Harbour City; Sydney, Australia

This will come as a shock to many who know me, but I have only ever visited Sydney once before in my life. I know! Despite only ever being at most 1.5 hours flight away, Sydney and the rest of New South Wales was somewhere I hadn’t visited since I was a child. But when I heard the Aladdin Musical  was coming to Sydney town, I knew that I would have to make a trip down South. Luckily, my travel buddy Angela was just as keen on the idea, so our Sydney trip was quickly upon us earlier this month.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge. 2016. Photo Credit: K.Allan

I love seeing all the touristy sites as well as discovering some local hang outs, so here are 7 things you must do when visiting Sydney:-

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Tokyo DisneySea; More and More Disney!

I visited Tokyo DisneySea last year during my trip to Japan. I had heard and read a few things about the Japanese Disney parks and had read by a few people who had been to all the Disney parks (I know, a dream of mine!) that this was the best of all the parks in the world! I had high hopes after reading this and let me tell you, I was not disappointed! Tokyo DisneySea has some of the best rides and shows of all the parks. I still rate the original Disneyland in Anaheim California as the best, but Tokyo DisneySea is definitely my 2nd favourite park so far!

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Tokyo DisneySea Theme Park Entrance. 2015. Photo Credit: K.Allan

So here are my tips and top experiences at Tokyo DisneySea:-

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Uluru; The Red Centre

For many people, Uluru (or Ayers Rock) is an iconic landmark in Australia drawing thousands of people to the centre of our country every year. What most people don’t realise, is that there is plenty to do out at Uluru that I was struggling to fit it all in over the 4 days I was there.

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My first glimpse of Uluru/Ayers Rock/That big rock in the middle of nowhere. 2016. Photo Credit: K.Allan

Many people head to Uluru to climb the rock; what they don’t realise is that whilst not illegal to do so, it is somewhat frowned upon by the local Anangu Aboriginal people and many who have taken the time to learn about the cultural significance and history of Uluru choose not to climb out of respect and knowledge. Not to mention the environmental impacts on the surrounds of Uluru and the few fatalities that have happened over time at Uluru as well. I’m not here to persuade you whether or not you should climb Uluru (although I personally, chose not to), I am here to share with you some other options of things to do whilst visiting Uluru:-

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Deciding To See More Of My Own Backyard; Uluru

I am the first to admit that as an Australian, I have seen more of the countries, natural phenomenons and incredible landmarks and must see’s that are oceans away from Australia than I have of my own backyard and this, until recently, sat okay with me.
But then I thought about it…

Why do I happily spend loads of money (or in some cases little money) to venture over oceans to completely new continents, when some of the most beautiful natural phenomenons or amazing landmarks can be found right here in Australia?

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My Bucket List Item #35…

I think it is safe to say that my father was more excited about this bucket list experience than I was. It was randomly planned in advance with my dad, uncle and cousin to do this experience all together. Not only did that make it cheaper, but it turned into a fun day out at a theme park with my cousin and I braving all the ‘thrill rides’.

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My Bucket List Item #35… Walk with a Tiger at Dreamworld:-

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Tokyo Disneyland; Another Disney Adventure

If you haven’t picked up by now that I love Disney, then you haven’t read enough of my blog! So after deciding to visit Japan there was absolutely no way that I was missing out on visiting the 2 Disney theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea. This post is going to focus on the first of the park, Tokyo Disneyland.  I was lucky enough to experience Disneyland during Halloween in Japan and whilst it may not be as big of a tradition in Japan compared to the USA, the park spares no expense in really setting the Halloween theme from the moment you walk through the ticket gates, to the villain Halloween themed parades and Halloween treats!

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Tokyo Disneyland. 2015. Photo credit: Disneyland Crew Member

So here are my thoughts and tips on visiting Tokyo Disneyland:-

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My 2016 Travel Wishlist

It’s that time again… although I am a little late with this post! (Sorry for being MIA readers!). It’s become a bit of a tradition for me to set my travel goals each year and then actually put it into words somewhere to hold myself accountable! After becoming a travel consultant, the world really has opened up for me in terms of possibilities for travel.

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This is my 2016 Travel Wishlist:-

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The Best Coffee Table Travel Books

I love reading and one day (when I’m a grown up :P) I hope to have walls of my study filled with books and trinkets I’ve collected over the years to really create a study/library vibe. I also can’t wait to have a sitting room with a big glass coffee table stacked with my favourite books, covered with my favourite candles and sharing stories over coffee with friends.

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If I were to have that imaginary coffee table right now or to transfer these books into my library these would be my absolute favourites (as I already own 4 soon to be 5 of the 7 chosen…) and hence my picks for the best coffee table travel books:- Continue reading

My Bucket List Item #3…

This particular Bucket List item I had been wanting to do on and off for many years. A few of my friends had done it and had spoken highly of the experience and I really wanted to feel it for myself. I also really wanted to tick something big and memorable from my ever-growing Bucket List and decided this would be the one!

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My First Taste Of Asia; Tokyo, Japan

After recently visiting,  whenever someone mentions Japan my mind automatically starts picturing images of Tokyo. Like the hustle and bustle of Shibuya Crossing, vending machines lining the streets, bullet trains and subway stations, kimono’s and geisha. But there are a few amazing landmarks and attractions in Tokyo that you definitely need to add to your ‘Tokyo to do list’ for when you visit.

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Tokyo Skyline from Tokyo Tower. 2015. Photo Credit: K.Allan

These are 7 must see attractions in Tokyo:- Continue reading