Natural Wonders Bucket List

We have put together a natural wonders bucket list that will give you all those wanderlust feels. There are so many beautiful places to choose from and we hope we get the chance to visit each and every one of them. There are so many wonderful sights from crystal caves to magnificent waterfalls, lakes and mud volcanoes that have made rock formations that look like a work of art.

Mud Volcanoes, Gobustan, Azerbaijan
The mud volcanoes are Just 65 kilometres south of Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, we have heard the mud volcanoes of Gobustan have a strangely Martian landscape appearance. Small volcanoes that still throw out some mud, which is thought to have medicinal qualities apparently you will see people stripping down and smothering themselves with it.

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path National Trail, Wales, UK
Situated in southwest Wales, this path twists for 300 kilometres from St. Dogmaels to Amroth. The weather is not always good (as expected), but rumour has it on a sunny day, it is one of the most beautiful places you will find on your travels. You can join the trail in different locations, and if you are lucky you might even see seals in the waters below. There are also guided walks if you prefer to be with someone who knows the trail well.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has some of the most stunning views trust us! The sea life and coral is just stunning and something everyone has to see once in their life. Some of the Great Barrier Reef tours from Cairns offer glass-bottomed boats, which will let you see even more. They also give you the chance for snorkelling and diving as part of your trip which I (Rach) did when I travelled Australia and it was INCREDIBLE!

Verdon Gorge, Provence, France
Verdon Gorge is known for being one of Europe’s most beautiful gorges. We really want to swim in the clear blue waters of the Verdon River that flows through for 25 kilometres. It is also meant to be a popular destination for rock climbers if that takes your fancy.

Ayers Rock, Australia

This is probably ones of Australia best-known landmarks.  To the aboriginal Anangu custodians, it is a sacred place and climbing it is considered to be disrespectful to them. It is also dangerous but viewed from as close as you are safe to go, it is a truly amazing sight.

Angel Falls, Venezuela
This waterfall cascades from the largest tabletop mountain in Venezuela and is the highest waterfall in the world. It is located in a remote jungle, which you can only reach by plane. The local people work as guides so that you can see how most of the water evaporates on its way down and never reaches the bottom.

Cascate del Mulino, Saturnia, Tuscany, Italy
The waters that come from the natural springs have a temperature of about 37.5 C, and they run down as a series of small waterfalls to different levels. It is said that a 10 minutes soak in these mineral waters will help to relieve the discomfort of many ailments, including muscle and joint aches and pains!

Iguazu falls, Argentina
Located in Argentina, these falls are simply stunning that they have to be on our bucket list. Just look up images and you’ll want to head there tomorrow. These are the largest waterfalls in the world so are pretty impressive.

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
With the bluest waters ever seen you must add Moraine Lake to your bucket list. Trust us you will want to sit and stare at this lake for hours. You can also hire a canoe and really impress your friends with incredible pictures. Whilst you’re here find some time to visit Lake Louise and walk to Big Beehive for incredible views. There is so much to see in Banff National Park, just keep a look out for bears!

These are just a few of the places that you should consider including on your natural wonders bucket list. Every country in the world has amazing sights somewhere in them; it is just a case of finding the ones you want to see!

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5 Unhealthy Mistakes New Travellers Could Make

Travelling for the first time can be an absolutely incredible experience, Rachel’s first solo trip was to Australia. Just like us any new traveller goes through a rollercoaster of different emotions; feeling scared because they are away from home for the first time, excited at being in a new place alone, apprehensive because they don’t know what to expect while also feeling thrilled.

When you decide to go travelling, it’s a turning point in your life (lol sorry but it’s true). However, many new travellers make unhealthy mistakes that can ruin their trips and end up cutting them short. Read on to find out what they are so that you don’t end up doing the same!

Buying Street Food In Quiet Areas
Street food is a great way to save money on meals while you travel, but buying it in a quiet area is usually a mistake. This usually means that the food isn’t as fresh, so you could end up falling ill with food poisoning. It’s much safer to get food from places where there are a lot of people around. This way, you can be sure that it’s freshly cooked.

