All posts tagged: Travel

South Island, New Zealand

To me, nothing is better than travel. On the road means a lot to me. It means me time. It means learning. It means some of the best time I shared with my friends or loved ones. Replacing my old laptop gave me an opportunity to reorganise my files. Something I probably should have done long time ago. Among all the files, there are a lot of old photo files. I forgot how much I love looking at my trip photos. Actually I haven’t forgotten. I just haven’t had a lot of time to do it. Excuses, excuses, and more excuses…… We moved from NZ to Australia over 5 years ago. Whenever someone asked me about travelling to NZ, I always recommend south island. It’s truly beautiful in every season. In this post, I just want to share with you a trip I took with some friends to south island in a winter many years ago. Please bear in mind these photos were taken more than 5 years ago. The quality is not as good as these …

Checklist Before You Go See the World

Who doesn’t like travel? Raise your hand please. I am 99% sure pretty much everyone loves to travel to new places, see new things, and try different food. Travel is certainly exciting. However, in order to have a nice and pleasant trip, it takes a lot of preparation and planning. I remember when we went to Fraser Island, I thought I would just pack in the morning since it was just a weekend. It was summer too. I thought it would be easy. Then, we got up the next day morning very early. I packed my things before my first morning coffee. I forgot to take something light to protect myself from the sun. I was doing beach fishing. There was no where to hide from the sun. I ended up with some sunburn. I did put sunblock every two hours. However, the sun was way too strong. Lesson learned! I thought I put a list together for myself and for you. Just a reminder for the ones who love to travel. I will not …

Maleny

Life is not perfect. It will never be. In my opinion, that’s probably the beauty of our lives. Because of that, we will do our best to create numerous perfect moments through our lives to make ourselves and our loved ones happy.  I guess it comes in many versions, a homemade dinner, an event with a favourite football player (one of our friends got that as a birthday gift from his wife.), a yoga retreat, a romantic dinner, an island holiday, a weekend gateway. You name it. We have been very busy lately, home renovation and work. Finally, we decided to take a day off and spend the night at Maleny. It’s a small town not far from Brisbane, about 90km away. I have heard about it. It’s so popular that it felt like everyone has been there at least once. We left in the afternoon on Friday and headed to north. We arrived around 6pm at the B&B we booked. Maleny is much colder than Brisbane because it’s about 450 metres above sea level. …

Travel Bucket List Destinations- Southern Italy

It’s almost the time to plan and organise our trip of the year. We are going to Europe for sure. Apart from visiting my mother in law, we wouldn’t miss the opportunity to see some new places. When we were discussing our destinations, southern Italy came up many times. We both have been thinking about to travel in southern Italy for a while. Somehow, that part of the country is more appealing to us. Maybe we watched too many TV shows about southern Italy. Maybe it’s the culture. Maybe it’s the food! However, as usual, there is so much to see and so little time we have. Part of the trip organisation is to screen out the places we cannot go and concentrate to places we want to go the most. Making a bucket list for the destinations would serve the purpose. Here is mine! Sicily  Visiting southern Italy would be incomplete if we leave Sicily out of the plan. It’s the largest island in Italy.  Its rich history is fascinating enough. All the historic sites …

Launceston & Sheffield, Tasmania

This is the last post of our trip to Tasmania. I know I am taking my sweet time to write these travel posts. Please forgive me for that. I really love doing it slowly. It’s like I relive the trip and the good time I spent with my mother. 🙂 Bay of Fire After a good rest at Bicheno, we left the beautiful town in the early morning and headed to Bay of Fire. (If you haven’t seen my post of Bicheno, you can check it here). It was about 90 minutes drive from Bicheno. Similar to Bicheno, it has orange-covered granite boulders. It’s one of the most popular conservation reserves in Australia with miles and miles of beautiful white sand beach. Unfortunately, we only had time for a quick look. My photos don’t justify the beauty of the place at all. I wish I could have better photo taking skills. Launceston Launceston was our last stop of the trip. When we arrived in the afternoon, it was raining heavily. After checked in and unpacked our …

