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The Allure of Uluru Requires #Strength to Respect – #ExpediaFindYours

 The Allure of Uluru Requires #Strength to Respect   #ExpediaFindYours

One of the events I was most looking forward to on my trip to Australia was climbing Uluru (sometimes known as Ayers Rock). I was eager to summit this mysterious plateau in the middle of the outback. But just before i arrived, I discovered that climbing Uluru is frowned upon by the local Aboriginal people. Instead, they suggest you hike around Uluru.

Sometimes when you travel, it takes #Strength to say no. You may not understand the why, but respecting local cultures and traditions is our responsibility as citizens of the world.

#Strength Comes from Focus, Especially in Melbourne – #ExpediaFindYours

 #Strength Comes from Focus, Especially in Melbourne   #ExpediaFindYours

Travel provides a lot of distractions. And for most of us, that’s exactly what we’re looking for. But #Strength also comes from focusing on what’s important, when it’s important – like when ya gotta pee with a floor to ceiling window of Melbourne, Australia next to you at the Sofitel.

Be sure to tweet your own photo of how you find your #Strength and enter Expedia’s Find Yours Twitter Photo Contest. The details are here. And be sure to add #ExpediaFindYours and #Strength to your tweet to have a chance to win a $250 Expedia Coupon!

I’ll see you out there…!

How 3 Weeks Sleeping in Hostels Changed My Opinion (For the Better)

 How 3 Weeks Sleeping in Hostels Changed My Opinion (For the Better)

I’ve had my fair share of luxury accommodations while traveling. There was the Palace of the Lost City (where I toured Oprah’s Suite), the Ivory Tree Game Lodge in South Africa, the Dusit D2 in Thailand and of course, the Fontainebleau in Miami where I pretended I was a rock star. And let me tell you, when you taste the golden egg, it’s tough to return back to the “real world”. But with Australia being so f@#%!n’ expensive, economy in accommodations was necessary for the 3-week trip I took. And that meant… hostels.

What To Expect On Your First Liveaboard Dive Trip

 What To Expect On Your First Liveaboard Dive Trip

As part of my Epic Trip to Australia I wanted to cross another item off my adventure list – SCUBA Diving in the Great Barrier Reef. I got SCUBA Certified especially for this trip, and booked a 3-day  liveaboard cruise with Pro Dive Cairns. If you’re considering doing something like this on your next trip, here’s what you can expect. As this was my first liveaboard cruise, I had no idea what it would be like, what to expect, how to prepare and how this novice diver with only 4 dives (post-training) under my belt would fare.

A Trip to the Taronga Zoo: A Photo Essay

I love a good zoo, and the Taronga Zoo in Sydney provides the perfect opportunity to see Australia’s well-known wildlife if you didn’t have a chance to spot them in the wild (check out my tips for Koala Spotting along the Great Ocean Road). Today’s post is a photo essay from my day at the zoo. Enjoy!

The Taronga Zoo is just a short ferry ride from Sydney Harbor. Ferries run all day long, are reasonably priced and offer a great view of the harbor.

 A Trip to the Taronga Zoo: A Photo Essay

Is the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Post-Parade Party Worth It?

 Is the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Post Parade Party Worth It?

While the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is the highlight of the month-long festival, the after party is generally what everyone talks about. It is one of the largest dance parties imaginable. The event starts at 10 P.M. and lasts until 8:00 the following morning. That’s ten hours of non-stop dance! 15,000 people make their way to the party every year as a final farewell until next year’s celebration. But with ticket prices over $130 per person, is it worth it?

11 Tips for Watching the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

 11 Tips for Watching the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Wow! Only at Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras would you see a costume like this one! Earlier this week I shared what made this event a must-see for any traveler, regardless of their identity. Today, I’d like to share 11 tips to watching the parade…

1. Watch the Parade

Though Mardi Gras lasts from mid-February to mid-March, the capstone to the whole celebration is the Mardi Gras Parade. If there’s one, and only one event you should plan your visit around, it’s the parade (But with over 50 other events to choose from, it’s worth attending a few).