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Monday, December 29, 2014

A Relaxing Stay at Picture Perfect Hotel Parsifal, Ravello

Beautiful Ravello, situated high on the cliffs and terraces overlooking the Amalfi Coast is home to Hotel Parsifal antico Convento del 1288. Hotel Parsifal is a lovely, family-run hotel that has been converted from its original state as a monastery into this wonderful hotel that offers modern comfort, personalised service, relaxation, stunning gardens and picture perfect, breathtaking views.

Hotel Parsifal Ravello Amalfi Coast Italy

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

10 Travel Quotes that will Inspire you to Jump on a Plane & see the world

Travel Quotes have a way of inspiring and motivating like no other. I always find myself smiling when I read travel quotes because of the effect they have on me. This is a collection of 10 of our favourite travel quotes which inspire our wanderlust and motivate us to continue to explore and travel.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Wanderlusters

With Christmas only a week away here are some last minute gift ideas for the wanderlusters in your life!




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Ultimate in Luxury at Casa Angelina, Praiano

The sleek and stylish Casa Angelina Lifestyle Hotel, perched on the cliffs of quiet, lovely Praiano is situated between the popular Amalfi Coast towns of Positano and Amalfi. We arrived at the stunning Casa Angelina after hiking the strenuous Walk of The Gods from Positano. The second we stepped inside Casa Angelina resulted in pure bliss as we were greeted by the friendly, welcoming staff who quickly whisked our bags away and replaced them with delicious welcoming drinks. We knew from that moment that our stay at Casa Angelina would be the perfect, luxurious, relaxing stay we had been waiting for.

Casa Angelina Praiano Italy Amalfi Coast

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Romantic stay at Luxurious Brook's View Cottage in Bath

Beautiful award-winning, historical and family owned Brooks View Cottage is a self catered, peaceful retreat located only a short 10 minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath. Brooks View Cottage is charming, romantic and is the most perfect getaway in the English countryside, ideal for country walks, bird watching, relaxing and even fly-fishing. Complete with traditional wood burning stove, BBQ, elegant Victoria roll top clawed bath and luxury king sized bed result in the most romantic, beautiful retreat.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Maison La Minervetta: A Stylish, Luxurious Boutique Hotel in Sorrento

Set high on the cliffs of Sorrento with breathtaking views that stretch over Sorrento, Marina Grande, the mountains, Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, Maison La Minervetta leaves you lost for words. With it's picture perfect views, unique, stunning decor and understated luxury, Maison La Minervetta is an absolute must when visiting Sorrento and Italy.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Contemporary Italian Cuisine at Michelin Starred Il Buco, Sorrento

It was a warm summers night in Sorrento when we came across the gem that is Il Buco. Il Buco is a culinary journey that will delight every one of your senses. It was a night of mouthwatering foods, exceptional service and a warm, relaxing ambiance; it proved to be one of the best experiences and moments of our Italian holiday.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Beachfront Italian Luxury at Buca di Bacco, Positano

Famous, picturesque Positano is home to the beautiful family-run Buca di Baco Hotel. Directly beach front and situated on Spiagga Grande, the hotel's enviable location offers you unrivalled views of stunning Positano from its windows, terraces and balconies. Buca di Bacco is a architecturally and historically beautiful hotel, with a warm and welcoming decor represented in its colours, furnishings and artworks. The hotel also has an incredible restaurant serving delicious Mediterranean foods using healthy, local produce.



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Villa Capo Santa Fortunata, Sorrento, Italy

Beautiful Villa Capo Santa Fortunata is the new venture of Michelin star chef and restaurant owner Joseph Aversa. Located halfway between Sorrento and Massa Lubrense it is the epitome of Italian luxury travel, coastal living and divine relaxation. Capo Santa Fortunata is stunning, sophisticated and exceptionally comfortable. You will marvel at the villas gorgeous gardens and the breathtaking views that stretch along the coastline and Bay of Naples from your beautifully decorated and designed suite.



Thursday, November 6, 2014

An Elegant Stay at Hotel Dei Mellini, Rome

Hotel Dei Mellini is a elegant, deluxe, 4 star hotel located in the heart of Rome and offering you the best in professional and friendly service along with modern, luxurious amenities. Whether you are visiting Rome on a holiday, business trip or group tour Hotel Dei Mellini is the perfect choice for your stay in the Eternal City.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

An Amalfi Coast Luxury Car Transfer with Italy Limousine

The Amalfi Coast region is a luxury traveller's dream, from luxury hotels to yachts and Michelin starred restaurants, not to mention the million dollar views from every angle. Italy Limousine are the perfect option for your luxury travel and transport in the region with services ranging from transfers to day tours.



