My Travel Diary: Australia 

Hi Guys!  
Firstly, apologies for the very long delay in writing this post! 
Ryan and I are still settled in Glebe; our office jobs have been extended until the end of February and in all honesty we’ve not done much exploring as we’re trying our best to save our pennies ready to travel Australia in a couple of months! (Hence the lack of posts recently) 
For all you food lovers out there we did visit a restaurant one weekend called ‘Bare Grill’ where they stamp their burger buns and have raclette cheese topping on the menu! Now I’m not a massive cheese fan (apologies) so I didn’t get cheese on my burger, Ryan however did order the raclette cheese and I couldn’t help feeling it looked like every cheese lovers dream! 

Since my last post we’ve had our Aussie Christmas and New Years. 
Christmas is by far my favourite time of year; I love the cozy nights in and spending time with family and friends, so I knew being away this year I was going to miss home like crazy. We decided we were going to have the most un-Christmassy Christmas ever to help me not miss being at home as much. 

Our Christmas didn’t exactly go to plan either. We had been hoping to spend the day at the beach – I mean, what else is there to do in the Australian summer? But, unfortunately, the weather was not on our side, it was hot but it was cloudy and overcast the whole day! So we didn’t end up going to the beach – we spent the day together, I cooked a curry for Christmas lunch (I know, weird, but I was not up for cooking a full on roast in the heat, soz Ryan) and we met up with another English couple in the evening for drinks and secret Santa! 

(My secret Santa got me a voucher to go and get my nails done at a salon BEST. GIFT. EVER!)
Ryan and I were very lucky and were given some pennies from loved ones back home for Christmas – all of which we have transferred into our savings apart from strict instructions from my mum, stepdad and Ry’s dad to treat ourselves to a meal out. Ryan and I went to Grill’d for one meal (and now we’re slightly obsessed with their delicious tasting burgers!) and went out to an Indian restaurant for the other. We must of been extremely keen to dig in to our Indian as we didn’t take a before photo of our feast! 

As we may only be in Australia for one year we definitely wanted to bring in the New Year by watching the Sydney fireworks. 

We queued up for what felt like forever and just made it into a section before it was closed off due to being ‘full’. (At midday I might add!)

The day was beautifully hot and the atmosphere when the countdown began was amazing! 

And it didn’t take us any longer than usual to get home which is a bonus!(Ryan and I went to London to watch the New Year fireworks one year and it took us 3 HOURS to get home! It was ridiculous!)

One of our house mates is originally from Nigeria and as she was travelling back there to visit family over the Christmas period she had given us some cinema tickets to use whilst she was away. 

We opted to watch the new Jimanji film! We do love the original but thought the remake was very funny and worth a watch! 
Another weekend was spent at the Royal Randwick Races. We went with another couple that we work with called Joe and Hayley. 

It was a great day, the sun was shining, the tickets were cheap and Ryan came back with the same amount of money he took as he won half of his bets and his horses came second or third in all the others… lucky git! We did however get very burnt from being out in the sun! Ouch! 

As I mentioned earlier, as we’re trying to save pennies our free time is spent soaking up the sun, taking in the graffiti and wandering the Glebe markets. We even stumbled across Pendrill Street which isn’t far from where we live! 

When it came to the end of the year I checked my nine most liked pictures on Instagram for 2017. All nine were from the second half of 2017 and all from my travels. 

Looking back at all the amazing things I’ve done since I left home I feel so grateful and incredibly excited for all the moments and memories that 2018 is going to bring! 
But first – back on that office grind! 
‘Til next time!
Love Bumble x

My Travel Diary: Australia 

Hi Guys! 
Since being back in Sydney Ryan and I have applied to what feels like a million jobs online. We’ve taken our CV’s round to places in our area, signed up to 3 recruitment agencies and moved into a room to rent. Busy busy busy!
From someone who has been in and out of hostels for months on end I can tell you having our own little space is bliss! No more living with randomers who have spread the whole contents of their backpack on the floor, no more having to take all of your belongings to a shared bathroom down the end of the hall to realise you’ve forgotten an essential (a towel? Shampoo? Your bloody room key?) .. in fact no more sharing a bathroom at all! Oh did I not mention we now have our own ensuite? 
To those reading who are not travelling you’re probably thinking I’m abit crazy for getting so excited about a room and ensuite but those of you who are travelling or have travelled and have witnessed hostel life, you know the drill – this is bloody great! 
And it’s actually cheaper to rent a room than it is to stay in hostels so yaknow, win win.
Not that I’m expecting you to give a sh*t about what our new abode looks like – here’s a pic! To be able to actually unpack our stuff too – can’t even tell you how great that was!

Also guys..
I have some good news! 
Can I get a ‘hallelujah’?!
So I actually had two options – I know, it’s like waiting for a bus, spend ages waiting then 2 turn up at once! 

(I’m not being funny but that saying is a load of bull, like when have 2 buses ever turned up?! Like, please.) 
Okay so my first option was Sephora. I popped into Sephora handed them my CV (obviously had to actually do my make up for once and with what was left of my travel make up collection – hard task I can tell you) and they called me back the same day to arrange an interview. 

The interview went really well and they called me to come in for a trial – I was so excited but also sh*tting myself. Like, I’ve never NEVER worked in retail and my makeup skills are pretty much non existent so yaknow not looking great. 
A couple of days before I was due to do my trial I was called about an office role. It was starting straight away, full time, set hours and I would have the weekends free. 
I was torn. Sephora had offered me a trial, the queen bee of makeup stores had held out an arm for me (ME?!) to potentially join their family and learn makeup techniques. Then there’s the office role, guaranteed hours, insurance based (hello, what I did at home),more money and weekends to spend in the Australian sunshine. 
I had to go back to the reason we were looking for work in the first place; to stop and save as much money as we can to fund further travels.. And with that in mind I turned down Sephora (if my makeup artist cousin is reading this she’ll be disgusted with my decision – Shannon please forgive me?) 

