For as long as I can remember I dreamt about seeing Australia, the white beaches, endless sunshine and exotic animals. What isn’t there to love?!

Last October I travelled from Dublin to Australia for a month and I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life. I would of stayed longer if I could!

I’m going to do a couple of posts on Australia just so I can give you the full lowdown in a digestible way rather than one long post. This post is going to be how to choose what to do and see. If you have specific posts you would like to see comment below 🙂

Getting there: I was extremely lucky when booking these flights as we got a pretty good deal! The universe was on our side to say the least I’ve always wanted to see Sydney but worried that I wouldn’t be able to afford it. I found a flight deal on e-dreams for €1000 which entailed a stop over for 2 hours in Abu Dhabi with Etihad which was an easy process from beginning to end. Its so important to have a comfortable flight for this long of a journey so I would spend the money on an airline you want. Check out my in flight essentials post to make you comfortable for any long haul journey here. 

Where to stay: This was hard for me to decide did I want to stay in the incredible hustle and bustle of Sydney city or did I want to stay by the beach. Safe to say I chose the beach, I stayed in Bondi right beside the beachfront. I luckily found an amazing Airbnb for such a good price so definitely look around the area don’t be put off by the hotel prices! It is important to note that from Bondi to the city say the opera house is around an hour on the bus and about 35mins by train. However, the balance between beach and city was phenomenal, seeing the work life balance so level there.

The must see’s:

I’m going to break this into bullet points and link off to their websites. Thank me later!

  • Taronga zoo: this zoo is probably the most extravagant zoo I’ve ever been to in my life. I never really like going to zoos but this zoo is on its own island and the animals are cared for so well. You have to get a ferry from the opera house to it, then a cable car up the Mountain to the top of the zoo entrance. I got a tour from a zookeeper and it was such a memorable experience. If you have kids, this is a must.
  • Opera house:  The Opera House is an obvious but essential to do. People travel across the world including myself to see this incredible iconic building. I recommend going for drinks in the opera house bar underneath.
  • Watson bay boutique hotel:  This venue is a must. The Watson Bay is such a great location, there isn’t anything to like. Great food, great music and great views. I recommend coming here for some quick bites in their beach club and have a few cocktails while watching the sunset. Great Instagram Spot. Thank me for your new followers later.
  • Bondi beach: The infamous Bondi Beach- it’s worth the hype. There is lots to do cool restaurants, bars and cafes. There is also the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk   which I would highly recommend because it is a great way to see the other towns especially if you are restricted with time. There is also the Icebergs Club which is great to use their pool and they have a lovely restaurant to grab a lunch time snack.
  • The Rocks:  This was a highlight for me, personally. I thought it was so unique in terms of architecture as it was right beside the Opera House. There is lots of cool bars, restaurants, markets and boutiques.

Costings:

This aspect varies from person to person but for me I spent less that €1000 for a month which is good for my track record. There’s easy ways to cut costs, simply get an Airbnb which will allow you to eat meals there, get the bus /train over taxis, buy alcohol in the shop rather in restaurant and have drinks at home. Easy but effective ways to save costs.

I’m going to do some other posts around Australia but comment below any suggestions!

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I am just back from a week long trip to Berlin, Germany. All I can say is….wow. The culture, history, architecture, the people and the nightlife.. what is there not to love! As I am such a travel lover I always spend so much time researching all the amazing things to do and I make a list. I find this helpful to plan your days in a country and make sure you get to see everything you want to do. So, I thought I would share my top five things to do in this incredible city.

Let’s dive straight in. 

1. Learn about the history. 

Berlin is a city bursting with culture. Every monument, statue, street tells a story of how Berlin used to be. I find it incredible to learn about the history of everywhere I travel. This city is filled with insightful stories and people from all across the world and different backgrounds. The people here are so friendly and a lot of fun. There is many buildings that I would recommend you to go visit, firstly being the Reichstag building. This building is free to enter however you need a booking. I would recommend booking online to save yourself any trouble and it makes it easier for you to plan your days. The Brandenburg Gate is one to see at night. This incredible gate lit up is just breathtaking. Only around a five minute walk from the Reichstag building so only right to include these two together.

2. Visit the Zoo and Aquarium. 

This is a dual package deal when purchasing tickets for a cheap price of 20 euro. The zoo was spectacular it was so open (less cages the better in my opinion) There was such a variety of animals and some really rare species so definitely check it out. The aquarium was small but had a large array of marine life and jellyfish which was interesting to see. This was one of my favourite days of our trip.

3. See the Berlin Wall & East Side Gallery.

Safe to say this was the most tourist attraction that was recommended to me. This inspiring wall showcases artwork from artist around the globe. Everyone was taking photos of the famous murals and taking it all in. It was so interesting to see, definitely one to do especially if you’re looking to save budget and put in an hour. There are multiple attractions across the city about the infamous Berlin Wall. Check out my Instagram to see more pictures.

4. The Holocaust Memorial.

This is a must see! The incredible architecture behind this memorial piece is spectacular. As I was walking through the tall pillars my heart felt heavy, the piece is one of a kind. I can’t describe the feeling when you walk towards this memorial. I would put this at the top of your list!

5. The nightlife.

Firstly, the alchol in Berlin is so so cheap. A budget night out in this bustling city is well within reach. Here is some bars and nightclubs that i would recommed to anyone travelling to Berlin.

Monkey Bar- This bar overlooks the Zoo with a magnificent view overlooking the monkey enclosure.

Tausend- This bar is located in Mitte, with a casual dress code and live music you are guarenteed a great night out.

Newtown Bar- Newtown bar is also located in Mitte. This bar is pretty fancy but it has funky interior and cool cocktails.

The Pub- The Pub located in Alexanderplatz (the main city centre) this place serves great food and each table comes with its own beer tap. You literally pull your own beers all night – unique!

Barghain – The infamous Berghain. The trouble is getting in. One of the most exclusive nightclubs in the world. Famous for its endless raves and incedible DJ’s.People who get in don’t want to leave because they may never get in again. Tip: Learn some german, go with someone who is from germany and hope for the best!

I hope this helps any first time travellers to Berlin! I will be doing a second post about transport in Berlin as that is a whole blog post in itself!

Be sure to check out my Instagram for more photos!

Love,

The Lady Boss