Drinking The Tap Water
This is something your parents may have drilled into you from a young age, but we will say it again; drinking the tap water in many foreign countries can result in a horrible illness, and you could find yourself on the toilet for the remainder of your trip (sorry if TMI). Always buy bottled water, and feel better about contributing to plastic waste by making sure you recycle it or take a reusable bottle with you.

Failing To Get Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is an absolute essential. In some countries it is compulsory, in others it isn’t – but you should get it wherever you decide to go. Travel insurance won’t stop you from falling ill or hurting yourself, but it’ll help to protect you financially should you need hospital treatment or to cut your trip short. You never know what might happen, so don’t risk it!

Dressing appropriately for the weather, comfort depending on your activity, and the culture that you’re visiting is a must. You might even find that it’s better to buy clothes once you arrive as they are really cheap and help you fit in with the locals! Make sure you do lots of research you can find out lots of info on the countries you are planning on visit online, whether that’s on how to enjoy a healthy umrah or something else you’ve put on your bucket list.

Drinking Too Much
Not only is waking up with a hangover when you’re supposed to be exploring no fun; it’s pretty dangerous. You never know what could happen so always have your wits about you. If you’re travelling alone you’re putting yourself at risk just a little bit more! Limit your drinks and something we have always done is written a note in our room, saying where we are going and when we expect to be back. Try and make some friends in your hostel and head out with them!

Forgetting Sunscreen
If you’re doing anything other than a beach holiday, it’s all too easy to think that you can forget about sunscreen. Wrong! Sunscreen is important even if the sun isn’t shining, so make sure you take some with you and slap it on before leaving. In many counties you can buy massive suncream pots with handles, so just tie to your rucksack and you’ll never be caught short!

The Best Travel Hacks Out There

We love a good hack especially when it saves us money! We go on lots of weekends away and therefore never really need to pay for a suitcase in the hols! Read our travel hacks below and see if they help save you a little extra cash! That money you were spending could even be put towards another weekend break!

It doesn’t matter where in the world you heading off to, these travel hacks are total game changers (well they have been for us).

FORGET ABOUT FOLDING
Did you know that folding your clothes actually takes up far more space than rolling your clothes, oh and it also reduces crease marks! You can thank us later. Were possible we always carry our bags with us instead of putting them in the hold, you can actually take on a relatively big bag as well so there is no need to spend the extra money. So the next time you go away try and roll-up your clothes or if you are feeling particularly snazzy vacuum-pack them.

READ ON KINDLES
Gone are the days where you have to choose only two books to take on holiday! We read SO much on holiday two books just aren’t enough and we end up not know what to do when we are on holiday! Well you don’t have to Kindles (other e-readers are available) are a great way of saving space, saving on weight and, best of all, reading while on a lilo without a worry in the world. Yup.. the latest models also tend to be waterproof (so cool)!

FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS
Sites like Skyscanner have so many cheap flights and there are also subscription services out there which will find cheap flights for you. Sure, going down this route doesn’t allow you to search for your bucket list destinations, from Brisbane to LA, but it will convince you to go-go-go when your destinations come up.

CITY CAR RENTALS ONLY
We’ve all been to airports and seen that row of car rental booths and there is no denying that car rentals are a great way to see the country you are visiting but just don’t hire from the airport as they up the prices so wait until you reach your destination instead.

DUTY FREE BAG
This is a hack we only recently discovered and we LOVE it! We hate that all the different airlines have different rules on hand baggage some you can only take one bag others you can take 2 bags (1 small wheelie suitcase and a hand bag). This make travelling much more complicated, especially if you fly somewhere with one airline and back with another. However we have a sneaky solution, all airlines also allow a duty free bag. So why not head to duty free buy something small and ask for a large carrier bag, you can then put your hand bag in here and not have to worry about stuffing it into you suitcase….. genius!

City Life Down Under…Brisbane

Sydney and Perth are main cities that people want to visit when heading down under. However we cannot forget about wonderful Brisbane.

Brisbane is know as a city that provides so many different things for so many people. The modern Australian city has a variety of food, entertainment, nightlife, and much more! Here is what Brisbane has to offer…

FOOD
There is so much in the way of food, from the traditional Australian cuisines, which consists of lots of fish, and also lots of sophisticated styles that have a fast food twist. KFD, yes, actually stands for Kentucky Fried Duck sounds so good and we would love to try it we have heard it is delicious. On the other hand, there are restaurants that have a sophisticated air about them, Il Centro provides lots of fish, but, as the name suggests, modern Italian food is the order of service. Il Centro has all of the details if you wanted to book a table there. There are places where you can get your pizzas and pastas, but also delicacies, such as coconut lobster curry from the Longtime restaurant.