P.S to rub salt into the wound I also got called from MAC Cosmetics yesterday to arrange an interview that I had to decline. It was a sad day. 
The office role is within walking distance from our new home, and as they are expanding they had more than one position so Ryan is also working there! 
We started today and will be paid weekly which I am so ready for – SHOW ME THE MONEY! 
Ryan and I have also had some good news from back home…
Ryan’s best friend Paul and wife Alisha have just welcomed into the world the most adorable baby boy! Who is our godson – all I want to do is have a cuddle but we will have to wait until our travelling adventure is over! 
There have been so many things happening since we’ve been away; my sister moving into her first house, my cousin opening up her shop, my brother starting college, my friend getting engaged, now this little bubba being born! It’s sad to think we’re missing out on all these things but it makes it all that more exciting when we do finally return home! 
‘Til next time!
Love Bumble x 

My Travel Diary: Australia

Hi Guys! 
I’m writing to you on a plane from Sydney to Coffs Harbour. Free extra leg room, a view overlooking the sea and cotton like clouds with biscuits in hand – this backpacking malarkey ain’t half bad!
Since my last post Ryan and I have waved goodbye to Steve and Kathy who had kindly let us stay with them in Dee-Why and grabbed the ferry from Manly back to Darling Harbour ready for us to stay in the centre and wait on the arrival of our Australian bank cards. 

Our new home for a couple of nights was a small hostel above a pub. We really liked this hostel, it was small so reasonably quiet and super easy to get to know other travellers staying, the staff were extremely friendly and believe it or not the pub wasn’t loud at all! 

(Down side was that there was no cooker, only a microwave – so we lived off tried and tested backpacker favourite – packet noodles!) 
As we had to stay in Sydney for our bank cards Ryan and I spent the week wandering the city and visiting different attractions. 

Ryan found a discount online for a visit to two of Sydney’s main attractions; we opted to go to the Sydney Eye Tower and the Sea-life Aquarium. 

The tower is 309 Meters high and gives a 360 degree view of Sydney. 

From the tower we could see landmarks like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, the Allianz football stadium and so on. The view meant we could also spot street art and rooftop pools in amongst the buildings. 
The aquarium was great! There were penguins, an octopus, loads of vibrant fish, turtles, jellyfish and sharks! We were lucky and were able to see the penguins being fed – the zookeeper dropped a piece of food on the floor accidentally and then went on to tell us that the penguins are extremely fussy and will not eat any of the food if it has been on the floor – how strange! 

Another day was spent taking a walk over Sydney Harbour bridge. We had looked into maybe doing the bridge climb however it was very expensive and when we got to the bridge we were glad we hadn’t booked it..

Walking over the bridge itself was quite scary for height-hating me; Ryan and I were taking pictures along the bridge of the view (which was beaut) and made the mistake of looking down a few to many times! You could also feel the bridge as the cars zoomed across which just added to my fear – so we definitely ARE NOT going to do the bridge climb! 
After our stroll across the bridge we then made a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art and popped in the rooftop cafe for a cold drink after! 

Another day was spent wandering the botanical gardens. 

It’s always nice when the sun is shining to spend it strolling the gardens – no cars, no one in a rush, no noise apart from the birds chirping, just a leisurely stroll taking in the scenery. 
On our way to the gardens we walked through Hyde Park which was set up like a festival – loads of food vans, drink pop up shops, chairs and tables but everything was closed. I did a little search online and found out that it was set up for the ‘Night Noodle Market’ and was only going to be there for a limited time and was open in the evenings.

Naturally Ryan and I took the fact that it was limited as a sign that we had to go and visit while we were in Sydney! We sat on swings draped in flowers, ate yummy food and took a visit to the Pimm’s Garden!

When we stayed with Steve and Kathy they suggested we look into doing a whale watching tour. I already wanted to go on one but they said this is the best time of year to go as there’s lots of whales in the area. 

We did a quick search online and found a cheap deal for a whale watching cruise with lunch included. 

It was a 4 hour cruise and as we were going out to sea thought it would be best to grab some sea sickness tablets just in case. 


Almost all of the people onboard the boat were sea sick and even with the tablets Ryan and I felt a teeny bit queazy! 

The cruise itself was amazing – we saw 5 whales and multiple breaching throughout the 4 hours which was what we really wanted to see! We also saw a mum and her calf who kept copying when the mother would jump out of the water or flick her tail. 

Unfortunately I couldn’t get any pictures of the whales..

1. They were too quick and

2. The boat was far to rocky to possibly get a picture that wasn’t blurred (trust me, I tried)

The next day was probably one of our favourite days in Sydney because we experienced things we had never seen before. 
The first was a march in Sydney for marriage equality. 

We had seen quite a lot of police cars and vans throughout the day and then we heard what sounded like a riot; lots of shouting and cars beeping. 

We took a walk down the street and there it was; a rainbow of people marching and chanting for a ‘yes’ vote on marriage equality.
It was beautiful to see so many people marching for something back home which is just so normal now. 

I couldn’t quite believe that a vote was even an option; surely marriage equality should just be the norm everywhere? 

We saw many couples marching together and multiple signs that made my heart ache a little with their words. One being a sign from an older lady stating ‘only I get to tell my son who he can marry’ and another ‘vote yes: so I can finally be my best friends bridesmaid.’ 

The other new experience (for me) was a football match – or ‘soccer’ if you’re in Aus. 

Ryan had mentioned that whilst we’re in Australia he would like to watch a match; as you can imagine my enthusiasm for this activity on a scale of 1-10 was probably a minus 5.

As with most things I’m negative about I usually eat my words and have a great time – and this was one of those times. 

The football match was so much fun. It was a derby between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wonderers so the crowd was buzzing. 

When I’m at home I sometimes watch my younger brother play football – I get so stressed watching! He plays in goal so whenever the ball is near his goal I get heart palpitations that are through the roof and wonder why on earth I put myself through this ordeal (sisterly love and support and all that). 

Luckily this match wasn’t like that – I had no idea who was playing or who I wanted to win so I just enjoyed the game and the atmosphere of the crowd. 

