That Time I Survived a Hot Air Balloon Accident

Views of the horizon from a hot air balloon over the alley of the Kings. A Yellow and green hot air balloon is off in the distance to the right.

Strap yourself in, this is a long one.

My alarm blared loudly at me. It was 4am and I needed to drag myself out of bed so I could go hot air ballooning over the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt. This had been something that previously only dreamed of. I’ve been hot air ballooning once before, so I could imagine what it was going to be like. In my mind we were going to climb into the giant basket and slowly drift up into the air before floating over the desert waves of sand. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go according to plan.

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Things I Learnt on My First Cruise

The deck of a P&O cruise ship

I went on a cruise when I was half way through my teaching degree. For me it was a bit of a celebration that I was half way there, and while I had a good time there were a number of things that I discovered that I’ve always thought would be useful information for people out there new to cruising. So, without further ado, I present to you my list of hints and tips on how to survive and enjoy your first cruising experience.

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Best Bucket List Experiences in Egypt

I fell in in love with Egypt as a child and it has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, before I even knew what a bucket list was. My all time favourite film is The Mummy, and trust me, I already know it’s terrible so please hold back your judgment. There is just something so intriguing, exciting and mysterious about ancient Egyptian temples; and it just blows my mind that so much history has just been swallowed by the sands of time and forgotten. 

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Take a 6 Week Yoga Course

Some of the items I found in my goodie bag - tea, candles, incense, yoga fact book, yoga timetable.

Straight up, I’m not a yogi. I’m actually so far from a yogi I might as well be a stiff board. The thing is though, I actually wish I was. I always see these fabulous instagram photos of lean, flexible girls with complete balance in their lives and I’m kinda jealous. I wish I was even just a little flexible and possessed even 1 tenth of their co-ordination. 

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Best Bucket List Experiences in New Zealand

Classic tourist photo in New Zealand

I can honestly say that New Zealand is absolutely the bucket list capital of the world! It has everything there. It doesn’t matter whether or not you are an adrenaline junkie or if you just want to step out of your comfort zone, New Zealand is definitely the the place to do it

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12 Photos to Inspire Your Visit to Port Arthur

Looking down at the penitentiary

Port Arthur is a significant location in Australian history.

First, it is the best preserved convict site in Australia and is World Heritage Listed. 

Second, it was the site of the 1996 massacre where 35 people were killed and 23 were injured. 

It is a very interesting place to visit. As a convict settlement, it started as a timbre yard before it became a prison for those convicts who committed further crimes upon arriving in Australia. Some of the stories are heart breaking, and on a wet, cloudy, miserable day it develops a sad and painful atmosphere. On a bright, sunny day that feeling disappears, and the contrast of colours is mesmerizing.  Read More

Party up in an Ice Bar

Ice bar chandelier

During my short stay in Queenstown I had the opportunity to stop by Below Zero ice bar for a quick drink (or two). I can now say with all authority that visiting an ice bar is the coolest thing ever.

Ice bar chandelier

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Visiting MONA in Tasmania

Graffiti on the MONA Ferry

Tasmania is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. It’s almost like going back in time, with acres of untouched wilderness and old colonial towns full of history, intrigue and, sometimes, sadness. What I was not expecting when I visited Tasmania earlier in the year, was to explore the most mind-blowing, over-stimulating and sensational modern arts museums in the world.  Read More

Bucket List: Swim with Dolphins

I know it’s girly, but swimming with dolphins has always been a bucket list item I’ve wanted to tick of my bucket list, and I FINALLY got to do it when I was in Adelaide last year. My only regret is that I didn’t have my own GoPro to capture any underwater photos.

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Zip Lining in Ancient New Zealand Forests

One of the bridges on the Rotorua Zip Lining Tour
“Don’t look down. Don’t. Look. Down.”
The mantra was running in a loop through my mind as I slowly and carefully approached the edge of the platform. “Just keep going down the steps, you’ll fly off with no effort” my guide said to me, guiding me down to the first steps. One step. Two steps. Three.. and I was off! Hanging by my harness and flying among the trees meters above the floor of the Rotorua rain forest.

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