5 Great Cities To Visit In New Zealand That Aren’t Auckland

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New Zealand is not usually the first country you think of when you think of big bustling cities. However, the cities that do call New Zealand their home are well worth a visit if you’re heading to Aotearoa. The cities in New Zealand that are dotted throughout the country are some of the most diverse places you could imagine – ranging in style, character, history, and climate. Continue reading “5 Great Cities To Visit In New Zealand That Aren’t Auckland”

Art Exhibition Review: Space Shifters At Hayward Gallery – Southbank London

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The Hayward Gallery in London’s Southbank Centre is a contemporary art gallery by definition. In actuality, it is a portal to a world of illusion, perceptive mystery, and mind-bending experiences. Here is all you need to know on its current exhibition, Space Shifters, as well as my takeaway thoughts on a few of my favourite pieces.  Continue reading “Art Exhibition Review: Space Shifters At Hayward Gallery – Southbank London”

A Day In The Life In London

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I’m so excited to be part of the ‘A Day in the Life..’ series by Lauren from Diary of a Spanglish Girl! Lauren is collaborating alongside bloggers across the globe, documenting a day in their home city and comparing their usual routines with her own. I’m thrilled to be a part of the series, and honoured to be able to share a sample of my London life. You’ll be getting a small snippet into my weekends of living in London, this time with a very special Kiwi joining me!

Don’t forget to see how Lauren spent her day, and how it compares to my own!

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8 Beautiful Lakes In New Zealand You Need To Visit

Beautiful lakes in New Zealand - Travel must-do activities for amazing nature and incredible scenery.

New Zealand scenery is without a doubt some of the best in the world. While the mountains and jagged coastline often hog the limelight, the many gorgeous lakes all across both islands are the real stars of the show. If you’re planning a visit to New Zealand, be sure to include a stop to one of these incredible locations for a chance to see the most beautiful lakes in New Zealand!  Continue reading “8 Beautiful Lakes In New Zealand You Need To Visit”

Me At 24 – Reflections On The Year

 

Last year I wrote a summary of the last year of my life in a little rhyming Me At 23 post. As yesterday was my birthday, I thought it only apt that I continue this now-tradition and see what has been learned, gained, lost, and loved in the last orbit around the sun. Here are 12 (my birth date!) rather self-indulgent things that have occurred since last year.  Continue reading “Me At 24 – Reflections On The Year”

Best Hostels In New Zealand – Where To Stay In The North & South Island

Finding the right hostel involves a number of decisions ranging from location to price. With the New Zealand backpacking scene dominated by an abundance of hostels on offer, here are just a few of the best options out there for your budget-friendly accommodation during your New Zealand trip.  Continue reading “Best Hostels In New Zealand – Where To Stay In The North & South Island”

Accommodation Guide For Budget Travellers In New Zealand

Accommodation Guide For Budget Travellers In New Zealand - Choosing the right accommodation for you

Finding the right accommodation can sometimes make or break a trip. When you’re presented with so many options, it’s hard to know where to start! For any budget traveller, it’s often about keeping costs as low as possible, so here are a few ideas on where to stay in New Zealand for maximum enjoyment without breaking the bank!  Continue reading “Accommodation Guide For Budget Travellers In New Zealand”

New Zealand Travel Costs & Money Saving Tips

It’s one of the main things that often puts people off about travelling to New Zealand, and something I always get asked about. Yes, I’m talking the cost of travel in New Zealand. Here are a few money saving tips I’ve gathered from my trips over there, all with varying budgets, which have given me quite the insight into what the real New Zealand travel costs are!  Continue reading “New Zealand Travel Costs & Money Saving Tips”

Liebster Award | Versatile Blogger Award | Sunshine Blogger Award Nominations

Blogger Award Nominations - Leibster, Sunshine Blogger, Versatile Blogger Awards

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be nominated for not one, not two, but three blogger awards! Learn more about me, Suzy from Suzy Stories, with a few Q&A facts shared by some great bloggers who’ve nominated me, and check out the awesome blogs who I’m nominating for these awards.  Continue reading “Liebster Award | Versatile Blogger Award | Sunshine Blogger Award Nominations”

Historical Places To Visit In Vietnam

Throughout our Vietnam tour exploring the country from Ho Chi Minh City in the south to Hanoi in the north, we stopped by a couple of historical places in Vietnam of great importance along the way. Here is all you need to know about the My Lai Memorial and the Vinh Moc Tunnels – two important sites in Vietnamese and world history that are absolutely worth visiting.  Continue reading “Historical Places To Visit In Vietnam”

