Hello my lovelies, 

So thought I’d do a little blog post filled with my love for Cornwall for any of you planning trips there this year or in the near future! 

I’ve got family in Cornwall so grown up in the Mousehole/Penzance area as my second home for my whole life. It is one my favourite places in the world! There are so many beautiful hidden coves, amazing beaches, countryside walks and so so much to explore!!

Cornwall has so much to cover so I thought I’d split this post into sections, starting with sharing the areas I’m familiar with and have spent a lot of time exploring over the years and then a section on some other places I’d recommend! Honestly could write blog post after blog post about the individual places as there is so much to see so will start where I can and I hope it helps In some small way!

MOUSEHOLE- Penzance 

Mousehole is a gorgeous little fishing village just outside of Penzance, my family home is walking distanced from here so I adore being here. Its lovely place to go for a walk see the harbour, go to the Deli cafe for coffee or dinner, visit 2ForeStreet for dinner, get local ice cream! Visit The Rockpool cafe for the best tea and scones and explore this little village!

This area and penzance is also near some incredible walks and beaches, so I’ve written some of my absolute faves below!

My favourite beaches near Mousehole (all driving distance- it’s defiantly ideal to have a car to explore Cornwall) – 

Porthcurno beach- beautiful beach to spend the day! Can walk up from the beach to The Minack Theatre too and book a show from the amazing open air theatre with gorgeous views from the cliffs!

Treen Beach- There are two ways to visit this incredible beach, either directly from the top of Treen (Pedn Vounder Beach) down the cliffside onto this amazing spot or up from Porthcurno along the cliff side if you fancy more of a hike! Treen is more of a tricky beach to get down to and best to go to when low tide as at high tide most of the beach is covered. There are no steps and a vertical downward path so wear good trainers and be ready for the walk down! But once you are there the beach is breathtaking! 

Sennen Beach- one of my favourite beaches, with the whitest sand and blue water! This spot is my favourite place to surf! And if you are looking for surfing lessons with an amazing company I highly recommend Smart Surf school! – https://www.smartsurfschool.com ! There are also some amazing Airbnb round this area with Aspect holidays or Airbnb with some lovely spots/walks nearby! 

Lands end: Sennen is also close to Lands End- The end of the Land! A great place to visit to see the amazing views and a lovely spot at sunset on a nice day!

To do in Penzance:

The Jubilee pool- an amazing outdoor lido, with a cute cafe for a fun day of swimming! The water is now heated up by the earths core in part of the pool and is a fun spot to visit if you love swimming! (I believe with covid you now have to book in advance to visit)

Trengwainton gardens- Lovely gardens to visit and wander around!

Book a trip to the Scilly Isle- From Penzance you can get a helicopter or boat to the beautiful Isle of Scilly, you can go for a day trip or even book stays on the Island too! Filled with lots of beautiful scenery, usually lots of seals and lovely wildlife! It really is a must if you manage to find a place to stay and have the time to visit!

St Michaels Mount- Is a tidal island in Mount’s bay! When the tide is out you are able to walk over to the mount and explore the ancient castle aswell as pop to the island cafe! On shore in Mount’s bay you can see St Michaels Mount out to sea! One of my favourite spots to go is the Goldophin restaurant with views looking out to St Michaels Mount and lovely food!

Favourite places to visit in Cornwall:

I’m now going to list some of my favourite spots/places to visit and beaches in Cornwall, of course Cornwall is quite big so there is lots to see and do so really I need to sit down and create individual blog posts for each place but even then the lists would be endless so going to list my favourites below so depending on where you are visiting you can research some of those places too!

If there’s any places you’d recommend too then please please comment below as it’s lovely finding out about new hidden gems too! 

-Polly Joke- National Trust beach, beautiful unspoilt beach that is such a gem!!

-Eden Project 

-St Michael’s Mount (low tide so you can walk to the mount) close to Marazion beach 🌊 walk to the mount 

-Mousehole village 

-The Jubilee pool Lido in Penzance 

-Trip to the Scilly Isle (by helicopter or boat) 

-St Ives village- go to Carbis bay, Porthmeor beach & porthminster beach 

-Gwithian beach or to Mexico Towans Beach 18 min drive from St Ives 

-Porthkidney beach- 13 min drive from st Ives. 

