20 Essential Travel Items for All Kinds of Travelers

20 Essential Travel Items for All Kinds of Travelers

Whether you’re traveling for the first time, or about to head off on your 5th international adventure, there are always new travel products popping up on my newsfeed that we just need to have. Whether they’re things we can live without, or absolute essential travel items, we’re always thinking of fun new ways to improve our travel game and make flying across the globe as simple as possible!

If you’re one of those people who love purchasing all kinds of travel related products, this post is perfect for you. Trust us! From fun clothes to help you express what you like about travel, to a lockable backpack and everything in between. As always, Rhiannon Travels has your back! Here are 20 essential travel items for every traveler!

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1. Packing cubes

If you haven’t jumped on the packing cubes bandwagon yet, what have you been doing with your life?! These things are an absolute game changer, whether you’re a backpack or suitcase traveler. We both use suitcases when traveling domestically and internationally. Packing cubes have been a lifesaver, especially for a sever over-packer like myself – I’m definitely getting better, though, I promise!

2. A secure, anti-theft backpack

If you’re someone who travels with a lot of valuable items (such as your laptop), it’s a good idea to invest in an anti-theft backpack. With a built in USB cable for super convenient on-the-go charging of your phone and other devices, this backpack is perfect for you young folk reading this. Knowing that your belongings are safe while traveling, makes the entire experience so much more enjoyable! It’s super affordable too, which is a bonus!

3. A comfy, custom travel tee

Looking for the perfect comfy tee, that you can wear with pride while traveling the world? Want to express what you like about traveling, or almost anything else, for that matter? Awesome! You’ll love I Like Apparel.

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We have over 50 designs up already, with more being released every single week. Check out our Travel Range, and if there’s something you like that we don’t already have, be sure to let us know! Our goal is to have an endless range of pre-made designs ready to roll, and since travel is a huge part of our lives, you can expect to find something for all kinds of travelers!

4. A travel sized first aid kit

Whether you’re someone who tends to be a little clumsy, frequently travels with kids or simply wants some piece of mind, purchasing a travel first aid kit is an awesome idea! Being fully stocked with bandaids, pain killers, wound wipes, dressings and more, this first aid kit should get you through almost any trip!

5. Hanging toiletry bag

If you choose to stay in a hostel or somewhere similar with very little bathroom space, a hanging toiletry bag could be perfect! Keep all of your bathroom essential travel items in one place, with the added convenience of being able to hang it almost anywhere! This eliminates the chance of you forgetting something, or having your favourite mascara stolen while staying in a dodgy hostel!

6. A universal adapter

Traveling between different countries or continents? A universal adapter is definitely something you should add to your packing list! Not only does it mean you can charge your phone and other electronic devices no matter where you are in the world, it also comes with two USB ports for even more convenience!

7. A travel money belt

If the idea of walking around in a new city while wearing a backpack makes you uncomfortable, consider buying a travel money belt. They might not be the coolest travel accessory, but you can’t deny the convenience! Keep your passport, cash, credit cards, phone and any tickets close by at all times. This travel money belt even has an RFID blocking feature, for that extra piece of mind.

8. A travel wallet

Travel wallets are probably our favourite travel item, regardless of where we’re going! Not only are they the perfect place to keep your passport, they’re also awesome for keeping any boarding passes, tickets, cash, a pen and small notepad for those just-in-case situations. This travel wallet even has a pocket on the front – perfect for storing your phone or passport while you’re at the airport waiting for your flight!

9. A pair of noise cancelling headphones

If there’s one piece of advice we can give you, it’s: don’t get on a plane without noise cancelling headphones. You could be stuck next to someone who wants to spend the entire eight hour flight chatting; or there might be an unhappy baby behind you on the plane who keeps crying. Whatever the situation, noise cancelling headphones will save your sanity!

10. A toothbrush holder to keep your hygiene in check

If you’ve been traveling without a toothbrush holder, your life is about to change. We never go anywhere on a plane, without one of these bad boys. Not only does it keep our toothbrushes safe from all of the gross things that are probably in our suitcase, but it also means we can keep our toothbrush in the bathroom, without fear of it contracting all sorts of disgusting diseases! Bonus!

11. A compact charging station

Along with the universal adapter we mentioned earlier, a compact charging station is another awesome way to stay organised while traveling. Charge all of your devices at the same time, or share it with your travel buddies! This will make life so much easier, because it means you’ll only need to pack one charger instead of five!

12. A language translator

Ever wondered what might happen, if you visit a foreign country without knowing any of the language? Fear no more! Buy yourself a language translator device. This will help you out of any sticky situations, like making sure your meal doesn’t have peanuts if you’re allergic and getting from your hotel to the train station safely!

13. A collapsible drink bottle

Instead of buying twelve bottles of water each day when you’re out exploring, get yourself a collapsible water bottle that you can reuse over and over again! Choose from a huge range of colours, and keep it in your carry on bag for ultimate convenience no matter where you are! Collapsible water bottles are perfect for a day out at a theme park, too!

14. A comfy pair of thongs (flip flops)

Here in Australia, we have a brand of thongs (flip flops) called Havaianas. They come in a huge range of colours, styles and shapes, and are super comfortable. I wear them everywhere during summer, and so does almost everyone else in Australia! They’re a bit on the pricier side, but in my opinion, they’re totally worth the cost!

15. A compact travel umbrella

Regardless of where you travel, you’re probably gonna need an umbrella at one point or another. Whether you use it during winter or summer, an umbrella is definitely an essential travel item. Buying a travel size umbrella means you can take it absolutely anywhere, and won’t have to worry about being rained on or sizzled by the sun!

16. A Kindle

If you’re an avid reader, buying a Kindle will be the best thing you ever do. Okay, maybe not the best thing you will ever do, but it’s definitely up there. Before you head to the airport, download a ton of your favourite books, plus some that you’ve been dying to read. That way, when you’re settled in for your 15 hour flight, you’ll have plenty of reading material on your Kindle to keep you entertained!

17. A travel sleeping kit

If you struggle to fall asleep on long flights, don’t worry, we feel your pain. Neither Russell nor myself can fall asleep on any flight, regardless of the length of flight or how little sleep we had the night before. This travel sleeping kit is a good way to help you get at least a cat nap in! For $20, you’ll get an 100% pure memory foam neck pillow (with a phone pocket!) plus memory foam ear plugs, a travel mask and a convenient bag to carry it all in!

18. Luggage scale

If you’re like me and tend to overpack badly, this travel sized luggage scale is exactly what you need! It’s always a good idea to weigh your luggage before heading to the airport, plus before you head home after your trip, just incase your checked suitcase is a bit too heavy. This luggage scale also comes with an in-built tape measure. Cos you never know when you’re gonna need a tape measure, right?!

19. A travel case for your electronics

Whether you’re a fellow travel writer like we are, photographer or a tourist traveling with kids, this electronics travel case is awesome and should definitely be included on your packing list! As travel bloggers, we always pack a lot of cords, devices and memory cards with us. Being able to keep them all together makes organisation much easier!

