Ultimate Tasmania Itinerary: 10 Days In Tasmania

Ultimate Tasmania Itinerary: 10 Days In Tasmania

Tasmania, Australia used to be the butt of many Aussie jokes. But it's not quite like that anymore. As people everywhere are learning about the magnificence of this island state, it is blossoming into a tourism, foodie and outdoor adventure mecca. With remote wilderness landscapes, expansive surf beaches, an emerging café scene, and regular music and arts festivals, now is the time to visit Australia's island state (before the secret's well and truly out about Tasmanian holidays).


As a Tasmanian myself, I often hear people saying "I have always wanted to go to Tasmania, but never had the chance", or "one day I'll go to Tasmania". It might be the southern-most point in Australia and the edge of the world, but with incredibly cheap and quick flights from the mainland there is no excuse any more. Only 1 hour and $50-$100 by plane from Melbourne and you are transported to another world. A world of tranquility, the freshest air, and the most exciting adventures.


You can be forgiven for wondering "what would a Tasmanian holiday actually look like?" Well, here is a Tasmania itinerary I prepared earlier. Jam packed full of the best this beautiful state has to offer.


READ MORE: 40 BEST Ways To Spend Your Summer In Tassie


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A subterranean walkway at MONA (photo from Sahra via Flickr)


Day 1: Hobart

So you've arrived in Hobart. Welcome to Tasmania's exquisite capital city -- the perfect place to start your journey!


After sorting out a rental car (trust me, in Tassie you'll need one) and checking into your accommodation it's time to hit MONA. MONA is the Museum of Old and New Art and it has been getting some serious attention recently. This museum is guaranteed to make an impression with the attention-grabbing art. You can even see an artificial poo machine... now that's something you don't see that every day.


A walk around Sullivan's Cove and the wharf is a great way to spend a pleasant evening in Hobart. This area extends into Salamanca so there are plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you occupied. Make sure to try some of Tasmania's well-renowned whiskey, wine, and seafood if you can.


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Saturday markets at Salamanca (photo from Robyn Jay via Flickr)



Day 2: Hobart or Bruny Island

Head down to the beautiful sandstone-clad Salamanca Place in the morning. Locals know that Salamanca is the place for brunch. The pick of the bunch would be the Machine Laundry Café, or head up to nearby Battery Point to eat at Jackman and McRoss or Pollen Tea Room.


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If you're in Hobart on Saturday then you should make sure you wander around Salamanca Market. This market is Australia's largest open air market and is full of fantastic stalls. Salamanca Market has oodles of fresh Tasmanian food, local musical talent, and trinkets. The atmosphere is unforgettable!It runs from 8:30am - 3:00pm on Saturdays


In the afternoon, pay Mt Wellington a visit for the (uncontested) best view of Hobart. It’s a comfortable 20min drive from the CBD and the road takes you to the summit. All along the mountain there are plenty of places to stop and admire including Secret Falls at the Foothills, having a bite to eat at the Fern Tree Tavern, or walking the Pipeline Track. A full list of walks around the mountain area can be found at Greater Hobart Trails. I would recommend a stop at the Organ Pipes walking track on the drive down. It only takes 20mins walking until you're right up close and personal with the imposing rock spires.


If you're heading up in winter there is regularly snow and the road might be closed (plus it's freezing cold eek!), so be prepared!


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The view of Hobart from Mount Wellington (photo from Adam Selwood via Flickr)


For the best evening vibes head to the suburb of North Hobart. North Hobart boasts a restaurant strip that puts all others to shame and it continues to get better and better. Along the North Hobart strip you can indulge in a drink or two at Room For a Pony, grab some mouth-watering food at Pancho Villa or Capital, or see some live music at the Republic Bar.


ALTERNATIVE: If Mount Wellington and Salamanca don't tickle your fancy, a trip to Bruny Island may be a great alternative.


READ MORE: Tasmania's Greatest Short Walks



Day 3: Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur


It's time to say goodbye to beautiful Hobart and start exploring further from the capital. Where's the best place to venture to first? Well it's gotta be the Tasman Peninsula. This is the epicentre of rugged landscapes and Tassie history. Drive on down to Eaglehawk Neck which will take about an hour and a half. At Eaglehawk Neck you will find extensive views out to Tasman Cape.


In the Eaglehawk Neck area there is plenty to see. If you're on Instagram you have most likely already gawked at the geometric patterns of the Tessellated Pavement -- now it's time to see them in real life. Also it is worth seeing Tasman Arch and the Blow Hole. These are all only a couple of minutes away.


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The Port Arthur Penitentiary (photo from Andrew Braithwaite)


Next, head to the former convict settlement of Port Arthur. Here you can uncover Tasmania's fascinating convict past. Many of the sites are well-preserved plus there are plenty of picnic spots to enjoy a packed lunch. If you're feeling a bit spooky then there are ghost tours at night around many of the old prison buildings. This tour gets the nerves going and also provides some more intriguing insight.


You can buy tickets for the Port Arthur Historic Site here


Once you've had your dose of convict history, drive down to the start of the Cape Hauy walking track. There is a well maintained camping area at Fortescue Bay located amongst picturesque bushland and beaches. This is a spectacular place to camp (assuming the weather is good) and it at the starting point for one of Tasmania's greatest short walks.




Day 4: Tasman Peninsula and the Capes


Today is going to be a big day so start early. It's time to pack up the campsite, put on those hiking boots and start this epic day walk. The Cape Hauy walk is a relatively leisurely 3.5/4 hours return. This hike will show you dramatic and jaw-dropping sea cliff views. Since the Three Capes Track was developed the infrastructure here has improved a lot so the tracks are a lot easier now. Keep your eye on the ocean too because pods of seals and dolphins are commonplace around here!


The Cape Hauy walk is the easiest (and quickest) of the cape walks but provides equally spectacular views. If you are looking for something more challenging then Cape Raoul or Cape Pillar might be for you.


