Australia

Australia

  • Tips for Driving on the Left - Wouldn't world travel be so much easier if everyone drove on the same side? Maybe! But what's the fun in that? I've driven on the left a few times in my life, and ridden in a car driving on the left even more often. It's really not so bad!
  • What to Know Before You Visit Australia - Heading to a "land down under" soon? It's an absolute favorite of mine, so I can highly recommend it! But before you go, there are a few things to know that could give you a little help on your trip.
  • How to Apply for an Australian Tourist Visa - In case you haven't heard yet... I'm headed to Australia and New Zealand this week! I have two long layovers in Sydney, Australia, on my way to and from Christchurch, New Zealand, and I may be making my way back Down Under in the next few months, so I needed to get a Tourist Visa.
  • What I Ate: Iconic Eats - When one thinks of England, they think of Big Ben... and fish 'n chips. When one thinks of Hawaii, they think of hula girls... and pigs roasted in the ground! Come along with me on a culinary adventure of the most iconic foods I've ever eaten--so far!
  • What to Eat in Australia - It's everyone's favorite: What I Ate Wednesday! Today I feel like going Down Under to one of my favorite places: Australia!

Cairns

  • What to Eat in Cairns, Australia - I've been revamping some of my early blogging material, and walking down memory lane to Cairns has been a special delight!
  • 5 Days at the Great Barrier Reef, Australia - Looking for a tropical, iconic, historic getaway? Start planning your trip to Cairns, Australia! From holding koalas to diving at the Great Barrier Reef, there's something for everyone in beautiful Queensland. I was blown away by the beauty of this area of the world, and I hope you will be, too!
  • 10 Reasons to Visit Cairns, Australia - This week I'm jetting you off to one of the most memorable places I've ever been: Cairns, Australia. Where else can you hold a koala? Basically nowhere! Between the wildlife, the Great Barrier Reef, and the laid back feel of this coastal Australian town, Cairns is a place you just don't forget!
  • How to Spend Your Last Day in Cairns - I didn’t realize quite how far away the Botanic Gardens were from the Esplanade, but that’s all right. Steve and I both like a good walk! We got there with about 15 minutes to spare before the guided tour began. We got more information about the rain forest and saw many beautiful flowers, including the largest flower in the world and the oldest and largest tree in the Botanic Gardens!
  • How to Hold a Koala (and how NOT to eat vegemite) - Steve and I were in for quite a treat today—holding koalas and exploring the rain forest! We took and excursion up to Kuranda, which is a former hippie village in the rainforest, just above Cairns. The bus was a bit late, but everything seemed to be running late that morning, according to the bus drivers (we had to change buses a time or two).
  • How to Enjoy the Great Barrier Reef (when you’re a little afraid of the ocean) - Cairns (pronounced "cans"), here we come! Cairns is in the northern-most part of Australia in the state of Queensland, Australia's Sunshine State! As soon as we walked off the plane, we felt a wonderfully warm temperature: 26 degrees (79 degrees F)!

Sydney

  • 4 Perfect Days in Sydney - Someone asked recently for itineraries for Australia, any length and any destinations within the country. Much to my surprise, I only had one itinerary: One Day in Sydney. Whoops! Steve's and my first trip together was to Sydney and Cairns, and this is the first part of our itinerary.
  • Solo Travel: Sydney, Australia - I've been to Sydney three times now, and the only question I have left is why in the world did I wait so long?! I don't want you to have to ask yourself the same question, so here is your quick guide to traveling solo to crazy-wonderful Sydney, Australia!
  • 7 Things to Know Before You Visit Sydney - If you're headed to Australia, odds are you'll fly into Sydney as your destination, or simply for a layover before flying off somewhere else Down Under. If that's the case for you, here are a few Sydney-specific facts and tips!
  • What to Eat in Sydney - Are you ready to dine Down Under? Here's a sneak peek at what we ate on our recent trip to one of our favorite cities in the world: Sydney, Australia!
  • How to Spend 1 Day in Sydney, Australia - Whether you're there on a long layover, tack on an extra day to a business trip, or you're just passing through before exploring the rest of the Australian continent, Sydney is a perfect place to spend a day. You can see and do so many iconic things in a short time here because its all close together, and it's almost always sunny in Sydney!
  • Instagrammable Sydney, Australia - You will find no shortage of iconic photo ops in Sydney and surrounds, and I've put together this quick list of locations, along with some tips, so you can get the best photos and say you #diditforthegram!
  • 10 Reasons to Visit Sydney - This week's post is all about my original "unreachable" travel dream: a trip to Sydney, Australia. Ever since I was a little girl, I was fascinated with Australia--unique animals, the Sydney Opera House, winter in the summer and summer in the winter--it was incredible to me!

Uluru

  • What to Pack for the Outback: Men’s Edition - The Outback is the ultimate adventure! It's a rugged desert with wide open spaces and big, cloudless skies. It was a challenge to pack for an Australian winter in the desert, but I think we did a pretty good job! Here's what I packed for my husband.
  • Tips for Visiting the Outback - The Outback! It's rugged, dangerous, and completely iconic Australian. But there are a few things you need to be prepared for first. For instance, Australia is home to seven out of the ten most poisonous snakes in the world. And the spiders---oh, the spiders!
  • 4 Days at Uluru - We loved our trip to Uluru in Australia's Red Centre! At first we didn't know how many days to spend or what all there was to do other than look at the gigantic red rocks, but we quickly learned that there was plenty to keep us occupied.
  • What to Pack for the Outback: Women’s Edition - We chose to visit Uluru in winter because I love my husband and would rather he didn’t die of heatstroke. But with temperatures ranging from the 30s to the 70s, unrelenting sun, and a significant bug factor, it was quite a challenge to pack everything we needed within our 10 kg luggage weight limit.
  • What to Eat at Uluru - What I did find was kangaroo, emu, wattleseed, and lots of bush tomatoes! So here's your sneak peek at what we really ate in the Australian Outback at Ayers Rock Resort!
  • Staying at Ayers Rock Resort: Sails in the Desert - There is exactly one place to stay if you want to visit Uluru, and that is Ayers Rock Resort in Yulara. There are actually eight accommodations of various price ranges on the property, and guests of each location have access to the amenities of all the locations!
  • Flying JetStar MEL-AYQ - One of the only ways to get to Uluru is on JetStar, an Australian airline. If you're considering a trip to Australia's "Red Centre," here's our experience to help you plan!
  • What to Know Before You Visit Uluru - This is the reaction I got most often when I told people Steve and I were headed to Uluru for my birthday: "What? Where's that?" I was genuinely surprised that so few people knew about Uluru in Australia's Red Centre!
  • 10 Things to Do at Uluru - So, the thing to do at Uluru is, well, Uluru! But what does that mean? What exactly does one “do” at Uluru? There’s a lot, actually! Here’s a quick list of the best things to do at Uluru, besides just the Rock itself.
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