How to Spend a Long Layover in Kuala Lumpur

Friday, 21 September 2018
For the longest time, I used to hate having a layover anywhere. I wanted to get to my final destination as quickly as possible. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate a long layover. In fact, I often seek these layovers out. It gives me the opportunity to explore a city or country I wouldn’t usually get the opportunity to.


I recently had a 12-hour layover in Kuala Lumpur on my trip to India. Many people told me just to sit and relax in the airport. But who really wants to sit in an airport, eating overpriced food for 12 hours?  I honestly don’t have travel plans to Malaysia or KL anytime soon, so I wanted to make the most of my time.

Getting Through Customs
If you have an, extend layover, always ensure you do not need a tourist visa to leave the airport. Fortunately, US passport holders are eligible for a free visa on arrival when in Malaysia. It took no time what so ever to get through customs. As I didn’t check any luggage, I didn’t need to wait for my suitcase to arrive.

As you exit the baggage collection area, to your right, you will find a luggage check area. For 28 Ringgit ($6.76USD), they will safely store your luggage for an entire day. Rates depend on how long you will be storing your bag so it may end up being cheaper for some people.

Take the Express Train
There are two train options to get into KL Central. I opted for the express train that only takes 28 minutes to get into the city. Round trip costs 99 Ringgit ($24 USD). The other train, which stops more frequently, is cheaper however as I was pressed for time I opted for the fastest train possible so I could see as much as possible.

Batu Caves
Once at KL Central, you will access all the train lines throughout Kuala Lumpur. If you come from an area that has excellent public transport, please be advised all the lines are not created equal. The line to the Batu Caves only runs once an hour.

The train, if it’s running correctly, takes about 40 minutes to get to the Batu Caves. It can take longer so make sure you factor the time in. Once you're at the caves, there are so many incredible places to explore. To the left of the train station is the Ramayana Cave. It costs 5 Ringgit to get in, but the caves are covered in sculptures depicting the story of the Hindu gods.

If you continue walking straight once exiting the train station, you will pass the menagerie and a smaller temple. Continue walking, and you’ll find the iconic steps leading up to the temple embedded in the caves. When walking up the stairs, watch out for the monkeys, they will try and snatch your purse looking for food. If they’re rebuilding the temple, you will be asked to carry a bucket of sand to the top. Think of it as Spartan training and take two. It’s for a good cause.

If you have time, and a bigger budget than I did, you can also explore the Dark Caves. There you will see tons of super cool critters and get to walk throughout the vast cave.

KLCC Petronas Twin Towers
After the Batu Caves, take the train back to KL Central or the Central Market Station. From there you can transfer over to one of the rapid lines. I opted to go to the towers first before exploring the markets. This line is slightly more expensive, but trains are running almost every 8 minutes so you will quickly get from point A to point B.

If you’re big on shopping, KLCC is a shopaholic’s heaven. There are so many incredible shops its hard not to get lost. There are also plenty of places to eat so if you’re not brave enough to try Malaysian food at the markets, this is the place to give it a go.


From there, exit the towers and walk to the gardens. The gardens are beautiful and give you exquisite views of the Petronas Towers. If you want to go up to the viewing deck of the towers, be sure to book in advance. When I went to try my luck, it was sold out for the day. However, there are a few incredible rooftop bars in the area that allow beautiful views of the towers and KL. Heli Bar is an iconic rooftop bar with a view that will impress any traveller.

Central Markets
Once you’ve viewed the towers and explored the high-end shops, hop back on the rapid line and get off at Pasar Seni. Here you will be able to access the Central Markets. Like many markets, there are a lot of trinkets and goods. It’s a relatively small space, but there was still some incredible artwork. I enjoyed that the artwork was different from many of the other pieces you find in SE Asia. If you’re pressed for time, I would recommend skipping the market. It is similar to most markets you’ll see in SE Asia.