WATER TOURS
If you want to see Brisbane by sea, you’ve got so many different options. the Brisbane River High Tea Cruise lets you indulge in sweet treats while you are being whisked down the Brisbane river on a paddle wheeler. Or if you looking for something a bit more you can take the 4 hour Brisbane River cruise, where you can hire your own private vessel, and even have a party. The https://eventcruises.com.au website gives you all of the information. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the sights of Brisbane from the river, a water tour is a sophisticated way to do it.

ADVENTURE
You can’t talk about Australia without the mountains and rocks that provide any adrenaline junkie with their fix. But we’re talking about Brisbane here. And while the great outdoors in Brisbane is hard to find, instead you can enjoy the thrill of rock climbing or abseiling in Kangaroo Point Cliffs. It’s a safe, adrenaline fuelled descent down a rocky cliff, but with the added views of the Brisbane river. As you make your descent, you will see exactly what Brisbane has to offer, while also conquering your fears.

WILDLIFE
While Australia has its fair share of wildlife, the amount of expeditions you can go on from Brisbane are too many to list. You can go on day trips from Brisbane to the Lamington National Park, or head to  the world famous Australia Zoo, home of the crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. This zoo is a must visit if you have time, make sure you get a selfie with a kangaroo! Or if you are looking for your share of koalas, you could head to the Brisbane Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where you get an insight into one of the most famous South Australian mammals.

Brisbane has so much to offer, and it’s not just the cityscape that proves to be attractive. Instead, you can learn so much about Australia’s which heritage, relax on the river, and see a koala, all within one city. But don’t forget about the lightning…

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Why we are going to Make Broadbeach Our Next Holiday Destination

If you’re looking for your next holiday destination, but you can’t seem to find any inspiration, let us help you out by suggesting Broadbeach in Queensland, Australia.

We visited Australia in 2016 and still look back at the pictures from our time there and wish we could teleport back to this amazing country.

Australia is always a popular destination due to its inviting tropical climate, enchanting wildlife and beautiful beaches, and it is fair to say that Broadbeach is one of the best parts of Australia, especially for travellers from the UK. Here’s why:

AMAZING BEACHES

Broadbeach is home to some 50 miles of pristine golden beaches right on the Gold Coast. Whether you live for lounging on the beach topping up your tan or you love the surf, you will not be disappointed by the offering there.

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

The Gold Coast, which is where Broadbeach is located, is home to many luxury apartments and holiday homes, which you can find out more about now. If you’re looking to get away from it all in style, it is the perfect place to be.

THE SUN (almost) always shining

Broadbeach gets approximately 245 days of sunshine each year, which means that your holiday is unlikely to be a washout if you travel there. We have been on so many holidays expecting amazing weather and it’s just rained and been a disappointment. However in Broadbeach you’ll certainly be able to work on your tan, explore the local beaches or check out the Australian wildlife at your leisure.

THE THEME PARKS ARE FUN

The area in and around Broadbeach is home to several extremely fun and thrilling theme parks, including Dreamworld and Infinity Attraction, as you can see here. We love to be active on holiday as well as chilling so if you’re like us and looking for thrills and spills, it really is the perfect place to base yourself in Australia.

THE BLUES ON BROADBEACH FESTIVAL

The Blues on Broadbeach Festival is held each May in the suburb, and it is a fantastic party with some of the best music. The most chilled out people and the biggest spectacles you’ll see all year, oh and it’s completely free too, we love anything that’s free!

THEY LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE

Broadbeach is also home to a vast array of bars and nightclubs catering to every possible taste. Whether you prefer to sip posh cocktails in a chilled environment or you prefer to dance the night away in a dark club, Broadbeach has you covered and what’s better than drinking a cocktail in the warm weather!

EVERYTHING IS NEARBY

Whether you’re looking for cafes, nightclubs, restaurants or grocery stores, if you’re based in Broadbeach, you can find it all within easy walking distance which means that it is a very convenient destination for the average traveller. As you already know we love walking so anywhere that allows us to walk to places it’s a yes from us!

