7 October 2015

Word On The Street | In Perth With A Hole In My Shoe

As part of the Word On The Street travel series, I have asked four bloggers to guide us through four cities. This is the first installment with Lyn volunteering as local guide to Perth in Australia

Perth is like no other place because of its location. We are one of the most isolated capital cities in the world. But don’t think because we are isolated there is nothing to do here. Quite the opposite. Known for our sunny, Mediterranean climate, Perth has the best beaches and one of the largest inner city parks in the world. 

Where are the best beaches in town. We have 19 beaches in Perth and they all have their own reasons for making them great. Cottesloe, City Beach, Scarborough, Sorrento, Trigg, Rockingham are just a few.

What area of town is best for a cocktail or a nice night out…Again there are many from Crown Casino, Northbridge or Leederville, there is no shortage of great bars to have the best cocktails.

Where can the best view can be found… King’s Park, overlooking the city across the Swan River, South Perth foreshore at night watching the city lights or watching the sunset at the Cott (Cottesloe beach).

Best local escapes… Swan Valley, just an hour from the Perth CBD and you have the beautiful Swan Valley, home to some of the best wineries in the world and WA’s oldest wine  growing region. You can explore a 32km food and wine trail, a boat cruise from the city to the Swan Valley or go on a heritage walk trail in Guildford, the gateway to the Swan Valley. What activities would you highly recommend in the city... surprisingly we are the world’s third windiest city so utilise these winds and the abundance of sunshine by surfcatting or yachting on the beautiful Swan River.

Give me one secret only a local would know… Most people would not know that the Perth Mint houses the world’s largest collection of gold bullion. Easiest ways to get around town... in the city itself, walking because it’s so small and accessible

Make sure you pack… water bottle and good walking shoes as we are one of the sunniest capitals in the world so you need to keep hydrated. On foot you can easily get around the city to see heritage buildings or go bushwalking in one of the largest parks in a capital city in the world. Within the metro area you can visit Hillarys Boat Harbour, Mundaring Weir, Serpentine Dam or Crystal Caves in Yanchep. Or maybe an outing to see the Dolphins at Mandurah’s Dolphin Quay, visit Penguin Island, springtime at Araluen Botanic Park where you can see 120,000 tulips in flower or head over to Rottnest Island and visit the Quokkas. Another thrilling experience is to witness the largest whale migration in the southern hemisphere. In April 35,000 whales travel from Antarctica to WA’s north west to the warmer waters of the Kimberleys and then return again September to December. The return trip brings them very close to the coast an opportunity for a whale watching cruise. Another unique experience is a daytrip to Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles Desert, an area with spectacular limestone pinnacles. So is you can see, there is an extensive arrange of things to see and do in Perth, perched on the edge of the Indian Ocean, Perth really is like no other place on earth.

About our Guide: Lyn Baker

In the next post in the series on Word On The Street, we are heading to Cusco in Peru. Look out for the post next Wednesday. 

2 October 2015

What's Hot This October

On The Blog This Month: Word On The Street Travel Series

We have some serious global wandering this month by way of a travel series called Word On The Street. We are going to travel around the world this month, I tell ya. Another new month getting us closer to the end of 2015! With this new month I thought I would introduce a few cities that I am sure some of you(including myself) have been wanderlusting about. What better way to do that than to interview other bloggers who live there, been there, done that and bought the t-shirt. The image above gives you an idea of where we will be travelling to this month. Four of those places will be introduced by other bloggers and the other four places I will be showing you around. The four cities introduced by blogger will be part of the 4 week series this month called Word On The Street. This will be published very Wednesday at 4pm to get your Wednesday Wanderlust juices flowing. So make sure you sign up on Bloglovin, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well as the newletter(enter email to the right) to make sure you read them first when they publish.  Check out the list below for more details of whats to come:

1. Perth, Australia - We are visiting two beautiful cities in Australia this month one of which will be Perth. This will be introduced by Lyn and Steve Baker from A Hole In My Shoe. They will show you around Kings Park, Cottesloe Beach and the City Lights. (Publishes - 7/10/15)

2. Cusco, Peru - Heather Cole, a traveller and writer with a serious case of wanderlust will take us to Cusco in Peru. Visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, tips on the best places to see, where to eat, drink and how to get around this part in South America. I am dying to publish this Conversanttraveller's tales, as I have been dreaming about Peru for too long now, but haven't bought a ticket yet. (Publishes - 14/10/15)

3. Scottsdale, USA - With most wanderlusters dreaming about faraway places like Vietnam, Chile, Indonesia, we often forget about the USA. Yes, the big United States are filled with some crazy-beautiful sights so you would be nuts to not want to visit the  cool places on offer, one of which is Scottsdale in Arizona. This is also the state that has the amazing canyons! Antelope Canyon and Grand Canyon, of course. Allison Mathis from LiveLifeWell with introduce these desert landcapes this month. (Publishes - 21/10/15)

4.Russia and The World For Black History Month - October is Black History month in the UK so what better way to celebrate than to take you around the world for black history month. We will be looking at some historically significant black people from from around the world. Russia's Alexander Pushkin who was and still is a well known poet. Then we will head to Mexico and check out Vicente Ramó Guerrero; Mexico's first black president who also happen to have led Mexico to Independence in 1829. We will also be celebrating modern heroes too, like Mae Carol Jemison; the first black woman in Space. So look out for that! I will be covering North America, South America,  Europe, Asia and Africa! Around the world in black history.

5. South Downs - England - I am sure some of you may have seen pictures of the white chalk cliffs in England. Well I will be taking you around East Sussex and the beautiful coastal towns of this part of the UK. Even better was the fact that I was challenged to do this trip for under £100 by YHA hostels. I love a good challenge too, so look out for this post to find out whether I succeeded or failed miserably.

