Thailand

Thailand, a place of gentle giants, cheeky monkeys, warm sunshine and the most beautiful people you’ve ever met. We went to Thailand with some close friends about a year ago and it was my first overseas holiday over SIX YEARS!!! To say I enjoyed it would be a huge understatement!!

Our adventure to Thailand, took us right to the heart of all the action, Phuket, but action packed, our holiday was not. We stayed at the Club Med (which I probably wouldn’t recommend, except the adults only pool was amazing!!) and had a glorious week filled with relaxing, elephants, exploring remote islands (Phi Phi and it’s neighbouring relatives), visiting traditional Thai markets and enjoying massage after massage. By the end of that week, we were ready for the flight back home with well-rested hearts and rejuvenated bodies.

Whether you’re keen for a night out on the town, cultural experiences, action packed adventure, or a more relaxing holiday, Thailand has it all! Our experience was more on the relaxing side, and I’d recommend it to anyone as a destination that’s inexpensive, beautiful, friendly and just like a little slice of paradise.

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Dubai

Dubai truly is a magical place. One moment you are surrounded by buildings so big they seem to disappear into the sky, the next you are looking out to a vast desert and never-ending, but ever-changing panorama of Sand Dunes. It is seriously Incredible(!!!)

There is (absolutely, definitely) no chance that you could sum the experience up in a few words, and not even a few photos will do it justice. So, to begin this Middle Eastern adventure I will (attempt to) cover some of my highlights and leave you dreaming for more.

Lets start with the biggest highlight of them all – The Burj! As one would expect, much of the city circulates around the infamous Burj Khalifa. Taking the view in from the top, with high-tea none the less (you can’t get much higher than Level 122) is an experience definitely worth every penny. The food, tea, service, and view is just insane! I mean, just look at those little delicacies, they tasted even better than they look! And the scones that came after? just way, way too good! Still, I won’t say it’s the best High Tea I’ve ever been to as that’d just be a cliché, but I will say it’s definitely at the top of the list ;).

Second to this is the Sand Dune Desert Safari, where you can experience a huge variety of Middle-Eastern culture. We did the evening tour and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Including Sand Dune Driving, Camel Rides, a spectacular Sunset, Belly Dancing, Henna, Shisha and so much more, this tour will have you saying Shukran (Arabic for Thank you) in no time. Probably not so good if you have a weak tummy as the dunes can get a little hectic, but I promise you the sunset and food at the end is totally worth it!

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Christchurch

What an eye-opener! After hearing about the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, I really had no idea how huge the damage was until we visited the city late last year. Christchurch is a truly beautiful city,the effect of the earthquakes is quite devastating, but there is also some seriously cool re-building going on. Definitely worth a visit if you are on the South Island of New Zealand, and I’d say this city is going to end up being a pretty special place after the rebuilding is completed.

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Queenstown

Offering almost any activity you can think of, Queenstown is the home of adventure and adrenaline, but it is also a lot more than that. A holiday in Queenstown can virtually be anything you want it to be. I’ve experienced both sides of this beautiful city, and today would like to share with you a teeny-tiny ounce of  beauty that Queenstown has to offer. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by a backdrop of majestic mountains these are some of the things I love about Queenstown.

Snow Capped Mountains

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Warming up with a glass of Mulled Wine

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This view from the top of the Skyline Gondola

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Relaxing by the Lake

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The moment before starting to ski down a mountain

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And of course, Fergburger

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…without a doubt, the BEST burgers in the world

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Spring into Arrowtown

Have you heard of Arrowtown before? I’m guessing not, but it lies only 20-minutes away from Queenstown and would have to be one of the most enchanting towns New Zealand has to offer. With it’s small-town heritage, picturesque buildings and quaint gardens, a visit to this unique and charming little town will be sure to delight you.

The heart of the town is Buckingham street, which is home to an array of shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants – elegant, mostly unique and not one from an international chain.

I highly recommend visiting in the spring time. October to November is absolutely stunning as the town is littered in colour from fresh blooms. Click here to find out more about the gorgeous little town!

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Whats the prettiest town you’ve ever been to?

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