ABU DHABI + AFRICA: 3 WEEK PACKING LIST

PACKING , TRAVEL • Dec 14, 2017
travel packing

It’s holiday packing time again!

JJ and I are off on a long-awaited trip to Abu Dhabi, Rwanda and Zanzibar. We’ll be overseas for three weeks in total, and will be ticking gorilla and chimp trekking off the bucket list! Before I go, here’s my plane outfit, and what I’m packing in my carry-on and checked bag for this trip. I wrote about in-flight essentials in another post if you want to check out what’s in my handbag/personal item.

Comfy plane outfit

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ORANGE NSW: A WEEKENDERS GUIDE

AUSTRALIA , DESTINATIONS , SYDNEY LIFE , TRAVEL • Jun 2, 2017

Cosy country escape

For ages JJ and I have been talking about visiting the New South Wales central west region of Orange – it’s known as the ‘food basket’ of NSW, and is a renowned cold-climate wine growing area, so we knew it’d be right up our street. I’d also heard that the area is really beautiful in the Autumn months. We don’t really get a proper Autumn where we live in Sydney ’cos we don’t have many deciduous trees by the beach, so I was looking forward to kicking big piles of fallen leaves while walking in the crisp country air…..and quaffing vino. (more…)

SYDNEY: TOP 20 FREE THINGS TO DO

AUSTRALIA , LIFESTYLE , SYDNEY LIFE , TRAVEL • May 7, 2017
Free Sydney

Budget-friendly tips for a crazy expensive city

Usually, if there’s a long weekend coming up JJ and I will pack our camping gear and head up or down the NSW coast on a road trip. We started having a look at camp sites for the Easter break in early February but soon realised we’d left it a bit too late this time – everything was booked out, waaaaah! We weren’t keen on paying school holiday rates to stay in a B&B or hotel somewhere as we’re saving for another big overseas adventure. So we settled for a budget friendly, hassle-free Easter staycation (to be honest we were both super excited just to have 4 days off work!). After many weeks of horrible wet weather, we were treated to a long weekend of glorious sunshine which allowed us to really make the most of living in this beautiful part of the world. (more…)

NO TRAVEL PLANS?

LIFESTYLE , PLANNING , TRAVEL • Dec 8, 2016
Travel Planning

How to be a world adventurer when you can’t travel far from home

It’s been a little quiet over here on the blog lately, all I can say is that life just gets busier than you expect sometimes. Since returning from Canada I’ve been on multiple interstate work trips, started a new role at work (while maintaining the old role in lieu of my replacement), plus I’ve been to a steady stream of weddings, baby showers, christenings and birthdays. Most of us can’t continually travel the globe for either financial, health or family reasons. Here are my favourite ways to get a travel fix during those crazy busy times when I can’t leave home for a while. (more…)

6 DAYS IN THE YUKON TERRITORY

CANADA , DESTINATIONS , TRAVEL • Sep 11, 2016
Yukon

Canada’s smallest and westernmost territory

Seeing photos of the Yukon’s national parks was what first convinced me that I needed to visit Canada. The territory is wild, mountainous and very sparsely populated with only about 35,000 people on almost half a million km squared. (more…)

5 DAYS IN CHURCHILL, MANITOBA

CANADA , DESTINATIONS , TRAVEL • Sep 2, 2016
Churchill

Visiting the polar bear capital of the world

On the edge of the Arctic and the western shore of Hudson Bay lies the small frontier town of Churchill. This unique community is accessible only by plane or train, with Thompson, about 400km to the south, being the nearest settlement.

Churchill is most famous for being situated on a polar bear migratory path. During autumn, bears head towards the shores of Hudson Bay from the tundra, earning Churchill the nickname ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’. Residents of Churchill leave their cars and houses unlocked to offer an escape for pedestrians who encounter polar bears in town. (more…)