In the afternoon, settle back into the car and head up to Tasmania’s East Coast. It's now aptly named the "Great Eastern Drive" and you will soon see why. The coastal scenery is spectacular! Aim for Coles Bay which has a huge range of camping and other accommodation options. This is about a 3 hour drive from Cape Hauy so plan accordingly.


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Day 5: Freycinet National Park

Now you're in Coles Bay you can access the many amazing day hikes nearby. People come here is primarily to see Wineglass Bay so you should, too. There are several walks which get you to Wineglass Bay or to some amazing views. There is the traditional saddle walk over the Hazards Mountains with a half-way lookout point, or you can climb up Mount Amos for a view with some serious height advantage.


If you just feel like quickly seeing Wineglass Bay and then heading back and relaxing then I would recommend doing the lookout walk (1hr return) and then coming back to Honeymoon Bay. Honeymoon Bay is within the borders of Freycinet National Park and is a secluded, peaceful beach. It is the perfect place to kick back and read a book. Sunsets and sunrises anywhere around Freycinet National Park are bold and worth watching.


Coles Bay is a great base for kayaking and fishing if you want a break from hikes. For surfers, Friendly Beaches is only a short drive away and gets great waves.


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The view of Wineglass Bay from the lookout



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Day 6: East Coast of Tasmania and Bay of Fires


Continue making your way up the coast. When going through Bicheno don’t forget to stop for a pie at Blue Edge Bakery - they're pretty famous in Tassie! Bicheno itself is a pleasant seaside town with a beautiful beach. It is worthwhile taking a break from driving and hanging out here for a while.


If you are looking for a break from the coast, taking a side trip to Douglas Apsley National Park is a good option. This National Park is packed full of waterfalls and has a famous watering hole. The watering hole is the perfect place for a refreshing dip.


The stretch of coastline that steals my heart is the Bay of Fires, just north of the Binalong Bay along the upper sections of the Great Eastern Drive. It is easy to spend hours strolling along the vast empty beaches admiring the striking coastline. Much of the coastline is an orange colour due to the lichen and it gives a spectacular effect.


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Day 7: Launceston


Today aim for Tasmania’s second biggest city: Launceston. Along the way there is an excellent dairy at Pyengana that produces delicious award-winning cheeses and ice cream. All these joys can be found at their Holy Cow Café.


Only a few minutes' drive from the dairy is St Columba Falls, one of the highest water cascades in Tasmania. The waterfall is only a short walk to reach from the carpark. The rolling farming hills around Scottsdale are very picturesque to drive past as you continue on to Launceston.


When arriving in Launceston head to the Queen Victoria Museum. This place has some great exhibits on Launceston's railway heritage, blacksmith factories and Tasmanian fauna. For lunch, the café on site has affordable food and seating inside an old railway carriage. If museums are not your thing, driving along the Tamar Valley just north of Launceston is another option. This region is full of rich farmland with many wineries, berry farms and lavender fields. Many businesses sell products right from the farm or cellar door, so stop off at any that take your fancy.


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Green surrounds of the Tamar Valley (by dal48 via Flickr) 


In the evening grab some BBQ items from a supermarket (along with anything you picked up in the Tamar Valley) and head to the Cataract Gorge. This canyon is only a few minutes drive out of the town centre and is a pleasant picnic spot with free BBQs on site. It's one of Launceston's icons and a great place to spend an evening. You can go swimming in the pool or Gorge itself for free, so pack the swimmers and go for a refreshing dip.




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The Cataract Gorge - a great picnic or BBQ spot (photo by Atsushi Kase via Flickr)




Day 8: Cradle Mountain and Liffey Falls


Time to head to one of Tasmania's most famous locations: Cradle Mountain. Pay Liffey Falls a visit along the way for a gorgeous pitstop. It's a peaceful waterfall nestled amongst lush Tasmanian rainforest and worth some time.


There are many styles of accommodation within the Cradle Mountain National Park. You can choose between camping, cabins or lodges. There are many stunning walks for all abilities and capturing the beauty of Cradle Mountain is possible with most of them. Easier walks such as the Dove Lake Circuit are accessible and stunning. If you're game then you can try the Cradle Mountain summit which gets pretty steep towards the end but is comfortably a day walk. Visit the Information Centre on site for a comprehensive list of walks and check the weather before leaving, conditions can change quickly!



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Many tourists miss Liffey Falls -- don't make that mistake! (Photo by Scott Cresswell)


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A spectacular view of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake (photo by Chris Baxter) 





Day 9: Stanley and the North-West


When you feel satisfied with what you've seen at Cradle Mountain you can pack up camp and make your way along the Northwest Coast. There are many great locations to stop and take in the views, such as Table Cape which is a lighthouse-topped landmass with tulip fields bursting into colour during spring.


Boat Harbour is another spot worth checking out. This place is a small seaside town with a calm sheltered beach perfect to have a picnic on. Stanley is a unique location to visit made famous by 'The Nut', a large rock landmass towering above the fishing village below. Climbing The Nut is a bit of a Stanley rite of passage.



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Stanley and 'The Nut' (photo from Eli Duke via Flickr)




Day 10: The Hardest Part (Leaving)


On Day 10 you will probably have make your way back to wherever you're leaving from and this can be done in several ways.



Leaving from Launceston would give you more time to relax and is the best option. Driving to Launceston from Stanley would take about 2:30hrs and can be done via Burnie and Devonport.



If you're leaving from Hobart you can drive down directly through the Midlands Highway which would take around 4:45hrs but isn't the most scenic route. Alternatively you can take the longer (around 6:00hrs) and winder option which goes down the western side of Tassie. Here you can pass through rugged Tasmanian destinations such as Queenstown and Derwent Bridge (and possibly pop into Strahan).



Having grown up in Tasmania it is a place that I will always recommend to family and friends. Tasmania is truly unique and will take your breath away. The Apple Isle is packed full of adventure and 10 days will give you a good sample. With a growing tourism industry, the time to visit Tasmania is now. The infrastructure is in place and the numbers are starting to creep up so get in while you can. If you enjoy good food, an emerging art scene, and rugged natural beauty, then this is the place for you. There is so much more than what is mentioned in this Tasmania Itinerary but it is a good start.



