I don’t know about you, but my travel bucket list is already pretty long. I just picked up a couple copies of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 book*, and now my list has gotten a whole lot longer!
Last financial year I set myself the goal to visit every state in Australia (that I hadn’t already visited). And guess what?! I’m off to Uluru in two weeks to tick off my final state; Northern Territory. Woo hoo! So keep your eyes peeled on Facebook and Instagram for the daily updates.
Obviously Australia is HUGE, and there is sooo much more to explore, but I’m pretty happy to have spent more time focusing on seeing my own beautiful country this year. It used to be a bit awkward travelling around the world with people asking, so what’s the Great Barrier Reef like? Errr, I haven’t been yet. But you’re from Queensland?! Yeahhh…
But that’s not the reason I went to the Great Barrier Reef. I went because it’s bloody amazing and Australia is absolutely worth exploring. And if you’re a Queensland local like me, then there’s definitely no excuse! For a whole list of amazing weekend getaways, head on over to Sally’s Lifestyle Journal for some great suggestions.
During the past year, I’ve checked out the street art and food in South Australia, I got lost at night at the Pinnacles in Western Australia, road-tripped it around Tasmania, conquered the world’s highest commercial abseil, watched the sunrise over the 12 Apostles in Victoria, and went speed-boating in the Whitsundays. This month I’m off to explore Uluru with lots of fun activities planned – but you’ll just have to wait and see what I’ve got in store. In the last year, over 4 million people have visited Australia for a holiday, and I’ll tell you why – because it’s ridiculously beautiful here. Time to get out and explore!
While flipping through my new copy of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 book, I was interested to see that of the Top 10 Countries, Regions and Cities, Australia only features once! South Australia came in at number 5 on the Top 10 Regions list. I was glad to see Kangaroo Island got a mention, which I can definitely recommend. The sand is so white and nature so wild that it just has to be seen to be believed.
The pictures in this book make my travel feet so itchy, and I have to throw my wallet over the balcony so I don’t book any more flights! A few other destinations that have made this year’s Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries list have immediately been penned onto my travel list (and highlighted). Finland, Dominica and Oman.
Although Finland’s been on there for a while due to my Arctic-wanderlust, I’ve never checked out Dominica. The snow screams my name louder than the beach does, however after seeing the photos of Dominica, I may just dust of that bikini and trade in my Arctic jacket for a moment. I’m also super keen to get to Oman. I just got back from Abu Dhabi and Dubai and was absolutely awe-struck by the incredible architecture of the Middle East, the kind-natured people and, of course, living it up at The Ritz-Carlton. We totally spoilt ourselves and splashed out on a stay at this 5 star hotel and definitely didn’t regret one moment. (Posts coming soon!)
I better not give away any more of the top recommended destinations from Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 book, so you’ll just have to pick up a copy for yourself HERE* and prepare to be inspired. Even better, I’m giving away a FREE copy as part of my Lonely Planet Travel Inspiration Pack this month! CLICK HERE or the picture below to enter – good luck!
I’m heading down to Sydney at the end of July for a road trip, so let me know in the comments any picturesque destinations I should visit. There may also be another trip to Melbourne on the cards and I want to uncover all the delicious dessert places – all ideas welcome!
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