Taupo, New Zealand

To this day I still hear that ‘push’ my mind screamed back in New Zealand, but hidden within the most mundane tasks on a normal day. Would I do it again? Sure, but you pay me this time.

Skydiving in Taupo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I initially never wanted to sky-dive in New Zealand, but my friend did. She decided to book a sky-diving session because it was a bucket-list thing of hers and like many said “no better place to do it than NZ”. Although this wasn’t for me, I offered to go see the jump so she could get a couple photos. There was no way on earth I would have signed up though – at least not yet -.

The Sky-diving instructors were not convinced about me just there to ‘watch‘ so they asked me to join them by inversely suggesting me not to. The typical “How do you know you don’t like it if you’ve never tried it” worked. We jumped from a small pink plane and fell 9,000 ft on top of Taupo.

If this same experience didn’t happen in a time where I was craving to push myself more than my fears were pushing me, it wouldn’t have happened at all. Today I still sometimes hear that same ‘push‘ in my mind, just hidden within the most mundane tasks of my day.

Would I do it again? It wouldn’t make sense to fear it anymore.

Rotorua

it can be described as smelling distinctly like rotten eggs, and truth be told, it is indeed an odoriferous city. The smell however grows on you

Polynesian Spa

Rating: 4 out of 5.

We got our entry included to this beautiful hidden gem in New Zealand when we bought a travel package from Peter Pans, which is great for low-budget backpacking. You can also visit direct and pay a one-off ticket entry which range from $10 to $50 – depending if you want to visit the family pool areas or you’d rather a private one for your own-.

We went in the evening right after a long day of walking and exploring around. Once arriving they kindly come and greet you to show you the way inside. The scenery is incredibly beautiful and worth the $10 general entry we paid.

The only downside is the strong smell, which can be hard to get used to. As they reference “it can be described as smelling distinctly like rotten eggs, and truth be told, it is indeed an odoriferous city. The smell however grows on you”

Credits to Klook for the picture.

Queensland, Australia

Pirates of the Caribbean filmed one of their latest movies here, and I’m not surprised why. “This-is-paradise”

Whitsunday Islands

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Pirates of the Caribbean filmed one of their latest movies here, and I’m not surprised why. This. Is. Paradise.

The Whitsunday Islands are located in Queensland, Australia; They hold some of the purest sands on earth, in where you can witness stunning sunsets and beautiful fauna all around the seas.

Apart from being Australia’s largest cluster of offshore islands, it is also one of the top 5 beaches in the world.

While it has gained a lot of attention from many travellers around the world, let’s make sure you know that there is not much Reef remaining there, sadly, which – if you go there with high expectations- it can be a bit of a bummer. Don’t expect a Finding Nemo scene, not just quite.

If you’re really into exploring the beautiful fauna under water, you can get a hired-boat that departs from Cairns into the north islands.

It is extremely challenging to keep hydrated and find a shadow to protect you from the sun, which is stronger here due to the oz hole, If you don’t want to be dealing with strong headaches and really bad sunburns: Come prepared – Bring Suncream 50.


Airlie Beach

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Airlie Beach is the closest you’ll get to Whitsunday Islands. Normally people stay there before embarking in a 3 day trip to the Whitsundays. Airlie is a pretty small place where you’ll spend most of your time bathing and tanning in the esplanade.

After staying in Airlie Beach, you’ll get into a boat to sail around the Whitsunday Islands. Price wise, you could get any boat for the same range of prices, however I strongly recommend the Tongarra boat. Why? Because of their community vibe, their friendliness and happy mood, so refreshing.

Also, I had a couple friends sailing with other boats, and they complained about not being able to do stuff, about being restricted and having to go to sleep at 10pm “no alcohol allowed”.

At Tongarra, we felt like a family, did games together, had beers and ciders and even went for a couple dives at night.







Melbourne, Australia

Wish I could take credit of all of those amazing photos you’ve been browsing, but they’re not mine. Mine are all in an old blackberry somewhere in -who knows- what country… either ways, I hope these photos shared a glimpse of what it feels to step by Melbourne.

Melbourne in Photos

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It is a beautiful city full of light, art, music, good wine and warm food. We went to every museum, every bar and every hidden place, some very touristic and some more local; Melbourne’s one of a kind. 


Wish I could take credit of all of those amazing photos you’ve been browsing, but they’re not mine. Mine are stored in some old box – who knows where – but hope these photos can show a glimpse of what it feels to step into Melbourne.

Photos sourced here.

Wai-O-Tapu, New Zealand

Outside the city, Wai-O-Tapu (meaning ‘Sacred Waters’ in Maori) is known as a ‘thermal wonderland’ – a theme park where the attractions are all natural, even though you sometimes feel like you’re on another planet.

Wai-O-Tapu

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Outside the city, Wai-O-Tapu (meaning ‘Sacred Waters’ in Maori) is known as a ‘thermal wonderland’ – a theme park where the attractions are all natural, even though you sometimes feel like you’re on another planet

Walking routes around the park take you past all kinds of lakes in neon oranges, yellows and greens, given their colour by mineral deposits.

You want to time your visit well to watch Lady Knox Geyser erupt – she only goes off once a day, at 10.15am, shooting out boiling water 20 metres into the air, and it’s amazing. 