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Our Top 7 Superb Scuba Spots

Do you love diving? Well read on... here's 7 superb scuba diving spots you will not want to miss!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Luxury stay at Margutta 54 Luxury Suites, Rome

Rome Luxury Suites are a collection of three luxury, boutique hotels located in Rome's historic centre, within minutes of its most popular sites and attractions. Rome Luxury Suites provide you with the opportunity to live life as a Roman in your very own luxury suite. Whether you opt for Mario de'Fioro 37, Babuino 181 or Margutta 54, they each have their own unique histories and character yet all boasting the same beautiful Roman design principles of modern comfort and elegance in stunning Italian style. We chose the luxurious Margutta 54 as our Italian 'home away from home', a stunning collection of converted artist's studios, including that of Picasso.



Friday, October 24, 2014

Baños - The adventure capital of Ecuador

We arrived into Baños a little unsure of what to expect and a little weary eyed after some heavy nights in the beach party town of Máncora with a plan to see a few sights and spend a couple of days of days relaxing around the thermal baths before heading up to Quito. Little did we know that this would be the exact opposite of what Baños had in store for us.



Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Royal Visit to Hampton Court Palace

The Tudor Dynasty ruled England for well over 100 years: from Henry VII's battlefield victory in 1485 to the death of his grand-daughter Elizabeth I in 1603. His defining ambition - to pass his crown to a male heir - resulted in six marriages and divided England from Rome and Catholic Europe. Henry's religious and political policies continue to influence England's political, religious and social life to this day. The magnificence and wealth of his court - his palaces and parks, tapestries and paintings and grand, lavish lifestyle can still be experienced at Hampton Court Palace, after 500 years. Hampton Court Palace is a wonderful opportunity to witness, discover and experience the life of Henry VIII and the Tudors and should not be missed on your trip to the UK.


Hampton Court Palace is grand, magnificent and gives you a wonderful insight into the lavish lifestyles of Henry VIII and the royal family. Located in East Molesey, Surrey and only a short 30 minute train trip from London, it is a wonderful piece of British history and a perfect way to spend a day of your travels. Discover the busting Base Court, beautiful Fountain Court, explore the vast Tudor kitchens, crane your neck whilst gazing at the Great Hall and marvel at the breath taking, magnificent State Rooms and Apartments where it is obvious that no expense has been spared.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Visit to Brighton's Sea Life Centre

Ideally located on Brighton's sea front, right next to the iconic Brighton Wheel and Brighton Pier, is the Brighton Sea Life Centre. The Brighton Sea Life Centre is in fact the world's oldest operating aquarium and allows you a wonderful opportunity to experience life under the sea and marvel at many of the amazing creatures that live in its depths.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Brighton Wheel, Brighton, England

The Brighton Wheel is one of Brighton's most iconic attractions, situated directly next to the famous Brighton Pier and offering breathtaking, panoramic views over the colourful, bustling cities of Brighton and Hove and the beautiful coastline they are situated on. 


Friday, October 3, 2014

Travel Tips for women in Morocco

Morocco is a wonderful, intense and beautiful country. Travelling in Morocco is however a vastly unique experience to travelling in Western countries and in order to fully enjoy your Moroccan experience it is essential to understand the culture, customs and etiquette. After having heard some horror stories online and from friends, I discovered that there are a number of things you can do as a woman to help ensure your travels are safe, incident- free and enjoyable!




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Go Native Luxury Serviced Apartments Hyde Park, London

Go Native Serviced Apartments are located all over London and are a wonderful alternative to a hotel. We chose the luxurious and ideally located Go Native Hyde Park for our romantic weekend in London, a beautiful building overlooking the colourful flowers and parks of Sussex Gardens and only minutes from London’s famous Hyde Park.




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Holiday from our Holiday: A Weekend in Valpairaso, Chile

Valparaiso, or Valpo as the locals know it, is a colourful, lively, sea port UNESCO World Heritage listed city in Chile. Known for its world famous street art and located only an hour or two from Santiago, it provided the perfect destination for our 'holiday away from our holiday'.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Our top 5 Travel Reads

In honour of World Book Day we've decided to share our top 5 travel books that have helped fuel our wanderlust.



Sunday, September 14, 2014

The London Eye, London, England

The London Eye is a must-do on your visit to London! London is a magical, wonderful city and what better way to see it's unrivalled views then in the comfort of your own glass capsule offering a 360 degree panoramic view.



