Travel is all about food for me, and in four days in Iceland I managed to pack in lots of the essentials. I skipped out on some of the more touristy must-tries like whale and fermented shark, and went instead for Reykjavik’s classics, including Icelandic hotdogs, chocolate covered liquorice, and world-famous cinnamon buns. Overall, Iceland is a tasty place.
Iceland was an absolute dream!! Just under two weeks ago a found a great last minute deal and booked a spontaneous trip to Reykjavik. Three nights/four days was absolutely not enough time to see the country, but it was worth it all the same, and definitely made a great getaway.
The Blue Mountains are such a fantastic day trip from Sydney. It cannot be missed. In the eight months I lived in Sydney I went up three times, but looking back I’d like to go back a lot more! It’s also a few degrees cooler than Sydney, so it’s an especially great escape in the summer!
Antigua was better than I expected, and I expected a lot. The city is beautiful and energized and just full of life. There’s a lot more going on here – more people, more tourists, more volcanos, and more unexplained religious festivals. It’s somewhere you can spend a day or a year and probably still have lots to discover and explore.
Tikal National Park is a gateway to another time. The ruins of an ancient city are located in the middle of the jungle, which grew up around the ruins since the city was abandoned in the 8th Century. Today only a small amount of the ancient city is visible – most of it is still covered with dirt and trees and rainforest. Visiting Tikal was amazing. It’s a long way away in the middle of nowhere, but once you step out into the jungle it’s all worth it.
, GuLake Atitlan is paradise on earth. It completely surprised me and if I had it my way I would never have left. Even as it was, we doubled the length of our stay because the thought of leaving this place was unimaginable. It should be #1 on anyone’s list who is visiting Guatemala, and just so that you’re prepared, two days is not enough.
I completely fell in love with Guatemala.
Somehow, last-minute two week trip with my sister that we booked primarily due to a cheap roundtrip flight to Guatemala city turned into one of my favourite countries I’ve visited. I’m already itching to go back, and unlike other countries where I’d like to someday go back and visit, I think Guatemala is somewhere I’ll be revisiting soon!
The Great Barrier Reef is something I didn’t know if I’d ever see, and I especially didn’t think I’d see it scuba diving. But both those things happened, and it was awesome.
My grandest adventure in Australia was up to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the infamous Whitsunday Islands. It’s one of those places that’s plastered all over Buzzfeed lists of Top 10 Unbelievable Places or You’ll Never Believe This Australian Beach click-bait articles. And honestly, it’s all totally justified. The Whitsunday Islands are truly unbelievable.
Port Stephens is the ideal destination for a long-weekend getaway from Sydney. I happened upon it by accident, after browsing the destinations of YHA hostels for inspiration, and took a risk based on a few impressive-looking google images. For some reason this place is not advertised in the travel books. But I guarantee it is a must-see.