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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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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Escaping the Big Apple

New York is a blogger’s dream, an Instagram paradise, and a foodie heaven. If you’re a fellow travel blogger who loves exploring and taking endless photos, then the Big Apple should definitely be on your hit list.

When we visit a new city, we like to stay in the nearby towns or boroughs that tourists often overlook. This allows us to appreciate and experience the culture of the locals. If we were to go back to New York, we would definitely choose to stay in Brooklyn. It’s a short ride away from Manhattan, or you can hop on the subway, take an Uber, or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

There’s so much to do in Brooklyn that we would also schedule in some time to explore the borough properly. We’ve decided to plan our perfect day out in Brooklyn to make us feel even more wanderlust for a trip to this gorgeous borough.

Where We Would Stay

We would use HotelPlanner to book our choice of hotels in Brooklyn. The prices vary in this borough, but there’s something for everyone whether you’re splashing out or saving cash. Even better, HotelPlanner guarantees the lowest group rates or they pay for your hotel room!

Morning Run

One of our favourite things to do when we go away is to wake up in the morning, put on our running shoes, and go for a run. We love exploring the city before we’ve properly started the day. In Brooklyn, we would run through Prospect Park and along the promenade, enjoying the views before everyone else wakes up.

Brunch

We love love love brunch, which is a massive thing in New York. Of course we would go for brunch somewhere different every day.

Le Barricou

Brunch is served 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. so you won’t miss the brunch here! The menu and pictures we’ve stalked on Instagram look amazing. There’s a great variety of egg dishes, pancakes, French toast, and filled croissants.

The Wheelhouse

We’re sold on bottomless mimosas for $15 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This place looks so dreamy, as the brunch menu is so simple. You basically pick a toast with a variety of toppings, and then you can add a topper like egg or bacon. If you aren’t feeling the standard brunch, the sandwiches look incredible.

Fort Defiance

You can eat brunch here from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the weekend, and then during the week, there’s a breakfast menu. The menu is small and simple, but sometimes we prefer that. In the evening, this place is a tiki club that looks like it serves the most amazing cocktails.

Brooklyn Flea Market

The Brooklyn Flea Market takes place at Fort Greene on Saturdays and in Williamsburg on Sundays. We love a good flea market, and we could spend hours browsing all the stores and grabbing some bargains. We imagine that flea markets in America are way better than the ones in the U.K., as we kind of have that thrift shop song in our head. However, Macklemore aside, we’re sure we would find some great bits for photo shoots.

Brooklyn Bridge

We find this one of the most enchanting bridges we’ve ever laid eyes on. We would most definitely have a fitness photo shoot on the Brooklyn Bridge. Imagine how beautiful those photos would be.

Pizza Tour

When in Brooklyn, you most definitely have to go for a slice or two of pizza. We have done a bit of research and would love to go on the original Brooklyn pizza tour. Not only would we get to see some amazing sights, but we would also get to try the best Neapolitan and Sicilian pizza in Brooklyn.

Of course, we’ll be staying in Brooklyn, but we’ll definitely be doing all the touristy attractions around New York City, too. Imagine all the Instagram photos and not to mention the shopping. Heaven.

Top 10 tips for solo travel

You never really travel alone, the world is full of friends waiting to get to know you

For most people the thought of going on a trip to another country on your own is extremely daunting and very scary. Well you are getting on a plane to possibly the other side of the world and visiting a country you have never been to before so of course it is going to be a scary thought.

However, solo travel is in my opinion the best way to see the world. When you are on your own you have to step outside your comfort zone, put yourself out there and meet new people, struggle to read a map on your own and decide what you want to do for the day or where to go next. The best thing about travelling on your own is you are complete control of your adventure, you decide where you want to go next or where you eat. The freedom is amazing and you are guaranteed to have the time of your life!