THE SEA FOOD

Eat at any beachside cafe or restaurant in Broadbeach, and you won’t be disappointed by the freshness of the seafood on offer. Seafood always tastes better on holiday and it’s no different when visiting Australia!

DESIGNER GOODS ARE IN ABUNDANCE

Broadbeach is quite an affluent suburb of Queensland, and as a result, there are lots of designer shops located there. So, if shopping is your thing, you really couldn’t find a better place to be, not in Australia anyway. Make sure you leave space in your suitcase to bring stuff back!

ITS PEACEFUL

Because it is in the suburbs, Broadbeach is also a pretty chilled out, relaxing place to be, especially if you head there off-season. So, if you’re looking for relaxation with all of the home comforts, it will outdo itself.

Put simply Broadbeach is the place to be!

24 hours in Sydney

It has nearly been a year since I returned from my solo trip along the East Coast of Australia so it only seemed fitting to remember my time in Australia with a post about my favourite city – Sydney.

Sydney is without a doubt absolutely amazing, with shops, restaurants and even a beach what is not to love?!

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If we had 24 hours in the city there is so much we would love to do, it would be hard to fit it in but manageable for sure!

A great location to stay is around Central station as the transport links are fab. If we were staying here we would wake up and go to breakfast at Devon Cafe,  which serves delicious breakfast and a great affogato coffee. The breakfast here is quite unique with different flavour combinations. We would then head to Paddy’s Market for some browsing. This iconic market is huge and there lots of cool shops to browse.If we were staying in Kings Cross then we would wake up and go to breakfast at Uliveto, which has an amazing menu and great outdoor seating area.

We would then jump on the train and head to Circular Quay which gets you out right by Sydney Harbour Bridge. Although you can pay to walk across the top of the bridge, however you are also able to walk across the bridge for free from. From the Circular Quay side of the harbour you can start from The Rocks District, and follow a sign along George Street directing you towards a flight of stairs, take these stairs and your walk begins here! The walk might be long and when hot super sweaty but when in Sydney it’s something you have to do. Once at the other side walk to Milsons Point to take some pictures from the other side of the harbour.

Walk back along the bridge Pop to The Rocks District For a sport of lunch, there are some great Street food style restaurants here so lots to choose from, Dare is a good option, which offers Delicious And Responsible Eating. You can even sit and watch all the huge cruise liners arriving. Or eat at The Glenmore Hotel which serves pub grub and sit on the rooftop with amazing views of the Opera House (if you can get a seat on the right side!)

After lunch you can take a quick visit to Sydney Opera House to take some photos outside it! Then hop on the train to Bondi Junction and then take the 313 or 314 bus to Coogee. You will spend the afternoon doing the Coogee to Bondi walk. This is an amazing walk along the coast and is very easily signposted. The walk should take around 2 hours and has stunning views of the coast, and you will walk past lots of stunning quiet beaches, where you may want to stop and enjoy. End the walk chilling on Bondi Beach and maybe even treat yourself to some ice cream, give Gelato Messina a go!

Get back on either the 333, 380, 381, 382 bus to Bondi Junction or take the 333, 380, 389 straight to Circular Quay. Jump on a boat to Manly Beach, the Manly Fast Ferry is the quickest and only slightly more expensive! Walk straight down manly highstreet and checkout the beach. If you have time walk around the right hand side of the promenade to Shelly Beach which can often be a little quieter and in my opinion more beautiful as it’s like a little cove.

There are lots of places to choose for dinner depending on what cuisine you fancy.  Hugos serves wood-fired pizza and an amazing roof top terrace/bar. Or you can try Garfish and the clue is in the name to what you can eat here – seafood galore! This also has views to die for whilst enjoying your freshly caught fish!

Get the ferry back to Circular Quay whilst the sun sets over Sydney Harbour Bridge and snap some stunning pictures

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If you are visiting on a Saturday head to Darling Harbour for the free amazing firework display to end the day in style!

We certainly packed a lot into the day in Sydney but sure made the most of what is to be seen in this amazing city and we hope you found this useful!

