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: 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: 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”

new orleans travel guide: the national wwii musem

The day after our late-night ghost-hunting tour, we had a late start. (Late as in, we missed breakfast altogether, which wasn’t a problem for Amanda, but is blasphemous for this breakfast-loving girl!) We decided we would go to the National World War II Museum that day. Amanda was a little skeptical about the awesomeness ofContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: the national wwii musem”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: kayak and hike along the wailua river

Kauai has a lot going for it: It’s stunning, the weather’s perfect, and it offers a lot of different outdoorsy activities for when you feel like balancing your chill beach time with, you know, adventures of the physical variety. (If you don’t like being outdoors, though, maybe Hawaii isn’t your dream destination—which makes me sadContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: kayak and hike along the wailua river”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: visit waimea canyon, the grand canyon of the pacific

Late in 2016, I got it into my head that I wanted to go to Hawaii. How did this come about, you ask? It was the season six premiere of┬áMad Men, in which Don and Megan Draper live it up in Hawaii, that got me fixated on it. (Don’t ask. But once I set myContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: visit waimea canyon, the grand canyon of the pacific”

italy travel tip: skip the walking tour in milan

If I’m being honest with you, Milan was not my favorite. It actually kind of bummed me out that that was our last stop in our whirlwind trip around Italy. But everyone makes such a big deal about it, you know? So we did our day trip to Lake Como from there, and then weContinue reading “italy travel tip: skip the walking tour in milan”