thewelltravelledman air bnb tips

Sometimes booking a hotel is not practical, or there are no hotels readily available. This was the case for us on our Cinque Terre holiday. There were 5 of us and Air B&B was the best option. But, you need to be careful… they can catch you out.

I mean, imagine waking up to this view!

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Get yourself an AUD $50 discount

If you’re new to Air B&B, click here to receive AUD $50 off your first booking.

This is a great discount and you can get this added to your account when you sign up using this link. You might be thinking that you’ve already got an account and you can’t make use of this discount, but here are a couple of tips that can help.

  1. If you have a second email address (work or a second personal one – use that to create a new account) it’s worth it to save $50!
  2. If you have a Gmail email address, you can simply add a ‘.’ in your email address and receive the credit as google doesn’t recognise these in email addresses. For example, our email address is thewelltravelledman@gmail.com … we could use the.welltravelledman@gmail.com and it should allow us to get the additional $50 off our booking.

Once you’re signed up, get your mates to sign up using your link (via the Refer a Friend link), and you will soon be receiving an additional credit to go towards your future bookings!

This is another of our bookings in Turkey!

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Booking your first stay

You first need to set up your profile. This includes a profile picture of yourself, confirm your identify and include a short bio of yourself. This is actually quite important as often the hosts will pick their guests based on what’s in the bio, particularly if they have multiple requests. Once you’ve booked a few times, you will be given reviews which other hosts can view when deciding whether to accept your booking or not.

How to pick an Air B&B that’s right for you

It is important to know what you’re looking for before starting your search.

  1. Do you want an entire home, or happy with sharing with the host?
  2. Do you need a laundry?
  3. How many bedrooms do you need?
  4. Do you need car parking?
  5. Is there Wifi?
  6. Do you need a kitchen?

As soon as you’ve worked out what it is exactly that you need, you can use the filter options to start searching for properties.

Once you’ve found a few you like, read other travellers reviews. These should form part of your decision on whether to stay somewhere or not. If the same issues were mentioned in review after review, chances are it is a common theme and you should avoid it.

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Additional Costs

When you are looking at the price of the place per night, it is good to double-check if this includes the cleaning costs and deposit – this is often in addition to the advertised price. This means the price can quickly add up so make sure you check this before booking.

Some rentals also have specific rules, such as must empty rubbish, strip beds and so forth prior to leaving. Others do not specify and it is not required. You should be aware of these before booking to avoid receiving negative feedback.

If you need to cancel your booking, some hosts are quite flexible but others aren’t and will charge you a cancellation fee. Best to check this if you think your plans may change.

At the end of the day, if you arrive at your Air B&B and something isn’t right, it isn’t what you signed up for and the property isn’t as described, contact Air B&B as soon as possible before the funds are transferred to the host. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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If you’re new to Air B&B, click here to receive AUD $50 off your first booking.

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“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

 

Have you ever been in a foreign city, think you know where you’re going and then all of a sudden you’re completely lost? You’re stuck without mobile data and there is no wifi in sight. What if I told you there is a way of using Google maps offline, without using any wifi or data?

Benefit of Google Maps offline

The best thing about google maps offline is that you can use it as you normally would. It even gives you that blue dot that tells you where you are! Yep, I don’t know about you, but I even use that function in my home city when I find myself a little lost.

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Photo credit: https://embedgooglemaps.com

How Google Maps offline works

It is important to note that you need to get this set up before you travel as you will need wifi to do it. So make sure you have a strong wifi connection before following the below steps.

  1. Connect your phone to wifi and open up Google Maps
  2. Type in the city you’re visiting (e.g Sydney)
  3. When your map is showing up with your city, click on the hamburger (also known to most people as the three horizontal lines) which are in the top left of the app
  4. Click Offline Areas
  5. Click Custom Area
  6. You can now zoom out or in depending on what area of the map you want
  7. Remember to be connected to wifi (to save your 4G) and click Download.
  8. After a few minutes, it will be fully downloaded and you can then rename your area (e.g Sydney) and save it

How to save down favourites to your offline map

This is a very cool function. You can save down your hotel, a point of interest, tourist attraction to your map and it will appear with a star! This will make it easier to find when you’re out and about.

