carry-on bag

Essential things to pack in your carry-on bag

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When I traveled, I like to be comfortable. I have a carry-on bag with the essential things to make the flight a pleasant one.

The carry-on bag I use, it will very much depend on the type of holiday I’m taking and the amount and type of activities I am planning to do during the trip.

If I think I will be on the go all the time, doing lots of walking, my preference is to carry a bag pack.

If I am travelling to a more city type, where I will be taking more taxis, relaxing more, then, I use a different (nicer) bag.

However, I have a list of essential things I always take in my carry-on gab. it doesn’t matte how long r short the flight is. Of course, the longer it gets, the more items I will start adding.

Here is the list of things, that will help you enjoy more any flight.

Electronics

headphones

headphones

  • Laptop
  • Mobile phone
  • Chargers
  • Power bank
  • Headphones

Important stuff

passport

passport

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • A copy of hotel booking confirmation, hotel address, etc.
  • Purse with id and a little bit of cash (currency of the place your are visiting)

 

Comfort

packing

packing

  • Snack (energy bar)
  • Gum or mints
  • Tissues
  • An empty water bottle – you’ll be able to fill it up before getting on the plane J
  • Sunnies – to wear as soon as you exit the airport
  • Lipstick
  • Scarf
  • A pair of socks

 

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Wave Rock

A Road Trip to Wave Rock, Western Australia

Wave Rock

Wave Rock

Since we have been living in the van, we find ourselves going away from the city at least every weekend. This time was the turn to pay a visit to Wave Rock, located in Hyden WA.

I was very hesitant about the idea of visiting Wave Rock just because there didn’t seem to be much to do around the area, and… i was right.

Even though Hyden is a (very) quiet country town, with a population of 400, turned out to be a nice getaway. You can find everything you would possibly need.

Top view

Top view

Driving four hours from Perth and back went quite easily, thanks to the couple of places we found on the way such as Corrigin, Broockton and Kondinin. each of them with a roadhouse.

You find groceries and health stores, however, the range of products is very minimal and prices are high. If you ever decide to have a road trip to visit Wave Rock, it is well worth to do all your shopping and have your first aid box ready.

kondinin

kondinin

Besides being Wave Rock the main attraction, there are a few more things to see and do around the town that will give you something to do everyday for a weekend. Mulka’s Cave, Hippo’s Yawn or the Buckley’s Breakaway

The best thing to do in Hyden is to climb the rocks and adventure on the walk trails. We started in Hippo’s Yawn, when we got all the way to the top we found an amazing 360 degrees view.

landscape

landscape

The rocks are quite easy to climb and so the walk trails. These two things are absolutely a must to do. When you get to the rocks/caves, they don’t look too impressive, but believe me, once you are on top of them, your trip will be well worth.

climbing Hippo's Yawn

climbing Hippo’s Yawn

When you get to Wave Rock there is a small fee ($10AUD) per car, however, this is voluntary. The place has enough carpark bays for all visitors, BBQ, toilet and sitting facilities.

There is also a few other activities to have a look around if you have the spare time:
-Scrap iron sculptures
-Wildflower Shop (cafe and shop)
-Miniature Soldier Museum

Accommodation seems to be plenty around. We decided to find a super quiet spot outside the town and park our home. There is also a little park with public toilets and a tiny playground for tourists.

home is parked and fire on

home is parked and fire on

As I mentioned, Hyden is a very quiet place, but that is its beauty. The country side offers incredible landscapes and plenty of fauna to see. Great to spend from 2 to 4 days.

Hyden

Hyden

church

7 Reasons to Love Guadalajara City, Mexico

Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico. Life there is very active but very colorful and with plenty of things to do 24/7.

I lived in Guadalajara for quite a few years and had some of the best experiences there. Let me tell you 10 of the reason why that city and its lifestyle have a piece of my heart.

 

1 – Tequila!

blue agave

blue agave

But of course! Guadalajara (city), Jalisco (estate), is the home of this world famous drink.

There is in fact a town called Tequila in which most of the distilleries can be found.

 

2- Street food

Mexican food

Mexican food

Ten out of ten to the flavours of all the food that can be found in the street stalls.

There are hundreds of different foods, snacks and desserts. The food stalls can be found all day long and some have foods that can only be found in Guadalajara.

 

3 – Markets

colorful Mexican treats

colorful Mexican treats

Not just on the weekends but also during the week, there are thousands of markets happening around the city. Some have a theme while the majority sell everything you can imagine. From food, fashion, electronics, arts…seriously, everything.