If you've been to Tasmania or want to know more, please comment below! 


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How To Start A Travel Blog: A Complete Guide For Newbies

How To Start A Travel Blog: A Complete Guide For Newbies

The biggest obstacle when it comes to blogging is actually getting started. Once you get going the fun starts. It can be difficult to navigate the tech and blogging world, especially if you do not have a background in it. As a 19 year old medical student getting in blogging was like going to another planet. There was so much to learn. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing at the start (and a lot of the time still feel like I don’t). I had never dabbled in web design, travel photography, travel writing, media/communications, or anything like that.


You will probably have noticed that it seems as though most successful travel bloggers do have this background in communication/photography/media/advertising/etc. This would definitely give you an upper hand in this business. Most of the questions I get about starting a blog are from readers who do not have this background and are a bit spooked by the tech-talk of blogging.


So I have decided to write this guide. The guide is aimed at novices like me. People who have stories, tips and goals they want to share with the world, but need the information to get these ideas out there. Although it is aimed at new-to-tech people, hopefully there are tips here which are useful to anyone. And it also isn’t exclusively useful for travel blogs, but can be applied to all types.


It is very important to lay yourself a strong foundation. A good foundation will make your future in blogging as stress-free as possible. When you get going blogging the last thing you want to worry about the basics you *wish* you had done before.


So here we go — your crash course to starting a travel blog.






Should I start a travel blog?


Unfortunately, the glory days of blogging may be behind us. The internet is absolutely saturated with blogs now and it is harder to crack into the business and make money than it was before. Although that is the reality nowadays it should not discourage you. With this influx of blogs has also been an influx of platforms for sharing, tools to set you up, and brands open to working with bloggers.


Before you get started it is worth sitting down and figuring out your goals. Even though it looks like it, blogging is not easy money and it takes a long time to get off the ground, build a reputation, and turn it into a job.


Important questions and goals to define before you get going are: 


Am I going to be doing this as a hobby or a business? 


What are my motivations? Money? Fun? To share my stories? To raise awareness for something?


How many hours am I willing to put into this? 


How much money am I willing to invest in my blog? 


Where do I see this blog in a month/a year/five years? 


These are just some examples of the types of things to think about before throwing yourself into blogging. If you have clear and concise goals before getting into the business it will make things a lot easier.This clarity helps focus your efforts in a pretty nebulous industry.


Blogging is a fantastic way to be creative and be in charge of your career. You have the opportunity to present your own creative space to the world and it is genuinely so much fun. It is hard work but commitment, creativity and motivation pay off big time. Blogging gives you opportunities to collaborate with brands you love, learn about the world of marketing, and enable you to have a job which takes you around the globe. Basically, if you can do it, it’s plain awesssooommme and totally the best job ever.



Passion + Hard Work = Pay Off 



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Finding a travel blog niche

The next part is all about figuring out who your target market is and working out a niche. With so many blogs out there it is really important to know who you’re targeting and what you want your readers to get out of your blog. Although the earlier the better, it can take a while to figure out your niche exactly and tailor your blog accordingly.


If you just blog about travel in general it’ll be too wide. You’ll be competing for search engine rankings and readers with big fish like Lonely Planet and Nat Geo Travel. That is some tough competition. The more niche you go, the more likely you are to rank highly for your area and attract genuine readers who will stick around.


It is helpful to establish a niche but don’t stress if you don’t have one quite yet. Stick to a more generic/personal domain name rather than a niche domain name and test the waters for a while.


A little bit of personal experience   I started out exclusively blogging about *super* budget travel as my niche. Although it brought in a lot of readers, it wasn’t the best for collaborating with brands so I broadened out to student travel. This means that there is a bit more room to move. I still blog about super budget options but also share information for students wishing to travel in different styles.


Below are *some* examples of different niches. Do some research on some of the successful niches and see where you might fit in.

  • Solo female travel
  • Budget travel
  • Student travel
  • Eco-friendly travel
  • Family travel
  • Couple travel
  • Adventure
  • Travel with chronic disease
  • Luxury
  • Expat and living abroad
  • Travel hacking
  • Food-related travel


You get the idea — there are plenty of niches and plenty of room to move! So think of what you’re most passionate about regarding travel and find your space on the Internet from there.


SEE SOME EXAMPLES OF SUCCESSFUL NICHE BLOGS: Best Travel Blogs To Be Following in 2017

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What should I call my travel blog?

This is such an exciting part of the process and I loved it so much. It is really awesome to sit down and brainstorm ideas which represent you and your mission. Unless you have your heart absolutely set on a name I would sit down, write a list of several and then sit on them for a bit. A good blog name needs to be catchy, represent you/your theme, and not already taken by somebody else.


Write down a couple of names you like and think about how they would work in a variety of elements:

  • As a domain name: is it too long or confusing when written as a URL?
  • Branding and logos: how will this name work for online logos, headings, and in physical promotional material?
  • Representation: does this name show to a reader who doesn’t know me, what my blog stands for?
  • Availability: is the name available as a domain and on social media?
  • Unique: is this name too similar to another blog or actually belong to another blogger? Am I having to add an underscore, a number, or .net instead of .com to get this domain?
  • Timelessness: is this a travel style I am going to change in the future? Is this a reference to something which will go out of date?


+ avoid using terms which might cause offence to people. For example, a lot of bloggers go under names involving the word ‘gypsea’. Although they probably did not mean this to be offensive when creating the blog it has caused a lot of hurt in the blogging world. So please, please, please make sure your name is not inflammatory or derogatory.


I would totally recommend doing some scribbles on a piece of paper for potential logos and headers. This can sometimes really crystalise your decision.


But the most important thing to do? Get a second opinion! First start by asking people you know which one sounds best and then ask strangers. Seriously. Because most of the time it’ll be strangers reading your blog so you want to do some market research. You want to make sure the name is catchy, people like it, and it actually makes sense (especially if the name is not in your native language). For me, I love to use travel Facebook groups to get opinions on blog stuff. Just search for travel blogging or blogging groups on Facebook and you’ll find plenty of lovely people able to offer their opinions.