Below are some tips when travelling on your own

1) Just book it – You want to visit a country, no one to go with, once the flight is booked you kinda have to (well not really if you really chicken out!), get on the flight. Sometimes the scariest part is just making the plunge and booking the flight. Once you’ve booked it you will have completely mixed emotions; you will be so excited as you now have something to look forward to. However you will also have the feeling of OMG WHAT HAVE I JUST DONE! Don’t worry both is completely normal, and you’d be slightly worried if you didn’t feel just a teeny bit nervous. When booking a flight, make sure you shop around and find the best deal but also one that arrives as a decent time. You don’t really want to be arriving in a country by yourself late at night. Try to arrive in the morning or at lunch time, as this will give you plenty of time to find your way to your hotel or hostel. Make sure you also pre-book your firs nights accommodation. You don’t want to turn up to a place with nowhere to stay.

2) The sleepless nights or really weird dreams are normal – you are guaranteed to start over thinking things at night, just when you want to go to sleep. This may be on the run up to the trip or just the night before, it depends how much of a worrier of over thinker you are! The bizarre dreams are also expected, and even if you may not feel nervous or worried, your body weirdly knows! All of this is to be expected and it’s better to be prepared for this to happen.

3) Pack as little as possible – when you are on your own there may not be someone to help carry your bags for you so travel as light as possible. If you are travelling with a rucksack, you do NOT need a massive one, in fact the smaller the better because then you won’t be tempted to over pack. When travelling you are most likely to have to walk quite a lot carrying your bags, you basically are carrying your entire life with you. You may have to walk to the bus or run for the train, or the hostel may be a long walk away from the station, therefore you don’t want to feel like you are carrying the kitchen sink! Check out the post called ‘what’s in my rucksack’ for more information in regards to what to pack.

4) Unlock your phone – if you are travelling for a long time make sure you unblock your phone before you go. This way you can buy a sim card for the country and you will save yourself a fortune! I bought a sim card in both Australia and new Zealand and it was so handy. Quite often you need to call places to book trips or to confirm your place on a trip. In addition it means you have a number so you can keep in contact with the people you have met and arrange to meet up with them. It also means you can keep in contact with your friends and family at home, because you are going to want to message them every now and then. It also great to have a sim card with data as google maps will be your best friend if you get lost, or cannot find your hostel or bus station.

5) Smile – so you have arrived at your hostel and you are in a shared dorm with 12 other strangers. The best thing to do is the find your bed and smile at the people in your room or head to the communal area bringing your smile with you. When walking down the corridor, smile at people and say hello and they are most likely to want to talk to you.

6) Get advice/recommendations from other travellers – listen to what other travellers tell you, or ask people to recommend places to stay. When I was travelling Australia I was recommended hostels to stay at so I knew they would be good as people I had met loved them, and they were always right.

7) Communal areas are a must – try to book hostels with excellent communal areas or kitchens. I have stayed at a couple of hostels with no communal areas so it was harder to make friends and was much easier to feel lonely. Finding hostels with communal areas means everyone will hang out here so it’s the best place to meet other people. Quite a lot of hostels only have Wi-Fi in communal areas so it encourages people to chill out in these areas which is good!

8) SAY YES– when another traveller invites you somewhere, say yes! Mingling with other travellers is the best way to meet people. I had just arrived in Australia and no idea what I was doing and it was a girl in my rooms last night, she was going to the night market and invited me along. Of course I went with her and we got on so well that we are still friends now and regularly meet up for dinner and drinks. Even though I had severe jet lagged and was feeling very over whelmed I would’ve been silly to say no and had such a lovely first evening in Australia.

9) Take advantage of every opportunity– you only get the opportunity once so make the most of it. Face your fears and do that sky dive or jump out a plane. I have a fear of caves and small spaces but sucked it up and went inside the caves at Halong Bay, because I probably will never visit the caves at Halong Bay ever again! You do not want to look back and regret anything, so make the most of your time in that country.

10) Trust your instinct – always always trust your instinct because most times it is right. If you have a bad feeling about doing something don’t do it. Or if you think someone seems a bit dodgy, stop hanging out with them. If a situation doesn’t feel right then leave and walk away. In Hanoi I had booked into a nice hotel for my last night and on arriving I had a bad instinct about the place and the area I was in. I left the hotel and found a different one back in the centre of the city and it was the best decision I could’ve made.

Now go ahead and book your first or next solo trip and let us know where you are going? Trust us you won’t regret it!

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