adult. It has been just under 6 months since we re-entered normality (or as we like to call it adulting) and we cannot wait to leave it. Not that we don’t love it here in Mission Beach, we do, we just hate all that we have...

The Ultimate Aussie Tropical Roadtrip

We have had an EPIC time bouncing around Queensland and Northern NSW, however if I had to pick any stretch that really blew me away, it would have to be the inital three weeks that we spent between travelling Townsville and Cape Tribulation in late 2015. From the dry, red-rocky outcrops of Townsville you will pass through luscious waterfalls, pristine...

Learn to Surf Roadtrip: 2 weeks return from Brisbane

This learn to surf roadtrip itinerary will see you hit up seven top surf beaches along the Southern Queensland and Northern NSW coast. You can choose your own way of traveling, but for us it's a mix of budget-conscious and comfortable camping. We will give you our choices of places to stay and things to do and see (for those on...

Stories from FNQ: Blog update

I’m sitting outside under our verandah, listening to the frogs vocally wake up as we get our first day of real rain for the season. In fact, yesterday was the first day that it rained since we moved into our house in Mission Beach. Of course, it rained for nearly the full the two weeks that we spent in...

Life In Tropical North Queensland

When we decided to drop anchor in Mission Beach, a part of Tropical North Queensland for 6 months there were some things that I expected to change in my daily routine. I expected to be hotter, much hotter and for life to run at a slower pace. I expected to be frustrated that I could not swim in the ocean...

Mission Beach: An Island Paradise on the Australia Mainland

It was on a midday walk along the palm-tree fringed beach that the thought hit me, 'what if we never find a place more beautiful than this?'. Apart from being filled with awe at just how magnificent life is here in Mission Beach, I'm also scared that we have peaked too early. I know that everyone thinks that when they are...

How to find a working holiday job in Australia

Whether you're dreaming of spending a year in Australia or you're here and running out of money, one of the best ways to experience true Aussie life is to get a job and get to know the locals. In Australia we work hard and we play hard, so if you think you have what it takes, read on to find out...

Long term budget travel: the Colour of Sunshine story

Image a life of travel, new adventures, constantly having new stimuli, never getting stale in your shitty job or bored of your local cafe or bar. Image a life where the moment that you wake up and think 'I wish I could just pack up and leave this place', you could. A life with no debts, no accumulation of...

Tips for budget travel in Japan

Japan often gets overlooked by budget travellers as being simply out of reach. Too expensive. Too complicated. Too far away. This is simply not true. You need to compare travelling Japan to travelling Europe or the USA. Many travellers compare Japan to South East Asia, but Japan should not be classified alongside holiday destinations such as Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia....

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