Santa Monica, LA

Visiting Los Angeles soon? Don’t leave forget to pay the beautiful beachside town of Santa Monica a visit.    I’d recommend making the most of this beautiful beachfront city in California, opting for this option over staying in popular Hollywood. Hollywood definently has its attractions, such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre, Madame Tussauds, Dolby Theatre & the Hollywood Sign. However it is super easy to get here from Santa Monica or any of the other nearby coastal towns. Santa Monica has countless…

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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. Our hostel, Desert Nights Hostelling International, arranged a Desert tour for us with Desert Adventure that involved Dune Buggying, Sandboarding, a BBQ in the desert and camping overnight. We departed from Huacachina…

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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.   My first experience with the Bolivian transport system was a bus from Uyuni to Bolivia’s Wild West, Tupiza.…

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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. The Salt Flats are generally included on a 3 or 4 day 4WD tour. We chose to start our tour in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile and finished up in Uyuni, Bolivia. It is possible to do this tour in reverse, i.e. departing from Uyuni and ending in…

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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. Maracana was built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and has recently undergone massive renovations in order to get it ready for the 2014 FIFA World Cup…

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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! Rio has so many amazing natural and man-made attractions and sights which include (but aren’t limited to);…

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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. Mandalay Bay truly has everything you need with their slots and tables for the gamblers out there, fine dining, amazing entertainment, delightful service, luxury from floor to ceiling and amazing grounds with a tropical water paradise that leaves you feeling as…

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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 Library Hotel concept has been uniquely inspired by the Dewey Decimal System. Each of the 10 floors of the hotel are themed with one of the ten categories of the Dewey Decimal System. We stayed on the Science floor…

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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. There are a number of ways to purchase your tickets, we opted to buy ours online…

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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…

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