Growing up in Australia in the 90s, my knowledge of Broken Hill came about from the cult film Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Being only five years old I may not have fully understood the plot line at the time; of two drag queens who make their way across the Australian Outback from Sydney to Alice Springs, but I do remember it being both comical and colourful.
Much like Priscilla, I had only ever passed through Broken Hill briefly en route to Alice Springs to witness Uluru. However, this year I decided that needed to change.
A town named by the early explorer Charles Sturt, for he wrote in his diary that the site looked like a Broken Hill, this year we based ourselves in town for a couple of days.
Made famous by mining, Broken Hill has become the capital of Outback Australia. While I had always thought of the town as a quick stopover, I would end up being pleasantly surprised at the many offerings the town has along with the beautiful landscapes that surround it.
Red Earth Motel proved to be the perfect luxury Outback base.
New Zealand is a land of enchanted landscapes. Dozens of breathtaking beaches, incredible glaciers and the most beautiful fiordlands in the world grace her islands, making this a land where everything seems possible.
For the nature enthusiast and outdoor adventurer this is a paradise destination, though there are many things to do for a variety of different travel styles. Those traveling for food can taste typical kiwi dishes, such as lamb or mutton bird, or you can take part in a typical beer and wine taste.
Cultural buffs can immerse themselves in the rich history and unique culture of the Māori community. Sports fans can watch the All Blacks smash Australia in rugby; there’s a lot to choose from in New Zealand depending on what you feel like doing. Though the following 6 are activities that no-one should miss!
Set on the banks of the Murray River and the edge of the outback, Mildura is what you get when you combine all the charm and hospitality of a small town with the seemingly limitless offerings of a major city.
A harmonious blend that goes down as well as fine wine (something Mildura also knows a thing about), it’s no wonder Melbournians look to Mildura as an escape from the hectic chaos of gridlocked traffic, never-ending construction, and overcrowding.
Embraced by the beautiful Murray River, Mildura is a multifaceted destination that offers abundant outdoor recreation (both on and off the water), stunning outback landscapes, a bustling food scene, and incredible wildlife experiences.
To visit Mildura is to experience life as it was meant to be. It’s life simplified, yet adventurous and exciting at the same time. See why Mildura has become one of our favorite Australian escapes. Create your itinerary off the following things to do.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the tallest building in the world made of bricks, Qutub Minar is a 73-meter high tower that consists of five storeys and a spiral staircase with 379 steps.
Built-in red sandstone, Qutub Minar is a real masterpiece of Mughal Islamic craftsmanship. The design is based on the Minaret of Jam located in Western Afghanistan, which marks where the ancient city of Firuzkuh once stood.
The complex in which it stands is regarded as one of the most famous arrays of historical monuments in Delhi, so if you’re traveling to India it’s highly likely that you’ll find yourself (at some stage) in front of this famous minaret.
But with so much cultural heritage tied to one monument, it would be a shame to visit and not appreciate the story or history behind it.
Adventure travelers looking for incredible mountain treks will find a wealth of truly off the beaten path locations scattered around Peru.
While Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail receive the majority of attention, Peru offers a number of alternatives if you’re hoping to feel less like a tourist and more like a true explorer.
The Andes form the longest continental mountain range in the world, offering treks of all lengths and degrees of difficulties. Peru is lucky enough to be home to many of the most notable mountain treks along the range, many of which manage to remain under the radar from mass tourism.
There is no denying that Machu Picchu is an incredible Wonder of the World, but those looking for something more unique and less restrictive may want to look into some of Peru’s other incredible mountain treks.
The following treks will not only provide you with equally as impressive scenery, but will also leave you with stories very few other travelers have experienced.
The Seychelles is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in Africa, which is why it is often perceived as an expensive vacation.
While this isn’t an incorrect observation, it’s not exactly the entire truth either.
The most expensive thing about Seychelles will be your flights and your accommodation. However, with a little planning and research, you can easily visit Seychelles on a more frugal budget as well.
Having recently visited the Seychelles for a solo trip, I was easily able to manage 2 weeks here for 730 USD. Here are a few tips that can help you manage a budget-friendly trip in this exotic location too.
2018 has seen a shift in the way people travel. Movements towards responsible and ethical travel experiences are revolutionizing the travel industry, and right there with it is a trend to seek out more meaningful experiences, and focus on local travel.
And by local travel I don’t mean exploring your own backyard (though there’s a case to be made for that too!), I mean delving deeper into a country or city, and escaping the typical tourist circuit and main landmarks.
