Travelling with a smartphone

When you’re travelling with a smartphone you don’t need a tour guide. Whether it’s a day tour or small group, most of the expense is spent on the transport and the time the guide takes in finding your way around anyway (From experience I know and I advise you to travel with no restrictions).

Popular travel apps you should download onto your smartphone is the Viator app. “Travel with an insider” with the list of attractions, videos, and maps. Just choose the destination you’re in and you’re presented with a range of activities and attractions to embark on, select the day and you get the specials. Viator incorporates reviews and the capability of purchasing the tickets so you can plan your trip with ease in one simple app.

The app’s map automatically pins down on all the activities listed for that area. It gives a visual perception on how close all the activities are to each other- walking distance. Explore the city’s streets and culture on your way to each activity rather than being engulfed in a group of visitors competing to get the better-angled picture because the guide will soon sweep them quickly away.

Another hands-on approach to self-guided tours is tailoring your day with Google maps.

Watch the instructional video here.

Once finished and you’ve explored the sites, return and edit the description with the helpful tips on finding the way around (like short-cuts or other fun ways to get around the city) and fun facts for other users and visitors.
Create one about your own city like the one I did below for Brisbane and share your personalised knowledge to the world- it’ll help everyone feel at home.

This is the power of your smartphone. It’s shaping a more hands-on, personalised way of travelling. Technology doesn’t always mean distancing from the world. Use it right and you have the world at your fingertips.

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Unique things around Brisbane/Gold Coast: Springbrook

Have you ever felt like a tourist in your own city? Whenever a relative or a friend come over for a holiday and ask “so what is there to do around here?” do your answers come from a google search?

The best way to get to know your city, what’s around you, and the best places to start exploring your surroundings. Every city, town, or even suburb has a unique area about it.

Discover a new-found appreciation for what came before. I’ve found myself becoming curious about the things I see around me: what came before that park or that bridge? How did this landmark affect the area around it? What other people and events happened here on this landscape?

You walk around your hometown or city and realise you may not know much about it.

What has heavily shaped Brisbane and the Gold Coast are its nature walks within rainforests and volcanic mountains.

The most unique thing around Brisbane and the Gold Coast is not the attractions with the excessive commercialisation, but its  most outstanding World Heritage Area of Springbrook National Park, which is part of the Shield Volcano Group of UNESCO.

There are an abundance of waterfalls, hiking trails and lookouts surrounded by the sounds of birds and nature.

Below is a video montage of some brief clips on the areas of the Best of All Lookout Trail; Purlingbrook Falls Lookout from both ends and from the top.

It is a magnificent area over 15,000 acres of land with amazing view of Queensland and New South Wales’ other famous nature sights.

The view of the Best of All Lookout shows that amazing view and you can see it in the picture below. (Click to enlarge).

BEST OF ALL LOOKOUT

Now with only little amount of time I was only able to view the amazing things this area had to offer from just its lookouts, i can’t wait to explore even deeper into this rainforest.

Take the time to explore what’s around you, even if you have a short amount of spare time in your day.

Much nerd,

Ninka xx

Not travelling like a tourist

Wherever you are in the world there’s always that season where tourists flock to your city and you wonder ‘why, just why, did you buy those tacky things on your heads?’ Those t-shirts and hats and stuffed toys. They stand out in the worst way. And sometimes when you go to travel and experience another life. You do too.

Understandably there’s only little time we have when travelling so we want to get the most out of our money. We buy those value deals cram-packed with those basics we’ve probably been most excited for and dreaming of since opening up that magazine at the travel agency. But why on earth do something we’ve all practically relived time and time again in movies, magazines, and photographs before? It’s the face-value of the place. 

Remove that tunnel vision that’s stuck on those tourist maps. Blend in and live on this world like you belong. Dare to be adventurous and get to know the locals around you. Discover the world like everyone should- like it’s our home. 

Hopefully this blog helps guide you off the beaten track to discover the destinations we trek to with a different view. You shouldn’t have to submit to the prescribed way of touristy travelling.

Looking forward to my post next week!

Much nerd,

Ninka xox