Chinatown
Located within close proximity to the Central Markets, Chinatown is a beautiful outdoor market with a lot of historical sights located along the walk. You’re able to read about the history, explore KL a bit more, and shop. Many of the stalls offer similar goods, but all of the prices are super reasonable. There are also quite a few areas to stop and grab a bite to eat. A definite must when in KL.
Eat
One of the most common tips I got about exploring KL was to eat! My stomach wasn’t 100% so unfortunately I didn’t get to taste my way around KL but I did stop and grab a laksa in Chinatown. It was incredible! Thankfully, the staff spoke English (incredibly well), so I was able to just get the liquid. It was so tasty. It made me wish that I could have eaten it properly.

Once you’ve finished exploring and eating, make your way back to KL Central. If you’re pressed for time, you can use GRAB (SE Asia’s version of Uber), and that will get you back to the station quickly. From there, you can catch the express train back to the airport.


And just like that you’ll explore a new city, get a little exercise and make the most of a long layover. Travelling solo? No worries at all. I was travelling solo and had no issues getting around the city. I asked the information desk at the airport the best way to get everywhere and they were very informative. I never felt unsafe while walking around the city. Do not let solo travel stop you from exploring during a layover!

And until next time...
Stay curious!
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5 Incredible Luxury Melbourne Hotels

Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Sometimes we just need a little bit of luxury in our life. When travelling, this is the perfect time to indulge. No need to worry about lumpy beds, drunken bunkmates stumbling into the room in the middle of the night, or dodge looking hotels. Treat yourself to a relaxing holiday getaway. When travelling to Melbourne, here are some of our favourite luxury hotels. They're so lovely you'll want to spend your entire trip relaxing indoors. 


The Grand Hyatt
Located in the heart of one of the best shopping streets in Melbourne, the Grand Hyatt will help anyone achieve the boujee holiday they crave. For some of the most epic views of Melbourne, request a room above the 20th floor. The Grand Club Lounge allows panoramic views of the city skyline. With a kitchen, bar, and fitness centre open 24/7, there's a little something for everyone at the Grand Hyatt! 



Sofitel Hotel
Situated on Collins Street, close to Parliment Station, Sofitel Hotel is another incredible lux hotel that will leave you relaxed and never wanting to leave. The floor to ceiling windows offers incredible city views. Sofitel Hotel is located to many Melbourne must-see attractions and world-class dining. 

Pro tip: If you're on a budget but still want to see the impressive views of the Sofitel Hotel, go to the loo on the 35th floor. This public toilet allows for some of the most incredible, free views of the city!


The Langham
Situated on the opposite side of the Yarra River, the Langham Hotel is near the hustle and bustle of the Southbank Promenade. The views are to die for at the Langham! Even the pool has spectacular views of the city! You'll be situated close to Crown Casino so you'll never have to worry about missing out on an adventure. 



Crown Towers
What's better than being right next door to the Crown? Actually staying in the Crown! Almost every single room has stellar views of the Yarra River and city skyline. Get treated like royalty with the many amenities Crown Towers has to offer. Treat yourself to a spa day, workout at their top-notch gym, or go gamble in the Casino and pretend like you're in Vegas. Either way, your stay will be memorable.  



InterContinental Melbourne
With luxury hotels all around the world, incredible deals and perks for their hotel ambassadors, and high-quality customer service, what isn't to love about the InterContinental Melbourne? The beautiful facade of the building is a beautiful welcome to the luxurious stay you will have. The location is absolutely perfect! You're close to trams, trains, access to the airport, and incredible food and shopping. Everything about your stay will scream luxury!


If you were staying in Melbourne, which one of these luxury hotels would you choose? Have you ever stayed in one of the hotels listed? What was your experience like? 

