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Top five things to do in Sydney, Australia

Earlier this year I took a two week solo trip to Australia – a long distance getaway to explore a few sites without breaking the bank. I spent a week in Sydney and participated in two tours with Zepher Tours to Hunter Valley and the Blue Mountains as well as taking some time to explore attractions around the city with friends both old and new. Here are a few of my highlights and top five things to do in Sydney.
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“Ancient Wisdom for Joyful Living” at Ashiyana Yoga and Spa Village

Located just a short walk away from the scenic Mandrem Beach in Goa, Ashiyana Yoga and Spa Village offers a comprehensive range of options for any yoga enthusiast whether like me, you’re a novice or a pro seeking a new lease of inspiration. Continue reading “Ancient Wisdom for Joyful Living” at Ashiyana Yoga and Spa Village

Exploring Phillip Island with Bunyip Tours

Bunyip Tours of Melbourne run various tours across the Australian landscape to offer maximum exploration and insight to travellers with an urge for wanderlust.

On my first full day in Melbourne, I joined a group in Melbourne to participate in the Phillip Island tour.

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Guest post: Budget-Friendly Fun in Malta

Submitted by: Alex Siborn

If you’re looking for a break that won’t break the bank, there are more than a few possibilities on the holiday shortlist. One sun-drenched destination that ticks all the right boxes is Malta – a sunny, cheerful little island anchored in the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. Here, you can expect a plentiful supply of sun, sea and sand, along with stacks of heritage and a fascinating culture. Continue reading Guest post: Budget-Friendly Fun in Malta

Serenity in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

On my latest visit to Jamaica, I’ve had more time than usual to cram in some sightseeing around the country hence being able to take a trip from Portland (in the East) towards the southern coast, with one of my destinations being the parish of St. Elizabeth. Whilst I have family based there, I can’t recall the last time that I actually visited (awful, I know!), so I was keen to become reacquainted with the area, albeit for just a few short hours.

The parish of St. Elizabeth is one of the largest in Jamaica, yet it remains largely unspoilt – which is a true part of its beauty. The less-trodden paths offer great appeal to those seeking a serene way to take in the culture of Jamaica and the diversity of its people. Continue reading Serenity in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

Unwind and relax in Paraty, Brazil

In 2013 I spent some time around Paraty (pronounced ‘Par-a-chi’) in Brazil for three days as part of a visit to the country.

Staying in Pousada Brunello meant that we weren’t directly in the main area of the small coastal town (instead opting for the beach location) but instead a short drive away – or an uncomfortable walk in the hot weather. With it being a relatively small place, it’s easy to walk around taking in some of the sights and atmosphere that we wanted to absorb. Below are a few photos from my walk around the picturesque town. Continue reading Unwind and relax in Paraty, Brazil

Hostel, Hotel, Pousada or Apartment? Accommodation in Brazil

On a recent trip to Brazil, I spent some time travelling around with friends exploring Rio, Sao Paulo, Paraty and Ilha Grande. As part of the trip, we would not only be travelling around a lot but also needing to shift between different types of accommodation.

We stayed in everything from hostels and apartments to four-star hotels and pousadas. All of which gave me a good, all-round idea of the types of accommodation available in the country. Take a look at my experiences below outlining each of the places where we stayed.

Definition of a Pousada: According to Hidden Pousadas Brazil,they are always small with up to 40 rooms and the typical amenities that would be expected from a B&B or Inn, just at a more charming level. Continue reading Hostel, Hotel, Pousada or Apartment? Accommodation in Brazil

Carnival 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil is a destination that has been on my must-see list for some time so you can only imagine my joy at finally getting the chance to go. Not only would our itinerary include the experience of carnival in Rio De Janeiro, but it would also be a trip including stays in Sao Paulo, Paraty and Ilha Grande. 

Having planned every meticulous detail of our trip, you can only imagine my concern when our flight from London was delayed by two hours (resulting in us almost missing our connection). My anxiety didn’t wane until we had run from one plane to another with just ten minutes to spare before take off!

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‘Welome to Jamrock’ – Portland, Jamaica and why you should visit

WJamaicahilst considering a new blog post, I realised that I hadn’t written about the one place that I have visited numerous times – Jamaica. Now, as I am of Jamaican descent, I try to visit my family that are based there as frequently as I can. Essentially, if I am seeking a break from the UK in search of sunshine, white sandy beaches and family time then this is my place to go (provided I can find a reasonably priced flight).

Now, Jamaica gets quite a mixed response from people, some who adore the difference in culture, the laidback attitude (remember the Malibu advert?) and others who find it a little difficult to adapt to. Continue reading ‘Welome to Jamrock’ – Portland, Jamaica and why you should visit

Review of Mantra Samui Resort, Thailand

As part of our trip to Thailand, we went to Koh Samui for eight days to ensure that we were able to get a relaxing break with beach, sunshine and lots of relaxation. Whilst the island itself offered a lot of this, our resort, the relatively new Mantra Samui was a fantastic contribution. Continue reading Review of Mantra Samui Resort, Thailand