#TassieTrip: Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is Tasmania’s most visited national park, located on the western side of the island state.  The complete opposite of Tassie’s eastern beaches and towns, the west receives about 300 days of rain; my day trip to Cradle Mountain was during one of its many rainy days.  As with most mountainous regions, there isContinue reading “#TassieTrip: Cradle Mountain”

#TassieTrip: Launceston and Hobart

My trip to Tasmania was booked before I even stepped foot in Australia.  I’d been following several stunning Tasmanian Instagram accounts and reading about the natural beauty and terrific food movement in the island state long enough to know that I would be visiting.  Without knowing much about actually traveling through Tassie, I booked aContinue reading “#TassieTrip: Launceston and Hobart”

Up: Adventures in Hot Air Ballooning

The alarm sounds at exactly 4:15am, those dreaded chimes ringing in my ear. I roll out of bed, momentarily confused as to why I’m being forced awake at this hour. It’s still dark outside and there’s a chill in this Hunter Valley pre-dawn air. After breaking free of my sleepy haze, I realize I’m aboutContinue reading “Up: Adventures in Hot Air Ballooning”

Day tripping in the Blue Mountains

Located a mere two-hours west of Sydney, an oasis of rolling green and natural beauty awaits. A World Heritage site since 2000, the Blue Mountains offers a welcomed escape from the busy city life. The air is crisp, the birds are playful, and the sunlight breaks through the towering trees at perfect angles. Traveling viaContinue reading “Day tripping in the Blue Mountains”

Catching the bug (and unfortunately I don’t mean the travel bug…)

  “I think the Gators made me sick,” I told my new friend. “Sorry – who are the Gators?” Ugh. Sometimes it’s difficult living abroad. For one, your new friends are not usually the kind of friends you can share the typical banter from home. These new friends also come with a new set ofContinue reading “Catching the bug (and unfortunately I don’t mean the travel bug…)”

Life in the Bondi Bubble

   “They call it the ‘Bondi bubble’”, my AirBnB host explained.  “Everything you need is right here.  There are people who never leave.”  As I continue my neighborhood exploration, I opted to spend a few nights living in Bondi because, why not?  Bondi is a world famous destination for surfers and travelers alike, always onContinue reading “Life in the Bondi Bubble”

First Impressions of Oz

I’m here!  After 9 months of planning, excitement, and anticipation, Ali is finally in OZ!  It’s almost surreal–there are moments that feel like a dream.  There is much to learn, see and do in my new home of Australia but, for now, I will share my initial impressions of Sydney.  We all know first impressions areContinue reading “First Impressions of Oz”

Australia’s Work & Holiday Visa

Did you know, if you are between the ages of 18-30, you are eligible to work and travel in Australia for up to one year?!  Thanks to a friend of mine, I learned about this visa option in December and, as of July 4, 2015, I have been approved! The application process was fairly straightforward,Continue reading “Australia’s Work & Holiday Visa”

How I Booked a $300 Flight to Australia

Have you seen headlines like this one before?  I have, and I never thought I would be someone to write something similar.  I’ve read posts about travelers booking seemingly impossible low prices to destinations all around the world and the one thing all of these write-ups had in common was MILES.  That’s right, using airlineContinue reading “How I Booked a $300 Flight to Australia”