Ryan got into the spirit and purchased a Sydney FC top. They were behind in the first half with Western Sydney Wonderers scoring less than 5 minutes in but when the final whistle blew it was a draw at 2 all. 

As I mentioned earlier we were on the plane to Coffs Harbour from Sydney. Our bank cards arrived and we were ready to start looking for farm work. I called a working hostel in Coffs Harbour that have connections with local farmers and can help you start your regional work – they had availability for us at the hostel and on the farm so we booked a flight and off we went. 
We came to Coffs in the hopes of starting our 88 days farm work and save money ready to travel at the end of the 88 days. 

It seems thinking we’d be able to save money was naive.

We started blueberry picking and after 2 days decided it wasn’t ideal for us at this current time. The people and the hostel was great; super friendly and such a laugh! But the pay for the farm work was too low. 

They pay per bucket picked and unless you’re a rapid picker you’ll be lucky to make minimum wage – so no saving on the cards! 

The place was great if you just needed to get your 88 days of regional work done to apply for your second year visa but not if you actually needed to save some pennies too. 

Edit: Completely forgot to mention that I also slipped over carrying two buckets of blueberries! Blueberries went flying – all my hard work all over the floor.. it was a real life Bridget Jones moment!

We decided we would go back to Sydney and try and find a ‘proper’ job with better pay.

As we had paid for a weeks accommodation we spent the next few days wandering Coffs and doing all the things we wanted to do as we were here. 
We spent some time at the beach and walked along the jetty. Ryan went body boarding and we saw some turtles swimming in the sea! So cool! 
We also visited The Big Banana and played mini golf in the sunshine. Believe it or not I was winning mini golf then lost after Ryan cheated his way to victory.

He says skill. I say cheat. 

I started writing this post on a plane from Sydney to Coffs Harbour and I’m finishing it on a train back to Sydney after our farm work not working out for us. How quickly things change when you’re travelling on a road to nowhere.

It’s all experience I guess; plus we met some pretty cool people. We had a nice BBQ one night to celebrate another traveller reaching half way through his 88 days and a bonfire and drinks at the beach another night which was worth the sore head in the morning! 

Now it’s back to unemployment life in Sydney – let’s hope it’s short lived! 

‘Til next time! 

Love Bumble x 


My Travel Diary: New Zealand and Australia

Hi Y’all! 
Remember me? I know, I know, I’m the worst blogger in the world! Apologies for the lack of updates these last few weeks – better late than never, right?
In my last blog post Ryan and I were on our way back to Queenstown after visiting the very South of New Zealand. 

Our time back in Queenstown was spent wandering the Queenstown Gardens and fudge tasting at a small sweet shop! 

We made our way from Queenstown to Christchurch stopping at Lake Tekapo along the way. 
Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand however, due to the earthquake that hit in 2011, there were lots of buildings under repair and building work going on almost everywhere. 
The 2011 earthquake tragically killed 185 people and on the first anniversary a local artist arranged 185 empty white chairs in a demolished site in the town centre. 

The chairs were only supposed to be up for 1 week but have since become an unofficial memorial for the 185 people who lost their lives that day. 

We visited the memorial and it was strange to see all the different chairs, from a stool to an armchair, and a baby seat to a wheelchair. Representing each and every individual that sadly died as a result of the earthquake. As well as the chairs there is also information on the earthquake itself along with the names and ages of the victims.

The rest of our time in Christchurch was spent wandering the Hagley Park and Botanic gardens and taking in the city. 

We took a look at the ruined cathedral and even found a meter which gave you ideas of free things to do around the city! 

You pressed a button which gave an idea of something free to do, if you didn’t like it you pressed the button again, when you saw something you liked you pressed another button which printed out a ‘ticket’ with the idea, address and how far away it was! 

I thought it was a great idea for teenagers who were bored within the area! 
We took a short stroll to the Sound Garden were musical instruments were made from rubbish found locally. The sounds the instruments made were not exactly harmonious but it was still nice to see waste being reused to entertain the youths (or Ryan and I at this point!)

Ryan and I then flew from Christchurch to Auckland where we stayed for a couple of days before flying to sunny Sydney, Australia. 
Now, to say I was happy to feel the heat and see cloud free blue skies when we got off the plane was an understatement! New Zealand was absolutely beautiful but it was chilly the majority of the time so jumpers and coats were definitely needed. Australia’s weather is beautiful and it’s only their spring so it’s only going to get hotter! 
Ryan and I stayed in Broadway for a couple of days to sort out our Australian bank accounts, our Tax File numbers, getting an Australian SIM card, you know – the boring, important stuff! 

We did take a walk to see the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge – it was great! Lovely to see something I’d seen so many times on TV and online, and with the sun shining the view didn’t disappoint! 

Unfortunately sorting out our bank accounts and Tax File numbers wasn’t a quick process so while we were waiting for emails we decided we would pop to Bondi for a couple of nights. 
The hostel itself was ‘ok’, we were given a private room without having to pay any extra dollar, it was right next to Bondi Beach which was great, but the kitchen we tried to avoid at all costs! It was far to small for the amount of backpackers staying, they had hardily any cooking utensils and it was, in my opinion, just a little bit grim! (But hey, what hostels aren’t?!)
We spent our time in Bondi on the beach, taking in the street art on the walls and walking to Coogee Beach. 
On our walk to Coogee Beach we had to walk through Waverley Cemetery.  

Waverley Cemetery is located on the cliff tops of Bronte and was opened in 1877. The cemetery itself is known for its Victorian and Edwardian monuments; it is home to many family tombs that vary widely in structure, size and colours. 

The cemetery was ginormous, by far the biggest cemetery I had ever seen. Unfortunately some areas of the cemetery had been sectioned off due to the damage from the 2016 storm which had made many of the older graves unstable and unsafe. 

Ryan has family that live in Dee-Why, Sydney and they have kindly let us stay with them. It was a short ferry ride to Manly where Steve and Kathy were waiting to greet us.

