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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Travel Bucket List

We live and breathe travel and our bucket list is never ending and whilst continually being ticked off it is continually being added to. Here's just a taste of it!

1. Galapagos Islands.
2. Hike to Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
3. See the Northern Lights.
4. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
5. Ride a camel through the Sahara
6. Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
7. Stay in a hut over the water in Bora Bora or the Maldives.
8. Visit Easter Island.
9. Stay in an Igloo/Ice Hotel.
10. Visit the Grand Canyon.
11. Skydive over Dubai
12. Have a white Christmas
13. Swim with dolphins.
14. Wander around Pompeii, Herculaneum and see Mt Vesuvius.
15. Full moon party in Thailand.
16. Dog sledding in the snow.
17. Ride a gondola in Venice
18. Hike in Patagonia in Chile
19. Sandboarding in the desert.
20. Visit a Santa village in Lapland.
21. 4WD around Fraser Island.
22. Volunteer on a sustainable, ethical & long term project.
23. The pyramids.
24. Bungee Jump
25. Swim in the Marina Bay Sands pool.
26. Salar de Uyuni
27. Learn Spanish in Central America.
28. Hike the Walk of the Gods on the Amalfi Coast.
29. Visit Hawaii - surfing, hiking, shopping.
30. Camper van around New Zealand.
31. Cruise the South Pacific. 
32. Hang-gliding.
33. Harry Potter World.
34. See Iguassu Falls from Brazil & Argentina.
35. Visit & pay my respects in Gallipoli.
36. Island hop around the Greek Islands
37. Visit the North Pole.
38. Take part in the Holi Festival in India.
39. Cruise Antarctica.
40. Visit Positano, home of 'Under the Tuscan Sun'
41. La Tomatina in Spain.
42. See the sun rise over Angkor Wat
43. Pamukkale in Turkey.
44. Swim in the baths in Budapest.
45. Swim in Loch Ness.
46. Africa Safari.
47. Plitvice Lakes in Croatia.
48. Hot air balloon over Cappadocia in Turkey.
49. Terracotta Warriors in China.
50. Eat our body weight in pizza, pasta & gelato in Italy.
51. Trolltunga, Norway
52. Floating lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
53. Visit iconic Brighton in England.
54. Scottish Highlands.
55. Swim in Jellyfish lake
56. Blue hole in Belize.
57. Visit Mayan temples in Central America.
58. New York City.
59. Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.
60. Swim in the blue lagoon in Iceland.
61. Hike the Cinque Terre in Italy.
62. House swap to Canada.
63. Live in the UK.
64. Swimming with stingrays in Tahiti.
65. Put a lock on Pont des Arts in Paris.
69. Visit Europe Christmas Markets
70. Ski in Europe.
71. Climb Mt Snowdon - the tallest mountain in England & Wales.
72. Drink a Guinness in Ireland
73. Watch the sunset over Santorini.
74. Walk the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea.
75. Participate in Holi Festival in India.
76. Watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu
77. Camp in the desert.
78. Cage diving with great white sharks in South Africa.
79. Climb to Base Camp, Mt. Everest.
80. Roadtrip across Europe.
81. Walk part of the Great Wall of China.
82. Explore Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
83. Hot tub in the Snow.
84. Visit the Komodo Dragons in Indonesia.
85. Explore and wander the excavated streets of Pompeii & Herculaneum.
86. Eat steak in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
87. Sail Croatia.
88. Swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon.
89. Hunt for & hold a live Anaconda in the Amazon.
90. Piranha Fishing in the Amazon.
91. Volunteer in animal conservation.
92. Cycle Bolivia's death road (Dan has ticked this off).
93. Experience a UK Bonfire night!
94. Drink Champagne in Champagne.
95. Alcatraz, San Francisco.
96. Colombia Icefield
97. Drive around Australia
98. Visit 30 Countries before turning 30.
99. Learn to Scuba Dive (Simone)
100. Learn to Surf (Dan)
101. Climb Kilimanjaro
102. See Victoria Falls
103. Helicopter over the Grand Canyon
104. Hike a Glacier in New Zealand
105. Visit Glacier National Park in Canada
106. See a Polar Bear in the wild
107. See a bear in the wild.
108. Sail Halong Bay
109. See whales in the wild
110. Eat in a Michelin Star Restaurant
111. Visit Edinburgh
112. Visit the Top of Europe.
113. Eat Snails in Paris
114. Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio
115. See a Soccer/Football Game in South America
116. Fly Business Class
117. Fly First Class
118. Sleep in a salt hotel
119. Drive the Great Ocean Road in Australia.

