All posts tagged: travel blog

Hamilton Island

Originally posted on Little Brantley Abroad:
Imagine turquoise water so clear you can see straight to the bottom, coral in neon green and bright purple, and sunsets that pierce the sky with pink rays of light…well that pretty much sums up Hamilton Island. The main reason we booked a trip to Hamilton was to visit the Great Barrier Reef, but it turns out the island was pretty incredible itself. Here’s my guide to planning the perfect trip to Hamilton Island: Booking: When researching this trip for my parents and I, there were quite a few different options for the Great Barrier Reef ranging from where to stay, how to get there, and what to see. We chose to stay on the gorgeous Hamilton Island (which is part of the famous Whitsunday Islands). The easiest way to book everything on the island is through their website. I didn’t know this at the time, but the Hamilton Island company owns and runs everything on the island- making it super easy to book everything. Arrival: The flight was not…

Antarctica, the number one place you need to go before you die, Part I

Originally posted on Annabel Fenwick Elliott:
Ice vistas galore – booked through the absolutely brilliant Ambercrombie + Kent and operated by Polar Latitudes Antarctica. The only place left on the planet reserved, under an international treaty, for science and exploration only. A utopia of sorts. And, after 28 years of travel, hands down the location of my all-time favourite trip ever. I went expecting to be the only person under 40 – a situation my travel agency had prepared me for – and so I packed plenty of books, a stockpile of patience, and boarded the ship eagerly anticipating some solo time with the icebergs. Utopia Little did I know that by some strange stroke of luck, I would share my 10-day voyage almost surgically attached to a gaggle of four fellow lone travellers, all American males, all in their 20s, for almost every waking hour. The combination of these humans, plus the hugely entertaining expedition crew, plus the penguins, plus the seals, plus all the ill-advised but well-received booze, plus the total detachment from the…

My Top Ten Bucketlist Moments

Originally posted on The Wanderlust Times:
I owe some of my most treasured memories to travel. Theres a reason I’m so obsessed with seeing the world, and I smile every time I look back at these moments in particular. I was most likely thinking something along the lines of “I love my life” at the time. Cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge Thoughts when cycling over the bridge: “Wow, it’s really windy. And cold… isn’t it supposed to be summer? There are more people on this bridge than cars. Stay on your side pedestrians!” Thoughts when having to get up the hill to this view point: “I can’t cycle up that thing. I’m going to try…. Ok I’m walking the bike up.” But it was worth every second. With beautiful views of the city whilst going over the bridge and once up this hill, there were even better views. On that day I grew a strong appreciation for humanity and the beautiful things we create. Here’s a list of some of the best places to view the bridge.…

It’s OKAY to be a Tourist

Originally posted on Little Brantley Abroad:
My post today is all about being a tourist. I don’t know why but a lot of us see that word with negative connotations. We often picture dorky people with giant maps taking up the entire sidewalk, covered head to toe in I LOVE (insert popular city here) clothing and butchering the local language. Well, I am here to make you see the term tourist in not only a positive light, but as something we would aspire to be! Tourist: noun // A person who is traveling or visiting a place for pleasure. I’m not sure about you, but being a tourist sounds pretty damn nice to me. It means you are in a new place; you are out of your comfort zone and taking a daring adventure for the first time. There have been countless occasions, whilst on vacation, that I didn’t take a picture or feel comfortable filming just because I didn’t want to look like a tourist. There are so many amazing photos that would have been worth the…

Day Thirty-Six and Thirty-Seven: Hippie in Olympos

Originally posted on Chasing James:
My new tour, Cappadocia Adventure, has started and our main destination is Cappadocia and the famous Valley of the Fairy Ghimneys where we will hot air balloon. I’m super excited and luckily 11 people from the previous tour have stayed on for this one so I am not in a new group with too many new faces to learn. Our last night on the Aegean Adventure and the gullet boat was brought out docked in Fethiye. Unfortunately because we were docked we couldn’t swim because the water was much too dirty. We just died of heat and had to accept it. Yay us. Anyway we headed into town to the V-Go hostel where a party was organized because of most sailing tours ending the next day. The party was great but exhaustion took me back to the boat early (1:30am). ?? The next morning was horrendous and I once again woke up baking in the sun (not fun). We had to be off the boat by 9 so breakfast was…