To do this, simply follow the below steps:

  1. When you’re in google maps, search for the place of interest (e.g your hotel)
  2. Click on the red pin and when it expands with the address details, click Save
  3. Select Starred places
  4. Continue for all other points of interest
  5. You will now notice when you go into your map, these places will be marked up with a star
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Can you still get directions when using Google Maps offline

The one thing we’ve noticed when using Google Maps offline is that it can’t give you walking or driving directions. Just keep this in mind and remember that before you leave your hotel and you’re connected to wifi, set up your google maps and start your directions – it will keep directing you even offline (just don’t change the route as it won’t reroute for you!).

We used this function on our trip to Cinque Terre and it saved the day!

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” ~ Matthew Karsten

Have you seen the movie ‘In Bruges’? If you have, I wouldn’t be surprised if you weren’t too impressed by the city itself, but I’m glad we visited because it’s one of Europe’s most preserved medieval towns and you won’t want to leave.

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Part of the reason why Bruges has remained so traditional and charming is that the historic town centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been since 2000.

Where is Bruges and how to get there

Located in the northwest of Belgium, you will no doubt read that Bruges is the capital and largest city in West Flanders which also happens to be the Flemish region (yes Flemish is the name of an official language, similar to that of Dutch).

Despite being the largest city in the area, it is still small enough to explore by foot!

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We travelled from London via the Eurostar to Brussels and then switched trains to Bruges. The entire process was so easy and super convenient and drops you off basically as close to the old town as possible!

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What to see in Bruges

Walking Tour: There are a few things you need to see while you’re there so I’d recommend joining a walking tour as they show you all the spots and give you the history behind it all. There are a few free walking tours available so pick the one that best suits you and make sure you jump on one!

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We got to know the history of the most famous dog in Bruges! He was of course in the movie ‘In Bruges’ and became a tourist attraction. His name was Fidèle and he was a golden lab who sat on the window sill and watched the passers by.

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Market Square: When you’re not on the walking tour, just wander around the cobblestone streets, walking in and out of the adorable shop fronts around Market Square and relax! I can promise you that you’ll love Bruges as much as we do.

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The old square is surrounded by these gorgeous coloured buildings, plenty of bicycles and heaps of restaurants to choose from. You can even jump on a horse drawn carriage to explore the area!

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Belfry of Bruges bell tower: If you feel like climbing up the 366 steps to get to the top then you should definitely get there early to avoid waiting for an hour or so in the line. The staircase is narrow, as all bell towers are so this shouldn’t be a surprise!

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When you’re at the top you have views over Bruges and it is amazing.

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Basilica of the Holy Blood: This is a very unique Catholic church. It was built in the 12th century and it claims to have a vile of the holy blood inside.

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Canal boat cruise: Before you leave, you really do have to jump on a cruise through the canals. This is an absolute must when you’re here and the half hour journey will show you a different side of Bruges, from the canals.

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The boat has a local guide and they point out different points of interest so you know what you’re looking at. There are a few spots around the city where you can jump on a boat so keep an eye out for the platforms (and probably massive lines!!).

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Museums in Bruges

There are few you can visit in Bruges and here are the ones we stopped in at.

Bruges Bier Museum: If you’re in Belgium, you must visit one of the breweries! This museum gives you the history of the Trappist Beers and also has a nice view over the old town centre.

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Frietmuseum: Well, if you’re like Jenna and love fries.. or really potato in any form then you should visit this museum. To be honest, it wasn’t the most amazing museum we’ve visited, but if it’s a rainy day you could probably fill in some time!

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The Chocolate Museum: You can’t visit Belgium without visiting the chocolate museum! We watched how the chocolate is made and got a taste test as well, which was delicious!!

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Where to eat

Poules Moules: We were recommended this restaurant by the hotel. We were not disappointed! The service was great, the vibe was fantastic and the food… amazing!

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thewelltravelledman bruges weekend belgium

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The Waffle Van: These waffles were the best in Bruges!! He parks his van in the afternoon and evening and you pick which one you want. He will make them fresh while you wait and trust me – it is worth the wait! Absolutely delicious.

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Grilled meat from De Wijngaert is a must. Absolutely delicious, it’s not all about the Moules Fritte when in Bruges!

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2 be (To be in Bruges): This is such a great beer garden! On a gorgeous sunny day, you can sit outside and admire the buildings, boats going up and down the canal and it is very relaxing!

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Do you have travel insurance?

