Liebster Award Nominations


The Liebster Award is an online award given out by bloggers to new bloggers. It’s a great way to find out a little more about your fellow travel bloggers, network and get your travel blog noticed. Thanks to Tara from Travel Geek Tara for nominating me for this award and I’m more than happy to pass on the Liebster Award chain.

» The Rules are:

  1. Thank the blogger nominated you ~ include a link back to their website.
  2. Answer the eleven questions they ask you.
  3. Nominate other bloggers with less than 500 followers.
  4. Ask those bloggers eleven questions.
  5. Let the bloggers know that they have been nominated so they can continue the chain.

» My Response to Travel Geek Tara’s Eleven Questions:

If you could live in one Country for the rest of your life which would it be?

At this point I’d have to say Australia, because I haven’t travelled to any extent yet, I have only visited Thailand twice and have a big overseas European trip coming up in November. I’m sure the answer to this question will be different once I return home next year.

What is your favourite travel souvenir and why?

My favourite would have to be the Anker Astro Series external battery pack for the laptop, iPhone and digital camera.

Which mode of transport do you prefer when travelling?

I love train journeys, this is what i’m looking forward to most whilst travelling throughout Central and Eastern Europe. I’ve heard the views are stunning.

What travel item could you not live without?

I have a hard time on planes, only when the plane begins it’s decent. I feel like my head is about to explode. Ear planes are vital for me, if I don’t use them, I find that I’m partially deaf in both ears for 1-2 days after flying.

How would you best describe your travel style? (Luxury, backpacking, middle of the road….?)

I’d have to say that the thought of budget travel doesn’t bother me at all, staying in hostels is a great way to meet other travellers and locals. I’d prefer to save money on accommodation and be able to splurge on other things down the track.

What inspires you to travel?

What inspired me to book my first solo trip overseas would have to be the architecture, culture and history of Europe. Coming from Australia, we don’t have much in terms of history when compared to Europe.

How do you promote your travel blog and what works best for you?

I try to write about topics that haven’t been covered so often. The main idea is to try and write about something new and interesting that people will want to read. I think it’s still definitely early days right now, my blog is only a few months old. I believe that once I travel overseas and experience Europe, I’ll be better equipped at travel blogging and blogging in general.

Which social media site do you prefer and why?

I prefer Twitter because I can easily share my WordPress blog, most of the information I need is all closely connected and I find that Twitter is more user friendly.

What travel books/guides do you use?

Lonely Planet’s thorn tree forum is a great way to connect with travellers from all over the world, Trip Advisor is also very helpful and I also read Hostel World’s blogs.

Is there any place you never wish to visit?

India ~ the huge population and safety concerns. I’ve heard great things about travel in India but I’d still have to say that it is not on the list of places I want to visit.

Where in the world are you now and what are you doing?

I live in Sydney, Australia. I’m working full-time, currently saving for my trip to Europe.

» My Liebster Award Nominees:

∴ Hamburg bis Hawaii ~

∴ Travel Geekery ~

∴ Breathing Travel ~

∴ Tiana ~

∴ Bee ~

∴ Lindsay & Ashley ~

∴ Thrifty Gypsy ~

» My Eleven Questions For My Fellow Bloggers Are:

  1. What is the number one thing you enjoy about travel?
  2. How old were you when you made your first big trip and where was it?
  3. How do you prefer to travel? In a group or on your own? Why?
  4. How many countries have you visited?
  5. What is your favourite country/city you have visited so far?
  6. Have you ever studied/worked abroad?
  7. When choosing an airline to fly with, which one do you prefer over the rest?
  8. Is there a travel accessory you can’t go without?
  9. If you had any tips for first time solo travellers, what would they be?
  10. Have you ever been scammed or had anything stolen from you whilst travelling?
  11. How do you cope with jet lag?

♥ I’m looking forward to reading your answers, please send me a tweet once you have completed :)


How-To Save Google Maps To View Offline

I’m a little naive about travel sims and roaming charges, I’ve heard about people being stung with massive phone bills whilst being away on holiday. So I’ve been wondering how to save Google Maps to my iPhone 5 so I can view them offline. Basically, once the maps are saved (up-to six saved offline maps), you can view them in offline mode without an internet connection, make sure your GPS is turned ON though. A handful of Google Map features, i.e 3D buildings, satellite, terrain, directions and navigation aren’t available offline.

No need to fret though, you only really need a set of eyeballs and street names, and you’re pretty much on your way ;)

Follow These Quick Steps: 

  1. Type destination into the Google Maps search bar and tap search (Type “OK Maps” in the search box when looking at a map for a quick save offline option).
  2. On the bottom off the screen tap on the destination once (This expands the view and you should see call, save and share options).
  3. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page.
  4. Tap ‘Save map to use offline’.
  5. Here you have the option of ‘panning and zooming’ your selected map, once happy with your map just tap on ‘Save’.
  6. Name your map and tap on save one last time!
  7. Hey Presto! Your map has been saved and is ready to view offline.
  8. If you’d like to check your saved maps, simply tap on your little profile icon up in the right-hand corner of your screen and scroll down to ‘Nearby Saved Places’.


