Travel

With bags and a boarding pass, I’m happiest when adventure lays ahead. 35 countries and counting. Come away with me! 

  • The Great Wall of China – Jiankou to Mutianyu
    When planning our three week trip to China last year, some sights were an absolute given. The Great Wall of China was a must-see for both my boyfriend and I, and as we were flying into Beijing, it was one … Read more
  • My Must-Do in Beijing, China
    My boyfriend and I's arrival in China was far from glamourous. We'd caught a red eye flight from Perth, Australia, had a layover in Singapore and upon landing in Beijing, I raced to find a toilet due to – I … Read more
  • 10 Things I Didn’t Expect in Beijing, China
    People had mixed reactions when I told them my boyfriend and I were going to China. They ranged from congratulatory and enthusiastic, to puzzlement and even cautionary. My sister, who'd live in China for a year, was predictably the most … Read more
  • Your 10 Favourite Posts of 2017
    Whether you're loving days at the beach or watching it snow outside, the holiday season has arrived! It's the perfect time to reflect on the year gone by. What are you most proud of? What memory fills you with the … Read more
  • Our Three Week China Itinerary
    I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw how cheap the flights were. Perth, Australia to Beijing was just AU$280 return with Singapore Airlines! It was November 2016 and I'd spotted the deal at 5.30am on my way to the … Read more
  • First-Timer’s Guide to Santorini, Greece
    For too long I'd scrolled through social media and been tormented by friends travelling through the Greek islands. My only visit to this Mediterranean nation was as a backpacker in 2005, when I revelled in the culture, kebabs and affordability … Read more
  • Catching the Athens to Santorini Ferry
    The sun was rising, the air was fresh and the water was calm. It was mid-May in the Greek capital of Athens and under any other circumstances, the scene would've been beautiful. Except my boyfriend and I had barely slept … Read more
  • One Night in Florence, Italy
    I'd heard the most wonderful things about Florence. Called Firenze locally, the capital of Italy's Tuscany region is 280 kilometres (170 miles) or three hours drive from Rome. Friends everywhere had told me how beautiful the city was, filled with Renaissance … Read more
  • How to Get From Cinque Terre to Santorini
    They say half the fun of a holiday is planning it and I completely agree. Pondering destinations, gushing at hotels and restaurants, weighing up attractions… all against the backdrop of counting down to your departure date. But the excitement can … Read more
  • A Night at Crown Towers Perth
    When you think of a family vacation, what jumps to mind? A camping trip or a week away in Bali, Florida or Spain? In my family, we can barely meet for dinner without a month's notice. It was therefore a rare … Read more
  • Cinque Terre’s Hiking Trails in Detail
    I've shared My Guide to Cinque Terre and my Tips for Hiking in the region, but the final post in this series covers exactly where my boyfriend and I trekked over three days. We were staying in Monterosso, the biggest of … Read more
  • Tips for Hiking Cinque Terre, Italy
    Hiking is something I never thought I'd enjoy. Walking up a hill all day in chunky boots and unattractive attire had as much appeal to me as rolling in grass during hayfever season. But I like running outdoors and I believe … Read more
  • Italy’s Incredible Cinque Terre: My Guide
    About a year ago, my boyfriend and I sat down with a giant piece of cardboard, a handful of Sharpies and our laptops. We'd booked return flights to London to see one of my best friends get married and we … Read more
  • My Pre-Holiday Checklist
    Jetsetting around the world may seem glamorous but any traveller knows it takes a lot of work. Even if you're on organised tours, there's still the real life stuff at home to take care of before you fly out. Will … Read more
  • Seeing Nice, France in Five Hours
    How much of a city can you see in five hours? That was the challenge my boyfriend and I faced in Nice, France during our recent trip to Europe. Our train arrived on a Sunday at 10.30pm and we were … Read more
  • Three Days in Beaune, France
    Have you ever had a travel vision you desperately wanted to make reality? For a year, I'd dreamed of cycling through French villages and drinking chardonnay. Yes, I'm utterly city-centric but vineyards don't grow downtown. When my boyfriend and I had … Read more
  • A Day Trip to Edinburgh, Scotland
    There are several things I consider travel jackpot. A flight upgrade. A hotel upgrade. Any upgrade. Early check-in after a red eye flight. Being the only couple booked on a group tour. Lift access at a train station! But another one of … Read more
  • Cathay Pacific Lounge, Hong Kong
    I've slept at airports, freshened up with baby wipes and on one unfortunate occasion, flown in day-old clothing without a toothbrush. Flying is not glamorous (at least, not the kind I do) and no amount of hot towels from stewards, mid-flight underwear … Read more
  • Travel-Friendly Foods
    Hands up if you've succumbed to $7 Pringles on a plane? Or spent $28 on room service after a late night arrival, only to realise your body just needed a few mouthfuls? Whether you're flying a low-cost airline or want … Read more
  • A Guide to Queenstown, NZ
    I'm a city-dweller. I like to holiday in big cities. I like exploring the complex jungles of concrete, bars and metro systems. Nature is something I find in city parks or on a day-trip before returning to the sanctuary of … Read more
  • Bali for Beginners
    My first trip to the Indonesian island of Bali was with my Dad when I was about 10 years old. My parents told me it was a reward for learning to swim – in reality, Dad probably wanted some time … Read more
  • Essential Apps Before You Fly
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  • A Weekend in Las Vegas
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  • Three Days in Santa Monica, California
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