A DRIVING GUIDE THROUGH THE ICEFIELDS PARKWAY IN CANADA

The Icefields Parkway is one of Canada’s most scenic drives. It serves as a link between Lake Louise and the city of Jasper and takes roughly around three hours of drive time to complete the loop without stops. But I dare anyone to make the entire drive without stopping for a breath of fresh air or have a look around out of curiosity around the amazing landscapes throughout? Every mile you cover, there is always something that will make you clamor for your camera. A week of exploring and taking fantastic photos through this highway is about how much time I spent on the Icefields... Read More

Bratislava Travel Guide: A City Of Contrast

Bratislava wasn't a place that was originally on my Eastern Europe itinerary, but the intrigue of a city with such a stark contrast of new and old, was too much and I booked the train. It has a unique mixture of medieval, Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, intersected by brutal Communist architecture which makes it an interesting city to wander. The compact city of Bratislava has only been Slovakia's capital since the country received independence in 1993. Often the Slovakian capital is visited as a day trip from nearby Vienna, but the city has a lot to offer travellers wanting to... Read More

COOL THINGS TO DO IN TOKYO IN THE MORNING

The first question you'll need to ask yourself when planning your visit to Tokyo is whether you want to stick to the traditional tourist routes. There are plenty of opportunities for travelers to take a break from the ordinary and get off the beaten path, spend a few moments considering the following options before you decide what you want to get out of your time in Tokyo. Thousands Of Waving Cats You may think you should be heading for the temple in the morning but you need to head for the right one. Gotoku-Ji in the South East section of Tokyo is known as the temple of beckoning cats.Take a visit and enjoy the history and architecture but you'll be most amazed by the thousands of white Maneki-Neko, that's the waving cat which is considered to be lucky. Shimokitazawa This area is famous for the impressive vintage shops, numerous bars, and the laid-back vibe. In fact, it is a Bohemian paradise and one that shouldn't be missed. It's only a few stops from Shinjuku and gives you... Read More

DECIDING WHICH U.S. STATES TO VISIT FIRST

If you are thinking of taking a tour around the United States, then it is likely that you are already dividing it up in your head into the different states that you would like to check out. This is generally the easiest way to go and to ensure that you are going to get to see as much of the country as possible. One of the amazing things about the U.S. is how diverse it is as a place. You can see a whole range of different kinds of places across its vast expanse. No matter what kind of cityscapes, landscapes you desire to see or people you would like to meet. You will almost certainly find... Read More

EXPLORING A RUSTIC FISHING VILLAGE IN LOFOTEN, NORWAY

During my time in Europe, none was more memorable than the times I've spent driving around and exploring the Lofoten Islands in Norway. I've scaled a couple of peaks on multi-day treks such as the Reinebringen Peak and the Hermannsdalstinden Summit. Since I had a car, I also managed to explore the villages and various localities in the area. This part of Norway is not short on amazing vistas.... Read More

GEORGIA TRAVEL GUIDE

The geographic and climatic variety of Georgia makes it an all-season country to visit. Georgian people are fortunate to be living in this fertile edge of the Caucasus. Located at the conjuncture of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia has always been a beautiful land. Georgian call their country Sakartvelo, "Kartveli" means Georgian in their language. So welcome to the beautiful area of Kartvelian people! Where is Georgia? The Black sea is to the west, Russia to the north, and Turkey & Armenia to the south. Tbilisi is the Capital city of Georgia and the largest. A powerful Georgian... Read More

Grampians National Park: A Road Trip And Breath Of Fresh Air

The Grampians National Park seems to have come up in many conversations since I moved to Victoria a few years ago. Friends at university frequently spoke positively about the Jurassic-esque scenery, plethora of walks, and never-ending sunsets. To be honest, it sounded like a slice of my beautiful home of Tasmania right here in the mainland, and presented itself as the refresher I needed after some intense weeks of placement. When we were brainstorming places to go for the long weekend, it was the place that kept topping the lists. THINGS TO DO IN THE GRAMPIANS MacKenzie Falls You can... Read More

HIKING GEAR LIST - WHAT TO BRING HIKING?

