Overnight Layover in Sydney, How We Explored the City!

Overnight layover in Sydney, go out an explore the harbor!
Our journey back to United States from New Zealand had quite an interesting flight itinerary with an overnight layover in Sydney, Australia before finally heading back home. Before we even arrived in Sydney we had a long layover in Wellington with just enough time to go out and explore the city which was totally worth it. When we finally landed in Sydney at 5:45 PM we had exactly 16 hours and 45 minutes to wander the city before the long flight back to the United States. To recap this was...
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5 Hour Layover in Wellington, How We Made the Most of Our Time!

View of Wellington on top of the botanic garden
Coming back home to the USA from New Zealand we had a pretty crazy itinerary that had a total of 5 flights. This included a 5 hour 45 minute layover in Wellington and an overnight in Sydney, all before getting on the long flight to San Francisco. While not ideal we did make the most this crazy flight schedule. Keep in mind I used airline miles to get all the flights for free. We were fortunate enough to have business class to Australia but on the way home all flights were back in economy. ...
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Hotel Review: DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown

View of Queenstown DoubleTree
Beth and I had an amazing five day adventure in Queenstown, New Zealand. Queenstown is one of the most beautiful places we had ever visited and the DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown was a perfect place to stay at. Before coming to Queenstown we had spent a week with some friends in Melbourne, Australia and also drove the amazing Great Ocean Road. All this was part of our itinerary to visit both Australia and New Zealand thanks to free award tickets and in business class! Back to the hotel w...
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Queenstown & Milford Sound, Most Beautiful Places in the World? YES!

Queenstown & Milford Sound, Most Beautiful Places in the World? YES!
  5 Full Days to Explore Queenstown! Wow just wow! That was our first impressions of Queenstown as we walked off the plane and onto the tarmac. Literally everywhere we turned there were incredible mountains and crystal clear lakes. We had just spent an amazing week in Melbourne and touring the Great Ocean Road, both amazing experiences. With that being said we were caught off guard with how pretty New Zealand is. To get to Queenstown we were able to tack on a free stopover on our award tick...
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3 Days on the Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles at our Fingertips!

Holding the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road
One of the highlights of our trip to Australia was driving the Great Ocean Road for  three days. We were lucky enough to stay with friends in Melbourne, Australia the majority of time but in the middle of the week we headed out to tour one of the most scenic drives in the world! Our friends thought we were somewhat crazy as three days really isn't that much time but we think it was just about perfect. Granted we didn't have time to relax too much but we love being active and busy anyway. ...
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Melbourne, Adventures With Our Australian Friends

Healsville Animal Sanctuary lazy Kangaroos
One of the most exciting aspects of our trip to Australia was we already had friends in Melbourne! Well Beth did at least... She had the amazing opportunity to student teach for a semester in Melbourne three years ago. It was an amazing experience for her and I have to admit I was jealous. I was stuck back in Indiana finishing up my undergrad. We had been dating for two years when she visited. Anyway, now I know why she had such a great experience. All the people she stayed with and met were so ...
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