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Around The Globe from A to Z!

I like to feel like I really know the people whose Blogs I read, especially seeing as it is my fellow travelers who tend to inspire me the most.

Two female travel bloggers that inspire me exponentially are Brooke from World of Wanderlust and Amanda from A Dangerous Business. Through reading their stories and religiously browsing their blogs, I feel like they are old friends, not people who I’ve never met before, which is how I want my readers to feel when they read my posts!

To give you a little bit more of an insight into my opinions and past travels, I have taken it upon myself to post a “self-interview” after reading Amanda’s A to Z travel post.

A: AGE YOU WENT ON YOUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRIP:
I can’t remember exactly, but I was around 13 and it was to Bali, Indonesia with my family. I have since been to over 20 more countries.

B: BEST (FOREIGN) BEER YOU’VE HAD AND WHERE:
I am not a big beer drinker, so this narrows down my choices, but I would have to say Heineken in Amsterdam or Bintang in Bali.

C: CUISINE (FAVORITE):
Asian cuisine is my absolute favourite, from Sushi to Dumplings to Pho, I love it all! I will add that I have a new found love and appreciation for Pizza and Pasta from my week in Italy last year.

D: DESTINATIONS, FAVOURITE, LEAST FAVOURITE AND WHY:
Favourite: Apart from my home, Australia, it is an equal tie between Paris and Barcelona! I can’t really explain it other than it was love at first sight. When you know, you know, right!?
Least Favourite: I hate to be a voice of unpopular opinion, but London just did not live up to its hype. I found it to be crowded and just not that appealing to me. London lacked the “pizzazz” I thought it would be figuratively drowning in.

E: EVENT YOU EXPERIENCED ABROAD THAT MADE YOU SAY “WOW”:
It is super cliché, but for me seeing snow for the first time ever in the Swiss Alps was one of my biggest “WOW” moments. Growing up in Perth, Australia, we never experience freezing temperatures, let alone snow, so it has always been on my bucket list and I was like a little kid at Christmas when I finally got to hold that freezing white fluffy ice in my hand for the first time.

F: FAVORITE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION:
Another tie- I love flying because it is generally the most efficient way to travel, but, I love cruising because there is something so peaceful about being rocked to sleep on a ship while you travel through the Aegean Seas.

G: GREATEST FEELING WHILE TRAVELING:
That intoxicating rush of happiness and excitement you feel when arriving into a new place.

H: HOTTEST PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO:
Apart from Australia, I’d say Bali is the hottest place I’ve traveled to. It is generally between 80-100% humidity and upwards of 25°c year round which makes for a popular tropical holiday destination.

I: INCREDIBLE SERVICE YOU’VE EXPERIENCED AND WHERE:
Balinese people in general are some of the most beautifully natured and hospitable people I have come across. I can’t remember a particular place I’ve received incredible service, though my sister and I found unbelievable kindness in a complete stranger and his wife when we were stranded in Paris with no phone or accommodation- but that’s a story for another time!

J: JOURNEY THAT TOOK THE LONGEST:
Perth to London! Just out air time alone was 19 hours, not including airport waits and check-in. I think all up it took us around 24 hours to get to London.

K: KEEPSAKE FROM YOUR TRAVELS:
I have postcards from everywhere I’ve been on my walls as decoration, and I like little bits and bobs from the places I see such as my Eiffel tower key chain and my Mickey Mouse Christmas snow globe from Disney Land in Paris. I also love getting things that are useable and edible, such as cheese from The Netherlands, lollies from China and a scarf from Turkey.

L: LET-DOWN SIGHT, WHY AND WHERE:
For me, the Colosseum and Trevi fountain were the most disappointing sights; I was expecting way too much for these overcrowded and tourist filled sights. They were still beautiful, just not what I’d romanticised in my head.

M: MOMENT WHERE YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH TRAVEL:
The first time I went to Bali, with my family, I remember being in the taxi on the drive from the airport to our hotel and I just fell in love with travel. The feeling of exploring somewhere so completely different to home. It is such an intangible feeling, and one that I don’t think will ever go away for me.

N: NICEST HOTEL YOU’VE STAYED IN:
Another tie for me- between The Duxton Hotel in Perth which is beautiful and extravagant and The Pullman Hotel in Bali which is super modern and spacious and tropical (everything you need for a relaxing 5-star holiday).

O: OBSESSION—WHAT ARE YOU OBSESSED WITH TAKING PICTURES OF WHILE TRAVELING?:
I’m not going to lie… selfies are my go to photo. selfies with new friends, selfies with tourist attractions, selfies of me on the plane… the list goes on and on 😉

P: PASSPORT STAMPS, HOW MANY AND FROM WHERE?
More than 20, though that’s including return stamps. My stamps include multiple ones to Bali, and entry/exit stamps for Australia, Ireland, France, Turkey, Spain and China.

