Great Barrier Reef Aviation Adventure | Airlie Beach

Hey everyone! I’m back, it’s been a week or so I know but I’ve been busy exploring the beautiful world that is the East Coast of Australia…

If you read my last travel post on Cairns, you will know that I experienced the Great Barrier Reef there for the first time, and it has been one of the best things about our trip so far. In fact, I think it’s been my favourite of all the things we’ve seen and done up to now. I’ve basked in all the cultural delights that Ubud had to offer, soaked up the rays in Seminyak, lived the island life in Gili T, and so much more over the past five weeks, but seeing the Great Barrier Reef has really been a highlight for me.

I wrote in my last post about my first snorkelling experience, how incredible it was, and how as I was snorkelling, I could almost hear the voice of David Attenborough narrating everything I was seeing as I saw it. It was a surreal, life changing experience and one that I will never forget.

After we left Cairns we made our way to Airlie Beach to continue our reef adventures, and while I’ll go in to all the Airlie details in my next blog post, today I wanted to tell you about possibly one of the best hours of my life, a flight over the Great Barrier Reef. Okay it sounds a little dramatic, but my god is the reef just as incredible from the sky as it is from under the water.

I had seen and read a lot about the helicopter and airplane tours of the reef before I got there and I knew without a doubt I was going to go on one, so one of the first things I did when I arrived was booked my seat on a one hour scenic flight with GSL Aviation. Dave has a fear of flying, so opted to stay behind on this one, but there’s no way I could have missed out on the opportunity of seeing one of the wonders of the world from the sky.

So when the day arrived, off I went excited and a little nervous to Whitsunday Airport and got myself ready to take off.

When I arrived I found out the plane seated seven people not including the pilot, and as everyone else was a couple, I got to ride up front, right beside the pilot, steering wheel (is that what it’s even called on a plane?!) in front of me. There I was, the closest I was ever going to get to my Maverick and Goose moment and I was in my element! *Queue cheesy 80’s movies quote; I feel the need, the need for speed… *E-hem*.

Anyway, off we took nothing but blue skies in front and beside me, and it was amazing.

Nothing can quite describe that feeling as you take off in a small plane, butterflies of excitement that almost catch your breath as you begin to see everything from an entirely different point of view. Then, just as you begin to breath again, as if out of nowhere the reef begins to appear.

It is spectacular, and so big. I mean I knew it was big but seeing it with your own eyes just makes you realise its expanse. We flew low so we could all the reefs, coral, and varying shades of blue up close, and it is beautiful. I’ll never forget that feeling, and the wonder I felt as I took it all in. As we flew along of course I snapped away on my camera, trying not to miss a thing, but even if I hadn’t taken one photo I’d still never forget what it looked like.


We saw the Whitsunday Islands, we saw Whitehaven Beach, we saw coral, we saw the infamous heart shaped reef, and it was quite possibly one of the best experiences of my life. One which I will never forget.


Airlie Beach was so much more than just my plane ride, and I’ll share all the details of our trip there soon. But for now let me just say, if you ever find yourself in Airlie and wonder whether it’s worth doing then yes it is, it really is.

It’s Wednesday in Oz so happy hump day, I’ll post more soon!

Sorcha x

So Long, Farewell

I can’t believe the day has arrived, the day when Dave and I jump on a plane to the other side of the world and embark on our two month travelling adventure. Some of you may already be sick of me talking about it, some of you may only be coming across my travel posts for the first time; either way, I hope that you’ll come along with me for the ride.

A pipe dream that we never really thought would come true is today becoming reality. We are throwing caution to the wind, letting go of all adult-ing responsibility, and heading off for an awfully big adventure.

We start in Bali where we will spend two weeks touring around soaking up cultural delights, visiting temples, doing some yoga and lying by the beach. Then, we make our way to Australia where we will spend a month driving down the east coast, taking in all the breathtaking wonders that the Great Barrier Reef and other islands have to offer. Finally, we leave Australia and head to Thailand for one last hurrah, where we plan on doing some shopping, diving and lots of boat trips, not to mention a little sunbathing.

Needless to say we are brimming over with excitement, a little bit of nerves and anxiousness, but mostly excitement. It’s going to be one hell of a trip of a lifetime and I can’t wait to share each step of it with you all.

For now, I’ll say goodbye, only to see you all on the other side… the Bali side!

Sorcha x

Travel Thursday | One Week To Go

You may have noticed my blogging hasn’t been quite as frequent over the past few weeks as it usually is, you’ll have to forgive me but with my sister getting married last weekend and planning for travelling, time has quite literally, been slipping away from me.

I’ve been working on lots of posts which will be live over the coming days, but for now I just want to take some time out to digest that fact that today marks just one week before I embark on my big trip around the world.