Steve is Ryan’s Dads cousin, Kathy is his wife and their 2 teenage daughters are Danielle and Georgia. It has been so lovely to meet more of Ryan’s family and for us to bond over our travels (Steve and Kathy traveled when they were younger too, and then ended up living in Aus!) 

They took us to the lookout point West Head where you can see Lion Island and Palm Beach and then to Long Reef to over look Dee-Why Beach. 

There were lots of paragliders around Long Reef – it was a miracle they didn’t bump into each other! 

We also took a bike ride down to Dee-why Beach where we stopped to get ourselves a Golden GayTime ice-cream (as recommended by the family as a must try). It was delicious! It’s a toffee and vanilla ice-cream dipped in chocolate then coated in honeycomb biscuit crumbs! 

Other days were spent walking around the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail where we came across tiny little ducklings which where so cute! And catching some rays down at Dee-why Beach – lunch included!  

Ryan and I are STILL waiting on our bank cards *rolls eyes* 

When we finally have them we will be able to get into the chaos that is finding farm work in Australia! 

We are looking to do 3 months of farm work in order to see a different rural area and also hopefully save a few pennies along the way! 
Hopefully in my next post Ryan and I will no longer be unemployed!

Pray for us! 
‘Til next time! 
Love Bumble x 

My Travel Diary: New Zealand

Hi Y’all! 

Apologies for not blogging in a while – if you’ve read my previous posts you’ll know the wifi is to blame! 
The last time we spoke Ryan and I had finished our time in Franz Josef and were making our way to our next stop: Wanaka. 
On our journey we stopped off at Lake Matheson which is commonly known as reflection lake. In order for the lake to reflect it needs to be completely still and not be disrupted by wind or rain; we had a little bit of rain and a teeny bit of wind but luckily we were still able to see some reflection in the water. 

We continued on our journey and were hit with snow on one of the long windy roads. We managed to get through the snow with ease and shortly after arriving in Wanaka we went in search for the most photographed tree AKA ‘That Wanaka Tree’. 

We didn’t need to look very hard, the tree was on the edge of Lake Wanaka and there were a few tourists already observing and taking snaps! 

In the evening Ryan and I visited Cinema Paradiso which was conveniently located across the road from our hostel. 

Cinema Paradiso is known for its quirky decor, consisting of sofas and cars inside the cinema room for you to park your bottom on. 

It’s also known for its delicious warm, freshly baked cookies that you can purchase half way through the film! The film stops and everyone piles to the front desk to stock up on their drink and munchies! 

In Wanaka we also visited Puzzling World. It was fun and interesting but slightly smaller than I’d hoped! There was also a maze outside were you had to get to each coloured tower in the corners of the maze! 

I was TERRIBLE at it – Ryan even had to come back after he’d finished to help me! 

We left Wanaka and made our way to Queenstown – the adventure capital!

Queenstown is known for being THE go-to place for adrenaline junkies. There’s masses of bungy jumps, zip lines, swings, skydives and so on. 
I am absolutely terrified of heights so none of the above appeal to me in the slightest. All apart from a skydive, but as skydives are so expensive Ryan and I have decided we’d rather do one later on when we have more money to play with. 
Ryan however talked himself into doing a canyon swing (and I watched for moral support). 

We were picked up along with other crazy people wanting to throw themselves off a cliff and made our way to the swing. 

This swing is 109 metres high, with a free fall of 60 metres and a total swing distance of 200 metres. 

Ryan was the second to last person to swing so we stayed on the platform and watched each person one by one fall of the edge first. (At this point I was feeling nauseous, baring in mind I wasn’t even jumping haha!) 

You could choose the way you wanted to fall off the edge, you could take a running jump, go backwards, go sitting on a chair, do the cutaway, go off a slide …the possibilities were endless! 

Ryan chose to do the cutaway; you dangle off the edge of the cliff and then at some point the people who work there would pull a string and release you. Who know how long you’ll be dangling there for?! 

I saw Ryan get dangled off the edge and while one man was talking to (distracting) him the other pulled the string! Lets just say Ryan was the most vocal of all the men there!

In Queenstown we also spent an afternoon going on the Gondola and Luge. 

This was the first time I had done either. The gondola was petrifying as it was so steep but it was worth it for the beautiful views at the top over looking Queenstown and the surrounding snow covered mountains.

The luge was so much fun! It’s kind of like go-karting but far less noisy! 

Another afternoon was spent playing frisbee golf in the Queenstown gardens. 

I’m not sure what my calling in life is but it definitely isn’t frisbee golf. Ryan was pretty good at it; or maybe he was just WAY better than his rubbish opponents! 

I enjoyed frisbee golf, it was simple, fun and free! 

Next we stopped off at Cookie Time for a warm cookie after being out in the chill. 

It’s kind of impossible to be healthy while traveling; everywhere you stop ‘you must try this’ and ‘this is the best *insert said food* you’ll ever have!’  

In all fairness, the things we have tried have been pretty darn good so it’s not all lies. 

And Queenstown is no exception. Home of Patagonia, Fat Badgers and Fergburger which, talking from experience now, I would definitely say are must tries. 

Patagonia having the tastiest ice cream and hot chocolate.. 

Fat badgers the biggest pizza I’ve ever seen (well except for Snappy’s ‘Beast’ pizza which was a bloody godsend for my family being one of 6 children)..

And Fergburger having the best burgers I have ever tasted in my life ..and that’s coming from someone who isn’t even a massive burger fan! 

Ryan, however, is a huge burger fan and even he said it was the best burger he’d tasted!

We left Queenstown and started our day trip to Milford Sound. 

Milford Sound is a fiord in the South West of the South Island.

Unfortunately we had rain on the day of our trip so the weather wasn’t exactly perfect. The rain water did, however, cause hundreds of waterfalls pouring down the mountain edges, both on our journey and on our Milford Sound boat trip. 

At the end of our Milford Sound trip we hopped on a bus to start our Deep South journey, visiting Invercargill and Dunedin to then loop back to Queenstown. 

In our Deep South trip we visited Bluff, the most Southern point on the South Island. 