-Prussia cove 

-Pentire steps  next to Bedruthan Steps 

-Polly Joke National trust beach 

-Kynance cove Or Mullion Cove both in- lizard Peninsula 🌊

-Lands end for sunrise or sunset

-Sennen Cove (near Lands End) go surfing with @smartsurfschool 

-Newquay 

Beaches- Great Western Beach , Fistral Beach , Watergate Bay. Porth Beach , Whipsiderry Beach  & Holywell Bay Beach! 

-Falmouth, Gyllngvase Beach or Swanpool little beach,  Helford River – very scenic

Food and drink places in Cornwall:

For me this is hard to answer as I’m usually in one area but I’ve put together some of my faves plus some of the ones recommend from friends and family below just in case:

Prawn On the Lawn- In Padstow

Mariners in Rock in Padstow

Pucellis In Padstow 

Star Garter In Falmouth 

Verdant Seafood Bar Falmouth 

Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn 

Lewis’s Fish & Chips in Newlyn 

Rockpool Cafe Mousehole 

2 Fore Street Mousehole Restaurant 

The Godolphin Hotel and Restaurant in Marion oppersite St Michaels mount. 

The Smuggler’s Cott in Looe

The Sardine Factory in Looe 

The Bowgie in Crantock 

The Smugglers Den Inn in Cubert

Fort Inn in Newquay 

Lewinnick Lodge in Newquay 

The Fox’s Revenge in Newquay 

The Stable Newquay

The Rum & Crab in St Ives

Hubbox in St Ives

Blas Burgers in St Ives

Hope in some small way this blog post was helpful!

Have the best adventures if you do go!! 

Love, India Moon x

Hello lovelies, 

Hope you are all well! Thought I’d do some dedicated blog posts over the next week and a half to my favourite UK destinations starting with my home town Brighton!!

My Cornwall Blog posts is coming later on in the week, as well as my top staycations and location tips for the UK too! 

If you have any questions or if there is anything I’ve missed then please feel free to send me a dm on my instagram too! 

How to get to Brighton:

Brighton is located 55- 1hr 20 from London Victoria and is well linked to London and the South East of England. 

The train is pretty straight forward from most locations but you can also drive but parking can be tricky or quite expensive. However, I found a carpark linked here:   https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parking-and-travel/parking/london-road-car-park which was the cheapest one I’ve found for longer stays. Alternatively, you can pre book a space in advance with “Just Park” which works out the cheapest option but you have to book quite a bit in advance. 

linked here!

Or if you are booking an Airbnb and driving, I defiantly recommended looking if the airbnb has any parking options too! 

Brighton Train station is located in the centre, with a 4-5 min walk into the Laines starting with Sydney street, which is the perfect place to wander through into the centre of town. The station is also walking distance to the sea, Churchill square shopping centre and the lovely lanes so no cars/ taxis needed if you are doing a day trip as everything is in walking distance!

Public transport is also super easy with bus stops being located outside the station you can get the 1A, 6, 1 and others directly to Churchill square and towards Hove where some other lovely cafes and parks are! 

Where to stay in Brighton:

Seafront hotels:

Artist Residence: https://www.artistresidence.co.uk/our-hotels/brighton/ 

Queens Hotel Brighton: https://queenshotelbrighton.com 

Thistle Hotel Brighton: https://www.thistle.com/en/index.html?awc=7274_1623144332_88f458aba39c43efd3fe3f9f6f7342a6&_%24ja=tsid%3A92241%7Ccgn%3ASkimlinks&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=Skimlinks 

The Grand: https://www.grandbrighton.co.uk 

The Hilton: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/bshmetw-hilton-brighton-metropole/?WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=zIMDPDA0EMEA1MB2PSH3PPC_Google_search4cid105816483_aid5449687923_me_kkwd-1232037195Brand_Nano6BSHMETW7en&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=paidsearch&campaignid=105816483&adgroupid=5449687923&targetid=kwd-123203719&gclid=CjwKCAjwqvyFBhB7EiwAER786a7qScyPUxUR1YPbcHU9M8orAUrv-Fbvw2_CJ4rA9210O18WXtWUKBoC6rgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds 

