The 10 Best Things to do in Tasmania in Summer

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Although beautiful to visit any time of year, there is no denying that the best season to visit the island of Tasmania is through the summer season. With everything open to the public and the weather providing daily sunshine (be prepared for the heat!), there is no better time to see, do and taste everything on offer in Tasmania. So, what are you waiting for! Here are the best things to do in Tasmania in summer!

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1. Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Without doubt one of the most popular attractions for visitors is to see the fields of purple lavender come to life in January/February each year. The blooming season brings the entire farm to life in streams of purple, with fun offerings such as lavender ice cream making it even more worth while!

Open Daily 10am – 4pm

Address: 296 Gillespies Rd, Nabowla TAS 7260

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2. MONA’s MOFO Festival

If you’re a crowds, music festival, art and food kinda person… then Tassie has SO much to offer in the summer, starting with MONA’s MOFO Festival in January each year. This festival celebrates both traditional art and music artistry, attracting many visitors from out of state each year (so be sure to book ahead!) Other great summer festivals include Taste of Tasmania (Hobart) and Festivale (Launceston). My personal favourite is Festivale in February of each year!

(Image via ABC News)

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3. Swim at the Bay of Fires

For certain one of the most beautiful coastal areas on the island and a personal favourite, you really can’t come to Tasmania in summer without visiting the Bay of Fires! This National Park is a series of beaches that stretches from popular holiday spot Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point. This is a great place to swim in summer, complete with crystal clear waters and squidgy white sand. You can camp almost right on the beach (book in advance) or stay in one of the many nearby holiday homes.


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4. Hike to Freycinet’s Wineglass Bay

Another one of Tasmania’s most known and visited coastal locations is the highly photographed Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. This idyllic bay is a popular spot for day tourists, as there is no accommodation at the bay itself (stay nearby: Saffire Freycinet). The beauty of this place is its isolation – with the bay a couple of hours walk away from the car park, or the viewpoint just 45 minutes walk away (if you don’t wish to visit the bay itself).

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5. Catch the Ferry to Bruny Island

One of my favourite adventures this year was a visit to Bruny Island (I can’t believe I hadn’t been until this year!) This is one of Tasmania’s most popular outlying islands to visit and it is possible to visit on a day trip from Hobart (drive to Kettering, hop on the ferry and you’ll be there in no time!) If you wish to stay on the island there are a number of accommodation offerings, however due to the popularity in summer I would recommend always booking in advance!

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6. Hike the Three Capes Track

Its official: the Three Capes Track is my new favourite walking trail in Tasmania (previously the Overland Track). The walk takes three nights and is only possible if you book in advance (price includes accommodation, boat tour and National Parks fees). If you’re more of an outdoorsy traveller, this is the best way to see some of Tasmania’s stunning coastline!

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7. Take a Hike to Montezuma Falls

Although it is tempting to stick to the East Coast’s stunning beaches and sunshine in the summer, I promise you there is much more to discover on the West Coast! Being so remote, the West Coast has much less tourist traffic in the summer and has some great lesser-known attractions to visit, like the stunning Motezuma Falls. The walk takes a few hours or you can cycle in for something a little more adventurous!

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8. Sample Fresh Produce at Salamanca Market

Undeniably the most popular market in all of Tasmania and an attraction in itself, you absolutely must visit Salamanca Market in Hobart if timing your visit on a weekend (the market operates every Saturday of the year). Here you can sample local produce, cheap eats, and pick up a trinket or two to take home.

(Image by Emma Kate Co for World of Wanderlust)

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9. Climb the Stanley Nut

Over on the North West Coast is the beautiful sleepy seaside town of Stanley – best known for “The Nut”, an ancient volcanic rock form that offers great views over the town and ocean. The nut is free to climb, takes only 15-20 minutes up (much shorter going down!) and is a great day trip or even better spot to stay a few days and kick back at a slower pace. Much less tourists visit the North West Coast, so you’ll find it a great place to unwind and get to know the locals.

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10. Experience Farm to Table Produce

But of course the best thing of all about visiting Tasmania in summer? The food! Fresh berries are just the start of it – expect world class wine, cheese, and delicious veggies to make it to your plate over the summertime. Many restaurants and cafes support local farmers, so this is a great opportunity to sample farm-to-table eating.