Before travelling, make sure you get a travel insurance policy – you never know when you might need it! Click here for information on travel insurance, what company we recommend and a link to get an instant quote.

Alternative accommodation

If you’re looking for alternative accommodation to either save some money or share with friends or family, click here for information on Air B&B ($50 discount on your first booking), hotel price comparison websites etc.

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

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Jordan was on my list of places for quite some time Jenna’s not so much! So, why visit Jordan?

All I can tell you is that after our trip, even Jenna fell in love with the country and these 4 reasons will help you book your next trip to Jordan.

Jordan is safe!

I think what happens is most people assume Jordan is not safe because it is in the Middle East, surrounded by countries that are known to have problems (Syria, Egypt and Iraq). I can tell you first hand that it is a very safe country and isn’t like many of the other countries that are part of the Middle East.

Jordan is a very peaceful country and has had ties with the US for many, many years.

Petra & Wadi Rum

Petra is one site in Jordan you absolutely must visit. Click here to read more about Petra and Wadi Rum and why you need to visit there during the day and evening. I am sure those who have watched Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade you will notice the iconic Treasury building.

Visiting the lowest point on earth

I am sure the Dead Sea is on a lot of people’s bucket list. I mean, who doesn’t want to experience the lowest point on earth and get that photo floating and reading the newspaper?!

To read more about this wonderful part of Jordan, click here.

Amman

No trip to Jordan is complete without exploring the capital city, Amman. Spend a day exploring what the city has to offer such as the Citadel. Click here to read more about what to do in Amman.

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Do you have travel insurance?

Before travelling, make sure you get a travel insurance policy – you never know when you might need it! Click here for information on travel insurance, what company we recommend and a link to get an instant quote.

Alternative accommodation

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“There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re a bit sick and tired of the same old Bondi Beach, why not check out some of Sydney’s secret (well, not so secret) beaches that in my opinion, are way better than Bondi!

Secret Beaches of Sydney

Gordons Bay

Located along the famous Coogee to Bondi coastal walk between Coogee and Clovelly is Gordons Bay. It is so secluded and is perfect for relaxing, snorkelling or just avoiding the crowds on a hot summers day!

Little Congwong Beach

So, there is Conwong Beach and if you keep walking along the Congwong walking track you will get to Little Congwong Beach. Located in the Botany Bay National Park, south of Sydney not only is there FREE parking (and for Sydney, this is so rare) but there are heaps of walking tracks if you want something a little extra.

Little Congwong is great for snorkelling and the waves aren’t too rough so good for a nice paddle. There are no facilities at Little Congwong Beach so you will have to make your way back if you’re looking for toilets or a lunch venue. However, there is normally a guy in a boat who turns up selling ice creams and packets of chips! Just a bit of warning though, this beach has a reputation for being a nudist beach!

Photo Credit: Concrete Playground

Wattamolla

Located in the Royal National Park, is Wattamolla Beach. It is pretty remote which means there aren’t any cafes or shops close by so remember to take some snacks with you. You will find a couple of nice walks around the area as well, and you can also head down further towards the famous Figure 8 Pools if the tide is right!

Burning Palms Beach

The beauty of Burning Palms Beach is that you need to hike to get to it! Most people who visit this beach are on their way to the Figure 8 Pools (which, by the way, are amazing!).

It is a long sandy beach and a perfect spot to unwind and relax. However, if you’re someone who likes amenities close by, this isn’t the beach for you! The hike back up to the car park will probably take you around 30 minutes and if you go in summer, you will feel like you need a shower by the time you get back to the top!

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If you need a photo to encourage you to visit the Figure 8 Pools, here it is!

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

 

When it comes to packing for your trip to New Zealand, you really do need to be prepared. New Zealand is one of those countries where you can get weather from one extreme to the other especially when you’re travelling around the country.

So you really do need to be prepared otherwise you’ll have to buy things when you’re there, which isn’t an issue but could be avoided if you are better prepared.

Below is our packing list for New Zealand. We have visited this gorgeous country twice, once in winter (July) and the second time in Spring (mid-September). If you’re travelling in the summertime, you can, of course, pack some more summery clothes but don’t underestimate how chilly it can still get!

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Packing for New Zealand

For the below list in a printable checklist, click here.

Click here for a check list for carry on luggage. You can print this off and tick as you pack!

To read all of our New Zealand posts, click here.