Personal experience again  When I started blogging it was under the name Frugal Backpacker, which then quickly changed to Backpacker’s Guide To The Galaxy. I really liked it and it stayed as the blog name for about a year. But there started being problems with this name: the URL was too long, the social media handles were too long so had to be shortened to acronyms, people didn’t know where to put the apostrophe, etc. etc. etc. So eventually I decided it was time to move to something short and sharp. So I moved to Travel Textbook. A name with a much shorter URL and social media handles which were all available. So far, so good.



Choosing a platform

Without meaning to sound too dramatic your platform will seriously change your blog’s life haha. The platform determines which themes you use, whether you have to buy a domain name, which plugins you can have, the level of support you receive, and how much you pay for it all. I have dabbled in creating sites using a few platforms and will detail them a bit below.



This is the platform most bloggers use and is the platform I have Travel Textbook on. WordPress.org is the paid version of WordPress. It is trusted by thousands of websites and is highly customisable. There are hundreds of different themes, you can have your own domain name, and you receive fantastic support. Of all the platforms I have tried, WordPress.org is the one I decided to stick with, but be prepared to familiarise yourself with a bit of tech-speak. Before you install WordPress however you will need to do the step below this (registering with a host).



This is the free version of WordPress and is good for people who don’t want to invest monetarily in blogging. It still comes with a range of themes, plugins and support. Unfortunately, WordPress.com does not enable you to have your own domain name so it will come up looking something like example.wordpress.com. This is the platform I first used for this blog but quickly switched to the paid version.



Wix has been around for a while and has really lifted its game. There are loads of themes and you can choose whether to have your own domain name or not. IMO the pre-made themes on Wix look a lot better than the pre-made themes on WordPress but they are less customisable.



You have probably heard of squarespace because they have been advertising prolifically in the last few months but that is because they have massively improved. Squarespace has loads of ready-to-go, responsive web designs which really do look gorgeous. Again, as with Wix, it does not have all the customisations that WordPress has, but it’s pretty darn close. With Squarespace you can choose to register your domain through them as well so it’s all done under the same company.




Get your blog domain name and register with a host (WordPress users)

You will need to register your domain name using a third party host. The host essentially reserves your space online and they’re the ones which hold your data so when someone clicks on your blog, the request is processed by their servers.


There are plenty of hosts out there including GoDaddy, HostGator, Bluehost, and Siteground. Each varies in quality and price.


My choice? Siteground


They have very affordable hosting plans and the best 24 hour support service. Seriously, whenever I’ve had a problem they have been so helpful in resolving it around the clock. I’ll detail the information for signing up with Siteground below.



1. Go to Siteground using this link

Begin the sign up process from here.


2. Choose a plan

There are three plan options with Siteground which vary in price and features. I would recommend starting with the smallest one because it is fine for starting out with small traffic. You can upgrade to the bigger plans at any time.


3. Registering the domain 

You will be taken to an order page where you are required to enter the domain name. It will also give you a list of extensions to add to the domain, choose .com.


4. Information and Details

The next window shows you the billing. It will ask for billing details as well as how often you wish to be billed. It’s cheaper the more months you subscribe for. The extras of Domain Privacy and HackAlert are also available to purchase if you wish.


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Installing WordPress on Siteground

Go to Siteground and login to your account. There should be a Website Setup Wizard available when you login. Select ‘Start a New Website’ and choose WordPress. Then fill in the required details and you will have confirmation of your account. And that’s it!



Woo! Congratulations! You now have a travel blog live on the web with your own domain!



Choosing a theme and creating a look 


There are loads of free themes on WordPress available on your dashboard under Appearance. These are easily installed for your blog. If you want the more advanced themes for WordPress you can purchase premium themes. These might be more customisable and have better support.


Themes on WordPress are *very* adjustable so just choose a basic one you like and you can make it unique without too much trouble. Have a look at some of your favourite bloggers and see what themes they use for some inspiration.


Make sure whatever theme you choose is mobile and tablet friendly because that will save you *a lot* of trouble.


Colour Scheme

It’s useful to decide upon a colour scheme so things don’t look too messy on your blog. I started off with yellow which I had for years and recently changed to blue/purple. You can change your colours whenever you want, but consistent colours is great for branding and creating recognisable promotional material.



Plugins are something that you kind of pick up along the way. They are the added extra bits you can put into your theme and can be found under Plugins on your WordPress dashboard. There are some good ones to have initially though, including: Yoast SEO, Google Analytics, Akismet, and Jetpack.



If you want a logo you can make one on Photoshop yourself or you can use fiverr.com. There are loads of graphic designers on fiverr.com who will happily make you a logo for a cheap price.


Key initial content for a travel blog

Now you’ve got your domain and theme set up, it’s time to get started on making some content. It’s important to have some content on the site before you begin promoting it or sharing it with friends. These are the pages I would recommend you get set up (and the examples from Travel Textbook if you need inspo):

  • HOME: get a home page set up which reflects what your blog is about. Include your header, some colour, a logo (if you want one), and links to the other areas of your blog
  • ABOUT: where you write a bit about yourself and your blog so people can better understand your message (see Travel Textbook’s)
  • CONTACT: a simple page directing readers to the ways to reach out to you for questions, comments, and collaborations (see Travel Textbook’s)
  • DESTINATIONS: as a travel blog it’s good to have a centralised Destinations page to act as an umbrella for all your destination-centric posts (see Travel Textbook’s)
  • BLOG: have a page where all your blog posts end up, you can subcategorise your blog posts too if you wish (see Travel Textbook’s)


There are some other aspects which you should consider fixing up as well before you start promoting:

  • Make sure you have an accessible menu
  • Ensure there is an easy-to-see search bar
  • Use the footer space for some widgets and navigation
  • Update your sidebar to include some information about the blog, your social media accounts, and a latest/popular post reel
  • Add sharing buttons to your posts



