His fins curved effortlessly as his torso barrel rolled just a few meters below me. His mouth agape to collect krill, he looked as if he could swallow me whole if I got too close. However, the manta ray seemed to not even notice my presence as he continued with roll after roll. This is … Continue reading What to Expect – Snorkeling with Mega Fauna in Western Australia
Australia is well-known for its unique wildlife, with kangaroos being the most iconic. But did you know there are also marsupials smaller than the common house cat? Quokkas are Rottnest Island's most adorable resident. They look similar to a guinea pig, but a big larger. They are wildly popular for their seemingly constant smiling facial … Continue reading What to Expect – Rottnest Island Day Trip from Perth
If you're a fan of hiking and the outdoors and traveling in Tasmania, Australia, you've probably heard of the Overland Track, which is Tasmania’s premier multi-day hike through the alpine landscape of Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park. Whether you are completing the full trek or just in the area for a few … Continue reading What to Expect: Cradle Mountain Summit Hike
Imagine being sent to the other side of the world as a prisoner, to a remote island with nothing but ocean between it and Antarctica. Imagine windy, rainy and erratic weather conditions most of the year as you spend each day in the back-breaking work of building a colony. Imagine moving the bodies of those … Continue reading Port Arthur Penitentiary Day Trip Itinerary from Hobart
Hobart, Tasmania is a great base for exploring the southeast of the island. From there you can easily do day trips to Port Arthur, Bruny Island, Maria Island and even part of Southwest National Park. If you have a few days in Hobart, a day trip to Maria Island (pronounced like Mariah Carey) is a … Continue reading What to Expect: Maria Island Day Trip from Hobart, Tasmania
Our visit to Stewart Island (New Zealand's third-largest island, just south of the South Island) was one of the highlights of our road trip around the country. To be honest, though, we'd never even heard of it before booking our Stray Maximus Pass and seeing it on their itinerary. I'm so glad we went! This … Continue reading Stewart Island – New Zealand’s Third Island
Is the Franz Josef Glacier Helihike Worth it? This was the very question Tim and I wrangled with in advance of arriving in Franz Josef. We had budgeted for the steep price tag ($459 NZD per person) but still weren't sure if we really wanted to spend it or save it. Neither of us grew … Continue reading Is Helihiking Franz Josef Glacier Worth It?