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Asia/Pacific Eating Abroad Featured Malaysia

Kinabalu Park – A Mountainside Getaway

March 22, 2018
Kinabalu Park Sabah Guide

I winced a little every time a local asked me if we were going to climb Mount Kinabalu. The short answer was no, but their disappointed looks always made me feel the need to explain that on this visit we neither had the time nor adequate preparation for conquering such a momentous experience. Next time, I promised. Sabah has a reputation for its natural beauty, and Mount Kinabalu is definitely the jewel in its crown. The tallest peak in Malaysia and UNESCO World Heritage site has been captivating and challenging visitors for years. The two day hike to the summit is so popular that spaces are limited and often booked out months in advance. Something I will keep in mind for when that next time eventually comes. But for now, we settled for the next best thing – spending a night in Kinabalu Park and taking in all its natural beauty on steadier ground, at a much more leisurely pace…

Kinabalu Park Sabah Guide

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Great Ocean Road – A Three-Day Road Trip Guide

March 8, 2018
Great Ocean Road 3 Day Guide

Each of our road trips start with either blasting out or belting out (depending on whether we’ve been fortunate enough to get the iPod connected or not) a song called Never Tire of the Road by Andy Irvine. I had never heard of the song or singer before I met a certain someone but now it’s sort of become our road trip thing… and one which never seemed more appropriate than when we were speeding out of Melbourne towards the Great Ocean Road. Mr Irvine melodically proclaims that he will “never tire of the road… never tire of the rolling wheels, never tire of the ways of the world, way out yonder is calling me…”, and we always enthusiastically sing along in agreement. Because it’s true: I don’t think we will ever tire of jumping in the car, driving somewhere new, and seeing what we can see!

The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most famous road trips, with people travelling far and wide to get a glimpse of Victoria’s rugged coastline, expansive forests and friendly villages. The region has a lot to offer, making it the perfect destination for families, couples, and friends alike, and for those with or without the luxury of time on their hands. We gave ourselves three days for the round trip from Melbourne to cover just the main sights along the coastline; I’ve heard of people doing it in just one or two days but that seemed far too rushed… with three days we were able to see everything we wanted to and do it at a leisurely pace! If you’re looking for some inspiration to take your own Great Ocean Road adventure, perhaps you’d like to follow our route…

Great Ocean Road 3 Day Guide

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Asia/Pacific Eating Abroad Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park – Elephant Safari Guide

February 1, 2018

We are not what you would call ‘animal people’. We have both never had pets, are mildly allergic to cats, and still think it’s a little weird that you can bring your dog onto the tube in London. Animal-related activities do not usually feature on our travel itineraries which is why we almost didn’t make it to Udawalawe National Park. Driving around in a bumpy jeep for several hours, attempting to spot wild animals didn’t seem like our cup of tea at all but somehow, I managed to convinced myself and a certain someone that it was a good idea, and it ended up being one of the best days of our whole trip! Maybe I do have an inner David Attenborough after all…

Udawalawe National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular safari destinations as it’s less crowded than Yala National Park, and is known as the best place to spot elephants in the wild. For us, it was also the most logical choice due to its location, handily between Ella in the Hill Country and our next destination, Tangalle on the Southern Coast. The safaris are the bread and butter of this town and as such, tours run in the morning and afternoon, and there are definitely no shortage of tour operators and jeep drivers. You can literally turn up at the gates and hire your jeep and driver then and there, but as it was our first ever safari experience we decided to also hire a guide to get the most out of our visit.

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