And until next time...
Stay curious! 
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7 Tips for Exploring Melbourne in Under $50/day

Monday, 17 September 2018
If you're caught up on my most recent posts, you may be second guessing whether or not a holiday to Australia is for you. A delightful holiday can quickly turn into a costly one. But that doesn't need to happen! It is super easy to explore Melbourne on a budget. Here are my tips and tricks for travelling around Melbourne for under $50 a day! 


1. Utilise free public transportation
When travelling by tram in the CBD, it is completely free! You never have to worry about touching on or off as long as you stay within the free tram zone. Utilising the free tram zone will get you to all of the must-see attractions within the CBD. 

Planning on travelling outside of the CBD? There are a couple options for getting low or no cost travels. Check the various backpacker travel groups on Facebook. Many people will offer free rides to a destination you may want to see. If travelling with people you're unfamiliar with doesn't quite sound like something you want to do, try using Uber Pool or Ola. With Ola, you get $25 worth of travel for free! Uber Pool also gets you from point A to point B at a super discounted price. 

2. Plan your meals
Eating out will take a massive chunk out of your daily budget. Even eating at Macca's can run you $12/meal. Don't waste all of your budget on food! Prep your meals ahead of time! If you're rushing around the city, you can easily pack light, filling meals to hold you over till you're at your hotel. Most hotels and hostels have a kitchenette area. You may not be able to prepare everything you would back at home, but you'll still be able to throw some delicious food together! 

You can find great deals on fresh produce and meats at the local markets or supermarkets. Not only are you getting fresh, healthy meals, but you're also saving heaps on your budget. Want to shop for your meals and see one of Melbourne's most iconic sights? Queen Victoria Market has some of the cheapest fresh produce and meats in the city! 

3. House sit, couch surf or stay in hostels
Accommodation can cost you a pretty penny while in Aus. If you're not too fussed about staying in a fancy hotel, there are plenty of ways of finding low to no cost accommodation. 

Housesitting websites allow you to stay for free in exchange for watching someones house and possibly their pets as well. There are some housesitting websites you can use. However, it may take some time building up a profile that allows people to trust you. Start by housesitting in your local area so that by the time your trip comes around you'll be well established. 

Couchsurfing is another excellent way to have free accommodation while travelling. Not only will you get free accommodation but you'll also be able to get an insiders perspective of the city. They will be able to share tips and tricks that most tourists won't get to experience. Just be sure to trust your gut. If you feel wary of the person before your stay, don't stay with them. 

Hostels are another incredibly cheap way to stay while in Melbourne. The staff is always super knowledgeable about getting around the city and what to see. Many hostels also have discounted tour prices if you want to explore the Yarra Valley, see the Penguin Parade, or tour the Great Ocean Road

4. Limit your alcohol intake
Alcohol is friggin' expensive in Australia. You will easily blow your entire budget just going out a couple nights. The most obvious thing to do to save your budget is to not drink while in Australia. For some, you enjoy going out having a drink or winding down your day with a nice glass of wine. If you are going to drink in Australia, here are some money saving tips. 

First, buy directly from the bottle-o. This will be much cheaper than buying a pint at a pub. Second, opt for wine over beer or spirits. Wine is more inexpensive than bottled water here in Australia. Your dollar will go much farther when drinking wine. Last, drink during Happy Hour. This is when you'll find great deals on drinks. There are many pubs and restaurants around the city with incredible happy hour deals. 

5. Take advantage of the free sights
There are so many cheap or free sights in Melbourne. When you're on a budget, you must take advantage of them. Many sights are located within the CBD, but there are other impressive free sights scatter across Melbourne. Love to stay active and rock climb? There's a free outdoor bouldering wall in Burnley. Do you like to window shop? Take a trip to Chadstone and see all the lovely shops. Just be sure you're not tempted to buy anything!

6. Use docket deals
When shopping at Woolworth's or Coles, your receipt contains discounts both on the front and the back (when you sign up for a free rewards card). Even if you're only there for a short period of time, these docket deals give discounts for alcohol and for food. It's a great way to help stick to your budget! 