This day next week, my hubby and I will jump on a plane to Indonesia, and from there we will visit Bali, Australia and Thailand. Eight weeks, three countries, two continents. Wow. Every time I say it out loud, I can’t believe it’s happening. Is this my life? It appears that yes, it is…

This is the kind of trip that happens once in a lifetime, I always dreamed of doing it. I’m lucky enough that I have travelled before, but there were still places left on my list that I hoped one day I would get to see. And that day has almost arrived.

There are so many things I want from this trip – I want experiences, fun, adventure, laughter, discovery, but most of all I want memories. New memories for Dave and I; we’ve never done anything like this together.

So as I begin all my packing, list making and preparations, I’ll leave you with some of my favourite travel pictures for this, my last Travel Thursday before I go.

 







Sorcha x

*Images taken from my Pinterest board.

Tuesday Thoughts

This blog post could be called Tuesday Thoughts, or it could also be called Travel Tuesday, I’m not really sure how to decide because really it’s about my favourite thoughts on travel. My favourite thoughts, words and quotes.

I’m obviously in a travelling state of mind today, the sun is shining, I’m relaxed, I’m happy, but mostly, I’m thinking about of all the adventures that await us on our travels later this year.

I’m a dreamer and I always have been. Here’s what I’m dreaming about today…

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Don’t you ever just wonder what’s out there; what the world has to offer, what great places there are to discover, and people there are to meet? I do. I always wonder. But I don’t have to wonder anymore. Three months and counting…

Ps. In case you missed it, you can read my Hello World post with all my latest travel news here.

Sorcha x

A Different Kind of Friday Feeling

It’s Friday and today I’m experiencing a different kind of Friday Feeling as the time has now come for me to begin my next chapter.

Yesterday was my last day in my job and there were a lot of tears shed. Not because I don’t want to move forward into the next chapter but because I’m sad to be leaving such a wonderful place and wonderful people behind.

When I started working in that job almost four years ago now, I was single, I was back home living with my parents for the first time in years, I was jobless, and overall it was a pretty tough time. But when I found out I got the job I was over the moon and as clichéd as it sounds now, it literally changed my life. It gave me back confidence in myself that I had lost, it gave me security, it gave me a renewed focus, it took away worry, and above all it made me happy.

Things are very different now. Since that first day, I’ve met Dave, got engaged, got married, moved home, started writing again, and have been on some incredible adventures, but it’s now time for the next adventure to begin.

I will always be grateful for the job that I now leave behind, for the fun, the laughs, the tears, the memories, the learning curves, the experiences, but most of all the friends.

I don’t know what the future holds, and I don’t really have a plan. As with all big changes I’m feeling a little scared, a little overwhelmed, and a little sad, but mostly I feel excited. It’s a strange thing waking up this morning and not knowing what’s ahead but there are certain things I know I want to do…

I want to write, I want to blog more, I want to travel, I want to embrace life, I want to do things for me, I want to experience, I want to spend time with friends and family, and most of all, I want to life a life that I love.

Who knows what the future holds, but here’s to finding out! As the old saying goes, ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life…’ Eeek.

Happy Friday!

Sorcha x

 

Life Is An Awfully Big Adventure

Yesterday I found my mind drifting, dreaming of sunnier places, new adventures and well, a whole lot more than the mundane ins and outs of every day life. Is it just me, or does anyone else go through times like this?

What I’m beginning to learn about myself is that in times of stress, my initial instinct is just to get away from it all. Anyone can tell you that’s the classic fight or flee reaction that your body has to stress, we all experience it at some point, but for me I think it’s just a little bit more than that.

I often wonder what more life has to offer. And this is not a new development, I have thought like this for as long as I can remember. It’s why I’m so drawn to meditation and positivity and books like The Secret which tell us that there is so much more. I’ve always been searching for more.

Maybe that’s partly the reason Dave and I are going to spend as much of this year as possible travelling to new places, seeing new things, going on new adventures. I have this urge to escape, and experience, and relish, and soak up all the wonderful things the world has to offer.Life is serious so much of the time and I’m at that point where I’m thinking about really settling down. I have a great life, an incredible family, amazing friends, and a wonderful hubby. And I am so grateful for them all, I’d love to take them all on adventures with me!

In so many ways adventure means getting away and doing something new, but when I think about it, really think about it, isn’t all of life just one big adventure? Adventure is found in a variety of experiences; it is travel, it is new and strange places, but it is also wild nights out and cosy nights in, it is change, it is challenges, it is joyous occasions, events and happenings, it is sadness and loss, it is small victories and big; it is life.

Maybe it’s just the grey skies and dull weather making me get lost in my thoughts, maybe it’s just that I’m tired.


Either way, I’m learning that no matter what age I am or what stage of life I’m at, I will always long for adventure, travel and discovery. And I will always make time to search for, and find more.

And maybe that’s not a bad thing.

Sorcha x