EGOH has its 1st Birthday: My Trip Timeline

Today is the first birthday of Ellis Goes On Holiday! Since I didn’t do anything on my blog to celebrate actual New Year’s, I thought I’d use today to mark the beginning of the new year.

It’s been an great year for EGOH. I’ve experimented with a few blogs before and, combined, I must have had around 400 views and less than 100 followers. In the past year, EGOH has had nearly 25,000 hits and has gained over 5,800 followers on WordPress, 2,500 on Twitter and 210 on Bloglovin. Fingers crossed it will keep growing.

For New Years, I had planned to do a summary of my trips in 2014- and I will- but I realised I’ve never summed up my trips in other years. Since I don’t have time to do that for every year I’ve travelled (and you wouldn’t want to read that), I figured I’d do a trip timeline, which can also act as a kind of contents page for my posts.
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My Top 10 Travel Experiences

I’ve been pretty lucky over the last few years. I’ve been to many incredible places and done and seen some pretty amazing things. But there’s some experiences that do stand out above the rest. It’s hard to narrow it down to just ten but since I have to do so (well I don’t have to, but I’m making myself do it) then I’d say that it would probably be these, so in no particular order: Continue reading “My Top 10 Travel Experiences”

Surfing in Australia

I’ve always wanted to give surfing a try but just never seemed to get the opportunity. Then finally, when I was travelling along the east coast of Australia, it seemed my time had come. After all, this was prime surfer dude territory.  Continue reading “Surfing in Australia”

A Backpacker’s Guide to New Zealand

New Zealand is an amazing place to visit. The scenery is like something from Lord of the Rings. In fact, the scenery can be exactly that from Lord of the Rings. The country itself is a bit of a contradiction. You can either spend your days hiking through the mountains and staying sleepy towns, or you can keep your adrenaline pumping by throwing yourself off a variety of different high-up objects. It’s one extreme or the other (or both if you’re into that kind of thing).

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Nine things to do in East Coast Australia

East Coast Australia is the ultimate backpacker destination. The route is very much prepared for the number of travellers that swing by, meaning there’s loads of places to stay, bars to dance in, places to visit and tours to take and it is all so accessible. You’ll also meet people from all over the world who to come to Australia to explore. There’s iconic architecture, natural wonders and a lot of wildlife for you to meet. I was in Australia for four weeks, travelling from Sydney up to Cairns, and if I had to pick out the best things I did, it would be these nine:
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My Seven Wonders of the World (and Back-Ups)

Ellis’ Bucket List: see the seven wonders of the world. 

I think the seven wonders are probably a regular feature on bucket lists everywhere: Christ the Redeemer, Petra, the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and the Colosseum – with the Pyramids of Giza taking an honorary position as the last remaining wonder of the ancient world.

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My Top Four Favourite Places To Relax

I don’t know about you but, on a day-to-day basis, I find relaxing hard. There is always something to stress about. Travelling is the time to escape that but even then there are still worries. Do you still have your passport? Will your debit card be accepted? What time does the bus leave?

Here are my top four places where I’ve actually managed to get close to stress free living:

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Australia Part Six: Magnetic Island, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

9 June – 14 June 2010

Day Twenty-Four

Our trip round the Whitsundays was followed by a journey up to Magnetic Island. The Gap Year Buddy and I arrived in Townsville at about 12pm and grabbed a pasta salad lunch – my body was actually repelling the thought of any more pie or Subway. By 1pm, we were on a ferry over to the island. It was very pretty and hot, so we spent the afternoon on the beach with our books. Continue reading “Australia Part Six: Magnetic Island, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef”

Australia Part Five: 1770, Kroombit Ranch and Whitsunday Islands

3 June – 8 June 2010

Day Eighteen

Our next stop was 1770 – the town not the year – where the Gap Year Buddy and I went on the Scooteroo tour around the surrounding countryside. This involved my first ever motorbike experience. I was a bit nervous. Somehow I had got it into my head that the tour involved being on the back of a bike, clutching onto a seasoned biker. I didn’t realise I would be the one in the driver’s seat.

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