I love to travel and experience other cultures and people as much as i can, airbnb has been a great outlet for doing just that. Its a more personal way of enjoying each place, hotels are not me at all, it all seems too robotic and impersonal.
Everywhere i go i always check through airbnb before booking through any other site or business unless i have friends that live there with a spare bed.
So far my experience with airbnb has been great, it's nice hearing how people choose to live and hear what they like to do with their time. You learn more through traveling and from other people than any book off the shelf. Plus they let you know about some cool things that arent in the travel books about their particular area.
I studied animation for video games, but ended working in mining. Even still it was interesting to see what goes into making a game. Although now, i see all the short cuts the programmers and animators have made to keep within budget or make the deadline.
Unfortunately video game animators dont get paid that well and the cost of living in australia is high, so i chose not to work in that industry.
5 things i can't live without
All breeds bar the hairless ones, they look weird, although given time to get to know one better could change my mind.
- My parents.
Brought me up in an open style household. Being able to talk to your parents about anything without any repercussions growing up played a huge part in who i am now. Same with the music influences, soul, funk, reggae and a bit of disco.
I was brought up in a music household, dad played bass in a funk band. And there was music always being played at home. These days i collect it in digital format. Country and western and blues are the only genres i cant get into. Everything else is on the table!
- Kingston Biscuits.
I have to stay away from these things! If a packet is put in front of me i will sit there and eat all of them in one sitting, with a cup of tea of course! Pretty sure everyone out there has something similar with a certain type of tasty snack.
Bit of a late bloomer i didnt really start travelling until i turned 30, i went to tokyo for my birthday in 2008. I've been back again since then. Italy, Sardinia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Germany, France, Austria, Czech Republic, UK, UAE, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Thailand also so far. Been to New Zealand the most, but i dont count that really, its where my family is from so its to be expected.
In a way i'm glad i did start late, i think if i went when i was 18-26 the experience wouldve been a lot different. Mainly focussing on partying and drinking and eventually not seeing much of the country your visiting at all. I truly have the bug now, i am working towards a change of industry just so i can travel for 6 months out of every year.
I normally just buy a one way plane ticket and sort out the first week of accommodation then wing it from there, you never know who you will meet along the way, or things you may stumble across that will change the direction the wind blows you too.
Unfortunately though not planning ahead can make it difficult for finding a short notice booking, you cant win them all i suppose.