Clothing

Backpack: Depending on the style of your holiday, you may need to take a backpack with you. If you plan on doing some lovely hikes, this will come in handy to carry your water bottle, jacket if you decide to take it off and other bits and pieces.

I would recommend using your backpack as your carry on luggage for the flight over.

Waterproof/windproof jacket: It gets cold here in the wintertime and the wind chill is freezing. You are best to take a windproof and waterproof jacket to cover all bases for when you go out in the evening as well as during the day. These jackets also come in handy if you’re on a boat and cruising down the fjords.

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Gym gear: If you’re planning on doing some hikes, then pack some gym gear. It is the most comfortable thing to wear when hiking and you can easily layer over the top if you need to.

Trousers/jeans: If you head out in the evening, pack some trousers like chinos for guys or jeans for girls. No need to get dressed up in NZ, it is a pretty relaxed environment!

Tops: Bring a few shirts that you can maybe layer up. A long sleeved one with a short sleeved one over the top.

Vest: For days when it isn’t freezing, but it’s a bit cool a vest is a great idea – it keeps your chest warm without having to wear a massive jacket!

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Scarf/gloves: In winter you will definitely need these bad boys. It is freezing outside so make sure you pack them to keep yourself warm!

Walking shoes / Hiking boots and socks: You will, of course, be doing a lot of walking so make sure you have some comfortable shoes and that, of course, means socks to go with them! You only need maybe two pairs and you can always wash and re-wear!

Swimwear: It might be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the occasional hot tub!

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Underwear: I shouldn’t need to mention it, but don’t forget your underwear!!

Ski gear: If you’re coming to ski – don’t forget your ski gear! This includes boots, skis, poles, socks, pants, jacket, helmet, goggles and gloves!

Thermals: Definitely think about packing thermals for your trip, especially if it’s wintertime. It can be freezing in NZ so layering up with some thermals underneath could help with feeling cold all the time!

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Toiletries

You will need the usual toiletries plus a few extra bits and pieces. Here is our list.

The usual stuff: Shampoo, conditioner, soap, face moisturiser (preferably one with SPF if you can), toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and a razor.

Sunscreen: Just because it is cooler doesn’t mean you won’t need sunscreen – pack it to be safe!

Mosquito Repellent: Something worth taking.. just in case you’re like Jenna and prone to getting the only mosquito in the country attack her!

Medical items: Pack things such as band aids, medicine for a sore tummy, headache tablets and any other medicine you normally take.

Technology

Camera: An absolute must! Don’t forget to pack some spare batteries so you don’t get stuck with a dead battery.

GoPro: If you have one – remember to pack it along with your handles, waterproof floating handle etc.

Laptop: If you’re like me, you will probably take so many photos you’ll fill up your memory card. I like to download my memory card every second night and back up on the laptop and/or external hard drive. Two reasons, I like to keep them sorted as I go as it takes less time when I get home and secondly if something happens to my camera and memory card I haven’t lost an entire holiday, just one or two days.

Headphones: We each have a pair of the Bose noise cancelling headphones – mainly for the plane but you can use it if you’re doing day trips and have a bit of driving!

Headphone splitter jack: If you don’t know what this is and you travel with someone you should get this! It means you can both plug into the jack and watch the same movie or listen to the same music.

Converter power plug: You will need the correct power plug to charge your devices so make sure you have at least one of these, perhaps getting one that has additional USB charges on the side!

Other tips

Travel Insurance: Now you may not need to ‘pack’ this, but you should absolutely get your travel insurance sorted before you go. Click here to read more!

Have we missed something off the list? Let us know in the comments below!

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

Hotel: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Room: Privilege Room & Superior Room

Perfect for: Couples, Executives

Category: 4 Star


The Mercure Grosvenor Hotel is located in the heart of Adelaide. Conveniently located close to Adelaide Oval and the tram, it is in an ideal location for your weekend escape and is great value for money.

Below is our full review of our stay at the hotel.

Our welcome experience…

As we arrived at the Mercure, we walked through the foyer and the first thing we noticed was the history cabinet. It is filled with memorabilia dating back over 97 years!!

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Minutes of meetings, photos and much more- it’s incredible how well these have aged and great to see them on display.

The Room…

Superior Room: The Superior Room is one level up from the Standard Room. The room comes with a Queen bed and is spacious enough to store your bags. I personally love the art on the bed head, I think it adds a lot of character!