Monday, September 1, 2014

A Relaxing, Luxurious Stay at Windfalls Boutique Hotel in West Sussex

Windfalls Boutique Hotel is a stunning, romantic hotel situated in the heart of England's West Sussex countryside on the Crabbet Park Estate. This family run, luxurious hotel is the perfect choice whether you are planning on staying for a week long holiday, a overnight business trip, a romantic weekend away, honeymoon or simply transiting through nearby Gatwick Airport. A stay at Windfalls is not just a night in a hotel, it is a luxury travel experience that will leave you feeling pampered, relaxed and rejuvenated.



Monday, August 25, 2014

La Maison Arabe: A Luxurious, Historical Retreat in Marrakech

La Maison Arabe is not just a luxury hotel, it's a luxury hotel with a unique, incredible history that is still being written to this day. It allows you the opportunity to experience the wonderful Moroccan Riad culture whilst also being provided with all the top amenities, products and services that you would expect of a luxury Western hotel.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Orleans Swamp Tour, Louisiana

We piled into our hire cars and drove the thirty odd minutes out of New Orleans' French Quarter to the wetlands and swamps. We'd been recommended to take a tour with Cajun Encounters, who allow you the opportunity to see one of the only remaining preserved wetlands in Louisiana. We spent the next two hours cruising the swamps, feeding alligators with marshmallows and enjoying the true beauty of Louisiana's wetlands.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cooking Workshop at La Maison Arabe Country Club, Marrakech, Morocco

The La Maison Arabe Country Club is a tranquil, idyllic paradise; located only minutes outside of Marrakech. The Country Club oasis is only a short shuttle ride from the La Maison Arabe hotel situated in the Medina of Marrakech.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Riad Star: A Charming, Intimate Oasis in Marrakech

Riad Star, the former home of Josephine Baker is a charming, intimate oasis hidden deep inside the maze that is the Medina. It is marked simply with a single star on the front door, discreet and hidden, which only adds to it's tranquil vibe. From the moment you step inside that star marked door you will suddenly feel at home in this beautiful place. You will forget any difficulties you had locating it (a common occurrence in the labyrinth that is the Medina) as you are welcomed into the open arms of the warm, friendly staff.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Palais Amani: A Opulent, Luxurious Palace in Fez

Palais Amani is a luxury oasis located within the walls of the ancient Medina in Fez. Upon arriving you find yourself wandering the narrow, windy walkways of the Medina, unsure if these dark streets will lead you to the opulent palais you reserved online. From the second you reach the beautiful, large wooden door of Palais Amani you can only imagine the stunning location inside these doors. Within seconds of stepping inside Palais Amani you know you have chosen to stay in Fez's best kept secret. Instantaneously you will fall in love with the beautiful tiled floors and pillars, one of the most gorgeous fountains I've ever seen, located centrally in the main courtyard and the magnificent gardens that fill the centre of the palace. Your love story with Palais Amani will continue to grow as you explore the rest of this wonderful Riad.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Riad Noga: A Hidden Gem in Marrakech

Set centrally inside the bustling medina of Marrakesh is the hidden gem that is Riad Noga. From the moment you step foot inside the Riad every single one of your senses will be delighted. The beautiful chirping of the birds who have made the Riads trees their home to the soft sounds of lapping water from the Riads enormous pool, to mouthwatering smells wafting from the Riads kitchen you will fall in love Riad Noga from the very beginning.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Library Hotel Collection, New York City, USA

On my recent trip to the US, I was lucky enough to stay at each of the Library Hotel Collection's 4 hotels. The Library Hotel Collection is made up of 4 luxury, boutique hotels in New York City. Whether you choose to stay at the Library Hotel, Hotel Giraffe, Casablanca Hotel or Hotel Elysee, you will not be disappointed.



Thursday, June 19, 2014

San Francisco's Lombard Street: The Crookedest Street in the World

A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without visiting “The Crookedest Street in the World". Lombard Street is famous for its eight tight hairpin turns which occur in a single, steep block. I loved the beautiful, colourful houses, perfectly manicured streets and gorgeous city views!


Monday, June 16, 2014

MGM Grand Buffet, Las Vegas, NV, USA

There are plentiful choices of Resort & Casino buffets in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand Buffet however will not just leave you feeling full, it will leave you happy, content and extremely pleased with the value for money you received.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

South Beach Miami, Florida

Miami's South Beach is known for its sandy beaches, warm blue water, swaying palm trees, bright coloured umbrellas, deck chairs and lifeguard towers and beautiful, fit people.



