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If you follow me on, you may have seen I visited the Sunshine Coast back in June. I was there to attend my friend from uni's wedding near Maleny, which was honestly just magical. While I was on the Sunshine Coast, my parents and I spent our spare time touring the region's many towns and cities. It was like the old days, as we've done a few road trips over the years to visit family on the Sunshine Coast. It has always been one of my favourite places in Australia, so it's about time I shared my love with you guys. Here are eight of the best places to visit across the Sunshine Coast. KNOW...

Standing tall and overlooking Da Nang, Marble Mountain is one of five marble and limestone peaks in central Vietnam. Each is named for one of the five elements of the ancient Chinese philosophy: metal (Kim), water (Thuy), wood (Moc), fire (Hoa), and earth (Tho). We went to the top of Thuy Son, the one most often referred to simply as Marble Mountain, Da Nang. Colourful Buddhist temples, marble statues, caves, and elaborate tunnels entice thousands of tourists to climb the 156 steep and uneven steps to the top. Getting to the top To walk, there are 156 steps that were built during the 1600s. It may not sound difficult, but the uneven and often steep 156 steps in the sweltering heat and extreme humidity felt like quite a bit. We did it the lazy way, taking the elevator up and walking...

Chengdu China is probably best known for its Giant Panda Research Center. And while this is a highlight of our Chengdu itinerary, it's only one of several fascinating things to do in Chengdu and the surrounding area. Panda research centre Whether you come here to learn about pandas, or just to see the adorable animals enjoying a more natural surrounding, we highly recommend coming here. Visiting pandas in Chengdu is one of several highlights of our time in China. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the first open laboratory for endangered animal research and conservation in China, and a site. With displays also in English, we learned about the giant panda, the research currently being done, their current troubles, and how we can help. The centre is also home to other...

Golden Gate Bridge The most iconic San Francisco images include the Golden Gate Bridge. Connecting the city to Marin County to the North, the bridge was once the world's longest suspension bridge (until 1964). Construction on the bridge took four years and began in 1933, during the Great Depression. The US Navy had wanted to paint it black with yellow stripes. Personally, I am glad it is "international orange". Alcatraz island Sitting in the middle of the bay, Alcatraz Island prison gave it's prisoners a view of freedom out its windows. Now it is a National Recreation Area. It was once "home" to Al Capone and George "Machine-Gun" Kelly. Palace of Fine Arts One of my personal favourite spots in San Francisco, the Palace of Fine Arts was built for the San Franciso's Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915. It exhibited works of art. It was rebuilt in 1965 and retrofitted in 2009. Visiting here is often thought of as one of the romantic things to do in San Francisco. Chinatown The...

Driving through the British countryside from Oxford to Alnwick, we passed through Stratford-upon-Avon, Oakham, the Sherwood Forest, York, several abbey ruins, and finally to Alnwick. This England road trip is the ideal to see so much of the country. Oxford - the starting point of our England road trip One of the most beautiful cities in England, Oxford is somewhere to stay for several days after which you can begin the England road trip suggested on this page. The city is home to Oxford University, the oldest university in the English speaking world. Stratford-Upon-Avon, England Stratford-Upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, as well as the place of his death. He spent much of his adult life in London where many of his plays were performed at the Globe Theatre. The town is filled with tourists, as it is one of the more popular stops along any England road trip.The final resting place of William Shakespeare is a tomb inside the Holy Trinity Church. His grave is...

If you're searching for cheap places to visit in Europe, I recommend planning a Wroclaw city break. The aim of the game today is to convince you to plan a Wroclaw city break. If there's one city I unexpectedly fell in love with during my 3-month trip around Europe, it was Wroclaw (pronounced Vrotswav). I didn't know much about this charming Polish town before my visit. I initially chose it as my next stop in Northern Europe as there was a direct bus from Berlin and I was on a mission to visit more underrated European destinations. This is because of my instant infatuation with Gothenburg. Well, it's safe to say I was instantly crushing on Wroclaw as well. What's not to love, when it's home to a colourful Old Town, friendly locals and cheap traditional food and drinks. If this city isn't on your radar yet, I highly suggest planning a Wroclaw city break. You only need two full days to see Wroclaw's top tourist attractions. Here are my recommendations for the best things to do during...

Auckland is the country's largest city, so it should come as no surprise that it is home some of the best museums in New Zealand. However, Te Papa Tongarewa (the New Zealand National Museum) is located in the capital city of Wellington. Auckland Museum (War Memorial Museum) The Auckland Museum is home to an impressive Maori collection, as well as the extensive history of the flora, fauna, and people of New Zealand. The top floor houses the War Memorial Museum, displaying military histories and serving as a tribute to those who served in New Zealand's military. Maritime Museum Auckland This island nation's nautical history comes to life at the New Zealand maritime museum. It takes us from the dugout canoes that brought the first Polynesian people only 1,000 years ago to modern...