(Image by Emma Kate Co for World of Wanderlust)

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Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

The Ultimate Sweets Tour of Paris: The Best Bakeries, Ice Creameries, Patisseries & Dessert Shops

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For the past few years I have been triple taste-testing patisseries, bakeries, ice creameries and dessert havens in the city of Paris. This city owns pastry and rightfully so, for it is in France where you will originate many of the world’s best sweet treats, desserts and delicate pastries. As someone who solemnly believes that food cures and conquers all, I’ve put together a list of the most delightful sweet stores you will find in Paris so that if you’re anything like me, you’ll be inspired to frolic around the city ticking each one off like a check list you know you were born to complete. So here it is… the ultimate sweets tour of Paris!

A l’Étoile d’Or

30, rue Fontaine (9e)

This bakery is quintessential “old Paris” – complete with an old cash register, a charming owner of 40 years (Denise) and some of the most gorgeous packaged sweeties you will find in the city.

Best For: Gifts for home in quaint little jars and containers.

A la Flûte Gana

226, rue des Pyrenees (20e)

An unassuming little bakery well in to the residential neighbourhood of the 20e, where classic French pastries waft through the entrance and lure you in to the pastry heaven that awaits!

Best For: The baguettes here are top knotch.

www.gana.fr

A la Mère de Famille 

33-35, rue de Faubourg Montmartre (9e)

With multiple locations in Paris, this beautiful little chocolaterie has really made a name for itself in Paris. Known mostly only to locals, you know you will not be disappointed by putting yourself in to the hands of the shopkeeper who will guide you through the flavours that are always in abundance. They’ve got great macarons, too!

Best For: chocolates – lots of them.

www.lameredefamille.com

Aki Boulanger

16, rue Ste Anne

If French fusion food is your thing then you’ll have a great ol’ time at Aki Boulanger, who use matcha green tea in a variety of their pastries, using their Japanese influence to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pastries.

Best For: Pastries! I’d skip the bread here as you will find much better elsewhere.

www.akiboulanger.com

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Angelina

226, rue de Rivoli (1er)

If you’ve ever been to Paris before then you would have at least heard of Angelina (or if you’re like me, have been there more times than you can count!) Despite attracting tourists by the truck load, Angelina is a glorious tea house that was once frequented by the like of Audrey Hepburnin its golden days, and is still considered one of the trendiest spots to slowly sip your tea (or hot chocolate for me) amongst the chandeliers, hand-painted wall decor and gorgeous fine china.

Best For: Afternoon tea – pastries and hot chocolates are the winners!

www.angelina.com

Berko

23, rue Rambuteau (4e)

In need of a non-Frenchie sugar hit? For cupcakes and cheesecakes galore, expats of Paris know to head directly to Berko. I would advise getting here before noon as in the afternoons they are known for selling out (not hard to see why). Great flavours and oodles of frosting.

Best for: Cupckaes & Cheesecakes

www.berko.fr

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Berthillon

29-31, rue Saint-Louis en I’île (4e)

Two words: ice cream. Four words: the best in Paris. You won’t find any other recommendations on this list because in truth, there is nowhere better in Paris for luxurious, indulgent ice creams and sorbets with classic and inventive flavours. The area is worthy of an hour out of your day, just to stroll and enjoy the atmosphere of old Paris.

Best for: Ice cream of course!

www.berthillon.fr

Blé Sucre

7, rue Antoine Vollon (12e)

Home to one of the flakiest croissants in Paris (so flaky that you can quite literally hear it as you bite in) for less than two euros. Yep, it is worth the walk.

Best for: Croissants

Cafe Pouchkine

155, Boulevard Saint-Germain

Another patisserie in Paris I adore and have full faith you will too, is Cafe Pouchkine. Don’t be fooled by the finesse of these pastries – the owners are in fact Russia and the store’s roots lie in Moscow. Bringing a little over-the-top Russian glamour to the Paris pastry scene, this is a stop that cannot be missed for any pastry lover.

Best for: Beautiful interior and beautifully placed pastries

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Carette

25, Place des Vosges (4e)

If I could pick just one sweets spot in Paris to recommend you stop at, Carette would be it. Although their first location is more appropriate for tourists (a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower), their second location opposite Place des Vosges is by far my preference out of the two. The glorious square public square sitting opposite Carette is the perfect place to sit with your treats and let time pass you by (if you ask me, it is the prettiest public square in Paris).

Best For: Macarons and delicate pastries (I hear the coffee is pretty good too)

www.carette-paris.fr

Carl Marletti

51, rue Censier (5e)

Although a little out of the way, that is all part of the charm behind Carl Marletti – arguably the best French patisserie in Paris and thankfully, one of Paris’ best kept secrets!

Best For: Fine pastries

www.carlmarletti.com

What I Ate in Paris | World of Wanderlust

Du Pain et Des Idées

34, rue Yves Toudic (10e)

If you’re looking for the best croissant in Paris then look no further – no one beats Du Pain. This small bakery in the 10th arrondissement focuses on doing a few things and doing them really well. Be prepared to queue – this is one of the hottest spots in town!

