Who among us isn’t curious to taste a slice of paradise? I’m not usually a beach person (with this exception) but I’d heard such great things about the Cook Islands that my interest was piqued. And in many ways it lived up to or surpassed my expectations. So following our trip last year, I wanted to pull together a Cook Islands travel guide to share all my research and help others plan a dream Cook Islands getaway!
My full guide to the Cook Islands is coming soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d share some of the main things we got up to during our trip to the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki…
Full disclosure: though I thought I’d love Melbourne, my takeaway impression was lukewarm at best.
I don’t like to be too quick to judge a city, but I also want to be candid here on the blog when somewhere just doesn’t quite live up to expectations. But while I can’t recommend it unreservedly (and I think 5 days is too long for most people), there are definitely some gems that are well worth seeking out. So here’s our 5 day itinerary, in the hopes that it might help you plan your own trip to Melbourne! My favourites are highlighted with a ★.
A confession. I’ve been travelling and living in New Zealand for over a year now, and yet…I’ve never once set foot on South Island. If you’ve ever been to New Zealand, I’m sure you’ll appreciate how remarkable that is. South Island is the home to the most staggering scenery. Ice-blue lakes, mist-laden fjords, snow-capped mountains. In a nutshell, it’s extraordinary.
We haven’t yet set a date for our South Island travels, but that hasn’t stopped me putting plans in place for when we do finally take the ferry down south!
If you’re thinking about making a trip too, settle in and enjoy my guide to New Zealand South Island road trip planning…
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Japan is a phenomenal country. I could spend a whole post listing the various things I love about it. Its flame-coloured torii gates, roaming deer and abundance of yuru-chara mascot characters. The sounds of birdsong on the Tokyo metro, the most exquisite pagodas and pavilions…I could go on and on.
I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve drawn on my own research and experiences to provide some ideas and advice to help plan your own Japan trip! Along with a 14 day Japan itinerary, I’ve included pre-planning tips, a breakdown of our expenses and even some lovely alternative itineraries from other sources. Enjoy!