10 hotspots in Sydney you can’t miss out on!

Writing half of this blogpost out of the back of my campervan! I’m on a surf roadie down the Australian East Coast and I’m definitely challenging myself here! The places we go and the things that we do affect us in who we are and and who we become. I think it’s important to find yourself in places that inspire you and to surround yourself with positive people! I just love to start my day (preferably after a surf) with a good coffee and a nourishing breakfast followed by some yoga, a meet up with friends (if not working) and being in the outdoors. There’s no doubt – this is what Sydney is all about! Coffee lover and food addict as I am, discover my favorite coffee joints, eateries and hangouts below…they will make your day! These are 10 hotspots in Sydney you should know:

1. Porch & Parlour
A little gem in North Bondi just one street off the beach. A heaven of wholesome foodies, fresh juices, cruisy vibes and ab-so-lutely amazing coffee! Make sure to plan a little bit of time as they mostly cope with a waiting list of approx 30 min (can’t blame them and its worth the wait!) My all time favorite is the green breaky bowl! Oh and the sprouted bread with avocado is yum too! 17-18/110 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi. Website

Hotspots in Sydney. porch & parlour
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2. Gertrude & Alice
Cute little bookstore with coffee place inside. I spend hours just reading books (trying to get wiser..) over great coffee and freshly baked muffins which makes it one of the best chillout hotspots in Sydney. 46 Hall Street, Bondi Beach. Website

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Must visit!

3. Neighbourhood 
Well known by locals. One of my favorite dinner joints. The food is amazing and you’ll love the atmosphere too. Cool detail: Bondi radio station is based inside! Get the tuna ceviche and the lamb shoulder, you’ll be hooked… 143 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach. Wesbite

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Healthy and tasty (source: Neighbourhood)

4. This is Yoga
Feel amazing after a sweaty yoga session at This is Yoga! I love the place because its small, personal and inspiring. Modern yoga keeps my ‘’zen’’ levels up and I can only advice everyone to give it a shot… 34 Burnie Street, Clovelly. Website

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5. Three Blue Ducks
The Ducks is a different story…not only mentioning this one because they were my employers for a little while but also because its just best of both worlds. It all started with two surfers Chris and Sam that started to travel the world to find the best waves. During their trip they came along different business ideas and one day Sam just wanted to start his own little cafe/restaurant, sustainable, locally and fair, and so it began.. The food is outstanding with fresh produce every day. Better be there early because the waiting list can get long! 141-143 Macpherson Street, Bronte. Website

Photo by Top Dup.
Photo by Top Dup.

6. Coffee Tea & Me
This is one of the cutest places you will find! With its old school interieur, amazing Campos coffee and mouth watering bagels you simply can’t miss out. I love the toasted salmon & cream cheese one but the tuna is tasty too! 87c Macleay Street, Potts Point. Website

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“These are some of the best hotspots in Sydney”

7. Tamarama Beach
Tamara is your better option if you want to get away from the busy Bondi beach crowds. The surf is good, currents strong so swim between the flags! I like to find a spot near the rocks on the left side that gives you an even more secluded feel. Stay for a sunset because the pink sky makes it so incredibly beautiful! Funny fact: When Elke traveled through Australia she stayed alongside this beach for about 3 weeks and absolutely loved it!

Tamarama Marine Drive, Tamarama. Info

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Beautiful Tamarama beach

8. Bronte Rockpool
Favorite one out of all the rockpools… Early morning 6/7am! Get up there for sunrise and start your day fresh after a dive into the salty sea water. Even during the hottest times of the day hang around the poolside as it keeps you cool and you’ll have great views over the ocean. Bronte Road, Bronte. Map

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Perfect for cooling off. Photo from Mandy by Missy McArthur

