The Blue Mountains is definitely worth a day trip if you are visiting Sydney. About 1.5 hours outside of Central Sydney, the Blue Mountains are densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. When droplets of oil from the trees combine with dust particles and water vapor, the result is a blue-looking horizon.

Taking a day-trip can be expensive if done through a tour company – about $175/USD per person, so it might be worth it to rent a car, instead. The tour I took also included a few other side stops, such as Featherdale Zoo (where visitors can feed kangaroos and pose with koala bears), the Three Sisters (see image below), and an Aboriginal-focused play.

There is a cable-car ride that goes from one side of the Blue Mountains to the other, supposedly an astonishing/scary experience as part of the car has a glass bottom. Unfortunately, weather did not cooperate and the view was hidden by thick clouds – though it did clear up once we got to the other side!

Here are some images of the experience:

What’s out there? Hard to tell. The Three Sisters

 

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A Weekend Getaway in Batam

by Vitra on March 15, 2015 · 0 comments

One of my favorite things about Singapore is its’ proximity to so many interesting destinations. This weekend, Hubby and I decided to take a weekend getaway to Batam. Situated 12 miles off of Singapore’s south coast, the island is part of Indonesia.

It took us about an hour to get there via speedboat from Singapore’s Harbourfront. We left around 10:30am on Saturday morning, spent the night at a spa resort, and left Sunday at 2:30pm.

Admittedly, we were bad tourists. Our resort arranged pickup from the airport, as well as drop off on Sunday. We did not tour around the island, although there was a golf course directly across from the hotel. (The island has numerous golf courses, and people from Singapore will make the trip to play in Batam as it is much cheaper.)

Here are some pics from our 28 hour trip:

View of Singapore from Speedboat on the way to Batam View of Singapore from Speedboat on the way to Batam

 

MASSIVE Cargo ship seen on the way to Batam MASSIVE Cargo ship seen on the way to Batam

 

The epitome of a weekend getaway! POOL TIME The epitome of a weekend getaway! POOL TIME

 

I thought being restricted to Saturday/Sunday trips was going to be a downer, but actually – it seems like there are many places around Singapore to take short trips. Looking forward to the next one!

Where is your favorite place to take a weekend getaway?

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Sunrise Hike at Mount Batur

February 6, 2015
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The alarm went off at 2am on the morning of August 17th. We sluggishly got dressed and made our way to the lobby – our tour guide was already waiting for us. After a relaxing day in Bali, we were now going to embark on a hike up Mount Batur to view sunrise. Mount Batur is an active […]

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Ah Yes, Now I Remember what 18 Degrees Feels Like

February 3, 2015

The last time I experience the frigid chill of winter was one year ago. Since then, we have enjoyed constant 90+ degree weather in Singapore. We came back to visit our folks during the summer and the weather reinforced my staunch position that NYC is the best place on earth. But now we are back […]

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Making the Best out of Unfortunate Situations – Seychelles Edition

January 23, 2015
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In my opinion, there’s nothing better than being able to travel, see the world, meet interesting people, observe cultural differences, and taste new foods. But no matter how well we plan, there are times when bad things happen to the best of us. Hubby and I planned a trip to the Seychelles (Hello, Africa!) for […]

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Beijing’s 798 Art Zone

January 16, 2015
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Beijing is a massive city when it comes to population and space. It can be extremely overwhelming and challenging to get by as a tourist. Last year, we went two times for work, but also met up with friends who live in the city. It’s the best feeling to have locals take you around their […]

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