The Kings Hotel: https://kingshotelbrighton.co.uk 

The Old Ship hotel: https://www.oldshipbrighton.co.uk/rooms/ 

The Holiday Inn Brighton seafront: https://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/holidayinnbrighton.en-gb.html?aid=356980;label=gog235jc-1DCAMoUEIIYnJpZ2h0b25ICVgDaFCIAQGYAQm4AQfIAQ3YAQPoAQH4AQKIAgGoAgO4ArPw_IUGwAIB0gIkZTI0NDVlYTYtZTBjOS00ZGIzLTllM2YtZDIyNDY0YTg0NDlm2AIE4AIB;sid=924e2c6182ee991e50b62c43ca5add4c;sig=v1P6p8TLcB

Another option for stays would be Airbnb in Brighton , there are 1000s of amazing ones to choose from with lots of different price ranges and locations to chose from! Most places in the centre of Brighton are the higher price range but it really depends what you are looking for space wise, but if you head more towards Hove way, Kemp town way or even out Into the country there are lots to choose from.

I’d say Brighton, Hove and Kemp town locations are perfect and super easy to travel into the central places from usually. Where as if you are driving there are some absolute hidden gem country side locations if you are looking for more of the countryside experience just outside of Brighton. 

Things to do in Brighton: 

  1. Walk along the seafront, experience the seafront shops. Have a drink and some lunch! (Be aware of the seagulls though, they dive bomb alot and steal food so just keep your eyes peeled) 
  2. Walk along the pier and go on the rides! Highly recommend the Crazy Mouse!
  3. Get some fish and chips and donuts on the pier! The donuts are so so good! 
  4. Browse the lanes and the lovely shops and coffee spots! Will leave a a list of my fave restaurants below!
  5. Depending on covid and when you are reading this, there is sometimes some events/shows on at The Brighton Dome. Or currently (June 8th) there are some things on at the Warren or Spiegel Tent outside!
  6. Visit the Royal Pavilion, whether its the gardens for a little walk around or actually going inside it’s a really lovely little place to sit!
  7. Take a trip to the Brighton Museum for fun!
  8. Get a Brighton open top bus to the downs/ Devils Dyke 
  9. Go to Roxy’s Fudge Pantry and watch Fudge being made! It taste incredible if you love fudge !
  10. Go to Snoppers paradise to browse some vintage finds and use the Photo Booth to capture the day! ( you need pound coins for the Photo booth)
  11. Book Crazy golf along the seafront! 
  12. Sunset wildlife cruise to learn about dolphins! (Unsure when this reopens but so so lovely to do)
  13. Head up the British Airways i360 on a nice day for views across Brighton, Sussex and the South Downs.

Coffee shops to visit:

Wolf Fox Coffee– there’s lots of ones dotted around Brighton and Hove. They do smoothies, coffees and vegan treats and brunches and they are lovely! 

17 Grams Coffee– delicious coffee and brunch.

Flour Pot Bakery- amazing sandwiches, pastries and cakes. And on Fridays, they do donut Fridays which are so so good! They also do lovely coffees and matchas!

Trading Post Coffee Roasters- there is a few of these dotted around the lanes, one does amazing breakfast and lunch as well as coffees! And the others do lovely coffees and treats! You can also choose your coffee blend which I love, I get the Black Pearl!

Black Mocha Brighton: cute little coffee spot!

Restaurants:

Fatto mano pizza: delicious pizza!

The Salt Room: If you want somewhere fancy and love fish this is the place to go! Defiantly a special occasion restaurant as its in the higher price range

The Flint House: Amazing tapas dishes! In the higher price range but the food is incredible and 100% worth it!

Riddle and Finns: The perfect place if you love seafood and want to go somewhere super gorgeous and special!

The Ivy Brighton: Classic Ivy Restaurant with delicious cocktails and food! I also find the Ivy a more affordable fancy place to go, with the Fish and Chips and some main meals starting at £13-£15. 

Coal shed Restaurant:  Steak and seafood restaurant!

Six Brighton & hove (the western road one is my favourite): lovely brunches, lunches and dinners! Its also a great place to do bottomless brunches or if you need to hire the space for hen party brunches its a lovely place to do so aswell!

The New club: Yummy Pancakes and brunch!

RockWater hove: Located on the seafront this is a gorgeous place to have breakfast/lunches or dinners and has amazing views!

Lost In The Lanes Cafe: Cute little brunch breakfast spot located in the lanes!

