Looking back to 2018, it’s been a rollercoaster year. From travel dreaming during the long New Zealand winter to all the superlative moments that happened – all in all, 2018 has been filled with some great adventures. There are places I fell in love with and trips that surprised me beyond my imagination. There were also journeys that never happened and turned out to be missed opportunities. At the end of this passing year, I am focusing on the positives and leaving out the bad and the ugly. Travel, in my opinion, needs to be celebrated. It also needs to inspire. Those not-so-fortunate moments, however, deserve a separate post. So here it is – my 2018 travels in retrospect. Best Beach Beaches are something I always look forward to visiting when I explore and travel. Rarotonga has always been my prime refuge from the long NZ winters. Sandy beach at…

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Whangarei Heads, Northland, North Island, New Zealand There are places in everyone’s life where things seem more real and special. One of such sites for me here in New Zealand is Whangarei Heads. First time I found myself exploring the peninsula was a couple of years ago when I was in search of a summer beach where I could swim and soak up the sun. I discovered Ocean Beach. On Google Maps, it seemed just right from above. Fast forward a few years and I’m still returning to this place. Mostly on summer days. Whangarei Heads and especially the Ocean Beach have become my ideal weekend getaway. Lazy chill out days, white sandy beaches, sunshine, and simplicity. Things are just right here. Today I am sharing the essential guide to Whangarei Heads with you, so join me in discovering this special area of NZ’s North Island! ABOUT WHANGAREI…

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia Visiting and exploring Kings Canyon was such a rewarding experience during my Australia’s Northern Territory road trip. It’s amazing to look back and realize how the excitement levels went up when approaching the Red Centre. This part of Australia is covered with gorges, but if you decide to only visit one gorge or canyon here, then this is the one: Kings Canyon! The name says it all. You will be absolutely stunned by the vastness and the grandeur of Kings Canyon. The biological richness will surprise you and you will unmistakably feel tiny in this landscape. Today I’m inviting you to Discover Australia’s Kings Canyon with me. So let’s go! About the Kings Canyon Kings Canyon is located in the heart of Watarrka National Park, around 240 km southwest of Alice Springs and about 130 km north of Uluru (air distance). Geologic activities…