5 Australian Must Sees!

When traveling in and around Australia, there is so much to see and do it can be overwhelming.  To help you out, I put together a list of my 5 Australian must sees!

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The Great Ocean Road – The Great Ocean Road is a scenic drive approximately 150 miles long on the coast of Australia. The road offers panoramic views of the ocean and cliffs, and it winds its way through cool climate rain forests. There are many beaches that you can stop and swim at along the drive, and also opportunities for hiking and other attractions.

Sydney- Sydney is an iconic feature of Australia. There is plenty to see and do in Sydney apart from the well know attractions of the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and Bondi/Manly beaches. Sydney is home to the great Taronga Zoo, there are festivals on all year long, and it is steeped in Australian pioneering history.

Byron Bay- Located in New South Wales, just south of the Queensland border, Byron Bay is popular with not just international tourists, but is also a favorite holiday destination of Australians. There is plenty to do and the kilometers of pristine beach, the weather, surfing, scuba diving, and other attractions will ensure that Byron Bay remains one of Australia’s top tourist destinations for years to come.

The Great Barrier Reef- Stretching for approximately 2,300 kms, it is home to a vast wealth of rare, endangered, and unique animal and plant species. It’s hard to recommend one particular area of the reef to visit, but most people agree that the Whitsunday Islands are absolutely stunning. With snorkeling and scuba diving areas literally everywhere you are bound to experience wonders that will stay with you for the rest of your life!

IMG_0599Morton Island- Morton Island is the third largest sand island in the world. Breathtaking scenery, massive sand dunes, glassy lakes, rocky outcrops, wild forest, beautiful beaches and a lighthouse are some of the unique features you can explore here.

Recharge Your Inspiration

I’ve been feeling a little uninspired, so I decided to put together some of my favorite quotes to get me back on track!images

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ― Mark Twain

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“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”― Judith Thurman

“Our lives are not as limited as we think they are; the world is a wonderfully weird place; consensual reality is significantly flawed; no institution can be trusted, but love does work; all things are possible; and we all could be happy and fulfilled if we only had the guts to be truly free and the wisdom to shrink our egos and quit taking ourselves so damn seriously.” ― Tom Robbins

How should the U.S. handle the Ebola outbreak?

The Obama administration laid out new guidelines to monitor travelers exposed to Ebola. They are calling for voluntary isolation and monitoring. These guidelines came after numerous states created their own rules with how to deal with the outbreak. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, imposed mandatory quarantines last week, and held a nurse in a tent in a Newark hospital for several days before allowing her to be privately transported to her home in Maine. Kaci Hickox, returned to the U.S. after working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. Christie was unapologetic saying, “I understand that she didn’t want to be there, she made that very clear from the beginning, but my obligation is to all of the people of New Jersey, and we’re just going to continue to do that.” With the panic of an Ebola outbreak setting in how do you think various states and the U.S. government should handle the Ebola outbreak?

DIY Pineapple Cups

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Craving that island getaway feeling? Try making a diy pineapple cup for a little fun in the sun feeling!

1.  Purchase a pineapple at your local supermarket

2.  Cut off the top in an even slice

3.  Use a pineapple corer to scoop out the inside

4.  Add your favorite summer drink, and a straw and your ready to go!

Turkey Announces It Will Aid Kurdish forces fighting the ISIS in Syria

On Monday, the Turkish foreign minister announced that Turkey would aid the Iraqi Kuridish forces, also known as the pesh merga, that are fighting militants from the Islamic State. The Islamic State, known as the ISIS or ISIL, has sieged and attacked the Syrian town of Kobani for over a month. This was an important decision because it shows that the Turkish government has shifted their decision to ban fighters or weapons from crossing its border. In a news conference, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that the Turkish government was “helping the pesh merga cross over to Kobani.” This announcement, as well as the Unites States’ decision to airdrop weapons and supplies to the Iraqi Kurdish forces, shows the mounting international pressure to push back the Islamic State militants. US Secretary of State John Kerry said, “We have undertaken a coalition effort to degrade and destroy ISIL, and ISIL is presenting itself in major numbers in this place called Kobani.” Polat Can, a spokesman for the Kurdish fighters in Syria, said that the Kurdish forces were anticipating more airdrops in the next week.

