• Australia,  Oceania

    Maria Island Day Trip Tasmania, Australia

    Want to spend a day frolicking with kangaroos, spotting wombats, and searching for fossils? Ok duh of course you do! And a day trip to Maria Island, off the coast of Tasmania, is the perfect way to do it. Even better, Maria Island is an easy day trip from Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart! If you have a few days in Hobart, a day trip to Maria Island (pronounced like Mariah Carey) is a fantastic way to get your fix of history, geology, and wildlife! Why Make a Day Trip to Maria Island Wildlife sightings of Forester kangaroos and wombats are all but guaranteed You can view fossils that are…

  • Australia,  Oceania

    Cradle Mountain Summit Hike

    Standing at the summit of Cradle Mountain after a rewarding and challenging hike has to be one of the highlights of adventure travel in Tasmania, Australia.  Whether you are completing the full Overland Trek through the alpine landscape of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, or just going on a day walk, a hike to the summit of Cradle Mountain is an exciting and challenging way for experienced hikers to enjoy the heart of Tasmania. If this sounds like the adventure for you, my guide has everything you need to know to summit Cradle Mountain on a day hike. Here’s what you’ll find in this post.  Preparing for the Cradle…

  • Australia,  Oceania

    Three Week Tasmania Itinerary

    Tasmania, Australia is one of those places I could return to again and again, which is why three weeks is the shortest itinerary I could write about this amazing island! When Tim and I first visited Tasmania in 2014, people had one of two reactions. The first was, “Is that in Africa?” and the second was, “Why? There’s nothing to do there.” Now, four years later, the attitude towards Tasmania has changed dramatically! Australia’s island state (by the way, no, Tasmania is not in Africa) has become a hot destination for those who love hiking, wildlife, and locally sourced food. While Tasmania has always had a lot to offer, the…

  • Australia,  Oceania

    Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight in Western Australia

    I dare you to find another geologic feature on earth that looks more like its name than the Bungle Bungle Range of north Western Australia’s Purnululu National Park. Though the origin of the term is unknown with any certainty, many think it’s the mispronunciation of the local aboriginal word for a type of grass that grows in the area. Regardless, they look like a bungle of bungles. And the best way to see them is from above on a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle Range! Here’s what you’ll find in this guide to taking a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle Range. Origins of the Bungle Bungle Range The…

  • Australia,  Oceania

    Perth to Darwin Road Trip Itinerary

    With this Perth to Darwin road trip itinerary, I show you why and how to visit Australia’s west coast, where you’ll find a side of this country most people haven’t thought much about, let alone visited. When people talk about visiting Australia, images of Ayers Rock and the Sydney Opera House probably come to mind. Throw a kangaroo into the scene, and you have most people’s idea of Australia. Western Australia is frequently overlooked, but this guide will demonstrate why so many people say the west is best! Perth to Darwin Road Trip Itinerary Day-by-Day My Perth to Darwin itinerary reflects my minimum recommended time to spend in each location.…

  • New Zealand,  Oceania

    Franz Josef Glacier Helihike – Is It Worth It?

    Is the Franz Josef Glacier helihike worth the steep cost? This was the very question Tim and I wrangled with in advance of arriving in Franz Josef. We had budgeted for the painful price tag ($459 NZD per person) but still weren’t sure if we really wanted to spend it or save it. I know we’re not the only ones, so this guide will help you determine if the Franz Josef Glacier helihike is worth it for you! Here’s what you’ll find in this guide. Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems Neither of us grew up with a ton of money or international travel opportunities, so we both still have a very…

  • New Zealand,  Oceania

    Two Week New Zealand South Island Itinerary

    With two weeks on the South Island of New Zealand, a well-organized itinerary can take you to scenic fjords, epic glaciers, dramatic mountains, and all the bungee jumping you can stomach. Since it’s a relatively small island, you can easily travel throughout and visit all the major points of interest in about two weeks. Part of the magic of New Zealand is that you can be on a beach one day and on a glacier the next! Here’s what you’ll find in this thorough guide to planning a two-week itinerary in the South Island of New Zealand. About My Two Week New Zealand South Island Itinerary This two-week itinerary through…

  • New Zealand,  Oceania

    Two Week New Zealand North Island Itinerary

    With two weeks on New Zealand’s North Island, you can trek one of the most beautiful day hikes in the world at the Tongariro Crossing, witness the mesmerizing shimmer of glow worms at the Waitomo Caves, and explore the country’s surprisingly tropical side at Hahei. This two-week road trip itinerary covering the North Island of New Zealand top to bottom has everything you need to know! New Zealand’s North Island totally surprised me. Most of the top attractions I’d heard of in my research were based on the South Island. Thus, I traveled through the north without any expectations. The north has more to offer than I knew. Think tropical…