More than anywhere I’ve ever been, Portland is a city where the food, the people and the atmosphere shine brightest.
Even with all the interesting places we visited and sights we saw, it was during the time spent wandering different neighbourhoods, interacting with wonderfully polite and friendly residents and eating too much delicious food (number 4 on my list especially!) that I felt really got to the heart of the place.
If that sounds like your kind of city too, read on for 10+ ideas to spend 3 days in Portland!
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!
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…