Christmas at the Swanston Hotel in Melbourne

Christmas in Melbourne was delightful. I love seeing a city in the middle of its summer, under the sun and heat, get ready with Christmas decorations and holiday cheer. After living in Minnesota almost my entire life, the allure of a "white Christmas" has completely been lost on me. For Christmas Day, we enjoyed a... Continue Reading →

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Magnetic Island Day Trip from Townsville | Australia

A quick ferry ride from Townsville sits Magnetic Island, a beautiful destination to add to your Australia East Coast Road trip list. We almost skipped it to save on time, and I had heard from other travelers that it was expensive and wasn't an essential stop on the route, but I am SO GLAD we... Continue Reading →

Whale Watching & Fraser Island from Hervey Bay with Tasman Ventures

After a drive from Agnes Water/Town of 1770, we arrived in Hervey Bay, a sleepy beachside town in Queensland. It's known for being the jumping-off point for trips to Fraser Island as well as big beaches and whale watching opportunities. Many backpackers on the east coast road trip trek of Australia book a multi-day tour... Continue Reading →

2018 Year in Review | Travel Highlights

2018 turned out to be vastly different from how I expected at the start of the year, making the biggest lesson I learned to not plan too much, and to say yes to opportunities that present themselves as I go.  I hope to carry this lesson into 2019, continuing to travel and see more of... Continue Reading →

The Whitsunday Islands & Whitehaven Beach | Australia

After about a week cruising south from Cairns in our rental car, we hit Airlie Beach, the jumping-off point for a visit to the Whitsunday Islands. It's a favorite stop on a road trip down the east coast of Australia, where backpackers enjoy booking sailing trips for multiple days to explore and enjoy the natural... Continue Reading →

A Weekend on the Great Ocean Road | Australia

In the past three years of living abroad, I've been so lucky to have multiple friends from home visit me in several destinations, making it a priority to see me while exploring a new part of the world. Words cannot express the deep gratitude I have for having these people in my life. They are... Continue Reading →

Bucket List #17 | Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef | Cairns, Australia

We first got SCUBA certified in a freezing cold lake in Minnesota, where the water touching the smallest bit of surface area of the skin burned like being stabbed with a frozen knife. From there, it only got better, with a week spent diving in the tropical waters of Roatán, Honduras, earning college credit on... Continue Reading →

Highlights of Cairns City | Australia

Last month, I spent three glorious weeks relaxing in Cairns, in Queensland, Australia. Pronounced like "Cahns" by Aussies, (if you say the R they will probably make fun of you) this is not the Cannes where the film festival is, believe it or not. I incorrectly thought that until maybe two years ago, when I... Continue Reading →

A Day Trip to Rottnest Island to get a #QuokkaSelfie | WA

The favorite day trip for visitors to Perth or Fremantle is a ferry ride to Rottnest Island. Rottnest, or Rotto, is a little sandy island right off the coast of Fremantle in Western Australia. It's a fantastic spot for a day trip to stretch out on a beautiful beach, and get up close and personal... Continue Reading →

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