Diving in Sesimbra (Lisbon)

Sesimbra is about 40 minutes bus drive from Lisbon. It is a fishing town and most importantly a great town known for its dive throughout the year. The main disadvantage of the ocean in Sesimbra is that it is always cold and rough. As part of my Europe travel this year, I wanted to include some dives as well. While …

L’Express in Brussels

During a bus tour in Belgium, I met an Indian girl called Deepa. After the tour ended, we both decided to have dinner together and that’s when she introduced me to a Lebanese restaurant called ‘L’Express’. It is very close to the Grand Place and it is a small narrow looking restaurant. The pita chicken (normal) costs Euros 9 and …

Grand Canyon via Evans lookout

“The” most spectacular and popular walk in the Blue Mountains is the Grand Canyon walk. The walk offers dramatic canyons, cliffs and waterfalls. Logistics: Starting & finishing point: Blackheath train station Total distance: 15 kilometres Grade: Moderate Public transport: There are frequent trains between Sydney central and Blackheath  

Southern Highlands of NSW

In the beginning of 2019, my friends and I did a one day road trip with Ruhi. The Southern Highlands (locally referred as Highlands) is a district in New South Wales (NSW). The district is about 110 kilometres from Sydney. Lake Alexandra in Mittagong Lake Alexandra Reserve is a man made lake. The lake is surrounded by a park that …

Diving in Dolphin Wreck (Brunei)

Brunei is famous for ship wrecks. It has many of the ships that have gone down and are spectacular sites for divers. While most of these sites are for advanced divers, there are some of them for open water divers as well. One such wreck is the Dolphin Wreck. This is a ship wreck that sunk only 5 years ago. …

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 …

How do I get so much money to travel?

‘You are lucky, you are rich!’ ‘I wish I was as rich as you!’ ‘I am not as lucky as you!’ ‘I wish I had the money to travel!’ ‘How do you get so much money?’ ‘How do you manage your funds?’ And many more… First of all, let me start my saying that I am neither rich nor do …

Waverton: Balls Head Reserve

A very easy and relaxed walk to do over the weekend is the Balls Head Reserve walk in Sydney. It is in the Lower North Shore of Sydney and passes through some gorgeous views of Sydney Harbour. It is definitely a walk to be on your things to do while in Sydney. The walk is around Balls Head, Sawmillers Reserve, …

Square Rock

The square rock lookout is located in the Namadgi National Park in ACT. It is about 1400 metres above sea level. It is a lovely day walk with the rock platforms. Statistics: Starting and ending points: Car Park for Square Rock on Corin Road. Total Length: 8 kilometres return. Total time: around 4 hours. Grade: Moderate. Public Transport: None. The …

Our adventure at Figure 8 pool

It was a beautiful Saturday and as part of our weekend exercise, my friends, Vijay, Som, Priya and Sree, and I had picked Figure 8 pool. Priya and Som had checked various websites to see the best time to visit on that Saturday. NOTE: The best time to visit Figure 8 pool is during low tides and detailed information about …

Castle Head Walk

Another spectacular walk in Blue Mountains is the Castle Head Walk. The walk provides the actual bush walking experience and has mind boggling views of the mountains. It’s definitely one of the hikes to add while considering hiking in the blue mountains. Logistics: Starting point: Scenic World bus stop Distance: 15 kilometers return Grade: Easy to Moderate (Moderate only because …

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. …

Mt John – South Summit Walk

Tekapo is a small town located in the inland South Island in New Zealand. One of the must dos when in Tekapo is hiking the South Summit of Mt John. The walk starts off at the hot springs and makes its way through the lush green forest, till the Summit and then to the Cafe at the observatory. Undoubtedly the …

Tropical North 🌴

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Queensland is the Great Barrier Reef. The northern part of Queensland is not only famous for the spectacular blue oceans and Great Barrier Reef, but also for the lush rainforest and definitely one of the oldest rainforests in the World – The Daintree Rainforest. Tropical North is the …

Chile, I love you!

Chile was voted as a must visit place for 2018 by Lonely Planet. I have seen New Zealand and Norway and I have loved every bit of those countries. If Chile was voted above NZ and Norway, then Chile had to live up to its status. Well, I was visiting Chile for my Christmas break in 2017. I had expectations …

My “Australian” bucket list – tick tick tick!

While browsing through my old pictures, I found my notes that had the bucket list I wanted to cover in Australia. This included visiting places and the experiences that I wanted to have. I had created this year probably 5 years ago before I arrived in Australia.

I have now decided to dedicate a post that has this list and cross them as and when I tick them off.

Note: This list is being constantly updated and altered.