Oeuf Cafe in hove: based in Hove, but super easy to get to Oeuf does amazing Pancakes, Egg based meals and cute dishes! 

The Set Restaurant: Based next to Artist Residence stays as well as in front of the i360! Is a really lovely restaurant and the food and cocktails are incredible. 

Botanique Food For Friends Restaurant: Lovely restaurant and gorgeous dishes for brunches or dinners! 

Marmalade cafe: Possibly my favourite cafe in the Brighton area, however located a little outside of Brighton towards Kemp town but super easy to get the bus directly too or walk the 30-35 mins along the seafront or through kemp towns cute shops! It’s just so so worth it! The cutest spot and most amazing French toast, Brunch dishes and salads etc!

Red Rooster: Gorgeous spot for lunch or brunch! And lovely for three course meal dinners!

Hope that helps in some small way if you are looking to visit!! 

In terms of bars/pubs there’s so so many and I feel I haven’t been out in so long it’s hard to recommend lots to you all! 

However In the past I love the below:

The Music Hall on the seafront 

Six Brighton and Hove for cocktails too

The Ivy for Cocktails at the bar

Twisted lemon cute cocktail bar 

And other than that I’m going to link a website that recommends lots of different places for drinks etc as I feel it really depends on what you are looking for, but if you are looking for a certain vibe send me a DM and I’ll try answer if I can !

Design my Night in Brighton website here: https://www.designmynight.com/brighton/bars/cool-and-quirky-bars-in-brighton

Love, India Moon 

AD | Hello my lovelies, 

Its been a while! And I thought it’s about time I jump back on the blog and share some fun 2021 adventures, styling, beauty and more!

Starting with one of my current favourite brands, Everlane. They are an incredible brand that focus on working only with ethical factories and companies and design beautiful pieces that can become staple pieces in our wardrobes for years to come.

So I thought I’d share some of my current favourite spring pieces with you all, 

Hope you all perhaps find some pieces you feel would work well as capsule pieces in your wardrobes or looks that may inspire pieces in your own wardrobes too! All of the looks are also shapable over on my LikeToKnowit linked here to shop – “Indiaamoon LikeToKnowit”

Love, India Moon.

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Brown blazer: https://rstyle.me/+FtvfY8AzqZgVoRp8VNwpqw 
Black Bralet: https://rstyle.me/+3XXnf-9k_jgISMNAnop0Sw 
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Black belt: https://rstyle.me/+SS028KuZ0exEbVC6WVz0GQ 
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Cream chinos: https://rstyle.me/+6TD0HYScYfnabw9G7rrZpQ 
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Hello lovelies,

I hope you’re all well and keeping safe and okay! I recently have been doing Sunday Pub quiz lives over on my instagram and I thought why not share the questions with you every week so you can play games with family and friends over zoom, facetime or whoever your with at home!

I’ve left my questions and answers I created below! and there are 5 rounds in total! I’ve really enjoyed playing this with friends and family so hopefully you can too! But little warning don’t tell anyone until the quiz is over where you got the questions from etc, as they’ll be able to find the answers!

Hope it is fun for some of you!

Have a lovely week, stay safe!

Love, India Moon x

PUB QUIZ BELOW:

1.MOVIE GENRE

1.Q1. MARTIN LAWRENCE PLAYS IN “BAD BOYS FOR LIFE” WITH WHICH OTHER STAR ACTOR?

Answer Will Smith

Q2. WHAT IS THE NEXT REMAKE DISNEY FILM TO COME OUT ? 

Answer: Mulan

Q3. Who was the First Disney Princess?

Answer: Snow White

Q4. What is the best rated Horror Film in 2019- Rated on rRotten tomatoes

Answer: The Golem 

Q5. What Is the name of the movie with Zac Efron and Matthew Perry in? 

Answer: 17 Again. 

Q6. Which three female actors played in Charlies Angels Full Throttle in 2003?

Answer: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu. 

Q7. What film was Cara Delevingne in , where she plays an operative for a space station? 

answer: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Q8. What three films have Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore featured in together? 

Answer: The wedding singer (1998), 50 First Dates (2004), Blended (2014). 

Q9. In the Twilight Movies, is it true or false that Stephanie Meyer featured in each of the movies?
Answer: True. 

