It’s Wednesday which means it is Hump Day. What is hump day you may ask yourself? Well contrary to popular belief it has nothing to do with sex. I can see I have probably lost half my visitors already. But they were creeps “googling” dirty things so never mind. Hump Day actually is the absolute BEST day of the week. Most other days can be defined by hump day. Tuesday is the day before hump day. Thursday is one day after hump day. Except Friday is WOOHOO FREEDOM Day, Saturday is Mostly Hungover day, and Sunday is PreDoom day and potentially another Mostly Hungover day.
So picture this… You have just had a completely fantastic, mind-blowing, eyeball popping crazy awesome weekend and you have to go back to work on Monday. All of a sudden your next superlative weekend looks so incredibly far away. The hump day is the proverbial bump you have to get over before you can start looking forward to your weekend again. So these photos are meant to inspire you to look forward to the weekend. It’s the day of maximum hope that maybe, you might make it out of this week alive. A particularly good hump day can last you the rest of the week, and by Doomday morning (Monday) you survive by anticipating hump day again.
We will post a new photo up each Wednesday of something that we have found helps us imagine what we might get up to this weekend. It could be just a nice relaxing beach, some nice surf, a great snorkelling spot, a destination, you get the idea. Basically though its just going to be a picture of whatever I feel like putting up.
So lets start with my home town back in New Zealand. This is a picture from my parents house overlooking Tauranga Harbour across to the iconic Mount Maunganui. We spent our last year in Tauranga literally within a stones throw of the main Mount Maunganui beach before embarking on this World journey. We spent our days surfing, going out in the boat, or just lounging on the beach. Sigh… How we miss home.
The Finest Australian Holiday
Visiting Australia is pretty vast of us to try and start talking about. Australia spreads far and wide, and there’s plenty of places that you can visit, all of which will offer a unique experience. There are the tourist favourites that seem to attract a lot of attention, and there are the ones that are a little off the map, the ones that you should be keeping your eye on as well. The great thing about an Australian holiday is that you can have the perfect mix of exploring the beautiful beaches, and basking in the summer sun. Or you can venture into the outback just a little bit, and have a really authentic experience. So, whatever you find yourself travelling to Australia for, we want to try and make sure that you have a really amazing time, and here’s how we think you can do just that.
Because the country of Australia is so big, you really can find some authentic experiences that will make your stay better than ever. One of them is taking a trip to one of the wineries. It’s an experience people often associate with Europe, and perhaps Naples, but Australia has some of the finest vineyards there is. If you check out the Cafe Bus, you’ll see an experience like no other. Filled with food, delicious wine, and amazing weather. It’s better than going around the vineyards as you usually would, which is walking! You could also take a trip to the Mitchell Falls in Western Australia. When the air is so warm outside, the refreshing breeze that the waterfall gives is really welcoming. Plus, it’s a great day out filled with adventure, and you might even get to have a little dip if the temperature is right!
The Best Beaches
It’s no secret that Australia really does have some of the most amazing beaches. You’ve got some of the great, and some of the most famous, such as Bondi Beach. Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock there every year to see the famous lifeguards, and swim in some of the nicest waters that the country has to offer! If you travel a tiny way off the coast of Australia, you will find Whitsunday island, which is home to Whitehaven beach. It’s arguably one of the most picturesque that Australia has, even if you do have to travel a tiny bit to find it!
Melbourne is at the top of our list for cities. It’s so clean and pure, yet full of so much fun and vibrance. It’s home to Yarra Valley as well, which is one of the most beautifully green areas that we know of in Australia. If you head deep into the city, you’ll be surrounded by bars, clubs, restaurant, and pretty much anything else that you could wish for. Perth is also a really refreshing and up and coming city. It might be smaller than Melbourne, but it still has plenty to offer!
4 of America’s Best Ocean Front Towns
The United States is lucky to have lots of great coastal areas. With land on both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the country has boundless beaches in many states. If you’re looking to book a trip on the water, consider one of these oceanfront towns on the American coast.
Siesta Key, Florida
Ranked as the best beach in America by TripAdvisor, it’s no surprise to see Siesta Key on the list of top oceanfront towns in America.
Your first excursion once here should be to dive under the water to see some of the country’s finest aquatic life and corals. Snorkeling spots at Crescent Beach allow you to gaze upon a number of marine creatures in their natural habitat. Afterward, head to Turtle Beach to dry off and catch up on your reading. Finish the day off at Siesta Village, where you can shop, eat, and drink to your heart’s content.
When looking for hotels in Siesta Key, check out locations near the beach so you can have waterfront views right from your room.
