Santa Monica Pier

Marina Del Rey to Santa Monica

Went running from Marina del Rey to Santa Monica Pier via Oceanfront Walk. It was 13.5kms distance return. Yup, I don’t take vacation from my running routine. Ocean Front Walk is a concrete track for pedestrians that extends from Venice Beach to Santa Monica Pier. If you are in Los Angeles, this is a place…

Monterey Bay Coastal Trail

Monterey Bay Coastal Trail stretches up to 18 miles along the coast of Monterey. However, we didn’t have the time to walk the long stretch so we only walked 6.5 miles return. We started the walk at sunrise from Fisherman’s Wharf to Monterey Bay Aquarium then back. It was a reasonably short walk for us…

Negril

Negril is a small lively town in Jamaica which is only about one hour and fifteen minutes drive from Sir Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. If you want to party in Jamaica, it is the best place to be. The laid back and relaxed atmosphere during the day transforms into a reggae and…

Montego Bay

Montego Bay is a slice of tropical paradise in Jamaica and it is popularly known for its energetic vibe, its natural beauty and its friendly and relaxed Rastafarian culture. You can easily picture yourself soaking up the sunny vivid blue sky on perfectly white sandy beaches whilst cooling down with scrumptious Bob Marley cocktails until…

Clifton Gardens

Clifton Gardens is located in Mosman which is one of the affluent suburbs North of Sydney.  Clifton Gardens is a beautiful family park with a stunning view of Chowder Bay. The park features a relatively small beach and a netted swimming bath which is perfect for young children and it is enclosed by a wharf…

Plantation Island

Plantation Island Resort in Fiji is a short less than an hour ferry ride from Denarau Marina. The island is landscaped with tropical gardens and coconut palms and has 7 kilometres of white sandy beaches. From the very first moment you arrive, you will be welcomed with songs and dance warmth and friendliness of the…

Castaway Island

Castaway Island in Fiji is an award-winning private island. The island is covered in rich tropical rainforest, surrounded by white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and turquoise waters. It is a tropical island escape where you would feel you are a million miles away from the civilisation. Remember Tom Hanks ‘Castaway’ movie? It was supposedly…

Treasure Island

Treasure Island is the most iconic resort in Fiji and probably the oldest. Its popularity is global. It is set on a coral and sand-fringed island within a spectacular marine sanctuary. The resort provides the same day transfer from Denarau Marina, meaning, you quickly get to the island the same day you arrive in Fiji.…

Little Havana

Little Havana is located just west of Downtown Miami which is also known as the Latin Quarter. Little Havana offers a slice of Cuban culture transported in the middle of Miami. As soon as we arrived via a get on-and-off tourist bus, it was obvious that the colourful Cuban culture permeates everything in Little Havana…

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…

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…

Geelong

Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city next to Melbourne. It’s the gateway city to the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road. Similar to Melbourne’s cosmopolitan culture, you will experience a diverse range of food & wine, cultural and recreational attractions and colonial history in this town. Go for a nice relaxing stroll along Geelong’s…

Barrenjoey Headland

I have been to Palm Beach many times and I’ve always enjoyed a brunch at The Boathouse. I could actually see the lighthouse from The Boathouse, however, the vision of a total hard yakka hill-climbing is slightly off-putting. Then just recently, to make the most out of a Spring week blessed with blue sky and…

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…

Turtle Bay

We have discovered this beautiful spot in Vanuatu called Turtle Bay through a recommendation of a jeep driver that we hired for the day. We have seen pretty much every tourist spot around Efate Island and we almost ran out of things to do. One could only do so much sunbaking and snorkelling. Turtle Bay…

Efate Island

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…

Coronado Island

Coronado Island is a relaxed Southern Californian beach town. It is blessed with one of the world’s best beaches, endless sunshine and a bay side overlooking San Diego’s skyline. The island is only three and a bit kilometre- drive from the cosmopolitan downtown San Diego.  The soaring Coronado Bridge with its 90 degree-curve high enough…

Santa Catalina Island

The first time I saw Santa Catalina Island was at ‘Getaway’ – an Australian travel show. I was awfully surprised that I have been to USA many times and I’ve never heard of this beautiful island. I wasn’t even living under a mushroom. It certainly escaped from my ‘travedar’ (travel radar). It became my mission…

Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

Whitehaven Beach

Question: What would be better than spending your holidays in Hamilton Island? Answer: Go for a day trip to a ‘must-see’ Whitehaven Beach in Whitsundays. The choppy boat ride took about an hour to get to Whitehaven Beach. The weather is not always that unpleasant but we unfortunately picked a windy day. The day trip…