Q10. In which language was Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Filmed?

Answer: Mandarin Chinese.

2.TV AND SERIES GENRE 

Q1. What is the name of the family who own and live in Downton Abbey?

Answer: Crawley

Q2. In Stranger Things what is the name of the Parallel Universe Experienced in Series 1.

Answer: The Upside Down

Q3. Joe, featured in the new Documentary Tiger King did a Documentary with which male in 2011? 

Answer: Louis Theroux

Q4. What year was “Coronation street” first broadcast?

Answer: 1960

Q5. What was the name of the Pub in “Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps”

Answer: The Archer

Q6. In Gavin and Stacey, how old is Gavin in the very start?

Answer: 28.

Q7. In Gavin and Stacey what is Smithy’s real name?

Answer: Neil Smith.

Q8. In Friends, Rachel has a hairless cat for a few episodes, what was this cats name?

Answer: Mrs. Whiskerson  

Q9. Who narrates Big Brother?

Answer: Marcus Bentley

Q10. In Stranger Things, Who is Suzie’s Best friend in the first season?

Answer: Barb

3. MUSIC GENRE

Q1. Which singer recently went viral for bumping her head in a live stream on instagram?

Answer: Rita Ora 

Q2.. What famous Music Show is Will Young known for?

Answer: Pop Idol

Q3. What Drake song features the lyrics “and You’ve seen all my mistakes, so look me in the eyes. Cause If you let me, heres what I’ll do” in?

Answer: Take Care 

Q4. Which single letter represented the title of Ed Sheeran’s Second album? 

Answer: X

Q5. Who is the artist of the famous song “Cotton Eye Joe”

Answer: Rednex

Q6. Which Girls Aloud song includes the lyrics “Come Make my dreams, Honey hard as it seems, Loving me is as easy as Pie”

Answer: Love Machine 

Q7. The Famous song by Doja Cat, featured a lot on Tik Tok is called? 

Answer “Say So”

Q8. Back in Time is a 2012 single by whom? 

Answer: Pitbull

Q9. What year was Rhianna’s hit song “Umbrella” Released?
Answer: 2007.

Q10. Which rapper topped the UK charts in 2010 with Pass Out?

Answer: Tinie Tempah

4. Celebrity Genre

Q1. Is it true or False that Meryl Streep changed her first name?

Answer: True – her real first name is Mary Louise. 

Q2. In what year did Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Get together?

Answer: 2005

Q3. Who was the first person to have a No1 Album and No1 Film in the same week, A. Will Smith, B Jennifer Hudson, C, Jennifer Lopez

Answer: Jennifer Lopez (film the wedding planner)

Q4. How old was Billie Eilish when Ocean Eyes was released?

Answer: 14 years old.

Q5. Who is Katy Perry currently expecting her baby with?

Answer: Orlando Bloom

Q6. How old is Jennifer Lopez?

Answer: 50

Q7. Which American Singers real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta? 

Answer: Lady Gaga

Q8. Which famous Pop Singer married British movie director Guy Ritchie, is it A. Madonna, B.Christina Aguilera C.Gwen Stefani

Answer: a. Madonna

Q9. Which actor plays Regina George in Mean girls?

Answer: Rachel McAdams

Q10. What is the name of Drakes New song?

Answer: Toosie Slide

5. Books genre: 

Q1. In which book in the Harry Potter series do we not see Lord Voldemort?

Answer: Prisoner of Azkaban.

Q2. What month is Harry Potters Birthday?

Answer: July. 

Q3. In little women there are four sisters, Jo, Meg, Amy.. who is the forth sister?

Answer: Beth

Q4. The Golden Compass is a book series, how many books are in the series?

Answer: Four

Q5. How many books are there in the Twilight Series?

Answer: Four 

Q6. Is it true or false that there is a Dr. Seuss book called “Oh, the places you’ll go!”

Answer: true

Q7. This Quote is from one of Shakespeares play “The Course of True love never did run smooth” Name that play:

Answer: A Midsummer Nights Dream

Q8. In the Book Life of Pi By Yann Martel, what is the name given to the Bengal Tiger. Is it A. Richard Jones B. Richard Parker C. Mr.Stripe 

B. Richard Parker

Q9. In the Lion the witch and the wardrobe their are four siblings, Peter, Edmund, Lucy…Name the forth sibling.

