See what a did with the title there? It’s scuba and adven…
Alright I’ll stop.
One of the ‘pillars’ we set for this trip (i.e. activities we were okay spending what would normally be an uncomfortable amount of money on) was to dive the Great Barrier Reef. Being the scuba enthusiasts we are (with a grand combined total of 9 dives under our belt) we thought doing a 4-day liveaboard trip that would more than triple
After spending the majority of our time exploring Australia’s more tourist-oriented spots we decided it was time to mix things up a little bit. As anyone who has traveled for more than a week will know – museums, gardens and ‘can’t miss’ spots lose their luster rather quickly having been immersed in them for long enough.
Fortunately for long-term travelers there’s a really cool option to get out of the mainstream called HelpX. It’s a program
In Australia, there’s an unwritten rule which states that, “anyone who visits shall not leave the country without holding a koala”.
Seems fair enough-
And so (spoiler alert) we had to abide by these unwritten laws of the land.
(How damn cute is that koala?!)
Chris and I were extremely lucky to have seen Australian wildlife in its natural habitat in Tower Hill. There is a certain awe that comes with seeing any animal in the
There’s an area between Warrnambool and Port Fairy called Tower Hill Reserve and, as the name would suggest, it’s a reserve for all of the area’s wild animals. This includes kangaroos, koalas, emus, echidnas and so many more of Australia’s best known wildlife.
Our hosts, Jennah and Freddie, took us to Tower Hill on our second day in town and we ended up stopping in twice more because we thought it was so cool. It’s just
One of the major attractions in Victoria, Australia is The Great Ocean Road.
Miles of coastline cliffs where the Australian farmland ends and the beautiful ocean begins. Our new Warrnambool family said that we couldn’t leave Victoria without driving it, so we rented a car with our English mates, Chloe and Ollie, and set out for an adventure!
Leading up to the Twelve Apostles (the main event) there are dozens of stops along the way. Each
We admit to having very few details planned out for our Australia adventure. It’s easy enough to get around via domestic flights, train, buses and rental cars.
But we would never have imagined ourselves visiting Warrnambool during our Aussie stay.
We had no idea a place called Warrnambool even existed. That, of course, was before meeting our Warrnambool -born Airbnb host, Jennah.
We had to look it up on Google to understand what everyone was saying…
After spending a month in New Zealand sleeping in our beloved van we decided it was time we get back to sleeping on real mattresses when we started our journey in Australia.
Our first stop was Melbourne (forced on us at the airport in the US if you remember…) and naturally our first inclination was to check out the hostel scene. After all, hostels have provided me some of the best experiences I’ve had in my
The original plan was pretty simple. After Australia we were going to make our way up through Bali and Kuala Lumpur (Indonesia) into Singapore then fly to Nepal for our pre-booked trek to Everest Base Camp.
Neither of us knew much about Indonesia or Singapore but that’s the beauty of travel right? Learn about new places, get out of your comfort zone a little.
But as Jenna and I sat there on our bed in Wellington
When you are living in a van, it’s hard to make gourmet meals… or just meals, period. Even two minute Ramen Noodle are almost impossible.
Each evening we were faced with the challenge of what to eat and how to cook it given that our tools were extremely limited; pretty much just a gas stove.
To our surprise, we made a few key meals that we hold dear to our stomachs. They have earned names such
If you are going to visit New Zealand there is only one way to do it…
In a campervan!
We rented from Escape Campervans, which is a company best known for their uniquely painted vans. They have hundreds of different vans with a wide range of colors and themes- from Bob Marley to Pacman. We made our decision based on the recommendation of a friend living in New Zealand, but there are hundreds of other companies