29 December 2017

An Epic Year of Travel: 2017 Highlights


As 2017 is quickly drawing to an end, it's the perfect time to reflect on highlights and favourite memories created from this year's travels.

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19 December 2017

Goodbye Australia. Hello again, New Zealand


Seasons Greetings to all!

If you didn't know already, last week I left Australia and jumped back across the ditch to good ol' New Zealand.
I've been living away for three years so coming back home after such a long time away is always a nice feeling.

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5 December 2017

Top Five things to do in Siem Reap


I really enjoyed exploring Siem Reap, even a whole week there wasn't enough for me and I can't wait to go back again one day in the future.

As it is for most people, seeing Angkor Wat and the incredible surrounding temples was the main reason I wanted to go there but there is so much more to see and do as well.

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27 November 2017

20 Gift Ideas for the Travel-Obsessed



With December peeping right around the corner, if you haven't already, now is the time to start thinking about what to get your loved ones for Christmas.

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20 November 2017

Canberra's Must-Do Food Tour


I recently ticked off another big-ticket item off my Canberra wish-list and that was to join the Eat Canberra Walking Food Tour.

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10 November 2017

The Best Twelve Apostles and Great Ocean Road Tour


Last week I flew to Melbourne to tick off one of my big Bucket List goals here in Australia: to see the incredible Twelve Apostles and the scenic Great Ocean Road.

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6 November 2017

Melbourne: Street Art and Graffiti Chronicles


The second most populous urban area in Australia, Melbourne is an incredibly cool cosmopolitan city. It is a melting pot of cultures, has a vibrant cafe and food scene, grand architecture of old and new and has a strong sporting, university and arts culture.

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26 October 2017

Top 10 Bucket List Countries


We all have those countries that we dream longingly about and desire to travel to someday.
For me, it is a personal challenge to get to each and every one on my Bucket List.
I lust over these countries nonstop, so much so, that I just had to write them down and put them in order!

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20 October 2017

Incredible Canberra Winery Tour with Vines & Wines


Being based in Canberra - the capital of Australia this year, one of the things I was most excited to do in the area was indulge in the surrounding award-winning wineries.
The Canberra District Wine Region is home to 140 vineyards and over 30 cellar doors, creating distinct top quality Australian wines.

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16 October 2017

One Year Blogiversary Giveaway!


As of last month, this travel blog officially turned one year old! Woohoo! 🎈🎉


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10 October 2017

Top 10 Things to do in Bangkok


Bangkok is a city that awakens the senses. It is vibrant, colourful, noisy, bustling, hectic, hot, young and old, rich and poor; an array of interesting sights and smells.

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6 October 2017

Five Places to Eat in Siem Reap


I had the pleasure of visiting Cambodia for the first time recently, beginning with a fantastic week in Siem Reap. Being a huge foodie, I was so excited to try local Khmer dishes and eat my way around a city known for amazing food.

As much as I love trying as many eateries as I can in a new place, I ended up loving five in particular that I regularly frequented over the course of seven days.

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28 September 2017

21 Photos to Inspire you to Travel Laos


Laos is a gorgeous country and one quickly rising in popularity on the Southeast Asian backpacking trail. It is easy to see why, as there is no shortage of simply stunning scenery and nature, as well as being vibrantly rich in culture and history.
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22 September 2017

12 Female Wanderlust Inspiring Instagram accounts to follow


Instagram is by far my favourite social media platform. It is creative, artistic and your very own portfolio to showcase whatever you please in your own way.

I am super picky about the big travel accounts out there I choose to follow, of which there are so many. I like to feel inspired and motivated when I scroll through Instagram (which, let's be honest, is pretty often).

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21 September 2017

Is it Safe to Travel Alone as a Female? (Tips to Travel Smart)


This is a question I get asked quite often and it is also something I wondered myself when I first started travelling alone.
Everybody's experiences are of course different but for me personally... my answer is

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12 September 2017

7 Delicious Must-Try Dishes in Thailand


Thai cuisine is my ultimate favourite and I recently spent seven happy weeks in Thailand eating my way around the country.

Thai food is an explosion of flavours and often showcases a perfect balance of salty, sweet, sour and spicy. The best part is you can easily find cheap, tasty and readily available street food on practically every corner.

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4 September 2017

The Most Magical Place in Bangkok


Last week I visited a very special cafe in Bangkok that had long been on my bucket list.
It is a place of wonder and imagination. An eruption of pastels and splatters of rainbows.
It is a place like no other...  it is The Unicorn Café.

