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Monday, May 22, 2017

The World’s Most Luxurious Train Journeys

Train travel was the most luxurious way to travel in the past and over the last few years, it has made a resurgence and no matter where your destination there are sure to be a choice of luxurious train journeys on offer. Never before has there been so many companies promising to pamper you through some of the most remote, exotic, romantic and beautiful landscapes. Dan and I have fallen in love with train travel over the last few years with our favourites being the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland and the Belmond Hiram Bingham in Peru! Train travel is a truly unique way to travel and allows you to sit back and relax and truly take in the majestic scenery around you. Here’s a look into some of the very best train journeys around the world and the incredible scenery you'll experience along the way!

Train Switzerland Grindelwald

Monday, May 15, 2017

Waverley Mills: Australia's Oldest & Most Luxurious Textiles Company

After travelling and living abroad for the better part of my twenties, I am really enjoying settling down and making a home back in Australia. Whilst we still have plenty of travel plans, both Dan and I find we are also craving some normality and a place to call home. Last year we saved a lot and purchased the beautiful furniture I’d always wanted and it’s so nice to come home from work and appreciate what you work so hard for. Obviously you need more than furniture to make a home and so we’ve been loving scouting out our favourite Australian companies and brands to style our home. I have recently fallen in love with Waverley Mills and their gorgeous, sophisticated blankets, scarves and throws. Waverley Mills is Australia’s oldest working textile mill and they have recently teamed up with award-winning Australian designers to create an amazing new look and feel for their products (and trust me, it has worked)!

Waverley Mills Throw

Monday, May 8, 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 Sunrise Views

Monday, May 1, 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 24, 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, 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

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! Today I am sharing my top 10 bucket list experiences and would love to hear if any of these are on your bucket list

Canadian Lake and Mountains

Monday, April 3, 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, March 27, 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

Tuesday, March 21, 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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Maldives: More than just a Picture-Perfect Paradise

The Maldives are a truly magical place and are a destination at the very top of most peoples bucket list! Whether you have been lucky enough to visit or it is still on your list to tick off, you will know for a fact that the Maldives have the bluest water and whitest beaches in the world. However, what many don’t know is that the Maldives is rich in history and has many fascinating attributes. Jumeirah, who have their own collection of Maldives luxury resorts are on hand to share some amazing facts about their incredible island nation.

Beautiful Maldives Island and Ocean

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Good2Go Travel Insurance: An Excellent Choice for Australian Travellers

Good2Go Travel Insurance is a CHOICE Recommended product 4 years running and is a top rated product that also comes at a great price! As regular travellers we are recommending Good2Go Travel Insurance as an excellent choice of traveller insurance for our fellow Aussie travellers!

Girl on beach in Australia

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Falling In Love with Tuscany: The Best Villages to Visit in Tuscany

If you've been following our travels for a while then you will know that we absolutely loooooove everything about Italy! I've been lucky enough to visit four times and Dan twice! We spent three weeks there last year during our European summer and it was during this time that I fell head over heels in love with Tuscany! I first fell in love with Tuscany when I saw the film Under the Tuscan Sun many years ago! On previous trips to Italy I had only visited Florence in this region and so this time we took a few extra days to explore as much of beautiful Tuscany as possible and it is certainly a place we plan on returning to and spending a few weeks whenever we get the opportunity! A lot of people also visit Tuscany on cruise ships when they dock in Livorno. From our past cruising experience we recommend pre-booking your Tuscany excursion with local suppliers and not the cruise ship as this enables you to disembark the ship and travel on your Livorno tour with local guides which also saves you a lot of money! We're sharing some of our favourite Tuscan villages to inspire you to live out your own Under the Tuscan Sun dreams by visiting this incredible part of the world.

Girl in Tuscany with San Gimignano in Background

Monday, February 20, 2017

FREE FLIGHT GIVEAWAY to Celebrate 30,000 Instagram Followers

Instagram has always been my favourite social media platform as it endlessly inspires me with gorgeous photos and also allows us to share our travel photos and hopefully inspire others to travel the world! We've had our Instagram account, @theaussieflashpacker for a few years now and as we've travelled across six continents we've gathered friends and followers from all around the world. We woke up a few days ago to the exciting news that we'd just reached 30,000 followers which has been a big milestone for us for quite a while now! To celebrate this milestone we've teamed up with our favourite regional Aussie airline, JETGO to give away return econony tickets for two anywhere on the JETGO Network!

