When I started planning my travelling I knew that I was going to be visiting some amazing place on my trip so one of the first things I did (which I now realise was a mistake) was to buy a Canon 70D camera, so expensive and I had no idea how to use it.
I went to Thailand first and although I had an amazing time visiting islands such as Koh Samet and Koh Chang, I liked Koh Samet so much that I stayed there for three months I was really disappointed with my photos.
I read lots of articles online which really helped and I bought a photography course from Udemy too, but it's hard to keep up the motivation when you're learning by yourself.
I really wanted to join a photography workshop in my next location which would be Australia but the prices that I saw online were so expensive and there was no way that I could afford it.
One of the girls I met on my travels told me about a photography course which she took at Web Courses Bangkok so I decided to give it a try. It did cost 9000 baht for the 12 hour course (which is about 350 Australian dollars) which was still quite a large sum out of my budget but it meant that I could spend 2 weeks in Bangkok, one of the most famous cities in the world, learn a new skill and make new friends.
The teacher Willem, was amazing and really gave all of us a strong understanding of how to use the camera and make our photos actually look the way we wanted them to look.
I am so happy I did that course while I was in Thailand, if you want to learn photography then I definitely recommend that you check it out - http://www.webcoursesbangkok.com/course/photography-course-in-bangkok
So, now that I had my photography skills I didn't need to learn how to take photos in Australia but I could actually concentrate on visiting some of the best places possible and taking as many amazing photos as possible.
The next thing which I needed to sort out before I headed to Australia, was transport - the country is so big. Because the flight from Bangkok to Sydney is so long (9 hours actual flying time) I decided to fly with the most comfortable airline which I could afford and that was Emirates.
I still had no idea what I was going to do for transport when I arrived in Sydney but I was definitely in luck as 9 hours is a long time and I was befriended by some members of an international ladies club from Thailand who were flying to Australia for a two week trip and invited me to join them as they had arranged to hire a coach for the duration of their trip and with 24 seats and only 18 passengers there was plenty of room left over.
The coach was so modern and comfortable and Eric the driver from Transport Network took us everywhere we wanted to go for the whole four days that I stayed with them. I totally recommend coach charter as a way of travelling around Australia if you are going as a group and have the budget for it, not everyone will be as lucky as I was - it was a great experience. Thank you to all of the friends that I made, when my travel blog is published I will be sending you all the link to take a look at it so you can see where your part fitted into the journey.