Answer: Susan


Q10. What is Roald Dahl best selling book?

Answer: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

 

Our Apollo Barn Van.

Hello you lovely lot!

Hope you’re all well and having a lovely July so far. I feel like I need to apologise for the late upload of this post, I just was soaking in Bali life after Australia and needed to make sure I included absolutely everything you need to know about van life and travelling beautiful Australia in a van!

During mine and Kirstys trip we spent majority of our time in three different styles of vans, living our best van life. It’s was quite a daunting thing travelling to the other side of the world , especially with the thought of living the whole 7 weeks in a van! But I can confirm it was the best 7 weeks of my life, and there’s no other way I would have spent it. Having a home on wheels was the best decision we made. Each van we had on our adventures we instantly became attached too and we miss it already. Im going to include everything from where to start, costs, what’s it like and tips and tricks below to living van life and experiencing it all in amazing Australia. Of course this is my experience, but hopefully it gives an insight into van life and whether it might be for you…

How to get started- Where to Hire and what to prepare for:

Where to begin!! Myself and Kirsty lived in three different styled vans throughout the 6 weeks of our adventures and had the amazing help of Ratpack Travel and their incredible services. If you want a hassle free start to planning your van life adventures then they are your go to!! They are owned and operated by Sammy who is also a backpacker, the RatPack team can help you book tours, experiences and transport and offer so much advice when it comes to seeing Australia and New Zealand. Once they find the most affordable and best rated option they then apply a discount making it at least 10% cheaper than actually booking direct! I honestly couldn’t recommend them enough!

Ratpack helped us organise all our vans in all our different locations, and as they have a good relationship with all the camper van and car rental companies, a 10% discount off the price is always guaranteed when booking with them; which is ideal when it comes to saving too as Australia can be pricey! They compare all the different vans available and their prices for you and let you know the best options, it basically makes booking a van super easy, cheap and stress free!!! If you’ve already booked your flights to Oz / NZ and have dates hit up the link below and they can make a price comparison for you:

 

https://www.ratpacktravel.com/camper-vans/

 

Not only that but they offered us so much advice when it came to exploring Australia and booking our experiences, such as The Whitsundays tour, Fraser Island and our Sky diving Experience in Airlie Beach. Sammy from RatPack was the biggest help and has experience so much of Australia so hearing all his tips and tricks was so ideal. They also have a WhatsApp Support chat, which is so handy when your on the road and in need of any advice. There page also offers so much inspiration for planning and general advice, so if you do fancy checking them out: CLICK HERE!. If you have any further questions about Ratpack Travel then please feel free to comment or send me a message over on instagram or message them on WhatsApp +61450381801 to get your planning started!! (CLICK HERE TO WHATSAPP THEM)

Sky Diving booked through Ratpack Travel.

Costs:

Van life costs…so this does depend on what style of Van you go for, where you drop off the van and lots of different factors which you can tailor when you plan with RatPack Travel! However, I will leave all our costs below so you can get an idea of what we had and experience.

There are a few things that will impact the cost of your van, such as pick up and drop off points– if you drop off your van somewhere else this is an extra cost. How many of you there are/how many beds you have or whether you have a hi-top van or two seater. Milage- dependant on your trip plan, of course the cost of petrol will be more.

1st van Hire: We picked up our first van, a Camperman Van hi-top 4 bed van, in the Gold Coast for 18 days and drop her off in Airlie Beach ($250 more for dropping off in another location). For Insurance we had everything covered expect roof, windscreen or tyre this was $400.00 in total. Then the total cost of van one came to $1296, plus $500 refundable deposit. (To be noted: This was through Ratpack travel and was a Camperman Van.)

2nd Van Hire: Our second van, a Apollo Hippie Drifter (small two seater) we had for 9 days and picked up and dropped off in Melbourne. For Insurance we had full cover including windscreen and tyres, and a total of $330. Then the total cost van to $535.18, plus $100 refundable deposit. (To be noted: This was through Ratpack travel and was a Apollo Hippie Drifted Van.)

3rd Van Hire: Our last, and most boujii van of them all was for 11 days, in a hi-top four bed with Autobarn Van Company. We picked her up and dropped her off in Perth. For insurance we got full cover for $360, and this was a total cost of $900. (To be noted: This was through Ratpack travel and was a Autobarn Van)

Fuel Prices: On average around $70 dollars lasted us around a four hour drive.