Q: QUIRKIEST ATTRACTION YOU’VE VISITED AND WHERE:
Some of the museums in Amsterdam were quite “quirky” to say the least, and the Torture museum visited in Prague was both quirky and sickening!

R: RECOMMENDED SIGHT, EVENT OR EXPERIENCE:
I could go on and on and on about places to see and visit. Witnessing a sunset from the village of Oia in Santorini, Greece is something I would recommend for every single persons bucket list.

S: SPLURGE; SOMETHING YOU HAVE NO PROBLEM FORKING OVER MONEY FOR WHILE TRAVELING:
I am equal part budget traveller and comfort traveller. I have no problems forking over money for better flight times, extra leg room or a hotel with air conditioning. I find I am most frugal before I leave for my trip, which allows me to spend more freely while travelling.

T: TOURISTY THING YOU’VE DONE:
I don’t mind being labelled a tourist, as I believe everyone should travel however they want to. You’re travelling doesn’t suddenly become invalid if you decide you want to go on the London Eye or take a guided tour of Berlin- everyone’s experiences are different!

I’ve eaten croissants beneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris, tossed coins into the Trevi Fountain in Rome and taken photos of me “holding up” the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa. All of these things have been fun experiences for me #noregrets!

U: UNFORGETTABLE TRAVEL MEMORY:
Seeing the “Hallelujah Mountains” in Zhangjiajie, China. These are the mountains that inspired James Cameron’s Avatar, and I will never forget the awe I felt seeing them up close.

V: VISAS, HOW MANY AND FOR WHERE?
4 different countries so far- Indonesia, Turkey, China and USA.

W: WINE, BEST GLASS OF WINE WHILE TRAVELING AND WHERE?
The best wine I had while travelling was probably the Champagne I drank while at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Maybe my opinion is swayed by the exciting feeling of drinking Champagne in France, but it was delicious none the less.

X: EXCELLENT VIEW AND FROM WHERE?:
Oia, hands down!. I felt like I was part of a painting standing amongst the quaint, blue roofed, and white walled buildings in the picture perfect village of Oia in Santorini, Greece.

Y: YEARS SPENT TRAVELING?:
If you add up all the time I’ve spent traveling over the past 10 years, I would probably fall just short of 1 year I total, but I can’t say I’ve sat down and calculated that figure.

Z: ZEALOUS SPORTS FANS AND WHERE?:
England- those Football fans are insane (and passionate)!

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5 reasons to travel solo!

Travelling by yourself can be daunting, awkward, lonely, and down right scary, but it pays to remember that doesn’t have to be. There are so many options for us out there in this day and age that travelling solo doesn’t have to be any of those things! Up until this year I had never traveled 100% by myself, but after taking the plunge, I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner. There is no need to wait until you have a travel buddy (which gets harder and harder as we get older and have more commitments and responsibilities), so follow my lead and read on to see my 5 favourite reasons as to why you should travel solo- at least once in your life.

1) You are forced to step outside your comfort zone

Travelling solo means you are forced to challenge your fears and insecurities. There is nothing more empowering than figuring out the metro system of a new country all by yourself, or ordering a meal for one at a table for two for your first time. Without having someone travelling with you you really have no choice than to step outside your awkward comfort zone and do these things by yourself, which brings me to point two…

dessertforone~Dessert for one!

2) You will gain independence and confidence

The more meals you eat by yourself, or metro maps you decipher by yourself, or airports you sit in by yourself, the more independent you are making yourself. Gaining independence is so rewarding, especially as you figure out that you can do these things by yourself. Once you have your independence, you naturally will gain a lot more confidence which can benefit your not only when travelling, but in all aspects in life from finding a job to making friends and even finding love.

gelatospain~Confidence is ordering gelato completely in Spanish while in Spain and not cringing when you realise the person understood your order!

3) It is easier to make new friends

If you are an extrovert, this is probably already pretty easy for you, but even if you are a bit of an introvert (like me) then there is no better way to make friends than to travel solo. Face it, unless you are happy being by yourself 24/7 for who knows how long your trip is, making friends and having company will be much needed to break up your solo trip. Hostels around the world, and even tour groups like Contiki, Topdeck, Busabout, and Intrepid make it easy for you to travel by yourself but still be surrounded by people- a bit of a win-win if you ask me.

contikigreece~I made some life long friends on my trip to Greece with Contiki!

