rtw rookies: the recap, the revelation & the full itinerary

Our full itinerary from five months on the road. We started in NYC, moved west, and learned… we’re not very good at being traditional long-term travelers. At all.

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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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hidden secrets: touring melbourne’s lanes & arcades

Out of everywhere in Australia, the hubs and I wanted to spend the most time in Melbourne. We decided well in advance that we’d turn the city into a mini home base, and stayed for a full ten days before making our way across the rest of the country. Having recently confirmed that walking tours are the perfect intro to a new city, we were excited to start our exploring early, and joined Hidden Secret Tour’s Lanes & Arcades tour on one of our first mornings. Because I am not about to follow some guy carrying a giant orange umbrella and yelling into a megaphone, I knew that this casual tour company’s style totally matched…

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foodie break: bangpop, melbourne

I’m interrupting myself: it’s time to take a mini-break from Fijian recaps, flip this whole thing on its head, and fast forward to Melbourne for a minute. The biggest reason? I’m starting to forget one of the best meals we’ve had on this trip thus far, and I just can’t let that happen. When we arrived in Melbourne, we were invited to try out BangPop—a new Thai street food-inspired restaurant in an up and coming neighborhood called South Wharf. As an out-of-towner (or, more accurately, an other-side-of-the-worlder), I wasn’t loving reactions from the locals when we said we had Saturday night dinner plans in South Wharf. Though almost all had heard great things about BangPop,…

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