Hiking Gear List From National Parks to local trails, hiking is a great pastime and one of our favorites. It's cheap and free most of the time, and about anyone can enjoy it. There are many trails to tackle and fit for almost every age and fitness level. It's also more fun if you have the right equipment, so having a "hiking gear list" is a must. Wandering off into the great outdoors and on... Read More

HOW TO PREP FOR A PERFECT ROAD TRIP

The summer is finally just around the corner, and that means that now is a better time than any to plan what your road trip will be. If you're still not sure what you want to do, look at it this way - the world is your oyster, and you can do whatever you want to do if you have the right circumstances. Take road trips, for example, what better way to explore than in your own vehicle, having the freedom to come and go as you please? If this sounds like something you want to do, then I'll cover some useful advice and tips for you to consider. There are some important questions you should answer before you hit the road. It's good to have an idea ahead of time if you are with other people. Compromises will have to made and it's easier if everybody knows ahead of time what to expect. If you're by yourself then it's easy. I've driven over 2,000 miles on one weekend covering Death Valley all the way to the Redwood Forrest. I didn't have to ask anyone, but I can imagine it would be torture... Read More

Krakow Guide: Exploring Poland's Cultural Capital

Krakow is straight out of a fairytale. The medieval architecture adds to the sense of history here. When you look beneath the surface there is much to be explored in Krakow. Krakow was originally the Polish capital back in 1038 and since then has traded hands numerous times. Having survived world wars, kingdoms, and partitions, it is no wonder that Krakow is steeped in history.A fact that I... Read More

LA MEIJE (3984 M) : ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CLIMBING

La Meije sits at the northern end of the Massif des Écrins and towers over the famed ski village of La Grave. Rising to 3.984 meters above sea level, it is the second highest peak in the massif and among the tallest in France. The peak has long held significance to the inhabitants of La Grave. Its name comes from the Provençal word 'meidjo' meaning midday. This refers to the fact that the sun passes directly over La Meije at noon. Villagers used to refer to the Grand Pic as 'oeille de la meidjour' or the midday needle, for this reason. Every year thousands of skiers, hikers, rock and ice climbers descend on the town from every corner of the world. Everyone from all walks of life come to enjoy the spectacular scenery at the foot of the massif. A Challenge Best known as a keen... Read More

MOST HAUNTED PLACES IN CALIFORNIA

California. The most populated state in the United States. Home of the celebrated Hollywood stars. The global trendsetter in entertainment, economics, politics, and technology. The Golden State. But it's got an eerie disposition. It houses some haunted places.With so many things to laud about California, it is no wonder that it is in the front line of tourism in the U.S. Even paranormal experts... Read More

Phillip Island

Phillip Island is a rugged and popular destination about an hour and a half south of Melbourne. Known for its array of spectacular Australian wildlife, pristine stretches of beach, jagged stone cliffs (and for being the home town of the Hemsworths), this tiny island packs a punch. We couldn't wait to check it out and recharge! BEST THINGS TO DO ON PHILLIP ISLAND It is hard to narrow it down as Phillip Island has coastal trails, artisanal food, and plenty of beach. During our time on Phillip Island we were only able to squeeze so much in, so I'll list our favourites here and mention some activities we would love to come back for. However, the main takeaway from our time on the island was to sit and enjoy the sheer beauty of our surroundings. There was geological beauty in abundance and plenty of friendly wildlife to share it with. Getting back to basics, and enjoying looking out over the Bass Strait with the sea breeze blowing was rejuvenation enough. HIKE CAPE WOOLAMAI As the... Read More

Shifen Day Trip From Taipei

Shifen is a small town about an hour outside of Taipei with a unique old town surrounding the railway. The tracks of the old coal train run straight through Shifen and are used today for passenger trains like the one you'll catch. It's pretty cool to see a train pass through the town market, and the experience is similar to Maeklong in Thailand. SEE SHIFEN WATERFALLS My number one thing to do in Shifen is to set eyes on the waterfalls. Getting to the waterfalls is super simple and very well signed throughout the town. A gentle 20 minute walk from the town, you eventually reach the... Read More