What have we missed that is on yours?

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Hello! We're Simone & Dan, a twenty something Australian girl & English boy. We're the founders, editors, authors & photographers of The Aussie Flashpacker.

We met & fell in love whilst travelling in South America and now travel the world together.

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We both took over first overseas trip at age 12 where we caught the infectious travel bug and haven't stopped travelling since. We've both visited six continents and are continually ticking off new destinations and experiences together.

The Aussie Flashpacker is our personal travel blog where we share our love of travel and bring you the best in luxury & adventure travel along with our stories, travel tips & photography. Bursting with wanderlust, luxury, adventure, travel tips & inspiration we aim to inspire you to travel and see the world. 

Where have we been?

Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia & Thailand.


Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Monaco, Netherlands, Switzerland, Vatican City, Wales. 

Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand & Vanuatu.

Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador & Peru.

(States: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina & Tennessee. 

Our bucket list is HUUUUGE and is ALWAYS growing - you can check it out here.

Our Travel Style

We've both been travelling for over a decade and in that time have been exposed to and travelled in almost every way possible. We've travelled with our families, with friends, in groups, on guided tours, solo and now as a couple. We've travelled both slow and fast and have caught planes, buses, trains, boats and even walked to destinations!

Our travel style is the perfect combination of luxury and adventure.


Having done our fair share of backpacking in our late teens and early twenties, we've now evolved from Backpackers to Flashpackers. We now prefer the finer things in life such as good food & wine and a luxurious hotel (especially if it has a pool) to retreat to after a big day of exploring. 

The Aussie Flashpacker showcases some of the world's best and most luxurious hotels and restaurants which we discover on our travels.

You can read more about our Luxury Travels here: Luxury Travel & Restaurants/Food

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Dan is without doubt the more adventurous of the two of us, but with a little convincing (and mroal support) Simone is up for most adventurous things! We love a good adrenaline rush and are always seeking adventure on our travels.

We've climbed mountains in the middle of winter, biked Death Road in Bolivia, Skiied in NZ & Europe, Jumped off a bridge in Ecuador, Hang Glided off the tallest mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Scuba Dived, Zip Lined, Hiked the Inca Trail, attempted to Surf in Australia, Bali, Peru & England, Ridden Camels through the Sahara Desert, Sand Boarded the largest sand dunes in South America, Swam with pink dolphins in the Amazon in cayman & pirahna infested waters and held pythons in Morocco & Anacacondas in the Amazon just to name a few!

You can read more about our adventures here: Adventure Travel.

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Books: Lonely Planet and Rough Guides are our go to for travel planning.

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Mainstream Media

Port Macquarie News | Global Support for Tidal Pool (March 2016)

Print Media

Get Lost Magazine | Meet the Blogger (July 2016)

Freelance Travel Writing

LATAM Airlines | Extreme Adventures in the Desert of Huacachina (April 2016)

LATAM Airlines | 5 Reasons to Add Beautiful, Colonial Paraty to your Brazil Itinerary (April 2016)

LATAM Airlines | Hiking Isla Del Sol on Lake Titicaca (April 2016)

LATAM Airlines | A Peruvian Homestay Experience in Raqchi Peru (May 2016)

LATAM Airlines | Horseback Riding in Tupiza, South America’s Wild, Wild West (May 2016)

LATAM Airlines | Three Days in the Amazonian Pampas (May 2016)

LATAM Airlines | Five of the Most Colourful Places in South America (May 2016)

LATAM Airlines | The Uros Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca (June 2016)

LATAM Airlines | A Guide to Exploring Valparaiso, an Art Lovers Paradise in Chile (June 2016)

LATAM Airlines | Banos – The Adventure Capital of Ecuador (June 2016)

LATAM Airlines | Cycling Bolivia’s Yungas Road (June 2016)

LATAM Airlines | Highlights of a 4WD Tour of the Atacama Desert (July 2016)

LATAM Airlines | Searching for Andean Condors at Colca Canyon (July 2016)

LATAM Airlines | Incredible Incan Ruins to Visit in Peru (July 2016)

LATAM Airlines | A Brazilian Football Experience at Maracana Stadium (July 2016)


Elite Travel Blog | Interview "Simone - The Aussie Flashpacker" (April 2015)

Travefy  | Travel Chat with The Aussie Flashpacker (July 2015)

