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Fun on the Sunshine Coast

When you’re in the Sunshine Coast why not find some fun places to enjoy the hotspots that makes Queensland unique.  Away from the city with many scenic spots, the Sunshine Coast is much more relaxed than the Gold Coast and for good reason!  Whether its taking advantage of the surf and beaches or hiking one of the scenic mountains or coastal trails, you could even find yourself strawberry picking PYO style!

~ Noosa ~

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~ Noosa Fairy Pools  ~

Where to find the Noosa Fairy Pools!  One of the more newer editions to the much loved Noosa Sunshine Coast is the Noosa Fairy Pools.  Found just past Dolphin Point and Granite Bay take a step away from the path past the bench and make your way towards the rockpool that has become quickly popular.  Make sure you check the tide and go at the right time as this will make the most of your experience as you can jump into the pool.

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~ Hell’s Gate Noosa  ~

One of my favourite coastal walks to date is Hell’s Gate Noosa where you can fully enjoy the coastal views and stop by the many beaches.  The weather in Queensland especially towards the Sunshine Coast is always perfect for a reason to get outdoors all year round with many locals taking advantage of their neighbourhood.

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~ Mt. Coolum  Sunshine Coast~

An easy to moderate hike up Mt Coolum leads to an expansive view over the Sunshine Coast.  You can easily make it to the top within 30-45 minutes and great for all fitness levels.  If I lived on the sunshine coast I would love to be able to do this active hike at Mt Coolum and even The Glass House Mountains.

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~ Glass House Mountains Sunshine Coast~

One of the best things about growing up in Queensland are the natural scenic landscapes to explore, from beaches to mountain hikes to waterfalls and creeks.  Queensland really is your outdoor backyard with all the weekend activities you can grow up exploring with your friends!

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~ Strawberry Fields ~

A fun day trip during the right season is Strawberry picking!  Freshly picked strawberries somehow do taste more fresh and so much more fun picking them yourself!  This is a great stop if you’re coming or going towards the Sunshine Coast to PYO strawberries!

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Places that make you want to visit Vietnam

Its a common way to get inspired about your next adventure and photographic inspiration is what will make you want to find that stunning location you saw.  It’s easy to get amongst the culture and forget to capture the moment, and I find its a true skill to be able to capture the true beauty of any landscape.  I personally like to take this challenge and endeavour to add to the growing travel collections to inspire others to make great memories also!

~ Hoàn Kiếm Lake ~

Hoàn Kiếm Lake This majestic lake is in the centre of Hanoi city and one of the major scenic hotpots to visit. A great location to visit that is built in the middle of the Hoàn Kiếm Lake is the Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain) that gives you a great view of the surrounding lake.  Temples are very popular especially in Asian countries and well worth picking some of the top temples to visit.

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~ Temple of Literature ~

This picturesque temple is a popular attraction for its beautiful architecture building featuring the Temple of Confucius in Hanoi City.  Having studied design, this was one of my favourite temples for traditional Vietnamese architecture appreciation whilst exploring the City Tour.  There are pros and cons to doing tours when you’re travelling but I can say I remember my tour guide as being very entertaining and photo-bombed us in our photos saying we’ll remember the memories – and we did Mr. Son.  Find some great tours with Urban Adventures

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Address: Quốc Tử Giám, Đống Đa, Hanoi, Vietnam

~ Halong Bay ~

As you travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city in northeast Vietnam, Halong Bay is a must stop for the emerald green waters and towering limestone islands of rainforests. Experience an overnight cruise to wake up in the midst of the Bay for a stunning sunrise. A unique experience to wake up surrounded nature amongst the waters of Halong Bay and the morning sun of the limestone islands. Find some exciting Halong Bay Tours to choose from where you can also meet and socialise with other travellers.

Travelling is also a opportunity to meet new and different people from all over the world.  Curiosity has always been something I like to explore and I always found it fascinating getting to know people, everyone has a story and I personally found it interesting hearing about how others grew up and the experiences they’ve been through.  Every experience is unique and its exciting to hear about other peoples adventures.