The bathroom is comfortable and has everything you need.

Privilege Room: We stayed in a Privilege Room and appreciated the additional space. The benefits include a Nespresso coffee machine, complimentary internet and a balcony (subject to availability). I have to admit, it was quite nice having a quick coffee on our balcony before heading down for breakfast.

Meals…

We had breakfast at the Federal Restaurant. The buffet breakfast was fresh and there was plenty to choose from.

You had the choice of fruits, bread, hot food including poached and scrambled eggs as well as the usual such as bacon, tomato, hash browns etc. There is also a pancake maker if you feel like indulging during your stay 🙂

I personally liked that a wine barrel lid doubled as a serving platter to store some of the bowls on. A Nice touch given we’re in the wine region!

Bar & Restaurant: Federal Restaurant is also open for dinner should you find yourself dining at the hotel.

We sat and had a couple of drinks at the bar on the Saturday evening before heading out, and I can tell you … you would want to make a reservation here because the restaurant was so busy and everything booked out. Lucky you can have a drink at the bar while waiting for a table!

Health and Fitness…

For those who like to stay active on holidays, there is a small gym which includes two cardio machines and a sauna.

If you’re interested in a larger gym, guests of the Mercure have the option to pay $10 to access a fitness centre which is around a 10-minute walk down the street.

Good to know…

Parking is available at the hotel for a fee, check with reception as it is subject to availability!

Also worth noting, Wi-Fi is complimentary in the lobby area only and is capped at 30 minutes per day. If you want Wi-Fi in your room, this is an additional charge (unless you book a certain room, such as the Privilege room, or are a Le Club Accor member).

If you’re hiring a car, you will be pleased to know that Hertz rental office is located at the hotel! We hired a car during our stay, click here to read more. And, if you’re wanting to know what to see and do around Adelaide, click here for our tips and recommendations!

Checking out…

Our check out was quick and simple – the way it should be!

Above and beyond…

The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful during our stay.

The not so good…

The hotel is connected to the IBIS and the hallways are slightly dated- but the rooms appeared to have had recent updates and were in good condition.

The verdict…

If you’re looking for a quick weekend away, the Mercure will do the trick. It has everything you need and is ridiculously close to the tram and walking distance to other key parts of the city.

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“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

 

We often book quick weekends away to another city to explore. This time for us, it was Adelaide! We booked the weekend not knowing a thing about the city or what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised as to how much this place has to offer.

So, if you are only down for a couple of days, here are our suggestions on what to see and do.


Itinerary for an Adelaide weekend

Friday: Arrive in the evening, check in to your hotel and grab a bite to eat

Saturday: Barossa Valley

Sunday: Adelaide, Hahndorf, Glenelg, McLaren Vale, Henley Beach


Day 1: Barossa Valley

Visiting the Barossa Valley has always been on our list of things to do. When we booked our trip to Adelaide, it was, of course, the first thing that was added to our itinerary.

If you’re rushed for time and only have a weekend for Adelaide, then you can do this in a day trip. The Barossa is around an hour out of Adelaide and you can either pick up a tour or if you have a designated driver (aka Jenna) then you can do it yourself with a rental car.

Click here to read about the Barossa Valley and our recommendations for where to stop.

Day 2: Adelaide, Hahndorf, Glenelg, McLaren Vale & Henley Beach

The best way to explore the city is by bicycle! This is also the most economical as the bikes are free for the day, you just have to head to one of the 10 pick up points to get yourself sorted. For more information on how and where to pick up a bike, click here.

It is also a great way to stay active while on holidays!

Rundle Mall: The mall is Adelaide’s main shopping street and you will find everything you need if you’re looking to do a bit of shopping.

When you’re walking along the mall, you will probably notice some life-sized bronze pigs!  Yep, pigs! I’m sure there is a long story behind these pigs, but I believe their names are Augusta, Oliver, Horatio and Truffles… very interesting!

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Peel Street: If you’re looking for some funky bars and eateries, then check out Peel Street. We found a great spot to eat (turns out everyone goes there – the place was jam packed before the football game and everywhere else was still quiet!). Keep reading below for our recommendation.

Haigh’s Chocolates

If you haven’t had Haigh’s chocolates before, do yourself a favour and go and buy some. They are just delicious. Haigh’s was founded in Adelaide in 1915 and their chocolate is delicious!