We saw the South Pole which matches the one we saw at the most Northern point on the North Island when we had just started our trip of New Zealand. 

We also went on a wildlife search. 

We visited Waipapa Point which is known to be the home of sea lions, we had lunch with a couple of seagulls (which were way more polite than those in England – no snatching) and we tried to find some yellow eyed penguins from a lookout spot.  

We were very lucky and saw a sea lion and yellow eyed penguin; unfortunately I couldn’t get a picture of the penguin as we were too far away and were using binoculars!  We also came across an empty stingray egg on our search!

We did a couple walks whilst down south; including the McLean falls walk and the walk up the worlds steepest street!

The steepest street, Baldwin Street, seemed to go on forever and at the top there’s even a water fountain to clench your thirst from the walk up! 
We are now on our journey back to Queenstown where we’ll stay for a few days before moving on. 
Find out what we get up to in my next post! 
‘Til next time! 
Love Bumble x


My Travel Diary: New Zealand

Hi Y’all!
If there’s one thing that’s worse than no wifi it’s wifi that is so rubbish that it might as well be non existent! 


Is the wifi going to work today? Doubtful.

Is it going to pretend it’s working to then stop half way through loading my pictures? 


Am I going to throw my phone in frustration? 

Most certainly. 
And because of this shoddy wifi problem I’m slightly behind in my blog posts (I know this seems to be a reoccurring predicament). 

I am now going to attempt to get all up to date in one post without chewing your ear off so wish me luck! 
In my last post Ryan and I had just left Taupo and were making our way further down south to River Valley. 
We stopped along the way to take a walk through Tongariro National Park. As expected when travelling the whole of New Zealand in a short space of time, there are many long journeys spent on the Kiwi Experience bus. These journeys, however, never feel as long as they are as we take many stops to go on well known hikes, supermarket shops or just to take in the views! 
We stayed in River Valley Lodge, which was pretty much in the middle of nowhere! Surrounded by fields with sheep and lamb roaming freely around the grounds. 

There was no wifi or reception at River Valley lodge but there was plenty for us to get our teeth stuck into (mainly the roast dinner and onsite bar!).

We took a stroll around the grounds and came across a ‘trolley’ which is used to transport people across the river and a giant chess board. Ryan and a couple of the other travellers attempted to teach me how to play but I quickly lost interest, I left it to the professionals. 
In the bar area the locals like to challenge the visitors to attempt to climb there way around the big wooden table in there without touching the floor; if you manage it you get a free drink. 

Most people attempted it, and failed, including myself (I have the bruises as proof). It was so difficult! Apparently it’s a lot easier for taller people and you need some upper body strength – so I was basically doomed from the get go! One guy in our group did manage it though and claimed his well deserved drink! 

We left River Valley and started our journey to Wellington. We took a lunch stop at Bull where they try and make a play on words anyway they can. We saw lots of sign posts with the word ‘bull’ at the end and I saw a painting on the front of a police station that I couldn’t help take a picture of. 

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city; it was previously Auckland but changed so the capital is now more central for both Islands.

Living in England and being close to London means my idea of a capital is somewhere that is super busy all of the time with masses of shops everywhere. Wellington was nothing like London, I probably should have just used my brain and remembered that there are over 6 million people living in London and only just over 4 million people living in the WHOLE of New Zealand, so the Capital would be nothing like ours! 

In Wellington Ryan and I decided we would walk to the Mt. Victoria look out. This spot is perfect for seeing a 360° view of Wellington. 

We also visited the Wellington Zoo to see the animals; including the kiwi bird. 

It was nice to see animals we hadn’t seen before; like the Red Panda, which was adorable! 

There was also an emu wandering around the pathways in a section of the zoo meaning we could get a closer look, so that was pretty cool too ..even when it started chasing me down the path! 

We then made our way to the South Island by jumping on an InterIslander ferry. 

Unfortunately the sea was pretty choppy and most of the boat were sea sick! Yuk! 

Luckily a girl we were travelling with had some sea sickness tablets which she offered round so our small group were all fine; but I was so glad to touch down on land after a 3 hour boat journey! 
Our first stop on the South Island was Kaiteriteri which is perfect for visiting Abel Tasman National Park. 

Ryan and I had booked extra nights to stay in Kaiteriteri so we would have plenty of time to roam the National Park. 

Unfortunately the weather when we arrived was AWFUL, it was raining heavily and was due to remain this way for the whole time we were in Kaiteriteri. 

This, teamed with the fact that our hostel was DISGUSTING, made us change our minds about staying longer. We left horrible Kaiteriteri and were glad to see the back of it! 
On our way to our next destination, Westport, we stopped at Nelson National Park and Lake to have a picnic lunch and take in the view. 

The lake was beautiful and the snow covered mountains could be seen in the distance. 

The only downside was that we got bitten to sh*t by sandflies! 

In Westport we stayed at a small hostel called Bazils, which offered pizza baked in a pizza oven for dinner. I mean, we had to say yes, be rude not to, right? 

Not to worry though – there was a gym next door to the hostel which a couple of us visited and the next day I tried yoga for the very first time; I’m not sure how effective yoga is exercise wise however I was extremely relaxed after so I would definitely do it again. 
We left Westport and made our way to Lake Mahinapua; on the way we stopped at Cape Foulwind and Pancake Rocks walkways. 

At Lake Mahinapua we had an ‘our world’ themed fancy dress party. 

Lots of people had some really good ideas, one couple went as Adam and Eve, 4 friends went as the elements, one girl went as the world. 

And some looked outside the box and dressed as their interpretation of our world today, one went as unlimited wifi, another as someone who was insta-famous, I went as a phone (because it was cheap and easy) and Ryan used this as an opportunity to wear his lemon suit (any excuse *rolls eyes*). 

The Lake Lodge that we stayed at was pretty nice, there were hot tubs, we had a massive pork roast for dinner and pancakes, bacon and maple syrup for breakfast, and it was situated a short walk away from both Lake Mahinapua and the beach! 

One place I was really looking forward to visiting in New Zealand was Franz Josef, there was so many possibilities for activities that I was interested in doing. 

