New York City is the city that never sleeps. That line is so cliche but at the same time, there has never been a truer sentence to describe a place. It’s a city that has captivated many – including me and Yann.
After living in Europe for three years, I felt like it was time to move on. I missed living in an English speaking country and interning at NIKE as a graphic designer made me realize that it’s a career path that I’m passionate about – I had a strong design portfolio (from both my Nike and freelance work) and I was excited to see where it would take me.
I loved the Netherlands and wouldn’t mind living in Amsterdam longer, but at the same time, I was ready to see more of the world. Culturally, the US is pretty similar to home, and many people compare Toronto to NYC, but at the same time, it’s really nothing alike. NYC is filled with so many career opportunities (especially in design), interesting people from around the world, and with so much to see and do, you really feel like you’re in the centre of the world. After living in scenic Europe, I really wanted the hustle and bustle of a metropolis.
So halfway through last year, Yann was able to get a transfer to NYC. After I visited him there in June I knew this is where I wanted to stay.
Funnily enough, growing up, if you asked any of my childhood friends, they would all say that I was pretty obsessed with NYC. I dreamed of being an artist and living in an apartment in Greenwich Village. While my travels have taken me to places in Australia and Europe since then, is a bit ironic that my current life isn’t that different from what I imagined so many years ago…
It’s no secret that going to the airports in Australia can be a pain in the neck, as the taxi and uber fares are ridiculously expensive. In fact, according to traveller.com, the cities that have the most expensive taxi airport services are Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne.
However, there are certain ways that you can do to make your commute to the airport cheap and affordable. We discuss the prices you will have to pay for the cab and Uber rides when going to airports in Australia, and of course, the most affordable options.
Taxi fare from the City Business District Airport to the Melbourne Airport: Around 50 AUD
Skybus: 18 AUD
Uber: 39 – 51 AUD
If you are not in a hurry and you have extra time to spare, then try taking a Craigieburn line train from any of the stations on the CBD. Get off at Broadmeadows and walk out of the station all the way to the bus bays and board the route 901 bus going to the Melbourne airport. The cost in total? 6.06 AUD during the weekdays, and 6 AUD during the weekends.
Australia is a country I’m really excited to go back to. Despite all the travels I’ve done across Europe for the past three years, Australia is still one of my favourite countries in the world.
While being out of school and having a full-time job means I can’t travel as much as I’d like to, I also really like the idea of doing one big trip a year. While I’m already planning on spending most of my vacation days in Asia in 2017, my travel goal in 2018 is to go back to Australia, visit all of the places I’ve loved and to explore some new ones as well.
One of my favourite places in Australia is the Sunshine Coast, which is located in Queensland, about an hour north of Brisbane from Caloundra to Cooloola. It’s a popular tourist area, and understandably so, as the area is lined with pristine beaches and home to more national parks than any other area in the state.
Its name, the Sunshine Coast, couldn’t be more accurate, as it really has amazing, warm and sunny weather all year round…averaging more than 300 days of sunshine a year! I was there during Australian winter and it was still warm enough to enjoy the beaches there.
While the Sunshine Coast is easy to access and navigate around, because of the size of the region, car hire companies such as Alpha Car Hire, are great for groups of friends who want to travel together and save money while doing it.
Copenhagen was my last stop before going back to Canada for a bit, and then ultimately, on to NYC. After living in Europe for three years, it was hard to say goodbye, but at the same time, with the ever so competitive flights these days to Europe, I know I’ll be back to visit soon.
Despite all the travelling I’ve done over the years in Europe, one city I’ve always wanted to visit was Copenhagen. Having lived in bad weather countries like the Netherlands and Germany, I always fled south for my vacations, and never gave much thought to visiting the Scandinavian countries.
I’ve wanted to visit Copenhagen for some time now. I love the colourful houses in a style that’s very similar to Amsterdam, the vibrant design scene there, and I’ve been wanting to visit my friend Julie, who I met in Australia a few years back.
Plus, did you know that the Danes have been voted the happiest people on the planet two years in a row?
Here are some photos and fun facts about Denmark!