March 2011

The Australian alcohol culture conundrum

When a gaggle of Australian backpackers tumbled into a European hostel, I knew they were in for a loud and drunken evening. Young Australians love to travel—and history and culture aren’t often at the top of their to-do list. Attractive young Aussies have acquired quite the reputation for starting parties and frequenting pub crawls on […]

March 31, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from downtown Sydney

While Sydney is synonymous with surfers and sunshine, it’s also the thriving business capital of Australia. The Central Business District (commonly known as the CBD) is nestled right in the heart of Sydney: next to The Rocks and Chinatown, a few steps from the Sydney Opera House and conveniently located right behind Circular Quay (where […]

March 30, 2011 Continue reading…

Welcome to Melbourne: a review of The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse is widely renowned as not only one of the best hostels in Melbourne–and it lives up to its reputation. I read about The Greenhouse in Lonely Planet and was also recommended by a friend who stayed there for a few months while working in Melbourne. Thus, my expectations were high–but The Greenhouse completely […]

March 28, 2011 Continue reading…

Share the St Kilda view

Every day that I look out my window, I feel a little surge of glee. From my bed, I can spot palm trees, a roller coaster and the Port Phillip Bay (although I prefer to just think of it as the ocean). It feels like all my childhood dreams come true–especially since the waves in […]

March 26, 2011 Continue reading…

#10: Why I didn’t lie out at Bondi Beach

As soon as I decided to go to Sydney, I started daydreaming about long, sun-drenched days at Bondi Beach–so much so that I included it in my Australia bucket list. Bondi Beach is synonymous with Sydney beach culture: I didn’t even realize that Sydney had other beaches! It seems like Bondi is the only beach […]

March 24, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Manly Beach

Manly Beach is just a short ferry ride or long bus ride away from downtown Sydney. One of the most beautiful of the Northern Beaches, it’s a fabulous place to go for a stroll, eat lunch with a view or–if you’re lazy like me–read on the beach all day long. If you’re looking for short-term […]

March 23, 2011 Continue reading…

Eight adventures to have in New Zealand

I’ve met some great Kiwis in my travels (like the folks of Drifting Kiwi and Indie Travel Podcast), as well as people who just love New Zealand (the minds behind A Dangerous Business and Backpacking Matt immediately spring to mind). They’re the real reason why I’m keen to participate in #Blog4NZ: the passion they have […]

March 21, 2011 Continue reading…