Every great get away has that moment when you want to unpack it all and stay.
Life is simpler with a checklist. This is what I use before my travels:
- My passport is valid for more than 6 months from my return date
- All names on my booking match passport names of all travellers
- I have the correct visa and passport type for my destination
- My travel insurance policy number is
- My itinerary is correct
- Seating and meal requests for flights advised to my consultant
- Frequent flyer number has been advised to my travel consultant
- I have advised my bank of international travel plans
- I have overseas mobile SIM card for data, disable roaming
- I have arranged my mail to be collected
- I have organised for someone to water my plants and collect the garbage bins
- Turned off unused electricity power plugged
- I have visited w.smartraceller.gov.au to be informed and prepared for my travel
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Soak in the Pamukkale thermal pools, Turkey
Explore the fascinating Salar de Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia
Find paradise on Palawan Island, the Philippines
See the spectacular Northern Lights
Discover the “temple that is a city” at Angkor Wat in Cambodia 6. Scale Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji
Take a trip into the wilderness on an African safari
Ascend the arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge Continue reading “Travel Bucket List”
I’m joining a 10 days La Petite France trip with Albatross Tours. So excited!!! 😻😻😻
Sleep in a picturesque château in the Loire Valley, walk amongst the flowers of Monet’s Gardens and Château Villandry and dine on exquisite seafood in the ‘pirate town’ of St Malo. Stand on the Normandy beaches, visit magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel and sip Benedictine in a palace! C’est magnifique…
- Stay 3 nights on the verdant Normandy Coast in the classic seaside resort of Cabourg
- Wander through Monet’s glorious gardens in Giverny
- Explore the pretty harbourside town of Honfleur
- Sip Benedictine in Fécamp where it was invented
- Stay 2 nights in the ‘pirate town’ of St Malo
- Explore the magnificent 11th century Mont-Saint-Michel (I always wanted to visit!!)
- Enjoy time relaxing in the ‘oyster village’ of Cancale
- Visit the famous city of Tours and explore the old town
- Enjoy a relaxing evening in the pretty village of Langeais
- Enjoy the gardens and interior of the elegant Château Chenonceau
- Visit Da Vinci’s residence – Château du Clos Lucé in historical Amboise
- Visit the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, the largest in Western Europe
- Visit the classic 16th and 18th century gardens of Château Villandry
- Enjoy a farewell dinner in your Château
Day 1: Arrive in the enthralling city of Budapest, where your premium river ship awaits on the Danube River. Enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and meet your fellow travellers and Cruise Director before a relaxing twilight cruise following dinner.
Day 2: Awake to views of one of the Danube’s most enchanting cities this morning. Disembark and learn the vibrant history of Budapest as your local guide takes you to a host of impressive sights such as Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square and Buda Castle. Back on board this evening, enjoy a delightful Gala Dinner while you cruise.
Day 3: Embrace the elegance of Vienna as you drive around the Ringstrasse this morning, taking in some of the city’s most famous buildings – the Vienna State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and more. On arrival in the city centre, a walking tour will provide an insider’s view of sights such as St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Graben, Hofburg Palace and the Albertina.
Day 4: With the day at leisure, you may like to further explore the Hofburg area – home to the Imperial Treasury and the Spanish Riding School – or wander along Karntnerstrasse, the city’s famous shopping strip. Continue reading “European Gems Cruise with Travel Marvel”
Road Trip Day 2
After a good night sleep, I woke up to cool crisp air. I put on a jacket, picked up a cup of coffee and walked out of our chalet. It was a bit cloudy and the air was the mix of the tree, the flowers and the grass. I wished that I could put them into jars for late (or sell them to China and make millions! 🙂 ). The front lawn felt like a green carpet, slightly wet. The kookaburras and some other birds were already singing and playing amongst the trees. I walked straight down to the river side. The water flows south in a steady pace and on the other side, it was a national park. Giant trees stood there along the banks. The more I looked at them, the more mysterious they seemed. I was fully expecting some kind of monster jumping out of the woods – thank goodness that there was a river protecting me. LOL! What would the monster look like? I hoped that it could not fly! 🙂 Continue reading “Road Trip WA 2016 – Denmark”
The Tree Top Walk 600-metre walk has a gentle gradient, suitable for children and all ages, including wheelchairs and strollers.
A walk trail links the Tree Top Walk to the Ancient Empire boardwalk where you can get up close and personal to the 400-year-old giants of the forest.
This is the first time I come to the Tree Top Walk in Western Australia.
Road Trip Day 1
Our first resting stop: Bunbury. It’s been years since I last visited Bunbury. We drove straight to the Marlston Hill Lookout Tower. It was a bit windy at the top of the tower but the view was stunning (see featured photo). It’s a great resting point.
The sandy beach of Bunbury. I took this photo while dad ran onto the beach to chase his hat. 🙂 I caught a photo of him with his arms in the air (trying to hold onto his hat) and his hat floating in the air too (flying away). I laughed every time when I saw that photo.
2016 Easter. Another year and another Easter, time goes fast. Couple of us decided to take a road trip to the Western Australia’s Southern Forest Region. We all knew the region pretty well so the trip was roughly planned and the accommodation was booked a few days before the trip.