20. The perfect travel outfit

When we travel, we like to be as comfortable as possible. My go-to travel outfit is a pair of Lorna Jane leggings, comfy t-shirt, sneakers and of course, a warm hoodie with a pocket! The comfier you are while stuck in the horrible flying tube we call an airplane, the less awful your journey will be!


When it comes to travel, everyone is different. That means, what I might consider as one of my essential travel items, you might not agree with – and that’s okay! No matter what your travel style is, the beauty of these items are they suit almost every travel style. Plus, even if they don’t, I’m willing to bet you know of someone who would use a travel wallet or I Like Apparel shirt!

Have you got any of these essential travel items? Do you swear by something that we don’t have on this list? Tell us in the comments below!

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Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise Review, QLD

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise Review, QLD

If you’re looking for the perfect budget friendly Gold Coast accomodation, look no further!

Back in October 2017, we spent six nights in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Having just come from our wonderful four night stay at Ocean Vista on Alex apartments on the Sunshine Coast, we were excited for a totally different beachside experience. From a relaxing, small beachside town, to the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast – Surfers Paradise.

We knew that for our visit to the Gold Coast, we wanted a hotel with an incredible view, in a great location. We came across Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise during our search, and after seeing tons of epic beachfront view photos, we decided to book it!


We booked six nights in a One Bedroom Beachfront room, and boy was it worth the money. I can’t even begin to explain the excitement I felt, when we walked into our room for the first time. As soon as we saw our magnificent view, we were extremely happy with our decision. We booked that particular room, purely for the fact that we would have an ocean view, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as incredible as it was.

If you’re tossing up between a few different options for your Gold Coast accomodation, put a pin in those. Read through our review of Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise, and I’m almost positive you’ll be booking this place in no time!

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What Style of Accomodation is Chateau Beachside?

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise is a popular hotel, right on the beachfront. It’s located on the Esplanade, and has around 18 floors. The hotel also includes, free for guests, the use of a pool, sauna, spa and tennis court. All of these are located on the ground floor.

There are two areas for guests to park (undercover and rooftop options) with one free car park allocated to each room. There’s also complimentary wifi given to all guests on the day of arrival, which will last until check-out.

Chateau Beachside also apparently has a self-service laundry, however we didn’t actually use see this ourselves.

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One Bedroom Beachfront Apartment at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise

We stayed in the One Bedroom Beachfront apartment, and specifically chose the hotel because we would have the freedom of a self-contained apartment. Self-contained hotel rooms or apartments are great, because they give families and groups of friends some freedom when it comes to cooking meals, therefore not having to eat out every day. This is great for saving money if you’re travelling on a budget.

The main living area was an open plan lounge room and self-contained kitchen. The bedroom was seperate from the lounge room, but connected via a small stair case leading into the bath. Yep, you can hop straight out of the shower and into the bedroom.

The kitchen had an oven, stove, large fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, cutlery, plates/bowls, glasses, mugs, wine glasses, various pots and pans, cooking utensils and more. The freezer also came with an ice tray, for ultimate convenience.


Note: As I can only comment on the specific room that Russell and I stayed in, that’s what I will be referring to in this part. Other types of rooms may be slightly different, with different views and possible cleanliness. Please keep that in mind if you choose to book your stay with Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise.

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The bathroom had a shower over bath, decent sized bench-top sink and an incredible view of the ocean. Plus, like I mentioned earlier, the cute staircase from the bath to the bedroom. Be sure to keep the curtain closed while you’re taking a shower or bath, though. We weren’t 100% sure whether the windows were tinted, and didn’t want to give the Gold Coast an unexpected beachside show.

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I’ve mentioned this a lot already, but our view was outstanding. On the main side of the room (with windows that opened slightly to let in the ocean breeze) we had a front on view of the sea and sand. We people watched all day, enjoyed the sunrise (which I did every single morning. I happened to conveniently wake up at 5am each day, exactly when the sun began to rise, and took full advantage of it!) and watched the waves roll in.


On the other side of the room was a sliding door with a very small balcony, that wasn’t even large enough to walk out onto. We did however, have a view of the hotel pool, three spas and the ocean from our room. It was pretty fun leaning up against the railing, watching the world go by and enjoying the fresh ocean breeze.

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The TV which was located in the lounge room, was flatscreen and also came with a DVD player. I didn’t actually find this out until the night before we left, but you can actually hire movies for free in the lobby! The TV also has a HDMI port, which is perfect for plugging in your own entertainment device!

Cost of Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise

As of the current (October 2017), Chateau Beachside is roughly $189 per night. We stayed for 6 nights, and paid $145 per night. If you book direct with the hotel, you’re guaranteed the best room rates. The further in advance you book, the cheaper rooms with generally be. Keep in mind that during special occasions, holidays and city events, room rates will be higher.



This probably seems like a lot to spend on one hotel for just 6 nights, but as I’ve mentioned in the past on Rhiannon Travels, Russell and I like to be comfortable. We’re happy to spend a little extra money on accomodation. Plus, for the amenities, location and view we had at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise, we both definitely think it was worth it.

Click here to head to Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise’s website, and check out their current rates.

Distance from Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise to Popular Attractions

Surfers Paradise is the hub of entertainment and partying on the Gold Coast. If you’re into the party scene, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a huge amount of options when it comes to clubs and bars.

Note: Gold Coast is Australia’s most popular location for Schoolies, an organised end of schooling festival, for students graduating from Year 12. We planned our visit perfectly in order to avoid this particular event.

If you love a good night filled with tons of drinking and partying, you’re in luck. No matter where you stay within the heart of Surfers Paradise, you’ll be just minutes away from a crazy night out on the Gold Coast.



There are a ton of shops, supermarkets, bottle shops (liquor stores), restaurants, cafes and convenience stores in Surfers Paradise. Staying at Chateau Beachside, means you’re even closer to it all. Whether you like to cook your own meals or enjoy a nice restaurant dinner, you won’t have to walk very far. Coles Supermarket is less than a five minute walk, Liquorland is around the same distance.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

We love Mexican food, and there’s a Mexican fast food chain in Australia called Zambrero. They do burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and more, and they’re incredibly delicious. We ate here 5 out of 6 nights during our stay on the Gold Coast, and don’t regret it for a second. If tickled your curiosity about this supposedly delicious Mexican meal, you’re around a 4 minute walk from Chateau Beachside to Zambrero.

If you choose to stay at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise, you’ll notice horns coming from the street at almost all hours of the day and night. These are scooters, which anybody can hire for an hourly rate. You can find these hire stores all over Surfers Paradise. So again, you won’t have to walk very far to be cruising around the Gold Coast on your very own electric scooter. Push bikes are also available for hire, if that’s more your thing.