Really being able to experience a city … and here’s the buzz word … like a local!
We’re not all fortunate enough to have friends based in every city, but in terms of having access to someone who can show you the real side of their city, there’s definitely something to be said for paying a local to show you around.
This is especially true for a well trodden destination like Paris; private tours in Paris, led by locals, are a great way to experience a city from a more authentic point of view.
Sicily is the largest Italian island separated from the mainland by the Strait of Messina. The stunning island is completely surrounded by the Ionian, Tyrrhenian, and the Mediterranean Seas.
The South Italian Island is a lively intersection of nature’s bounty, rich culture and traditions, and an interesting past. A trip that contains a lavish stay in the villas in Sicily is nothing less than a dream!
West Sicily is dotted with an assortment of towns and beaches, which will leave you fascinated by the sheer beauty. If you are planning a trip in and around West Sicily, make sure to include the following places on your itinerary.
Whether you’ve recently been on a lucky streak or just turned 21, you may be looking to hit the Vegas Strip to see how far your luck can take you.
While most of Vegas’ grandest hotels and resorts are located along the Vegas strip, it can definitely be hard to know which casino hotels are worth your time.
Any trip to Vegas requires a bit of a game plan. From finding that perfect lavish hotel room at a great rate to knowing what casinos and bets give you the best odds of walking away a winner, it pays to do a bit of research before you take on Sin City.
So if you’re ready to test out your blackjack skills or simply want to strengthen your biceps by pulling some slot handles, here are three incredible casino hotels you can throw your dollars at.
Set on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, and an easy two hour flight from Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas has long been the destination of choice for a quintessential Mexican beach vacation.
With white beaches, spectacular arching stone cliffs, and a location where golden desert meets the shimmering sea, Cabo is firm favorite among surfers, divers and hikers, and with a coastline that stretches from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific Ocean, Los Cabos is also a hot destination for the foodie.
Thinking of taking a trip to Cabo? The following are three absolute must-dos.
From ancient cities to Saharan dunes, Morocco is one of those destinations that truly captures your imagination; a dizzying diversity awaits travelers whether you’re interested in trekking in the desert, shopping in the maze of medinas, or simply people watching.
With vivid images of lyrical landscapes, richly colored souks, exotic culture and a diverse geography, this is a bucket-list destination if there ever was one, and there is so much to see and do.
Morocco is captivating, dazzling, and seductive. It is a country that will fascinate, bewitch and beguile you. It is exotic in the true sense of the word, and has hundreds of faces, sounds, smells, and stories just waiting to be uncovered.
Whether you’re browsing Morocco vacation packages, or organizing the trip yourself, the following are epic things to do in Morocco before you die.
This summer we spent a week in Brittany; a beautiful western region of France known for its delicious crepes and cider, as well as the impressive Mont-Saint-Michel.
Though unlike typical tourists who choose to stay in hotels, we chose a 5-star campsite located in Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, a charming village of the northern part of Brittany, also called the french Emerald Coast.
In a place where breathtaking beaches meet wild nature and rich history, you can explore the stunning Cap Fréhel, the picturesque Dinard or the medieval town of Saint-Malo.
Thinking of a 5 stay camping experience in Brittany yourself? This is an overview of our experience.
Slovenia may very well be the most under-rated country in Europe. While it doesn’t have the reputation of Italy or France, or the pizazz of the fjords of Norway, the small country has enough natural wonders to rival a country many times its size.
Bursting at the seams with ‘snow-capped peaks, turquoise-green rivers and a Venetian-style coastline’, Slovenia combines an awe inspiring natural scene with old world architecture, an exciting mix of Slavic, German, and Italian culture, and sophisticated cuisine.
Slovenia’s modern iteration dates to 1991 when the local people, in a plebiscite, voted by an 88% majority to secede from Yugoslavia which was in the first stages of its collapse into seven independent countries.
So instead of wasting your money on the new iPhone, or “donations” to your local casino, put the money aside for a trip to Slovenia.
Having recently been named one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 cities for 2018, Canberra has been receiving a lot of hype and attention.
Rare among Australia’s large cities in that it isn’t situated along the coast, Canberra is instead flanked by wild nature reserves where iconic wildlife roams, surrounded by wine country, and picturesquely nestled alongside Australia’s highest alpine peaks.
The well thought out and completely planned city may be nearly a 2 hour’s drive from the closest beach, but we found Canberra to offer more than enough excitement within the city to keep us entertained and not needing sand beneath our feet.