Starting Social Media Accounts

It is important to get onto social media ASAP and set up your accounts because this is how you will get your content out there. To really take your blog to the next level it requires more than sharing on your personal page, it will need its own platforms. Here are the platforms I would recommend getting up and running first:

  • Facebook: Facebook still is the most important place to share articles and reach readers. Make a Facebook page for your blog and invite your friends (don’t be afraid of shameless plugs!)
  • PinterestPinterest is the *best* social media platform for bloggers IMO. It sends traffic straight to your website in a way that other platforms don’t seem to.
  • InstagramInstagram isn’t the greatest driver of traffic but it is great for getting noticed by brands and other travel enthusiasts.
  • Twitter: Twitter is a great way to reach readers and share your thoughts! It’s definitely worth setting up an account. Once you get enough followers it can become a real driver of blog traffic.



Getting Connected With Search Engines


If you want to get noticed by search engines you need to be in the game. You need to register your website on Google, Bing and Yahoo. This is done through the Webmaster sections of each respective search engine.


Once your site is indexed by these search engines you will begin to come up in people’s searches which is so exciting. 


While you’re there, sign up for Analytics. Google Analytics is the most comprehensive way to know how many people are looking at your site, where the traffic is coming from, and where you need to make improvements.

CONGRATULATIONS! You now have a travel blog and are free to conquer the Internet world. I sincerely hope this helped you to make your creative space happen!



Have any questions or tips for starting a travel blog? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear from you 




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St Gallen Travel Guide: Switzerland’s Perfect Getaway

St Gallen Travel Guide: Switzerland’s Perfect Getaway

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It isn’t often that you find a Swiss city that encompasses all areas of Swiss life; however, St. Gallen may be the answer that you are searching for. Not only does it offer a wide variety of historical attractions, it is also offers beauty beyond anything found in many European cities. It is well worth the associated travel time and can supply you with your fix of everything that Switzerland offers.


This is largely due to its gorgeous old town, which includes delicately painted oriel windows and variety of historical timber houses. This side of Switzerland is otherwise unseen and largely forgotten by thousands of tourists every year who prefer seeing the ‘big ticket items’ such as Lauterbrunnen, the Matterhorn and the southern Alps. If you want an authentic Swiss experience, a visit to St. Gallen is perfect.




History and Culture

St. Gallen’s history extends all the way back to around 612 AD, when the Irish missionary monk Gallus founded a hermitage where the city now stands. The town is named after Gallus, who lived until the ripe age of 95. Gallus’ influence explains why the area is so saturated in history; it primarily followed Benedictine Rule, which required the presence of an opulent library (discussed below).


Throughout the Middle Ages, St. Gallen became a hub for culture, the arts and education and this in turn brought prosperity to the city. Surviving raids and attacks by various groups, as well as multiple fires, the famed Abbey grew and underwent radical changes throughout the centuries, especially in the 15th century. St. Gallen would go on to become famous throughout Europe for its textiles industry, which continues to fascinate today.


Since then, St. Gallen has grown in both size and population. Similarly, the University of St. Gallen has become internationally renowned for its teaching and extensive history. The city has also become extremely diverse and attractive culturally. The Theatre St. Gallen is always being used and there are several museums scattered throughout the town. This culture is heavily reflected in the city’s buildings, which offer tourists hundreds of sightseeing opportunities.


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The view of St Gallen from above



Things To Do In St. Gallen 

The city of St. Gallen offers tourists an enormous number of things to do. Not only are there attractions in numbers, but also in variety. St. Gallen’s extensive history creates a plethora of activities within the city. Everywhere you turn there are pieces of the historical puzzle that forms St. Gallen.


Abbey of St. Gallen

The prime example of this is the Abbey of St. Gallen, which was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983. The Cathedral offers one of the most important baroque monuments in Switzerland, with stunning paintings and ornaments overhead. Similarly, the Abbey Library of Saint Gall can provide you with a look into the oldest library collection in Switzerland. It holds 2,100 manuscripts dating back to the 8th through 15th centuries. Entry to the library is cheap and you even get to wear a pair of library booties! In all seriousness, the Library and Abbey are absolutely breathtaking.


St Gallen Cathedral


St Gallen Abbey Library

St Gallen Cathedral



The city also has many museums on offer, which all give you an outstanding insight into its extensive history. The development and fame of its textile industry can be studied in the Textile Museum. Similarly, the Beer Bottle Museum in the Schützengarten brewery (the oldest in Switzerland) provides an invaluable look into the history of the city’s major producer of premium beers. For those interested in the arts, there are both the Art Museum and the St. Gallen Art Gallery on offer.



St. Gallen is also famous for its architecture, which won it the prestigious Wakka Prize in 1992 for the city’s effort to create a unified structure and appearance in current and future construction. There are twenty-eight sites in St. Gallen that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance, and all of them are available to the public. The city is also famous for its oriel windows, which were beautifully hand-crafted prior to the 21st century. The Drei Weieren (Three Ponds) form a water park which is beautiful in both summer and winter; it is a favourite spot for the youth of St. Gallen to hang out or go for a swim.


Strolling through the Old Town on a wintery evening admiring the architecture


OpenAir Festival

The OpenAir Festival, which was founded in 1977, is an annual music festival held near the city. More than 110,000 people enjoy the event and it has attracted stars such as Kings of Leon, Macklemore, Alt-J and Lorde. The event is normally held in glorious summer weather, although it can sometimes be rainy (although this is arguably just as fun).



Sports fans can also enjoy the football club ‘FC St. Gallen’, which plays in the Swiss Super League. Their home stadium is the AFG Arena or kybunpark. The team is the oldest in continental Europe, founded in 1879.


The winter months

In the winter months you can look forward to St. Gallen transforming into a winter wonderland. With a huge Christmas tree outside the Abbey, gorgeous decorations lining the picturesque streets, and a quaint Christmas market, you will definitely be feeling festive.