Camping Prices: There are different options for camping, and there is always the option to free camp. however, every few days the van does need to be plugged into electricity but using the WikiCamps app, camping sites are super easy to find! Myself and Kirsty only did powered campsites, as we needed power to charge most evenings for work. For campsites for two people on a powered site we paid between $33-$45 a night. This includes your power, water, shower and toilets and a camp kitchen. We opted to using the camp kitchen due to limited space in the Van.

Things you need to know: Tips and Tricks

  1. Choos the style of your van to suit you: In mine and Kirsty experience, as we both had hi-top vans (4 person max) and smaller seated van (2 person max). We would personally never go back to a low top van, after experiencing both I think having a hi-top is just a lot more hassle free! Especially when your living with another person/people, the space is needed! Also if you decide on free camping, a hi-top is again more hassle free when it comes to cooking in the van and being able to move around. We also personally wouldn’t have more than four people in a van, there was three of us in a hi-top big Apollo Van and it was still such a tight squeeze! Although it was manageable, I think four would have been quite intense!
  2. WIKICAMPS: This app is now your go-to!! It’s a fiver on the App Store, but so worth it! The app shows you campsites (powered/paid or free) across the whole of Australia. On our travels, we used this daily to help find the campsites, see their facilities, read reviews and see photographs. It allowed us to be very flexible
  3. Fuel: Always check how far your next drive is and make sure your tank is full!!! During our adventures in Western Australia, we had an experience driving towards Point Anns through the national park where we really thought we weren’t going to make it back due to petrol…it was a Sunday, in the middle of nowhere and we just made it back to the only petrol station around for miles!!
  4. Bring an Extension lead: Ideal for travelling anywhere around the world, but vans usually have only one or two plugs so this just allows you to charge multiple things at once which is ideal!
  5. Kangaroos and animals: In Australia, it’s important to really watch out for wildlife and animals, especially at dusk or in the early morning. Kangaroos can jump out without looking, and there can sometimes be road kill in the middle of the roads which can get in the way!
  6. Travel in summer: Travelling Australia in winter was still amazing, but do it in summer if you can!!! It was hard to stay warm.
  7. Buy Tupperware and meal prep: Top tip when your on the go and trying to save in Australia! Meal prep! We found making meals in advance meant we had more freedom in the day to eat on the go, whilst exploring and saved us money!
  8. Have a day bag: whether you have a rucksack or suitcase, it’s hard to have space when there’s two or more of you in a van. Myself and Kirsty found having day bags with our essentials in such as toiletries/ underwear and outfits in meant everything was hassle free and easier to move around and get ready in the mornings. Also saving the time from having to open up and try rummage through your big bags!
  9. Plan your route before the day: To help save time and allow you to know where the nearest petrol stations are and campsite, I recommend planning a night before or day before if your doing any long drives. Petrol stations can be far from one another, so its good to know where you can stop along the way!
  10. What the Van comes with: All our vans came with bedding, tea towels and pots and bans and cutlery also. Some of them sometimes came with washing up liquid but some of them didn’t! So once you get the van all you really need is food, washing up liquid and tea! 
  11. EMBRACE AND ENJOY it: Van life is amazing! Of course, it takes some getting used to but you adjust to taking things in turns with the people your living with, moving around and getting things in and out. And you get in a rhythm of the lifestyle pretty quick! I personally think Van life is the best and only way to experience Australia! Being in control of your adventures, how long you stay in places and where you stay and explore is amazing- there’s no time limit and you are in full control of how you spend your time. It’s also like your own little home on wheels. I found it so nice being settled in each van and felt sad saying goodbye to each one. So embrace it and enjoy every second!

I hope this may answer some of your questions or helps with any interests you may have towards van life and exploring Australia. It was some of the best few weeks of my life, and I’d do it all again if I could! I’ll be posting my Australia round up post shortly, so keep your eyes peeled for that as that will talk more about my overall experiences and if you fancy watching my Van life videos too: CLICK HERE!

If there’s any more questions you have then please feel free to message me or comment below, happy to answer the best I can!

Love, India Moon.

Van One: Camperman Van.
Van Two: Hippie Camper.