6. Sydney, Australia - Another trip back to Australia in the Word On The Street series will be provided by Jen Seligmann, The Trusted Traveller. Who hasn't dreamed about seeing the Opera House from across the habour? Exactly what I though, no one. We will get the details from a local on where to hang out, eat, get the best views so look out for that. (Publishes - 28/10/15)

7. Snowdonia, Wales - I love adventure as much as the next person but I love it even more when experienced with friends. Over the August bank holiday a bunch of friends and I drove to Wales to explore Snowdonia National Park. Most were driving from London with one coming from as far away as Cornwall. I cant wait to share more pictures from our hikes, picnicking next to an elevated lake and just experiencing the most amazing views after scaling the peaks in Snowdonia.

8. New Delhi, India - Another trip I am dying to share with you is India. I will be giving you the low down on the sights to see in India's New Delhi. What to see and do, where to stay, shop and eat. So be show to follow on social media to make sure you read that when it drops.

If you want to find the travel series for this month. You will be able to find it via the hashtag #WordOnTheStreetWithBee. The These will drop every Wednesday at 4pm.

9 September 2015

My Bucketlist: Bring Travel Dreams to Life

We all have bucketlists, places we want to see before we clock out for the last time. Some may involve trekking the beautiful peaks in Patagonian, or cruising the Nile, learning Italian as you travel via train through the scenic coastal towns of Italy, or being in two continents at the same time while meandering on the Bosphorus boat tours with Sofia in in your rear view or maybe even flying over across the other side of the world discovering whats really down under(when you find out let me know!). Whatever those plans are, point is we all have them! Yes, even for those whose travel plans as less of a priority than us wanderlusting addicts. Its also such a shame that most of us wait too long to realise those plans. With this blog I always try and included tips and details of how you can travel without having to sell your organs. You can check out my recent blog post on how to travel for next to nothing, which includes links to sites for the best flight deals as well as tips on saving money when booking hotels and earning points for free travel. 

I have been meaning to publish my bucketlist for sometime and but it changes so much with each and every new exciting destination that I discover. With all the changes that happen to it, I thought I would just go ahead and publish it and leave it as a dynamic list I would add to or remove, or perhaps even do a version 2 of my travel bucketlist. That's if I rinse this one out after wining the lottery and take a year out to travel. Included at links to post covering places I have already ticked off on my bucket list. I guess on of the reasons for the delay is that this blog was really intended to provide meaningful resources for any one wishing for inspiration on destinations that are not only popular but those that you might not have considered  but now that you have seen pictures, you can then add to your bucketlist. As always if a post doesn't provide enough details on costs, accommodation and transportation you are always welcome to email me and I will either update the post with details or just answer your questions via email/facebook/insta twitter...you get the gist!

...So indulge your wanderlust spirit as we go through some of my #bucketlist destinations and let me know below if there are places on my list that you have been to already or places we have in common? I would also love to here places you are still longing with visit but haven't checked off your list. Let me know in the comments below.


6 September 2015

#LumiaStreetArt - East London Street Art | Lumia Photo Walk With Microsoft

You might have seen me post a few pictures on my Instagram account a few weeks ago when I and a few other bloggers were invited to a Street Art Photo Walk(#LumiaStreetArt) with none other than Microsoft. Bloggers were going to be checking out the Nokia Lumia 930 which of course features the Windows platform. I am no stranger to Windows phones as I have written phone applications for the Windows platform as well as using them for work. What I was keen on, was testing out the new Nokia Lumia 930 camera and putting it to its paces. Our walk came with a tour guide taking us through Shoreditch's hidden streets filled with some of the world's famous and popular taggers and street artists. Also on hand was Phil Hebbert  from Photography Made Simple, who showed us how to get the best out of the phone's features. 

Lumia Photo Walk Round 1

Our photo session ran in two rounds. Starting at Shoreditch station we walked around checking out the colourful art and getting the low down of what inspired the artists, where some of their other works are featured. This also included discussions on their style, how that has evolved as well as their thought provoking works, whether in protest of today's issues or their use of material; paint, props, threading, puzzles in order to engage their audience. Whether you are into art or not, you cannot ignore what the art had done for this area of London.


1 September 2015

Santorini | Guide To The Best Beaches In Santorini

Santorini is one of those popular Greek Islands that you hear and read about all the time but of what you most see is Oia. Santorini being an Island, I was more interested in checking out some of Santorini's best beaches and less so in seeing the sunset in Oia as lovely and beautiful as they are. Yea, of course I was hoping to see many a sunrise and sunset but as Santorini has special geographical features by way of the volcanoes I new I would be in for something a little special. All year round great weather in Greece means that whatever time you choose to visit there is always plenty of time to enjoy the sun on the beach in Santorini.

Beautiful and differing  rock formations with each and every meter of the island you pass also means that the beaches in Santorini are different to those found in other parts of Greece. Black, red, white sand beaches filled with volcanic minerals; one for my big reasons for staying in Akrotiri on the island is its proximity to the beaches as well as its quiet and tranquil life on the island. Compared to that of its popular town of Oia, Fira and Imerovigli. Those places are great for the nightlife, bar scene, shopping and restaurants but a tad to busy if you are on the island for more than just a short break.

If you are thinking of heading to Santorini I would highly recommend you consider the smaller towns too. Akrotiri offers the same sunsets as Oia, you are close to great beaches, restaurants line the beaches too and of course you also have the famous Santorini blue domes.

Santorini's Best Beaches.

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