9. The Grounds of Alexandria
The Grounds…yep another (big) gem in town! The suburb of Alexandria never attracted me as it’s more of an industrial area, until you discover this epic venue. Funny as it sounds I’m in love with the bathrooms! Its all build as being horse stables with saddles and all hanging there. So cool! Furthermore you’ll find a potting shed eatery, big coffee roastery, lots of flowers and dreamy outdoor areas to enjoy great tastes of food and beverages! They even have their own parrot, ducks, a pig and organic garden. 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria. Website

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Source: Mandy

10. Coogee Pavilion
Last but not least, the pavilion in Coogee never lets me down. Big venue with a fine dine restaurant, rooftop, bar area, barbershop(!) and pingpong tables. Great place for a date (how would I know haha)! Loving the vibe, interior, wine, pizza’s and basically everything. Good weekend hangouts, day or night!
169 Dolphin Street, Coogee. Website

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Source: Coogee Pavilion

Hope you’ll enjoy these hotspots in Sydney as much as I do! In the meantime…I’m gonna catch my flight to Bali. Stay tuned!

-X-  Mandy

*Mandy is one of our guest bloggers from Amsterdam who lives in Australia, living her dream! You can follow her on Instagram @littletravelbookofficial

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Top 5 » Countries to live in (if you ever think about moving)

If you’re planning to leave your hometown and find your luck somewhere else then you should check this list.
What countries are best to live in if you want to live abroad? 

1. Australia
This country has it all. Beaches, Rain forest, Cities and even a Desert. Besides that, the temperature is always good and the Aussi life is easy to adapt to. 4 out of 5 expats say that it’s easy to become acquaint to the Aussi life. No health issues, good food (a lot of choice!) and a buzzing nightlife is what makes this country so popular to live in. Besides that, Australia is one of the safest countries to live in because of their water tight immigration rules. 
The only downside is, that it’s very difficult to get a permanent visa. In order to get one, you need a company by your side, an Australian husband or next of kin family. But who are we to stop you? You can always visit Australia on a working holiday visa or as a student. Check here for more tips and stories about Australia.
www.australia.gov.au

Australia is one of the best countries

2. Ecuador
This country has been on top of the list for the last 2 years (according to Forbes) and we understand why.
Low cost of living combined with strong real estate values, makes this place very attractive to live. Ecuador has lovely scenery, secluded beaches and lovely temperatures. The food is amazing and even at a high class restaurant you won’t pay more than 50 euro’s for 2 people. (drinks included!)
www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ecuador

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“More people living in other countries than ever, says UN study”

3. Denmark
Crazy but it has zero crime rates, murder, no corruption, and stability in economic growth, quality life, etc. All these things made it as one of the best, happiest and safest countries to live in the world. Nearly 18 weeks of paid leave is given to mothers and 79 percent of women are working which is comparatively higher than other countries. People in this country are more concerned about their environment and they follow excellent health care system. Let’s move to Denmark!
www.denmark.dk

Volunteer Work in Denmark
Source: www.oneworld365.org

4. Sweden
Another Scandinavian country. This time it’s Sweden.  They just introduced a 6 hour working day so if that doesn’t already makes a person happy, you should read on. They give you 16 months of to spent that time with your newborn baby, so it is the best place for women where they get safety and they can see their child grown up. Besides this, you can breath fresh air and visit amazing beautiful places.
www.sweden.se

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5. The Netherlands
Now, I know what you’re thinking but no, we didn’t just add our homeland onto this list for no reason. Our education and healthcare is top notch and the Dutch enjoy the ultimate freedom of speech. You can bring your lovely dog pretty much everywhere and everybody speaks English. If you ever decide to move over to The Netherlands, drop us a line for some inside tips! 🙂
www.government.nl

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Love,

Elke

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Planning your backpacking adventure through Australia’s Westcoast & Outback

It’s been 7 years since my backpacking adventure through Australia. I was 24 and I was ready for something new after 7 years in London. I needed to for fill my dream. Australia had been on my bucketlist forever and I wanted to do it alone. My, Myself and my backpack. Many of you who are reading this have been or still want to backpack through the land of kangaroos. And let me tell you; It’s the best thing you’ll ever do.

