Thrift-Shopping in Sydney

Australia is often known for being more expensive compared to the United States. This applies for a wide range of things regarding daily needs. So how about shopping for things like clothes? Thankfully, Australia does not lack good thrift stores. And Sydney has quite a number of it. One of them is Vinnies Glebe. This blue-colored store houses a variety of items including a large selection of clothes. This store is rather easy to spot on a busy street thanks to its signature blue and logo that always accompanies its stores. You can find stuff like dresses from Princess Highway for less than $15, only a tiny fraction of the price. Here are some other options:

Wayside OP Shop at Potts Point 

This thrift store is a part of the Wayside Chapel that operates it with a mission of community service. It’s a small shop with most of the stuff sold being clothes, with a few other items as well. Things you can find other than shops are books, CDs and even kitchenware. There is an all $5 clothing rack that you can browse through. A pair of jeans costs $10 to $20 depending on the brand. Shopping here won’t only give you some good deals, but would also allow you to contribute to a good cause. While generally very affordable, some items’ prices are on the steeper side of the bargain when it comes to thrift stores price range. But it’s noteworthy that this shop is run to fund a charity.

Salvos Stores Michinbury, New South Wales

This is a huge store with a warehouse style architecture. Block a couple of hours in your day when traveling if you’re serious about your thrifting endeavor. There are $2 as well as $5 clothing trolleys that you can browse through to find some gems. 

Salvos Stores also sell a rather huge collection of homewares and furnitures. You can find sofas, beds, coffee tables, dining tables, to little items such as flower pots, plates, cups, and more. You can even furnish the whole house with this single store. Quality of clothing vary. It’s easy to find those in good condition that seemed to have never been used at all. You just have to browse persistently enough to find them. 

Lifeline Shop, 46 Sydney Road

This store has somewhat of a niche of what they sell—which is mostly classic styles and clothes that can be considered leaning to the more “formal” side. Those who like to be well-dressed at all times would find this store a delight when traveling and shopping in Sydney. Those travelers who are looking for work outfits would find this store has an abundance of options here. You can get a DKNY dress for less than $30 and a Dianna Ferrari dress for less than $20. Some pretty good deals on dressy stuff and branded items. Once you’ve gotten your fill of clothes shopping, head to the second floor. The section is filled with books of all kinds and genre. You can find secondhand books as low as $1 as well as some kids book collections. The store’s profit goes to the Lifeline organization for suicide prevention and crisis support. 

How to Get Around When You’re Traveling to Australia

Going to new places means that you need to get to figure out the place from the most basic elements. This includes things like getting around. Public transportation is a preferable option for many travelers. And Australia is a huge place. This means long roads and wide distances. How do you figure out Australia’s public transportation?  

Determine where you’re going, first and foremost 

The information regarding the means of transportation that you can take in Australia entirely depends on where you’re going. No one region is the same. For instance, you can explore Sydney through its popular light railway option, often referred to as tram, but on cities like Perth, that option is not available. And like many other countries, trains or subway system is only available in the major metropolitan cities. Capital cities like Canberra and Darwin do not have train facilities in place.

Getting to know the types of public transportations available to you

In Oz, there are are roughly four types of common public transportations. They are trains, light rails, buses, and ferries. Ferries as a part of the public transportation system are only available in three capital cities, but you can use your commuter card for getting onto one. However, not all of these transportation options would be available to you. It all depends on where you plan on going. As a general rule, the bigger the city, the more options you will have. 

Obtaining a smart card to ride your public transportation of choice 

Any and all transportation methods in Australia already switched to the card system. Individual paper tickets are still in place but the use of it would be so much more inconvenient for you. The fare using card is also cheaper compared to when you opt to use individual tickets.  

Different cards apply for different region 

While this is clearly rather inconvenient for many travelers planning to go to several areas of Australia, this is the case. However, you don’t have to worry about this if you only plan to travel one area.  In which, this is actually the most recommended path to take—whether it’s your first time or your many times visiting Australia. 

Here’s the list of capital cities with their own commuter cards:

  • Sydney: Opal Card; it can be used on trains, light rails/trams, buses, and ferries.
  • Melbourne: Myky Card; the same as Sydney above, minus the ferries.
  • Canberra: MyWay Card; it can be used on buses.
  • Perth: SmartRider; it can be used on trains, buses, as well as ferries. 
  • Brisbane: Go Cardl; like Sydney, it can be used on trains, trams or light rails, and ferries.
  • Hobart: Greencard: it can be used on buses. 
  • Darwin: Tap & Ride Card; buses. 

It’s also recommended to find out information on how to get from the airport to your designated city or place. In some areas, certain methods of public transportation that is available in the city may not be available at the airport. For instance, there is no train stations currently at the Melbourne airport even though the facility is readily available inside the city. So you’ll have to take the bus from the airport to get you to your accommodation. 

Staying Fit during Your Business Travel

Not everyone is traveling for fun. Some travelers also do travel for business purpose. This is also why business travel is more stressful than having regular travel like for fun, relaxing, or relieving stress itself. Business travel means you don’t have much time to do fun things to release your stress. Thus, it is important to stay fit during the travel so you will stay energized doing all the task at hand. Aside from keeping you busy, a business trip can also make you feel like the most lifeless person on Earth due to extreme boredom. Some people doing business trip can stay at a hotel for hours. It can affect your eating habit for sure. Eating might be a good option but it can lead to another problem for your health.

How to stay fit during your business trip?

Business trip can be less stressing if you do some precautions and make some changes during. You can also stay fit during your trip so you don’t have to worry about gaining some weight or getting sick. Here are things you can do to stay fit during your business travel:

  • It is highly recommended to make your travel plan prior to your trip. It includes how you make healthy choices during your trip including the schedule of your regime, options of dishes, and relaxing activities you can do. Making this type of plan won’t take hours to finish. In fact, it only take a few minutes to complete. You just need to go for the general plan so not to be too specific. Planning everything too detailed can cause you some stress so you’d better not to do it.
  • Your business travel might be arranged by your company or yourself. If you are the one that plans the overall things, it is highly advised to choose the right accommodation. It is important that you stay at accommodation that can help you stay fit easier by providing amenities and facilities you will need. For example, you can book a hotel that has an on-site gym so you can still maintain your regime. You may also need an accommodation that provides basic kitchenette such as microwave and functional appliances so you can prepare your own healthy meals.
  • Bring your own entertainment to stay sane during the buzz of your business trip. There must be times when you feel bored. Fill in your free time by entertaining yourself so not only is your physical health but your minds is as well. Do not underestimate what stress can cause your body with. Stress can lead to physical sickness as well.
  • It is not recommended to drink (alcohol beverages) a lot during your business travel. You might want to let loose so you can feel better during all the stress. However, alcohol can cause serious problems (such as fatigue) so make sure to limit your intake of alcohol. Instead of going out for drinks, it is better to use your spare time during a business trip to rest and sleep properly.