Southern Highlands

48 Hours In…The Southern Highlands

I’ve always loved the Southern Highlands. There’s just a certain class to the area, an elegance to it. Between the soft rolling hills, which always seem to be a luscious green, to the quirky shops and restaurants, there seems to be something for everyone. This is the destination for the romantic weekend getaway, the girl’s weekend retreat or even just a weekend to yourself. So, here’s how to spend 48 hours in The Southern Highlands.

Our 10 Month Australian Road Trip Plan – Updated!

We depart from Sydney in March (2017) for a 10 month road trip within Australia. Now, Australia is a damn big country – and obvious statement – so we’re focusing on the places that ignite us. We’re excited, aren’t you?! Here’s our plan…

Discovering Australia Through AirBnbs

While travelling indefinitely, we’re discovering AirBnbs to be invaluable. Not only do they provide space to spread out, constant WiFi and washing facilities, but some offer truly unique stays. For our Aussie 10 month road trip, we’re finding them to be cheaper than holiday parks and hotels! This is definitely the way to go!

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4 Places to Swim Safely in Cairns

Stingers (jellyfish) and Crocodiles are a real threat in Far North Queensland. Beaches are often closed because of one, or both, of these factors. It’s something that can be very frustrating when it’s hot and humid and you just want to dive into the sparkling turquoise water.

So where can you get out of the heat and dip into cool, refreshing water?

Is the Skyrail to Kuranda Worth The Splurge?

We found trying to find specific information on Kuranda very frustrating. We didn’t want to take a tour. We’re self-drivers. We just wanted to know: Was the historic railway and Skyrail worth the splurge? We would soon find out…

Hotels vs. Airbnb

When booking accommodation, you now have a choice: Hotel or Airbnb. And it all comes down to providing travellers what they need – and want. Here’s our take…and what we prefer nowadays.

Our Secret Beach Getaway

There are so many places in Australia to go for that “beach getaway”. Australia has some amazing locations for beach camping. There is one we’ve found however that surpasses the rest.

The Mistake I Made About Canberra and Why You Need To Visit

Canberra is an interesting place. It’s not somewhere that’s high on the tourist list, but with extended time in Australia, it’s worth a visit. It’s both a University town and the Political Hub of Australia. It’s an interesting mix. But, I have always been on the fence when it came to Canberra. I have discovered why people who live there, love it so much.

Pre-Trip Costs for a 10 month Australian Road Trip

With less than 30 days before we begin our 10 month (re) Discover Australia roadtrip, we’ve calculated our pre-trip costs. We’ve determined a way to travel comfortably, frugally that’s a lot cheaper than buying a campervan and a lot less stress than towing a camper trailer.

The Great Australian Road Trip, The Frugal Way

How do you find a cost effective solution to travel around Australia? Not buying a campervan, for one. We dug deep, looked at ways we could be frugal, and yet see and do everything we wanted to…

A Realistic Review of Herculaneum and Pompeii

Natalie writes for the blog once again…After a year of learning about Pompeii and Herculaneum, finally seeing it right in front of me was a confronting experience. I expected something else…

England: Is it Smarter to Take the Train or to Rent a Car?

Weighing the pros and cons of choosing between train travel and renting a car can be tough. Especially when travelling around England. If you’re planning on staying in London, it’s a no-brainer: neither. But if you’re going outside of the city, it’s a decision you need to consider: Train or Car?

Has the Internet Ruined the Wonder of Travel for Kids?

As I looked around to others of her generation on our travels, I began to have this crushing sense of disappointment for future generations. Where is their curiosity? Where is their imagination and wonder of these places, without the internet revealing it to them? When are they going to put their damn phones down to just be in the moment?

Geek’s Guide to the Colosseum & Roman Forum

The Colosseum and Forum are, inarguably, two of the most famous icons of ancient Rome. As the centre of activity in the ancient world, thousands of people gathered daily for entertainment, commerce and rituals.

An Afternoon in Paris

An afternoon in Paris. Sounds delightful, oui? We managed to see the Notre Dame, the Pont Neuf, the Louvre, the Jardin Des Tuileries, the Champs Elysée, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. We had walked over 18k steps and 16 kilometres, all in 6 hours. Yeah, we know how to make the most of our time.

Discovering The World Through Food Tours

I have finally unlocked the secret to finding the true essence of a city: food tours. My new mission, and I choose to accept it, is to explore food tours in each city I visit. I want to find the true essence of the city in this way.

Indulging in The Sweet Taste of Venice

I’ve come to realize that in order to get the best experience of a destination, you need to embark on a food tour. Especially when it’s guided by a local. Not only do you learn about the gestational habits, but you also learn more about the community and its unique history.

How to Experience the Best of Rome

Rome is a crazy city.  It’s ‘in your face’ at every turn.  It’s fast paced.  It’s crowded. It’s gritty.

Really. There’s nothing like it.  Tourists and locals meld together where you hear a constant melting pot of accents. Locals gesture vividly as they speak, just as you would expect. Scooters zoom through the narrow lanes, fighting for their place amongst the zippy cars in the dense traffic.

All of these things make Rome fabulous.  
 

Rome – Where Are Your Manners?

