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Two Week Holiday in Australia

All the best that Australia has to offer including food, wine, shopping, and beaches.

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OceaniaAustralia10 days / November 2017

Highs & Lows

The Whitsunday islands are a MUST. Our favorite part of the whole trip. Think white sand beaches and clear turquoise water.

We neglected to account for the missing day of travel — and accidentally booked a hotel for a night we lost.

Itinerary Overview

Ten years ago I took my first international trip — six months studying abroad in Australia. My parents were reluctant but I was insistent. I wanted to see the world and this was the trip to kick it off. I’m so happy I went as it was one of the best experiences of my life.

It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago, but as I spent two weeks there with my husband over Thanksgiving playing tour guide, I realized that my memories from my time there were very fond, but also very distant.

Australia has been at the top of his list for places to travel to in the world, so when we decided it would be one of our next international trips, I set my alerts on all my favorite travel apps and found a deal of a lifetime: $550 round trip from Seattle to Sydney on United.

W A T ? ? ?  I know.

Even when I studied abroad the price was quadruple. The secret? Set travel alerts on Hopper for optional dates and set low fare alerts on Kayak for desired places to go. You’ll get notifications when they’re extremely low and when to buy. When I received the 5am push notification from Hopper a week after we had booked Paris, I freaked. Trevor, my husband thought I was ridiculous and was reluctant at first. It was going to be too much travel at the end of the year. But wow was it worth it. He fell in love and it was our best trip yet.

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  • 2 Nights: Sydney
    City touring, beach time, and countryside exploration
  • 2 Nights: Whitsunday Islands
    Beaches and sailing
  • 2 Nights: Noosa Heads
    Touring the area and exploring the beach towns
  • 4 Nights: Melbourne
    City touring, exploring restaurants, shopping, road tripping

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    It was a little cold in Melbourne — and also an insane time to visit for anyone with allergies! Maybe we have rethought the timing there.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    We neglected to account for the missing day of travel — and accidentally booked a hotel for a night we lost.

  • How was the food?

    Don’t let people tell you “the food in Australia is bad” -- you can eat fresh and try amazing restaurants just the same as you can anywhere else. Follow your nose, ask locals and do some research!

  • Booking details?

    Set a tracker on the Hopper app — I’ve gotten the best deals by far from this! I mean $550 RT?!