Best for: The best croissant in Paris

Eric Kayser

33, rue Danielle Casanova (1er)

With multiple locations throughout Paris, Eric Kayser is a household name in Paris. It is here where you will find gorgeous pastries, delicate desserts and delicious croissants. For a one stop shop, look no further.

Best for: A little bit of everything!

www.maison-kayser.com

Jacques Genin

133, rue de Turenne (3e)

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Jacques Genin has an incredibly high reputation in Paris for being one of the cities’ best chocolatiers.

Best for: Chocolate!

Jean-Paul Hévin

231, rue Saint-Honoré (1er)

So… chocolate… got room for more? You’ll also find this chocolatier to be an exceptional choice, also having numerous locations throughout Paris.

Best for: Chocolate!

www.jphevin.com

La Pâtisserie des Rêves

93, rue de Longchamp (16e)

A beautiful and delicate patisserie with pops of colour galore, you’ll find this to be an experience in itself. Although expensive, each pastry is entirely worth every bite!

Best for: Pretty, delicate pastries in a beautiful store

www.lapatisseriedesreves.com

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Ladurée

21, rue Bonaparte (6e)

16, rue Royale (8e)

75, avenue des Champs-Élysées (8e)

How could a sweets tour of Paris be complete without a visit to the world famous, deliciously delightful Ladurée! While the pastries are pretty and the tea setting quaint, the true winners here are the macarons!

Best for: Macarons (classic flavours)

www.laduree.com

Lenôtre 

10, rue Saint-Antoine (4e)

Another beautiful patisserie with delicate desserts. You’ll find multiple locations throughout Paris.

Best for: Pastries

www.lenotre.fr

Lili’s Brownies Café

35, rue du Dragon (6e)

Located in one of my all-time favourite neighbourhoods in Paris, Saint Germain, Lili’s Brownies Cafe is a great little spot to sit back with a coffee and cake and not pay an arm + leg for it (unlike many other cafes in this pricey neighbourhood!)

Best for: Cheap eats and delicious loaf cake!

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Pierre Hermé

72, rue Bonaparte (6e)

With a handful of locations in Pairs and arguably the best macarons in the city (some say Pierre, some say Ladurée and many forget that Pierre once worked for Ladurée!) Pierre’s macarons are undeniably fantastic, however if you ask me you’ll get the best classic flavours at his main competitor (Ladurée) and the best fun, inventive flavours at Pierre’s.

Best for: Macarons (of the adventurous kind!)

www.pierreherme.com

Pralus Chocolatier

35, rue Rambuteau

If you’ve ever heard of praluline, the candied nut praline brioche, then look no further than a visit to Pralus. This baker is commended for his unique brioche, but also has a range of pastries and macarons for choice!

Best for: Praluline!

Rose Bakery

30, rue Debelleyme (3e)

For no-nonsense baked goods in a homely setting, head to Rose Bakery. There’s a full lunch menu available but if you’re a sweet tooth like me, you won’t be able to pass up the individual carrot cakes – to die for!

Best for: Homely baked goods

Sadaharu Aoki

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Sadaharu Aoki

56, boulevard de Port Royal (5e)

With a handful of locations in Paris, Sadaharu Aoki has quickly built up an enviable reputation in Paris. Here you will find perhaps the most delicate pastries in all of Paris, with unique flavour combinations to keep visitors intirgued.

Best for: Matcha flavoured pastries

www.sadaharuaoki.com

Sébastien Gaudard

Sébastien Gaudard

22 Rue des Martyrs

Located on one of the few streets in Paris that has been untouched by time and gentrification, Sébastien Gaudard’s patisserie is one to be celebrated (and visited frequently!) Although a little pricier than other patisseries in the neighbourhood leading to Montmartre, the pastries are also better than most – so entirely worth the price. The shopfront is gorgeous, too!

Best for: Pastries and enviable location on the Rue des Martrys

Over to you! Did you visit one or more of these sweets stores? Which was your favourite!?

Visiting the Polar Bear Capital of the World

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Yep, you read that right. There’s a town up North known as Churchill but informally better known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”. If you haven’t heard about it yet, now is the time. Tourism is growing quickly in this little town and with the rapid pace of climate change affecting migratory patterns, you’d better start planning for the next season. So get out your bucket list, start the savings jar and get ready to plan yourself a trip of a lifetime to Northern Canada!