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24 August 2017

An Epic Whirlwind Tour Through Myanmar


Out of the six countries I was visiting on this trip, Myanmar was the one I was the most excited and intrigued about. It only opened its borders to tourism a few years ago and before I left I personally did not know anybody that had ever been there.

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13 August 2017

Incredible Cambodia | Photo Diary


Last month, I had the pleasure of exploring my first new country in a while: Cambodia!
I had heard such mixed views of Cambodia, from horrid to fantastic, so I just had to see for myself. There is no doubt this country has a deep and dreadful history and the impacts are still very evident today.
However, I can see that it has picked itself up in many ways and I found it a very safe and likeable place to visit. It has a lot of similarities to Thailand and it is a very tourist friendly place. 

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4 August 2017

Vedana Lagoon: Vietnam's Incredible Overwater Bungalows


After two fantastic nights at Pilgrimage Village, I was next off to their sister resort in nearby Phu Loc which lies between Hue and Hoi An.
I spent four incredible nights at Vedana Lagoon Resort and Spa which was - I kid you not, the resort of my dreams.
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28 July 2017

Travel Essential: Bagail Packing Cubes


Being a couple of months into my travels around Southeast Asia, I was super excited to start using the reputable Packing Cubes for the very first time.
My husband met up with me in Vietnam for a two week holiday and kindly brought them over for me and I have to say – these have made my life so much easier!

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25 July 2017

A Taste of Rural Vietnam at Pilgrimage Village, Hue


I was so excited to return back to Vietnam, six months away was too long! This time I had the pleasure of exploring central Vietnam, beginning in Hue – the former seat of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802–1945.

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21 July 2017

10 Weeks in; Reflections of my SE Asia Travels so far


I had a bit of time to kill at the airport before my flight to Siem Reap, so it was the perfect opportunity to sit back and reflect on my travels so far.
It has now been almost ten weeks since I have been travelling around Southeast Asia, and looking back at the very beginning seems oh so long ago! Not in a negative way of course, I’ve just done and seen so much in the space of ten weeks.

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19 July 2017

My Highlight of Phuket: A Cooking Class to Remember!


If you couldn't tell by my multiple pictures of food and specific food-related posts - I am a huge foodie and Thai cuisine is my ultimate favourite in the whole world.
I knew during my second visit to Thailand I wanted to do a local cooking class and learn how to make some of my all-time fave dishes.

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17 July 2017

A perfect stay at BYD Lofts, Phuket


My very first time in Phuket kicked off to a fantastic start staying at BYD Lofts Boutique Hotel & Serviced Apartments for three wonderful nights.
I could not have been more impressed by my elegant apartment suite, the friendly service and amazing food. If you are wanting to stay in the Patong Beach area then you honestly should not stay anywhere else (they are after all rated the number one hotel on Trip Advisor in Patong for a reason!).

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14 July 2017

Partying in Paradise: Bob's Booze Cruise, Phi Phi Island


I absolutely loved Phi Phi Island - I'm pretty sure it's my new favourite place in the whole of Thailand! I only spent two days and one night there and it definitely wasn't enough, but I had such a fantastic time and that was all thanks to Captain Bob's Booze Cruise.
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2 July 2017

Thailand Paradise: Twin Lotus Resort, Koh Lanta



It was an absolute pleasure to stay at the incredible Twin Lotus Resort Koh Lanta. From the moment I arrived, I couldn't wipe the smile off my face.
This place is the definition of paradise and throughout my whole stay I felt so placid and relaxed, I only wish that I could have stayed longer!

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27 June 2017

A Must-Do in Bangkok: Street Food Tour


As a total self-confessed foodie, doing street food tours in local areas of places I travel to is one of my favourite things to do. It's especially a great idea for when you've just arrived in a new place, to be shown and get great insight to the local food as well as the lay of the land, as most food tours tend to be walking.

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24 June 2017

Hangovers, Street Food & Sky Bars | Bangkok Travel Diary


Bangkok was my very first proper foreign city I travelled to four and a half years ago (I had only been to Australia before) and it absolutely blew my mind. That whole Thailand trip was such an amazing experience, it completely changed my life and is responsible for sparking my incessant wanderlust desire!
As you can imagine, I was incredibly excited to return back to Thailand, my first love.
I was interested to see if my mindset has changed, would I still love it as much now that I've been to over twenty countries? (Spoiler alert: I do!).
Here is what I got up to in a fun-filled week in the vibrant capital city, my first stop in my month-long travels through Thailand.


