Month: May 2018

Hot Air Ballooning In The Gold Coast

It felt all okay initially as our hot air balloon took the flight from in the Gold Coast, but as it continued rising higher and higher my knees started going weak. “How high are we going today”?I asked the pilot, with a doubtful voice, expecting him to sense the nervousness in me, but ignoring me at all and with a big playful smirk on his face, he spat, “over 3500 feet”. More than a km higher from the ground, and a few long minutes away, as my eyes finally adjusted and my head came to its place — a bit relaxed now, after something a habit — I realised that my last experience of hot air ballooning in Goa was, in fact, a low altitude ride over the suburbs of the central Goa. It may just be as beautiful and surreal as an experience, but the flight certainly didn’t feel this high! The Hot Air Ballooning in the Gold Coast was certainly in the top experiences I was looking forward to since an invitation from the Queensland …

A Day Trip To The Lady Elliot Island From The Gold Coast

Visiting Gold Coast in Queensland? Don’t miss a day trip to The Lady Elliot Island — the most picturesque highlight! As I carefully treaded on what appeared as a million broken shells and conches, with my shorts carefully rolled up, I experienced a soft touch of the residual waves of the Coral Sea caress my feet and playfully slip the sand from underneath my soles. I looked at the chirpy turquoise blue waters before me and suddenly realised why this place is considered as a mecca for snorkels and divers. I was not even 10 steps away from the beach and the beautiful coral life had already started and stretched for as far as I could see. A few dozen colourful, tiny fishes had moreover approached me before suddenly disappearing into nothingness as if almost inviting me to their beautiful world underwater! I remember when an invitation from the Queensland Tourism landed in my inbox, asking me if I would be interested in exploring the Gold Coast region during a few days of an action-packed journey, the first thing …

How To Spend 5 Days In The Gold Coast: An Ideal Itinerary

Planning a trip to the Gold Coast in Queensland and not sure what to see and do? Follow this 5-day see-it-all itinerary and make the most of your Gold Coast Holiday. Recently I had a chance to visit the most frequented place for Indian tourists in the Queensland region of Australia — the Gold Coast, during a blog trip with Queensland Tourism and Scoot Airlines. A nearly 60-km expanse of photogenic beaches, the Gold Coast, that I, before my visit, expected to be no different than any other upcoming beach-destination in Australia (dominated by water sports, traditional cafes, and a laid-back Australian life) started surprising me as soon as I get there. As I explored its one neighbourhood after the other, I realised that the Gold Coast had much more to offer than what I had initially thought it will. It wasn’t just another laid-back beach towns in Australia (which in fact it was) but much more than that. There were nature trails, beaches, crazy unheard-of-before adventure tours, beautiful wildlife, cafes, casinos and everything else you …

How To Find A Good Hostel

With more and more people trying solo travelling today, the trend of staying in a hostel, over boring guest-houses, is certainly picking up — but to be honest, good hostels are rare to find! It’s not the physical appearance that makes a hostel good or bad. I’ve stayed in some of the fanciest hostels during my travels (in cities like Perth or Berlin or Bangkok that are considered to be the friendliest backpacking destinations in the world) but the hostel-experience there bored me to death. And then I’ve stayed at some of the most unheard-of places and in hostels that looked untidy and smelled of someone’s last night’s dinner, but I had an amazing time because of the people there. To have a good hostel experience, it is important to have a good social atmosphere. After all, hostels have more to do with people than the physical place itself. So while finding a good hostel, here’s what I always look for! Breakfast: Breakfasts is when you have the most convenient and common time to meet …