REVIEW: AIR CHINA

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Three of our six flights from Perth to Mexico were with Air China – two of which were long haul. Armed with eye masks and neck pillows, we were hoping to snooze through the majority of our 35 airborne hours. Continue reading

14 HOURS IN BEIJING

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Australia has got to be one of the most outstanding countries you can visit, but due to the cost of living and its location in the world, as budget travellers we were somewhat struggling to leave, especially as we wanted to head towards Central America. Finally with enough money saved, we were ready to say g’day to down under! Continue reading

A BIRTHDAY DOWN UNDER

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9th of February was an exciting day – not only was it Charlotte’s birthday, but we had returned to Perth and Charlotte’s mum and stepdad were flying in to celebrate with us. Continue reading

DEGRAVES STREET, MELBOURNE

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It’s a little street in Melbourne that’s so easy to miss – and yet golden to find. In a country so large, yet with a relatively very small population, it’s always exciting to find somewhere genuinely busy! The restaurants are of course overpriced, but for a fancy breakfast or exquisite coffee, take a seat at one of the many tables lining the centre of the road. Continue reading

MUSICAL MELBOURNE

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Melbourne has got to be the trendiest city in Australia. There’s a constantly buzzing atmosphere – from the 7am outdoor bootcamps to the trendy coffee shops and open-mic nights. It’s exceedingly cosmopolitan but with a quirkiness that makes it far more interesting than your average urban jungle. One of our favourite elements of the city was the constant soundtrack; there was music everywhere. You have to squeeze through the compact audiences to get a good view of the street performers, whilst we thought it was particularly impressive to discover pianos scattered across the cities – free to use by confident passers-by (though this didn’t work quite as well when overexcited toddlers deigned to give it a go).

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HOSTEL REVIEW: YHA HOSTELS

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There are nearly 100 hostels spread all over Australia, and if they’re all like the two we sampled, YHA is doing something very right indeed! Both YHA hostels we stayed in were fun and welcoming, with clean rooms, excellent facilities and a laid back atmosphere. Continue reading

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, NEW SOUTH WALES

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Just an hour outside of Sydney, we visited the Three Sisters; a three peak rock formation listed as the most spectacular sight in the area.

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Legend has it that three sisters were turned to stone by a witchdoctor protecting them from a tribal war, but the witchdoctor himself was killed before he could undo the spell. We can think of worse places to be stuck for eternity – the view is spectacular! There’s miles of sandstone cliffs and eucalyptus trees filling the valleys, creating the ‘blue haze’ that the mountains are famous for. Continue reading

TOP 10: OUR YEAR IN NUMBERS

A year ago today we left home aboard a one way flight to Bangkok. Since then we’ve travelled through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia. It has been without a doubt, the most incredible, exciting, eye-opening and completely insane year of our lives.

Here’s our year in numbers:

1. Total stamps in passports (together): 31
2. Wonders of the world seen: 3
3. Properties stayed in: 72

Christmas 2012, a month before take off. All ready for the year ahead!

Christmas 2012, a month before take off. All ready for the year ahead!

4. Skydives: 1 (each)

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NEWCASTLE, NEW SOUTH WALES

The coastal town of Newcastle was our last overnight stop before arriving back in Sydney, and although we had heard the beaches were something special, we had still completely underestimated them. Arriving late we checked into the YHA, it being too dark to take in our surroundings. The next morning we were dazzled by the beauty of the coastline!

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AUSTRALIA ZOO

Australia Zoo is considered to be one of the best in the world. Having originally started out as a crocodile park where Steve Irwin (from as young as 5 years old) and his father would take rescued crocodiles, it is now home to Australia’s traditional, exotic and impressive animals. There is also an Africa branch to the zoo where we were lucky enough to see the first tiger cubs born in the zoo for 43 years. TOO CUTE. The staff adore the animals and the ones that we spoke to had worked there a long time, falling completely in love with their jobs and four-legged colleagues. The entire place is also testament to the Irwin family’s incredible achievements and contribution to wildlife conservation.

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