This is the recap of the TPOL Down Under Trip Report.
I love doing the recap a year later. It lets me recall how great the adventure was and gets me excited about my next trip. I’ll start from the booking and work my way around the globe. The most memorable part of this trip is that I had just moved into my villa in Puerto Rico on the 29th of December and left that night for weeks on end.
Here it goes, step-by-step:
HKG! AUS! NZ! Booking a Last Minute Trip Down Under
Cutting It Close: Will I Make My JFK-HKG Connection?
AA Flagship Lounge JFK: Fine Dining at Its Finest
Cathay Pacific First Class JFK-HKG: 15.5 Hours of Bliss
Hong Kong New Year’s Eve Fireworks: What a Dud!
Lan Kwai Fong New Years Eve: Beware of Blackout
Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong: New Year’s Cert Rescue Story
Hong Kong: Airport Express vs. Bus vs. Taxi
Cathay Pacific Pier Business Class Lounge: I Demand First!
Cathay Business HKG-SYD: No Orchids Says It All
Bondi to Bronte: How to Spend A Day in Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney: Not My Favorite Hyatt
Qantas Club Sydney: But for Baristas…
Qantas Business Sydney to Darwin: Off to Croc Country
Croc Jumping Darwin: Keep Your Hands Inside at All Times
Too Cheap for Points, Too Much for Cash: DoubleTree Darwin
The Road to Kakadu: Walking in Dundee’s Footsteps
Yellow River Cruise Kakadu: More Croc Hunting
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel: Name Says It All
Crocosaurus Cove: THE CAGE OF DEATH!
Pho Darwin: Worst in the World
What to Do in Darwin Besides Croc Hunt
Frontier Hotel Darwin: My Case for Hostels
Litchfield National Park: Swimming with Crocs in the Wild
Do You Take Photos of Your Rental Car?
Guns & Butter: Darwin Travel Guide
Reminder: Download Qantas Entertainment App
Darwin to Melbourne: Burn Those Avios!
Con-X-ion: How to Get from Melbourne AirportSupernormal: Where to Eat in Melbourne
Vineyard Crawl: My Yarra Valley Wine Tour
Pho Flinders Melbourne: Fantastic Pho on FlindersTrattoria Emilia Melbourne: A 5 Course Lunch, Why Not?
Australian Open: Amateurs Welcome
Aura Hotel Melbourne: Flinders, Flinders, Flinders!
Guns & Butter: Melbourne Travel Guide
Qantas Melbourne Hobart Flight Review: Alcohol Included
I’m in Tasmania. How Do I Get to My Hotel?
Museum of New and Old Art (MONA) Tasmania: What the £µ¢&!What to Do in the Citaaay, City of Hobart
Renting a Car in Tasmania: The Devil Is on the Island
Why You Should Go to Bruny Island Tasmaniaibis Hobart: Aloft Decor, Sheraton Prices
Guns & Butter: Tasmania Travel GuideTrademark Infringement? Hungry Jack’s vs. Burger King
Melbourne Airport Lounge Review: SQ vs. Centurion
LifeMiles Great Customer Service: Seriously, True Story
Air New Zealand Flex: Fly When You Want for the Lowest Price
SQ Business Melbourne to Wellington: Worth It?
Air New Zealand Wellington to Blenheim: Prop Plane Comfort Plus
The Best Indian Food Comes from This Small Town
Wine Station Blenheim New Zealand: Wine Tasting the Right Way
Golf Blenheim New Zealand: So I Picked the Wrong Course
Wine Tours by Bike NZ: A Must for Wine Enthusiasts
Hans Herzog Vineyard New Zealand: Yes to Wine, Pass on Food
Chateau Marlborough: The Best Hotel in Blenheim
Guns & Butter: Blenheim, New Zealand Travel Guide
Blenheim, NZ Airport Review: What Flying Private Must Be Like
Air New Zealand Lounge Auckland: Coffee On Demand
Air New Zealand Auckland San Francisco: Business Back Up Over
Centurion Lounge SFO: So Stale I LeftPriority Pass SF Giants Clubhouse: Even If It’s Free, Stay Away
Bluffworks: 30,000 Miles Later, How I Showed Up Wrinkle Free to NYC
Are you not entertained!