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~ Sapa ~

In the Lao Cai north-west province of Vietnam is the scenic mountainous landscape of Sapa, a popular trekking destination overlooking the terraced rice fields throughout Muong Hoa Valley and Cat Cat Village.  Although a 6-hour transit, it is well worth the scenic experience! One of the most stunning locations I’ve been lucky to visit as you trek through the rice field mountain along with the Hill tribes.  The tribe I traveled with were all female and considered hiking experts with there knowledge of the paths, they even hiked with sandals! What was admirable about this tribe was how multi-skilled they were as they twined great leafy art pieces as they trekked, one of them even carried a little baby with her, which happens very often as part of their daily activities.  A great insight into the culture here and one of my favourite experiences in Vietnam.  The most amazing destinations are the hardest to get reach, but one of the greatest experiences you’ll find.

Instagrammable Cafe’s

 


Instagrammable Cafe’s in Sydney Australia

Quickly becoming popular are the Instagrammable cafe’s. While I was a lifestyle consultant I actually got requests that asked for cafe recommendations that was ‘particularly instagrammable’.  All for the food and picturesque moments! Safe to say you can easily find these places for your next destination to ‘gram.  Let’s go find some qwirky, hidden cafe gems around the world!

 

~ Social Hideout Waterloo Sydney ~ 

Originally starting out in Parramatta, the Social Hideout has made it’s second debut in Waterloo.  The outdoor garden and open air café is designed specifically for a social atmosphere for gatherings  Quickly becoming a popular instagram spot which has given it great publicity and success.

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Address: Shop 4/5/25-33 Allen St, Waterloo NSW 2017

 

~ Bubble Nini Tea Sydney ~ 

One of the most ‘prettiest’ bubble tea you can get in Sydney with a matching interior decorated in flowers. The sweet aroma of home-made tapioca pearls and flowers wafts throughout the neighbourhood.

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Address: 8 Central Park Ave, Chippendale NSW 2008

 


Instagrammable Cafe’s in Seoul Korea

 

~ Café Bora ~

Hidden in the hanok clusters of Bukchon is a small and quaint little café specialising in purple sweet delights. Bora Café is the only place in Seoul and perhaps the world where you will be able to get purple bingsu.  The purple desserts are very photographic.

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Address: 75-3 Yulgok-ro 3-gil, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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~ Zapangi 자판기 ~

This ‘secret’ café is hidden behind this novelty vending machine door and decorated in all things pink.

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Address: 400-2 Mangwon-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

~ Sky Farm – All Day Fresh Kitchen ~

The Skyfarm is stunningly designed with glass heavily used, decorated with greenery.  A stunning venue to visit and eat beneath the glass enclosure.  Be one pf the first to dine here, it’s very exclusive to get a booking!

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Address: 28-1 Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Heogwan 50th and 51th Floor, Seoul, South Korea

 

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Defining a City

The Traveler vs The Local ∞

It took me a long time to realise that there are so many opportunities in the world and what you do with the time you’ve been given can define who you are.

I personally believe the best way to fully experience any city, is to live in that place for an extended time. You can’t judge a place unless you have lived and breathed the lifestyle enough to form an educated opinion.

Your perspective as a traveler will be different to a local, and what better way to discover more about a city than to become a local yourself ~

I gave myself this challenge when I did my first big interstate move to Sydney.

Sydney is a great example of a city with lots to offer. Especially for someone coming from a small hometown compared to Brisbane. Every weekend I made it a mission to do or find something different to explore.  Personally I found my favourite spots were the hidden gems of the city – the places you had to find if you look past the usual tourist spots.

Sydney for me is a tourist city; lots of things to do and very expensive of course. I quickly came to realise why people were the way there were in Sydney.  Very career-focused and fast-paced, mainly to keep up with the expensive lifestyle, and even though they lived in a city that offered so much to do, the people of Sydney just didn’t have the time to enjoy the beautiful city that they lived in.

This is the advantage of being a Traveler.  Visiting a city knowing you only have a limited amount of time motivates you to experience as much as possible within a city.

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