Love Puffin | Adventure Travel Blogger Interview (July 2015)

Dobe Globe | Traveller of the Day #TTOT (July 2015)

Emily Luxton Travel Blog | Postcard from Snowdonia, Wales (August 2015)

Anti Travel Guides | Hiking the Inca Trail with The Aussie Flashpacker (October 2015)

Nomadic Lives | Travel Blogger of the Month (December 2015)


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SOTW Award

Live, Travel & Blog | Website of the Week (April 2015)

Nomad Revelations | Top Couple Travel Blogs on the Internet (June 2015)

Bambi Jane Travel | 10 of my Favourite Travel Blogs (August 2015)

A Girl and Her Passport | My Favourite Travel Blogs (August 2015)

The Heritage Travels | Our Favourite Luxury & Lifestyle Blogs (September 2015)

Trips 100 | Top 100 UK Travel Blogs (#32) (September 2015)

While I'm Young & Skinny |  Travel Blogs you Should Definitely be Reading (November 2015)

Rise | #travel 1k Top 1000+ Travel Blogs (#69) (November 2015)

Skyscanner Australia | 10 Aussie & NZ Travel Bloggers Worth Following (April 2016)

Coupon Machine | The Top 100 Travel Blogs Selected In 2016 (May 2016)

Bunchy Buy | 9 Great Instagram Travel Accounts to Follow (July 2016)

Feedspot | Top 100 Travel Blogs to Check out in 2016 (November 2016)

Hello Travel | Top Couple Travel Blogs of 2016 (December 2016)

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(June 2015)

Cava For Lunch | Travel Talk with the Aussie Flashpacker (September 2015)

Extreme North Wales | The Aussie Flashpacker Hikes Snowdon in Winter (November 2015)

Gift it Now | My Top 5 Experience Gifts in Sydney (June 2017)


Travelure | Round and Round in City Squares (August 2015)

Travelling Buzz | 20 Travellers and their Most Epic Fail Moments (September 2015)

Emily Luxton Travels | The Best Small Towns in Italy (September 2015)

Paper Planes & Caramel Waffles | The Best Beaches in the USA (September 2015)

Cheap Flights | 20 Simple Travel Tips (September 2015)

Once We're Young Travel | 10 Best Experiences in South America (October 2015)

Frugal First Class Travel | 25 Reasons to Visit Paris (October 2015)

Tourists By Chance | 20 Reasons Not to Visit Italy (November 2015)

And Off We Went | Why Visit Peru (November 2015)

Ice Lolly | Europe's Christmas Markets (November 2015)

Drifter Planet | 50 Natural Pools that you Need to Take a Dip In (November 2015)

Ana's World | 25 Girl Travel Bloggers & Their Favourite Destinations (December 2015)

Huffington Post | 25 Girl Travel Bloggers & Their Favourite Destinations (December 2015)

MSN | 25 Girl Travel Bloggers & Their Favourite Destinations (December 2015)

Thought Card | 12 Stunning Cliffs from Around the World (December 2015)

Communication Is Difficult | 10 People Share Stories of Spending Holidays Abroad
(December 2015)

ParcelHero | What Do Brits Abroad Miss Most About Christmas? (December 2015)

This Could Lead to Anywhere | Part-Time Travel - Cold Winter Destinations (December 2015)

Five Dollar Traveller | Food from around the World - Best of 2015 (December 2015)

Wanderlust Circle | The Best Places to Travel in 2016 (January 2016)

Travel Me World | 37 Ways to take your Vacation Photos like a Professional Travel Blogger (January 2016)

Grassroots Nomad | What I'll Miss Most this Australia Day (January 2016)

Travel Passionate | Top places to visit in Italy recommended by Travel Bloggers (February 2016)

Ana's World | Me & 20 Awesome Travelers & Their Favorite Valentine Retreats (February 2016)

Huffington Post | 21 Awesome Travelers & Their Favorite Valentine Retreats (February 2016) | The Ultimate Cornwall Visitors Guide (March 2016)

Ana's World | World’s Best Beaches: From The Eyes of 15 Girl Travelers (April 2016)

Huffington Post | World's Best Beaches: From The Eyes of 15 Girl Travelers (April 2016)

Grassroots Nomad | Homestays: An Authentic Experience Abroad (June 2016)

Two Scots Abroad | 15 Christmas Europe Breaks For Every Budget (October 2016)

Expedia Blog | 10 Bloggers Share Fantasy Holiday Rentals (November 2016)


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