St Gallen Christmas




Where To Stay 

Depending on your budget, there are a number of different accommodation options in St. Gallen (although they don’t come at the cheapest price).


The cheapest option is naturally to stay in a youth hostel. The only option within the city is the Youthhostel St. Gallen, although this is closed in winter. It will cost you under 100 francs for a double room. Generally, Swiss hostels are well-kept and friendly.


If you are looking for something a little more luxurious, the Hotel am Spisertor and the Hotel Vadian are on offer. However, these quality hotels can cost up to 300 francs for a double room. If you are not worried about cash at all and want flawless accommodation, the Oberwaid Hotel St Gallen is an option. It captivates with its spectacular design and surroundings, as well as indoor spas and pools.


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READ MORE: How To Travel Switzerland on a Budget (Is It Even Possible?)



Getting to St. Gallen

Getting to St. Gallen is very easy, although it can take a while (depending on where you are coming from). If you are coming from internationally, it is best to fly into Zurich airport.


Perhaps the easiest way is by train. Most major Swiss train routes flow through St. Gallen. For example, it is only an hour away from Zurich’s main station. This train also passes through Zurich Airport. However, this option is costly. A one-way ticket from Zurich can cost well over 100 Swiss francs. It is thus advised that you instead buy a Swiss tourist railways pass, which will give you unlimited travel throughout all of Switzerland. This ticket will also cover travel within the city’s limits. More information is available at sbb.ch/en/home.


Another train, The Voralpen Express, runs from Lucerne to St. Gallen and offers spectacular views. Additionally, international trains depart from St. Gallen which can take you to locations such as Munich or even Kiel in northern Germany (with stops along the way).


There are also a number of buses which arrive in and depart from St. Gallen. Regionally, these include the ‘post buses’ which can take you all around the district surrounding the city. Internationally, there are several bus companies which offer destinations as far as Bucharest and Sofia!  Such bus services can deliver you to places like Munich for as cheap as 10 euros and the best one I found was flixbus.com. Driving to St. Gallen is also uncomplicated, if you have hired a car.



Getting around St. Gallen

As usual, the transport options within St. Gallen reflect the overall Swiss system; they are extremely effective, fast and punctual.


Buses are the primary means of transport within the city and surrounding areas. These buses run on a ticket system, although the Swiss travel pass will suffice. Tickets can be purchased at either the train station or on the bus itself. They depart very regularly from the Bahnhof in the city centre. Furthermore, ‘post buses’ can take you to the surrounding regions. Free WIFI is included on many of these routes.


Trams also run in and around St. Gallen, although they are less convenient than taking the bus. A common route runs from the city to the town of Appenzell. Again, tickets can be bought from train stations (otherwise the Swiss pass operates as normal).


Walking is often the simplest option; no transport at all runs in the oldtown, where cobble streets will greet you. This part of town is best enjoyed on foot. Taxis are also readily accessible at the main train station.


Day Trips From St. Gallen

St. Gallen is just one of the hundreds of beautiful locations in eastern Switzerland, and provides the perfect place to base yourself for any adventures. The Appenzellerland and neighbouring countries all give an insight into European life in all its glory.



The Appenzellerland is generally an excellent introduction to the area surrounding St. Gallen. Towns such as Appenzell itself are full of history and gorgeous buildings dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Accessing these villages is easy with a travel pass; both a tram and busses frequently operate, departing from the city. The Säntis is also well worth your time. Towering over the Appenzellerland at 2,501 meters, it is the highest mountain in the Alpstein area. It is accessible via tramway (departing from Schwägalp). The Berggasthaus Äscher-Wildkirchli is a stunning hotel located in Appenzell Innerrhoden. Enjoy a traditional meal of rösti or fondue as you take in the absolutely breathtaking view. Eating at the hotel makes you appreciate how small we really are.








A daytrip to the Seealpsee is also worth your time. I have personally visited the lake in both summer and winter; in summer, you can enjoy the warmth of Europe and in winter, snow-capped mountains provide a stunning backdrop to the scene. There are a few hotels located at the lake where you can enjoy a meal, a cool drink in summer or a hot chocolate in winter.

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Glarus and Klontal

The canton of Glarus is also easily accessible. Glarus itself is a village nestled between dozens of mountains. The Klöntalersee is another beautiful lake, situated not far from the town (accessible via ‘post bus’). If you are keen to experience one of the oldest forms of direct democracy in the world, attend the Landsgemeinde in April-May. In this traditional exercise, voters choose the fate of various issues as members of the local parliament propose legislation. The first officially documented Landsgemeinde took place in 1294. This also occurs at the same time in Appenzell, where men must take their historical sword to the event.


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Other Epic Day Trips

If you are keen to wander further, the Bodensee area is full of more adventure. On the Swiss side of the lake there are many attractive towns, with promenades throughout. In summer, it is possible to go for a swim, whilst winter brings Christmas markets and healthy servings of Glühwein (not for the faint-hearted). If you decide to take a ferry or train over the border, the towns of Konstanz (Germany) and Bregenz (Austria) are also stunning and regularly attract thousands of Swiss tourists due to their low prices. Travelling to the Vorarlberg region of Austria can also provide you with your fix of skiing; towns such as Schruns are a perfect gateway for this.


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Travel Packing ESSENTIALS: Things You Don’t Want To Forget

Travel Packing ESSENTIALS: Things You Don’t Want To Forget

When you’re about to go on an adventure, there is always that period of “freak out mode” when you’re packing. Have I missed something? Is there more I could bring? Have I packed too much? A million questions run through your head and no matter how experienced you are, the nagging questions of packing still remain.


And although there are thousands of products out there being touted as must-haves for travel, there are definitely a few essentials. After a few years, and a few different travel styles, I have finally come up with a list of what I realised I would always pack when going away. All of these products are available through Amazon and the links have been provided so you can have a one-stop travel shop.