Surrey Countryside Days Out In Autumn

Surrey is famed for its proximity to London, beautiful redbrick homes, and of course its leafy countryside. As part of a bigger UK tour or if you’re only visiting London, exploring my home country is the perfect way to spend an autumn weekend out in the fresh air! Here are just a few ways to enjoy the Surrey countryside with a few ideas for Surrey days out in autumn!  Continue reading “Surrey Countryside Days Out In Autumn”

Best Things To Do In Fremantle Western Australia

Western Australia is famous for a few things; pristine beaches, maritime history, and a sunny climate are just a few. Best of all, the small city of Fremantle has all that and more. Discover the best things to do in Fremantle with this guide to a few key attractions and some of the best places to eat in Fremantle that’ll be sure to keep you busy on your visit.  Continue reading “Best Things To Do In Fremantle Western Australia”

Best Things To Do in Perth Western Australia – One Day Itinerary

Best things to do in Perth, Western Australia - One day itinerary

When you’re visiting one of the most remote cities in the world, where do you even start to find the best things to do in Perth? Well, worry not, fellow travellers. Here’s a roundup showcasing 5 of the best things to do on a day trip to Perth, the capital of Western Australia, including popular highlights and a couple of unusual activities! Continue reading “Best Things To Do in Perth Western Australia – One Day Itinerary”

5 Best Views In Christchurch New Zealand You Need To See

5 Best views in Christchurch New Zealand - Quail Island view from Lyttelton

Getting an aerial view of Christchurch and the surrounding areas is unlike other cities. With no towering skyscrapers to whizz you to the top, the only views from above are those from hills carved out by nature. Here are 5 of the the best views in Christchurch to show you just how beautiful this city can be!  Continue reading “5 Best Views In Christchurch New Zealand You Need To See”

Stargazing in Lake Tekapo – Road Trip South Island New Zealand

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When you wish upon a star, you dream it’ll be in New Zealand. Join our evening of astronomy and awe when we went stargazing in Lake Tekapo, as part of our South Island road trip! Continue reading “Stargazing in Lake Tekapo – Road Trip South Island New Zealand”

Short Walks in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park – Best Views of Aoraki/Mount Cook

Short Walks in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

For the best views of Aoraki/Mount Cook, you need to take a hike. Here are two amazing short walks in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park to give you the wow-factor of enthralling alpine views, snow-capped heavenly mountains, and that inescapably stunning New Zealand landscape!  Continue reading “Short Walks in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park – Best Views of Aoraki/Mount Cook”

Best Things To Do in Wanaka -Queenstown To Wanaka Road Trip

Best things to do in Wanaka

As part of our South Island New Zealand adventure, we headed onwards into Central Otago for a Wanaka road trip to discover all that the enticing town has to offer. Take a look at my picks for the best things to do in Wanaka!  Continue reading “Best Things To Do in Wanaka -Queenstown To Wanaka Road Trip”

Everything You Need To Know About Hiking Roy’s Peak in Wanaka – Unmissable Activities In New Zealand

You’ve probably seen the photos, but have you heard about what it’s actually like to hike Roy’s Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand? I’ll share my experiences, tips, and just a few of the many photos taken on our day hike in Wanaka!  Continue reading “Everything You Need To Know About Hiking Roy’s Peak in Wanaka – Unmissable Activities In New Zealand”

Top Things To Do With 3 Days In Queenstown – Road Trip Highlights & Short Day Trips

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The second stop on our New Zealand South Island road trip was to be the ultimate Kiwi traveller destination: Queenstown. Take a look at how we spent 3 days exploring the Queenstown-Lakes District, from historical boat rides to incredible mountain views and more with our Queenstown highlights and short day trips!  Continue reading “Top Things To Do With 3 Days In Queenstown – Road Trip Highlights & Short Day Trips”

Everything You Need to Know About Driving in Queenstown – Road Trip Tips & Where to Stay With A Car Queenstown

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Visiting Queenstown is on every New Zealand tourist’s agenda. The home of adrenaline, the heart of an incredible landscape, and the one town that no one ever wants to leave. A visit to Queenstown can be daunting to know where to begin planning as there’s so much to see and do. Here I’ve put together essential info and tips on how to tackle a road trip through Queenstown, as well as a selection of my favourite places to stay. Let’s get started with this Queenstown road trip and accommodation guide!  Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Driving in Queenstown – Road Trip Tips & Where to Stay With A Car Queenstown”

