Porec, Croatia

UNIVERSITY TOUR IN CROATIA

Rating: 3 out of 5.

As my last year in Coventry University, our sports society (Cheerleading) joined others in a coach journey during 26 hours in route from England to Croatia. The organisers behind are called ILOVETOUR and has been doing this for a long time.

Years ago it used to be Spain, but this year location changed to Croatia. I would be lying to say it was a “learning” experience though. Seems like English students only have one thing in mind when visiting Porec: how many beers they could down. It was definitely fun, but 4 days there could translate into weeks as you spend all the time with the same group of people.

So if you are looking to go wild and have a bit of fun out there, then yes, Porec is the place to go – also pretty affordable prices for good quality food and drinks -. The beach there isn’t that great, but does the job. Their old-style iconic little streets makes you understand what they mean with the Mediterranean touch. Here’s the main things you can do in Porec..


San Diego

Some of my favourites were the Old Town San Diego, the tacos we ate at La Jolla and the Street Burritos close to Pacific beach. There’s so many food places around Ocean beach, definitely worth the visit.

San Diego

Rating: 5 out of 5.

San Diego caught my attention since when I lived in Australia. I met these two beautiful girls and one American guy who wouldn’t stop preaching about things ‘back home’ – they were exchange students from the States whilst I was also in exchange but from the UK – .

Years later I decided to stay in San Diego after a work trip so I could visit the friends I made in Australia. They showed me the best places to sightsee, to eat, to walk, to relax.

Some of my favourites were the Old Town San Diego, the tacos we ate at La Jolla and the Street Burritos close to Pacific beach. There’s so many food places around Ocean beach, definitely worth the visit.

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.







Middle East, Dubai

You can see the vision and effort put in every building built in Dubai; Attention to detail in every path, every mall and with top “la crême de la crême” in variety of restaurants

Dubai

Rating: 3 out of 5.

You can see the vision and effort put in every building built in Dubai; Attention to detail in every path, every mall and with top “la crême de la crême” in variety of restaurants.

You can visit the Aquarium which is a great environment for families with kids. If you’re like me, avoid the underwater zoo, as the lack of space in which the animals are living will make you rage like the millennial you are. Don’t buy tickets, you’ll only make the owners richer.

We also got to ride camels as a ‘fun’ activity to do, only to realise how poorly the Camels were being treated. A woman in our group even refused to get on them claiming she could see the struggle they were going through.

If you are staying in Sharjah, just know alcohol is extremely prohibited. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a single drink, but you’ll need to grab a cab and leave the area to find one.

Even when you do find an alcoholic store, you’ll be asked to show an alcohol tourist licence valid only to visitors who are non-Muslim and 21 years and over. The Emirate of Dubai offers a free 30-day alcohol licence for tourists, to ensure visitors will not be penalised for breaking the law.

Read more about this here.

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.




Living in Dominican Republic

Those were times in which you would eat what the sea brought you, you would dance to whatever music was around you, you would play, explore, and in my case, sometimes chill up in the trees where I could find peace.

  • Caracas, Venezuela

  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

My family lived in Punta Cana when growing up, which does sound too good to be true. The only memories I still hold have been nudged by photos, family videos and those little stories you hear your family tell their friends.

Those were times in which you would eat what the sea brought you, you would dance to whatever music was around you, you would play, explore, and in my case, sometimes chill up in the trees where I could find peace.

Who knew those are the precious memories that one day will take your breath away by only remembering them. Those were the most precious years of our family time.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

The good thing about Amsterdam is you end up discovering cute little unconventional coffee shops in any alley you walk by, so there’s always places to go if you’d like a controlled sense of self

Amsterdam @ Uni

Rating: 4 out of 5.

You can go to Amsterdam for a couple days or a long weekend and still get a good glimpse of what the Dutch lifestyle is. Although my family lives close to Arnhem, an hour away from the city, me and some friends decided to book a low-budget hostel in the city centre and hired some bikes to make the experience as unique as we could.

We found this ‘artsy’ hostel part of the ‘WOW’ chain and stayed there for 5 days, the hostel was recreational, respectful, full of light, colour, a great place if you’re planning to be trippin’, as it is also surrounded by nature. The only place I would have avoided is the Bull Dog, as we found ourselves rammed anxiously inside with little space and too many people queuing.

The good thing about Amsterdam is you end up discovering cute little unconventional coffee shops in any alley you walk by, so there’s always places to go if you’d like a controlled sense of self – great for when taking those coffee shop brownies – .

Rotorua, New Zealand

New Zealand is an amazing experience, no doubt. It is not only amazing for the views and landscapes but for the people, the kindness and grace they all share when getting to know tourists. Everyone was happy to help us, and they were incredibly patient not only in the hostal we stayed, but even strangers in the streets.

We only had time to visit the northern island, which is so beautiful and peaceful. We booked our adventures with PeterPans Adventure Travel, they gave us amazing discounts for a range of activities such as zorbing, rafting, visiting the glowworm caves and the thermal baths in Rotorua.

Rotorua is also called the volcanic city, and its’ distinctive smell is hard to ignore once you arrive to the city. We wondered around and walked around different lakes, interestingly enough every lake had a different distinctive colour, from red, purple, yellows and greens…The colour of the lake can be attributed to rhyolite and pumice on the lake bed. You can read more about it here.

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