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Visiting Universal Studios LA, USA

A visit to LA wouldn't be complete without visiting the amazing world of Universal Studios. There is something here for absolutely everyone, it truly is the ultimate Hollywood experience! Get yourself ready for a action-packed day of theme park rides and shows, tours of working movie studios, shopping, dining and more!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Meeting our favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Situated on Hollywood Boulevard is the world renown Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Madame Tussauds is a Wax Museum and tourist attraction and is a fun attraction to visit whilst you are in LA.



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, USA

The famous Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles is made up of more than 2,500 stars embedded into the sidewalk (both sides!) of Hollywood Boulevard.
 
 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

How I lost 55kg (120lbs) and became the best traveler I could be!

I've always loved to travel, and have been lucky enough to travel through the UK & Europe, USA, South America, South East Asia, the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. I however, like many have fought an ongoing battle with my weight over the years. Here's my story and how losing weight has helped me gain so much more from every opportunity and experience I am given whilst travelling and also every single day. 


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Citrique Restaurant at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

I recently dined at the Citrique Seafood Restaurant which is located within the Marriott Surfers Paradise. Citrique is a wonderful dining experience with beautiful decor and ambience which complements the incredible food. It was a lovely evening celebrating my brother's engagement!


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Visiting the Sea Lions of San Francisco's Pier 39

There's no shortage of things to do when visiting Pier 39 in San Fran. With an abundance of restaurants, shopping, sights & activities you won't be left bored. My favourite thing however, was the sea lions that have made the Pier their home and become a world renown attraction in their own right. 



Thursday, May 15, 2014

Santa Monica, LA














Visiting Los Angeles soon? Don't leave forget to pay the beautiful beachside town of Santa Monica a visit.

  

Monday, May 12, 2014

Huacachina: A Desert Oasis in Peru

Huacachina in Peru is a beautiful, tiny Oasis town amongst some of the worlds largest sand dunes. It is in this place that you can ride rollercoasters in a dune buggy, sandboard down gigantic dunes, witness a spectacular sunset over the desert and camp overnight in the middle of the beautiful, peaceful desert.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Life on the Road: the good, bad & ugly of bus rides in Bolivia

Having recently spent three months travelling around South America, I learnt more than ever that things often don't go to plan whilst on the road. 

Bus trips in Brazil, Argentina, Chile & Peru proved to be surprisingly comfortable and generally painless journeys, where we always ended up at the correct destination (a major plus!) Then comes Bolivia. Bus rides in Bolivia are in my experience, painful.
 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The Salar de Uyuni is the worlds largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometres (4,086 sq miles). It is located in the Potosi and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, at an elevation of 3,565m above sea level.



Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Brazilian Football Game at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro

It's a well known fact that South Americans, in particular Brazilians are crazy about their Football (or as we call it in Australia, Soccer). The Estadio do Maracana, or Maracana Stadium is Rio de Janeiro's main football stadium and despite no longer being the largest in the world, is still the largest stadium in South America.



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hang gliding over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is quickly becoming one of the worlds hottest destinations and with the 2014 Football World Cup and 2016 Olympics approaching fast its popularity is about to explode!

What better way to take in all of the beauty of Rio than from the air? Hang-gliding in Rio was one of the highlights of my South American adventure and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Rio!


Monday, April 28, 2014

Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay is the perfect place to escape the craziness of the strip whilst still staying on the strip and within a close proximity to all the excitement Las Vegas offers. A visit to Mandalay Bay feels like a vacation to an island resort.

the stunning Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas


Friday, April 25, 2014

The Library Hotel - New York City, USA

The Library Hotel is located at 299 Madison Avenue in New York City. It is a member of the Library Hotel Collection and should be your go to hotel in NYC for a luxury, elegant boutique stay in one of the worlds most exciting cities. 

the entrance to the library hotel

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New York Yankees vs Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium

A trip to the states wouldn't seem right if you didn't take the time to experience the American culture and their love of sports. I was lucky enough to score some last minute tickets to a New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox baseball game. Yankee Stadium is the home ball field of the New York Yankees and is located in the Bronx, not far out of the city.



Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Visit to the National September 11 Memorial in New York City

The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. This poignant and emotional tribute to the men, women and children killed in the terrorist attacks is a must-do when in New York. I truly found it one of the most beautiful and emotional memorials I have ever visited.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Theatre Development Fund TKTS Broadway Ticket Booths - New York, USA

Visiting New York City? Love Musicals and interested in experiencing all Broadway has to offer?

If this is you, I would highly recommend taking a visit to the Theatre Development Fund TKTS Discount Booths in New York which sell tickets for both Broadway and off Broadway musicals and plays at up to 50% off the original sale price for same day shows! There are dozens of shows on sale every single day, so there is surely something to suit everyone. 

TKTS ticket booth in New York city