 I wanted to do the Heli Hike on the Franz Josef glacier which looked AMAZING and also do a sky dive over the Fox Glacier which is rated one of the most beautiful skydives in the world! Unfortunately they were both weather dependant and we weren’t successful in either! *tear* 

The sky dive kept being cancelled and rescheduled due to horrible weather conditions, as annoying as this was, Ryan and I had accepted the fact it probably wasn’t going to happen and know that we have plenty more opportunities to skydive on our travels. 

The Heli Hike however did go ahead (well, partly). The weather was great; we took part in our health and safety briefing, got suited and booted ready for the cold and took our helicopter ride up into the glacier. 

The glacier was beautiful! 

We were up on the glacier for all of 30 minutes (of a 4 hour hike) before our guide had a call to say due to weather heading our way we needed to get a helicopter back to base. 

We were the last group on the glacier to be picked up before the guides and unfortunately within the space of us being picked up and dropped to safety the weather had already reached the glacier, meaning the helicopters couldn’t fly in the conditions. The guides were stuck on the glacier and were sent to the emergency cabin to wait for the weather to clear, in a couple of hours, days, weeks?! 

I was disappointed that our hike had been called off early but we got away just in the nick of time before the weather hit so I guess I’m thankful for that! 

The rest of our time in Franz Josef was spent going on rainy walks, watching films and drinking hot choccie by the fire! 

We leave tomorrow to go to our next destination in New Zealand. 
Find out what we get up to in my next post! 
‘Til next time! 
Love Bumble x 

My Travel Diary: New Zealand 

Hi Y’all! 

We left Paihia and made our way through Auckland to our next stop: Hot Water Beach.

We took a short walk before reaching our lodge stay in Hot Water beach to see Cathedral Cove; which is where scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia and the pop song ‘can’t hold us’ by Macklemore were filmed.

We reached our lodge and were advised that two hours either side of low tide you can go to the beach and dig yourself a hot pool! 

Unfortunately we had just missed this time when we reached hot water beach; and the next time it would be low tide was at midnight! 

Now, you can’t go to hot water beach and not dig yourself a hot pool on the beach…

So that’s what we did!

We hit the beach at half 11 and could see the hot water bubbling under the sand. All we needed was a shovel and a man (check) to dig a hot spa to bathe in! 

As the weather outside at midnight was freezing we only paddled but other travellers in our group went full on swimming in their bikinis and trunks! 

The water was mostly a lovely hot bath temperature but in some areas the water was boiling hot; giving ‘running along the beach’ a whole new meaning.  

I guess digging yourself a hot pool at midnight is one to tell the grandkids in years to come!

We left Hot Water beach the next morning and made our way to Waitomo. 

We stopped along to way to do the Karangahake hike. The hike is famous for its mining and railway history. We saw abandoned train tracks along the way and walked through an old mining tunnel that seemed to go on forever.

There was one thing I really wanted to do in Waitomo and that was to view the glow worm caves. 

We took a tour around the Ruakuri cave. This cave is thought of as sacred by the New Zealand Maori people and there are many myths and legends that are associated with the cave itself. 

One story we were told on our tour was that a certain part of the cave was used to store the dead, which is why many Maori people treat the cave as sacred as their ancestors are said to be buried there. 

We were told many creepy tales along our tour and each time the tour guide would tell a tale he would turn all the lights off so we were in complete darkness inside the cave! Not fun… Especially for a scaredy cat like me! 

The glow worms themselves were pretty cool! (As I expected *nerd face*) 

It was like looking up at the stars in the night sky; albeit with a slightly blue tinge.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get any pictures of the glow worms (my iPhone camera doesn’t stretch to that technical level) but I did manage to take some inside the cave as we went along.

Feel free to google glow worm caves to get a taster of what we saw! 

Are you ready to be super jealous?

Ryan and I left Waitomo to go to Rotorua..

And on the way we visited..

*drumroll please*


Now I have a confession to make; I’ve not actually seen ANY of the Lord of the Rings films. 

I know – shame on me – but visiting Hobbiton was on my list of things I definitely wanted to do whilst travelling this beautiful place! And I promise I’ll watch them at some point when I have time. 

If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan (or not, like me) you HAVE to visit if you can – it was a great day out and the tour guides were brilliant too! 

Rotorua. What can I say? 





Rotorua has masses of geothermal activity and the sulphur leaves a horrid rotten egg smell! 

The smell is the only bad thing I have to say about the town. Everything else was great, I had the BEST time in Rotorua, one of my favourite places in New Zealand that we have visited so far. 

Yes the geothermal activity smells but it also forms beautiful geysers and boiling hot pools around the town. 

A short walk away from our hostel was Kurai park which you are free to roam around as you please! 

I loved that there was steam everywhere; it felt like being inside a cloud! 

We also took a trip to Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see even more geothermal activity.

We saw a geyser erupt, sat on stone seats heated from the earth and even ate boiled eggs cooked from one of the hot pools! 

One of the best nights in Rotorua was when we visited the Tamaki Maori village for an overnight stay. 

This was a chance for us to learn about the Maori culture and stuff our faces with glorious food! 

As we were entering into a Maori village we needed to adhere to their culture, so, as a group, we had to chose a ‘chief’ based on the males best Haka face. 

In the initial meeting at the village the Maori chief and tribe welcomed us to their home and sang us a traditional song which we had to reciprocate. We chose a song most of us knew which was Amy Winehouse – Valerie. 

Let’s just say Simon Cowell won’t be knocking on our doors anytime soon but we gave it a good go nonetheless.

We ended the meeting with the traditional rubbing of the noses by the two chiefs and then went on to have tea and cake in the big hall. 
After stuffing our faces we visited different parts of the village to learn more about the Maori culture. 

We played a game with sticks where we all stood in one big circle and each had a long stick, the Maori chief would say maui (pronounced ma-wee) or matau (pronounced ma-toe) which is left and right in the Maori language, we would then have to leave our stick upright and run to the left or right and grab the stick there. If you go the wrong way or drop a stick then you’re out! 