When I first visited Amsterdam as an 18 year-old, I thought it was a totally eccentric place. I remember the constant smell of pot in the air and locals dressed haphazardly in bright colours. I basically wasn't in a hurry to return. I'm now a total Amsterdam convert and recommend it to everyone, particularly fellow solo travellers. The city is full of friendly locals, beautiful architecture and a very impressive food scene. VISIT THE ANNE FRANK HOUSE I visited the Anne Frank House during my first visit to Amsterdam. I'd read Anne Frank's Diary in high school and it was incredible to see where it all took place. If you haven't read the book, I recommend learning more about her story before visiting. GET READY TO WANDER I took an embarrassing number of architecture photos in Amsterdam, but it's just such a photogenic city! I even found the crooked buildings charming. So fair warning: be prepared to spend a lot of your three days in Amsterdam wandering. I recommend strolling...

Walk along the Thames to see the best London attractions If you're wondering where to go alone in London, here are several ideas. On my first day in London I ended up walking from my hostel near Tower Bridge to Oxford Street. It was a lot of steps, but I passed so many beautiful London attractions on the way. Firstly, there's Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. I haven't been to the Tower of London yet, but I've heard it's worthwhile. Then there's St Paul's Cathedral before you make it to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. It was pretty quiet until I got to Big Ben, which is always overflowing with tourists. Don't forget Westminster Abbey either. See the Queen at Buckingham Palace Can you even say you've been to London if you don't visit Buckingham Palace? It's fortunately...

Do a free walking tour This North America trip ignited my love for free walking tours. I did them everywhere: Boston, Charleston and of course, Chicago. I did the Loop & Millennium Park Tour and learned so much about Chicago's history. The city's architecture is also equal parts historic and beautiful. Stroll down the Magnificent Mile You can't visit Chicago without seeing the Magnificent...

Firstly, don't be alarmed by the utter chaos that is Bali traffic. It's the definition of organised chaos. Scooter drivers are expert weavers and dodgers. During this last trip, we rode our bikes along a beach path and then the road in Sanur, and I found the road so much easier as every car and scooter dodged me. It was great. As you walk down any street in Bali, locals will ask you if you want transport or a taxi. A popular thing to do in Bali is to hire a driver for the day to go to tourist attractions outside of the Kuta/Sanur area. We've done this on every trip and we've seen sights...

Dublin I flew into Dublin after visiting family in Bristol and my initial thought was, this city is busy. But besides the crowds, Dublin is one of the best cities in Europe for solo travel for multiple reasons. This includes the fact you can easily walk between most attractions or catch public transport. I only caught two buses: one from the airport and the other to the train station. Dublin is also overflowing with hostels and fun things to do. I recommend doing a free walking tour (how unusual), visiting the Chester Beatty Library, having a picnic lunch in St Stephen's Green and going on...

But the next best thing to being in Canada is writing about it (for me, anyway). I thought I would share the places I loved visiting in Canada and recommend you add to your Canada bucket list. Although I crossed off a few of the best cities in Canada, there are still so many places I'm yet to see. VANCOUVER I mean, could I really begin with any other Canadian city? I know I may be biased, but Vancouver is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and one of the best cities in Canada. It has the perfect combination of urban and nature that I haven't seen anywhere else. The fact you can go from brunch in Gastown to tobogganing on a mountain within an hour is mind-blowing. OTTAWA Ottawa is one of those cities that gets a bad rap, but I recommend adding it to your Canada...

Australia has gained a reputation among millions of tourists as one of a charming and peaceful holiday destination. Although Australia is quite far away from many countries, travel agents, hotels, and transportation companies lighten the burden by supporting travellers as much as possible. Sydney has become a fan favourite thanks to its abundance of wonderful natural artefacts, and their ease...

As the Northern Royal Albatross spreads its massive wings, I thought this day couldn't get any better. Then, our second Royal Albatross Centre tour brought us to a beach that is now a Little Blue Penguin habitat. Here, we witnessed 95 fairy penguins return from the sea, waddle across the sand, and climb the rocks just metres from where we stood. The evening's magic is burned into my brain. The birds are extraordinary; one the world's largest flying species, the other the world's smallest penguin. As a photographer, it was a bit of a miss, one of my first fails. Excitement, fog, tinted observation area glass (albatross), and shadows (penguins) create a less than ideal photography shoot. Yet, our time at the Royal Albatross Centre was a highlight of our recent visit to Dunedin. It began with a picturesque drive to Taiaroa Head at the end of the Otago Peninsula. Here, the albatross have created a home, and the Royal Albatross Centre offers tours. We opted to do it all. First, we...