Are you more of the adventuous type? Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise is only a 20 minute drive from Movie World and WetnWild (40 minutes by bus), and around 40 minute drive from Dreamworld and White Water World (roughly an hour by bus). We visited both Movie World and WetnWild during our stay, and it was a super quick drive from the hotel.

Related: WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland

Our Final Thoughts on Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise

We enjoyed our stay at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise. The location to major attractions, restaurants, bottle shops and supermarkets was definitely convenient, as it meant we didn’t have to drive anywhere for the essentials.

The view could not have been better, and it was definitely worth being woken up at 5am every morning by the sunrise. If you’re looking for a decently priced beachfront hotel on the Gold Coast, definitely consider booking your stay at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise!

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

Interested in learning more about Chateau Beachside, booking the One Bedroom Beachfront Apartment or looking at their other available rooms? Click here to head to the website!


Have you visited the Gold Coast before? Where did you stay? Tell me in the comments below!

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The Ultimate One Month Japan Itinerary

The Ultimate One Month Japan Itinerary

When we were planning our one month Japan itinerary, we knew we wanted to fit in as much as we could into those four weeks. Japan might be a fairly small island, but there’s an incredible amount of things to see and do. It would take an entire lifetime and then some, to just explore Tokyo. We wanted to visit as many cities as we could, tick off as much as possible, and have the time of our lives while we were at it.

Well, we are happy to report that all three of those goals were achieved!

We managed to travel to six different cities over a four week period. Starting in Yokohama, we then traveled to Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Nagano and finally, Tokyo. We didn’t want to spend the entire four weeks only exploring Japan’s major cities. We wanted a taste of traditional Japan amongst all of the bright neon lights. So, we broke up the bustling cities with some more historic towns across Japan.

Although there were some things we didn’t manage to see and do, like experiencing the 6 best places to view Mt Fuji, visiting Nara and heading further North, we still did quite a lot! Here is our one month Japan itinerary.

The Ultimate One Month Japan Itinerary

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Days 1 to 3 – Yokohama

We were quite sluggish when we arrived at Haneda Airport at around 6:30 in the morning. We were running on almost no sleep, after suffering through two six hour flights, plus a seven hour layover at Singapore Airport. That was before we even arrived in Japan.

Before leaving Australia, we researched the best way to get from Haneda Airport to our hotel in Yokohama. It ended up being super easy, and all we had to do was catch a bus to Yokohama City Air Terminal (also known as YCAT), then catch a train to Shin Yokohama Station. Click here for more information on getting from Haneda Airport to YCAT.

Finding our way from Yokohama City Air Terminal to our hotel was quite overwhelming. We arrived during the morning peak hour rush, so combine that was almost zero sleep and being thrown into a foreign country – it was pretty intense! In an exciting way, of course. We eventually managed to manoeuvre our way through the hundreds of business people, rushing in every direction through the station, and found our way out.

Where to stay in Yokohama

We stayed at the Shin Yokohama Kokusai Hotel for our first two nights in Japan. The hotel was fairly close to the Shin-Yokohama Station, however it took us a while to find our bearings when we first arrived, and we definitely took a few wrong turns along the way! Be sure to have an offline map with directions to your hotel, before arriving in Japan.

Note: Something that we didn’t realise before arriving in Japan, is their hotel check-in policy is quite strict. Check-in time starts at 3pm (in most hotels across Japan) and if you arrive early, you are not allowed to check in without paying to do so. We arrived at around 10am, but were so desperate for a shower and nap, we paid the extra fee to check in early. From memory, it costs around 1,000 yen per hour before check-in time. For us though, paying the 5,000 yen was definitely worth it.

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Visit the Cup Noodle Museum

We decided to visit the Cup Noodle Museum on our first and only full day in Yokohama. If you’ve never heard of the Cup Noodle Museum before, it’s basically exactly what it sounds like. You can learn all about the history of cup noodles throughout the world, and even design your very own cup of noodles!


We have an entire post about our experience at the Cup Noodle Museum. So go give that a read for a full recap of our noodle cup designing adventure! It’s an awesome experience, and so very Japanese! 

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Shopping in Yokohama

If shopping is something you’re keen to do while in Japan, Yokohama has quite a few shopping malls. Queen’s Square and Landmark Plaza are two of the more generic shopping centres that you’ll find. However, if you’re looking for a more unique shopping experience, visit World Porters. This mall attracts a younger crowd, so you’ll definitely find some bargains if you shop around.

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Yokohama Ramen Museum

On our last night in Yokohama, we decided to set off on foot to the Yokohama Ramen Museum. We had read about this place during our Japan research, and it was added straight onto our bucket list. The Ramen Museum is essentially a museum filled with everything you didn’t think you needed to know about ramen.


To make the experience even better, you’ll find two floors downstairs, that are designed to replicate streets and houses from an old town in Tokyo. These two floors contain around a dozen different ramen restaurants. Choose your meal using the vending machine outside of each restaurant, and take a seat inside. You can also purchase mini ramen bowls, if you would prefer to sample more than just one.

Note: The bowls are hugeEven the mini bowls were just about all the food I could manage. Keep this in mind if you want to try as many bowls of ramen as you can!


The atmosphere and design of the Ramen Museum is definitely unique. Entry to the museum and access to the restaurants costs 310 yen per person, plus whatever you decide to spend on ramen. There is also a bar with super cheap alcohol. That had me sold, for sure!

Days 3 to 10 – Osaka

Day three of our one month Japan itinerary started with a Shinkansen Bullet Train ride from Yokohama to Osaka. The journey only took around three hours, and we even saw Mt Fuji from the train! We’ve already published our Osaka Itinerary in a seperate post, simply because we had so much to talk about.

There is so much to see and do in Osaka, that we highly recommend staying in the city for at least a few days. We stayed in Osaka for seven days, and even that wasn’t enough time. That being said, we did manage to tick off quite a bit from our list.

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Where to stay in Osaka

We stayed at the Hotel MyStays Sakaisuji-Honmachi during our time in Osaka. This was a great location, putting us super close to the main shopping and entertainment district of Osaka – Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi Street. We were also close to major train stations, tons of food options and plenty of things to see and do.

Note: Osaka is a great starting point to explore nearby cities and prefectures. Japan’s train system is world class. It’s super quick and easy to travel to almost any city across Japan. We suggest making the time to visit Kyoto and Nara during your time in Osaka.

Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to visit Nara, but we did take a couple of day trips to Kyoto and absolutely loved it. You can read all about Kyoto in our Osaka post as well!

Shopping in Osaka

There are plenty of places to shop in Osaka. The most popular shopping districts, Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi Street, were only a twenty minute walk from our hotel. You’ll find hundreds upon hundreds of chain stores, Japanese souvenir stores, boutiques, street food, restaurants and much more.

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Universal Studios

Universal Studios was one of the main reasons we wanted to visit Osaka in the first place. We’re both huge Harry Potter fans, and as soon as we realised there was a Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Osaka’s Universal Studios, we just had to go. If you love Harry and his friends as much as we do, definitely set aside a day to be a magician at Hogwarts.