It was really fun; I felt like a big kid! 

We also learnt how to pronounce our vowels like the Maori people by singing a song called ”A Haka Mana’ which is in the tune of Stupid Cupid and I have been struggling to get out of my head ever since! 

The Maori people put on a cultural performance before our dinner which consisted of singing, Ti Rakau (rhythmic throwing of sticks) and Poi which is a performance using balls on strings. And of course the famous Hakka dance! 

After this it was our turn to do a performance of our own as we were asked to perform the ‘A Haka Mana’ song in front of the dinner guests (I hid at the back) and the men were all asked to perform the Hakka, including Ryan!

We had an all-you-can-eat roast dinner at the Tamaki village that was cooked by the heat from the Earth; the food was prepared, put into caged baskets and placed in a hole in the ground for around 4 hours. We had chicken, lamb and all the trimmings! Delicious! 

In the evening we jumped in the hot tubs beneath the stars with a beer in hand – pure bliss! 

I was sad to leave Tamaki village – it was the best experience! 

The rest of our time in Rotorua was spent roaming the town and zorbing down a hill! 

If any of you have me on Facebook you will have seen the video of Ryan and I zorbing – it was so much fun – yaknow, just incase my hideous laughing didn’t give it away!  

We left Rotorua and made our way to Taupo, pronounced Toe-paw.

We didn’t really do much in Taupo, the weather wasn’t too great and I guess it gave us a chance to save a bit of money! 

We did look around the shops and we saw the new All Blacks Rugby kits on sale – now I’m not a lover of sports but I REALLY liked the look of the All Blacks tops! I was ever so tempted to pick up my two younger brothers a shirt each but after looking at the price that thought quickly fizzled away! 
We are no longer in Taupo and have moved on to our next stop in New New Zealand.
Find out where on my next post!
‘Till next time!
Love Bumble x

My Travel Diary: New Zealand

Hi Y’all! 
Ryan and I are no longer in Bali..
We are now in New Zealand! 
Okay, so, this is kind of our own fault, we are visiting New Zealand in their Winter, which we knew before leaving England… 
So I’m not quite sure what was going through my head when I only packed ONE hoody! ONE?!
Did we spend our first day in Auckland, NZ seeing the sights I hear you ask? 

No. No we did not. 

We spent our first day roaming the streets to try and find the cheapest jumpers that we could find (*whines* oh how I miss Asia clothes and their prices). We both managed to pick up 2 cheap jumpers and I later found out I can’t actually fit them both in my rucksack – isn’t that just great! 
I’m a lover of chocolate – what girl isn’t, right? So I was fascinated by all the different types of chocolate bars I was stumbling across in New Zealand, I didn’t buy any bars (I wouldn’t of been able to choose!) but I did take a couple pictures as I went along when I spotted chocolate that I hadn’t seen before!

Ryan and I hadn’t organised anything for our New Zealand travels apart from our form of transport – The Kiwi Experience. 

The Kiwi Experience offer bus passes to travel around New Zealand, they have a number of passes, from exploring only one island, to exploring half of one and half of the other, and to exploring the whole of New Zealand. 

You simply hop on and hop off at the stops and stay for however long you like in each location. Simple. 

The Kiwi Experience also have discounts on their passes at different times of the year so you can bag yourself a bargain if you keep an eye on their website! 
We started our bus pass in Auckland, we got picked up early one morning and took our bus to our first stop Paihia – pronounced Pie-here. 
On our bus journey we stopped along the way at a small waterfall before continuing our journey to Paihia. 

Our hostel was close to the beach front. 

Yes you read that right – hostel! 

Since we left England on the 1st July Ryan and I hadn’t yet had to stay in a hostel, that is, until Paihia. 

The hostel dorm we stayed in fit 8 people, 4 bunk beds, 1 shower/bathroom and there was a communal living area and kitchen for cooking and free Netflix. Woo Netflix! 
The day after we arrived in Paihia we took a day trip to Cape Reinga. 
Cape Reinga is the most North West tip of the Aupouri Peninsula at the top of the North Island of New Zealand. 

We reached Cape Reinga by driving on Ninety Mile Beach (which subsequently isn’t actually 90 miles, its 55). 

Driving on the beach was amazing; I looked out to my right and all I could see was sand, and I looked out to my left and all I saw was sea. The driver was telling us stories about how often drivers get stuck in the sand and the tide comes in and ruins the vehicles – it’s quite a regular occurrence I believe! 

We stopped along the way to do some sand boarding on the sand dunes. Ryan was going to take his GoPro head mount but the driver advised no cameras on head mounts were allowed as a guy once fell off his sand board and his GoPro embedded in his eye! Ouch! 

We had never been sand boarding before so weren’t quite sure what to expect. We climbed as high as we liked on the sand dunes and then boarded down on our tummies – sand went everywhere! All in my clothes, in my hair, then later when I had a shower I found loads of sand in my bra! How the hell did it get there?! 

We reached Cape Reinga and could instantly see the difference in the colours of the sea; Cape Reinga is where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet, one being a deep blue and the other a more turquoise colour. The view was beautiful; with the sea stretching on for miles.
There’s also a lighthouse and North Pole at Cape Reinga; pointing to Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Tokyo and so on. There’s a South Pole situated on the South Island of New Zealand that me and Ryan would like to visit so we’ve seen the pair. 

On our way back from Cape Reinga we stopped at a shop which sells products made from Kauri wood, including a hand carved staircase made from an ancient Kauri log that wasn’t fully exposed for 45,000 years!

And It’s yours for a couple’ million? 

I’ll take two! 
We then took a short stroll on the Manginangina Forest Walk. This walkway was built ready for the Queen of England to see when she visited New Zealand for the closing of the commonwealth games one year and it’s said that she only took 4 steps on it! 

