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A Hippy in the City - living on a budget in Sydney

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Written by Alison Gallagher

Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world.  Rent and property prices are sky high, and eating out in the inner city suburbs can cost a bomb.  But it is also a beautiful and culture rich city brimming with exciting and inspiring destinations.  Our resident 'hippy in the city' author Rita Balshaw shares some of her top tips to getting by in an expensive town such as Sydney.  

Sydney: Stunning city but not a cheap place to live....unless you're a 'hippy' 

Alison:

Rita, living in Sydney isn’t cheap,  it’s been listed as one of the most expensive cites in the world to live, so when the dollar count is down, how does a ‘hippy in the city’get by? 

Rita:

There are a few cardinal necessities on my living checklist when I reside in an area. I like a place where people are liberal, friendly, and social with access to lots of nature. I found share houses in the eastern suburbs are not too pricey especially if you house hunt in the Winter months  and are willing to sacrifice a few mod cons  - as many of the apartments are 'older' (with much character). Sussing out websites like Gum tree and Flatmates.com are worth a look to find rooms which suit your budget.


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Eating like a Hippy in the City - healthy eating on a budget

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Written by Alison Gallagher

Yummy food is what keeps us going after a long day at work or Uni. When we eat properly our bodies are less likely to get sick when we’re stressed.  Plus cooking for your mates is a great social occasion and a chance to show of your culinary skills. But when we're tired, time pressed and funds are a little limited it’s easy to reach for a bowl of cereal or some Maggi Noodles. But did you know you can eat interesting, tasty and healthy food on a budget?

Local food lover Rita Balshaw author of the book ‘Hippes in the City’ shares her tips with Regret Nothing about how to fill your belly without emptying your wallet.

Rita cooks up a storm at one of her 'Hippies in the City' workshops 

 


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Dress like a hippy in the city - style tips for when you're on a budget

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Written by Alison Gallagher

 The 60s saw the birth of the hippy movement.  Leather head bands and vests complimented flares, tie died fabrics and imported flowing garments from India. Today’s ‘hippy’however, is less about making a huge fashion statement, and more about living simply and not getting too caught up in brand names and fashion hype. That being said a modern hippy still has a certain style to be admired.

Rita Balshaw is redefining the ‘Hippy’ movement with her latest book ‘Hippies in the City’ and kindly shares her tips with Regret Nothing on how to pull off the casual yet stylish look.

be a hippy in the city with loose flowing threads

Be a hippy in the city with free flowing threads and ecclectic accessories                                                                                                image from Flickr


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Up in the Air - How to survive a long distance flight

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Written by Alison Gallagher Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:18

Travelling does random things to our insides, it’s like we’re put inside a washing machine but without the water (in fact the water gets sucked out of us) meaning we arrive at our destination cramped, dehydrated and bloated. We are supposed to be excited about our trip, but firstly we have to get over the flight before we can truly enjoy the offerings of an adventure abroad.

Long distance flight tips
Find remedies and rituals to make the long distance flight enjoyable 

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