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Finolhu: Paradise in the Maldives

On a night out when we’d all had a few too many glasses of champagne, my best friend Charlotte decided that for her 40th birthday we’d all go to the Maldives. What a great idea I thought! A week together on a beautiful island in the middle of the Indian Ocean sounded like a blast. What started as a drunken idea quickly became a reality when a few months later...

View from the top of Hanging Rock.

The Best Day Trips from Melbourne

Living in Melbourne we are spoiled for choice when it comes to getting out of the city for the day, or for the weekend. There are so many places to visit which are only a short drive away; the hardest part is choosing where to go. We have it all beaches, mountains, wineries and spas. And most places are only a short road trip away. So if you are a Melbournian who...

The famous Chichen Itza Archaelogical site.

Why Mexico is my Favourite Country

When people ask me what my favourite country is they always seem puzzled when I answer Mexico. Then come the questions. Isn’t it so touristy and spoiled? Isn’t Mexico one of the most dangerous countries in the world? Don’t people get kidnapped, beheaded or killed in Mexico? Every time I hear this it makes me cringe a little. People know so little about Mexico and...

Stunning Santorini.

10 Reasons why Santorini is a Photographer’s Paradise

A few years ago, we were lucky enough to visit the beautiful island of Santorini. Located in the Cyclades Islands in the South of the Aegean Sea, Santorini is one of Greece’s top tourist destinations. It’s also one of the most romantic islands in the world and one of the most photographed. With its white-washed villages, blue-domed churches, multicoloured cliffs and...

Our wilderness cruise.

Our Three-Hour Tasman Island Wilderness Cruise

During our stay on the Tasman Peninsula, we spent a morning taking the Pennicott Wilderness Journey’s three-hour, award-winning adventure cruise which leaves from Port Arthur. A few years back, we took their Bruny Island cruise and had a great time taking in some spectacular scenery and a wealth of wildlife. We still have very fond memories of that cruise. So when we...

Hiking Hartz Peak in the Hartz Mountain National Park

On a warm Tasmanian summer day, we headed out to the Hartz Mountain National Park with our friends. The park is located in South East Tasmania, eighty kilometres South of Hobart. It offers many nice walks but the one we really wanted to tackle was the Hartz Peak hike. The Hartz Peak hike is 3.7 kilometres one way and is classified as a grade four hike. There is a...

Cape Pillar

The Top 10 Things to do on the Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Peninsula is a popular part of Tasmania known primarily for its main attraction, the Port Arthur Historic Site. Of course, while you absolutely must visit Port Arthur, you shouldn’t stop there! There are so many things to do on this small peninsula that you’ll want to spend at least a few days enjoying the sights. Here are the top 10 things you shouldn’t...

Stunning views from Cape Hauy.

Hiking Cape Hauy: A Great Tasmanian Hike

Cape Hauy is located on the Tasman Peninsula, just over an hours drive from Hobart. It is the last cape on the “Three Capes Track”, one of Tasmania’s newest walking tracks. If you don’t have time to hike the whole of the Three Capes Track (which takes four days), hiking Cape Hauy is a great alternative. This sign marks the start of the hike. Fortescue Bay The...

The Daibutsu-den

5 Reasons You Should Visit Nara

There are so many great places to visit in Japan that it’s hard to see them all in one go. But if you’re visiting either Kyoto or Osaka, a great side trip is to the city of Nara. Nara is less than an hour away by train from either of those places and is a beautiful place to visit. You may have heard of Nara before; two things make it very popular, the wild deer...

The Golden Pavilion

10 Things to do on Your First Trip to Kyoto

Kyoto is another great city to visit while in Japan. Japan’s former imperial capital has a population just shy of one and a half million people, making it much smaller and quieter than Tokyo. The main reason to visit Kyoto is to soak up its fascinating culture and history. Kyoto is also the best place in Japan to go temple hopping. Why? Because it has over sixteen...