7. Groupon is your friend
I don't know about you but I LOVE a good deal. For the longest time, I had forgotten about Groupon. I honestly thought the site had shut down. But recently, I found it and it's become my best friend. As I don't have extras on my health insurance, I've found discounted physio appointments, discounts on car services, discounted restaurant deals, and more. Groupons is PERFECT for keeping you on budget whilst in Melbourne. Be sure to utilise it! 

How do you stick to your budget while travelling? Share your budget-friendly tips in the comments below!


And until next time...
Stay curious! 
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5 Budget Friendly Hotels in Melbourne

Saturday, 15 September 2018
You've probably heard Australia is expensive as to visit. But does a holiday to Australia really need to break the bank? If you're not fortunate enough to have friends in Australia, not brave enough to try Couchsurfing or are just not that keen on hostels there are options for cheaper accommodation. I've found some of the best hotels within the CBD for under $100/night! 



Arrow on Swanston
Approximately $74/night, this hotel puts you in walking distance of the Queen Victoria Markets, State Library, and free public transportation. Arrow on Swanston is super accessible from the airport so you won't be wandering around the city aimlessly. With easy access to restaurants, bars, and cafes, you'll definitely enjoy your stay!

There are also plenty of amenities such as a swimming pool, gym, laundry facilities, and a kitchenette. Wanting to be a bit more active? The Arrow is situated close to an indoor rock climbing facility, gorgeous gardens, and walking trails. 



City Centre Budget Hotel
City Centre Budget Hotel will situate you right next to Parliment Station. It may not be the most modern of hotels, but you cannot beat the location nor the price of approximately $65/night. With it's incredibly close proximity to trains and trams, you'll easily be able to navigate the CBD. The staff is incredibly friendly and super helpful. If you're unsure where to start on your tour of Melbourne, just ask the staff! 

City Centre Budget Hotel has a beautiful rooftop area. It is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring. Or grab a drink and watching the sunset. 



Great Southern Hotel
Situated right next to Southern Cross Station, this hotel allows for easy travel to and from the Melbourne Airport. For just $62/night, this is the perfect place to call home during your Melbourne adventures. With easy access to all the incredible spots in the CBD, you'll be happy you chose to stay here. 




Bayview on the Park
While this hotel may not be in the CBD, it does overlook Albert park. This gorgeous park is where the Grand Prix is raced, along with a massive lake and many walking trails. The pristine views will leave you relaxed and ready to tackle the hustle and bustle of the CBD. 

Bayview on the Park is situated close to a tram stop so getting into the city will be no trouble at all. At around $75/night it may be a little pricier than some other places on the list, but the view is totally worth it! 



Hotel Claremont
Ok so this hotel isn't exactly in the CBD, but if you're a younger traveller on a budget or someone who likes to have a good time Hotel Claremont is for you. Situated a skip, hop and a jump away from Chapel Street and the train station, there is no shortage of a good time. At about $68/night and a buffet breakfast, you'll be ready for your day. 



With these budget-friendly hotel options, you'll be able to spend more money on sightseeing, shopping, and the incredible food all within Melbourne. If you're still looking to travel Melbourne on a budget, why not check out one of the many free activities in Melbourne has to offer or other ways to tour Melbourne on the cheap. 

If you were visiting Melbourne which one of these hotels would you choose to stay? If you've travelled to Melbourne before, where did you stay? Did you enjoy it?

And until next time...
Stay curious! 
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How Expensive is Australia?

Thursday, 13 September 2018
Australia is a wonderful country to visit. There is a rich cultural history, beautiful beaches, amazing hikes, and incredible food. It can be the trip of a lifetime. However, it can also be a costly one. Australia is an island which means what isn't made in Australia is imported, and it's expensive to import to an island. 



So if you want to travel to Australia, stay in hotels, always eat out, get around the city and country, and shop, how much money will this holiday set you back? 

