The Next Adventure!

Author Archives: The Amateur Adventurer

Church of the Holy Sepulcher


The place that marks the Crucifixion and burial site of Jesus is of course a must see on any itinerary to Jerusalem. The church itself is beautiful. Upon entry a staircase to the immediate right takes you up to the site of Golgotha. Here you can place your hand on the site where the cross stood. Sometimes there is a ...

Read More »

Weekends on the NSW Mid North Coast – South West Rocks

Sometimes we just don’t have the time or funds or energy to plan an overseas jaunt so we have a few go-to places locally that we fall back on. By locally of course I mean anywhere in Australia ūüôā The coastal stretch of NSW offers so many beautiful places to visit it is hard to pick a favourite, but over ...

Read More »

Bouddi Coast Walk – Putty Beach to Maitland Bay


It’s no secret I love getting away. Experiencing new cultures, people and places always brings me a sense of wonder. But sometimes it’s just as satisfying to get our into your own back yard and experience some of the wonders much closer to home. When I first moved to the Central Coast, Bouddi National Park and it’s beaches become one ...

Read More »

Szechuan – more than spicy food!

  Okay about five years ago as I was planning what I call our years of “Endless Summer” (we managed – through travels – to have two years without winter and very little autumn – I highly recommend it!) I discovered that – very pitifully – I had hardly seen any of the wonderful UNESCO World Heritage sites around the ...

Read More »

Italy – A Tuscan Treat

Fattoria San Donato 1

I’ve been in love with Tuscany for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure if I’d seen it in old movies I used to watch with Mum on a Sunday afternoon, but I always had visions of the Tuscan countryside, beautiful blue skies, the never-ending rows of vines and the old stone towers of medieval fortresses rising from ...

Read More »

Weekends on the North Coast – Byron Bay Hinterland

You can’t stay in Byron Bay and not take a visit westward into the hills. There’s quaint villages, weekend farmers markets, and gorgeous places to go for picnics and take a bush-walk. There are spectacular views across the farmlands and wilderness and it has a beautiful slower pace. It even makes Byron, which is pretty laid back, feel like it’s ...

Read More »

Weekends in the Blue Mountains – The Three Sisters

Three Sisters 1

Okay we’ve been adventuring up north a while so thought I’d bring it a bit closer to home today. I’m always looking for great places, nearby, so I can plan sneaky romantic getaways for myself and hubby. If you are in or around Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a great option. A recent post by @samuel-earp-art¬†on the Steemit blog site ...

Read More »

Take a Hike Why Don’t You!

Hikers crossing foot bridge

10 Top Trekking Holidays Ok, I love the idea of being fit on holidays..heck I even take my sneakers and gym gear with me when I travel and insist that I always have a gym in the hotel when I travel for work. I should know by now that gym gear takes up valuable shopping space – needlessly I might ...

Read More »

Cape Byron Walk – Byron Bay NSW

Beach and cliff at Byron Bay/Australia

The Cape Byron Walking track would have to be one of my favourite walks . As you wander along the track to the lighthouse you pass through rainforest, beach, grasslands and clifftops which have some of the most spectacular views in Australia. Cape Byron Walking Track Make sure you pack plenty of water and snacks for the walk – though ...

Read More »

Photo Blog: The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Aya Sofya 2

  During our backpacking stint around North Africa and the Middle East, we spent a fair amount of time in Turkey. There were so many great places but hanging around the old city, playing tourist in the morning and then playing local in the afternoons, in one of the many cafes with a glass of mint tea, a backgammon board ...

Read More »

UNESCO: The Great Wall

The Great Wall - Mutianyu section

From the WHC Inscription: 1 person likes this post. Like Unlike

Read More »

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction II

Ghostly Prague

I don’t usually post twice in the weekly challenge. ¬†My original post came from a bunch of reject photos I had all intentions of deleting – so I was inspired to go back through them to have a close look with a more objective eye. It’s amazing what you can come across. ¬†Here are just a couple more that I’m ...

Read More »

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

Sunset on The Mediterranean

This was taken through a window on our cruise ship on the Mediterranean. ¬†The glass acted as a prism resulting in a double image of the sun. I pulled this out of my reject pile – having discarded it as less than perfect. Another reminder that¬†everything has it’s place and reason ūüôā For more great examples of refraction visit The ...

Read More »

Need Some Inspiration?


Here are 25¬†quotes to get you off the couch and on the road. I’ve¬†¬†never been one who’s had any difficulty what so every in having to be pushed out the door to go travelling (except maybe that 6th trip to Vegas to babysit customers – the old bones – and liver – really seem to protest about that quite vocally!) ...

Read More »

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Sicily in the Dreamy Afternoon Haze

Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. ¬† Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,¬†Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie¬†(1847)     For more wonderful Dreaminess – check out the Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge 10 people like this post. Like Unlike

Read More »

UNESCO: Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

The Hall of Supreme Harmony

From the WHC Inscription: 2 people like this post. Like Unlike

Read More »

11 Ways to Travel Free, Cheap or Earn Money


So you’ve got the travel bug. For most people things will now go one of two ways. You have enough disposable income to travel‚Ķ. not enough time because¬†you are trading time for money to get that income. You have plenty of time – but that’s because you are not working‚Ķ ergo no money for travelling. (If you don’t fall into ...

Read More »

Weekly Photo Challenge: Night Time

Fire Light - Drumming in the Sahara

Night time puts a whole new spin on things. ¬†I was always afraid of the dark when I was young so lights have been important to me. ¬†Always difficult to capture (at least for me). Here are some of my favourite shots – lighting up the night time!   For more great takes on “Night Time” Don’t forget to visit ...

Read More »

UNESCO: Historic Centre of Kraków

Streets of Krakow

From the WHC Inscription: Be the first to like. Like Unlike

Read More »

UNESCO: Historic Town of Sukhothai

Buddha at Sukhothai

From the WHC Inscription: Be the first to like. Like Unlike

Read More »

UNESCO: Archaeological Site of Troy

The Ruins at Troy

From the WHC Inscription: Be the first to like. Like Unlike

Read More »

Muir Woods National Monument


  Coastal redwoods are the tallest living things on earth, and walking among these giants is truly an awesome experience – one only to be had in Northern California and a small part of southern Oregon. Best of all, the old-growth redwoods at Muir Woods are only 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the closest redwood ...

Read More »

UNESCO: Sydney Opera House

The Iconic Sydney Opera House

From the WHC Inscription 1 person likes this post. Like Unlike

Read More »

UNESCO: Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An

From the WHC Inscription: Be the first to like. Like Unlike

Read More »

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance


September 19th: Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance Endurance: continuing, existing for an indefinite time, unsurpassed, permanent. ¬†Standing the test of time   For more great interpretations of “Endurance” check out Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge   Some of my favourites: * Sustainabilitea – Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance * Captured with my Phone – Weekly Photo Challenge:¬†Endurance * Photoworld – Weekly Photo ...

Read More »