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22 September 2014

I'VE LEFT MY HEART IN SO MANY PLACES...










| Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer |

After the year I've had, I can fully appreciate how true that saying really is. This week we have finally arrived back where it all began, Melbourne. We have come full circle since we left 10 months ago - it seems unreal that so much time has passed so quickly.

I wanted to put a post together of the most memorable moments of the trip. Hopefully it will start to sink in that I've actually done it! Three years of saving, including one year of planning, and I'm half way through. 

The first image was taken just after I tried out my new Longboard. I was recovering in the ocean after all my tumbles and salty fluid intake...

The next images follow a timeline, to us arriving in Sydney for the first time & taking a vintage boat for a sunset dinner around the harbour, to exploring rainforest waterfalls and paradise beaches - even landing on one after our skydive!  

I could't miss our awesome turtle friend off the list. Swimming with him (or her!) at the Great Barrier Reef was such an incredible experience, & extremely lucky he was hard to find! 

I will forever remember the sunsets, watching the sky changing colours in hundreds of different locations around Australia, including the dessert drive to Uluru. 

Out of all these experiences, I think Bali comes in at #1. Elephants - wow. So much love for these incredible creatures. The culture, the food, the hospitality will all be cherished and makes for an unforgettable trip.  

The Great Ocean Road highlighted an end to our list of things to do in Australia. Getting a hit of the fresh ocean air after the long outback trip was a relief in itself.    

This year has changed me. I have learnt to appreciate the journey & not just the destination. I have stuck out my new years resolution: To enjoy the moment rather than get the camera shot! (partly because my camera is on the blink & needs sending away)& I am finding that I am filled with new passion, inspiration & ideas for my career & future that I didn't have before. 

Currently creating a whole new bucket list for the next half of the trip. I hope you will share in the adventure with me. 

Holly

15 September 2014

THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL INSPIRATION


|| The Ultimate Travel Inspiration || 


I love to travel - but hate to arrive.
                             || Albert Einstein

People don't take trips - trips take people.
                             || John Steinbeck

The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began, Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow, If I can. 
                             || J.R.R Tolkien

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm & adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if we only seek them with our eyes open.
                             || Jawaharial Nehru

I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. 
                             || Mary Anne Radmacher

I see my path but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where i'm going is what inspires me to travel it. 
                             || Rosalia De Castro

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
                             || Mark Twain

I haven't been everywhere but its on my list.
                             || Susan Sontag

The more I traveled the more I realised that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends. 
                             || Shirley Maclaine 

No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head, on his old familiar pillow. 
                             || Lin Yutang

Holly


14 September 2014

GREAT OCEAN ROAD







   

|| Surf | Apostles | Ocean Route ||


This weekend I ticked off the last thing on my (huge) list to complete in Australia - The Great Ocean Road. It's so surreal that my 10 months in the land down under have almost come to an end. After grabbing a map for the Information centre in Port Fairy we were on our way.

Apparently the coastal route is popular for spotting wild Koalas. Failed to spot any. We also headed to Warrnambool for a bit of whale watching. Another Fail. We did experience plenty of Kangaroo wildlife jumping in front of our paths, as well as the traditional sight seeing of the 12 Apostles rock formation & other lookout points along the Shipwreck coast. If you're heading this way soon, beware - coach loads of people waving their Selfie Sticks around. 

After a very scenic drive, where my excellent driving skills came into play dodging the weekend cyclist traffic, passing through more sea side coastal towns, we finally arrived in Torquay, famous for its brilliant surf at Bells Beach. I was prepared for the High Street full of surf gear. However I was not prepared for getting an incredibly sweet deal of 40% off ski gear! With New Zealand & Canada fast approaching it is perfect timing to wrap up warm. Now I just have to figure out how to get them across the world without my backpack bursting. 

Holly

6 September 2014

LUNA





She always had that 
about her, 
that look of otherness, 
of eyes that see 
things much too far, 
and of thoughts that wander off 
the edge of 
the world.

                || Joanne Harris



Wanderlust dreaming with Free People's White Magic art. Dreamy photography by Tina - Totally captivating portraits. 

Holly


5 September 2014

OUTBACK










|| Outback Trippin || 

This week we finally made the long descent South through the Australian Outback. It was long. Really long. Our journey took us from Darwin, stopping at Daly Waters (awesome pub - read previous post The North ) then onto Devil's Marbles, Alice Springs, the great Uluru before finally reaching the wide desolate lands of the South Australia Territory. 

While driving in the outback the journey gets pretty tiresome, the landscape rarely changes, you can barely see the end of the road at times. As our car radio ariel fell off a longgg time ago, we took to playing the traditional car games of eye spy and singing songs from the oldies until they became unbearable. A new game which held its enjoyment for a few hours was Guess the species of Roadkill. 

Uluru has become a kind of must see when travelling Australia. The road leading West towards the national park starts to get interesting when you appear to have reached Ayers Rock/Uluru sooner than expected...once we realised it was in fact Mt Connor it was clear we were one of a few who made the same mistake and stared sheepishly out the car to each other...

Arriving just in time for sunset we spent the next hour documenting the changing colours of the great rock, some surprisingly pretty dessert plants and stared longingly at the grey nomads excellent set up of wine & nibbles.

I am not a morning person. At all. So it was some achievement of Andrews to get me back there the next morning to watch the sunrise & stroll around the information centre reading about the aboriginal tribes history. After filling up our bottles with some funky tasting outback water we were back on the road. 

Our journey took just under 6 days. Now back in the land of civilisation we have been doing happy dances at every cheap petrol station and enjoyed the luxury of drinking water that doesn't taste like ass. 

Holly


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