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21 June 2017

The BEST day in Bangkok: Incredible Temple & City Tour


I spent a fun week in Bangkok recently (travel diary post coming next) and my absolute highlight was the day I did a full-day city and temple tour with the wonderful Oriental Escape.

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16 June 2017

My Jakarta Experience: The Good & the Bad | Travel Diary


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Visiting Jakarta was a very different experience for me. While I initially regretting going at first, and almost bought an early plane ticket out of there, I decided to give it a shot and in the end, I'm glad I did.
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14 June 2017

Vila Lumbung, a slice of Ubud in Seminyak


My final night in Bali was spent at the luxurious Hotel Vila Lumbung in Seminyak, which was the perfect way to finish my wonderful time here.

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13 June 2017

The One Legian, a Party-Goer's Paradise


After an amazing week in Bali with my friends, it was the start of my solo adventure.
My first night was spent in the popular area of Kuta at The One Legian.

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6 June 2017

The BEST week in Bali | Travel Diary


My four best friends and two of their partners from New Zealand met me in Bali and we all had the greatest week ever! We were celebrating a milestone birthday for Angela, plus we all wanted to holiday together again as it had been six months since our last trip to Rarotonga!
Here are a few favourites of the million photos I took and snippets of what we got up to in a fun-filled week:

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28 May 2017

The Akmani, an oasis in upbeat Legian


My travel adventure around Southeast Asia kicked off to a great start with my first night spent at the wonderful Akmani Legian in Bali, Indonesia.

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15 May 2017

Answers I'm Seeking: Travels in Southeast Asia


It's now officially less than 24 hours until I am off on my two-month overseas adventure in Southeast Asia. This time I'm going with a different perspective as to how I possibly would as a regular holiday-maker.

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7 May 2017

Best Places To Eat: Hanoi, Vietnam


Oh, how I miss delightfully fresh and flavoursome Vietnamese cuisine from its homeland.
I don't have to wait too long to have it again, as I have recently booked returning in July at the end of my Southeast Asian adventure. This time, I will have the pleasure of visiting Danang and Hoi An -  I can't wait!

This is my second Vietnamese food post, with my first one focusing on Ho Chi Minh City.
It was about time to write up my favourite particular cuisines and where to get them from the capital city, Hanoi. Here are my top recommendations that I thoroughly enjoyed if you're heading there yourself:
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1 May 2017

Ultimate Packing List for Southeast Asia


Southeast Asia is one of the most popular regions in the world for travelling; being so diverse in cultures, history, having amazing cuisines and a delightfully warm climate.
Best of all, it is pretty easy to travel around at a low-cost, making it accessible for all types of budgets.

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22 April 2017

Top 10 German Foods to try!


German food is rich, hearty and delicious and many top German dishes make great comfort food. After first visiting Germany in 2014 and then living there in 2015, I fell in love with a lot (all) of the delicious food on offer.
Each region has its own specialty dishes and variations, and although it is very popular, German cuisine is so much more than just sausage and meat.
If you are heading there for the first time here are 10 top German foods you have to try:

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20 April 2017

Upcoming Travel Plans: One Way Ticket to Southeast Asia!


I have just started finalising my next big travel plans today, and as I had a whole week off blogging over the Easter break and I'm so excited from booking tickets, I just had to gush write all about it!
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11 April 2017

L O N D O N | 25 Top Spots to visit!


London is such a fascinating, vibrant and eclectic city. Being so large and diverse, there are countless amazing things to see and do, so this post focuses on my top tourist attractions and spots to visit, particularly for first-timers.

This is part two of my London guide, check out: L O N D O N | Top 10 Travel Tips if you haven't already. Of course, absolutely do whatever you wish to in London - these are just some of my favourite places and recommended things to do that I really enjoyed myself, to give you some ideas and inspiration.

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7 April 2017

Best Places To Eat: Ho Chi Minh City


I spent a wonderful two weeks in Vietnam in December, and as always I learned as much as I could and very much enjoyed the delights of the local cuisine. Vietnamese pride their food on being fresh, healthy and bursting with flavour.
I am in no way an expert just from my short stay there, but I have some great recommendations for gems that I did find.

