All posts tagged: Day Trip

Pulau Macan Island: A Perfect Day Trip From Jakarta

Sitting at the patio of what they fondly named as the Sunset Beach Hut, of the incredible, sustainably built eco-resort of Pulau Macan Island, that I first realized there’s more to Indonesia than I ever knew. Here, only the distant sound of the ocean’s gentle waves kept me company, blissfully far from the honeymooners and sunbathers who often flock to Indonesia. It had been only a few minutes that I had started reading the book (about life on the Indonesian Islands) and I was already being pulled away from the world, into a sweet oblivion. A soothing Gamelan music coming from a distance from a recorded tape was moreover adding to the charm. “Life here is good,” said a voice inside me, yet, sadly, it won’t be long that I will already be bidding farewell to Pulau Macan, that, with every passing moment, appeared less like a usual island to me and more like an exception —  a place, where heaven meets the earth! I remember the moment I stepped on Pulau Macan island I knew that my first …

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 trod 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 …

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

Planning a day trip to Lake Bled and the other highlights of Slovenia —  Predjama Castle and the cave or Postojna? This ideal day trip from Ljubljana guide is all you need! 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 is: 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 …

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 …

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 skeptical 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 …