highlights of norway

According to the UN World Happiness Report Norway has toppled Denmark from it’s no #1 position as the Happiest Place in the World… which surely makes it better time than any to visit and see what all the fuss is about!

During the summer of 2016 we were planning an epic tour of Scandinavia in 2 weeks but after realising just how much we wanted to see in Norway alone, we decided to spend the entire time there and put the remainder of the Scandinavian countries on the backburner. It was when we were looking at trips to see the fjords that we came across, and considered, a bunch of “Norway in a Nutshell” tours, that whipped you around the best bits in the limited time we had. Ultimately it was the price tag and lack of flexible itineraries that lead to us organising our own Norway tour… it saved us a ton of money (which is vital as Norway is hugely expensive), left us to do exactly what we wanted and was extremely easy!

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2017 travel plans

Hey folks!  It’s been a while since I updated you all on what’s currently going on and my plans for this year… in fact I probably haven’t really checked in since I got back from Australia. As you probably gathered I went to Cape Town at Christmas and since then I’ve been at home in London doing the everyday grind (groan) but I finally got my act into gear and booked some adventures for the next couple of months that I’ll share with you now.

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kata tjuta valley of the wind red centre australia

Without a doubt the best organised group trip I took during my year in Australia was one of the last ones I went on – a 3-day camping trip from Alice Springs to Uluru with Emu Run. It quickly rocketed the red centre to the top of my favourite places in the country. I had known the minute I booked my plane ticket down under that I would make sure to see Australia’s most iconic landmark in the flesh but what I hadn’t banked on was that there’s so much more in the centre that shouldn’t be missed.

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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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