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Ready for my first backpacking adventure back in 2007

Before you go

First things first, you need to pick a date. When will you leave, and when will you return. If you are visiting Australia on a tourist visa, you can stay for a period of 3 months. If you want to stay longer, you need to get yourself a student or working visa which can last for 6 or up to 12 months. Get your visum hereAlso think about the period in which you want to go. I came to Australia during their summer months Nov-Jan but bare in mind it’s high season and it can get really busy along the East coast of Australia.

The Route

Ok, this might be something you need to thoroughly think about. Depending on how long you’ve got, and how much you want to see. If you have 3 months (apply for a tourist Visa) and you want to see everything, then I highly recommend you to take the following route:
Start in Perth (West coast) fly to » Alice Springs (Northern/middle territory) Take the Ghan Train to » Adelaide (South) and continue your way up to » Melbourne and eventually to » Sydney. From Sydney, you can explore the east coast all the way up to Cairns.


In this article though, I will tell you about the West coast and the Outback.

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Plan your route..or not. (picture taken at Alice Springs)

The Westcoast

Most backpackers will travel along the East coast of Australia but this is where you miss out! You should definitely visit the West coast of Australia.
Why? Because is so so beautiful. I flew to Perth which was only a 16 hours flight (compared to the 21 hours flight to Sydney!) Perth is a great starting point. It’s a clean, beautiful city with amazing surroundings and the nicest people. From Perth I traveled down to Dunsborough where I swam with wild dolphins. An experience that I will never forget. At the time it cost me 185 dollars and I did it with this tour.  Near Dunsborough is the infamous Margaret river, one of the best surf spots in the world. There have been a few great white shark attacks in this area so you need to be a bit of a daredevil if you want to go surfing out there.

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You only get sunsets like these alongside Australia’s west coast

Where to stay?

If you’re backpacking, you should definitely stay in hostels. You can’t compare Australia with Asia where you can easily get a room for only 6 euro’s per night. In Australia, a shared room will cost you around 25 Australian dollars (15 euro’s). It’s a good thing to get yourself a YHA card. With this card you can sleep in all the YHA’s in the world and it gives you a discount at YHA hostels. The card cost 25 Australian dollars for 1 year and you can get it here.

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One of the best hostels in West Australia. The YHA in Perth

The Outback

If you want to see the real Australia, you must visit the outback. (Northern Territory) Endless roads with red sand surrounding you.
I flew from Perth to Alice Springs and booked an organised 3 day tour called Mulgas Adventures. I got a great deal at the time but my fellow group members all paid different prices through different travel agencies so check this before you book. In a jeep with a small group of 6, we saw Uluru (Ayers Rock), The Olga’s and Kings Canyon. I was completely stunned by the beauty of this place. 

If you want to see the real Australia, you must visit the outback.

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There she is! Beautiful Uluru. 

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Walking around Uluru takes about 1,5 hours

On this tour, you are sleeping in an exclusive separate camp so you won’t have to share tents with hurdles of tourist. Instead, you sleep in a sleepingbag (zwags) in the dessert, prepare your own food and enjoy a shower with a view. (most camps don’t have showers so this was luxury!) Be prepared to live without wifi for the whole tour but let me tell you, you won’t even think about it!

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Looking at the stars in the outback, is the best you’ll ever see (source: Mulgas Adevntures)

What to bring to the outback?

Come prepared for this trip! There are a few essentials that will make your stay in the outback as pleasant as possible.
»Hiking boots
»Small backpack for day trips
»Camera
»Sunglasses
»Water bag (you need to drink up to 2 liters a day)
»Sunscreen
For more cool travel gadgets check here.

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Walking through the Olga’s was such an amazing experience

Love,

Elke