Lifeproof Phone Case

Things go wrong when travelling all the time. There are inevitable bumps in the road. The last thing you want to be worrying about is a cracked phone screen. LifeProof phone cases mean your phone is protected from those bumps, drops and splashes meaning you have less time worrying about your phone, and more time enjoying the holiday. The example below is for iPhone 7, but there are plenty of other LifeProof options for all phones on Amazon.



Alternative Link: Lifeproof FRE SERIES Waterproof Case



Packing Cubes

Oh my goodness. Packing cubes are an absolute lifesaver. I have always used them and they make packing an absolute breeze, as well as ensuring your bag stays neat throughout the whole trip. Especially when backpacking it is good to have everything compartmentalised. This way you can just pull out the section you need rather than rummage through your whole backpack. I normally use between 4-5 packing cubes depending on the trip; usually one big one for clothes, one for undergarments/socks, one for electronics, one for shoes, and one for miscellaneous.




Alternative Link: TravelWise Packing Cube System

Zipper Pocket Travel Scarf

Nothing excites me more than multifunction travel inventions, and the zipper pocket travel scarf does just that. They come in a variety of colours and styles. In general they are infinity scarves which come with an inbuilt zip-up pocket, the perfect place to put your valuables somewhere safe from pickpockets. It’s especially handy when your outfit doesn’t come with good pockets — as many these days don’t!

Alternative Link:  Infinity Scarves with Zipper Pocket

Document Wallet

Anyone who knows me knows how much I looooove being organised. There is something calming when you’re travelling to not have to worry about where all your documents are. Scrambling at the last minute to find boarding passes, accommodation slips, or even passports? Nope, I would rather save myself the hassle and have a document wallet. These wallets are the perfect option for storing your documents in one place, making experiences in airports, train stations, and checking into accommodation a breeze.



Alternative Link: Zoppen RFID Travel Wallet & Documents Organizer 

Universal Adaptor

If you’re travelling to a new country, chances are you’re going to need an adaptor for your much-needed electronics. I started off buying a million different adaptors and googling beforehand what the sockets looked like in each country (lol) because I didn’t realise a universal adaptor existed. What a genius idea! Using these adaptors means you don’t have to carry around tonnes of electronic gear and multiple adaptors. They even come with USB ports for charging your camera and phone. Universal adaptors are really ingenious space and hassle savers. So cool and definitely a travel must-have!



Alternative Links: 

Travel Adapter, JOOMFEEN Worldwide All in One Universal Power Converters 

LIANSING Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter 



Neck Pillow

If your holiday involves a long flight, train or bus, you’ll be so thankful you have a neck pillow. Getting the inflatable ones is a good idea because they are easier to store in your luggage when you’re not using them. The non-inflatable ones come in loads of cool pattern though so that is a benefit (I’ve seen plenty of cool designs, you can even get ones looking like a shrimp). I guess anything goes when you’re trying to have fun on a long-haul.



Alternative link: Purefly Soft Velvet Inflatable Travel Neck Pillow for Airplanes with Packsack



SD Cards (big ones and backups)

These days photography plays a really huge part in the way we travel. It is important to make sure that your camera has the storage it needs to cope with the influx of happy travel snaps. It is always worthwhile getting SD cards which have enough space (I never go lower than 64GB, but it depends on your camera). Nothing is worse than your camera running out of space when there is so much left to capture. I would also recommend buying a couple of SD cards as a back up, not as big as your main one, but just to have in case. I have always used SanDisk personally and have had no problems with them.


Alternative Link: SanDisk 64GB Class 4 SDXC Flash Memory Card



Money Pouch

So this one is kind of lame (sorry) but it is actually useful, especially if you’re travelling to places which are a little more sketchy. I remember travelling as a kid and dad would always wear one of these and we made fun of him… but after travelling alone I totally get why they’re needed. Keeping your money and other valuables safe is so important and can make or break a trip. Although they are not the most stylish thing, they’re designed for under clothes so you don’t have to worry about that.

Alternative Link: Venture 4th Undercover Money Belts For Travel (Beige)



Microfibre Towel

Towels can take up a lot of space in your suitcase/backpack and often take forever to dry. The solution? Get a microfibre towel! They may not be as plush but these compact, quick-drying towels are absolutely perfect for travel.


Alternative Link: Microfiber Towels for Travel 2-pack, Ultralight and Quick Drying Towels



Eye Mask

This is an age-old invention and is still very popular for a reason. Eye masks are a lifesaver especially if you’re staying in hostels (there is always one bunk-mate who thinks it’s cool to turn the lights on in the middle of the night). Although you might get a free one on your flight, it is good to invest in a higher quality one which is more comfy and truly blocks out the light. A good night’s sleep is something you don’t want to sacrifice on a holiday — there is so much to get out and see!

Alternative Link: ALASKA BEAR® Natural silk sleep mask

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Melbourne Things To Do: Best Activities In Melbourne

Melbourne Things To Do: Best Activities In Melbourne

Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and is packed to the brim with things to do. Although it is not the nation’s political capital, Melbourne has carved out a reputation as Australia’s food, culture, and caffeine capital instead. Not a bad trade off if you ask me. Once you have experienced the best that Melbourne has to offer, it is very hard to argue these titles.


A lot of Melbourne’s charm lies in the details. The specialist coffee shops, ever-trendy boutiques, constantly evolving street art, and atmospheric suburbs, make Melbourne feel youthful, exciting, and modern. Three years ago I moved to Melbourne from Tasmania, so I am somewhere between a tourist and a resident in the city. After all these years of trying out the activities on offer, I would love to share my top Melbourne Things To Do with you to help you get the most out of this wonderful corner of the world.


BEST Things To Do In Melbourne




Wander Through the Botanical Gardens

Melbourne Botanical Garden


Make sure you check the Melbourne weather forecast before you set off for a wander through the Royal Botanical Gardens. Extremely close to the city centre, the Botanical Gardens is an oasis in this bustling metropolis. With many different sections including cacti, ferns and lakes, there is something for everyone here.