The markets can be from 2-3 up to 8-10 streets long. Some are open during the mornings,while many others most of the day.

 

4 – Mariachi

Mariachi

Mariachi

There is no comparison to the sounds of a mariachi band.

The performance of a mariachi band is something unique that I believe everyone should experience. They are fantastic musicians that set the right mood on every party.

It is popular to find the mariachi bands in parties but also in diverse kind of restaurants.

 

5 – Football passion

football game

football game

If you didn’t know, let me tell you that football is one of the most important things in Mexico but when referring to Guadalajara, football is pure passion.

One of the biggest Mexican teams makes this city its home, therefore, when is football season, its all you see and hear in the city.

I have been on sports games in different countries but nothing compares to the energy and passion that is lived in the football stadium in Guadalajara. The place vibrates with all the cheering.

 

6 – Nightlife

nightlife

nightlife

Guadalajara city is covered in bars, restaurants and clubs. My favorites are the bars with live music.

Many of them clos between 1 and 3am, however, you always find some that stay open all night.

Guadalajara offers lots of hotspots for everyone that likes a little bit of party and good food. In that range you can always find the traditional Mexican bars best know as ‘cantinas’.

 

 

7 – Buildings

Church

Church

Architecture in Guadalajara is big. There’s a mix of modern infrastructures with old historical buildings, giving this city so much character.

It is great to see the contrast of areas you can find around the city. Downtown is very colorful and has so much history, while the newest areas are so crisp and modern.

Coolest Things to See and Do in Western Australia

A cemetery with kangaroos

Pinaroo is the name of the place, and is very well known in WA. It is the first place that Perth people take their visitors to.

I know, it sounds creepy as it is a cementery BUT in reality, it is a beautiful and peaceful spot.

I come to this place very often as it is 2 minutes from my place. The perfect spot to grab a few snacks and have a picnic while enjoying the company of the roos.

Kangaroos

 

Get to meet quokkas!

When in Perth, book yourself a ticket to visit Rottnest Island, the place where you will find quokkas in their natural ambience.

These little things are getting more and more popular in social media, as they have gotten a title of the happiest animals in the world. This is because they are the perfect buddy to get a selfie with. When they look at the camera, seems like they’re always smiling. Too cute!

Quokka

 

Sun, sun & more sun

Perth, the capital of Western Australia is the list of the sunniest cities in the world with an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day.

This causes that everyone get together at the beach or throw a bbq in one of the fantastic parks that the city offers.

sunny day in Perth

Gnomesville

Just 1.5 hours south from Perth, there is Ferguson Valley were you can find Gnomesville…yep, it is exactly what it sounds like. A bush area where the only habitants are over 7,000 of gnomes.

It is a very quirky and interesting spot to add to tour road trip. It will fascinate everyone in the family. Don’t forget to bring your own gnome and a camera!

Gnomes

Ride a Camel

If you thought Australia was only kangaroos and koalas, I have news for you… camel ride is a popular experience not to be missed.

Cable Beach is a world famous place located in Broome. There’s no better spot to take in the view that from the back of a camel.

camel

Swim with whale sharks

Visit the Ningaloo reef to swim with the biggest fish, the whale shark. This is a seasonal thing, so I suggest you check their website before planning your visit. Depending on the time of the year you visit, you might even get to see humpback whales, turtles and rays!

Whale shark

 

Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia is a beautiful sunny spot where you will get to see wild dolphins as they arrive every morning to say hi to visitors of the Shark Bay.

The bottlenose dolphins get to visit the shore up to three times a day, depending the season. And if that is not enough, there are many tours available to have a full and unforgettable experience.

See wild dolphins

Surf at Margaret River

Besides been a beautiful and chill out place with lots of wineries and stunning landscapes, this region is great to have a surf or attend the Drug Aware Surf competition that takes place every year.

Margaret River is very well known worldwide for their surfing. You will find many places to hire surfboards or book lessons.

surfing

 

Sandboarding

Forget cold wind and snowfalls. Instead, hit the Western Australian sand dunes on a hot and sunny day. This is a must-do experience.

A great spot to practice sandboarding is Lancelin, only 1.5 hours north of Perth. Lancelin gives its visitors breathtaking views of the sand dunes, beautiful natural formations. Just don’t forget to wear your goggles when riding down the dunes.

Sandbar in the dunes