Pacific Beach, California
If you live on Florida’s west coast, then Pacific Beach is your best bet for a fun time near the water. It’s a hot spot for the younger crowd, with numerous bars and restaurants that stay open late into the night. If you’re not so into partying, try your hand at surfing or bodyboarding during the day.
Pacific Beach also has a thriving Ocean Front Walk, which is a boardwalk that runs parallel to the water and has enough shops to keep you busy the entire day. Check out Pacific Beach accommodations early on so you can score a place close to all the action without breaking your budget.
Ocean City, New Jersey
For those who are toting around the entire family for a fun-filled vacation, Ocean City in New Jersey is just where you want to be. From the world-famous boardwalk to the 8 miles of sandy beaches, Ocean City lets you keep the entire family happy without pulling your hair out.
Once you’ve tackled the shopping and dining of the boardwalk, head out on the water to try your hand at windsurfing, paddle boarding, Boogie boarding, and more. Kids will love it if you pick out Ocean City hotels near Jim Thorpe’s River Adventures or the New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Islamorada is the place to go if you want a relaxed vacation with a natural vibe. Comprised of six islands, Islamorada is away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Fishing reigns supreme here. Test your skills with both saltwater fly and backcountry sport fishing.
If you have diving certifications, you’ll need to go beneath the water’s surface to explore the wide selection of reefs and fish. There’s even the History of Diving Museum to help you learn more about the hobby. Be sure to book your Islamorada hotels early, as rooms near the water tend to fill up fast.
You can’t go wrong with a trip to one of these four oceanfront towns in America.
Australia – The Ideal Backpackers Destination
Backpacking all around Australia is a fantastic way to experience the sights of one of the world’s most exciting holiday destinations. For the traveller who loves nothing better than trekking around a beautiful country, Australia is the place to go since it’s the most popular country for backpacking worldwide.
One of the best things about backpacking around Australia is that you could spend an entire year exploring each region and still not see the attractions by spending as much time as you want in each area. You can plan your route ahead of time or be spontaneous and go where the spirit moves you.
What Australia Has To Offer
Australia is a backpackers dream. The country is perfectly set up for anyone who wants to spend six months or even a year exploring. Some people even end up getting a camper and camping all over the country. Hundreds of hostels for hikers and backpackers are throughout around the country; the accommodations are clean and comfortable, and it’s easy to arrange transportation from one location to the next.
Heading down under offers the opportunity to make friends from around the world who share your love for backpacking. Some suggestions to follow before you begin your Australian adventure can contribute to making the journey everything you expect.
Food and Drink
A lot of backpackers travelling around Australia take advantage of the abundance of Asian cuisine that’s available in the major cities and small towns. Asian food is inexpensive, filling, and tastes great. Cooking yourself is a good way to enjoy the food you like and save money since you aren’t dining out every night. Check out this article if you are looking to dine on a shoestring.
Australia also has one of the most vibrant coffee cultures. Visitors from Europe are often surprised at the quality and variety of coffee blends in the Country, much of which is due to the influence of European immigrants who brought their coffee culture with them.
And if you are “outback” they even have a way of making real Italian Coffee in the bush with a portable coffee machine called the Handpresso; a lightweight coffee maker designed to take easy serve espresso pods, giving you real Italian Coffee on the road.
Backpacking Destinations and Itineraries
If your have between three and six weeks and want an unforgettable experience, the east coast of Australia offers the chance to see the sights of Cairns and Sydney, with Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road if you want to extend your trip. In Sydney, visit the harbour and take the coastal walk between Bondi and Coogee Beaches. Blue Mountains National Park is to the west of the city. Towns near Port Macquarie are ideal for bush walks with some of Australia’s best surfing on the coast.
Before you go to Cairns, pop over to Magnetic Island for some of the best walks on the east coast. The best way to observe koalas in their native habitat is on the Fort Walk. If skydiving is on the bucket list, head over to Mission Beach; the most inexpensive spot in the area to learn skydiving. When you get to Cairns, you’ve arrived at the Great Barrier Reef.
The Gold Coast of Queensland is a beautiful, laid-back region. Explore the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforest, camp out or hike the trails. Surfer’s Paradise Beach is known by surfers worldwide. Make new friends at the cafes of Burleigh Heads.
Fraser Island is a must-see destination. The World Heritage site is the largest sand island in the world. Meet Australia’s wildlife or explore the cliffs, the rainforest or go on a whale watch tour. You may even spot one of Australia’s endangered dingos. The island offers accommodations for all budgets.
