australia travel guide: phillip island & penguin parade half-day trip from melbourne

One of my greatest regrets in the planning of our grand Australia/New Zealand adventure was not giving ourselves enough time in Melbourne. Granted, we only had so many days to work with, and we had two specific things we wanted to do in the Melbourne area, so I did what I could with the allottedContinue reading “australia travel guide: phillip island & penguin parade half-day trip from melbourne”

australia travel guide: kuranda scenic skyrail and railyway tour from cairns + the ‘cuddling a koala’ experience

Rule #1: Don’t go to Cairns during their summertime, because it is also their rainy season—though it seems they were experiencing more than typical amounts of rainfall when we were there in December. If our first day was characterized by torrential downpours and day two alternated between a sprinkle and steady rainfall, then day threeContinue reading “australia travel guide: kuranda scenic skyrail and railyway tour from cairns + the ‘cuddling a koala’ experience”

australia travel guide: fitzroy island great barrier reef snorkeling excursion from cairns

Our second day in Cairns, Australia, was the best we had there, weather-wise. The torrential downpour had lessened to a spritz, but the water was so choppy that some poor souls on board were seasick. The excursion to Fitzroy Island was very laid-back. It included the boat ride to the island, snorkel gear rental (includingContinue reading “australia travel guide: fitzroy island great barrier reef snorkeling excursion from cairns”

australia travel guide: the atherton tablelands in cairns

When I was researching for our trip to Australia, most travel guides indicated that summertime (December through February) was the best time to visit. It just so happened that late December into early January worked best with our schedules, so I didn’t give it a second thought. What no travel guides said was that summertime,Continue reading “australia travel guide: the atherton tablelands in cairns”

australia travel guide: figure 8 pools hiking excursion from sydney

Our guide, Adam (or Adzy, as he likes to be called), blames Instagram for the droves of people making their way to the Royal National Park these days. The pool’s naturally-made Figure 8 pools are the big draw, with people hiking and bouldering down there for that perfect Instagram snap. I’d be lying if IContinue reading “australia travel guide: figure 8 pools hiking excursion from sydney”

australia travel guide: blue mountains and featherdale wildlife park day trip from sydney

When I was researching things to do in Sydney, Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were definitely on most “must-see” lists. And indeed, the photos look almost mystical. But remember when I said that the weather didn’t exactly cooperate with us in Australia? Well, it was certainly all over the place thatContinue reading “australia travel guide: blue mountains and featherdale wildlife park day trip from sydney”

australia travel guide: sydney city tour, lunch cruise, & opera house tour

If you’ve been following my blog, then you know how much this girl loves excursions. There’s something to be said for aimlessly wandering the streets of a new city, but when you only have a few days to squeeze in all the sights of a bustling city, excursions are the most efficient way to seeContinue reading “australia travel guide: sydney city tour, lunch cruise, & opera house tour”

copenhagen travel guide: do the free walking tour

Our Norwegian Scandinavian cruise departed from Copenhagen, Denmark, on a Monday, so the hubby and decided we would fly down on Saturday and give ourselves some time to explore all that Copenhagen had to offer. We got in on Saturday around 4pm, and we picked up our Copenhagen Card at the designated kiosk upon ourContinue reading “copenhagen travel guide: do the free walking tour”

the pros and cons of a norwegian cruise

I’ve decided that there are two types of people in this world: those who love cruises and those who don’t. After taking our Scandinavian cruise this summer, I’ve decided that I am most likely NOT a cruise person. That’s not to say I disliked every part of the cruise, but it definitely won’t be my preferredContinue reading “the pros and cons of a norwegian cruise”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: take a surfing lesson & explore queen’s bath

Those who know me well know that I’m not exactly what you would call “sporty” or coordinated. But this did not stop me from signing up for a surfing lesson with Hawaiian Surfing Adventures. It seemed like a must-do—when in Hawaii, attempt to ride those legendary waves. We were in a small group, just usContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: take a surfing lesson & explore queen’s bath”