Our Top 20 Adventures from the first 12 months.

This week is our anniversary. It is a year since we started our travelling. So we thought we would do a post about our top 20 adventures this year. It is not so much a 1 – 20. It is more 20 amazing adventures. That is why we have decided to put them in the order that we did them. Each one has a full post, just click on the link to read it.

So here goes……

Climbing the Sydney harbour Bridge

Bridge climb

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and having “Happy Birthday” sung to her at the very top is a great way to start and was a very exciting day for Suzannah.

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are spectacular and having time to catch up with friends who are lucky enough to live there just made it all the more special.

The Dandenong Ranges

a walk in the Dandenongs
Doongalla Homestead really captured my fascination

Our housesit in the Dandenong Ranges, gave us the opportunity to explore some of the walks and gardens that are hidden in the mountains.

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Rod

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s “iconic drives” and it lived up to its reputation and then some.

The Mud House

Mud House

The Mud House was not very far from Mae Salong in northern Thailand. It was hand built from mud and old bottles and was a real testimony to what can be achieved with not very much.

Chiang Rai balloon Festival

Chiang Rai Balloon Fiesta

As we were arriving in Chiang Rai, we noticed a big poster promoting this event and it turned out to be one of the highlights in Asia!

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, in Laos is a beautiful place. The monks, waterfalls and even hand feeding water buffalo made for a wonderful few days.

The Plain of Jars

Plain of Jars

The Plain of Jars in Laos was a long journey but these ancient jars and the dark shadow that the Vietnam war still casts over the place make this both confronting and so worthwhile.

Koh Libong

Koh Libong Koh Lipe


Koh Libong is what a Thai island should be to us. We loved it so much that we stayed nearly a week!

Penang Hawkers Market

When we arrived at our first Penang Housesit, the house owners introduced us to the delights of their local hawkers market. We were hooked and could hardly stay away from the place after that.

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok is like an inland Halong Bay but without the crowds. From the monkeys playing in the river to the majestic limestone cliffs, it was a delight.



Ayutthaya is a city of fabulous ruins. The fact that the locals would dress up in traditional costume to visit the temples gave them a very special feel.

The Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highands

“You can turn off the air conditioning and open the windows now,” said our bus driver as we arrived in the Cameron Highlands. It seemed a very strange thing to do after months of Asian heat but he was right. This little piece of colonial history is a cool break from the heat.

Our four legged friends in Penang

The most important part of housesitting

Our second housesit in Penang gave us the opportunity meet these lovely boys. It was a real pleasure to look after them for a few weeks in Batu Ferringhi whilst their owners returned to Australia.


exploring Vienna on foot
Exploring Vienna on foot

Our time in Vienna was almost an accident. It was such a good airfare from Australia that we could not resist it. We are so pleased that we did.

Lake Bled

Lake Bled

You can tell that a place has charm if you love it in the rain.

The Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes

We were at the gates at 6.45am. It was worth the early start to enjoy these stunning lakes.



Komiza, on the island of Viz, was our first stop on our Croatian island hopping and it has a very special place in our hearts.


Korcula Old town from the bus
Our first view of Korcula Old Town from the bus.

Korcula has all that “old Town’ charm going on but not the manic craziness of Dubrovnik.


Dinner in Mostar
Our view from Dinner in Mostar

Mostar is beautiful but it was the friendliness of everyone who lived there that blew us away. We had become used to the lack of smiles in Croatia. So Mostar was a wonderful surprise, especially given its sad past.

So there you have it, Our top 20 adventures from the last 12 months. To be honest, we had to leave a few out to keep the numbers down but it is not as bad list.

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