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samclarkey

United States

Hawaii’s North Shore – The Surf Bus

Aloha wanderers! If you have been following along on my instagram feed (@sam_clarkey) you will have seen I have just returned from the Aloha State, Hawaii. With my time coming to an end in Melbourne, Australia I decided to have a short ‘lei’ over in Honolulu as I made my way back to Toronto. Jetstar has recently started operating direct flights Melbourne (MEL) to Honolulu (HNL) for an affordable “backpacker” price. I paid only $299 AUD one way, and added…

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Asia

Thaintro – The best week in Thailand!

Heading to South East Asia for the first time? Well look no further! This past May, I had the pleasure of heading over to South East Asia, starting my trip in the Land of Smiles, Thailand. Throughout my research of Thailand, I quickly came to realize that there were SO many places to start, routes to follow and things to see/do, even for a travel agent (haha) it all became a bit overwhelming. To pin point the exact itinerary I…

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Asia

Thaintro – Koh Phi Phi & Maya Bay Overnight

Day 1 – Welcome to Koh Phi Phi! After an amazing 9 days on Thaintro it was time to continue the adventure on the other side of the Gulf of Thailand. We left Koh Phangan at 6AM and began our 8-hour journey (ferry-bus-ferry) across to Koh Phi Phi. Koh Phi Phi Island is the highlight of many travellers when they go to Thailand. The Phi Phi Island group is known for it’s tropical beaches, stunning rock formations, turquoise waters and…

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Asia

Bali, Indonesia – Uluwatu, Gili Trawangan & Ubud

A popular destination for all style of travellers; surfers, yogis, beach bums, party animals, foodies and scuba diving addicts; Bali, Indonesia has been on my bucket list since the travel bug bit. Bali is easily accessible from Australia; 6 hours by plane from Melbourne & Sydney, 3 ½ hour from Perth & 2 ½ hours from Darwin – due to that it is quite common for travellers to find themselves spontaneously booking flights to this tropical state of mind. With…

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Australia

The Wild West – Western Australia with Red Earth Safaris

After over two and a half years of living on the East coast of Australia, it was time to see why they all say, The West of Australia is best. With high expectations, 15kg of clothes, a camera and an adventurous spirit I was ready to take on an 8 day road-trip from Perth to Exmouth and back with Red Earth Safaris. Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia. Monday – Day 1 An early morning pickup from the Old Swan Barracks backpackers…

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Australia

Quokkas, beaches, snorkelling & more! Rottnest Island, Western Australia

A beautiful Sunday morning in Perth, WA brought the perfect opportunity to experience Rottnest Island for the first time. After reading through the Rottnest Express brochure ample times, I was very much looking forward to seeing the “5 Awesome Reasons to Visit Rottnest” first hand. After a full day of exploring the island, I can confidently say there are whole lot more than 5 reasons to visit this magical place in Australia. Departing from Perth City, Allan and I jumped…

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Exploring Australia's Top End – Crocosaurus Cove & Kakadu National Park

As I slowly tick off my Australia travel bucket list, Darwin located in the Northern Territory was one of the final places I needed to experience. Through working in travel, and by following many social media influencers for the past couple years; I have been intrigued by the landscapes and natural attractions that are present in Darwin. With that it only made sense that with having a week off work, I’d make the trip North to visit Darwin! Twin Falls,…

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Australia

Escaping reality in Noosa – Halse Lodge Guesthouse

With the winter blues soon to hit down in Melbourne, I was in dire need of a warm holiday. It had been over 2 years since I last visited the Halse Lodge Guesthouse in Noosa, and with such lasting memories created, it made me eager to return. Day 1 (Monday): Melbourne to Noosa, Sunshine Coast With a chilly day in Melbourne making me even more excited about heading up to Noosa, I joyfully made my way to the airport to…

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Fiji

Mantaray Island Resort – Yasawa Islands Fiji

Following a 2-½ hour journey North from Beachcomber Island we arrived at the shimmering waters that hug Mantaray Island Resort. As we debarked from the Yasawa flyer (which cruises up and down the Yasawa Islands), and boarded the speedboat to bring us closer, the sound of cheering and sight of smiles welcomed us onto Mantaray Island. Hammocks were hung from the towering palm trees; the beachside bar was open with fruity cocktails on special for resort guests to enjoy. Crowds…

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Beachcomber Island Resort – Mamanuca Islands Fiji

After an incredible 4 days of travelling around Viti Levu with Feejee Experience, I was very excited about heading out to the tropical Mamanuca and Yasawa island group. If you are travelling to Fiji, and are looking for a beautiful white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and a bit of a party… choose to spend a couple nights on Beachcomber Island with Feejee Experience will not disappoint. After a delicious breakfast at Nadi Bay Hotel, Tina, Gaby and I made…

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