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Day trip to Kyoto

Kyoto quickly became one of our favourite places in Japan. It’s such a beautiful way to get an insight into traditional Japan. With endless shrines, temples and beautiful places to sit and relax, you’ll fall in love with Kyoto just as much as we did. We spent one day exploring Arashiyama and another visiting the Fushimi Inari shrine.

Tip: If you’re hoping to come across some traditional Japanese Geisha’s during your stay in Kyoto, here are some awesome tips on how to do so, and the best places to see them!

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Days 10 to 12 – Hiroshima

The first thing we are going to say about Hiroshima, is that we wish we stayed longer. After spending such a long time amongst the crazy hustle, bustle and flashing neon lights of Osaka, Hiroshima was a very welcome change of pace. The people are incredibly kind and friendly, and there’s a beautiful peaceful vibe about the city.


It took roughly two hours to get from Osaka to Hiroshima on the Shinkansen Bullet Train. Compared to the rest of our Bullet Train journeys, this one was fairly quick. When we arrived at Hiroshima Station, we then had to catch a tram to our hotel. The tram ride cost a flat rate of 160 yen for adults, which you drop into a clear container before departing the tram. Super easy!

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Where to stay in Hiroshima

We stayed at the Comfort Hotel in Downtown Hiroshima. This was the perfect location, as it was within walking distance to almost everything we wanted to see during our short time in Hiroshima. There was a train station nearby and the tram stop that we needed to get back to the airport was right outside our hotel.

Shopping in Hiroshima

Hondori Shopping Arcade is the main shopping mall in Hiroshima. It’s very similar to Osaka’s Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi Street, but a lot less busy. You’ll find tons of familiar chain stores, restaurants, pharmacies for some reason, boutiques and street food. We walked up and down this mall quite a lot, and found something new each time!


Don’t miss the Book Off store in Hiroshima. If you love finding classic gaming consoles, super cheap electronics, Japanese and English books for less than a cup of coffee and an endless amount of toys, Book Off is going to feel like heaven. It’s essentially a second hand store, but it’s the best second hand store you’ll ever visit. I promise.

Cheap food in Hiroshima

During our time in Hiroshima, we discovered a wonderful little Italian food chain called Saizeriya. Their menu is loaded with delicious, super cheap meals to suit almost anyone’s taste in food. Some of their menu items include foccaccia (100 yen), garlic bread (170 yen), soup (150 yen), various pasta and pizza (400 yen), chicken and steak meals (up to 900 yen) and desserts (400 yen or less).

Other than food, you can also get unlimited soft drinks, juice and iced teas from the drink bar for 190 yen. Water is free. And the best part of all, you can get half a bottle of wine for 200 yen.

Yes, I had some with lunch.
Yes, it’s cheap house wine but still, 200 yen?
Can’t complain about that. It was drinkable, and that’s all that matters!

Hiroshima Peace Memorial and A-Bomb Dome

Our first and only full day in Hiroshima was spent at the Peace Memorial and A-Bomb Dome. It’s pretty difficult to explain the feeling you get when visiting this area of Hiroshima. The park is extremely clean, quiet and relaxing. We highly recommend paying the 200 yen entrance fee to visit the museum, even if you don’t know anything about the history of the Atomic Bomb devastation.

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We didn’t know a great deal about Hiroshima’s history, but it’s a surreal experience learning about the devastating events that happened. It will give you a new perspective about why the people of Japan are such friendly, accepting and wonderful people.

Cost: 200 yen
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 6pm
Closed: The main Museum building will be closed until July 2018.

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Hiroshima isn’t a city with lots of tourist attractions or crazy things to see and do. But if you’re looking for a relaxing and peaceful city to visit, to help break up the hustle and bustle of big city Japan, we definitely recommend adding Hiroshima to your itinerary. It’s a beautiful city with lovely people and an inspirational history.

Days 12 to 14 – Nagoya

If there’s one thing we regret from our trip to Japan, it’s cutting our time in Hiroshima short to visit Nagoya. Each to their own, but we weren’t too fond of Nagoya. Although it’s Japan’s fourth most populated city, compared to Yokohama, Osaka and Hiroshima, it was pretty dirty and uninspiring. There isn’t a whole lot to see and do, besides the Nagoya City Science Museum and Planetarium and Toyota Museum which were both closed the day we visited.

Where to stay in Nagoya

We stayed at Hotel Trusty during our two days in Nagoya. This wasn’t a very good choice in regards to location, because we had to walk quite far to the main part of the city. It was also one of the dirtiest Japanese cities we had seen so far. Choosing a hotel that’s closer to the main attractions will make your experience a lot more convenient.

Learn from our mistakes

Be sure to check opening hours for main attractions before planning out your day. Two of the things we wanted to see during our time in Nagoya was the Planetarium and Toyota Museum. Both were closed on our only full day in the city. Don’t end up like us, bitter at Nagoya, wishing we were still in Hiroshima. Plan your visit better than we did!

Shopping in Nagoya

Oasis 21 is a modern shopping complex with a ton of cool shops and restaurants. Oh yeah,  it’s also conveniently a bus terminal! There is almost always some sort of event held underneath the epic glass roof filled with water. There are also a few larger shopping malls in the area, dozens of restaurants and in true Japanese fashion, an endless amount of convenience stores.

Days 14 to 17 – Nagano

Nagano was on our itinerary for one main reason: snow! We spent quite a long time during the planning stage of our Japan trip, trying to find an easily accessible way of seeing snow. Eventually, we settled on Nagano.

We arrived in Nagano early afternoon on March 14th, via the Bullet Train from Nagoya. Nagano Station is fairly small – as is the city itself – so finding our hotel wasn’t difficult. It took around 20 minutes to walk from the station to our hotel (Hotel Kokusai 21).

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Where to stay in Nagano

We stayed at Hotel Kokusai 21 during our time in Nagano. Our hotel was in a pretty good location, taking us roughly twenty minutes to walk to the station. There were a few convenience stores within walking distance, plus plenty of vending machines and even a Japanese style Denny’s restaurant. Our hotel room was huge, and definitely one of the biggest Japanese hotels we had so far!

Shopping and Dining in Nagano

We were pretty hungry the day we arrived in Nagano, after not having enough time that morning to eat breakfast before leaving Nagoya. So the fact that we spotted a Japanese style Denny’s a few minutes from our hotel was pretty exciting and super convenient.


Right next to Denny’s is a Family Mart convenience store. If you’re not familiar with Japanese convenience stores, they’re basically the best thing in the world. Selling everything from water and alcoholic beverages to quick snacks, toiletries and hot meals. I bought a bottle of wine, Russell bought a bottle of whisky and we also stocked up on snacks.

Day trip to Hakuba

Our first full day in Nagano was the day I finally ticked see snow off my bucket list. Excitement was bubbling over the edge, as I added layer after layer of warm clothing onto my body, and made sure my camera battery was fully charged. It was the moment I had been dreaming about for most of my life.

