All posts tagged: Travel

Breathtaking Iceland

2017 has absolutely flown by as usual and also as usual I don’t think I’ve updated my blog once. Oops. Among a million things that have happened already this year, I turned 30. To celebrate I had a beautiful birthday dinner with my nearest and dearest and as a gift to myself I took a trip to Iceland, a destination that’s been at the top of my bucket list for many years. My mum came on the trip with me – we hired a teeny van and drove more than 3000km around Iceland, starting in Keflavik and driving anti-clockwise around the entire country. Neither of us had ever been to Iceland before and we both came home absolutely in awe and in love. We’ve been back from our trip for a few weeks now and I still don’t really have the words to describe how stunning and perfect Iceland is – so I’m going to let my photos do the talking. It was so much more incredible than I could ever have imagined. There are …

Northwest North America

In June last year I went on a road trip through Northwest USA, into Canada and back down into the American Midwest, and it was one of my most favourite trips I’ve ever taken. America is such a vast, beautiful and rich country geographically – there’s so much to see and do and the landscape constantly changes meaning that every day is different from the last. Throughout the trip I kept thinking about that great Krakauer quote from Into The Wild, “the joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun”. The trip started with a few days in Portland, Oregon which was just enough time for to absolutely fall in love with the city. I stayed in a beautiful Airbnb and ate as much vegan food as I could fit in my face – it was delightful! Driving up the West Coast from Portland through upper Oregon and Washington …

I love a sunburnt country

I recently spent two weeks travelling through the Northern Territory and I had such an amazing time. I had been to Darwin before once for a work conference but it was in the middle of summer – hot, humid, muggy, uncomfortable, hot, sweaty, balmy and did I mention hot? Otherwise known as notaverygoodtime. But this time the weather in Darwin, and the rest of the Territory, was entirely perfect. Warm, dry, sunny, cloudless days. Exactly the way you want to spend your holiday when you know it is freezing and rainy back home. I was so blown away by how beautiful the NT is. Truly. I guess I was just expecting red dust and a whole lotta nothin’. There definitely was an abundance of red, but there was also so much greenery. Litchfield National Park was truly spectacular. There were so many incredible waterholes and cascading waterfalls, beautiful creeks and swimming holes that we often had all to ourselves. We went on some beautiful hikes and bushwalks and I was really impressed with how clean …

The Hexagon

While we were researching our trip to New Zealand we came across a company called Canopy Camping, an Air BnB style agency that promotes eco “glamping” experiences. There are sites all over the North and South Islands ranging from fancy tents to cave dwellings to vintage caravans. There were so many awesome spots to choose from! We only had the opportunity to visit one of the sites so after a bit of research we landed on The Hexagon, in the northern end of the West Coast. Boy oh boy did we pick well. The Hexagon is an off the grid eco cabin with solar power for basic essentials, an outdoor kitchen (the most fun kitchen I have ever cooked in, ever!) and bathroom and outdoor fire bath. The cabin has stunning ocean views and is nestled in a lush green haven on the private property of an old hippy commune from the 70s, now under the care of local artist, handyman and all-round legend, Jed. Surrounded by feijoa trees and cheeky weka birds, the two nights …

Beautiful New Zealand

I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand but I also figured it was so close to home and easy to get to that I’d get there eventually so I’ve been more focused on visiting places further away. That was until Air NZ had a really excellent sale earlier in the year and all of a sudden I had booked and paid for a return flight to Christchurch. I always knew I was going to enjoy the South Island but I couldn’t be more sincere when I say that I absolutely. fell. in. love. New Zealand is such an awe-inspiring place. So many people live there in such a harmony with nature that I’ve never truly witnessed before. I went to sleep each night for the two weeks that I was there feeling entirely privileged to have been an observer in such a colourful, natural wilderness and soak in NZ’s crazy landscape in all it’s glory. I dare to say nowhere else in the world could I drive down a quiet road (and be the …

Turkish thunderstorm

I will upload some more of my European travel snaps at a later date, but for now I just wanted to share this moment I captured during the most gigantic and incredible thunderstorm I have ever seen over Kaş, Turkey. It was a truly spectacular thing to witness. Thank you Mother Nature you beautiful and frightening beast <3

Update via photos

I really need to update this blog but I can’t be bothered right now, so here’s some photos I’ve taken recently instead to get out of writing anything substantial. All taken with iPhone 5. Perth City, WA. Fremantle, WA. Fremantle, WA. Fremantle, WA. Street art in Fremantle, WA. Street art in Fremantle, WA. An amazing building I found while exploring Fremantle. The inside of it was covered in ivy from floor to ceiling, spilling over the roof. I don’t know if it was an abandoned building or if it was purposefully designed that way. I couldn’t find a way in to check it out. Either way, so beautiful <3 Great cafe in Perth, Toastface Grillah Flight path: Perth to home. Some fun paints I picked up :) Burrawang, NSW. Burrawang Hotel, NSW. Burrawang Hotel, NSW. Burrawang Hotel, NSW. Burrawang Hotel, NSW. Burrawang Hotel, NSW. Fitzroy Falls, NSW. Fitzroy Falls, NSW. Australian War Memorial, Canberra. The Pavilion Hotel Canberra. It’s like a gigantic, tacky, amazing, life-sized terrarium.

Thailand <3

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend 10 glorious days in beautiful Thailand. It was exactly the break I needed – the perfect mixture of relaxation and exploration. The highlight for me was visiting the Elephant Nature Park – a spectacular sanctuary that takes in abused, abandoned or retired working elephants and gives them a life of love, leisure, protection and care. It was an emotional day to hear about some of the horror stories but also made it so much more incredible to know what peaceful creatures they are despite what they’ve been through. I sponsor an elephant at the park, the gracious Tong Jaan, and it was lovely to see her so loved and worshipped in such a happy, green and open place to call home. It was an incredible privilege to be able to get up close to these graceful giants, in an environment that provides the opportunity to intimately enjoy and observe these beautiful animals that is safe for both elephant and human. I highly recommend a visit to …