Lord of the Fries

Do you love hot chips (fries) as much as I do? Then ‘Lord of the Fries‘ is the place to be for amazing and delicious hot chips. I think they make the best chips in the World. They are everywhere in Australia, but Melbourne has many stores and they are available everywhere. They have different dips/sauces that can be bought …

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Garden of the Sleeping Giant

The Garden of the Sleeping Giant is Fiji’s largest orchid collection and is one of the amazing things to do. It is said that the garden has more than 2000 varieties of orchids. The garden is at the base of the Sleeping Giant Mountain. It is on Wailoko Road in the Nausori Highlands. The garden was founded in 1977 by …

Anchorage Beach Resort

The Anchorage Beach Resort is the boutique resort that my mother and I stayed at when we visited Fiji. It is on the main island of Fiji. I personally liked this resort as we had a beach view from the room that we had booked. The resort is right along the beach and is a beautiful place to stay at. …

Whale watching scenic flight

Since it is whale watching season, I thought may be it is time for me to post about watching the whales from a flight. I have always watched these beautiful gentle giants from a lookout point or from a boat. I had never even thought of seeing them from up in the air. While my visit to Kaikoura in New Zealand, …

Diving in Amedee Island (New Caledonia)

My first dive after getting certified was at Amedee Island in New Caledonia. I was nervous. I was nervous because the expectation is that I would remember all the basic skills that I learned from my certification. This is a good expectation but the reality is a little different. Since scuba is something that I do not do on a …

Road of Loving Hearts

The walk is called ‘Road of Loving Hearts‘ because Robert Louis Stevenson is buried at the top of the mountain summit. The trail leads to that burial tomb. Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish poet and author. The walk starts off at the Robert Louis Stevenson museum, which was the author’s home. Logistics: Starting and finishing points: Robert Louis Stevenson …

Lessons learned in Samoa

There are always learnings from travels. I note down lessons learned generally, which lists all the things I learned about the country while I was travelling in the country. So here is my list for Samoa: Data or Wifi is expensive. The cheapest is getting a SIM card. The SIM card (ensure it is activated and the data package is …

Stay at Samoa – Le Manumea Resort

I wouldn’t lie! If you need a good stay at Samoa – it is expensive. After a bit of research and because I had a voucher from Lastminute.com – I decided to go with Le Manumea Resort in Apia. My reasons for selecting the resort initially was pretty simple that it was in my budget. Details: Name: Le Manumea Resort Website: …

Samoa visa requirements

A visa free country if you are visiting Samoa for less than 60 days. But you do need to hold an onward ticket, a copy of bank statement and a valid passport for at least next 6 months. This is valid for any nationality (including Australia and India). Note: Even though similar names, Samoa is different to American Samoa and …

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Rotorua is home for many geothermal parks. A less famous one is the Waimangu Volcanic valley. It is the World’s youngest geothermal valley. The lakes are craters were created due to the Mt. Tarawera volcanic eruption. It has some of the distinct and beautiful geothermal lakes. It is said that the volcano has erupted around 5 times in the last …

Hideaway Island Resort in Mele Island

First of all, I would like to start my post by saying that Vanuatu is an amazing and beautiful place. And Mele Island is a small island, a short boat ride from the mainland. The island is owned by the local villagers and is leased to the owners of Hideaway Island Resort. I stayed at this stunning island during my visit …

Lake Waikaremoana Hike

I have decided to do more of multi day hikes. So, while searching for more walks in Australia and New Zealand, my friend Vijay and I stumbled upon the Lake Waikaremoana Track. We did a lot of research, but there was not one place where the entire information was available. So, I have decided to bring all the information together …

Backpacking in South Island!

I have been to New Zealand many times before. Its a beautiful country and my most favourite country as well, so visiting this part of the World is almost like an annual ritual. This time around, I decided to do a backpacking trip in the South Island. South Island is the biggest island of the two islands in New Zealand. …

Jucy Snooze Christchurch

I stumbled upon Jucy Snooze pods while researching for hostels near Christchurch airport. And I must say it is definitely one of the coolest places I have ever stayed at. It is just 10 minutes walk from the international airport. The whole check in and out process is automated and it is a very simple process. The check in process …

Stewart Island – Complete guide

Stewart Island is the third biggest island in New Zealand. The island lies about 30 kilometers south of South Island. The best thing about Stewart Island is its wildlife and the estimated population of the island is around 400 people, which means less crowd. It is also known as Rakiura. The word ‘Rakiura’ is the Maori word, translating to the …

1 day in Wanaka!

Anyone who has traveled in New Zealand would be very fond of Wanaka. It’s a beautiful small town. It is in the Otago region of South Island in New Zealand. Note: This post is for budgeted travelers like me. How to reach Wanaka? Intercity NZ is the most famous provide that run buses very frequently between Christchurch or Queenstown and …

The first time I asked for a drop!

After walking for almost 2 kilometres in Mt Cook (New Zealand), I realised I cannot keep walking for another 10 kilometres to reach the starting point of my hike 😅. Yes, I had decided to do a hike on a rainy day. Maybe in clear nice days, I could have thought about it, but not today when it was pouring. …

4 line Ziplining!

Queenstown is the place to be if you love adventures and if you are an adventure junkie. Ranging from Bungee jumping to Skydiving to Jetboating, Queenstown has it all. This is definitely my favourite place in New Zealand. The vibe and the air of this place is itself amazing. Since I have bungee jumped in Queenstown and have skydived twice …