• Top Travel Bloggers: Interview Series 2020

    As 2020 continues to challenge the world, I thought it would be important to interview those in a similar niche- Australian Travel Bloggers. We all know travel and tourism has been pulled to a grinding halt, but as a travel blogger, there are still creative ways to connect to the world, even if it is only online. In these series of posts, I ask questions of some of Australia’s most influential Travel Bloggers for their current challenges, advice and what inspires them to continue in the current climate. KATIE DRISCOLLkatiesaway.com Katie Driscoll is a travel blogger and photographer, who has been discovering the world and documenting her experiences since 2014.…

  • 20 Best Eats in Melbourne, Australia

    We all know one of Melbourne, Australia’s many draw cards is the huge selection of bars, restaurants, accessible fresh food, and coffee to choose from on any given day or night. With new eateries popping up left right and centre, offering dining experiences and a creative spin on your everyday dishes, how to know where to choose your next meal out, when visiting inner city Melbourne? Here are some starting options below, which are only the tip of the ice-berg for groups and all ages in the Melbourne CBD or inner city suburbs. *Please note, restrictions are still in place in July 2020 due to COVID-19.  These restaurant tips are…

  • 8 Best Reasons to Visit Byron Bay, Australia (in 2020)

    A spiritual and unique place to visit, Byron Bay, Australia has always been a destination for curious travellers. Since my first holiday to Byron in early 1996, I have returned countless times, with friends and family.  I also lived in Byron Bay, northern NSW as an escape from Melbourne for 2 months in the late 90’s, alternating between serving coffee in a local café, surfing and generally re-evaluating life. The quieter beaches seem like paradise every time on arrival, and the diversity of intermingled cultures provide ultimate people watching opportunities.  Snapshots and snippets of different cultures and backgrounds in the busier streets of Byron never fail to surprise. Situated 770…

  • 8 Unique places in Australia you didn’t know existed

    What should you not miss in Australia? Here is a list of the top travel destinations within Australia. 8 Unique places in Australia and best holiday spots to visit: 1. El Questro Homestead – The Kimberleys, Western Australia elquestro.com.au This luxurious resort is located in the Kimberly region, in Western Australia.  There are 9 suites here, all designed for couples (top of 18 guests at any one time), each consisting of incredible views. The El Questro Homestead opened in the East Kimberley in 1993, and remains a very remote accommodation option.  Accessible by a flight from Broome or Perth to Kununurra, and followed by a long drive. The property of…

  • 8 Online travel experiences in Melbourne!

    Have you been planning to visit Melbourne, Australia in the near future and your plans are on hold? Or has this creative city been on your wish list for some time? Here are 8 Online travel experiences in Melbourne to explore, while we remain in lock down. Enjoy the online world while we wait for our next overseas adventure travel experience: Yes, it’s not the same as being there in person.  You want to use all the senses, including the food smells, tastes, sounds and surrounding sights.  I compare this to my first trip to Thailand, where prior to, we watched an incredible, natural video of the resort were would…

  • How to deal when travel plans are cancelled indefinitely

    We are currently very familiar with having ALL our plans put on hold and not the least, our exciting travel plans, being postponed indefinitely while COVID-19 plays it’s course. This post is to assist with How to deal when your travel plans are cancelled indefinitely. Sure, it sounds like a white privileged, COVID- free thing to say ‘Ohh, I cannot fly to Noosa (hot spot on Australia’s East Coast) this year, I don’t know how to cope!’ But to many, having travel plans after putting in the hard yards to save and organise, are what keeps us motivated at times, through the daily grind. The disappointment of all this being…

  • Travel tips to discover Indigenous Australian culture

    When a Canadian friend visited Melbourne in January, I heard myself offering this advice: “Avoid the CBD on the 26th, there’ll be huge crowds, mostly due to the change the date rally for Invasion Day. It overtakes the Australia Day parade!” As the words left my mouth, I felt proud of the huge numbers who show up each year to create change. I hoped mentioning the rally would initiate a conversation on the subject with her and her travel buddy, and was unsure their thoughts, as international travellers on Indigenous Australian culture, and their beliefs. “All they need to do is change the date, still Australia Day but on another…

  • How to reserve the best accommodation in Australia

    Wondering how to reserve the best accommodation in Australia? Imagine this:  30 hours of travel time.  Arrive in LA, to pre- booked hotel, alone in your mid 20’s.  Hotel is in a dodgy area, with hardly any travellers checked in, and honestly, the vibe is creepy.  Luckily there are a couple of computers set up in the “foyer” (pre smart phone days) and you find a chain hostel within walking distance, who you quickly call and your bag is very quickly dragged along the West Hollywood street, to this cleaner, more suitable accommodation half an hour walk away.  BEFORE: Jet-lagged, confused and nervous. via GIPHY AFTER: Ready to party and…

  • How to increase Pinterest views by 800% in one month!

    How to increase your Pinterest page views in one month? I have included my story below and tips I have used to increase my Pinterest monthly views. *Update June 2020 I have reached my goal of 500K monthly viewers! I’m pretty new to blogging. I began my alternative travel blog mid 2019 and the last six months have been a major learning curve, particularly with the marketing aspect of promoting the blog, and understanding the finer details of attracting blog traffic. Progress was initially slow.  I decided on a niche, set up website hosting, Twitter and Pinterest accounts and uploaded posts as I wrote them each week. Any blogger would…

  • 7 QUICK ways to save money for your next trip!

    Congratulations! You’ve booked your next adventure, and now comes the part where you save all your pennies towards the experience of a lifetime.  You may be wondering how do I save money for my next trip? Instead of not eating healthily or never leaving the house until heading to the airport, here below are 7 QUICK ways to save money for your next big trip, to assist you with those extra expenses you didn’t factor into your budget (Hello airport transfers, travel insurance, extra baggage allowance! 😉). Stick to a monthly budget Keep it simple.  One outgoing column and one incoming column.  Divide the remaining money and put aside a…

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