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We took a bus from Nagano Station to Hakuba, and ended up in the beautiful snow village of Happo One. Something cool about Happo One, is the 1998 winter Olympics were hosted there! The Ski Jumping Stadium is still there, Olympic rings and all. For around 500 yen, you can take a ski lift to the very top, and be rewarded with a view like the one in the photo below!

To read all about our day in Hakuba, click here. It was such an unbelievable experience. I’m so glad I can say that I saw snow for the very first time, in Japan.

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Nagano is a great city whether you visit during the warmer or colder months. Similar to Hiroshima, it’s a nice place to rest and recharge, especially if you’re headed to another big city.

Or, like us, the mother of all big cities: Tokyo!

Days 17 to 29 – Tokyo

Ahh, Tokyo.
Japan’s capital and the world’s most populated city.

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With a population of around 13 million people, 47 different prefectures and endless things to do, you’ll need an entire lifetime to explore the city. Once again, because we talk a lot, we have a seperate post all about our time in Tokyo. If you’re interested in reading about everything we did during our twelve days in Tokyo, click here for a full recap!

Where to stay in Tokyo

We spent twelve days in Shinjuku, which is one of Tokyo’s most popular cities. Shinjuku is in a great central location, and is the perfect base to explore Tokyo. We stayed at Shinjuku New City Hotel, which was only a 20 minute walk from Shinjuku Station, the biggest train station in Japan.

Shopping in Tokyo

The shopping in Tokyo is probably the best I have ever experienced. With an endless amount of shopping malls, outdoor shopping streets, boutiques, souvenir stores, department stores and more; there’s something for everyone! Even Russell had a great time browsing each store, and he doesn’t even like shopping!

We had a ball shopping on Takeshita Street in Harajuku. Shibuya is filled with familiar chain stores like Forever 21, H&M and Gap. Don’t miss Shibuya Crossing – the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world! Enjoy the view from Starbucks or one of the shopping buildings surrounding the crossing.

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Dining in Tokyo

Whether you love sushi, fried meat on a stick, tasty desserts, noodles, pizza, pasta or almost anything else – Tokyo is a city filled with cuisine from across the globe. Restaurants in Tokyo have more Michelin Stars than Paris and New York combined. Regardless of your budget, you will have no problem finding something delicious to eat during your time in Tokyo.

Attractions in Tokyo

There are so many different things to do in Tokyo. From spending a couple of days at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, to enjoying a Robot Restaurant show in Shinjuku. Don’t miss the beautiful gardens, shrines and temples throughout Tokyo. Visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for an incredible FREE view of Tokyo!

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Tips for First Time Visitors to Japan

Now that you have some ideas for your own one month in Japan itinerary, here are some tips and tricks to help make your visit as smooth sailing as possible!

Purchase a pair of comfortable sneakers

One thing we noticed during our month in Japan, was that we walked a lotOur phones have an inbuilt pedometer (as do most smartphones these days) and there were multiple days where we walked over 20,000 steps!


If you enjoy exploring new places on foot like us, you’ll definitely need to invest in a good quality pair of sneakers or walking shoes. There are tons of different styles available for both men and women.

Invest in a good backpack

Japan is one of the best places in the world for day trips. You can explore so much more of the country, simply by taking the Shinkansen Bullet Train to smaller towns from major cities across Japan. If you’re keen on doing some day trips during your time in Japan, you’ll need a good quality backpack, or daypack to keep all of your essentials safe and sound.

Don’t forget your camera

Almost everywhere you travel to across Japan, is incredibly beautiful and worthy of the millions of photos you’re going to take. Before arriving in Japan, consider purchasing a good quality camera, if you don’t have one already.

I have the Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera, and I love it. It takes incredible photos and has a whole bunch of awesome features and settings that I’ve had lots of fun testing out.


If you would prefer to try your hand at a more in-depth camera, consider a DSLR like the beautiful Canon EOS.

Bring plenty of entertainment for the Bullet Train

If you plan to travel between cities and prefectures in Japan, you’ll probably be catching the Shinkansen Bullet Train quite a bit. Depending on the distance you travel, the journey could take more than two hours. Think of the Shinkansen as a much more comfortable plane.


We like to have plenty of options available when it comes to keeping ourselves amused. General things like a good book, laptop to watch movies or to get some writing done, or a Kindle filled with tons of classics to read.


So there you have it, our one month Japan itinerary. Just remember, there is a lot to see in Japan. One month is definitely not enough time to see everything. But it’s still a good amount of time to tick lots of awesome places off your Japan bucket list. Use this guide as a starting point to plan an amazing and memorable visit to the incredible Japan.

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The Cost of Moving to Australia

The Cost of Moving to Australia

If you’ve clicked into this article, you’re probably considering moving to Australia. If so, good choice! Australia is a fantastic country to live in, and we should know – we were both born and raised in South Australia! We love living in Australia, and as a close favourite, right in front of Japan! But since you’re moving here, you’d probably like to know what the cost of moving to Australia is, right?

Cool. Because we’re about to share as much information as we thought was necessary, to help you out on your move to this wonderful, sunny country with its beautiful beaches, delicious snacks and laid back (for the most part) locals.


Here are some of the major things you should budget for, when it comes to the cost of moving to Australia.

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Traveling to Australia

Naturally, your flight to Australia is the first expense you should budget for. Depending on where you’re traveling from, this can be one of the biggest expenses. Below are some examples of estimated costs for traveling to Australia from common international destinations.

Note: All prices are per person for a one way trip. They are accurate as of April 2018 from Webjet, and scheduled for six months from the time of booking. All costs are in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Los Angeles (LAX) to Melbourne or Sydney

One way from Los Angeles Airport with Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Virgin Australia and United Airlines to Melbourne or Sydney – from $1,400 per person

New York City (JFK) to Melbourne or Sydney

One way from New York City (most airlines departing from JFK Airport) with Qantas, Virgin Australia, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines to Melbourne or Sydney – from $1,600 per person.

New Zealand (Auckland) to Melbourne or Sydney

One way from Auckland with Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Qantas or Air New Zealand to Sydney or Melbourne – between $150 and $250 per person.

England (Heathrow) to Melbourne or Sydney

One way from Heathrow Airport in England with Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and American Airlines to Sydney or Melbourne – from $1,100 per person.

Please Note: Depending on the airline you choose and the amount of stops you make along the way, travel time from England to Australia can take over 30 hours.

Applying for an Australian Visa

If you’re moving to Australia for work or study purposes, you’ll need a Visa. There are quite a few different visas available, and the one you’ll need depends on what you plan to do while you’re here. Below are a few of the most common types of visas.


Student Visa – From AUD $560

The Student Visa (subclass 500) is for international students who are in a registered, full time course.
To be eligible for the Student Visa, you must:
1) Be over six years of age
2) Have been accepted to an educational facility in Australia
3) Have your own health insurance

The length of stay for the Student Visa is five years. You’re also able to work part time while studying your course.
Click here for more information on the different types of Student Visas that are available.