Adelaide Botanical Gardens: Personally, you can probably give the gardens a miss if you don’t have a lot of time.

If you’re interested in the zoo, then you will see it is located in the gardens. If you do find yourself here, you should take advantage of the free walking tours at 10.30am and see what’s around.

Mount Lofty: For spectacular views over Adelaide, this is the spot to be! It is only about a 25-minute drive from Adelaide and on the way to Hahndorf if you’re visiting this region. It was pretty foggy when we went up. We left Adelaide with blue skies but as we arrived at the top, it was a chilly 6 degrees and windy!! We could make out the city, but wasn’t the clearest morning!

There are also plenty of walking trails on the mountain if you feel like getting active.

Windy Point: If you are stuck for time and wanting a good view point, you can also try Windy Point. It is less than 20 minutes from Adelaide so might be easier and quicker to get to! We didn’t stop in here, but it’s an option if you are looking for something a little closer.

Hahndorf: What a gorgeous little town!

It is the oldest German village in Australia. It is worth a stop in if you have a car and able to get around. The Hahndorf Inn or Haus are great spots to have a quick drink or bite to eat.

It really does make you feel like you’re in Germany. There is even a German tourist store with clocks and artefacts to make you feel like you’re there.

The little cottages and buildings are really something else! I’ve not seen anything like it during our travels in Australia.

While you’re in Hahndorf, you should stop in at Udder Delights on the main street. You can get some coffee or food and relax.

To see more photos of Hahndorf – see the end of this post.

Henley Beach: Located only 10 minutes from Adelaide Airport is Henley Beach. Whether you’re after a good swimming spot or even a fishing spot, this beach has both. If you have time to spend the day there, you will find some lovely restaurants and cafe’s just off the beachfront.

When we stopped in, it was cold and windy but on a summer’s day, it would be lovely. It is far less touristy than Glenelg (see below) but you do need a car to get there.

Glenelg: Depending on how you’re going for time, you may want to take Adelaide’s only remaining tram from Victoria Square down to Glenelg.

The tram makes it super easy to visit, but because of that, it is a touristy beach. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from and a nice pub on the waterfront.

I must admit – the beaches in South Australia don’t wow me, not when you compare it so Sydney’s beaches or those on the Gold Coast.

Sellick’s Beach

As we were driving through McLaren Vale, we stopped in at Sellick’s Beach. I wasn’t too impressed with the actual beach so I wouldn’t recommend driving all the way out here unless you’re in the area for the McLaren Vale or heading to Kangaroo Island.

McLaren Vale

We ended up with a bit of time after visiting Hahndorf so we detoured through McLaren Vale and stopped in at some wineries.

It was so lush and green in this part of the world. But I must admit, we definitely preferred the Barossa! In saying that, we highly recommend stopping in at d’Arenburg winery.

The others we stopped in at were S C Pannell & Fox Creek Wines.

Kangaroo Island

We, unfortunately, didn’t have enough time to visit Kangaroo Island as you really do need a full day. If we are ever down in South Australia again, we will certainly make a trip to Kangaroo Island to check out Seal Bay and Remarkable Rocks.

Where to stay in Adelaide

We stayed at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide. The hotel is very centrally located and has onsite parking. Click here for our full review of the hotel including a short video!

Getting around in Adelaide

If you’re wanting to explore the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf you will be best to hire a car. We recommend using Hertz Australia. Click here to read more about hiring a car in Adelaide and why we recommend Hertz!

Where to eat in Adelaide

Bread & Bone Wood Grill: We ate here on a Saturday night and it was pretty early. It had the most atmosphere in comparison to everywhere else in the street. The place was packed! It was just before a football game so everyone was in getting dinner.

The food was great and the service was also good. Highly recommend it!

Do you have travel insurance?

Before travelling, make sure you get a travel insurance policy – you never know when you might need it! Click here for information on travel insurance, what company we recommend and a link to get an instant quote.

Here are some more photos of Hahndorf.

“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

 

Planned a trip to Adelaide? Deciding on how best to get around? The best way to do this is to hire a rental car!

It’s the only way to see as much as you can possibly can in a short time. Tour companies are great, but having the flexibility to go where you want, for how long you want and take that odd detour or stop into a cute winery as you drive past is by far the best way to make the most of your trip (just make sure you have a designated driver).

thewelltravelledman hiring a car in Adelaide

Which car hire company do you choose?