Paihia is the home to the Bay of Islands. Ryan and I opted to take a boat trip to the Hole in the Rock. 
The boat trip was great! We saw 2 pods of dolphins on our journey through the Bay, from afar and up close! When the dolphins were close enough we could see scratches on their bodies; we were told these scratches are actually caused by the other dolphins teeth when they’re playing around with each other.
As we continued we also noticed a seal climbing a nearby rock. The boat pulled up along side the rock for us to take a closer look; it was all lonely by itself, until we sailed away and saw a couple more seals chilling on the other side of the rock. Phew – not so lonely after all! 

We stopped at another part of the Bay to hike a hill to see the view from the top. There were sheep all along the hill including little lambs which were so cute!

When we finally reached the Hole in the Rock we were able to drive the boat through the hole; the sailor explained that the sea had been too ‘choppy’ recently for any of the boats to go through so we were quite lucky! 

On our boat journey back to Paihia we decided to hop off at Russell, another area of New Zealand, for an hour of exploring. 

Russell is a small, quiet village so an hour was more than enough. We looked around the village and stopped for a pie and hot chocolate which was delicious and much needed in the winter cold!

Our Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga exploring has come to an end and where now off to our next destination..
‘Til next time! 
Love Bumble x

Travelling Asia: Pros and Cons

Hi y’all! 
So that’s it – our time in Asia has come to an end! *tear* 
We’ve visited Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Bali.
It’s been a blast and I thought I would do a little post about what to expect if you’re thinking of travelling Asia yourself. And if you’re not – are you sure? 


• Sunshine – need I say more? When you’re from England and it’s cold and wet the majority of the year you tend to turn into a sunshine seeker and I am no exception. TAN ME!!

• Beautiful views – almost everywhere we visited had tremendous views of rivers, fields, the towns.

• Gorgeous beaches – who doesn’t seek sand between their toes, the salty sea air smell and the sound of the waves?

• Experiencing different cultures – South East Asia was an amazing place to experience different cultures. We learnt the religious rituals of the locals, saw traditional dancing and stayed in a locals home to see how they live. (This one definitely makes you appreciate your home comforts!) 

• Animals – fish, elephants and dogs everywhere. I’m not a huge fan of dogs (apologies to any dog lovers out there) but I LOVE elephants and there are elephant sanctuaries galore in Asia! Also for the lovers of fish and the sea there’s some good opportunities for snorkelling and seeing all the vibrant fish.

• Free water – okay so this one is also a con because you have to buy water as the tap water isn’t safe to drink BUT every hotel you stay at provides you with complimentary water each day so don’t you worry Sir Chug-a-lot.

• Cheap as chips – almost everything is super cheap in SEA. Food? Definitely. Drink/beer? Sure. Clothes? Absolutely! Now I know I’m probably slightly biased being a girl but the fact that clothes were so cheap in Asia was one of my highlights (especially after my kayaking incident I mentioned in one of my previous posts). We visited many towns where trusted tailor shops were open and you could easily buy a cheap made-to-measure dress/skirt/shirt/suit and so on.. As we are travelling for a long period of time we didn’t get ourselves anything made-to-measure but a lot of people we were with who were flying home straight after Asia did!  

Cons: (because it’s not all rosey)

• Toilets – for a clean freak like me this is a big issue. In South East Asia there are 2 types of toilets – western style, the type we know and love – and squatting style, were you essentially squat over a hole. In the hotels the toilets were always western style and clean… Public ones were not. You need to make sure you take toilet paper with you EVERYWHERE as you’ll be lucky to find any in a public toilet and I wouldn’t say they were exactly clean either. ..Nowhere near as bad as Bestival portaloos though! (So gross)

• Rubbish – now I’m not really sure how rubbish works outside the UK but there seemed to be piles of rubbish scattered in most of South East Asia; on the paths, on the road – it STANK! From what we saw Cambodia has to be the worst place for rubbish; and Thailand had the least. 

• Cars and Motorbikes – how there aren’t more crashes over in SEA I will never know. They all drive like crazy people! There seems to be little road laws and some of them seem to not apply to the motorbikes. There’s hundreds of motorbikes everywhere and you have to be super careful when crossing the roads – one of the girls from our tour got knocked over by a motorbike and was dragged down the road! So be super SUPER careful! 

I definitely think the pros out way the cons and I’ve had the most amazing experience exploring so far – I wouldn’t change a thing! 

Here’s a couple pictures from our last days in Bali! 

We’re now onto our next chapter! 

‘Til next time! 
Love Bumble x

My Travel Diary: Bali

Hi y’all!
It’s so nice to be in Bali where all the people are super friendly and everywhere is beautifully chilled. On our Indochina tour there were times I felt on edge wandering around; there were masses of people everywhere, all trying to sell you something and at times the streets were slightly chaotic!Bali is, as everyone described, beautiful. 
There are statues and bright coloured flowers almost everywhere and rice fields around every corner. 
Our first few days in Bali were spent wandering the shops of Legian and Sanur, visiting the beach and chilling at the pool. Relaxation at its best! 
On our tour we visited the JatiLuwih rice terraces in Munduk. The rice fields seemed to stretch on for miles and were a vibrant green colour. We saw a few workers in the rice fields and a member of our group volunteered to help plant some seeds. It looked like a messy job – he had to work in calf high water/mud and plant each seed individually. Our tour guide explainedas so much time and effort goes into producing rice you should always try to finish the rice on your plate here in Bali as a sign of gratitude. 

The Floating Temple was another sight we opted to see. It’s actual name, Ulun Danu Temple sits on a lake in Tabanan. The Temple itself is very small in comparison to other temples we have visited however it was still very crowded and had a restaurant and shops onsite. 
One of the best things about being on a tour is that you get taken to hidden gems that you wouldn’t know was there if you were exploring by yourself. 
We took a stop to take in twin lake view; this is where you can see both Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan side by side. The view was amazing and there was also a man letting you take pictures with a bat, lizard and snake – bizarre!
We then hiked to a nearby waterfall – not as spectacular as the waterfall we saw in Laos but still, it gave us a silly photo opportunity. 
When we reached our hotel we were told there would be a traditional dance performance later that night. The dancing was great! It was traditional and some of the dancers were quite young which was really cute!