America The Wild: Escape It All Like Never Before

When you think America, you think big, bold, brash and, dare we say it, spoiled. It’s New York with its cloud-tickling skyscrapers, it’s Los Angeles with its star-speckled pavements and Hollywood hills, it’s the Windy City of Chicago, the beating heart of politics that is Washington DC and the Florida beaches saturated with beautiful people who haven’t lost the ability to make roller-skating look cool.

What we’re saying is, despite how massive America is, there is barely an inch that hasn’t been touched by civilization. What we’re saying is, there’s nowhere in America you can run-off to and just escape it all – the people, the highways, the cities, the everything.

Or is there?

Now it may not seem like much at first, but 5% of America is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. That’s 109 million acres. With that in mind, we’ve picked the most breathtaking parts of natural America, where man and woman are still considered to be visitors. So, if you are all about travelling in ultimate luxury, turn back now, otherwise, enjoy these hidden gems.

  1. The River Of No Return, Idaho

If you’re looking for pristine wilderness, then this is it and, what’s more, it’s slap bang in the centre of Idaho, which means you can get to it from almost anywhere. What’s there? Well, to sum it up, you have the world-famous whitewater Salmon River, a gorge that cuts into the earth deeper than the Grand Canyon, gorgeous mountains and 1.5 million acres of wilderness that have no formal trails whatsoever. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or silence, this place is special.

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February’s Wish List


I still have to remind myself that it’s 2018 and it’s already February. So, here’s my February’s Wish List:

SLEEP: A rare commodity for a new mum. The first two weeks were the worst and then somehow my body adjusted to the lack of sleep. But now after three months I still feel tired and wish for more sleep even though baby V. wakes up only once during the night and then again in the early morning. Maybe some of  these unique candles would help me to relax and sleep better.

NEW KITCHEN: My kitchen is pretty outdated and I’d really like to get new kitchen gadgets. However, there are other areas of our flat that need to get done first such as the bathroom so the kitchen will just have to wait.

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Monthly blog overview: January 2018

January. I kept seeing a lot of tweets about how January was the longest month ever. Err..what? Not for me. You know how they say, time flies when you’re having fun. Well, when you’re a new mum time doesn’t fly but it whizzes past you like one of those super-fast Japanese trains. One minute you’re in Tokyo, the other in Osaka. Speaking of Japan, my best friend moved to China. Yes, she and her husband got a job in China and moved there with their baby girl on the last day of 2017. Luckily, they’ll be back for holidays in the summer. But I already miss her so much 😦

What have I done the past month? Spent time with my baby and blogged. Baby V. is changing all the time. He was born with brown hair and then most of his hair fell out and now he’s blonde. And he’s already so big! And he has the most charming smile ever. I thought a lot about travelling as a family. I follow a lot of excellent family travel blogs but to be honest the very idea of travelling with my baby scares me. However, I do plan to travel with baby V. before he turns 1 for sure but all the logistics…omg! I mean, we’ve already been to two Christmas markets and to a neighbouring town (only half an hour drive so..) but longer trips require more preparation.

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Travel Australia And New Zealand In Ultimate Luxury
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It may be your honeymoon, or it has been your lifelong dream to travel to Australia and New Zealand, or it could be a mix of the two. Whatever your reason is, you have saved up quite a large amount in order to have the best experience you possibly can, but are not quite sure where to spend your money. It can be extremely overwhelming when you touch down in a country you have wanted to see for the longest time – it can be even more overwhelming waking up on your travel day after years and years of saving and finally being able to go, and realizing that by tomorrow you’ll be there. Of course, getting to that travel day will take a lot of organizing – especially if you are planning to travel in the most luxurious way you can afford. Here are a few suggestions on luxury travel, accommodation, and experiences so you can take your pick. You may not be able to afford them all – you may be able to afford even more – but just one of these could be a life-changing experience for you and make it the trip of a lifetime. Since you’ve been saving all this time, and dreaming about this trip most of your life – you can be certain you deserve a little luxury whilst on the adventure.