Rome is very much an ‘in your face’ city. Everything is loud and brash. The streets are insanely crowded. Vendors incessantly harass walkers on the sidewalks, despite your emphatic shake of the head or polite ‘no’.
I can’t necessarily blame the Romans. I just have to wonder if some of the kindness found in other Italian cities can be brought to Rome as well someday?

Why You Should Consider The YHA Metro in Melbourne

I have been reading about hostels for years and for whatever reason, missed the boat on the hostel experience while backpacking through Europe in my 20s. Budget accommodation was found elsewhere, in cheap hotels or B&Bs. Yet, I was always fascinated with the concept because of my budget-travel mindset. After hearing about the Melbourne YHA (Youth Hostels Association) Metro from a number of sources, I thought it would add a different element to our Melbourne Adventure. After all, our travel mantra is “Try Something Different”.

10 Audiobooks You’ll Love For Your Next Adventure

For any travellers, there is inevitable downtime. Whether it’s sitting at an airport waiting for your next flight or cruising down a lonely stretch of highway, a good audio book serves as a great way to distract, entertain, or educate. The best ones do all of the above. Here is a list of some of our favourites we’ve enjoyed over the years.

The Ultimate in Road Tripping: Free Camping

Our latest Tip: Free Camping! It allows you to park just about anywhere your vehicle can take you. Most times, you’re free of people, noise, and light and best of all, it’s free.

What We Know Now about Jenolan Caves

The crystals found within the Jenolan Caves are thought to bring spiritual well-being. The most curative properties lie in the natural beauty of the place.

Planning a Campervan Roadtrip to the Outback

We are using this as an opportunity to test drive the campervan as an option for our even larger road trip: Our (re) Discover Australia road trip. Here’s the process we went through to plan our Outback N.S.W. road trip.

Favourite Travel Booking Sites

Want a great, reliable site to book your next getaway? We’ve tried many, but these are the ones we love and use. Expedia, TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Trivago…

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19 Travel Apps You Need to Travel on a Budget

With the smaller jaunts we’ve been taking, we’ve been testing out the apps we use when we travel. We’ve listed out the 19 apps we find we can’t live without. Many help us stay within budget too, which is always a bonus!

High Tea at the Hydro Majestic

From the unobstructed views overlooking the Megalong Valley to the attentive service, the Hydro Majestic High Tea is a magical experience.

A Frugal’s Day at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

Do kids today know where the eggs they eat come from, besides from the grocery store? That’s what the Sydney Royal Easter show aims to address: ‘City meets Country’, allowing the rural communities of Australia to be celebrated once a year.

Realising a Life-Long Dream: Westminster Abbey

After studying important architectural structures around the world during my high school days, it had been one of my life goals to visit Westminster Abbey. After 25 years, I was finally going to enter the building I had studied so intensely in high school.

How to Realize a Dream When You Have No Money

Have you ever wanted to do something but knew you couldn’t because you didn’t have the money? Have you dreamed of a place you’ve always wanted to visit, but just couldn’t see a way through the financial maze to get there?

How Not To Be a Git When Camping.

Humans are territorial by nature. We want our space. We need it. Most of the time, we get what we want. Camping is no different. Then, along comes the camper that thinks he/she is above all that. So, here are out tips on how NOT to be a git when camping.

Discovering Australia: Planes, Trains or Automobiles?

There’s a saying amongst Aussie travellers that everyone should do ‘The Big Lap’. As in, taking a road trip around Australia. But is a road trip the only way – or even the right way – to see Australia? Check out our Pros and Cons List for all of the options!

How To Plan a Budget-Friendly Road Trip

We’ve taken many road trips and over the years, have worked out how to do it inexpensively without feeling like we’re missing out on anything along the way. Check out our 10 Ways to Plan a Budget Friendly Road Trip.

Why YOU Should Use Travefy To Plan Your Group Adventures

This is an app which makes it easy to find accommodation, rentals, flights and even activities, and lay the itinerary out for all to see. Better yet, it makes it easy for people to come together, understand what their portion of the costs are AND have a really clear way to manage expenses.

Our Top 4 Reasons to Head to the N.S.W. South Coast

The south coast of NSW is truly one of the best destinations in Australia. Somehow it’s managed to keep what’s real and true about the Aussie lifestyle. Here are what we think are the best reasons to discover it!

Why You Need to Travel To Truly Live Life

Whatever the budget, a vacation in my mind is one of life’s necessities. Call it: “Living in the New Millennium: Air. Water. Food. Shelter. Clothing. Vacation.”

3 of the Best Beaches to Camp in NSW

We’ve discovered some unique gems in NSW for beach camping. Here are what we consider as the best of some really fantastic options available.

Want to See One of the Most Stunning Places on Earth?

Heading to the Mount Cook Village was simply overwhelming. The water on Lake Pukaki glistened in the abundant sunshine as we followed its perimeter. In parts, the clouds and mountains were mirrored in the icy blue glacial water. The snow-covered mountains were lit in just the right spot to shine their brilliance down on us. It was gobsmackingly beautiful.

15 Fun Questions to Ask Your Parents

Want a way to really get to know your parents as an adult? Or at least open up a deeper conversation? Here are 15 great questions to help you!

10 Ways to Save Money on a Road Trip

Let’s face it, road trips can be costly but they don’t have to be budget blasters. Here are 10 ways to save money on your next road trip.