Category: Trip Planning

Australia and New Zealand Planning Part II

In my last article on our Australia and New Zealand trip planning process, I discussed how I researched the best time to take our trip and which locations should be on the top of our list to visit.  Using this information, I was able to create a rough itinerary for our trip.  Since that time, we have booked our airfare from the United States to Australia, as well as all of the airfare that we will need to go from one location to the next during our trip.

In Part 2 of my Australia and New Zealand planning, I am going to focus on the Australian portion of our trip.  Using the rough itinerary that I created in Part 1 of my planning process, I am going to start filling in the activities and tours for each day we are in Australia, along with how we will be getting around while we are in the country.  My hope is that this information will be helpful to you as you plan your trip to Australia in the future.

Australia and New Zealand Travel Planning Part 1

Other than actually taking the trips, there are few things I enjoy more than planning travel adventures.  In case you haven’t read my article on our travel plans for this year, we have decided to visit Australia and New Zealand.  Both of these countries have long been on our bucket list and I am very excited to finally have the chance to visit them.

As I did when I planned our trip to Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands last year, I am going to share with you my trip planning process.  By sharing the process by which I go about planning trips, I hope to give you some ideas on how you can save more money traveling and make your trip planning process a bit easier.

Epic National Parks Road Trips – Pacific Northwest Road Trip

In this fourth part of my Epic National Parks Road Trips series, I am going to walk you thru a road trip itinerary that takes you thru some of America’s most stunning national parklands.  The Pacific Northwest is renown for its wildness and its beauty and the national parks that are found in the Pacific Northwest of the United States are no different.  They are wild and they are beautiful.

Visitor’s Guide to Zermatt, Switzerland

If you are into outdoor adventure, then the beautiful city of Zermatt in Southern Switzerland should be near the top of your destinations list.  World renown for its skiing, mountaineering, and hiking trails, Zermatt is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground.  Every year, people from around the world visit Zermatt to ski on its amazing slopes, hike on the many miles of beautiful alpine hiking trails, and to view and even climb the neighboring mountain peaks.

Zermatt is home to the Matterhorn, which may be one of this world’s most beautiful and enchanting mountains.  With its jagged peak, which is often made more alluring by cloud cover, the Matterhorn looks like it could have been conjured up on a Hollywood movie set.  It is only the 10th highest mountain in Switzerland, but it may be the most famous because of its sheer beauty.  But as beautiful as the mountain is, it can also be deadly.  Since 1865, roughly 500 people have died on the mountain.  This is an average of roughly 3 or 4 people a year.  So if you are going to try and climb the mountain, make sure you know what you are getting into before you set off.

Visitor’s Guide to Ronda, Spain

If you are looking for that quintessential Spanish fairytale experience, then look no further than the city of Ronda in Spain’s Malaga province. This mountaintop city, which is built-up on the precipice of a deep gorge, looks like it was conjured up from the mind of one of this world’s greatest storytellers. It really is that beautiful and unique.

While this fabulous city may not have been imagined up by a great storyteller, it has attracted some of this world’s most creative minds. In fact, both Olson Wells and Ernest Hemingway spent some significant time in this city of dreams throughout their lives. According to Hemingway, “Ronda is the place where to go, if you are planning to travel to Spain for a honeymoon or for being with a girlfriend. The whole city and its surroundings are a romantic set.”

Top 10 Tips for Saving on Holiday Travel

With the holiday season fast approaching and your to-do list growing by the day, the last thing you want is added stress about how you are going to afford your holiday travel.  The holiday season can be the most expensive time of the year to travel, and if you aren’t familiar with how to navigate the minefield of expenses it can be a daunting task to undertake at an already stressful time of the year.

The Art of Travel Photography – Machu Picchu Photography Guide

Machu Picchu is both an architectural marvel and a stunning piece of artwork wrapped up into one iconic travel destination.  Considered one of the new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is one of South America’s, if not the world’s, most recognizable places.  Because of its beauty, tourists flock to Machu Picchu each year to get a glimpse of it first hand and to try and capture its essence in photographs.  However, capturing this beautiful place in photographs is not without its challenges.

The Essential Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail Packing Guide

There are few places in this world as jaw-dropping as Machu Picchu and few hikes in this world with as much historical significance and as many beautiful vistas as the Inca Trail that was used by the Inca people to get to Machu Picchu.  Before you begin to plan your trip, please use this guide to give you a sense of what you will need to pack with you when you visit Machu Picchu or hike the Inca Trail.

Everything You Need to Know to Visit the Galápagos Islands

The Galápagos Islands is one of this world’s top tourist destinations.  Every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock to this island archipelago off the coast of South America to enjoy the beautiful vistas, interact with the diverse and amazing wildlife, and to scuba dive and snorkel in one of the world’s richest marine environments.  The Galápagos Islands are truly one of this world’s greatest treasures and something that everyone should see in their lifetime.

Galápagos Islands Wildlife Guide

The Galápagos Islands are one of this world’s most famous, and alluring, wildlife destinations.  Ever since Charles Darwin visited the islands and documented the diversity of wildlife and wrote his theory of Evolution, people have been flocking to the islands to get a first-hand look at this amazing ecosystem.  Not only do the Galápagos Islands have a staggering array of marine wildlife in its waters, but there are also a wide variety of birds, reptiles, and mammals found on the islands themselves.