Backpackers can stay in group accommodations and enjoy the restaurants, bars, or cafes. Agnes Water, on the main coastal road in Queensland, is another famous surfing spot and is on the Great Barrier Reef’s southern tip. Accommodations include hostels with basic amenities to luxury apartments and retreats with WiFi, swimming pools, bars, and bike rentals.
The Whitsundays are an island chain off the coast of central Queensland. The landscape is stunning, the beaches are secluded, and the people are friendly. The islands are on the Great Barrier Reef, with accommodations that are eco-friendly. Airlie Beach is known for hostels for backpackers, with diving, snorkelling, swimming, islands to explore, and exciting nightlife.
Places To Stay
Australia is gorgeous- it has a wide variety of landscape- from deserts and rainforests to beaches, forests, and grasslands. There are many places to stay at but the most fun is a place that’s comfortable and offers you a great breakfast as well! Here are some of the best bed and breakfasts in Australia:
Ningaloo Bed and Breakfast– located in Exmouth, in Western Australia, this B & B is spread over 2.5 acres of bushland. Situated close to the Ningaloo reef, this lovely space has space for six adults. It’s perfect for a quiet vacation, immersed in nature and enjoying the beauty of this wondrous landscape. There’s something or the other to do the whole year through on the Reef, and this is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts.
Mary’s Bed and Breakfast is situated at the base of Bold Park Bushland. With its comfortable rooms and continental breakfast, this is a popular choice for travellers keen to see and experience the bushland. There are beaches at a few kilometres away, as is King’s Park and the Museum. You also have great food choices, sports and the village of Claremont. The King Studio and the apartments have all amenities, garage, and private entrance.
The 12 Apostles Bed and Breakfast is a lovely farmhouse situated on a hill behind the 12 Apostles. If you want to feel a sense of being in the countryside, this is the place for you. The sea views are calming and exciting, there’s a lovely garden to relax in, and just a few minutes away is the magnificent 12 Apostles. The breakfast and the views are both gorgeous. You may have seen many a sunrise or sunset, but nothing quite like the one from here.
For a different type of B&B, head to Coober Pedy and check out the underground VenusHill Bed and Breakfast. Even the approach is great- a tunnel at a slight angle. It starts from here- the excitement and magic. The underground accommodation is warm in winters and cool in summers. It has a complete kitchen, all amenities and a chance to experience the mining life.
Launceston Bed and Breakfast Retreat- for a view of the river and some exciting wildlife sightings, check out this space. It’s gorgeous not only for its location but also for how lovely the property is. The South Esk river keeps you company throughout. It’s about 15 minutes from Brisbane St mall, and the Cataract Gorge. It’s also close to the river and you can spot a lot of wildlife here- wallabies, kangaroos, etc.
Amber Lodge Bed and Breakfast– situated in a World Heritage Forest, this is one beautiful property. It has an old world feel to it- with its high ceilings, and wooden interiors. The Tamborine Mountains are a perfect backdrop to this property. Explore the wineries of the region, take a walk through the forest or just explore the space- the Markets are delightful. There’s a lot to do in this gorgeous country. Head to South East Queensland for this place.
In Sydney, check out the Cecil Street B&B Manly. Set in a residential neighbourhood, the two warm and inviting rooms are comfortable and put you right in the centre of everything- the B&B is less than 4 kilometres from the Sydney Harbour National Park and just 15 minutes away from Manly Beach. Sydney is a vibrant, alive space and being at Manly will help you enjoy it even more so. Shop, visit the opera, take a trip to the outskirts- everything is well within reach.
Nestled in the Derwent Valley in Tasmania is the Roslyn House. This Bed and Breakfast has a great rustic feel, what with its furniture and decorative elements. A hearty country breakfast awaits before you set off on your day of exploration- the Mount Field National Park is 20 minutes away and the city of Hobart is less than an hour’s drive off. This is absolutely breath-taking property- green lush grounds, lovely gardens and well-appointed rooms.
Como Waters Bed and Breakfast, in Perth, Western Australia, has three comfortable rooms and parking. It’s 10 minutes by car from the City Center, and about half an hour from Fremantle. The Como is close to eating joints and stores. There’s a private courtyard to take advantage of the beautiful weather. It’s close to the Swan Valley wineries too and that makes for a fabulous trip.
Thanks to online sites, finding a vacation rental is easy today. A guest is spoilt for choice- from AirBNB to specific sites devoted to Bed & Breakfasts, Vacation rentals, be it apartments, villas or condos. But there’s one thing that you need to do- take the time and effort to learn all about your hosts and the spaces they are renting out by doing a background check. Check the location, the proximity to places of interest and tourist choice and then take a call on where you want to go.
Enjoy a wonderful vacation!
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