St Gallen Travel Guide

It isn't often that you find a Swiss city that encompasses all areas of Swiss life; however, St. Gallen may be the answer that you are searching for. Not only does it offer a wide variety of historical attractions, it is also offers beauty beyond anything found in many European cities. It is well worth the associated travel time and can supply you with your fix of everything that Switzerland offers. This is largely due to its gorgeous old town, which includes delicately painted oriel windows and variety of historical timber houses. This side of Switzerland is otherwise unseen and largely forgotten by thousands of tourists every year who prefer seeing the 'big ticket items' such as Lauterbrunnen, the Matterhorn and the southern Alps. If you want an authentic Swiss experience, a visit to St. Gallen is perfect. History and Culture St. Gallen's history extends all the way back to around 612 AD, when the Irish missionary monk Gallus founded a hermitage where the city now stands. The... Read More

THINGS TO DO IN PORT TOWNSEND

Port Townsend is a seaport town punctuated with beautiful Victorian Era mansions and amazing views of the Puget Sound. It sits in the Northeastern tip of Washington's Olympic Peninsula's amazing coastline. I often pass by the town on my way to Olympic National Park with only a gleaming thought to explore it but never got around to (until now). On what was to be an overcast, rainy day, my wife and I (accompanied by our pup Lucky), decided it was a good day to check it out. We're currently headquartered in Bellevue, Washington and the drive to the remote town is about 2 hours. You can reach it either way by taking the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry or driving south through Tacoma and then taking Highway 16 and three north. No matter which route you choose to take, the course is similar in... Read More

TOP REASONS TO GO ON A SOLO SOUTHEAST ASIA TRIP

It is no secret that many people prefer to travel on their own when it comes to experiencing new adventures around the world. There are many advantages of approaching your bucket list in this way, especially if you are intending on traveling and exploring the incredible scenes of Southeast Asia. Whatever your summer plans are you should consider the benefits of going on a solo trip; many people have done it and have found it to be one of the most enriching and enlightening experiences of their life. These people go on to travel the world without even needing a friend to tag along with them. This might just persuade you to do the same thing this summer, no matter what type of person you are. Even if you have the tiniest budget, are lacking in confidence or don't think you've got the guts to hop on a plane on your own, you should seriously consider it. Bursting with an enticing mixture of volcanoes, rice fields, coral reefs and rainforests, Southeast Asia is one of the more... Read More

TRAVEL INSPIRATION - EXCUSES WHY YOU CAN'T TRAVEL

Ever wanted to travel the world but second-guessed yourself? How many excuses can you come up with when you think, "I want to travel the world?" I bet you've used up all the fingers in your hands for the count. You're not alone, and when it comes to long-term travel, everyone has a dozen reasons why they can't. For people who have never traveled longer than a month they have some misconceptions about Round-The-World travel and what makes it not possible. Here we'll go over the reasons you can't just pull the trigger and take that leap. The Gap in my Resume Will Put an End to my Career This is not the 50s through the 80s anymore. There has been a massive paradigm shift in thinking. It is now very common to have quality employees with gaps or massive gaps in their CVs and... Read More

VACATIONS THAT WILL TRULY HELP YOU UNWIND

Life is stressful. There's no denying this. We work long, hard hours. We face long, and stressful commutes and we try our best to be there for our families and friends when they need us. Many of us are constantly on the go and never get much of a break to relax. Even when we finish work or have days off, we often spend time checking work emails and social media feeds. It's easy to see why we're more stressed out than previous generations. Vacations are meant to give us a chance to relax and unwind. Yet, for many of us, they are more stressful than staying at home. We have to save money,... Read More

Visiting Auschwitz Concentration Camp

It was a grey and rainy day in Krakow, Poland when I decided to jump on a local bus and head to Auschwitz. It is a place I learned a lot about in books and history classes. I thought I was prepared for what I was going to see and feel because of how much I had heard about Auschwitz.It is conceivably the most poignant image of suffering in World War II, and perhaps in the world itself. Standing... Read More

Wanaka Walks That Aren't Roy's Peak

When we were in Wanaka we were weighing up whether to do the track. It is undeniably breathtaking and, as a blogger, it seemed weird turning my back on a photo op which is the backbone of NZ Instagram content. But the reason we came to NZ was to escape, get back to nature, and do things based on what we enjoy rather than Instagram. So the decision was made for us and we sought out alternatives. Although the view at the top of Roy's Peak is jaw dropping, the walk itself is back and forth up a hillside so it's not terribly interesting. One of the things we wanted to seek in the alternatives... Read More