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How to explore Stewart Island

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand There are New Zealand’s North Island and South Island. And then there’s also Stewart Island. The smallest of them. So small that it often doesn’t even find its place on world maps. Stewart Island frequently comes last to our attention and many of us put off exploring it. At the beginning of the year, I broke that trend. I wanted to go as south as possible. Right away. I wished to encounter kiwis in the landscape that still manages to be their peaceful playground. I hoped to do lots of hiking and explore the wilderness. Today, however, I hope to inspire you to visit Stewart Island sooner than later. So, this is an invitation: go and explore this beautiful and self-sufficient place with an open mind. Because the land down south is as pristine as it gets. It will become your very own…

The Essential Guide to Whangarei Heads

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…

Things that long distance Australian road trips have taught me

Living in New Zealand positions me quite close to the continent down under. I’ve been lucky enough to go on a couple Australian road trips in the past. Those long journeys through unique landscapes are where I truly started to love the open road and countless kilometers. Each of my Australian road trips has been an entirely different adventure, depending on the landscape, the season, the type of vehicle and the place in life I was at the moment. However, all of them convinced me again and again that road-tripping is the best way to explore the land down under. It’s something I’ll continue to do. Today I collected my thoughts around these road trips, hoping to find a silver lining and lessons that can also be applied to everyday life. Here they are: things that long distance Australian road trips have taught me. Let Go. One thing I’ve learned…

Brisbane to Sydney Road Trip in Photos

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Brisbane to Sydney road trip, Australia East Coast of Australia is possibly the first place one wants to explore when initially visiting Australia. This is where my Australia journey started some years ago. As I’ve currently just returned from my Western Australia road trip, exploring the opposite side of the continent, I want to look back and remember those first road kilometres. Although these days I am traveling differently after learning and changing a bit, I don’t want to compare both experiences. This is not my goal here. The Pacific coast road trip is beautifully unique. Brisbane and Sydney are of course amazing cities to visit on their own, but today let鈥檚 see in the pictures the coastal landscape that lies in between both of them. So here it is, my Brisbane to Sydney road trip in photos. Fun, fun, fun Visiting one or all Theme Parks and…

Discover Australia’s Kings Canyon

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…

Cape Brett Hike Explained

HIKING DESTINATION: Cape Brett, Bay of Islands, Northland, North Island, New Zealand HIKING DURATION: 6-8 hours (one way) There are certain views and landscapes in our minds that we vividly imagine long before we experience the actual journey. Maybe we all, and not just me, dream and visualize in such way. We ask ourselves how we would feel and what would our eyes see. We wonder about landscapes and cultures and people. Often it’s just a matter of time until such dreams manifest into reality. For me, hiking the Cape Brett (Rakaumangamanga) trail was a dream of its own. I’ve seen it actualizing for a while in my mind. I’ve seen myself hiking and exploring the cliff-tops, and finally reaching the lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula in the beautiful Bay of Islands. In January all of that was finally happening. In reality! I love and embrace the usual…

A complete guide to gorges of West MacDonnell Ranges

2017 was the year of canyons and gorges. Unexpectedly. It began with the Sardinian Gola di Gorropu and then rolled into my Australian adventures. Gorges continued to show up when I least foresaw. The central Australian landscape got me totally unprepared for what was waiting for me. How could have I expected that the desert would hold this many gorges and small oases which shelter the water source? Northern Territory road trip was an amazing adventure by itself, however, discovering gorges located in the MacDonnell Ranges west from Alice Springs was a definite highlight when approaching the Red Centre. I put aside 2 days to explore spectacular waterholes, gaps, gorges and everything in between. Interested in learning more about these gorges or already planning a visit? Here it is, A complete guide to gorges of West MacDonnell Ranges. Where exactly are West MacDonnell Ranges?West MacDonnell National Park is located on…

19 Travel Quotes To Inspire Your Wanderlust

Let’s admit, from time to time we all need a good motivational travel quote. One that lifts us up and gets us thinking about our travel bucket list. Travel quotes can evoke wanderlust and connect us all on a deeper level. When our self-encouragement runs out, we can find comfort in the words of others that captured the essence of travel and life so well. Today I collected a few of my favourite travel quotes (paired with my images) that keep encouraging me through my life journey. I hope they inspire you as well and get you out exploring this amazing planet we call home. Here they are, my collection of 19 travel quotes to inspire your wanderlust: #1. These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb. (Najwa Zebian) #2. Live, travel adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry. (Jack Kerouac) #3. Get out of your house,…

14 Practical Tips on how to Save and Travel More

We’re all looking for ways to travel more. Although it’s one of the most rewarding activities, it usually doesn’t come at a cheap price. When traveling is high on your list of things you want to pursue in life, then you most likely commit to finding your ways to make it a reality. You can view these ways either as sacrifices or as a means for that ultimate goal of traveling more. What it usually means is leaving behind your settled lifestyle and ways you go about your everyday. There are things you’ll occasionally (especially in the beginning) feel you’re being robbed of. I guess this needs to be clear: Yes, you’ll be missing out on certain things and you might view this process as being quite extreme. But if you just keep your focus on the objective, you’ll also start to reap the rewards. Today I am offering hands-on…