Fitting into Queenstown.

Hi Pals, New Zealand is the third most beautiful country in the world according to a poll down in 2017 by Rough Guilds. Now, whether or not you think this is true, there is no denying that it’s unreal.

I’m lucky that airlines like Jetstar often have cheap flights to New Zealand, and when a recent sale came up for the long weekend to Queenstown, I couldn’t say no! I reached out to a buddy of mine and said I was coming over. 3 hours on a flight? Easy. Return flight via Auckland? Not as easy.

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BEFORE YOU GO: NEW ZEALAND

Are you thinking about heading off to New Zealand? Here’s all the basic information you should kind of know before you go!

🛂  VISA 
Check here to see if you’ll need a visa.
 💉 VACCINES
Make sure you’ve got the necessary jab here.
  💬 LANGUAGE
English and Maori are the official languages.
 💰 CURRENCY
New Zealand Dollar. Code: NZD. Check exchange here.

15 things you should have in your personal carry on.

Hi Pals,

We’ve all got a list of things we feel are necessary for our trip, long or short – we’d rather have it with us.  I’m always triple checking I’ve got everything I need because I want my carry on to be continuously A+.

I’m not talking about my overall carry on, and that always depends per airline (check here for an updated list of restrictions) my beauty/liquids or essentials (passports/electronics) – but the things that make our trip easier, more enjoyable and generally allows us to be more comfortable, relaxed and prepared.

So, here’s 15 things that I love to have in my personal carry on when I travel!

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A.C.M.E

Melbourne is one of my favourite cities, I’m obviously biased because I also call it my home (for right now.) I’ve lived in Melbourne since 2010, and I love when people are in town so you’re are able to show them things you normally miss out on! Here’s what I recently did on a day out!

 

Picking Podcasts

Hi Pals,

I’ve recently started getting into Podcasts more and more. I do like Audiobooks – in fact, that’s why I have a monthly subscription to SCRIBD (think Netflix but for books. That link is an affiliate and will get you two months reading free!)

I feel I can commit to 4-5 hours of a podcast, but not an Audiobook. I guess it’s the ability to focus in and out. Like how I can binge 6 hours of Brooklyn 99 on Netflix, but not commit to a 1-2-hour movie.

Here’s a list of podcasts that I recommend getting you through that next 45-minute doctors wait, while you’re waiting for a friend or the next trip you’re taking – whether it be a night bus or long layover at the airport.

Not all of them I liked, which I’ll elaborate on – and some I loved. Be aware, Sub Category is just the term I’ve put in to shorten “what I believe it’s all about a subcategory” not what it might be.

Podcasts can be listened to on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify. All links (no affiliates) take you to their main website.

C’mon Cusco

Hi Pals, let’s talk Cusco.

Set up in the mountains of Peru, with its pre-Columbian architecture, cobbled streets and Spanish Colonial structures, it’s no wonder that Cusco is called one of Peru’s – if not South America’s most beautiful cities. Although majority come here for Machu Picchu, which is understandable – Cusco in itself deserves a lot of love too.

Read below on some tips for what to do with your time in Cusco.

Around Arequipa.

Hiya Pals,

When you ask people their favourite place in Peru, you’ll often get Cusco. For me, Arequipa holds that place. Those who follow the “Gringo Trail” of Peru, Arequipa is typically the second city for tourists. Its rich architecture, wonderful history and the fact it’s surrounded by three volcanoes make it one of those places I could see myself accidentally staying there for 2-3 weeks, if not longer.

Buggin Out in Huacachina

Hi Pals,

If you know anything about Huacachina, you’ll think sand dunes. Sand dunes after sand dunes after sand dunes. Originally, Peruvians believed that the waters had healing powers and would use the waters to heal their bodies. These days, it’s mostly for tourists to go and sand buggy. If you’ve got the time, I do recommend it.

 

Here are some things to do with your time in Huacachina, including day trips.

Leaving Lima

Hi Pals,

I’d like to talk about Lima. I mean, it is Peru’s Capital City and it’s also one of the main cities people start their trip in. It’s a city you need to learn to love, a lot like Nicolas Cage films actually. It’s also one that has different districts and reputations depending on what stories you hear, people you meet. Leaving Lima, you’re also able to stop in at a lot of nice little places as well along the way to either Cusco/Arequipa.

 

Read below on some tips for what to do with your time in Lima.