Post Title: 10 Best Things about my trip to Australia

Australia is far from the East Coast of the United States where I currently live. It's long been at the top of my list of places to visit so I was quite happy when I finally was able to find myself down under back in March of this year.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 things I loved about Australia.

      #1: The beaches

      I was born and raised in Barbados, so I'm no stranger to amazing beaches, but that certainly didn't stop me from
                    dipping my toes (and more!) in the Southern Pacific ocean on Bondi and Manly Beach. The Pacific Ocean was definitely
                    colder than the Atlantic but it was amazing nonetheless.

      I was born and raised in Barbados, so I'm no stranger to amazing beaches, but that certainly didn't stop me from dipping my toes (and more!) in the Southern Pacific ocean on Bondi and Manly Beach. The Pacific Ocean was definitely colder than the Atlantic but it was amazing nonetheless.

      #2: The weather

      I dislike winter. A lot. No suprise there as I had never experienced temperatures lower than 65 F / 18 C until I was 21! Escaping frigid New York for sunny Singapore and Australia chased away my winter blues. I woke up each day to gorgeous skies.

      #3: Sydney Opera House

      It's iconic and an architectural marvel. Enough said.

      It's iconic and an architectural marvel. Enough said.

      #4: Sydney Harbour Cruising

      In addition to walking around the Sydney Opera House, we had the chance to take a sunset cruise around the harbour. This provided the
                    opportunity to capture tons of great shots of the opera house and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, both before and after sunset.

      In addition to walking around the Sydney Opera House, we had the chance to take a sunset cruise around the harbour. This provided the opportunity to capture tons of great shots of the opera house and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, both before and after sunset.

      #5: Getting around was a breeze

      I don't typically associate beach cities with good public transit (*cough* Los Angeles *cough*) but everything from getting from and back to the airport to roaming around all felt super easy and convenient. Trains and buses were numerous. My personal favorite was the ferries, they provided stunning views.

      #6: The people are crazy fit

      Many people in Australia are super attactive and in ridiculously good shape. That shouldn't surprise anyone and I also noticed a similar phenomenon in Rio back in January. Must be that beach culture. Bondi Beach even features an amazing beach side swimming pool.

      #7: The British influence is clear

      After 23 hours of flying, I land in a place where English is everywhere. Not only that, but the TV is innundated with British shows and there were tons of UK shops all around.
                    It felt a little bit like Britain but with amazing weather and beaches and well...you get the point.

      After 23 hours of flying, I land in a place where English is everywhere. Not only that, but the TV is innundated with British shows and there were tons of UK shops all around. It felt a little bit like Britain but with amazing weather and beaches and well...you get the point.

      #8: Melbourne

      While most of my time was spent in Sydney, we did an impromptu day trip to Melbourne which is just an hour's flying time away from Sydney and it was well worth it.

      While most of my time was spent in Sydney, we did an impromptu day trip to Melbourne which is just an hour's flying time away from Sydney and it was well worth it.

      #9: Seriously, Melbourne

      What Melbourne lacks in beaches, it makes up for in attractions, arts and culture. It's also really walkable and felt very diverse. It reminded me very much of back home in New York City.

      What Melbourne lacks in beaches, it makes up for in attractions, arts and culture. It's also really walkable and felt very diverse. It reminded me very much of back home in New York City.

      #10: Nothing bit or stung me

      Not something I'd generally feel the need to call out about a trip, but Australia is known for having some of the deadliest animals on the planet. This smile tells you all you need to know.

      Also, thank you Australia for providing such amazing backdrops!

If you're planning a trip to Australia, just remember the seasons are reversed. I.E. From June to September, it's pretty much "winter" or as close to winter as Australia gets anyway.

For all of the posts related to this trip to Asia, you'll be able to find them easily on the blog via #SingaporeSydney2016.

Happy Jetsetting!