Caroline in the City



An Education in Australian Wildlife at Taronga Zoo

An Education in Australian Wildlife at Taronga Zoo

taronga zoo

Australia is full of unique creatures, most of which are native only to the island nation. They’re on their coins and coat of arms and I’ve been lucky to see many of them in the wild or throughout my travels. But for a well-rounded introduction to exactly what makes Australia a special place for wildlife, you should start at Sydney’s famous Taronga Zoo.

taronga zoo

I dismissed the zoo during my last time…

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Tune Hotels: A La Carte Luxury

Tune Hotels: A La Carte Luxury

tune hotels

Bedroom

Budget travel is how I operate, as I try to get as much money out of an experience as I can, allowing me to travel for longer. I’m comfortable in hostels for this reason, but I occasionally stay in hotels when the value is right. When I was looking for a place to stay in Melbourne, I heard rave reviews about Tune Hotels, which opened their first Australia location in Melbourne recently.

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Tasting Melbourne’s Coffee Culture

Tasting Melbourne’s Coffee Culture

Tasting Melbourne's

I’m not much of a coffee drinker. In fact, I don’t drink it at all. Tea is my chosen beverage, followed shortly by Coca Cola. But by not drinking coffee, I’ve been missing out on important parts of the places I visit. No espresso in Italy, no drop coffee at New York diners and no flat whites in Sydney. But this time around, I vowed to say ‘yes’ to more and not get caught up in my picky…

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First noodle #soupstagram of the trip, courtesy of Sunday Night Walking Street. #soup #chiangmai #thailand  (at Chiangmai Walking Street (ถนนคนเดินเชียงใหม่))

First noodle #soupstagram of the trip, courtesy of Sunday Night Walking Street. #soup #chiangmai #thailand (at Chiangmai Walking Street (ถนนคนเดินเชียงใหม่))






Happy #songkran from Chiang Mai, #thailand! #chiangmai  (at Mojito Garden)

Happy #songkran from Chiang Mai, #thailand! #chiangmai (at Mojito Garden)






Greetings from Singapore’s Changi Airport, where @sams_musings and I have spent the last 6 hours en route to Thailand. @fansofchangi #singapore (at Changi Airport)

Greetings from Singapore’s Changi Airport, where @sams_musings and I have spent the last 6 hours en route to Thailand. @fansofchangi #singapore (at Changi Airport)






Visiting the Blue Mountains Independently

Visiting the Blue Mountains Independently

blue mountains

When planning my trip back to Sydney, I knew I wanted to take Sammi to the Blue Mountains for a day hike. She’s the outdoorsy one of the three of us, plus I wanted her to see the famed Three Sisters. We looked at a number of options, but really wanted the flexibility of going on our own terms. The hop on hop off bus proved to be unnecessary and expensive. The idea of driving a rental car on the…

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Sleeping Like a Local at Sydney Central YHA

Sleeping Like a Local at Sydney Central YHA

sydney central yha

View from the Rooftop

Returning to Sydney was an odd sensation, as I spent over six months living there in 2011, riding the train to work everyday past the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. This time around, I did something I never did back then: I stayed at a hostel in Sydney. I was lucky enough to be able to stay with someone when I first arrived, avoiding the mess of finding a place to sleep.…

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Thanks @melbourneurbanadventures for the lovely sunset kayaking and fish and chips!

Thanks @melbourneurbanadventures for the lovely sunset kayaking and fish and chips!






Frequently Asked Questions on Solo Travel in Turkey

Frequently Asked Questions on Solo Travel in Turkey

If I haven’t proven to you by now what a beautiful place Turkey is and why it’s worth visiting, I will never convince you. I guess the delicious food, friendly people and historical landmarks aren’t for everyone. But if you arethinking about visiting Turkey, I want to answer some questions that have been asked of me since I started planning my trip over a year ago and continued since I’ve been…

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