Off the bat I’m going to say now I will not be boring you with all the drivel that comes with beginning most people’s holidays, travels, trips, adventures and so on. Quite frankly no one really needs to know how there was traffic getting to the airport, or how you filled your time in either the duty free, or sitting in a restaurant/bar for an awkward amount of time. Or you turn into one of those people who for some unknown reason suddenly see consuming a large alcoholic beverage, at 08:30 in the morning, is completely acceptable. So, let’s just run with the thought that I had a pleasant enough time at the airport.
If you had arrived on any one of The Gili Mantra Islands, 25 years ago, you had probably been shipwrecked trying to get between Bali and Lombok. You may have gladly stumbled along the local villages, made up of the Makassar that had migrated there from Sulawesi, whose main industry was fishing. Arriving today is rather different. The mid-nineties really saw tourism taking off, with hotels beginning to emerge on these idyllic islands and people from Lombok taking the public boat to the three; Gili Meno, Gili Air and Gili Trawangan; commuting for work. Perhaps because the Indonesian government; as part of their initiative to boost Indonesian tourism and have been promoting The Gili’s as paradise.
A Caribbean vacation promises a bunch of exciting adventures to look forward to! Pristine beaches with waters that play out an interesting intermix of a million hues of blue, sun kissed sands, crystal clear skies, beyond perfect weather, a thousand and a half adventure sports to gorge upon, enticing bars with some of the choicest of bar wizards, groovier-than-thou nightclubs, limitless shopping options, a whole lot of tradition and history interlaced with the resort-town-vibe and so much more than meets the eye at first! But, most of all, and, rather, most noteworthy of all, is the peace of mind that emerges out of nowhere and seems to overpower all other emotional and cerebral chaos that ensues once you step foot on this surreal land!! As oxymoronic as it gets, it is just not enough to soak in all of this awesomeness into mere words!! The dreamy, uptown-funky Cancun metropolitan stands tall across the South eastern tip of Mexico, crowning the Mexican Riviera Maya with its strategic placement, and rightly so!
For the third year of my bachelor’s degree, I had the opportunity to go on exchange to Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the year I spent there, I did some of the best trips of my life so far. One of them was a 10 days road trip to Patagonia covering both Argentina and Chile. I have so much to share about it that in this article I will only write about my two days in El Calafate with my Swedish boyfriend, Jacob.
If you're the type of traveller who doesn't mind roughing it a bit then we are going to get along just fine during the time it takes you to read this. Over the course of my travels I have found that the biggest misconception is that people think people who travel are rich. HAHA so not the case. There is this theory from people who do not travel that plane tickets and hotels are expensive and yes this may be the case if you only look at one way of doing this. If you want to fly to Paris on Emirates on Christmas Day then yes you'll be paying a hefty stash. How about try being flexible with your dates and flying on the Tuesday beforehand or try flying into a nearby city. See already I have saved you some serious spending money.
What is the best park of a hike? To me, it’s the unpredictability. I love the uncertainty associated with every hiking trail. You never know what’s in store for you. The kind of scenery, beautiful scapes, changing valour of the breeze and rhythmically drifting aromas of nature, the splash of the ocean… all work in perfect harmony with each other.
München, the Bavarian capital of Germany was our first European destination. The spring of 2017 was a great time to set foot into Europe and capture the unforgettable memories throughout Central Europe.
When you think about Iceland what would typically come to your mind? You may probably think about a country completely covered in ice (hence the name obviously). However, contrary to popular belief Iceland is actually filled with more green pastures and hidden waterfalls than ice, and in four days I was determined to see them all.
Southeast Asia is everything you would imagine and more. It’s beautiful, it’s messy, it’s chaotic, it’s tranquil; it was better than I had even anticipated. My senior year of college my friends and I decided to plan a backpacking trip to Southeast Asia as our last big adventure before entering the “real world”. We checked out a couple tour companies to see what they offered and were baffled when we saw most of them offering 10 Day Tour Packages for around $3000. Lol no thanks. We decided to tackle all the planning on our own and I’m here to show you how we did it and how you can do it too!
It should be the beginning of something great, of something new. The beginning of an unforgettable journey with my best friend. It should be.
In the first week of February, I embarked on a cross-Atlantic voyage for two months that quickly became more than just a trip to experience a new trade; it became an unexpected opportunity to make friends and learn about centuries of the culture surrounding the alcohol industry from countries around the world.
It’s something every world traveler thinks about; how do you save those extra few dollars or euros while out there on the road? Well, it can be hard to do, especially if you’re trying to see every single attraction a city has to offer. However, there are a few ways you can save some cash throughout your travel adventure.
2017 is the year of firsts for me. I moved across the country, which was also my first time moving, my first flight alone and my first time attending university as a visiting student learning a new language. The plan for my new journey was to fly to Montreal, where I would spend a few days and catch a train from Montreal to Quebec in order to attend my orientation session. Surprisingly I was not afraid of this, yet incredibly excited for this new chapter in my life.
When we started to plan our trip to South America Dani casually dropped into the conversation that she wanted to go to Antarctica if we were going to be that close (who knew 1000 kilometers was close). Now those of you who know us will know that Dani is 100% in charge of the budget and I do the planning. Every so often she throws me a planning curveball that makes me cringe but to date I have yet to be unable to make something work with the budget she gives me.
As you are driving down the east coast of beautiful Australia you might just head for the big things on the map; but please take note of the small things. Take a look beneath the path as its then the Bruce Highway. Leave the Highway near Childers and make your way through to Bundaberg; a quit big town which is famous for its Bundaberg Rum.
When it comes to Southeast Asia countries, Vietnam is easily my favourite pick. Once a lesser-known destination, it has become more and more popular among tourists in recent years. With its beautiful nature and cultural diversity, Vietnam attracted 10 million visitors in 2016, an increase of 26.0% from 2015.
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