Work and Holiday Visa – From AUD $440

The Work and Holiday Visa is for international visitors who want to work and travel in Australia.
To be eligible for the Work and Holiday Visa, you must:
1) Have a valid Passport
2) Be aged between 18 and 30 years old
3) Meet English ad education requirements
4) Have support from your home country and 5) it be your first Working Holiday Visa to Australia.

The Work and Holiday Visa allows multiple entries for up to five months.
You’ll also be able to:
1) Work for the duration of your stay with any employer, for no longer than six months
2) Travel as a tourist
3) Visit friends and family
4) Study for up to four months

Click here for more information about the different types of visas available for people who want to work and travel as a tourist in Australia.

All other Australian Visas

If your situation doesn’t suit the above two common Australian Visas, click here to find one that does. You’ll probably be asked a few questions, depending on the visa you’ve selected. The Visa application process can cost up to $1,000 per person, depending on the one you require.

Housing in Australia

The cost of housing across Australia depends on the city you choose to live in. Some cities like Sydney will cost more, mostly because of its popularity and the fact that it’s Australia’s most well-known city across the world.

Note: The below prices are based on renting a unit or house in the CBD of each major city across Australia. The further away from the hustle and bustle of big city life you prefer, the cheaper the cost of housing and rent will be!

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Housing in Melbourne (Victoria)

Melbourne is one of Australia’s most popular major cities. Being the home to Australia’s incredible coffee lifestyle, it’s a very sought after city to visit.

The cost of housing in Melbourne city compared to suburban Victoria is going to be a little more expensive, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for an apartment within walking distance of the CBD.

The average cost of a rental in Melbourne city is between $400 and $800 per week. This price depends on the number of bedrooms and the location, and is in AUD (Australian Dollar). For more information about properties in Melbourne, click here.

Housing in Sydney (New South Wales)

Sydney is Australia’s most expensive city to live.

For the convenience of living in the Sydney CBD, it will cost between $600 and $1,700 per week. Again, this depends on the location and number of bedrooms. Choose a suburb further away from the City Centre, for a cheaper rental price.

For more information about properties in Sydney, click here.

Housing in Adelaide (South Australia)

Adelaide is one of Australia’s cheapest cities to live in.

A house or unit in the CBD costs on average, between $350 and $550 per week.

Being smaller than other major cities like Melbourne and Sydney, Adelaide is a lot less busy because there aren’t as any tourists. We were both born and raised here, and can definitely agree with the statement that Adelaide is one of Australia’s most liveable cities!

For more information about properties in Adelaide, click here.

Housing in Brisbane (Queensland)

Queensland is home to Australia’s famous theme parks and beachside towns. Being only a one hour drive from Surfers Paradise, Brisbane is the perfect city home base.

A house or unit in Brisbane’s CBD costs an average of between $430 and $850 per week. This price will depend on the number of bedrooms and convenience of location.

For more information about properties in Brisbane, click here.

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Housing in Perth (Western Australia)

The cost of housing in Perth is very similar to Adelaide, because it’s also a much smaller major city and attracts less tourists. Both cities are very liveable, that don’t require you to be a millionaire in order to live comfortably.

A unit or house in Perth’s CBD costs an average of between $300 and $600 per week, depending on the location and number of bedrooms.

For more information about properties in Perth, click here.

Housing in Darwin (Northern Territory)

If you enjoy year-round hot weather, crocodiles and spectacular scenery, Darwin might be for you. The rent in Darwin city is quite affordable compared to bigger cities, so you could definitely live comfortable.

A unit or house in Darwin costs an average of between $300 and $600 per week, depending on the location and number of bedrooms.

For more information about properties in Darwin, click here.

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Housing in Hobart (Tasmania)

Hobart is one of Australia’s most underrated cities. Although seperate from the mainland of Australia, Tasmania is filled with beautiful scenery and plenty of things to do. The cost of living in Hobart city is quite affordable too, so you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings without spending a fortune.

A unit or house in Hobart costs an average of between $260 and $600 per week.

For more information about properties in Hobart, click here.

Housing in Canberra (ACT)

The cost of housing in Canberra is a little on the expensive side.

A unit or house in Canberra’s CBD costs an average of between $400 and $700 per week, depending on the number of bedrooms and specific location.

For more information about properties and other costs of living in Canberra, click here.

How much money should I save before moving to Australia?

The amount of money you should have saved before moving to Australia, depends on what you plan to do once you arrive. If you’ve got a lead on a job or know that you can find one relatively fast, you won’t need to save as much.

If you plan to do some traveling before starting work or study, it’s best to have at least $20,000 saved per person. This will cover accomodation (renting a house in your chosen city), buying a car, food, set-up costs, furniture and house-hold essentials and some wiggle room before finding a steady job.


It can be hard to find a job in Australia, so being as prepared as possible is super important. Try to either have a job locked in or at least lined up before arriving, a steady online or freelancing income, or have enough money saved up to last you a few months.

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Shipping your belongings to Australia

This is almost always going to be an unavoidable cost of moving to Australia. Unless you’re selling everything you own, you’ll need to ship your belongings to Australia. There are a few different companies that offer this service, it all depends on your location and how much you’re willing to spend.

As long as what you’re shipping meets Australian Customs important requirements, the process will probably be a lot easier than you’re expecting!


Tip: This is a great chance of have a deep clean of your house before you move, and get rid of anything that you don’t need or want anymore. Clothes tend to take up a lot of space, so have a brutal Spring clean and decide whether you really need that dress you wore to that wedding five years ago. If not, sell it! You’ll make some money and save a ton of space at the same time!

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Buying a car

If you decide to sell your car before arriving in Australia, fear not. We have plenty of new and used cars available to buy at fairly decent prices from both private sellers and car dealerships. A good place to start is carsales.com.


Filter your search by make, model, price, year, location, transmission and other fancy car terms. If your budget for buying a car is $2,000, you’ll be able to find one pretty quickly once arriving in Australia. It won’t be brand new or sparkling clean, but if it gets you from A to B that’s all that matters!

Note: Don’t forget to factor in the cost of car insurance, registration, petrol and any services you might need to have done once you’ve purchased the car.

Other costs once arriving in Australia

Mobile phone plan 

There are tons of options available when it comes to phone plans in Australia. The cost of the plan depends on your current device and whether you’re willing to upgrade to your existing phone to a brand new one with your new Australian phone plan.


If you’d prefer a new phone: average plans cost around $80 per month (AUD). This cost normally includes unlimited text, unlimited standard calls within Australia, payment of the handset and between 10GB and 20GB of data.

If you’d prefer to keep your existing phone: Optus have a $50 per month sim only plan that includes 30GB of data, unlimited calls and text, 400 international talking minutes and ton of included entertainment.

