I don’t remember how many times I was told I would like Vancouver, but I finally got to visit it and -of course – I loved it. Despite cold weather and me – as usual – never being quite prepared for it.

Luckily, I stayed in the cutest Airbnbs ever – which totally added to the whole experience. Have you ever stayed in Airbnb? I hope so 🙂

 


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How can you tell apart a tourist in a crowd? She’s the one wearing the American Flag! Lol. I’ve lived in the US for almost 3 years and love every second of it! I know this is a lot of photos with a flag, but I love all of them – that moment was so perfect with my girl friend Peggy:)

And YES, Peanut is the cutest!


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On my way up to Cains, I wanted to spend a few days on Whitsunday
Islands.After traveling in the van for over a week now, it was so nice to get a little spoilt.
We left our bright-colored camper van in Airlie Beach and took a private power boat to
One and Only Resort on Hayman Island
. It is among the most expensive places that I’ve ever
stayed, at around AUD$1,500 a night (about USD$1300). Crazy!

Whether any place is worth all that money is about how you look at
it -buuuuut regardless of the price tag – staying at One and Only Hayman Island was one of the best
memories from

my Australian road trip.


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The private yacht was the only way to get to the island, and that alone was exciting!
I don’t often get to have a giant speed boatfor myself 🙂 we were the only guests on the boat so I totally felt like
Beyonce and Jay Z:)

This is the breakfast I had on my first day – plenty of passion fruit!


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The hotel wasn’t very busy, so it could almost feel at times that – again – I had the entire place to myself,
and could roam around both the resort and the beaches surrounding it.


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Australian Cockatoos (parrots) would come to my balcony and try to steal my food multiple times!
Once we left our balcony open and half of my apple was gone from my bedside table!


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Though some people foundthe Cockatoos to be annoying and scary,
I thoughtthey were super cute!!!


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Looking out from my the balcony sipping champagne on a private island was very different
than my hippie life in a camper van – but oh so needed!It all made me realize that I didn’t necessarily have to be always
be roughingit to be a true traveler. Life is all about balance, and I think that I’ve learned over time to experience and
enjoy both without:

a) guilt-tripping myself aka calculating all the $$ I am overspending, eg. paying $ 16
for a bag of nuts from the mini bar

b) trying to convince myself that one experience is truer and hence better over the other.

Now, off to some more champagne 🙂


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After having the opportunity to see my beautiful Australia both from a fancy resort
jacuzzi and the windows of a campervan, I realized that neither kind of traveling is better, theyare just different.
When traveling, I can camp and also treat myself by splurging a bit.

I’m just so happy for the chance to have seen and experience both luxury and adventure during my travels!

I will never forget my time at One & Only Hayman Island.



During my stay in Cairns, I went to visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. When visiting other countries, I always try to find different native cultures for two reasons. First off, because they are a whole lot different than Western cultures. Also because I love imagining what my visit could be like if Western civilization didn’t invade Australia and Aboriginals culture and customs were predominant in Australia.

I wore the makeup for my flight back home – 17hrs on a plane 🙂


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In the past I have stayed in a Zulu village in South Africa, with Navajo Native Americans, and visited native Tahitians in the South Pacific. It was so amazing to add the Aboriginal Djabuganydiji tribe of Australia to that list. This is the same tribe that invented the boomerang, which I was able to try throwing… and it actually did come back LOL 😉

I did an overboard stay to finish my advanced course in scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.

I can’t say enough how amazing it was to live out in the ocean, 70 miles from the shore and just go diving 4-5 times a day!! So great, but also super tiring:)

It was surreal to chase turtles and see sharks in their native habitat, some for the first time in my life!

When I went diving at night (first time ever), there were even more sharks than during the day since they were attracted to the light from our boat, and though I thought that I’d be terrified of them, I ended up being more curious than anything. I even followed a few around before the night was through! That entire experience was simply unbelievable!!!


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