Why All Queensland WIFI Are (or Should it Be Is) Not Created Equal
If you’re new to our blog, welcome. You’ll be forgiven for thinking this is a travel blog. I normally share valuable insights to assist your professional journey. Every now and then I share a more personal reflection or observation. Travel is important to me and in this blog I explore why it’s good for your health, career and business. While I do enjoy sharing my insights on LinkedIn, Personal Branding and Content Marketing with you, I also value the opportunity to take time out with my family.
On a recent road trip, AKA Think Bespoke’s Writing Retreat, I spent 2 weeks discovering Far North Queensland and was at the mercy of cafe, restaurant and hotel WIFI. If I wanted to check my emails and write my blog posts, LinkedIn articles or share Instagram and Facebook updates, then asking the hotel receptionist or waiter the WIFI code was normally the first thing I did when arriving somewhere new. My boys, on the other hand, went straight to the swimming pool, lagoon, rock pool or waterhole.
The Importance of Reading the Fine Print
My first ‘learning’ on this adventure, was that ‘Free WIFI’ does not necessarily mean reliable or even ‘in your room’ WIFI. At our first destination in Port Douglas, this explained why each morning, after, or even during, breakfast, you’d see many parents ignoring their children and checking their phones or laptops. My cherubs are 9 and 12, strong swimmers and the breakfast spot was right next to the pool. So it was ‘devices down’ during breakfast for us, and then a swim for the boys while my husband and I checked our emails and messages. Fortunately, we both enjoy what we do and like the people who work with us, so checking in like this was a pleasant task and meant the home fires kept burning and neither of us were overwhelmed with decisions or problems on our return.
Please don’t think for a minute we were on our phones much. However, the reality is our mobile phones have become a GPS, restaurant reviewer, weather forecaster and much more. So we naturally lent on this tool as a resource to help us navigate each day. Think ‘best seafood in town’, ‘where is the best place to watch the sunset’, ‘what time is sunrise in Townsville so we can go fishing’ and ‘who won that stage of the Tour de France’ sort of googling.
My Criteria For Accommodation
When my boys were young we could get away with booking a one bedroom apartment and the pull out sofa. Now that one of them is nearly taller than me, both boys, and my husband and I, value and need our sleeping space. This means that I overlooked Free WIFI as a criteria for my accommodation and, instead, prioritised location, 2 bedrooms and a swimming pool. At least I thought I did! In all cases except one this plan worked and my assumptions were correct. But when we arrived at our accommodation at Diwan (smack bang in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest). There was no Free WIFI and we had a one bedroom bungalow with a queen sized bed and two single beds. Oh, and there was no TV reception either. Being bunkered down together like this for 2 nights in the middle of our adventure was lovely. My younger boy (who’s 9) particularly liked it, and we all said it felt like a family sleepover. As glampers, we’re used to sleeping in the camper trailer together and so this was just slightly more civilised.
Port Douglas, Daintree, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Rockhampton & Noosaville
A big thank you to Kirsty from MTA Travel for booking our car hire, accommodation and insurance and making sure our itinerary allowed us enough time to get from A to B, to C to D and then from E to F. My original plan was to share a selection of my holiday highlights with you, but no one really wants to watch the slide show, do they? The trip was great. The warm weather and precious time with family was the highlight. Port Douglas, the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree are now ticked off my bucket list. Townsville was an unexpected surprise. And Noosa, well she’s really the gem of the region. And Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club is still my favourite place to enjoy a glass of sparkling or a cleansing ale.
Which locations are on your travel bucket list and where are you planing to visit next?