Home internet

If you’re moving to Australia by yourself or with your partner, and plan to rent a small unit or house, you can probably get away with using your phone data for internet access.

If you’re moving with a larger family, it’s best to look into home internet.

Optus have an unlimited data plan for $60 per month, which is a great deal if you spend lots of time watching videos online, researching your next trip or binge watching TV shows on Netflix.

Telstra also have some home internet packages and plans available.

Utilities (electricity, gas and water)

The cost of electricity, gas and water will depend on your location and the company that you choose. It also, of course, depends on how much you use during your billing cycle.

For example, we live in a small unit in Adelaide and generally pay between $200 and $500 on electricity each quarter.

The total amount of your bill will depend a lot on the time of year. During summer, electricity bills are much higher, because of that glorious invention we like to call an air conditioner. Winter bills can be a lot lower, if you choose to use extra layers and blankets to warm up, instead of a heater.

Food and alcohol

We talk more about the cost of food in Australia in this post, but it’s definitely possible to live on a food budget.

There are two major supermarket chains in Australia – Coles and Woolworths. Both have their own home brand products, which are always a lot cheaper (and generally as good as or even better tasting) than regular brands. This is a good way to save money on food staples, without having to sacrifice hunger to save money.

Alcohol is also super expensive in Australia, unless you drink wine. Lower your standards when it comes to quality and taste, and it’s definitely easy to drink on a budget!

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House supplies

Buying house supplies (that we don’t really need) is one of my favourite things to do. In Australia we have this wonderful store called Kmart. No, our Kmart is not like the one in America. It’s way, way better. Trust us – walk around and browse for 15 minutes, and you’ll be hooked.


Kmart sells everything from towels and linen to cutlery, kitchen appliances, decorative pieces, photo frames and all sorts of other awesome things to put in your house. They also sell clothes, make-up, pet food and supplies, stationery, sporting goods, movies, TV shows, music and toys. You know, just incase you feel like buying everything you need (except food) from the one store.

Conclusion

Now that we’ve given you a rough idea about the cost of moving to Australia, it’s time to start setting your saving goals! This will ensure you aren’t stressing about money every day, and can enjoy the whole process a lot more. Australia is an expensive country, but with some planning and budgeting in place, it’s definitely easy to live comfortably without sacrificing on any of the most important things in life, like food and alcohol!


We hope this guide about the cost of moving to Australia has helped you to plan and organise your own relocation to this beautiful country! Good luck with your move and please don’t forget to head out and explore as much as possible while you’re here. Australia has a lot to offer, and we truly believe that you will fall in love with this beautiful country.

Have you visited Australia before? Do you know someone who has moved here? Tell us your story in the comment section below! We would love to read about your travels in Australia. 


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10 Reasons to Travel with your Partner

10 Reasons to Travel with your Partner

When it comes to travel, there are quite a few different options to choose from regarding travel buddies. You can choose to travel alone, with your family, a group of friends or my favourite – couple travel. There’s no right or wrong answer, and it can be hard to decide what’s right for you. Everyone enjoys different aspects of travel, and depending on your preferences, one style of travel can be better than the other. We love traveling together, and I definitely could not go back to traveling solo. There are lots of reasons to travel with your partner, and we’re going to talk about some of them in this post!

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We love exploring the world together, making lots of incredible new memories and broadening our travel horizons. I’m extremely lucky to have the opportunity to travel with the person I love. If you’re trying to decide whether traveling as a couple is the best option for you, here are 10 of the best reasons to travel with your partner.

10 Reasons to Travel with your Partner

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Making memories

Making memories and experiencing new places together, is one of the best reasons to travel with your partner. Think about all the stories and special moments you will share with that person while seeing the world.

I often think back to the time I visited New York City back in June 2015 with Contiki. Although I had an incredible time, being able to experience the city I had dreamt about my entire life, with the person I love, would have made the moment so much more special.


In March 2017, we spent four weeks exploring Japan together. Neither of us had visited Japan before, so it was an incredible experience to have together. We have hundreds of photos and an endless amount of memories together, that we can look back on for years to come.

Couple Travel: 7 Perks to Traveling With Your Partner!

Help with carrying heavy bags

When it comes to travel, there are two things about me that can make it a super difficult experience (mainly for Russell). First, I am a terribly bad over-packer. I always bring far too much with me, and regret it almost instantly. As soon as I pick up my luggage from baggage claim, I immediately regret packing three pairs of leggings when I really only needed one.


Second, I am quite unfit. I can’t walk too far with my super heavy suitcase, without having to stop and take a breather. So when Russell and I spent the month of March in Japan, and realised that not every train station has elevators, it became quite a difficult task. There were many times that Russell had to carry both of our suitcases up and down staircases, because I was too weak to carry my own. Sorry, babe. Thanks for being a gem!

If I had been traveling solo, I definitely would have struggled. I know some travelers swear by backpacks, and this is probably why. Traveling as a couple means less heavy lifting, which is a pretty great reason to travel with your partner.

Couple travel is never lonely

I definitely couldn’t ever travel solo again, purely for the fact that I wouldn’t enjoy the loneliness. I know there are a lot of people who love exploring new places along and not having to rely on anyone. But I love having company while traveling. Sharing our excitement the night before a busy day of new adventures; or having a few drinks together in the hotel room while looking back on the day’s events, are some of my favourite parts about traveling with Russell.

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Safety

Another one of our reasons to travel with your partner, is safety. Traveling with Russell automatically gives me an incredible feeling of safety. I know that he will always protect me if something were to happen. Not that you should rely on somebody else for your safety, and everyone should know basic self defence, but it’s still nice having the reassurance of traveling with another person.


Traveling with your partner means safety in numbers. If something were to go wrong, you will always have somebody there to help. Having someone you trust with you while traveling makes all the difference!

Working together to solve problems

Unfortunately, travel is going to bring some problems whether you travel solo, with a group of friends or with your partner. But traveling with someone who knows you well, and vice versa, is going to make life a lot easier.


Whether you’re stuck at the airport due to delayed flights, lost luggage, hotel rooms mix ups or transport issues. No matter what the situation may be, working together to solve the problem, is another reason why couple travel is awesome!

Different ideas lead to new experiences

I have seen and experienced so many things that I never would have, if I didn’t travel with Russell. Combining your interests and bucket list with the person you travel with, will mean seeing so many places that you never thought you would. If you and your partner want to see different things, even if it’s something that you don’t think you’ll enjoy, give it a shot! Bounce ideas off each other, and you never know where you’ll end up.

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Planning and counting down to the next trip

Planning for an upcoming trip is so much more exciting when you’re traveling with another person. I love researching our next destination, watching endless videos about the next place Russell and I will be visiting. Writing those bucket lists are even more exciting when you’re traveling with your significant other, because we discover new and exciting places and attractions!

Strengthens your relationship

Traveling with your partner and dealing with travel issues, arguments, lost luggage, delayed flights, being stranded in a foreign city and not knowing how to get back to your hotel, is definitely going to strengthen your relationship. You’ll learn to communicate better, put each other’s needs ahead of your own and learn how to work together in ways you may not have yet.