4) You can do what you want, when you want

To put it simply- there is no drama, but all the flexibility. If you don’t want to get out of bed until mid day then you don’t have to! If you don’t want to go see that over-hyped tourist icon then you don’t have to! If you don’t want to spend your hard earned cash on a night out then you don’t have to! The point is, travelling by yourself means you don’t need to make compromises with the people you are travelling with and there is no reason to feel guilty by doing what you want because there is no one to please but yourself.

baliroomservice~Room service for dinner- don’t mind if I do!

5) You can always rely on the kindness of strangers

While often it is true that there are “safety in numbers”, it is also true that people are going to be less intimidated by one person than by 2 or 3 or more. Basically, being by yourself makes you more approachable. That bar tender is more likely to give you that drink on the house if you’re chilling by yourself. It is more likely that that kind stranger will offer to help you with your 25kg+ backpack you are lugging up the stairs or down the street if you are by yourself. People will be more inclined to stop and ask you if you need help with directions if you are standing on the street with a map looking puzzled all on your lonesome. Sometimes it even pays to be travelling by yourself as you are more likely to get airline or hotel upgrades when travelling solo.

legroommh~Extra legroom on a 12 hour flight with Malaysian Airlines goes down a treat

These are some of my favourite reasons for travelling solo- what are yours? Comment below for why you do or don’t like solo travel! 

Happy Travelling 🙂

Kat x

Zhangjiajie, China with Enjoy Going Tours

Zhangjiajie (pronounced Jang – Jar – Jay) is located in the Hunan Province, about 1000km (1 hour flight) north-west of Guangzhou, China. It is surrounded by huge scenic mountains which make up several different national parks within Zhangjiajie. Each morning, as a way to welcome travelers and bring good luck to those travelling through, fireworks are set off in the near distant mountains all around which is just one of many beautiful things about this city. Continue reading Zhangjiajie, China with Enjoy Going Tours

10 reasons to visit Australia!

Many of you are probably aware that I am a fair-dinkum, true blue, Koala cuddling Australian. In answer to some of many of the hilarious questions I get while travelling abroad… no I do not have a pet kangaroo, no I don’t want to throw another shrimp on the “barbie” and yes I do have the internet at my house 😉 Continue reading 10 reasons to visit Australia!

Hard Rock Hotel- Bali

As soon as I arrived at the Hard Rock Hotel in Bali I was greeted with a hello and a smile, which had the hotel off to a great start. Apart from the great atmosphere and friendly staff, the first thing I noticed about Hard Rock hotel was how fun and welcoming it felt. Everything is modern, bright and chic, while still keeping in with the original theme of Hard Rock! Continue reading Hard Rock Hotel- Bali

Bitten by the travel bug.

Personally, one of the worst things about travelling is the holiday ending and then you’re back to square one- planning and saving for your next trip. I have diagnosed myself with a serious case of the travel bug.. so many places to see.. so little time (and funds)! Continue reading Bitten by the travel bug.

Dos and don’ts- travel etiquette 101

We have all been there- we have all committed a travel faux pas on some level, at one stage or another. Sometimes we do it with out even realising, and sometimes we realise but it still happens because we aren’t thinking properly. I am sure most people reading this article will think the below Do’s and Don’ts are just common sense, but you would be extremely surprised how many people I have witnessed committing these minor, and major, travel transgressions. Continue reading Dos and don’ts- travel etiquette 101

10 tips for travelling on a budget!

While I can’t speak for everyone, from experience, I’ve found one of the most common reasons a lot of people don’t travel as much as they would like to is because of the costs associated with going on holiday. Once you factor in flights, accommodation, meals, activities and spending money it can all seem exceptionally expensive.  Every time I go on holiday, at least one person I know says something along the lines of “Again!? How can you afford to go on another holiday when you only just got back from your last one?” (yes, I travel a lot). Continue reading 10 tips for travelling on a budget!

To Contiki or not to Contiki?

That is the question!

Ever wonder what all the hype surrounding Contiki is about? Questioning if it is something you would enjoy? Read on to find out why I think Contiki tours are a great option for people of all travel backgrounds!

Most Australians are familiar with the concept of Contiki, which is a Coach tour travel company formed by a New Zealand guy travelling through Europe in the 60’s. Continue reading To Contiki or not to Contiki?

Cities I have seen.

Hey guys,

So I figured what better way to christen my blog than with a list of the cities and countries I have visited over the past 22 years. Ok, so to be honest I didn’t start travelling seriously until I was about 17… but that’s beside the point.

Drum roll please!

In no particular order; Continue reading Cities I have seen.