I’m currently on a Greyhound coach from Coffs Harbour to Surfer’s Paradise. It’s boiling, it smells like 90% of the passengers haven’t showered in about three weeks, there’s a couple sat in front having the loudest sloppy kisses I’ve ever heard, but I’m feeling pretty good.
I’ve just discovered that I think I’m going to be ok out here.
Let me explain. We’ve just had a 40 minute stop at a service station so that people can eat, drink, smoke, pee, do whatever they wish. During this break, a lone American girl comes over and asks my step-brother Chris if she can have a cigarette. The three of us start talking about our plans for our time in Oz, and Chris and I mention that we’re staying in a hostel in Surfer’s Paradise.
‘American girl’ (we didn’t get her name) instantly pulled a face upon hearing this.
My initial thoughts were; “Snobby cow”, until she followed this up with; “Woah, a hostel? Too expensive!”
Intrigued, we decided to dig a little deeper. It turns out that American Girl got a tax refund back in Colorado, and decided to book a flight to Sydney on a whim. She has the remaining $300 to spend, and has camped out in a tent since she arrived three days ago. She hitchhiked her way to Coffs Harbour and the driver insisted on buying her a Greyhound ticket up to Byron Bay. All I could say to that was; “Rather you than me!”
When you consider that the packet of cigarettes Chris just bought cost him $20, and that a beer in Sydney was costing around $10 on average, I think you’ll agree she’s going to need all the luck she can get!
I don’t know what I was worrying about!
How do you manage to travel cheap? Let me know your top tips in the comments (and I’ll pass them on if I see her in Byron Bay!)