All posts tagged: Day Trip

A Day Trip To Fremantle, From Perth

“Everybody goes to Fremantle on a Sunday morning, it’s one of those towns that are meant to unwind and relax,” suggested the receptionist in my hostel. Staying in Perth on a work holiday visa for the past 7 months, her suggestion sounded tempting. I was told that I can take a train from Perth to Fremantle from the central station CBD, located at about 5-minute walk from the hostel, and be in Fremantle in no more than 25 minutes. Another way to get there was by taking a 60-minute cruise ride from Swan River, right next to Elizabeth Quay, that costs about 30 dollars. Uninterested in a cruise ride, as I always have been, I decided to take the train. But if you end up in Fremantle after the noon with a little to no idea about what to see and do there, as so was the case with me, the town may just feel overwhelming. So a quick probe, and I found a list of over a dozen tour companies that ran a day …

Wine Tasting In Swan Valley: A Day Trip From Perth

If you thought Perth is all about beaches, beers and sunsets, think again. Because at just 30-minute drive outside of the city, lies Australia’s second oldest, and one of the popular wine regions. With over 40 world class wineries, six breweries, two distilleries, and different fresh local produce, the beautiful Swan Valley, makes it feel like a different world. Sitting on the Gnangara mound, a large mound of sandy but very fertile soil, its entire 105 sq km of land has been very thoughtfully planned. As you enter the Swan Valley and start exploring, you come across big and boutique vineyards harmoniously growing on either side of the road, making each sight a sight to behold. [Also Read: A Day Trip To The Pinnacles And Lancelin, From Perth] With open spaces, vineyard vistas and plenty of fresh country air, the Swan Valley is a perfect place for day-trippers in Perth looking for open spaces and fresh air. The only disappointment, however, is that there’s nothing (other than smart branding) to call Swan Valley a valley, given its entire …

A Day Trip To The Pinnacles, Lancelin & Yanchep National Park, From Perth

With The Triffids playing their popular Wide Open Road on the radio, setting a fine driving mood before we even left Perth and hit the Mitchell Freeway, one thing was assured, it was going to be a great day ahead. Though the weather could have been more favourable, during the peak winter season in Western Australia, in August, what better can you expect? The sun was still periodically peeking between the clouds giving the tiny droplets rain a crystal shine. A few quick and timely rainbows were moreover adding up to the charm. Clearly, if they say that a road trip is the best way to experience Australia, there’s a reason for it. In under 200 km of a driveway, outside the city of Perth, we explored so many different colours, natural settings and landscapes, that such a diversification is impossible to find in many other parts of the world. And if, however, there was one thing that remained constant, it was the undying beauty of the place… of Western Australia! A day trip to The Pinnacles Desert from Perth, following the Indian Ocean …

Day Trip To Lake Bled, Predjama Castle & Postojna Cave, From Ljubljana

Slovenia may appear like a tiny country sandwiched between stronger nations from all its directions, but speaking of the beauty it holds, there’re no rivals. Throughout my 4-day travel in Slovenia, I was amazed by its diversity, and the experiences it had to offer. From serene lakes to gigantic cave parks to medieval towns — Slovenia had something for everyone. But out of all the places of interest three highlights that complete your visit to Slovenia are: Lake Bled, Postojna Cave, and the Predjama Castle. Located at only an hour’s drive from Ljubljana, it is fairly easy to explore all three highlights in one day, given you are driving, because lake Bled is located in the opposite direction from that of Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle’s. But those travelling alone and not wanting to rent a car, as was the case with me, can opt for one of the day trips available from Ljubljana. I chose a company called The Roundabout, which runs day trips from Ljubljana and Zagreb, and explored the three highlights in under …