Cocktails in Mykonos

Monday, February 13, 2017

North Stradbroke Island Photo Diary

We spent a week over the New Year period on beautiful North Stradbroke Island, located off Brisbane in Queensland. North Stradbroke Island, or Straddie as it is better known is the world's second largest sand island and is one of Australia's best kept secrets! We spent a wonderful week exploring Straddie's white sandy beaches which boast crystal clear waters, beautiful inland lakes and hidden waterways, scenic walks and enjoying the large numbers of native wildlife who call this island home. Straddie is easily accessible, affordable, beautiful and is the perfect place to enjoy a laid-back, relaxing holiday. These are some of our favourite holiday snaps from our wonderful week in paradise!

Cylinder Beach North Stradbroke Island

Monday, February 6, 2017

Five of The Most Beautiful Languages In The World

February is of course, the month of romance! Millions of people around the world treat their special ones with love and affection on Valentine's day and so we've decided to try and find some of the most beautiful and romantic languages in the world! We teamed up with language translation company Morningside Translations to discover more. After travelling the world for the last 10+ years we're happy to present what we believe are five of the most beautiful languages in the world.

Vernazza Cinque Terre Italy

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Our Guide to Queensland's North Stradbroke Island

After Christmas, we packed the car to the brim with all our boards and camping supplies and headed up the coast to North Stradbroke Island. North Stradbroke Island is located off the coast of Brisbane in Moreton Bay and was about a 10 hour trip from our home in Port Macquarie. North Stradbroke Island is also known by its Aboriginal name, Minjerribah and as Straddie, by both locals and visitors alike. Coming in at second to Fraser Island, Straddie is the world’s second largest sand island. The island is one of Australian’s natural treasures and we absolutely loved every second of the week we spent on Straddie with its white sandy beaches, magnificent inland lakes, hidden waterways, wildlife, friendly locals, scenic walks and wonderful laid-back way of life.

Our Guide to Queensland's North Stradbroke Island

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Romantic Anniversary Weekend at The Melbourne Parkview Hotel

We've had some pretty exotic anniversaries in the time we've been together. For our first anniversary Dan surprised me with flights to Paris and for our second anniversary we treated ourselves to an unforgettable holiday to snowy Grindelwald in Switzerland! We've only fairly recently arrived back in Australia and so when we found out that JETGO Australia had recently launched flights from our hometown of Port Macquarie to Melbourne we were sold! We spent ages trying to find a nice hotel but as it was so last minute and so close to Christmas a lot were sold out! We then found a fantastic deal on Groupon for the Melbourne Parkview Hotel which is a luxury, 4.5 Star hotel that was ideally located and offered stunning views of Melbourne's Parks and the city skyline.

Melbourne Parkview Hotel Atrium

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Weekend Getaway in Melbourne with JETGO Australia

At the beginning of December Dan and I headed down to Melbourne for our anniversary! We had thrown a lot of ideas around about where to do, and didn’t know where could possibly top our previous anniversary getaways of Paris and Switzerland! A few weeks before our anniversary we learned that JETGO Australia had launched direct flights from Port Macquarie to Melbourne’s Essendon Airport! I’d only visited Melbourne once on a girls weekend when I was at University and Dan had never been so we thought it was the perfect place to visit! We had a quick, easy and comfortable flight to Melbourne, had a very romantic and luxurious stay at the Melbourne Parkview Hotel and spent our weekend exploring beautiful St Kilda and the Melbourne CBD. It was a lovely weekend getaway and we can’t wait to return with JETGO to explore Melbourne further!

A Weekend Getaway in Melbourne with JETGO Australia

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Our Top 10 Luxury Hotel Experiences of 2016

2016 has been an incredible year! We left England in April, travelled through 12 countries and eventually settled back in Australia after two and a half years away! During our travels we've stayed in some incredible luxury hotels, so much so that it made it quite difficult to pick a top ten! Our top ten is quite a mixture of hotels and ranges from luxurious log cabins to the ultimate in five star luxury to glamping tents and boutique hotels. These ten hotels aren't just your typical luxury hotel, each offered us a unique experience like no other and we can't wait to share them with you!

Our Top 10 Luxury Hotel Experiences of 2016