Love at first sight, Bicheno, Tasmania

We had a stopover in Bicheno, and I fell in love right away with this place. We arrived in the holiday house we booked in the afternoon. Wild rabbits jumped away to avoid my car. There was a pond and a lot of green area in front of our room, duck mother was taking a stroll with her little ducks. 🙂 Bicheno is a little town on the east coast of Tasmania, about 182km from Hobart. If you leave from Hobart, there are plenty to see on the way, Wineglass Bay, Berry Farm, Marine Farm, and so on. We didn’t go to Wineglass Bay because it requires a lot of hiking. We stopped at Coles Bay to have a quick look and enjoyed fresh seafood lunch at the Freycinet Marine Farm. Bicheno is really tiny. Its township was established in 1866. According to Wikipedia, it’s only about 151.1 km2 with population of 853. However, it has amazing wildlife, little/fairy penguins, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and more. It also has some best diving spots in Australia. After settled in, we took the …

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – 3

On the last day in Hobart, we decided to see Port Arthur and a little town called Richmond. Richmond Richmond is about 25 minutes drive from Hobart CBD. No regrets to go there. It was such a little gem. When we arrived in the morning, it was still quite early. Most of the shops were not open yet. Although I was desperate for my second coffee dose, I wanted to wait to get a decent cup from a local cafe. Travel doesn’t mean we have to compromise, right? We took a walk to see this historic village full of heritage buildings and Georgian architecture. Most of the buildings are dated back early 19th century. Richmond was a military staging post and convict station linking between Hobart and Port Arthur. Left the car-park, we turned left on Bridge St. It led us to the most famous landmark of the village, Richmond Bridge. It was the oldest bridge still in use in Australia. Walking over the bridge and looking down the Coal River, there was a lot of …

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia – 2

The first night at Hobart turned out to be a disaster. I booked three nights at a B&B in the city for us. I usually like to stay in B&B because most of them have style and characters. This one was no exception. However, in my opinion, it really needs some serious maintenance. We could see cracks everywhere, on the walls and ceilings. It was impossible to close the windows properly. We couldn’t get any sleep because the pedestrian crossing walk signal alert was beeping every five minutes outside of the window. We had to move out and find a new place to stay. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to get any rest at all. (Of course, the owner refused to refund us for the two nights we have paid!). Anyway, that changed our plan on the second day. Because I didn’t get much sleep, we decided that we should just go to some places close by without too much driving. We cancelled our trip to Mt Field National Park. After breakfast, we booked another place …

Mini post – Short travel story

Last week, we had some friends over for dinner. It was a fun night. We had a good laugh about our travel experiences, little incidents, helps from strangers, strange food, and certainly some bad experiences as well. It made me realise that’s one of the fun parts for travelling. So I thought I probably can try to make some mini posts about short travel stories, encounters, maybe just things happened on the trips. I used to like travelling solo before I met my husband. I loved the feeling that I could just pack my bag, get a ticket and go. Don’t get me wrong, I love travelling with friends or families. However, organising a trip is not as easy as it sounds, especially when everyone has a busy life. Pairs, 2009 It was a cold morning in the winter. I was walking down the Champs-Élysées Avenue. It was drizzling. All of a sudden, I found an umbrella above my head. I was taken by surprise. I turned my head and saw a middle-age man holding an umbrella over …

Travel Tag!

My first Travel Tag! 😀 Big thank you to rebbit7 for tagging me. This is very exciting! I love travelling. It always makes me feel excited. I know I am going to see new places, meet new people, try different food,  and experience new things and different culture. Just came back from a week-long road trip to Tasmania. I totally feel exhausted with all the driving, but it’s perfect timing to do a travel tag post! I am thrilled to have been tagged by rebbit7 . I have been a long time follower for her blog. She writes about travel, poetry and many other interesting contents. I always find her posts inspiring. Now, let’s get on with the questions.  🙂 1. WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE YOU HAVE VISITED? Hmm. That’s a hard question to answer. I got few favourite places I love, British virgin island, Malta and Greece. 2. IF YOU COULD VISIT ANYWHERE TOMORROW, WHERE WOULD YOU PICK? Probably Tibet. I have had it on my list for a very long long time.  I still haven’t found …