We booked our car through Hertz Australia. The booking process is easy to use, we found it hassle free and their prices are competitive. We are also Hertz Gold Plus Rewards members, so booking through Hertz is a no brainer for us! Keep reading for information on the Gold Plus Rewards.

What is the best car to hire in Adelaide?

When you’re looking online at your rental options, you probably start looking at the cheapest option. That can often be fine, but you need to remember you will be driving around Adelaide and possibly the countryside and coastline of South Australia. You will have luggage (and probably more than one small bag) and you will no doubt be leaving luggage in the car from time to time while out and about exploring some of the magical beaches or walks.

So, with this in mind, it is important to take note of how many suitcases can fit into your car and how many of you will be travelling.

We hired a larger 4WD vehicle and when we arrived, received the keys to a nearly brand new Nissan X-Trail! The boot was large enough to fit our large suitcase and a small suitcase (you could fit two large suitcases in easily) so no one could see these when we parked the car out in public.

The car had a built in sat nav which made it a breeze getting around.

Is it worth taking the full insurance?

When you get the price for full insurance, you are probably frustrated that it is just about the same price as the car hire itself… BUT we always take out full insurance (particularly in Europe – read more here) and the last thing you want on a trip is an excess when something goes wrong. Remember, it’s called an accident for a reason!

The piece of mind, for us, is absolutely worth it.

What to see in Adelaide

When it comes to planning your itinerary, have a look at our South Australia for a few more ideas or click here to go straight to our What to do in Adelaide post.

Here is a short driving highlights video for you to enjoy!

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Program

Hertz has this wonderful program called the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. It isn’t like most gold status rewards programs- this one is free to join.

The benefits include:

  • Choose a car you like better on the spot
  • Receive vehicle updates or select an upgrade right on your phone
  • Pay no additional driver fees
  • Redeem your points on hertz.com.au anytime

Plus plenty more.  To join this great program, click here.

Hiring a rental car in Adelaide

Where to stay in Adelaide

We stayed at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide. The hotel is very centrally located and has onsite parking. Click here for our full review of the hotel including a short video!

Do you have travel insurance?

Before travelling, make sure you get a travel insurance policy – you never know when you might need it! Click here for information on travel insurance, what company we recommend and a link to get an instant quote.

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

 

If you like your wine, chances are you’ve heard of the Barossa Valley. The Barossa is well known for Shiraz (or Syrah). But, if you’re not a Shiraz fan that’s ok – there are plenty more wines on offer.

The thing we loved the most about the Barossa is that it made us feel like we were back in Europe, or somewhere in the 19th century. It was a cool day for us, so we were rugged up, driving around picturesque roads surrounded by green rolling hills, stone cottages, vineyards (of course) and best of all- when we arrived at many of the cellar doors, they had their fire places going. It was perfect.

We had only a weekend planned for Adelaide and decided to spend our first day in the famous Barossa Valley. For us, one day was enough but if you’re really into your wine, you can stay out in the Barossa and make a weekend of it.

Where is the Barossa Valley

About an hour north of Adelaide, you will find the Barossa Valley. The area itself is massive and is actually around 900 square km’s and connects three towns! So, it isn’t a small little wine region that’s for sure.

How to get to the Barossa Valley

There are plenty of tour options from Adelaide. But, if you’re like us and hate being stuck on a coach with no say on where you’re going or how long you’d like to stay, then do yourself a favour and hire a car!! We hired a car through Hertz Australia and it made it so much easier. Click here to read our full review including tips and tricks on renting a car.

We had complete flexibility when it came to where we wanted to visit and how long we wanted to stay at each place. Lucky for me, Jenna isn’t a big drinker so she was my designated driver! 

Here is a short video of us exploring the Barossa!

When is the best time to visit the Barossa

We visited at the end of August, and that meant there was no fruit or leaves on any of the vines and a lot of trees had shed their leaves… that being said, it was still lovely and green. We were told by a few places that September and October are the better months for visiting the Barossa.

What to do in the Barossa Valley

Visit the wineries (of course!!)

If you’re visiting the Barossa then you will no doubt be going to some wineries. There are so many to choose from, in fact, there are over 70 different wineries. So there is no way you’ll be able to fit them all into your trip, nor would you want to. Narrow the wineries down and aim to visit between 5-10 depending on how much time you have to allow yourself to really appreciate what the Barossa has on offer. See further down for the list of wineries we visited!

