So staying in a cosy bed, having your own well-equipped kitchen, a sizeable rain shower and personal jacuzzi is enjoyable right? But how often do you find this kind of experience amongst pristine, natural parklands alongside a flowing river with steps that go right into it? Well I found it!
The Best & Worst Things to do in New Zealand
A guest post written by Luke Miller
New Zealand is a nation with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. As the home of several of the globe’s most stunning natural creations, the country draws in millions of tourists every year.
Much like anywhere though, there are a few spots which don’t quite live up to the hype. Here is an assortment of some of the best things to do in New Zealand and some attractions that can be skipped. [Read more…]
In Paris you can rent a Velib bike for the day and venture all over the city for the big spender price of €1,70! This is an amazing bargain for travellers and is the best way to discover Paris like a Parisian. A Velib bike follows a bicycle sharing concept that is popular in a few countries around the world. But I have never seen it so cheap or user friendly for visitors. Paris has 1800 Velib bike stations where you can hire a bike, use it and eventually return it to any other Velib station when you have finished with it. They can also be locked up while you are out and about [Read more…]
No visit to Paris is complete without the obligatory visit to Ladurée for a macaron. The original inventor of the double-decker, delicious and iconic French sweet since 1930. Macarons are available everywhere in The City of Light…even McDonalds has a version for god sake. But for the real McCoy original macaron a trip to Ladurée is completely necessary. The interior of the boutiques is stunning and beautifully decorated in a [Read more…]
I can’t sing. And I can barely cook. But if there’s one thing I’ll hand on heart say I’m good at it’s packing a bag. Big life skill…I know! Whether it’s a beachy seven day break, a weekender or a long distance walk/hike what you take and what you don’t take can have a massive impact on your trip.
To a large degree packing success comes down to the precarious balance between convenience and weight. Yet, in my experience you’ll find taking as little [Read more…]
Do we ever really know what we want to do? I mean… most people I know seem to have it all figured out. But do they really? Are they happy? If they died tomorrow would they feel like they LIVED?
I’m surrounded by middle class, cookie cutter lives. Where the typical pattern is: to get married at 26, buy a [Read more…]
Insta addicts! Do I have the best Instagram time-saving tip for you?!
This is such an easy to implement tip that will save you time, hassle and in turn help grow your following! I cannot believe it took me 8 months of blogging to get my butt into gear and actually spend the massive 5 mins to set hashtag shortcuts on my phone. Yes guys, you don’t need to store all those hashtags in your head! [Read more…]
Auckland, New Zealand
One way – 7.4km, 1hr 45 mins
If you live locally and haven’t made it to ‘Okura Bush Walk’….get out there! It is a hidden, little jewel of a trail where you feel like you’re wandering along a scenic coastline and bush track far removed from suburbia.
We started at the Stillwater end where the entrance is just by Stillwater Campground. The trail starts with a peaceful, grassy track that leads out through a protected bird nesting area to Stillwater “beach”. If you’d like to walk around the [Read more…]
There are very few practices around the world as common as drinking alcohol and almost every culture has a different tipple that is traditional or exclusive to their area. If you are passing through, a dose of the local drop can often add to your travel experience and in some cases such as Oktoberfest or Spain’s Haro Wine Festival a particular beverage is at the very core of the experience. Below are details of some unique experiences where myself and other travel bloggers have partaken in iconic alcoholic drinks from different corners of the globe. Round the world in famous drinks anyone?
It’s not Champagne unless it’s from Champagne, France
Dear Mr Jet Lag, It’s 427am and we really have got to stop meeting this way. I’d much rather be sleeping than making up strange ways to entertain myself in the middle of the night! “Tryin’ to figure out the time zones is makin’ me crazy”…my phone, watch and body clock all say different times. I’m stuck in purgatory limbo caused by hurtling my physical body through multiple time zones and several customs desks in a short period of time. Arriving while the sky is pitch black but my mind still feels like it’s time to head off for a sunbathe and picnic at the beach.