When Tim and I first visited Tasmania in 2014, people had one of two reactions. The first was, “Is that in Africa?” and the second was, “Why? There’s nothing to do there.” Now, four years later, the attitude towards Tasmania has changed dramatically! Australia’s island state (by the way, no, Tasmania is not in Africa) … Continue reading Three Week Road Trip Itinerary in Tasmania
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
We visited Tasmania in 2014 on our first trip around the world, and fell in love with it. You could call us Tasmaniacs. Naturally, on this trip we had to go back. Itinerary: Days 1-4: Hobart and surrounds (day trips to Maria Island, Port Arthur and hiking Mount Wellington) Days 5-8: Bicheno (including Bay of … Continue reading We Still Have Tas-Mania!
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
Itinerary: Days 1-5: Relax at the resort! Dates: March 25-30, 2018 Our Odyssey: The mere word “Fiji” evokes images of sunny skies, perfect blue water, lavish luxury resorts and sandy beaches. It's the epitome of a romantic island paradise. And who hasn't seen the seductive photos of the overwater bungalows? About a year ago when … Continue reading Fiji – Ultimate Luxury
New Zealand's South Island is the country's most popular one with tourists, and for good reason. It offers scenic fjords, epic glaciers, dramatic mountains, and all the bungee jumping you can stomach. Since it's a relatively small island, you can easily travel throughout and visit all the major points of interest in about two weeks. … Continue reading Perfect Road Trip Itinerary on New Zealand’s South 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?
Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive in Picton on the ferry from Wellington and travel to Abel Tasman National Park Day 2: Hiking in Abel Tasman National Park Day 3: Travel to Westport via Cape Foulwind Day 4: Travel to Franz Josef Glacier Days 5-7: Free days in Franz Josef for hiking Day 8: Travel to Wanaka … Continue reading New Zealand’s South Island – The Best Adult Playground