Stroll By The Yarra River

Melbourne Things To Do


The Yarra River flows through the Victorian capital and although not the most visually pleasing river, it does make for a nice backdrop for a walk. With a gentle path along the side of the Yarra River, you will meander through the city and marvel at the skyline, and then past the boat sheds and the Botanical Gardens before heading into the Richmond and South Yarra area via the famed sports arenas.



Visit the National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery Victoria


The National Gallery of Victoria, or “NGV” as it’s affectionately known, is an awesome place to spend a day in Melbourne. The main galleries are free of charge and there are plenty of interesting exhibits to check out.



Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market


The Queen Victoria Market, or “Queen Vic” or “Vic Market” (which took me a long time to figure out were all the same thing), sits north of the Melbourne CBD. The market is mainly full of beautiful stalls selling high-quality foods, but there are also ample opportunities for buying clothes, jewellery and caffeine.


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Brunch at any of Melbourne’s superb cafés 

Melbourne brunch


If Melbourne has perfected one thing, it’s brunch. There are hundreds of Melbourne cafés and restaurants serving up brunch for a range of budgets. If you want to live like a local, have a lazy weekend brunch in one of Melbourne’s suburbs; I would recommend Brunswick which is teeming with cafés.


Walk up Ruckers Hill at sunset 

Ruckers Hill

Ruckers Hill in Northcote is only 6km from the CBD and is an amazing place to watch the sun set over the city. A visit here in golden hour will not let you down.

Visit St. Kilda’s Luna Park 

Luna Park


The suburb of St. Kilda, just South-East of Melbourne’s CBD, is constantly evolving and gentrifying. The most iconic part of the suburb, something that has remained steadfast during the changes seen, has to be Luna Park. This colourful place full of rides, food and fun will release your inner kid. There is nothing more fun than getting your adrenaline pumping on one of the rides, and not to mention, the views from the top are fantastic!



And while you’re there, check out St. Kilda Pier

St Kilda pier


St. Kilda is not only famous for Luna Park but also for its beach. The long sandy stretch is so close to the city it feels almost unbelievable. With Luna Park in the distance and pastel-coloured buildings, it almost feels like you’re in California in the 1950s. Emerging from the shores is St. Kilda Pier which culminates in a lovely yellow weatherboard building which now serves as a restaurant. The pier is fantastic to walk along and it’s actually longer than you might think. There are plenty of people fishing off the sides which adds to the atmosphere.



Wander through China Town 

Chinatown Melbourne


China Town in Melbourne’s CBD is always buzzing with people. The hugely atmospheric area is a mecca for food lovers and bargain hunters alike. With an overwhelming number of Chinese restaurants, you a spoilt for choice here. Even if you’re not after a feed, it is still well worth strolling through.



Spend an afternoon at the State Library 

State Library


The State Library is a joy for both lovers of books and lovers of aesthetically-pleasing libraries. With lots to read and stunning areas to read in, the State Library is a haven in the bustling city. If you aren’t in the a big fan of reading, it is still good to see the State Library and admire the beautiful reading rooms.



Enjoy a cocktail at a rooftop bar

Rooftop bars are cropping up left, right and centre in Melbourne and it is for a good reason. There is no better way to enjoy a view of the Melbourne CBD than with a famous Australian beer or a trendy mixologist-designed cocktail. With plenty of different bars catering to different styles, you are bound to find something that suits you. My personal favourites are Bomba and Naked for Satan.



AFL at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) 

AFL at the MCG


AFL is “Australian Rules Football” and it’s pretty popular in Australia, especially in the founding city of Melbourne. Although you may never have heard of it before, trust me when I say the Australian people go totally nuts for this sport. The MCG is the mecca of AFL and if you’re in Melbourne during the football season you simply *have* to go to a game. Tickets aren’t too expensive and the atmosphere is unrivalled. It is definitely the Aussie idea of a cultural experience.



Shop the boutiques on Chapel Street

Chapel Street is a well known Melbourne street which is teeming with boutiques, restaurants and nightlife. It’s a more unique shopping experience than the CBD or a mall like Chadstone, and there are many local brands on offer. Chapel Street is in an affluent area of the city so you can do a spot of people-watching on the side. If you stay on until night time, there are numerous bars and clubs to sample.



Explore the city’s arcades

Royal Arcade


The arcades are a lovely addition to the Melbourne CBD. There are loads dotted throughout the city. Some are up-kept really well and others have a more shabby feel, but each is uniquely beautiful. The most well-known arcade has to be Royal Arcade which is just off the famous Bourke Street Mall. Whether you’re after an unbeatable hot chocolate, a spot of op shopping, or some high quality accessories, the arcades have it all.



See the street art on Hosier Lane 

Hosier Lane


Melbourne is famous for its street art and there are displays of creativity around every corner. But the one place where it covers every surface is Hosier Lane. Just across from Federation Square, this laneway is covered from top to bottom in creativity. I love visiting here because every time I come back the art is completely different!



Bathing Boxes at Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach Huts


The affluent beach-side suburb of Brighton is a lovely change from the intensity of the city. The highlight of Brighton (aside from the sand, the cafes and the sea baths)? The brightly coloured beach huts. These beautifully decorated bathing huts are uniquely patterned and a lovely addition to the beach. They’re beautiful all year round!



Admire Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station


Flinders Street Station is hard to miss. The brightly painted facade stands proud on the banks of the Yarra overlooking Federation Square. As the epicentre of Melbourne’s public transport, you will bound to end up here at some point if you are exploring the city. For 150 years, Flinders Street Station has been an iconic part of the city and is one of the most well-known attractions.



Watch a movie at the Astor

Astor Theatre


The Astor Theatre is an old-school way to see a good movie in Melbourne. Built in the 1930s, there is a real sense of history here compared to modern theatres. The facilities are top class!



Enjoy incredible Italian food on Lygon Street

Lygon Street


Lygon Street is Melbourne’s Italian precinct. This is where Melbourne’s famous cafe culture supposedly started. So whether you’re after coffee, gelato, or world-class Italian food, you will not be short of options here. The atmosphere along the leafy street is unparalleled.




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