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Weekend Reads #15

Weekend Reads #15

Weekend reads on The Travel HackIt’s the weekend! Get the kettle on or pour yourself a cold one while you dig in to some of my favourite posts from around the blogosphere. Warning: Most of these posts will cause serious wanderlust.


Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 20.32.20The Jungalow

It’s not very often I recommend an entire website but I’ve just discovered this site and I’m in love with every post. The Jungalow is a decoration website/blog filled with inspiration for a colourful, bohemian style home. We’re almost at the stage in the renovation of our house where I need to start thinking about decorating ideas so I’ve been scouring The Jungalow for ideas. I love the idea of painting the entire house white and adding bright and bold accessories.


Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 21.51.42In BIG pictures: Beauty spots of Queensland, Australia {Global Grasshopper}

We all know Australia is gorgeous but you still need to see these beautiful photos from Queensland taken by Becky from Global Grasshopper. If there’s one thing I remember about Australia it’s the blue skies, the endless beaches and the incredible sunrises and sunset. Becky has captured them perfectly.


Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 22.03.23The Top 30 World Adventures Under 30 {Open World}

Warning: If you’re anything like me, this article will fill you with a mixture of insane wanderlust and insane envy. Lots of my favourite travel bloggers are featured in this article so be prepared to find lots of new blogs to follow and more stories to fuel your wanderlust.


Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 21.55.03Road Tripping through the Scottish Highlands {The Wander Blogger}

It’s all too easy to forget how beautiful the UK is so this post on The Wander Blogger is the perfect reminder. My favourite thing about these photos is that Scotland looks bleak and grey but in a mystical kind of way. I often don’t want to travel anywhere in the UK during the winter due to the miserable weather but Sarah makes it look beautiful.


Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 22.00.42Sleeping Under the Stars on the Great Barrier Reef {Young Adventuress}

Here’s another stunner from Australia. Liz compares this incredible experience to glamping in the ocean and I could not be more jealous.


Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 22.07.09Croatia: Krka National Park {We Took the Road Less Travelled}

If you’re a fellow Pinterest user you will probably have already come across Krka National Park in Croatia because Pinterest is filled with images from this incredible place. I’ve only been to Croatia very briefly during a cruise and it’s scenes like this that make me want to go and explore properly.


Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 22.10.21This is yet another reason to fall in love with Bergen, Norway {Hand Luggage Only}

I’m going to blame Pinterest (again!) for my recent obsession with Norway. Until recently I didn’t know a lot about Norway but suddenly it feels my social media feeds are filled with breathtaking photography from this incredible country. Check out this post and you’ll see what I mean.


Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 22.15.18A Journey Inside a Mumbai Slum {Love Puffin}

I’m not sure how I feel about ‘Slum Tourism’. I don’t know enough about it to comment but I can say that this post by Hayley is really interesting.


One for the foodies

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 22.16.26Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies {Smitten Kitchen}

Be prepared to drool. These cooking look amazing with their gooey centers and melted chocolate chunks. Mmm. I haven’t tried the recipe yet as I know I’ll end up snaffling the entire batch the minute the come out of the oven.


Competition of the Week

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 22.19.55Win a $10,000 travel adventure {Cover More}

This week’s competition is an epic one because Cover More are giving away a $10,000 travel adventure. Imagine what you could do and where you could go with $10,000!

To enter the competition you need to create a short selfie video showing an adventure. It could be an adventure in your hometown or somewhere further afield. Heck, you could probably even create a selfie adventure video in your own home!

The winner plus 5 runners up will also win a GoPro Hero4 and the all-important selfie stick to accompany it.

There are some great examples on the site already if you need some inspiration. It’s time to get creative! Good luck!


Sunday 10th of May 2015

Oooh great round-up of posts here! Gonna have a look through them all now :)

C x | Lux Life

Becky Padmore

Saturday 9th of May 2015

Thanks for the mention! Still in Queensland - I don't want to leave! :-)

Sarah Shumate

Saturday 9th of May 2015

I love it when you do these, but I love it even more when I'm in it. ;) Thank you!

I never feel ready to own a house until I see blogs or websites with homes that are so fun and stylish. Then I get jealous. I'm diggin' the Jungalow and her quirky, colorful style...almost makes me want to settle down. Almost.


Saturday 9th of May 2015

Fab collection of posts, I'm reading through them now.