Wai-O-Tapu is about a 20-minute drive from Rotorua. It’s open from 8.30am until 5pm from April–October and 6pm from November–March.

Entry costs $32.50 NZD for adults and $11 for children aged 5–11.




Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland’s town planners thoughtfully laid out Auckland over a large area so that when you are in Auckland the statistical chances of running into an Aucklander are as low as possible… jokes.

Auckland

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Auckland’s town planners thoughtfully laid out Auckland over a large area so that when you are in Auckland the statistical chances of running into an Aucklander are as low as possible… jokes.

During our time here in Auckland, we met great locals, I can tell you they are wild people, but kind, always eager to help us with directions, tips and heartwarming smiles..

Auckland needs to be in everyone’s top places to visit when travelling down under. The city can only transmit magic with its’ lights, there’s a lot to see here.


Skiing in Australia

Mount Buller is a resort village in eastern Victoria, Australia that will allow you to do exactly that. You can skii with your friends whilst enjoying a nice glass of mulled-wine (which tastes absolutely great).

  • Melbourne, Australia

  • Mount Buller, East Victoria

Melbourne is well-known to be multi-seasonal on a daily basis (yes, daily). From the moment you wake up, to the moment you go to sleep, you’ll probably have experienced several rain storms, a couple sunny breaks and some windy afternoon tea to spice it up a little.

Victoria offers -not only the hottest 40 degree summers people would expect in Australia- but also cold, rocky winters where temperatures can drop below 0 just like that. So yes, you also have winters in Australia, and yes, you can go skiing because…. yes, there’s snow.

Mount Buller is a resort village in eastern Victoria, Australia that will allow you to do exactly that. You can skii with your friends whilst enjoying a nice glass of mulled-wine (which tastes absolutely great).

Continue reading “Skiing in Australia”
  • Melbourne, Australia

  • Mount Buller, East Victoria

Melbourne is well-known to be multi-seasonal on a daily basis (yes, daily). From the moment you wake up, to the moment you go to sleep, you’ll probably have experienced several rain storms, a couple sunny breaks and some windy afternoon tea to spice it up a little.

Victoria offers -not only the hottest 40 degree summers people would expect in Australia- but also cold, rocky winters where temperatures can drop below 0 just like that. So yes, you also have winters in Australia, and yes, you can go skiing because…. yes, there’s snow.

Mount Buller is a resort village in eastern Victoria, Australia that will allow you to do exactly that. You can skii with your friends whilst enjoying a nice glass of mulled-wine (which tastes absolutely great).

Continue reading “Skiing in Australia”
  • Melbourne, Australia

  • Mount Buller, East Victoria

Melbourne is well-known to be multi-seasonal on a daily basis (yes, daily). From the moment you wake up, to the moment you go to sleep, you’ll probably have experienced several rain storms, a couple sunny breaks and some windy afternoon tea to spice it up a little.

Victoria offers -not only the hottest 40 degree summers people would expect in Australia- but also cold, rocky winters where temperatures can drop below 0 just like that. So yes, you also have winters in Australia, and yes, you can go skiing because…. yes, there’s snow.

Mount Buller is a resort village in eastern Victoria, Australia that will allow you to do exactly that. You can skii with your friends whilst enjoying a nice glass of mulled-wine (which tastes absolutely great).

Continue reading “Skiing in Australia”

Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef

We stayed in Cairns for 3 days. Cairns is beautiful, the Esplanade is amazing and it’s the perfect location to sunbathe, drink with friends and have some late nights with friends and music. 2-5 days are enough though

Scuba-diving the Great Barrier Reef

Rating: 3 out of 5.

We stayed in Cairns for 3 days. Cairns is beautiful, the Esplanade is amazing and it’s the perfect location to sunbathe, drink with friends and have some late nights with friends and music. 2-5 days are enough though.

We experienced heavy rains on the 3rd day and that’s when we realised there is not much else to do in Cairns, aside of the Esplanade. mainly to visit the Great Barrier Reef and some beaches, then continue to go south, do not stay more than that, as you’ll get bored and won’t know what to do (Some friends went to the cinema and watched a movie, but that’s not what you’re after when you’re travelling in Australia, right?)

You can go up North to visit Palm Cove. It only takes 45 minutes and the beach is insanely beautiful, but don’t go bathe as there’s box jellyfish and crocodiles. However, there is a designated bath area where you can still go in and have a swim (at least it’s something). You can also go to the Botanic gardens if you have spare time,

The Great Barrier Reef was done in one day. You go early morning with a designated boat that will take you there, it takes around 4 hours, but boats provide you with food, drinks and fun games where you can meet people and make friends.

On board you can choose to scuba dive or snorkel, scuba diving is more expensive but definitely worth the money. You don’t need to be an expert to scuba dive, you can have a quick learning lesson on board that will provide you with all the information needed for the diving.

Alert!!! Don’t get your expectations to high. You will get disappointed. The Great Barrier Reef is NOT this anymore: It is pretty devastating how colourless and depressing it looks down there. But this is the reality, there is no colour, barely saw any fish, and didn’t see any turtles at all. They might tell you “If it’s you’re lucky day you’ll see plenty of fish, turtles and sharks!” But most agencies just try to sell you the trip. Be prepared to see some damage.