All posts tagged: travel

Road Trippin | Great Ocean Road, Australia

My laid back attitude has a big influence in the way I travel abroad. I always have a general idea of where I’m going with a loose “must see, must do” list because I love doing things on a whim. That’s what happened when my friends and I decided to drive the Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles. It was suggested by our new Melbourne friends to see the natural wonder. I had heard of the 12 Apostles before but had no idea it was a relatively close drive from Melbourne. So on our second day in the city we booked a car for the very next day. We started early to give ourselves enough time to get there and back within the day. Luckily, there was a coffee shop just a few steps away from the car rental and we fueled our bodies for the long day ahead. We quickly learned that Gloria Jean’s Coffee shops are almost as frequent as Starbucks shops are in America. It was decided that I would drive …

Hiking Adventures | Chimney Rock, North Carolina

About 6 years ago, I had just moved to North Carolina with wide eyes and an open mind. I knew I didn’t want to waste the next 4 years in my new home by staying local. I wanted to really get out and explore the lush lands. I got the chance to do just that when I made my first set of friends who were fellow West Coasters from the Bay Area. A few weeks into befriending them, they invited us to join them on their weekend trip to the Appalachians.  A 5 hours drive across the state ended us in Lake Lure, home of Chimney Rock National Park and filming set to the movie Dirty Dancing! We arrived to a quaint town practically closed for the evening save for some restaurants. We checked into our cozy log cabin, unpacked, and headed back into town for a quick dinner. The next morning we woke up bright and early to start our hike. Prepared to hike for a few hours, that ended up not being the …

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours | Cape Tribulation, Australia

Doesn’t Jungle Surfing sound so much more fun than zip lining? When I saw this listed under things to do in Cairns I immediately told my friends that we were doing this. No excuses. For an activity under $100 they didn’t hesitate. However, it wasn’t exactly located in Cairns but a scenic 2.5 hours drive north to the Daintree National Park. So we rented a car (my first left side driving!) and bunked a couple nights in Port Douglas. The drive through the rain forest was quite windy but had picturesque scenery. Since October is their Spring season, the mild sunny weather was the perfect day to be active. The drive was pretty much a straight shot along the coast with signs directing us to the meeting place of the canopy tours. We arrived to a quaint souvenir store with the bus waiting just out front. But before we could even step into the bus we had to sign our lives away in the form of a waiver. A 10 minutes drive through more rain …

City Wanderings | Cape Town, South Africa

On the day of Mandela’s passing I couldn’t help but quietly mourn for a man I had never met. His death wasn’t a complete surprise as he had been sick for quite some time. Still, his actions, compassion, and wisdom had made a significant impact across the globe and I was grateful to be alive during his influence. I witnessed first hand his impact when I flew to South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This was the first African country to host the World Cup and I knew I just had to be there. When my friend proposed that we attend this lively event I initially thought we’d only visit Johannesburg. However, she had her travel bug set on Cape Town and I’m glad she did. Today, Cape Town is one of my favorite cities! We were only there for a short 3 days and 4 nights stay. Had I known it was going to be as awesome as it is, I would have made different travel arrangements to stay longer. This was …

3 Simple Reasons to Travel

Everyday I see memes and articles that emphasize the importance of traveling but they pretty much all say the same thing. – Travel the world while you can… – Live a life full of traveling adventure… – There’s a big world out there. Explore. Blah blah blah. We get it. However, yesterday I encountered an article that a friend on Facebook posted titled 3 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young. So I clicked on it, read it, and now I’m here blogging about it. It was that inspirational to me. I read travel articles all the time that tell you what countries to visit, what attractions to see, and what events to attend. They’ll explain to you that it’s cool, it’s fun, it’s indescribable. But what most readers won’t get out of the article are the underlying messages that traveling experiences give you. An article by Mind Openerz tells you in 3 simple sentences on why you should travel, albeit young. 1. Traveling teaches you to live an adventure.  I think of the word adventure …

Snowboarding | Blue Mountain Resort, Ontario

Autumn has to be my favorite season out of the year but winter is where I have the most fun. What sort of fun you ask? Snowboarding fun! I picked up the sport in 2009 when I went on a trip to Toronto with a few friends. We discovered that the Blue Mountain Resort was located about an hour outside of the city and so that’s where I first learned to snowboard. This sport, whether it’s recreational or professional, truly tests the type of person you are. First off, you’re either a snowboarder or skier. There’s always a preference and not many people like to do both (at least that I’ve seen). Secondly, participating in either sport truly tests your pain tolerance and perseverance. If you can push through all the falling, tripping, slipping, sliding, bumping, soreness, and much more then you are one bad ass motherf*cker . . . even if you go slowly down the mountain like I do. I don’t care. You made a personal goal to learn snowboarding and through it all you …

Road Trippin | Arizona to North Carolina

Several years ago I did the unthinkable (well, at least to Filipino parents) and left the nest. Really left the nest. I wasn’t moving to another country even though some will argue that The South feels like one within the United States. Regardless, it was unknown territory located clear across the country. There was no rush to get to our final destination in North Carolina. So about a month before my departure, it was decided to make the move into a two week road trip with stops in cities where we could visit family and friends. The mister and I decided who we would see along the way and with that information I was able to plan out the road trip. I like to think I’m a ‘go with the flow’ type person, which I can be for the most part, but as my first cross-country drive I couldn’t help myself. I planned it out to the very hour. The countdown was on and I was nervous with excitement for this next chapter in my …

Hiking Adventures | Mount Fujiyama

In 2007 I accomplished something that I had never previously dreamed of doing before visiting Japan – hiking it’s most iconic mountain. During June and July I had the opportunity to visit this beautiful country for four weeks. I stayed on an American military base that was settled at the foot of Mount Fuji. I went to bed and woke up each day with a scenic mountain view. Standing at 3,778m (12,388 ft), it’s snow-capped most months out of the year. Thankfully, during their summer season (July-August) most of the snow melts away and the mountain climbing/hiking trails open up. [Please excuse the extremely amateur pictures. This was before I had a DSLR and proper picture-taking skills] So just before I was hauled back to America, we reserved a spot on the bus that would take us to the beginning of our hike. As my first legitimate mountain hike, I had no clue as to  what real hiking entailed. I was an athlete during high school and physically sound. However, my sports involvement post high …