My 2017 travel highlights

Hey all! Happy 2018! I hope that you’ve all had a great start to the new year surrounded by all your loved ones. ๐Ÿ™‚

During this time of the year, we all (well at least I do) like to reflect on the year we’ve had so far. Although I didn’t blog about many of my trips, I actually did visit a few places I’ve never been to before and had an absolute blast.

Here’s a recap of the trips I’ve had in 2017…

New Zealand

At the end of 2016, James and I headed down to Auckland to visit family and friends. Then for the new year (Jan 2017), we did a campervan trip throughout the South Island. We started from Christchurch and drove the loop to heaps of different towns, which included Wanaka, Queenstown, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, and Milford Sounds.

We did a few adventure sports, especially in Queenstown. Of course, what else would there be to do at the adventure capital of the world right?! I bungee jumped for the first time, went white water rafting for the first time, sky dived for the third time and even went on a helicopter ride and landed on top of the Southern Alps.

 

Southern Alps
Southern Alps, New Zealand

 

I’ll have to write about campervaning in New Zealand at some point because I’m sure this will help a lot of people out. This would also have to be my favourite trip of the year!

We also came back here at the end of the year and I got to see a bit more of the North Island. We took a day trip to Rotorua, which I do not recommend on a scorching day haha. It would be absolutely perfect on a cooler day though! We also stayed in Coromandel Peninsula for a few days and boy, it was stunning!

 

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Hahei, New Zealand

 

South Korea

In June 2017, James and I flew out to South Korea for about 10 days. We did that trip budget styles and that plane ride from Australia felt so long! We first had a stop over in Kuala Lumpur; I wish we got to see Malaysia too, but oh well that will have to be a trip for another time. After 17 hours (approx.) we finally reached Seoul!

To me, Seoul is like a mini Tokyo. It has all the hustle and bustle but just not as busy, which I loved. However, what I loved about most in Seoul was the food. I came here expecting deliciousness and that was what they delivered! If you want to know what we ate in South Korea, check out this post.

 

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Namsan Tower, Seoul, South Korea

 

We also got to see Jeju Island. We rented a car and managed to drive around pretty much the whole island in one day! The Koreans say that Jeju Island is their version of Hawaii. I’ve never been to Hawaii so I can’t really compare but I thought the island was beautiful. The waters were blue, the grass were green and the views you get in the island were just so picturesque.

Try to get up early and climb the Seongsan Ilchul-bong peak. It’s called ‘sunrise peak’ because you’re meant to see the most amazing sunrise from here, but I did this late in the afternoon (lol) so it was more like sunset peak for me. It was beautiful, nevertheless!

 

Seongsan Ilchul-bong
Sunset at Seongsan Ilchul-bong Peak, Jeju Island, South Korea

 

NSW, Australia

Ok, so I am from NSW… But there are just so many places I have never seen or been to before! Australia is just too damn big and getting from one place to another can take hours!

Some of the places I visited in 2017 were:

  • Belmore Falls
  • Southern Highlands
  • Ivanhoe
  • Mollymook
  • Newcastle
  • Port Stephens / Nelson Bay area

 

Belmore Falls
Belmore Falls, NSW, Australia

 

We also took our usual day trips to the Blue Mountains and the Royal National Park because there are lots of hikes here that we still haven’t done!

 

Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

 

Where did you guys head to this year? Where was your favourite? Let me know on the comment section below ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading guys! See ya on my next post…

mia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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