Exploring Dunedin & Otago Peninsula In A Day – South Island New Zealand Road Trip From Christchurch

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Have you ever wondered where you’d find the steepest street in the world? Or how about the world’s only mainland albatross colony? Or even New Zealand’s only castle? Look no further, because all will be revealed in this post to take you on a day trip itinerary though Dunedin, a historical gem of New Zealand’s South Island. Continue reading “Exploring Dunedin & Otago Peninsula In A Day – South Island New Zealand Road Trip From Christchurch”

Planning A South Island New Zealand Road Trip

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Wondering how to plan a South Island New Zealand road trip? Look no further! Here you’ll find a guide to help you decide where to go in the South Island, tips for planning your roadtrip, and an overview of a 10 day New Zealand road trip itinerary. Join us on our autumnal journey through Middle Earth from as we drive from through Central Otago and Canterbury! Continue reading “Planning A South Island New Zealand Road Trip”

Driving Cape to Cape From Perth to South West Australia – Western Australia Road Trip

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Road trips from Perth are an adventure along beautiful coastline providing views of stunning beaches and remote open spaces. Within a few short hours (short by Australian standards!) you’ll be far away from the metropolitan lifestyle and transported to blue ocean views and wineries galore. Here is our 2 day South West Australia road trip from Perth as we go Cape to Cape!  Continue reading “Driving Cape to Cape From Perth to South West Australia – Western Australia Road Trip”

Europe City Break – How To Spend A Weekend In Madrid

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Madrid is city of culture, history, and delicious food; what more could you ask for?! For a weekend in Madrid, you can see all the key sights of this beautiful Spain city over the course of just a couple of days. Here are my Madrid highlights from a winter city break!  Continue reading “Europe City Break – How To Spend A Weekend In Madrid”

Visiting Art in Paradise Chiang Mai In A Day

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Most of us know Thailand for its exquisitely decorated temples, it’s delicious street food, and it’s romantic beaches. In the city of Chiang Mai however, is a special secret. Art in Paradise is an illusory delight for art lovers and big kids alike. Join me on my day trip to one of the most unique attractions in Chiang Mai!  Continue reading “Visiting Art in Paradise Chiang Mai In A Day”

Best Romantic Walks on New Zealand’s South Island

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New Zealand walks don’t have to be hikes and treks. When knowing the right places to go for short and easy walks in New Zealand there’s plenty of choice, especially on the beautiful (and arguably better) South Island. For those lovebirds looking for a peaceful South Island escape there’s nowhere better than what NZ has to offer. Luckily anywhere you go will be pretty quiet and mostly people-free, making the South Island the perfect destination for a romantic walk! Continue reading “Best Romantic Walks on New Zealand’s South Island”

Angkor Wat Day Trip

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As one of the most iconic images of Cambodia and South East Asia, Angkor Wat is an essential visit for backpackers and tourists visiting the country. Featuring on the national flag, and famed for its remarkable beauty, it’s no wonder thousands flock to the historic site every day. Read on to see how much of this temple complex can be seen in just a day visit as part of our trip through Cambodia. Continue reading “Angkor Wat Day Trip”

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Day Hike

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Heralded as one of the top walks in the world, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing attracts all sorts of visitors from keen hikers to Lord of the Rings fanatics alike. My love of the Tolkein universe and the outstanding New Zealand landscape meant that this was one adventure I just had to complete. Here’s how I found my day hike, from the (literal) ups and downs, stunning views, and throwing the One Ring into Mount Doom!  Continue reading “Tongariro Alpine Crossing Day Hike”

New Years Resolutions Inspired by Philosophy

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It’s that time of year again. Where we all think about our vices and misfortunes over the past 12 months, and look to a new year as a time to better ourselves. If you’re looking for ways you can work on some self-improvement, here are a few ideas inspired by philosophical thought that can be applied now and at any time of the year. After all, why should resolutions just be for January? Continue reading “New Years Resolutions Inspired by Philosophy”

Rottnest Island Day Trip Itinerary

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Vivid blue waters, adorable wildlife, a never-ending choice of stunning views, the freedom to cycle across an entire island. Does this sound like your ideal day out? Then Rottnest Island is the place for you. Just a short ferry ride away from the Western Australian capital is a paradise island just waiting for you to come and explore. Continue reading “Rottnest Island Day Trip Itinerary”