long-distance travel australia

So you’re headed to Australia? You’re not going to want to go to just one place when there’s so many different landscapes and exciting experiences to be had all over the country so the first thing you’ll need to figure out is how best to travel around because here’s the thing… Australia is huge. Trust me, it’s actually bigger than you even think it is and you won’t realise it until try to travel in it. So should you fly, rent a car, take a train? It really depends on your travel style, budget and the time you have. If this all sounds super complicated then as my Aussie friends would say “no worries” I’m about to break it down for you.

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visit cape town

If you keep your eye on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list that comes out at the end of every year you might have noticed Cape Town sitting (very) pretty at number 2 on the top cities to visit in 2017 and as it so happened I began the year there myself… where I soon discovered exactly how it had earned the position. Now because a picture says a thousand words I’ll leave the beauty of Cape Town and the surrounds to speak for itself through a selection of photos I took over the course of our trip.

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wanderlust-inspiring movies laIt’s fair to say there’s a particular film blowing up right now that’s about to give everyone some serious inspiration to visit it’s location… and it got me thinking about all the places I’ve never really been bothered about but suddenly yearned to go to after watching a film. There are some films where the location is such a starring part of the film that it’s almost a character in and of itself because it leaves such an impression on the audience. These are a few films I love that left me with a serious case of wanderlust for the places featured…

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safari in south africa aquila

Just before the end of the year during our Christmas family trip to Cape Town we took 2 days out to travel to Aquila Game Reserve and fulfill that lifelong dream so many of us have… to go on safari. While the number one place to safari in South Africa is of course Kruger National Park, our limited time meant we couldn’t reasonably travel that far, so we opted to spend 2 days/1 night at a smaller game reserve around 2 hours from the city. Of course this made the experience a little different as all of the animals are in a much more closely confined area (although it is still HUGE and not at all like seeing them in a zoo) which makes the job of finding them for the tour guides a lot easier. However we still didn’t see everything they claim to have there, which does show the scale of the area where the wildlife lives, and what we did see we were lucky enough to get really close to… especially the big cats (more on that later).

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Writer, travel enthusiast and all round Sydney-expert Roxana Oliver gives us the lowdown on the three best day trips to take from the city to see a different side of Australia…

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Thanks to the lovely Tiffany & Chris for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. They have been adventuring across the globe for the past 10 years and run an awesome blog over at Vagabond Way sharing their stories and travel tips. You can check out their post with the other nominated bloggers here.

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