Sunrise at Australia’s Most Easterly Point

Byron Bay is basically heaven on earth. A heaven of beaches, boutiques, and breweries. We loved Byron Bay. Loved it. Sunday morning, we woke up super early to see the sunrise at the Byron lighthouse. Getting out of bed early enough…

4 years ago

A Magical Morning at Coochiemudlo

This week’s winner was Coochiemudlo Island, which is much more than just a fantastic name. Coochiemudlo, or Coochie as it is affectionately known, is just off the coast of Victoria Point, which is a long train ride south of Brisbane proper. It’s a cute little island, with approximately one-point-five restaurants, a community center, and a few dozen homes…

4 years ago

Ten Starting Places: How to Save for Long-Term Travel

Saving dollars. That’s basically the only hard part of traveling. Well, it’s among the hardest. As such, it’s among the most written about topics in the travel blogging community. As previously mentioned, you can make all kinds of guesses about…

4 years ago

Watching Rugby + Frequenting Pubs

After last weekend in Toowoomba, we enjoyed Brisbane this weekend. To end their month-long Brisbane Festival, Saturday evening was Riverfire, a huge pyrotechnics display on the river with fighter jets dropping fireworks for half a…

4 years ago

A Weekend In Toowoomba

Last weekend we drove two hours inland to visit the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers with my great aunt and uncle. It is a fairly small town, quite charming. It’s the “big town” for a lot of the nearby agricultural areas. There are lovely…

4 years ago

On Intention

A month and a half into this trip, I’ve had some time to reflect on how things are going so far, and how we’d like for them to continue as we move on in the journey. Leading up to our departure, considering our intentions for the trip took up plenty of time – both meditating individually and discussing together. Why come to Australia? Why leave home at all? Why Australia? Where else? What are we hoping to…

4 years ago

Exploring Brisbane + Planning Trips

Despite working a lot and not leaving town this weekend, John and I had a fun-filled weekend. It’s funny, though, because most of the exciting parts of our week are dedicated to things that could happen at home, things that aren’t travel-exciting. They’re life-exciting. Like getting a week’s worth of produce…

4 years ago

A Morning at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

John and I have fallen into a pattern of spending every other weekend exploring Brisbane itself; we’re going on trips every other weekend for the next several weeks. For this past weekend, he suggested that we visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; it’s an easy thirty-minute bus ride from the city. It’s a must-do for Brisbane, and we will…

4 years ago

Orientation: Brisbane West End

A destination guide for Brisbane would be a bit nutty since the city isn’t exactly small. We’ve decided to break the city up into some of its smaller suburbs, emphasizing the ones we spend the most time in. First up is West End, the place we’re calling home for at least the next couple of months. Within a fifteen minute walk of our house…

4 years ago

Ten Starting Places: Choosing Your Destination

For some people, this will be the easiest thing in the world to do. They’ve known for years upon years that they were meant to visit a place. I feel that way about my decision to study abroad in Rome. I couldn’t trace where that desire stemmed from; if I had to guess, I might mention something about…

4 years ago