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Traveller's Dilemma: How to Order Food When You Don't Speak the Language

Tuesday, 11 September 2018
You've booked a trip overseas. You're beyond excited to take in the sights, the culture, and the history of the country you're visiting. You think you have everything prepared, but then you realise, you don't speak the local language. 



Your head starts flooding with questions. Do I need to become fluent before visiting? What happens if nobody speaks English? Am I going to be able to eat anything if I can't speak the language? How will I know if the dish has any food I'm allergic to? All of these questions may leave you less than comfortable when travelling abroad. But stress not! Here are some tips on ordering food when you don't speak the language. 

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17 Aussie Foods You Need to Try

Sunday, 9 September 2018
When I first moved to Australia, I often found myself wondering if any foods were distinctly Aussie. Whenever anyone asks me about American cuisine, everything that pops into my head has a Mexican flare to it. Living in California, it's not surprising there is a massive Mexican influence on our foods. 



As some Aussies descend from the Brits, I knew there would be a strong British influence on their food but was unsure if there would be anything that was distinctly different. I was pleasantly surprised to find a number of foods that are true blue Aussie. 

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9 FREE Activities To Do In Melbourne

Friday, 7 September 2018
Travelling around Melbourne can be incredibly expensive. One can easily spend $100 in a day. Eating out, alcohol, housing, getting from place to place all come at a hefty price. However, exploring Melbourne doesn't need to break the bank! Melbourne has heaps of incredible free activities everyone will enjoy! 

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Is Australia Really That Deadly? 10 Animals to Look Out for When Visiting Australia

Wednesday, 5 September 2018
We've all heard the rumours: 'be careful when you're in Australia because everything will try to kill you.' It's true, some of the worlds most deadly animals reside in Australia. When I moved to the country, I was worried I would frequently be fighting off killer snakes, spiders, and sharks. But I was most surprised to discover its the cute, cuddly animals that are most likely to kill you. So how deadly is Australia?



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Reviewing American BBQ Joints in Melbourne: An American's Perspective

Monday, 3 September 2018
There are heaps of lists out there about the most magnificent BBQ food in Melbourne. Let's be real; I think I've found about one list that was written by an American. Let me preface this by saying: I'm not from the South and I never lived in the South. I did, however, have heaps of friends from the South, so I did get spoiled with super tasty home-made BBQ food. Luckily over the years, I was able to pick up on a few tips for excellent BBQ food! 

I could probably eat BBQ food every day so when I moved to Melbourne, I needed to find decent BBQ food for when I was too lazy to invest the energy in cooking it myself. So I started looking at different lists to finding the best BBQ and started trying the different places. Here are my opinion of BBQ joints in Melbourne:




**I was not sponsored by any of these restaurants. All opinions are 100% my own. Just trying to help my fellow Americans and those seeking authentic American BBQ in OZ out.**

Big Boy BBQ
This was the very first place I tried. My first impressions left me very happy and pleasantly surprised. The meat was juicy, tender, and full of flavour. The different selection of BBQ sauce was to die for! If this is what American BBQ food was going to be like in Melbourne, I was definitely in luck. The founder of Big Boy BBQ fell in love with BBQ while on a road trip in the states. He's known for bringing American BBQ to Melbourne. They have a great selection of different meat platters and sandwiches. 

When I moved here, I was stoked to eat here again. The Caulfield location was closed for renovation (if I remember correctly) and once it reopened the food was just not the same. The meat was dried out, tasted like it had been sitting under a heat lamp for hours, and lacking flavour. I tried eating at this location one more time hoping that it was just an off day but had the same experience. I then tried the other two locations hoping I would get the same fantastic location. Sadly, this didn't happen. 


Check out their menu: Big Boy BBQ
There are still amazing aspects to Big Boys if you're craving some American treats. They stock a variety of sodas including Dr Pepper, Grape Soda, and fruit punch flavoured Jarritos! They also sell the BBQ sauces which are pretty darn good.

