Wanderlusting – Beaches

Wanderlusting – Beaches

I really enjoyed doing the Wanderlusting post last week, so I thought I would keep going with it. The sun has been coming out a little more these past few weeks, and it’s a reminder of the warmer seasons being not too far away. So my theme for this week’s photos is all about beaches!

Starting with the beaches from my own little country of New Zealand. Since we’re an island, we have a lot of beaches. Here are some of my favourite ones I’ve been to.

Rarangi Beach, Blenheim

I’ve talked about this beach quite a few times on here. We used to go to it quite a bit growing up, so I have a lot of photos of this beach. This is my favourite one though. There’s a staircase area leading up and you get an amazing view of the beach.

Golden Bay, Nelson

We’ve only been here once that I can recall. It was very pretty and the sand was very golden.

Cape Palliser Beach, Wellington

The main appeal of this beach was to go see the lighthouse. But the whole coastal drive there was just surreal.

Oriental Beach, Wellington

This is the most popular beach in my hometown. Especially in summer, it gets packed. Lots of cute cafes, restaurants, shops, walkways, and all that. It’s definitely a beautiful area, it’s well-kept and things are always happening there. I frequented other, smaller beaches growing up. But when we lived in town, I did love coming down here and going for walks.

Makara Beach, Wellington

Rory was the one who first took me here a few years back. It’s a gorgeous little spot which has a walking track up the hill. It takes around an hour, and the views are worth it.

Little Oneroa Beach, Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island in general is beautiful. We went there for my sister’s wedding last October. The only beach Rory and I spent much time at was the Little Oneroa beach. It was scenic and really nice.

Now we head out to other ones from around the world.

La Playa Roja (Red Beach), Peru

We didn’t spend too much time at this beach. It was when we were in Paracas and part of a tour. It was incredible to see a beach with such red sand!

Taveuni Resort Beach, Fiji

Fiji is known to have some amazing beaches. For our honeymoon, we were at a resort in Taveuni. I spent more time at the infinity pool, but the beach was also just 2 minutes away so we had to spend some time there. White sands, clear water, and lots of fish to stalk and watch as you snorkel.

Bondi Beach, Australia

So I talked about this last week in my Wanderlusting post, but since this post is about beaches, I had to bring it back. Just look at it! It’s stunning!!

All these beach photos are definitely getting me excited for summer! What beaches have you been to?

Angela.

Wanderlusting – Natural Wonders

Wanderlusting – Natural Wonders

Hey all. This is kind of a random post, but I wanted to make a post sharing some favourite travel photos. I’ve extensively shared about all my lucky travels I’ve been on, but it never feels enough. So this post will be a collection of the amazing snaps I’ve taken while travelling. Hopefully they’ll help with your own sense of wanderlust.

To start off, I want to share the most incredible places I’ve seen. Bonus points if it involved hiking, cause that always makes the sight so much more worth it!

Machu Picchu, Peru

Still the most incredible place I’ve ever seen. I think this is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and it definitely deserves it. It was built during the Inca Empire back in 1450 AD and made up of over 100 buildings, ranging from houses and baths to temples. We spent hours walking around there. We took the Salkantay trek up there, so it really felt like we earned our trip there!

Colca Canyon, Peru

We didn’t hike this one, instead we woke up at 3am and took a guided tour there. The canyon is considered one of the world’s deepest. It really is huge. It is also a natural habitat for the giant Andean condor (a scary bird). The canyon is made up of valleys, remote villages and a river. It’s also a very popular tourist destination for trekking and rafting. The views were definitely awe-inspiring.

Bondi Beach, Australia

I can see why this is one of the world’s famous beaches. I get it. It’s beautiful. White sand, endless blue, lots of shops and pavilions. The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is also gorgeous. It takes a couple of hours, and you see so much natural beauty! Seeing Bondi was definitely a highlight during our holiday in Sydney a few years back.

Three Sisters, Australia

We were told to go see the Three Sisters at Blue Mountains by numerous people when we talked about going to Sydney. The Three Sisters is this unusual rock formation up in the Blue Mountains. There’s a lot of mystery and legend surrounding them. To get to Blue Mountains, we went as part of a day tour. It was really nice, we also got to see a Wildlife Park that day.

Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

One of the Great Walks of our country, and also used in Lord of the Rings. It took around 5 hours for us to complete it from one end to the other. The scenery changes so much along the way, from swamps and hills, to mountains and sweeping lands, to eerily green lakes. I can see why so many people come to complete this walk!

That’s all for this wanderlusting post. I plan to make this recurring, and give each one a different theme of photos. We can’t go travelling anytime soon, so this feels like a nice way for me to relive some of the places I’ve been lucky to travel to before.

Where’s the most incredible place you’ve visited?

Angela.

Wanderlust

Wanderlust

Today’s inspiration for the photo challenge is Wanderlust. When I first saw that, I thought, “Damn, I used all my best ones last week for the Earth Challenge”, but you know what? I take a lot of pictures when I visit places, so consider this the next installment 😀

If you want to see last week’s photos about some of the wondrous place I’ve seen on Earth, you can click on Earth and the Wonders I’ve Seen.

I’ll also include links to posts I’ve written about my travels to the specific photos. So if you’d like to see more, go and click. Or not. I’m not your boss 😛

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Wanderlust inspires us all to travel. You see incredible things that you didn’t think you would. Sometimes this happens while sitting in a plane, and the clouds seem like you could almost touch them.

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In Fiji, you find clear blue seas and white sand beaches. The most incredible part is that the water is warm, and there’s so much life to see underwater, not too far from the shore. Honeymooning in Fiji.

Can’t forget my recent trip to Peru that I keep (and won’t stop) bringing up 🙂

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The Salkantay Trek took us through hills, lakes, mountains..and the top of the Amazon rainforest. Salkantay Trek.

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The cities had elaborately decorated town squares, and colourful markets with homemade goods to sell. Arequipa

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Our stay in the Amazon rainforest led me to some strange and wondrous sights. Like giant lilypads that I might be able to sit on (I didn’t try though).

Also, through the rainforest and Iquitos combined, I got to get near lots of animals that I rarely see. More links here – Amazon RainforestIquitos.

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One of my favourite spots in Sydney is the Chinese Garden of Friendship. It feels like you’re stepping in another world, within Sydney itself. You can read more here at Chinese Garden of Friendship.

Finally, sometimes you don’t have to go far to discover new places. Tongariro Crossing, one of my very first posts if you’re interested!

Thanks for reading and letting me show more of my pictures from my travel!

Angela.