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3 April 2017

Tips To Have The BEST Flight Ever



I’d like to think that I’m a pretty good flier at this point. This of course, wasn't always the case. I still remember the very first time I had to catch a plane by myself like it was yesterday...

I made sure to leave for the airport with plenty of time to spare, but I unwittingly didn't factor into that time rush-hour traffic - or the case of a natural disaster... there happened to be a major earthquake (not in my city thankfully) but it meant the roads were packed and the airport (once I finally arrived) was chaotic due to planes being stranded.

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29 March 2017

A fun weekend in Sydney! Photo Diary


I had a splendid weekend with my partner in crime in Sydney catching a show, sightseeing and enjoying delicious food. I also got the chance to play with my new camera - the Sony RX 100 iv, so below is a mixture of photos from that and my S7 phone, as well as a little vlog I have already made for YouTube.
This was our third trip to Sydney already this year, except the last two times were just for specific things on that evening (a Puscifer and a Guns N Roses concert) and we didn't actually get to see much of the city.

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23 March 2017

P A R I S | Top Travel Tips!


They say you either instantly fall in love with Paris or stay completely indifferent to the city for good. Before my first trip several people warned me saying:
"Paris isn't all it's cracked up to be, it's just famous because of the Eiffel Tower."
"Paris is so dirty."
"The people are all rude and snobs."
Well, let me tell you - I am so glad I'm not one of those people that let others form an opinion for me before deciding for myself.
Because all of those preconceived ideas or stereotypes are just out of the mouths of those who may have had a single negative experience, but you simply cannot judge an entire city from that.

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20 March 2017

Three Greek Islands not to miss on your next trip to Greece



I spent an incredible week cruising through the Greek Islands back in August 2015 and it was the time of my life! I wish I could have spent longer in each place, but our particular trip just got a taster of six Aegean Islands nestled between Greece and Turkey.
It was great on the one hand to see so many different islands and to know exactly which ones I wish to return to next time for longer.
Here are my three favourite islands we went to, which you should definitely not miss out on your next trip to Greece!
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14 March 2017

Best of Rome: Three Day Itinerary


Aah, Rome. The Eternal City is one of my all-time favourite places to visit in Europe.
It is bursting with astounding history, incredible art, the world's best pasta and gelato to indulge in, Baroque churches, infamous landmarks and fabulous shopping.
After more than 2000 years in existence, there is enough to explore to keep you busy for years, but if you only have a few days to explore Rome- here is a three full-day itinerary which is perfect for a first-time visitor. 
Of course, do customise it how you like, these are simply top places to visit in central Rome with some insider tips to help make the most of your time there.

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3 March 2017

Eleven Quotes to Inspire the Travel Dreamer in You


I do love a good quote.

They can bring a comfort that those wild dreams you long to chase might not be such a crazy idea after all.

There's a dreamer in all of us, and sometimes we just need a boost or reminder that it is really possible to achieve anything you set your mind to.

If you're in need of a little motivation today, I've put together eleven of my favourite quotes using my own photos, to hopefully inspire the travel dreamer in you, and to get out there and live your best life.

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28 February 2017

Top Places to Eat & Drink near Seminyak, Bali


One of my absolute favourite things about exploring a new country and culture is trying the local cuisine. I've had the pleasure of visiting Indonesia's most popular island twice (and will be going back for the third time in May) and I can't get enough of the rich and bold flavours of Indonesian food.
I've previously written a Bali Travel Guide & Tips post if you're heading there for the first time yourself and would like more information on Bali.
This post is specific to places near Seminyak as that is where I have spent the most time and where the majority of my favourites happen to be. I have only spent two full days in Ubud and less than that in the Canggu, Uluwatu and Nusa Dua areas.

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21 February 2017

Hotel & Wedding Destination Review: Pacific Resort Rarotonga


I can't believe it has already been three months since I got married in Rarotonga!
The time certainly has flown by, I can imagine it will be one year before I know it.

It was about time I wrote about the wonderful Pacific Resort, who made our wedding day and the months leading up to it such a breeze, as they took care of absolutely everything.
The communication, special touches and their experience all made them the perfect choice as a wedding venue (as well as a fabulous resort to stay at) and I couldn't recommend them more if you are looking at having a tropical destination wedding yourself.
It really was the ultimate dream wedding location and my now husband and I couldn't be happier that we chose to have it with them.
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