Well, the good news is, from last week‘s #108 still nudging up the #travel1k charts and for the week of August 15th we’re up to #104, go us! Since Ko Chang turned out to be a bit of a bust, rainy and windy so the fishing boats weren’t going out, never mind the dive boats … so we spent the long weekend mostly nestled in our bungalow. Well, there definitely are worse ways to spend a weekend than even a rainy Thai island…
I’m Toni and with my husband Drew we started the website to share our travel photos and experiences, together with the lessons we learned along the way. Travel budgets are limited for most of us so I’m here to help you squeeze the most fun times and fabulous adventures you can out of every travel dollar.
We live by the philosophy that you shouldn’t wait for the holidays to enjoy yourself, explore and experience new things. Get out and see what’s going on in your own city. Take short breaks and get away for the weekends. Even a day trip can turn up a completely new experience.
I was born in the UK, lived a large part of my life in New Zealand, a shorter time in the USA and the past 7 years I’ve called Australia home. We’ve travelled to 25 odd countries and can claim a passport from three.
Our immediate travel plans focus around Australia, Japan and the wider Asia Pacific region. Australia’s a huge country, so I’m currently planning how best to explore and share as much of it as possible. New Zealand is our second home so we’ll be back there from time to time. I also have a major love affair with Japan that started when I was about 6 years old but since we started travelling there we’ve been back year after year and I still have so much more I want to see.
We hope you’ll find some inspiration, useful information and planning tips that will help you on your own adventures. We’ll also be keeping you up to date with what there is to see, do and eat in South East Queensland in case you find yourself in our new back yard.
And in a welcome novelty for this review series, not only is this blog full of places we haven’t been, it’s immediately relevant, as we are in fact planning a jaunt to Oz for our Christmas holidays, and there are 9 page fulls of Australia articles, and why the second article is visiting a World Heritage Site on our list:
It’d been over 10 years since we were last on Fraser Island so when Fraser Explorer Tours invited us over to experience their 2-day adventure tour we didn’t hesitate. We were curious to see how much the worlds largest sand island had changed in a decade, what impact tourism had had and just how much of the natural heritage site could be explored in 2 days. If you’re thinking of including Fraser Island on your Australian itinerary we have plenty of tips to share.
Fraser Island is the worlds largest sand island and appears on the UNESCO World Heritage list as a place of natural scenic beauty, the entire island plus a couple of smaller islands offshore are recognised for their significant ecological, geological and hydrological value…
So there we go, if we end up going off as half planned winging it as usual, there’s our how to get to Fraser Island sorted!
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So if you’re interested in Australia and the South Pacific, as indeed we happen to be particularly so at the moment — here is an excellent resource, heading straight into our follow lists!