Follow any of the Shakespear Park trails and it won't take you long to understand why it is my favourite amongst the Auckland Regional Parks. Whether you choose to hike over lush green rolling hills, through densely forested areas, or across paddocks, you will be rewarded with panoramic views and beautiful beaches. There are plenty of things to do at Shakespear Park. It's an open bird sanctuary, with three main beaches, hours of walking and hiking trails, a waterfall, cows and sheep, a popular campground, and a lookout tower. Open to the public, it's a gathering spot for families and whanau alike. Day hikes in the park Hours of walking and hiking trails lead to rolling hills, lush forest, through farming paddocks, and even to a waterfall. The trails are well signposted and range from...

When it's your first time visiting Australia and you only have limited vacation days, the age-old battle between Melbourne or Sydney might be on your mind. Do you spend a few days in both cities or base yourself in one or the other? Alternatively, do you skip them altogether and head to my current state of choice, Queensland - home to the Great Barrier Reef? Well, I'm here to impartially settle the Melbourne versus Sydney debate. Is Melbourne near Sydney? In Australian terms (it takes approximately six hours to fly from coast to coast), travel between Sydney and Melbourne is relatively short. Melbourne, in Victoria, is about a nine-hour drive or a 1.5-hour flight southwest of Sydney in New South Wales. However, these two Australian cities couldn't be more different, which you will discover for yourself below. Is Melbourne or Sydney bigger? Sydney is slightly bigger in terms of population, with over five million residents. Meanwhile, Melbourne has just under five million...

Siargao is one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines, so much so that it was actually voted the most beautiful island in the entire world in 2019.If you seek epic surfing, beautiful beaches, amazing food, and friendly locals, then Siargao is the place for you to visit! The best time to visit the Philippines is during the dry season, which runs from March to October. But this is a popular tourist season, so you will be sharing the island with others. If you want to catch good surf in Siargao, the best season is August to November. The island typically holds its large surf...

Portland If you're a regular reader, you know I have a massive city crush on Portland. I've visited the city three times now (twice alone) and I would happily return tomorrow - if it was closer to Australia and all that. It's a great city for solo travel in the USA. Portland is very walkable, but if you need to take public transport it's very efficient and cheap. Seattle Portland's northern neighbour, I visited Seattle twice when living in Vancouver. It's one of the best places for solo female travel in the USA as there are lots of things to do in the city and beyond. Plus, public transport was easy to use to get to areas like Wallingford and Fremont. It was also one of the safest places to travel alone in the US, as I felt comfortable walking around the waterfront and the city at night by myself. In saying that though, always trust your instincts. I highly recommend catching the ferry to Bainbridge Island, watching the sunset from Olympic Sculpture Park and visiting...

Somehow, there are more things to do in Christchurch today than there were before the quake. Classic sites and activities remain, like Hagley Park, the Canterbury Museum, Orana Park, and the Antarctic Centre. They are joined by new, post-earthquake places to visit in Christchurch like the Transitional Cathedral, Quake City museum, a shipping container shopping mall, and other signs that this is a city that will not be defeated. Christchurch Art Gallery The structurally safe and aesthetically impressive architecture of the Christchurch Art Gallery drew me to this modern museum. The...

Only a couple of hours drive from New Zealand's largest city, the Coromandel Peninsula is where kiwis go to relax, to play, or to have an adventure. One laid-back community after the next, a Coromandel road trip produces endless surprises. Below, we highlight some of our favourite things to do in Coromandel. Coromandel road trip: Thames to Coromandel town Although we began this segment of our adventure in Thames, we spent our first night in Coromandel town. The latter is a fabulous artist community that reminds me of Raglan. In both towns, the relaxed atmosphere is contagious, and...

Paris is one of those cities that you either love or hate. Either way, you know you are not in Paris alone. There are masses of people everywhere, and it can feel overwhelming even to those who came for the ambiance, romance, and excitement of the city. Visitors who aren't used to so many people often get tired of waiting in endless queues, fighting the masses, and being pushed or jostled. Plan ahead and be flexible This one seems obvious, but a bit of planning can prepare you for the city. Many of the tips below are part of the planning process. Flexibility, however, is often difficult for travellers who like everything pre-scheduled. If you arrive at an attraction and the entry queue is two hours, perhaps it's time to change the plan and come back tomorrow, or later in the...

Cordoba caught me by surprise. Frequently off the tourist track, Cordoba is one of Argentina's oldest cities. It's a university city with an eclectic mix of mostly Jesuit historic sites and modern enthusiasm. We discovered more than enough things to do in Cordoba Argentina and had to make some tough choices for our limited time. The former colonial capital, Cordoba was founded by a Spanish...