#favoriteplaceintheworld

442718_dce0a0120c3941579ae28ad2cb7b93f5.png_srz_538_537_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzAs a kid my grandparent’s house was my favorite place in the world. I love everything about it; the smell of food cooking in the kitchen, the feel of their old leather couches, the run down red barn where my childhood horse lives. It was the most perfect place to me. Even though I have grown up a lot, the memories of my grandparent’s house will always make the place very special to me. What’s your favorite place?
@courtphoto: Something about the being in Paris just makes me happy. Even if I can’t stay here 😦 #favoriteplaceintheworld

@cassieb_24: Countdown: 25 days.. #newyork #favoriteplaceintheworld

@xo_LoveTricia: Miami next weekend . . #FavoritePlaceInTheWorld ..

@Annie_Merz15: Nothing else matters now because I AM HOME! There is no better feeling than walking into your own home. #favoriteplaceintheworld

@viccarmouche: Definitely living in Colorado when I’m older❄️⛄️🎿🏂 #favoriteplaceintheworld

@erin_lucia: can i please just live in colorado? #favoriteplaceintheworld

@JoeSalome Officially checking out and heading to @SanibelIslandca ! 1st trip since honeymoon we are by ourselves. #favoriteplaceintheworld #beach

@callieorizotti: So excited to go to Montana next week #favoriteplaceintheworld

@tmeganelizabeth: I feel like I’m in Prague, take me back now please #favoriteplaceintheworld (@ Little Bohemia)

@AnnaKlar: Up north #favoriteplaceintheworld

‏@k_armstrong13: Rhode Island sunset #favoriteplaceintheworld

@BreDerp: I wish I could stay in Yellowstone forever 😍 #favoriteplaceintheworld

‏@AdamBogie: Only 16 days until I’ll be here.. #favoriteplaceintheworld #Honduras

@thewanginator: See ya later America, Taiwan bound for the summer! ✌✈☀ #favoriteplaceintheworld

@Allison_Holt_: Can I stay forever? #favoriteplaceintheworld #californialife

@malejandro2186: We’re on top of the world!!! #parcguell #españa #spain #barcelona #favoriteplaceintheworld #complete…

@MarissaGrimsley: Springboro makes me remember what it was like to be carefree and happy.. #favoriteplaceintheworld

Farm Stands are THE Best Part of Fall

imageIf your looking for a fun fall activity without traveling far from home, check out your local farm stand.  Farms stands have fresh locally produced vegetables, baked goods, apple cider, and of course pumpkins.  Heading to your local farm stand is a great way to kick of fall and get a little inspiration.  There is so much to look at and enjoy.  Plus it’s a great place to stock up on fresh, homemade, tasty treats!

The Vatican Indicates a More Tolerant Attitude Towards Gays and Divorcees

Bishops gathered in Vatican City to discuss the “positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation” and other matters involving the modern family. The meeting was called by Pope Francis and signals the more tolerant direction he has chosen to take the church. The bishops said, “The Church turns respectfully to those who participate in her life in an incomplete and imperfect way, appreciating the positive values they contain rather than their limitations and shortcoming.” The meeting indicates a possible easing of the church’s outlook on homosexuality and divorce. The church is urging its’ congregation to be more tolerant and to look for the good in people rather than discriminate against them. The bishops will issue a final document next week, and I look forward to hearing what they will say.

Be Brave & Be Kind

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It is a simple phrase but for me it holds power. Kindness and bravery are underrated. Although we are taught kindness as at a young age it is often forgotten as we grow older. Doing what is right isn’t always easy or clear. Showing kindness can often be mistaken as a weakness. However, being kind for no reason at all has so many benefits. There is no greater feeling than doing something good for someone else. So, be true to yourself; be true to what is good in the world. Stand up for what you know to be right. Prove others wrong. Be brave and be kind!