making our way to australia’s red centre

After Melbourne and Phillip Island and Melbourne again, the hubs and I high-tailed it for Australia’s Great Ocean Road. To be honest, I was sick as a dog, and sidebar: why is that a saying? So even though the Great Ocean Road was beautiful, it wasn’t enjoyable for me and my runny nose. I spent most of the time napping, with the hubs dutifully waking me for anything photo-worthy. At the end of the Great Ocean Road came Adelaide, which was mostly spent recouping in one of our favorite AirBnb experiences to date and planning our next leg: the Outback. Way back when we mapped out our Australian itinerary, the Outback was a priority. We had…

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city escapes: ditching melbourne for phillip island

Though we loved Melbourne with all our little hearts, we started to feel like a roadtrip out of town wouldn’t be a bad use of time. The cafes and bars were draining our wallets, and a little fresh air was starting to sound good. (God, what did camping in New Zealand DO to us city folk?!) And so it was decided: near the end of our time in Melbourne, we hopped in our cute little Europcar day rental, and made our way toward Phillip Island. Turns out, this was an amazing idea because Phillip Island is just as pretty as everyone said it would be. One of the perks of Phillip Island is that it’s not…

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sitting pretty: ten days in melbourne

As you may recall, the hubs and I treated Melbourne as a bit of a home base during our month in Australia. We didn’t stay in the same place the entire time, mind you–we split our nights between the Westin Melbourne (ahthankyou, Starpoints) and an AirBnb apartment share–but still, being in the same city for an extended period was exceptionally nice after so much hopping around in New Zealand. Despite the fact that Melbourne was supposed to slow things down a bit, we didn’t really stay sedentary for long. Instead, we spent ten days trying to enjoy all the city has to offer. So, how to maximize your time in Melbs? Wander. Yes, this is…

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style spotter: sydney day & night

Throughout our RTW, most of the things I missed revolved around food: pizza, bagels, Shake Shack… you know, the usual. Material stuff, on the other hand, wasn’t bothering me. I adjusted to living out of a backpack pretty quickly, and, surprisingly enough, I didn’t miss having a diverse wardrobe the way I had expected. At least not at first. For the first three weeks, it was easy: beach hopping around Hawaii and Fiji doesn’t require much. Then, month two kicked off in New Zealand, and between the camping and the plummeting temperatures, all I wanted to do was wear all of my clothes and eat Ramen. Fashion shmashion, I said! (Probably even literally, we drank…

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