2 months down under

As I was between jobs I took the opportunity to sadly leave the three brits for 2 months and go on an adventure on my own down under!

I was very nervous but it was one of the best things I have ever done, travelling on your own is very daunting but once you get settled and used to the travelling life the adventures you take and the amazing people you meet you forget about those nerves you once had. Travelling on your own is a great way to meet some absolutely incredible people, people are so friendly and welcoming and as you are on your own people want to talk to you, keep you company and get to know you. I have most definitely met some friends for life.

I started my adventure in Cairns, Australia and ended the east coast in Melbourne, visiting some incredible places on route and then heading to Queenstown, New Zealand. I could write a whole blog post but it would be the biggest essay, maybe even a dissertation, therefore highlights will have to do instead, the highlights will be in the order that I visited the places!

Australia

  1. Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef – I have never scuba dived before and therefore was super nervous to go down to the bottom of the ocean. We had a quick briefing lesson and then it was into the water to see if we could pass the quick breathing test. I was panicking and couldn’t grasp it at all, so my guide took me off on my own and once I was under the water I was fine. We were with our instructor the whole time, firstly all joined to him linking arms and then once he could see we were okay he let go of us. The great thing was that our instructor dealt with our oxygen tanks etc so we didn’t need to do anything except for swim and be in awe of life under the sea. It was incredible, the colours and the fast array of fish it was simply breath taking and something I will never forget. I even saw a reef shark, and of course Nemo!
  2. Whitsundays – I visited the Whitsundays on a sailing boat called the Siska. Here I met such a great bunch of people that I spent two days with and we had the best fun. The boat was small and sleeping wasn’t the most comfortable experience – imagine sleeping in a sauna! However the amazing Whitehaven Beach and snorkelling made up for it! The first day we visited Whitehaven Beach and it was so beautiful, just like the pictures. We spent the afternoon on the beach swimming with sting rays! Then it was back to the boat to find a place to moor for the evening where we had diving competitions before tucking into a delicious dinner. The next days was spent snorkelling in three different locations. Whitsundays is still part of the Great Barrier Reef so the snorkelling was incredible, I even swam with three different turtles!
  3. Fraser Island – I spent 3 nights and 4 days on Fraser Island on the Kingfisher Bay Resort. I was on the Cool Dingo tour with the most amazing, funny and knowledgable tour guide called Davy. We spent 3 days exploring the island seeing Lake Mackenzie, Champagne Pools, 75 Mile Beach the ship wreck and also an amazing sand dune along with plenty of other amazing sites. Fraser Island was the highlight of the East Coast for me, and I didn’t want to leave the incredible island. The highlight was taking the super small place that fits 7 people. There are only two locations in the world where planes take off and land on sand, Scotland and Fraser Island. The experience was incredible flying over the island and seeing 75 mile beach from the sky.
  4. Sydney – I loved Sydney, I am such a city girl so loved exploring the city seeing the Opera House, walking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and roof top bars. I was such a typical tourist when I visited but I really didn’t care!
  5. Melbourne – This is my all time favourite city, I loved my week here. I stayed in St Kilda so right by the beach and a lovely 20 minute tram ride away from the CBD. I was in Melboure for the St Kilda Festival and also White Night – both were so much fun. Melbourne is such a diverse city that reminded me of many European cities. I drank some delicious iced coffees and ate some super cheap sandwiches ($5 bargain!). I will be returning here for sure!

New Zealand

  1.  Abel Tasman – the beach at Kaiteriteri was simply stunning and I loved chilling spending the afternoon here. I also did a skydive at Moteka which is an experience I will never ever forget!  Jumping out a plane is something you cannot describe but the feeling was incredible and the views stunning. I could see both North Island and South Island and the beautiful beach surrounding Abel Tasman National Park.
  2. Kaikoura – here I went on a Whale Watch trip and saw a sperm whale, which is something I will never forget. The boat also followed a school of dolphins and we got to see them swimming around the boat and jumping out of the water – magical!
  3. Roys Peak – the massive 6 hours hike to the top of Roys Peak and back was so worth the pain I was in at the end for the stunning views over Lake Wanaka. It was a great way to end the road trip around South Island.

 

If you ever get the opportunity to travel down under I would certainly recommend it, you won’t regret it!