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I’ve worked in the travel industry for 10 years now and first got the travel bug after a gap year travelling around Australia and the Far East. Though I’ve been fortunate enough to visit destinations across the world, the countries I specialise in are Australia and New Zealand. And I’m extremely lucky to have travelled both countries extensively. I love these places as they offer amazing diversity between each city, plus lots of opportunities for adventure and excitement. In Australia, you have the outback and in New Zealand, you’ve got lots of different routes through the North Island and South Island.
My favourite destination has to be Queenstown - I loved the fresh feel of the city. Everyone is looking for an adventure and around each corner is exactly that. Whether it's a skydive (the best feeling in the world, and one of the best places you can do it), bungee jump or a jet boat safari, there’s so much to do. Then you’ve also got the calm nature and eco walks through the mountains. After a day of fun activities, it’s time to relax with fresh fish and chips down by the wharf where the views are stunning. Queenstown is also a great base to see other locations like Lake Wanaka and the Fiordlands, both just a couple of hours drive away.
My most memorable experience is skydiving in Queenstown. Freefalling 15,000 feet is something you don’t forget. I can remember the feeling of being scared, naturally... I was about to jump out of a plane. Once we arrived at NZONE Skydive in Queenstown, we were set up, put in the plane and ready to go. As we went up, all I was thinking was I was the last in which meant I’d be the first out! The jump itself was the best feeling in the world and I would do it again and again.
Another memorable experience was definitely swimming with whale sharks on Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef. We were taken out a few miles to sea and dropped about 20 feet in front of the whale sharks. Once we saw them, we then swam alongside for as long as possible - at a reasonable distance of course. They are incredible and so placid. They really are the gentle giants of the sea.
When I travel, I love to go walking, whether that’s in a city to look at the architecture, or to see the amazing scenery from the top of a mountain. If I can add a bit of adventure to my trip with a skydive or rainforest trek, then all the better. I also like to relax and just chill on a beach, and there’s plenty of them in Australia.
Tip 1: Always make sure you have a set plan in place if you’re road tripping around New Zealand. Make sure you know timings for getting from A to B. You'd hate to miss something amazing.
Tip 2: Why not base yourself in a city but take the opportunity to visit somewhere off the beaten track with a day tour? For example, take a trip to the Blue Mountains from your hotel in Sydney. They'll pick you up and drop you off, include all the sights and some might even fill your bellies too.
Tip 3: If you don't have enough time to drive from place to place in Australia, take the train. It’s a faster way to see the sights without having to drive yourself.
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