MeatMaiden
This place isn't messing around! Pretty sure they can go ahead and switch their name to MeatMasters because this place is amazing! Make sure you get there early as they frequently sell out of their dishes (especially the brisket). 


And now I want brisket!

Thus far, MeatMaiden's has consistently had the most incredible brisket I've tasted in Australia. It is always so tender and juicy. I could probably eat there every single day. I'm allergic to pork, so I haven't personally tried the pork dishes, but friends have raved about how great the various pork dishes taste. Pretty much everything on the menu is fantastic so you cannot go wrong with a meal here!

Fancy Hank's Barbeque

Oh, sweet baby Jesus! The first time I had Fancy Hank's, a friend had ordered me takeaway. I didn't want to make my review based on the takeaway (which btw was pretty damn good), so I waited till I would finally experience Fancy Hank's at the actual joint. 

I recently went with a mate from the States, and neither of us was disappointed. I can't even remember what I ordered (I think it was a brisket sandwich) but who cares! It was marvellous! The meat was so tender and buttery when you bit into it, angels cried a bit in heaven. The gravy brisket fries were like my own personal slice of heaven. 
Yummy! Fancy Hank's Barbeque
Finding legit gravy out here is a hard task, and you Fancy Hank's have hit the nail right on the head. If I could bath in that gravy, I would. If you're visiting or if you live here, get your butt down to Fancy Hank's, and you won't be disappointed!

Smokehouse 101
I'm going to preface my Smokehouse 101 review with the fact that I've only eaten here once. The one time I was there, I was pretty impressed. Is it my favourite place in Melbourne, probably not, however, the food here is delicious! A mate and I shared the meat platter. Of the food I could eat, I enjoyed the chicken and the brisket, but I was less than impressed with the cornbread and chilli beans. To be fair, I've yet to be impressed with cornbread in Melbourne.


Check out Smokehouse 101

I definitely want to go back and give this place another go. The deep fried brownie is still calling to me. They had a good selection of American beers which are rotated frequently. Smokehouse 101 also has a brekkie menu that looks like it would be awesome. Biscuits and gravy as well as grits 'n' bacon grace this menu. I'll have to go with a mate who eats pork so they can describe it to me in detail. 

Le Bon Ton

When it comes to fried chicken with gravy, Le Bon Ton has that down! Their white gravy is some of the best I've tasted in Melbourne. Seriously, it's highly addictive. I was also super impressed to mozzarella sticks graced the menu. Mozzarella sticks are a staple appetiser for me. Fried cheese always makes me happy. 
Le Bon Ton

Unfortunately, when it came to the meats, I was less than impressed. It wasn't horrible, but it also wasn't the best. Maybe it's because the fried chicken was so spot on I had my hopes up or perhaps I just went on an off day. I'll probably return and give Le Bon Ton another go. But for sure I'll be back for the fried chicken. 

Up in Smoke

When I moved to the west, I was so excited to see there were a couple of BBQ restaurants. I tend to try places with relatively low expectations, so I was incredibly impressed with how incredible the food at Up in Smoke's is. Whether I dine in or order delivery, my meals are always fabulous! 

The mac n cheese and Up in Smoke sandwich are some of my favourite items on the menu. To date, nothing I've tried has left me disappointed. You must try the munchies as well. I would highly recommend the brisket waffle fries and the fried cauliflower (can you tell I've eaten here a lot?).


Up in Smoke

I haven't tried any of the desserts yet, but they look like they are to die for. Make sure if you try Up in Smoke you come on an empty stomach. You'll want to sample everything on the menu!