Getting To Your Destination

Let’s start off with the ultimate, five-star luxury that will come with the heaviest price tag but for an extremely good reason. A private jet. Of Course, with that starting statement, You may be thinking:  How Much Does it Cost to Charter a Private Jet? Well, in all honesty, a flight as long as one to Australia or New Zealand (especially one as long as 20+ hours depending on where you’re travelling from) will be out of many people’s price ranges. You’ll be looking in the six-figure range for a 24-hour flight depending on the type of jet you fly in. However, that doesn’t mean this option is ruled out for you. If you have an extensive budget, you could look at chartering a private jet for your flight between New Zealand and Australia, although a 3-hour flight will still cost you just under $35,000. This may be in your price range, or you may even have the budget to enjoy the entirety of your travel on a chartered jet. However, if you can’t afford this option, there are “empty leg” flights. Every chartered flight needs to go to a destination and then travel back to where they came from – this return flight usually is not booked by passengers. It is incredibly likely there will be a few flights like this shuttling between New Zealand and Australia that have been chartered and are returning to your desired destination. Empty leg flights offer up to 75% off of set prices – so you’ll be looking at a much more affordable price of just under $9000 when compared with full price. If this is still not looking like an option within your budget, you can fly business class with an airline of your choice, that is still extremely luxurious when compared with flying coach. You’ll have a lot more leg room, a private TV to keep you entertained on the long flight, and on some flights a bar to celebrate either a new marriage, or the trip of a lifetime. However you decide to fly, you can rest assured you’ll feel like a million dollars even if it didn’t cost you them.

Whilst You Explore

Of course, you will already be fully aware that Australia and New Zealand are both extremely large places to travel around, and not everything you want to see will be within walking distance. You will need a transfer service from the airport to your accommodation and will need to travel from monument to monument and experience to experience. Continuing in the five-star luxury range – have you considered a chauffeured car for a few of your travels? These are quite popular in Australia, and there are quite a few available to choose from including Lux Cars and Melbourne Star Chauffeured Cars. In New Zealand you have options like Private Driver Hire and ChauffeurNZ – the latter also provides private tour options. If you don’t have the budget to do this for your travel, you may be able to do it for a tour of some of the most prestigious sites that are must-sees for your trip. These will ensure you are able to experience the places you’ve always daydreamed about in ultimate comfort – rather than facing hot (and sweaty) heat of the midday sun and aching feet.

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First Time Flyer? 4 Things You Need To Know

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In the modern world, hopping onto a plane and taking to the skies in an effort to travel the world has become relatively commonplace. Flying has been the standard method of travelling long-distance for over three decades, and there’s no sign of this popularity decreasing.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of first-time flyers out there; people who have never set foot on an airplane before, and have no realistic idea about what to expect. If you are one of them, and you are due to take a flight soon, then you’re likely wondering what exactly is in store for you– and the countless myths about flying aren’t going to be helping you to separate illusion from reality. As a result, you’re probably more than a little anxious about what’s in store for you.

If you’re a first-time flyer, then here are four essential things you need to know before you board your first flight…

#1 – The food isn’t that bad

Airline food has been a plentiful well for comedians over the years, but airline food really isn’t that big of a deal. While it’s not going to be the best cuisine you’ve ever sampled, it will more than suffice until you get to your destination. Some people even claim to outright love airline food– who knows, maybe you’ll become one of their number.

#2 – The biggest challenge of flying is boredom

Even if you’re scared of flying, the single biggest issue you will face when on board a plane isn’t your nerves it’s boredom. Flying involves sitting still for long periods of time, with little to distract you but a movie you’ve likely seen countless times. Stock up on books and magazines to keep you company during the flight.

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Once in a lifetime experiences #travellinkup

First of all, I’d like to say how happy I am to be this month’s co-host of travel linkup with Emma, Angie and Polly!

Have you ever swum with the sharks? Or visited Machu Pichu? What about running with the bulls in Spain or seeing the Northern Lights? You haven’t done those? Neither have I. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have valuable once in a lifetime experiences. Perhaps some of them might seem ordinary to someone else, like they are not really once in a lifetime experiences but to me they were just that. Unique experiences that represented me, who I was at the time I had them.

Sure, I  could do some of them again but it wouldn’t be quite the same (e.g. spend a week in Paris again ) because I am not the same anymore. Time and life (and travel too) has changed me.

in Paris in 2007

So what travels stand out among all the others? And what has made them so special?

There are two trips that come to my mind immediately not just because of the amount of fun I had on them but also because of the very travelling bit that made them extra special.  In 2005 I went to Turkey with a group of friends by train. Yes, you read that right! It was the cheapest available option so we took the train from Croatia to Turkey via Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. 36 h on the train (not in a sleeper train) and we made it to Istanbul for three days of sightseeing. Then it was to Izmir for the next three days of fun before we finally came to Çeşme where we attended a student conference.

Another odyssey happened in 2006 when I went to Greece by a ferry from Venice. Well, firstly we had to get to Venice, then spend 30 h on the ferry to Patras and take a train to Athens, our final destination. After 2 weeks of frolicking around Greece it was time for a return ferry trip, sleeping on the deck in our sleeping bags again. That’s an experience I wouldn’t repeat again!

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