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Discovering Churchill

Situated in Northern Manitoba, a province lying in the heart of Canada, Churchill is recognised as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World” for it lies on the annual migration path of polar bears. Though numbers can’t be certain, there are said to be an estimates 1,000 polar bears passing through the town of Churchill in Autumn/Fall, making the population of Polar Bears slightly higher than the 900 residents who call the town of Churchill home.

Aside from polar bears in Autumn, there are many reasons travellers seeking Northern adventures travel to Churchill (and indeed another particular reason I was interested in visiting!) The town lies directly under the Auroral Oval, making this one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. Having previously seen the Aurora Borealis in Northern Finland and being stuck outside without a camera, I was incredibly keen to see the Aurora on my visit to Churchill and as fate would have it, luck was on my side (see below!)

Given these two factors and the many other reasons to visit Churchill: kayaking with beluga whales, spotting wildlife like the arctic fox, discovering culture and tradition in the North and more, there are thousands of visitors now travelling North to Churchill every year. With no roads in or out of the town, the only way to arrive is by plane or train, making it a trip worth joining a tour group to ensure you see and experience all the North has to offer.

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A Frontiers North Adventure

Visiting Churchill and its Polar Bear population isn’t as simple as getting in car, driving North and arriving with your winter woollies in tow. Most travellers join one of the few tour groups operating in the area to make the most of their journey and maximise their opportunities to see polar bears in the wild by joining a Tundra Buggy tour.

Joining a small group tour with Frontiers North, I met with my fellow travellers the night before departing to Churchill to discuss the four days that lie ahead. We would be transported by a charter plane to the town, picked up by a local bus driver and given a half-day introductory tour to the town and surrounds. Day two would be spent on board the Tundra Buggy (looking for polar bears – wahooo!), as would day four, with a break in between for more cultural pursuits.

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Polar Bears for Days

At the time of year I visited (November), the main attraction in town is of course the 1,000 polar bears who pass through the town waiting for the ice to form, before heading off to hunt seals – the mainstay of their diet. As was promised before embarking on our adventure, there were plenty of polar bears to observe over our two days on the Tundra Buggy! Within minutes of arriving in town we spotted our first bear sunbathing, followed by many bears (adolescent males, momma bears, cubs) over the following days.

Because of climate change there is a growing fear among scientists that the polar bears in this area will have to migrate further North in search of colder climates. Thus if you have your heart set on seeing polar bears in the wild (like I did) then I would recommend putting this adventure on the top of your bucket list and continuing to make positive choices to raise awareness about climate change!

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Perfect Conditions for the Northern Lights

On the very first night we arrive in Churchill we were treated to a glorious display of nature known to most as the “Northern Lights”. After chasing the Aurora Borealis around the world on my travels, I was incredibly happy to get the chance to not only see the lights, but be prepared enough to take photos and share them with you!

The town of Churchill has perfect conditions to see the lights as it sits directly under the Auroral Oval. The highest chance of spotting the lights is during winter (particularly January, February and March), however we were lucky enough to see them in November so anything is possible!

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Dog Sledding & Local Traditions

On day three of the tour we took a break from polar bear observations to immerse in local cultures and traditions. After museum visits and time with interpretive guides, we made our way out of town to visit Dave Daley’s “Wapusk Adventures” for dog sledding and an introductory education to the sport. While the sport of dog sledding gets a pretty bad wrap on occasion for the treatment of dogs, the story at Dave’s kennel is entirely different. Dave introduced us to the sport, cited his achievements, and spoke about his passion for his dogs and the sport in which they have been raised for. The dogs were incredibly enthusiastic about getting out for a run and as you could imagine it was a lot of fun getting out there to experience the sport!

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Wildlife Safari: What Else Can you See in Churchill?

Other than polar bears (which are of course the main attraction), there are plenty more animals to see in the wild! Highlights from my tour included arctic fox and snowy owl, as well as a range of other birds and foxes. With the changing climate now is as good a time as any to travel to the North for a wildlife safari – who knows how long we will have the chance!

Further Information:

If you’re interested in visiting Churchill you really need to join an organised tour in order to see, experience and enjoy all this region has to offer. I travelled to Churchill with Frontiers North, the primary operator in the area who have been entertaining guests for more than three decades. With thanks to Frontiers North, Travel Manitoba and Destination Canada for welcoming me to experience the True North. All opinions and oodles of photos are my own!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

How to Spend 48 Hours in Winnipeg

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I’ll start by stating the obvious: Winnipeg isn’t the first city travellers choose to visit when exploring Canada and at first glance one can see why. The city is smack bang in the heart of Canada – giving it a harsh climate in winter, a lower cost of living and thus a mixing pot of Canadians who live here. This leads to a city without “must do” attractions, without a clear identity and with the sheer size, without an ability to walk everywhere. But dig a little deeper (and drive a little farther – this city is sprawling to say the least) and you’ll uncover some true hidden gems in the city of Winnipeg that make it a great stopover city that has oodles of potential and plenty of new businesses popping up every other day. Here’s how to enjoy 48 hours in Winnipeg!