Nieuw Amsterdam
So the menu and restaurant description makes Nieuw Amsterdam seem like an American BBQ place. I honestly wouldn't classify it as such. Actually, I wouldn't classify it as BBQ at all. The restaurant is undergoing a management shift so they may be moving away from their previous BBQ reputation. If you're in the mood for some good fried pickles though, they're pretty dang good!
Nieuw Amsterdam Bar and Restaurant

It's shocking the rate American BBQ restaurants close in Melbourne. But that doesn't mean you cannot find decent barbeque. The beautiful thing about moving to a new country is getting to embrace all of the new foods. But sometimes you need some good old-fashioned comfort food. Have you tried any of these restaurants? If so, which one was your favourite? If you reside in a foreign country, what food do you miss most?


And until next time...
Stay curious! 




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The Ultimate Travel Blog Challenge

Saturday, 1 September 2018
I always love a good challenge. It helps push me past my comfort zone and really see what I'm capable of. When I saw the Travel Bloggers Club was hosting a blogging challenge at first, I thought there would be no way I could enter it. I'm overseas for work, so I don't always have access to my computer or time to write. After marinating on the idea, I decided I would give it a go! 



The Challenge
Why did I choose to start a blogging challenge while overseas for work? Because I wanted to push myself as a writer and a blogger. I know that when I travel abroad, my content tends to slip. I prioritise taking a break from continually connecting on social media and allow myself to enjoy the moment. I prefer to enjoy my holiday then write about everything once I'm back home. 

However, I have about 55 half-written posts in my draft folder that I have yet to complete. I have found I push myself when I'm being held accountable. Challenges work for me. I recently did a challenge in July that thoroughly challenged me and my outlook on my blog. I know that this challenge will be highly beneficial for me. Plus I'll get to deliver as much content as possible throughout September! 

Over the next month, I'll share travel tips on how to make the most out of a long layover, how to pack in less than 30 mins (with only a carry on), and some of my favourite places around Melbourne. If there are specific travel questions you've been dying to have answered, ask in the comment section or on Adventures in Aussieland's Facebook or Twitter, and I'll be sure to address them!


A Bit About Me
Why do you love travelling?
I love travelling because it gives me the opportunity to understand my fellow man. Everybody comes from a different background, but that doesn't mean that some people are better than others. Getting to experience the perspective of another culture is one of the greatest gifts one can get. 

Where is your favourite place to travel to?
I feel like this is a hard question to answer. I would have to say the States. Simply because it's where my family is. I love getting to go back and share my travels with my favourite tiny humans! 

What is your #1 travel tip for saving money?
OOO I have a bunch! If you want to read in detail about my travel money saving tip, read here and here. But my number #1 tip is to know where to search! When searching for a flight, you should always be in an incognito browser. 

Did you know that every time you search for a city or a flight, it's saved in your cookies? This means the travel booking sites know what you've been searching for and are going to bump up the flight price. When you search in an incognito browser, this doesn't happen! Which means you're going to find the best deal possible. 

How do you plan your travels?
Planning my travels is a bit complicated as I have a chronic illness. Travelling with a chronic illness is no easy task either. For the Spark Notes version, I do some research and roughly sketch out what I would like to see. 

If you're interested in reading all about how I plan my travels living with a chronic illness, click here

Which is your favourite continent to visit?
I always enjoy visiting Asia as it is super affordable, but my favourite would have to be Australia. I loved it so much I moved there!  

Tell us about the moment you realised travel was for you. 
Probably from the first time I got on an airplane (even though I don't remember it). As long as I can remember I always loved going on road trips and exploring the world. It might be minimal exploration at this point, but I'm working on seeing more of it! 

The Travel Bloggers Club Community
The Travel Bloggers Club is an excellent community where travel bloggers come together and support one another. I've learned a great deal from the members in this group, and I'm super excited to see the content they will be sharing over the month. Curious to find out what the other awesome bloggers will be sharing? Below are links to their page. Hopefully, you'll find some new bloggers to follow! 



Be sure the check back every day for new content! And don't forget to comment your travel questions below so they can be addressed during the challenge!


And until next time...
Stay curious!




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