How To See Prague In One Day

Prague is one of those destinations that always seems to be in vogue. It’s been on the tourist map for a long time, and the crowds show no signs of abating — particularly when it comes to women. And I understand the fascination. Prague is, after all, gorgeous; has a Vegas-style nightlife; and speaks about, from its all nooks and corners, nothing but a hint of romance. But where on one side, the city is beautiful and vibrant, its well-preserved medieval architecture is abundant and rich in history. There is just so much to see and absorb in Prague that if you’re staying here for only a few days, you’re going to miss a lot, unless you plan better, so read ahead and find out how to see Prague in one day. One Day Prague Travel Guide Since I stayed in Prague for only 3 days, out of which, I spent a day in the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Park, I was already short of time. So very carefully, I opted for a full-day guided tour around the …

Bohemian And Saxon Switzerland Park

I always admire beautiful and distinct landscapes. Landscapes that put me in a moment of awe, and allow a sense of wonderment, even if for a fraction of a second. And it was one of those days as I happened to explore a part of the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Park and walked along its many giant sandstone cliffs and steep canyons. Before anything, I’d like to clear out that the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Park is, in no way, a part of Switzerland. It got its name in the 18th century, when two Swiss artists called it as Switzerland, because it reminded them of the landscape back home in Switzerland. Straddling between the Czech and German border, the park is divided, almost evenly, between the two countries, with just a slightly bigger portion of it falling on the German side (where it’s known as the Saxon Switzerland Park) and the remaining in the Czech Republic (where it’s known as Bohemian Switzerland National Park). Amazingly, the two countries work together to manage and protect the entire region, and you barely find a difference between the landscape and its …

Day Trip To Rüdesheim and The Town Of Bingen

Rüdesheim, as a town, is one of the most touristy places in Germany due to its location on the Rhine River and centuries of history. Tourists start pouring in as early as 8 in the morning, as the many souvenir shops prepare themselves with a mix of wine and craft items. Dozens of restaurants — mostly with traditional German cuisine — look fancy, and already full, before you even decide about your favorite place. Speaking of a tour, one of the delights of Rüdesheim and the Rheingau can be a walking wine-tasting tour with one of the many local wine farmers (or guides), as they tell you about the history of the region, and escort you to some of the top wine estates and vineyards. Or, you can create your own wine-tasting tour, and give your itinerary a new form than any guidebook suggests (as I ended up doing) by wandering through a few popular streets, trying some traditional German food (with a bit of wine-tasting, of course) and taking a boat-ride along the Binger Loch. While an experienced guide will definitely enrich your experience, it’s not as overwhelming, …

24 Hours In Zurich

If I am going to fly across continents, I will always be wanting to make the most of it and landing at the best of all destinations. So as I decided to backpack across Europe for nearly two months, exploring eight countries in total, I used it to my advantage by starting the journey from one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. Yes, I am talking about Switzerland. And in Switzerland, the hub of all activities and cultural treats: the town of Zurich! As I stepped out into the Zurich airport and headed to have my first couch-surfing experience ever, I was more sceptical than ever. I had the impression that it would feel sterile and bounded with punctuality and rules, but it wasn’t anything like that. My 48 hours in Zurich went just as smooth and happening as I wanted it to be. My Couchsurfing host turned out to be one of the amazing people I’ve met in my life. So before I go crazy and end up writing a 2000 word essay on my …

Mount Titlis: A Day Trip From Zurich You’d Not Want To Miss

Switzerland, for Indians, has always been an attraction for its well-distinguished countryside. For us, it’s a country to skip the big towns, wander off the highway onto the back roads, and experience those unforgettable Bollywood movie sequences we’ve grown up watching. From Sangam (released in 1960s) to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaege, Indian cinema’s fascination for romantic songs and dreamy sequences, being shot in Switzerland, never took a step back. And to personally experience the never-ending fascination for Swiss countryside and its Alps, I decided to leave Zurich behind, and do a day trip to the mount of Titlis on the very first day I arrived in the country. [Also Read: A Scenic Bus Ride In Switzerland] For those who don’t know, Mount Titlis is a mountain located at 10,000 feet above sea level, in the Urner Alps of Switzerland. It is easily accessible from Zurich, via train, but the best way to explore it is by booking a day trip. This is for two reasons: one, because it’s convenient and saves you time, and two, because by doing …