Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

I’ve seen it in so many movies. From A grade to B grade movies. From Superman to Transformers to Viva Las Vegas to Fools Rush In. What is the fascination? I was in Las Vegas on the way to The Grand Canyon, might as well see what the fuss is all about. Hoover Dam is…

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza (means “at the mouth of the well of Itza “) is the most famous and best restored among the Mayan ruins in Yucatán, Mexico and it is 2nd most visited archeological site of Mexico. We took a luxury bus tour from Cancun that served as unlimited shots of tequila and Mexican beer. The tour…

Lake

Climbing Mt Kosciuszko

Mt Kosciuszko is the tallest mountain in Australia. It stands 2.2 kilometres above sea level. Fourteen years ago, I climbed up to the Summit. The 18 kilometre return climb started from Charlotte Pass which took most part of the day. Unknowingly, I was pregnant with my first child. Fourteen years later, we went back. With…

Locals

Stanwell Park

Stanwell Park is a picturesque coastal village and northern suburb of Wollongong in Australia. It takes about an hour to drive get to Stanwell Park from Sydney. It is situated in a small valley between Bald Hill to the north, Stanwell Tops to the west and Mount Mitchell to the south. The spectacular view of…

Avoca Beach

Avoca is in the Central Coast and it takes one-hour and a bit to drive north of Sydney to get to there.  Avoca Beach features rocky headlands at each end of a long, beautiful beach. It is a popular as a holiday destination, especially for families given the vibrant surf culture and a relaxed and…

Old Bar Beach

Old Bar

It’s so beautiful, we had to come back. Old Bar is three hours away from Sydney heading towards mid-North Coast. It is an attractive small fishing village. We again stayed literally on the beach.  It is a perfect location to go for a long weekend to wind down from a stressful week.  You can spend…

Beechworth

Travelling to Beechworth by car will take approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes from Melbourne.  It is a living legacy of a gold rush era and it is one of the best preserved gold rush towns with its carefully restored honey-coloured colonial buildings and historic precinct. The 19th century streets showcase an eclectic mix of…

Echuca

I’d say, it’s in the middle of nowhere but it’s only 2 ½ hour drive from Melbourne. Echuca is situated on the Murray River and it is oddly known to be ‘the world’s paddle-steamer capital’  (I’m still thinking where else can one find a paddle-steamer? ) and it is apparently one of Victoria’s major tourist…

Maroondah Dam

Yarra Valley

Yarra valley is a pleasant one hour drive heading towards East of Melbourne. It is home to majority of Victorian wines.  It caters to visitors across the globe who would like to experience the three life’s greatest pleasures: 1) scrumptious food; 2) great wine and 3) stunning scenery of green rolling hills against a mountain backdrop.…

Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is only an hour drive from Melbourne. Eventhough the humidity and hot weather is a little uncomfortable, I think Summer is the best time to come here because of its holiday resort vibe. We took a pleasant one hour ferry ride from Queenscliff to Sorrento. As soon as we arrived, I have…

Fisherman’s Bay

Fisherman’s Bay is a little town in Port Stephens. It is not particularly known to many tourists. Thank God for that!  It is located adjacent to Anna Bay which is a more popular holiday destination. Most accommodation in this little town is waterfront.  Honestly, you only come here for a bit of recreation and relaxing…

Seal Rocks

Seal Rocks is a tiny fishing village and will take you three hours to drive from Sydney. The small village is situated in the Myall Lakes National Park. It is pristine and an absolute unspoilt natural beauty. Its seclusion is perfect for a private romantic getaway. The private location offers pristine beaches, azure seas, protected…

Port Vila Market

Port Vila Market

Another time. Another pace. The food is mostly organic. They still have dusty dirt roads in the city. The island is surrounded by crystal clear turquoise-coloured sea and nobody who provides a good customer service expects any tips! That is Vanuatu. I like the ‘back to basic’ lifestyle. Well, in fact, they stayed living a…

Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is situated on the Gippsland Lakes and Ninety Mile Beach. It is 3.5 hours drive from Melbourne. It is a water-front town, which makes it a very popular all year round holiday destination, including during winter months when the climate is often a few degrees warmer than Melbourne. The main thoroughfare of the…

Port Douglas

Port Douglas is a small coastal town in Queensland where the people from anywhere south of the Queensland border thinks it is a sun-drenched paradise to relax and feel the warmth of sun to get away from the coldness of winter. It is half an hour coastal drive from Cairns. The spectacular drive alone is…

Twilight at Old Bar Beach

Manning Valley

Manning Valley is a 3 hour- drive north of Sydney. It’s close enough and yet a world away from the stress of daily life.  Manning Valley is blessed with beautiful coastal towns with lagoons, lakes and rivers, quaint and quiet inland villages nestled in stunning mountain country. So, drive away from the fast lane, switch…

Lake Tekapo

  Lake Tekapo is only a 3-hour scenic drive from Christchurch. The beautiful lake lies at the foot of the Southern Alps and is nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island. It is surrounded by magnificent views of lush hills and the Remarkables mountains which provides an exquisite backdrop for an incredibly stunning…

Te Anu

The small town is situated on the edge of Lake Te Anau which is the largest lake in the South Island and largest in New Zealand by water volume and sprawls at the feet of high rugged mountains awaiting for a variety of water activities. Te Anu is the town that connects Queenstown to Milford…

Hamner Springs

Hamner Springs Village is located in the South Island of New Zealand, and is a 90minute drive from Christchurch and Christchurch’s international airport. It is popularly known as New Zealand’s premier alpine spa destination with its very-well facilitated Thermal Pools Complex.  You will drive through the green rolling hills of wine region, the rugged coastal…

Frankton

Frankton is a small town nestled on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, in Queenstown. New Zealand. It is only a short distance from the Queenstown Township and includes the Queenstown Airport. It is the entry port for many tourists traveling to Queenstown. It offers a multitude of shops, restaurants and supermarkets for Queenstown. TIP: The…