The Aussie Flashpacker

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Comparing Our Cost of Living in the UK to Australia

Have you ever considered packing up your bags and moving yourself to another country, or perhaps all the way to the other side of the world? Whether you are seeking a sea change, a move to the mountains or to a country with a completely different culture, don't worry you are not alone! I think Australians (and a lot of Brits) are born with itchy feet and a desire to see the world and immerse ourselves in different cultures, religions, cuisines and experiences. The biggest question most people have is just how much it costs to live in another country, compared to where you are from. I've lived in Australia, the US and the UK and Dan moved from the UK to Australia with me so we have some kind of idea about how much it costs to live in other countries. We also recently discovered Netflights.com who have created an amazingly helpful calculator which allows you to see how your spending habits and lifestyle compare to those in the most popular expat destinations around the world!

London Skyline at Sunset

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Girls Weekend at the Luxurious Meriton Parramatta

Last weekend I headed down to Sydney with my mum and three best friends from University to go wedding dress shopping! Our wedding is six months away and whilst I was incredibly nervous about the dress shopping experience I was really excited to have a girls weekend in the city! I'd done a great deal of research and found a lot of beautiful dresses at Luv Bridal in Parramatta that I absolutely adored! I booked us into the luxurious Meriton Church Street Serviced Apartments in Parramatta for the weekend and it was the most amazing weekend where I am happy to say that I 'said yes to my dress' and then celebrated with a very indulgent weekend at the Meriton in our very luxurious River View suite!

Meriton Church Street Parramatta Pool

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hiking Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol

Lake Titicaca is the world’s largest, high altitude lake and it is easy to understand how the Incas give credit to Lake Titicaca for the creation of their entire civilisation. Located on the Southern Part of Lake Titicaca, Isla del Sol is considered by the Incas to be the birthplace of the Sun God. My best friend and I were on a tour of Bolivia and Peru with Dragoman for the final month of our time in South America. We visited this tranquil island on a day trip from Copacabana and the day we spent hiking and exploring it was a welcome relief after the craziness of La Paz!

Isla Del Sol Lake Titicaca

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Spectacular Diamond Head Loop Walk

On Easter Friday we packed up the car and headed south to beautiful Diamond Head. Diamond Head is located in Crowdy Bay National Park, about 45 minutes south of Port Macquarie. Dan and I have camped at Diamond Head before and absolutely love the whole area with its natural beauty, empty beaches, excellent surf, white sand, friendly wildlife, excellent facilities and great walks! On this occasion we did the Diamond Head loop walk which gave us stunning scenic coastal views across the hinterland and coastline throughout the entire walk. The walk took us just under two hours and we loved every bit of the scenery, especially the panoramic vistas and the glinting rock faces which are said to have given Diamond Head its name.

Views from Diamond Head Loop Walk Crowdy Bay National Park

Monday, April 10, 2017

Incredible Incan Ruins to Visit in Peru

In 2007 the incredible archaeological site of Machu Picchu was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This was unsurprising for anyone who has ever experienced the wonders of this magical site or for anyone who has long dreamed of visiting and ticking it off their bucket list. A lot of visitors to Peru aren’t aware of the countless other incredible Incan Ruins in Peru, many of which can be combined with a visit to Machu Picchu and most of which are within a few hours of Cusco! Peru is brimming with ancient ruins which detail the lives of the incredible Incan civilisation which thrived for over a century and are well worth visiting on your travels around Peru. I have been fascinated with the Incas and ever since I studied art at school and we spent a whole term on this ancient civilisation, along with the Mayan civilisation. To visit Peru and actually explore some of these incredible sites in person was an experience I'll never forget.

Machu Picchu Peru

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Perfect Bali Holiday with Villa-Bali.com

Bali is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, it is a tropical island paradise that has something to offer every traveller. To some it is culture and spirituality, to others it is beaches, surfing and rice paddies, to some it is an entertainment hot spot and to many it is an extremely affordable luxury holiday destination. The Balinese people are some of the friendliest in the world and a Balinese holiday offers you a truly relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the real world. My dream Balinese holiday is to experience all the island has to offer in terms of beaches, culture and nature whilst enjoying my very own luxurious private villa with Villa-Bali.com.

Luxurious Balinese Villa Infinity Pool Ocean Views

Monday, March 27, 2017

If I won the Lotto: My Top 10 Travel Bucket List

Travel is my absolute favourite thing in the world and whilst I am constantly ticking things off my bucket list, I feel like it grows longer even quicker as I am constantly adding new things to it! In the last few years I have ticked off things I never dreamed I would. I've hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, paid my respects to the ANZACs at Gallipoli, wandered the ancient streets of Rome, ridden a camel through the Sahara Desert, hang-glided over Rio de Janeiro, took a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, swam in Loch Ness in the middle of winter, lived abroad and island hopped the Greek Islands just to name a few! Some experiences on my bucket list are more on the pricey side of things and so in order to tick some of them off I literally think I would need to win the lottery!

Canadian Lake and Mountains

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Koala Mattress-In-a-Box: The Perfect Australian Mattress

In the latter part of last year I finally made the move back home to Australia after a few years gallivanting around the world and two years living in the UK. This time I bought Dan home with me. Luckily thanks to our awesome Aussie way of life, our seemingly endless summer, sunshine, surf and beaches it didn't take much convincing to get him to move to the other side of the world. One of the things we were most looking forward to in Australia was getting our own place to settle down a little (don't worry we will still be doing plenty of travelling) and making it our own! Our decor has been inspired by the many luxury hotels we've stayed at during our travels and the destinations we've visited. Whilst it is important for things to look nice, the most important thing is comfort and today we're going to tell you all about Koala Mattress, the original mattress-in-a-box which is hands down the best mattress we've ever had and we loved it so much we wanted to share it with you!

Koala Mattress-In-a-Box: The Perfect Australian Mattress