For a full list of wineries, click here for your official touring map.

Barossa Visitor Information Centre

If you haven’t visited this region before, stop in at the information centre and they can guide you in the right direction depending on your preferences.

Drive along Seppeltsfield Road

Probably one of the most beautiful streets int he Barossa Valley! It is worth driving down the 10km road leading to the Seppeltsfield winery!

thewelltravelledman barossa valley day trip

Visit Mengler’s Hill Lookout

The Barossa is just so pretty and there is no better way to enjoy the view than from Mengler’s Hill Lookout. The views are definitely worth the stop!

Visit The Keg Factory

It isn’t always all about drinking the wine! The Keg Factory, established in 1985 make handcrafted oak keg barrels. It is incredible to visit the factory and see how the barrels are traditionally made!

We were on the lookout for a cheese board made from the top of a wine barrel. We saw one at a winery that was alright but not quite what we were looking for. The Keg Factory had the perfect barrel top for a fraction of the price and he even put handles on it while we were waiting! The service was fantastic and the quality of the product is great.

They sell a heap of other products there as well from wine holders, candle holders, kegs etc. It is worth a stop!

Red Door Espresso

If you need something to either start your day or break up your wine tasting, drop into Red Door Espresso in Tanunda. It’s a great spot for a pit-stop.

Visit Maggie Beer’s Farm

You will see Maggie Beer’s Farm on all of the reviews. Maggie Beer is a cook, restaurant owner and a food author and has won many awards. You can walk around the Farm Shop and try just about every product made by Maggie Beer. You can also stop for a bite to eat here if you wish.

Wineries in the Barossa Valley

We stopped in at a number of wineries, some of which were recommended by several friends so we knew they were a must visit!

Rockford Winery

Hands down, one of our favourite stops for the day (in the top two!).

It was so small and crowded but that added to the atmosphere. The wines are absolutely delicious and the staff are super friendly. The cottage has an original wood stove on to keep you warm (if it’s cold outside!) and the atmosphere was just great.

Hentley Farm

And to go with Rockford at the top of our list is Hentley Farm. This place was just gorgeous. You pay a $10 tasting fee but that is deducted from your purchase (and I say purchase because you’re guaranteed to walk away with a bottle (or a few).

Their tasting menu is really good and their wine great- a very good variety with a great ending, the beauty and the beast. The rooms are well set up with lounge chairs and tables and a gorgeous fire place to keep you warm. Definitely a favourite for us.

Chateau Tanunda

The grounds of Chateau Tanunda are amazing. They were setting up for a wedding when we arrived and it was a lovely blue sky sort of day so it was great for the bridal party!

The cellar door is quite large, and there are plenty of staff on hand to help you out.

Murray Street Vineyards

This was our first stop of the day. The grounds are very pretty, the cottages and barns made me feel like I was in the countryside of England – so pretty!

It was pretty early in the morning (around 11) and we were the first people there so there wasn’t really an atmosphere going.

Langmeil Winery

Langmeil is home to the oldest surviving Shiraz vineyard in the world – the freedom 1843.

The grounds were really beautiful, especially the cherry blossom trees which Jenna loved!

Seppeltsfield Wines

We stopped in at Seppeltsfield Wines, impressive grounds and very well done- but we certainly didn’t stay long, it just wasn’t for us, it is very commercialised with tour busses and groups. The grounds are great so if you have a family and need to have a break, you can have a picnic and relax for a bit.

They do have a large restaurant if you’re wanting some lunch, but we much preferred the smaller more personalised wineries.

Two Hands Wines Cellar Door

A little off the main track, but a nice looking cellar door, friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere. It is just around the corner from Seppeltsfield so if you’re in the area you should pop over.

Where to stay in Adelaide

If you’re looking for accommodation in Adelaide that is conveniently located and has everything you need then we can personally recommend the Mercure Grosvenor. Click here for our full review and short video.

We are Platinum Accor members and Accor Plus members.

Other things to do in Adelaide

If you have some more spare time in Adelaide, click here for our list of suggested things to see and do, including the gorgeous town of Hahndorf!

Do you have travel insurance?

Before travelling, make sure you get a travel insurance policy – you never know when you might need it! Click here for information on travel insurance, what company we recommend and a link to get an instant quote.

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

Barossa Valley

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