With a perfectly positioned base for exploring Australia’s bush capital in Pacific Suites Canberra, go behind the political scenes and discover a beautiful city surrounded by the calls of bushland wildlife that easily drowns out the shouting of MPs!
Heading out on an African safari is an incredible experience, and especially for the wildlife enthusiast, getting up close and personal with some of the most majestic creatures on this planet is unlike anything else.
If you haven’t already added a safari trip to your bucket list, now is the time to do so! However, there are a few things you should know before you set off.
Here are five things they don’t tell you about your first safari.
South Africa has been and will always remain a must-visit location in Africa.
It’s known for its diverse wildlife experience; home to the wild’s most massive ostrich, largest reptile (leatherback sea turtle), largest mammal (bull elephant), and tallest animal (giraffe) to mention a few. You’ll also find impressive African landscapes and a country rich in culture and heritage.
South Africa has long remained among the most visited destinations in Africa, though actually getting there can be a bit hectic, especially when it comes to finding an efficient airline, and especially if you’re visiting Johannesburg over Cape Town (with less options for flights).
If you’re planning a visit to Johannesburg, we’ve put together tips on how you can find the cheapest flight.
Located in a picturesque spot along the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton is the vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of Alberta.
Lively, crowded, and with a rich history behind it, it’s a place that has something for everyone, from the inimitable Ford Edmonton Park all the way through to gorgeous public gardens and picture-perfect parks.
Planning on spending some time there? Here are just four of the fantastic places you
It’s one of the biggest countries in the world, home to the largest population on the planet, heck- the landmass covers five entire time zones (errr, even though there’s only one).
There are no two ways about it: traveling in China is next some next level nomad business.
Anyone who’s ever spent time in the big Zhongguo can tell you that China’s diversity of language, culture, and landscape is enormous. Sometimes just traveling from province to province feels like you’re crossing international borders; it’s that different.
For the adventurous among us, this can actually be the most exciting thing about traveling in China- you can have a lifetime worth of crazy experiences, all within the borders of a single country.
From teetering over the edge of a sky-high mountain to skimming your surfboard down the lip of a wave, here’s our pick of the craziest, kookiest, and downright coolest outdoor activities you can do while traveling in China.
The tropical island paradise of Hawaii boasts a bevy of natural wonders and cultural offerings unlike any other place in America. Though there are a lot more to the islands than the many spectacular beaches.
Because of its remote location, Hawaii can be a spendy vacation. It is advised to start saving money to go on your trip as soon as you book so that you can ensure you’re able to make the most out of your time in paradise.
With so many unique islands and offerings, it can be hard to narrow down your itinerary. But here are six must-see destinations that should definitely make your list.
Germany’s most underrated city, thousands of travelers pass through Frankfurt every month. Though being the “Gateway to Europe”, most travelers only pass through the airport, using the city’s central location as a convenient layover to reach the rest of the continent.
These travelers are missing out.
Mixing glittering skyscrapers with traditional medieval towns, Frankfurt is a city of sharp and constant contrasts, and unlike any other German city around.
From the business hub known as ‘Mainhattan’, to the ‘cosy apple-wine taverns serving hearty regional food’, Frankfurt is one that, given the chance, travelers will undoubtedly love.
Being a unique city, there are a couple of things you should know before traveling to Frankfurt; tips that you won’t typically find in any guide book.
Italy, for tourists, is really three primary “locations” and much variability within each location.
Northern Italy includes Venice, Lake Garda, and the Dolomite Mountains plus the Italian Alps. Central Italy covers Florence and Rome plus the Apennine Mountains. Southern Italy includes Naples and Sicily.
We are presenting a three-part series on Northern Italy. The first installment is about Venice.
A charismatic country in the Balkans, with a landscape of rugged stone churches and jaw-dropping castles ripped straight out of the Middle Ages, Romania is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.
By European standards, Romania is well and truly off the beaten path, though for those willing to venture into the (relatively) unknown, the country offers one of Europe’s most authentic experiences; a wonderful blend of history, culture, and religion.
Fascinating urban centers like Bucharest offer sharp and constant contrasts; blending a cosmopolitan vibe with well-preserved medieval buildings. Rural villages offer the chance to witness fascinating age-old traditions, and come into contact with Saxon fortresses, Gypsies and wild bears.
Romania is also home to some of the most unspoiled wilderness in Europe, and from Delta villages built of reeds, to magnificent Gothic churches and castles backed by the majestic peaks of the Carpathian mountains, those seeking outdoor adventure are truly spoiled here.