Traveling together is cheaper

Think about all the costs that come with travel. From flights to accomodation, travel insurance, food, spending money, and transport. Traveling with your partner is a great way to cut most of those costs in half. If you’re booking accomodation for five nights and your total comes to $400, split that in half and you’re already saving a huge chunk!


This is one of my favourite reasons to travel with your partner, because it can significantly lower the cost of travel and make international travel in particular, a much more attainable goal. It’s still a good idea to set yourself a budget, and may mean being able to splurge in a different area, now that your costs are cut in half!

Couple travel is romantic

Depending on where you’re heading, traveling with your partner can be a super romantic way to spend time together. If your budget allows it, visiting a beautiful island such as Bora Bora or Fiji is something that you will never forget. Otherwise, there are plenty of places around the world to enjoy a romantic weekend away with your significant other.


If you have an anniversary coming up, book a week in a place neither of you have been before. This is a great way to spice things up, see more of the world and have a romantic time away with your partner.


There are lots of awesome reasons to travel with your partner. From saving money to the feeling of safety while exploring a new city. If you love the sound of experiencing a new city with your significant other, couple travel is definitely the right option for you. I love traveling with Russell, and being able to explore the world together. I will always be grateful for the chance to make new memories and see incredible places all over the world, with the person that I love.

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13 Long Haul Flight Essentials to Stay Entertained

13 Long Haul Flight Essentials to Stay Entertained

If you’re new to the world of travel, you’re about to discover something unfortunate. International flights suck. Whether it’s your first or tenth overseas trip, you’re gonna need some long haul flight essentials.

Some people underestimate how boring, frustrating and plain awful long haul flights are. Not only are you stuck in a cramped and uncomfortable chair that’s way too small for most humans, you also run the risk of being seated near an annoying fellow passenger. I’m talking about those people who kick the seat in front of them, and the ones who think it’s okay to have loud conversations with someone from across the aisle.

Those people are not fun to travel with. So in order to make the best of a potentially more than likely bad situation, you’ll need to be prepared. We’ve come up with 13 of the best long haul flight essentials, no matter your age.

13 Long Haul Flight Essentials to Stay Entertained

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1. Read a book

If you love to read, doing so on a long haul flight is one of the best ways to stay entertained. Whether you prefer to go the modern route and bring along your Kindle, filled with an endless amount of ebooks to read.

Or stay true to your classic self and pack your favourite real life book. There are plenty of options out there for the avid readers. A Kindle is the perfect option for someone who wants to travel light, but still have plenty of ways to stay entertained while flying.

2. Watch a movie or TV show

Watching a movie or your favourite TV show is the perfect way to stay entertained on a long flight. Most international airlines provide TV’s on the backs of each seat, for passengers to watch a small collection of movies and TV shows selected by that airline.

But if you would prefer to choose your own movie, bring along your laptop, tablet or even smartphone! Purchase and download a few of your favourite movies or TV shows before you leave for the airport, and you’ll have plenty of entertainment for your flight!

3. Organise your life

Getting some organising done is one of my favourite things to do on a long flight. If you’re traveling to your destination, you could plan out the first couple of days of your trip. If you’re on the way home, you could make a list of the things you need to do to settle back into a normal routine.

4. Edit travel photos

This is a great idea for anyone who is active on social media and documents their travels on a platform such as Instagram. I don’t do this as often as I should, but spending an hour or two on a long haul flights editing photos, is a great way for a blogger or photographer to get things done!

Even if you aren’t active on social media, it’s still nice to have edited photos to look back on. Maybe you could print them out and put them in a photo album, or put some of your favourites in pretty picture frames!

5. Use a gaming console

There are so many gaming consoles available that are perfect travel entertainment ideas. From the new and growingly popular Nintendo Switch, to the more classic Nintendo DS. If you’re more of a PlayStation person, check out the Playstation Portable (PSP) and the Sony PlayStation Vita.

Both are great options for gamers, and will keep you entertained for hours on long flights. Most games can be downloaded digitally these days, which makes it even easier to travel with a portable gaming console.

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6. Play travel sized games

If you’re traveling with children, travel sized board games are one of the best things to do on long flights, and are guaranteed to keep your kids entertained for hours. You can find magnetic game sets with favourites like Checkers and Tic-Tac-Toe, Uno and even travel sized Yahtzee!

There’s definitely something for everyone, both kids and adults alike. Keep a collection in your house and have your kids choose their favourite to pack for the plane!

10. Listen to music

These days, most of us probably just listen to music on our phones. Whether you have an Apple or Android phone, they’re all very similar and do pretty much the same thing. Before leaving for the airport, purchase and download some new music to your phone, and don’t forget to pack your favourite pair of headphones!

Throwback or classic songs are also great for travel. These generally bring back memories from a particular time in your life, which could put you in a better mood and help you to forget that you’re stuck on a plane for hours on end.

11. Write or journal

Writing is another one of my favourite things to do on a long flight. Since I’m a travel blogger, I usually start or continue a new post while on flights or traveling by train. If you have a journal on your phone, tablet or laptop, use this time to do some writing. It’s a great way to combat anxiety if you’re afraid of flying, and can help to calm nerves.

You could also go the old fashioned route and start a pen and paper journal. Purchase a blank or lined notebook or journal and start writing about your day. This is a great way to record your travels, because you can even stick any tickets, boarding passes or travel mementoes inside!

12. Draw or colour in

Colouring books aren’t just for kids anymore – there are actual colouring books made for adults! I had one a while back, and although I didn’t actually use it on any flights, it was super relaxing. There are a ton of different varieties to choose from, for children and adults of all ages.

Note: Don’t forget to bring along some coloured pencils in a convenient travel case, too.

13. If all else fails, sleep (or drink)

I personally can’t sleep on planes. I’ve tried many times, in almost every position. Yes, I was probably that annoying kid who used to kick the back of your seat while you were trying to watch a movie. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve realised it isn’t actually socially acceptable to do this.

So instead, I’ve either accepted defeat and realised I’m never going to sleep anyway, so why bother trying; or drank my way to sleep in free (included) alcoholic beverages. Both options have their perks, but I generally choose the second. Now, I’m not one to promote unnecessary drinking, but if you’re of legal age to do so, and it will help you to forget you’re stuck on a plane for the next 10 hours, why not?


So there you have it, 13 of the best long haul flight essentials to stay entertained. Flying for the first time can be nerve-wracking, so why not combat those nerves with some fun travel entertainment options! As long as it’s travel sized, doesn’t make a lot of noise and is safe to take on an aircraft, you can pack almost anything for some fun flight entertainment. Happy flying!


Did you like the sound of anything on this list? Tell us in the comments below what two of your favourite travel entertainment ideas were! If you are a regular flyer, be sure to tell us what your go-to things to do on long flights are! 

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