  1. Abseil – √
  2. Attend a cricket match at the MCG
  3. Attend a State of Origin match
  4. Attend an AFL match
  5. Attend an ANZAC Day Dawn Service
  6. Attend the Royal Easter Show
  7. Become a zoo keeper
  8. Bush walk – √
  9. Cage dive with crocodile – √
  10. Camp at Lake Mckenzie
  11. Camp under the stars – √
  12. Canyoning
  13. Click the Milky way – √
  14. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge – √
  15. Cuddle a koala– √
  16. Dip in a hotspring
  17. Dive with Great White sharks – √
  18. Dive with sharks – √
  19. Drink wine in Margaret River region
  20. Drive in Tasmania – √
  21. Drive on Australia’s longest road – Eyre highway, Nullarbor
  22. Drive on Great Ocean Road
  23. Drive on the coastline – √
  24. Drive to Broome
  25. Eat a Tim Tam biscuit – √
  26. Eat vegemite sandwich – √
  27. Experience aerobatic flight
  28. Explore Daintree rain forest – a 110 million years old rain forest- √
  29. Explore the convict story at Port Arthur- √
  30. Feed a kangaroo – √
  31. Get clicked at Blue Lake, Mount Gambier, South Australia
  32. Get clicked at Pink Lake, Esperance
  33. Get clicked with a giraffe – √
  34. Get kissed by a dolphin and a seal – √
  35. Glamping
  36. Go camping in Carnarvon Gorge
  37. Go on wine tours – √
  38. Go on world’s fastest jungle swing – Minjin Swing
  39. Go sandboarding – √
  40. Hike Ruined Castle – √
  41. Hike the Cradle mountain- √
  42. Hike the tallest mountain – Mount Kosciuszko – √
  43. Hike up to Wineglass Bay lookout- √
  44. Hold a baby crocodile – √
  45. Hold an owl – √
  46. Hot air ballooning at Byron Bay
  47. Jenolan Caves – √
  48. Kayaking at Katherine Gorge
  49. Kokoda War Memorial (1000 Steps) – √
  50. Learn to ski – √
  51. Learn to snowboard
  52. Learn to surf
  53. Paraglide
  54. Party at Gold Coast – √
  55. Pat a cheetah – √
  56. Puffing Billy – √
  57. Raft on Franklin River
  58. Ride a camel on Cable beach
  59. Ride in a helicopter
  60. Ride the skyrail rainforest cableway- √
  61. Sail on romantic Whitsundays – √
  62. Sandboarding – √
  63. Scuba dive in Great Barrier Reef – √
  64. Scuba dive in Port Douglas- √
  65. See a concert at Sydney Opera house- √
  66. See a nemo under water (wild)- √
  67. See fireworks at Sydney Opera house on New Year’s eve – √
  68. See humpback whales – √
  69. See the Heart reef – √
  70. See the Three sisters – √
  71. Six foot track – √
  72. Sky dive – √
  73. Stay at Crooked river wines
  74. Stay at Frazer island- √
  75. Stay at Thredbo during the snow season – √
  76. Swim with minkie whales
  77. Swim with seals and dolphins – √
  78. Swim with whale sharks
  79. Take a picture with Horsehead Rock- √
  80. Take a selfie with a Quokka on Rottsnest island
  81. The Ngaro Sea trail
  82. The Twelve Apostles – √
  83. Touch a tortoise – √
  84. Tree surf at Mornington Peninsula
  85. Tulips festival at Canberra – √
  86. View Milky way – √
  87. View sunrise and sunset on Uluru – √
  88. View sunset at Broome
  89. View sunset at Darwin – √
  90. Visit 6 states and 2 territories – √
  91. Visit Arnhem land
  92. Visit Bridestowe Lavender estate (lavender farms) – √
  93. Visit Caves beach  – √
  94. Visit Christmas island
  95. Visit Fairy pools at Nooda national park
  96. Visit Giant Tingle tree in Walpole
  97. Visit Kangaroo Island  – √
  98. Visit Karinji national park
  99. Visit Kiama Blowhole – √
  100. Visit Little beach
  101. Visit Lord Howe Island
  102. Visit MONA in Tasmania- √
  103. Visit Moreton Island- √
  104. Visit Nan Tien Temple – √
  105. Visit (any) nude beach – √
  106. Visit Philip Island – √
  107. Visit Pinnacles – √
  108. Visit Sapphire Coast
  109. Visit Seal bay at Kangaroo Island – √
  110. Visit the beautiful coastline – √
  111. Visit Toowoon Bay
  112. Visit Wave rock
  113. Visit underground town – Coober Pedy
  114. Volunteer at an animal rescue shelter- √
  115. Walk on the white sand beach – Hyams beach – √
  116. Walk on Whiteheaven beach – √
  117. Walk the Jellybean walking track in Blue mountains – √
  118. Watch a match at Australian Open – √
  119. Watch cute penguins return home – √
  120. Witness Aurora Australis
  121. Witness a snowfall – √
  122. Witness sea turtle hatching season at Heron Island
  123. Zip line – √

Inside a volcano!

While planning for the activities to do in Reykjavik, I stumbled upon a tour where I could go inside a volcano. ‘How cool is that!’ I thought and I immediately booked the tour, without thinking for a second. The name of the company that organises the tour is ‘inside the volcano‘. In this tour, visitors can go into a 4000 year old dormant volcano …