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Saturday Brunch at Sandbox

Brunch is probably my favourite weekend meal. Breakfast is too early and I’m definitely not a night owl anymore so that rules out dinner out on the town. Plus, living in beautiful Port Macquarie we are surrounded by stunning natural scenery and it’s best enjoyed in the daylight. One of our favourite cafes is Sandbox on Flynn’s Beach (which is a actually located underneath our wedding venue). Sandbox has only been open for just over a year but the service and food are always top notch and they easily have some of the best views in Port. So it was an easy decision where to have brunch this sunny Saturday morning!

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24 Hours in Medieval York: City Walls, The Shambles & York Minster

A visit to Medieval York is like stepping back in the middle ages! We visited York for the first time on our recent trip to the UK with my parents and we spent a short but sweet 24 hours exploring as much of this magical city as we could! York has so much to offer and we really only managed to scratch the surface. We loved exploring the extensive city walls, picturesque overhanging timber houses of The Shambles and the magnificent Gothic cathedral, York Minster. We also made sure to do some Christmas bauble shopping, warmed up in charming pubs and chocolate shops and admired the festive lights around the city! York very quickly became one of our favourite cities in the UK!

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Christmas Day in Surrey

After a lovely Christmas Eve in Kent, it was time to spend Christmas Day in Surrey with Dan’s mum. We had a beautiful day exploring our old village, spending time with his family, wandering around the local lakes and eating and drinking plenty (just as Christmas should be)! Sadly, there was no snow but we still had a beautiful day and another wonderful Christmas.

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Christmas Eve at Leeds Castle

This Christmas was our first trip back to the UK since we left in 2016. We were really excited to be going back to visit some of our favourite places, as well as some new destinations and of course catch up with family and friends! Our first stop was an early Christmas with Dan’s dad on Christmas Eve. He lives in beautiful Kent, literally just around the corner from Leeds Castle! If you’ve been following along for a while, then you’ll know that Leeds Castle is one of our favourite castles in England. We had a lovely Christmas lunch with Dan’s dad and a wonderful few hours exploring the castle grounds on foot.

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Hooker Valley Track: New Zealand’s Prettiest Day Hike

The Hooker Valley Track is without a doubt New Zealand’s prettiest day hike. A lot of hikes in New Zealand require you to commit to a few days, whereas the Hooker Valley Track is just a few short hours of walking through some of the most beautiful scenery you would have ever seen! The hike leads through the Hooker Valley, along the Hooker River and ends at the glacial Hooker Lake, with Mount Cook towering in the distance.

Path along Hooker Valley

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Perks of an All-inclusive Holiday

All-inclusive holidays would have to be one of the most relaxing and stress free vacations out there. Throughout our travels, we’ve booked multiple all-inclusive packages including our sailing holiday in Turkey, our beach holiday in Montenegro and of course our incredible honeymoon in the Maldives! All-inclusive holidays take the stress out of travel, as you pay for the majority of your holiday expenses before you go! This includes accommodation, meals, drinks and sometimes even activities and water sports equipment! Our friends at Loveholidays have put together an amazing, interactive hotel finder that can help you find the best all-inclusive hotel for your holiday.

Salads at Senses LUX Maldives
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A Healthy Travel Guide to Melbourne

If you’re coming to Melbourne with the intention of either maintaining or boosting your health, you’ve chosen well. Melbourne is absolutely full of health conscious people and as a result, there are so many businesses and activities set up with your health in mind. If anything, you may not know where to start! The city can offer you a range of options, from those that cost little to nothing to full on luxury spa experiences. 

Fitness is a big thing, and there are diverse exercise classes from spinning with a twist to every kind of yoga imaginable. Healthy food is so easy to find, and classy establishments do it to perfection. Plant-based diets are more than merely catered for in Melbourne – they are a big part of the cuisine scene here now. You can even find hotels with the sole focus of health and wellness. In other words, full immersion into healthy living is absolutely possible during your trip.

This guide will give you a good idea as to how to start your health kick in this huge city!

Melbourne CBD Cityscape and Yarra River

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3 Amazing Tropical Destinations for Couples


If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with a loved one, you can’t do much better than a tropical vacation. No matter your reason for planning the getaway, whether it’s for a honeymoon, an anniversary, or just because, you’re sure to experience phenomenal beaches, breathtaking scenery, and plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Here are three amazing tropical destinations to visit as a couple.

Similan Islands Thailand
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Neveo: The Perfect Gift for Grandparents

I don’t know about you, but my grandparents have always loved following along with what we are up to and especially where our travels take us! We’ve found the perfect gift for grandparents, a monthly family journal created by Neveo, which allows you to share your monthly memories and highlights with them!

The Aussie Flashpacker in Oia Santorini Greece
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Our Winter Holiday Adventures

Today we fly to Sydney! We’re saying goodbye to Aussie summer and jumping on a plane to Europe! Over the next five weeks we’re going to be spending Christmas in England, New Years in Scotland and exploring Iceland, Scandinvania and the Baltic’s! It’s going to be cold but we are so excited, especially as winter is one of our favourite times to travel because there is less people! Here’s a snippet of what we’ve got planned! Fingers crossed for lots of snow! 

Iceland waterfall in winter

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