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European Hostel Itinerary

I spent several hours checking out the variety of hostels on Hostel World and I’ve finally narrowed down a handful that I’m keen on staying at during my time in Europe. As my travel plans are very flexible, it’s possible that the dates and destinations may shift slightly.

Because this will be my first time travelling solo, I have chosen to sleep in female dorms; until I grasp the idea of sleeping in the same room with complete strangers, female dorms will be my go-to. The Mosquito Hostel in Kraków being an exception as this particular hostel didn’t have any female dorms. The following hostels are centrally located, have common rooms, free WiFi and internet accessibility and have been recommended by Hostel World, whist being backed up with some of the best customer reviews.

The Hostels –

Prague1 Week [Nov 21st – Nov 28th] Charles Bridge Economic Hostel (7 Bed Dorm $174.00)

Kraków1 Week [Nov 29th – Dec 6th] Mosquito Hostel (6 Bed Mixed Dorm $151.00)

Budapest1 Week [Dec 7th – Dec 14th] Wombats City Hostel (6 Bed Dorm $126.00)

Vienna3 Days [Dec 14th – Dec 17th] Wombats City Hostel Naschmarkt (6 Bed Dorm $73.00)

Salzburg3 Days [Dec 17th – Dec 20th] Meininger Salzburg City (6 Bed Dorm $126.00)

Munich6 Days [Dec 20th – Dec 26th] Wombats City Hostel (6 Bed Dorm $205.00)

Berlin1 Week [Dec 26th – Jan 2nd] Generator Berlin Mitte (6 Bed Dorm $303.00)

Berlin ~ 1 Week [Jan 2nd – Jan 10th] The Cat’s Pajamas Hostel (6 Bed Dorm $194.00)

London5 Days [Jan 10th – Jan 15th] The Walrus Hostel (4 Bed Dorm $253.00)

{9 Hostels ~ 8 Cities ~ 2 Months ~ Total Spent on Hostels $1,605}


European Destinations 2014

  1. Sydney to Prague (20th Nov – 21st Nov) ($1370/21hrs)
  2. Prague (21st Nov – 28th Nov) – Overnight train – First-class sleeper to Kraków ($123/8hrs)
  3. Kraków (29th Nov – 6th Dec) – Train to Budapest ($151/12hrs)
  4. Budapest (7th Dec – 14 Dec) – Train to Vienna ($110/3hrs)
  5. Vienna (14th Dec – 17th Dec) – Train to Salzburg ($70/2.5hrs)
  6. Salzburg (17th Dec – 20th Dec) – Train to Munich ($52/1.5-2hrs)
  7. Munich (20th Dec – 26th Dec) – Train to Berlin ($153/6hrs)
  8. Berlin (26th Dec – 10th Jan) – Plane to London ($73/2hrs)
  9. London (10th Jan – 15th Jan) – Train to Shropshire ($20/2.5hrs)
  10. Shropshire (15th – 18th Jan) – Train to London ($20/2.5hrs)
  11. London to Sydney (18th Jan – 19th Jan) ($1300/23hrs)

~ 38 hours + $699.00 spent on the tracks ~ 46 hours + $2,743 spent in the air ~




Free iOS Travel Related Apps

TripIt – This trip planner keeps all of your travel plans organised in one spot.

TripCase – This app guides you through every stage of your trip. See your boarding pass, booked accommodation, maps and more.

XE Currency – Calculate live currency and foreign exchange rates.

Hostel World – Trustworthy and easy to use hostel booking app.

TripAdvisor – Holiday reviews, photos and travel advice for hotels and accommodation.

Like A Local – Following the advice of real locals that know their city inside out!

Spotted By Locals – City guides with up-to-date tips by locals in 56 cities in Europe & North America.

Kayak – Hotel, flight and travel deals. Not as good as Skyscanner, but a nice alternative.

Skyscanner – Compare cheap flights, hotels and car hire.

Qantas – The new Qantas update includes in-app check-in, access to your boarding pass, upcoming trips and a personalised timeline for each.

WhatsApp – Simple, personal, real-time messaging app that uses your 3G or WiFi.

Viber – Free text, photo and video messages with location-sharing.

Foursquare –  Find the perfect places to go with friends. Discover the best food, nightlife, and entertainment in your area.

Dropbox -This awesome app lets you add your photos, docs and videos anywhere and share them easily.

Duolingo – Fun, easy and scientifically proven language app. Level up, communicate with the online community and go head to head in challenges with people around the world.

Memrise – Another great language app that uses funny images and science to make learning easy and fun.

Twitter – Stay connected and informed, express your thoughts and discover more about the things you love.

Instagram – Very addictive app. A heap of filters to choose from to adjust the appearance of your photos.

Pinterest – One of my favourites. A visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests.

SoundCloud – One that I use often. This is an audio platform app that enables music artists to upload, record, promote and share their originally created sounds. Create playlists and post some of your favourite tracks.

SoundHound – This handy app recognises the music playing around you. This is the world’s only singing and humming recognition music app. Best part – the LiveLyrics! Watch as they move in time with the music.

10 Reasons Why I Love Living in Glebe

Glebe is Sydney’s Bohemian suburb with a village like atmosphere. A leafy inner city area, known for its cafes, restaurants and pubs. Vibrant with students and artists alike, only minutes from the city centre.

  1. Small Bars & Restaurants – The Little Guy, Different Drummer Cocktail Bar, Tommy’s European Beer Café and Mr Falcon’s are my favourites!
  2. YHA GlebeYHA is located near Blackwattle Bay, this youth hostel attracts tourists from all over.
  3. Public Transport: there are three different bus routes that travel up and down the main road; one which can take you all the way to Coogee Beach and the other two which take you directly into the city.
  4. Location – Glebe is only 3km from Sydney CBD and popular tourist sites such as The Domain, The Rocks, Circular Quay and The Opera House.
  5. Blackwattle Bay – this is a popular spot to take your dogs for a walk, with great views of the city skyline and the ANZAC Bridge.
  6. Cafés – The Well Co Café has a balcony upstairs where you can sit and watch the traffic and people pass by or if you’re vegetarian head a few doors down to Badde Manors Café. What about Sappho Books, Café and Wine Bar?! I love this place. Grab a book to read whilst you sip on your coffee and enjoy breakfast in the sunny courtyard out back.
  7. Glebe Markets – This place livens up the area on Saturdays; that’s not to say that Glebe isn’t already lively! Glebe markets have been around for years, attracting people from surrounding suburbs.
  8. Art Gallery’sSalerno Gallery and Gallery Red to name a couple.
  9. The Atmosphere -The diversity of people that live in and visit Glebe make this suburb a pleasure to live in.
  10. The Peter Forsyth Auditorium – This indoor/outdoor auditorium is used for basketball, soccer, volleyball and netball games. Open 7-days a week.

Live Music @ Mr Falcons




A couple of months before I turned twenty I landed my first bar job in the inner-city suburb of Darlinghurst, a five-minute walk from the disreputable nightclub district of Kings Cross, Sydney.

With the new bar job came the late night shifts; 7pm-close. The bar had a twenty-four hour licence, but choose to close their doors at 4am week nights and 5am on Fridays and Saturdays. This didn’t bother me, as the pay was much better than any previous work I had done, plus I was young and naive.

My stint there lasted only three months; having the licensee and his wife high on cocaine most nights of the week was probably why I left. The majority of my bar-tending years were spent working at the oldest, “continually licensed” hotel in Sydney, located in The Rocks; a well-known tourist destination.

Although I met a lot of great people along the way, shared many laughs and interesting conversations, I had worked as a bartender for almost six years and had finally come to the end of my tether. The money and the party-like atmosphere was no longer alluring for me, so I chose to leave.

I now work in a warm and cozy, little café and have the pleasure of not having to work late shifts or try to cope with the occasional intoxicated, obnoxious and argumentative customer.

Here’s to the early mornings, early knock-offs, the smell of freshly ground coffee, bacon and eggs and the friendly people I work alongside.

It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.


My First Solo Trip

I’m leaving for my first solo trip to Europe in November. My plan is to travel for two months through and around Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Germany and the UK.

To save I have cut down on big nights out, I don’t waste money on taxis, take-away food or coffees. The best thing about this is that I don’t have to worry about waking up with a dreadful hangover, see the remnants of half eaten pies in my room or cringe when I see that my friends have posted the occasional unflattering photo of me on Facebook.

I have chosen to stay in hostels instead of hotels, not only because it’s a cheaper option for budget travellers like myself, but because of the convenient location, free/discounted tours and activities, free wi-fi, communal kitchens and most importantly; having the opportunity to meet other solo travellers, backpackers and locals, which hotels can’t really provide you.

It’s time I step out of my comfort zone. I feel excited and apprehensive about leaving Australia on my own, but I know it’ll be an eye-opening and inspiring experience for me. I look forward to enjoying a white Christmas in some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, historical monuments, architecture, hidden gems, train journeys, food and beer.

Social Comparison

I am 27 years old, with no direction in life. I have woken up at 2am several nights in a row contemplating the decisions I have made that have lead me to where I am at this present moment. I lay in the dark staring up at the ceiling trying not to compare my life to others. But in the silence of the early morning I can’t get this sense of frustration and uncertainty out of my head.

Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.

These days, life seems to be more about getting a career early, before going out and exploring the world and seeing what it has to offer. I feel a great sense of pressure to figure out what I want to do and fast. Time I feel, is of the essence!

I don’t know if you’re in a similar position as me… But I know it is fairly common to be in your late 20’s and still feel bewildered and stumped with ideas on which career path is best for you or more importantly, which career to undertake that you’ll actually feel passionate about!

Comparing yourself to others can be beneficial in a way that it may provide you with a bit of motivation to want to make positive changes in your life, but it can also make you feel insufficient, insignificant and unworthy.

In the end, we all at times compare our lives to others. The life you have is unique and no one else can live it as well as you do. Sometimes things will go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right.