48 Hours in Winnipeg

Check in Downtown

The city of Winnipeg is sprawling, with many of the best restaurants a cab ride (or car drive) away, no matter where you decide to stay. To keep it neutral and be within reach of everything, I checked in downtown to the newly opened Alt Hotel. Being new the hotel has incredible prices on their rooms and if you’re an ice hockey fan (or want to be for one night), you’ll find yourself directly across the street from the stadium.

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Refuel at Jenna Rae Cakes

My first pit stop was an obvious choice for anyone who knows me and my significantly high tolerance for sugar. However Jenna Rae Cakes is not just any old bakery, but one of the few bakeries around the world I have placed on my “must visit” Bakery Bucket List. Here you will find an imaginative supply of macarons, cupcakes, cakes and cookie sandwiches as delicious as the flavours list suggests. I’d highly recommend the peanut butter macarons and toffee cookie sandwich (and believe me, I tried a few to reach such recommendations!)

48 Hours in Winnipeg

Recover at Thermëa

A little out of town (15 minutes by car) is a small oasis known mostly only to locals as Thermëa. Inside the grounds you will find a traditional European spa circuit, complete with saunas, steam rooms, cold pools, jacuzzis, you name it! If you’re struggling from jetlag or just want to take a break from the city this is a great place to do so, however I would avoid public holidays and weekends as most locals seem to have the same idea!

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Step Inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Before arriving in Winnipeg I had read many recommendations and received many messages saying I must visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Intrigued by such similar sentiments, I made this one of my first stops and booked a private one hour tour of the museum to discover it more in-depth. The museum structure itself is a fascinating architectural design that uncovers so many interesting twists and turns as you wind your way through (and up!) inside the museum. The content is at times confronting, however for an issue like human rights to really hit home there is no other way to tell these stories. I would join in full chorus with the constant praise for this museum and highly recommend a visit here.

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Check Out The Forks

Just next door to the museum you will find “The Forks”, the perfect place to enter if you’re hungry, peckish or even if you could just squeeze something in! The Forks is a marketplace filled with eateries and small boutiques selling everything from clothes through to souvenirs. On a weekend this place has a really wonderful vibe as it has clearly set itself up as one of the key meeting places for locals in the city.

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Where to Eat: My Top Picks

Enoteca – A delicious gastronomic restaurant in a casually sophisticated space.

Nuburger – Burgers and lots of them (great for veggies and food intolerances!)

Jenna Rae Cakes – My obvious choice for sweet treats and bakery delights!

Stella’s Bakery/Cafe – Really great place for a breakkie bite.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

Top 5: The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Vancouver

Whilst in Vancouver recently I was on a bit of a mission to eat my way around the city’s most inviting and intriguing vegetarian/vegan restaurants. Having been vegetarian for a little more than 10 years now, I’ve become quite comfortable and accustomed to eating vegetarian meals abroad, though over the past 12-18 months I have noticed a huge increase in the popularity of veggie restaurants popping up all over the world. Vancouver was one such city where the veggie revolution seems to have taken off in full force. So here you have it, my top picks for where to eat vegetarian and vegan in Vancouver!

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The Acorn

As far as creative vegetarian fare goes, The Acorn is one of the best veggie restaurants I have eaten at in the entire world (and trust me, I’ve tried a few!) The ambience of the restaurant was sophisticated but casual and you could immediately see this was the perfect spot for a date night. The menu itself had enough options to leave me indecisive and as a picky eater that is not always an easy task! After much deliberation I ordered a delicious green pea soup for entree, wild mushroom tart for main and a ridiculously tasty salted caramel apple cannoli for dessert. All were delicious and I somehow left nothing on my plate – would totally recommend!

The Acorn | 3995 Main Street

Virtuous Pie

My second favourite restaurant from my time in Vancouver was surprisingly a vegan pizzeria, and I use the term surprising because I wasn’t quite convinced prior to my visit that pizza could actually exist without cheese. I stand corrected. The flavours of pizza on the menu were creative but well put together, with the likes of truffles and falafel featuring. If you’re after something more casual and laid back, this would be my pick.

Virtuous Pie | 583 Main Street

Heirloom

If you’re looking for colour on your plate in terms of veggies and lots of them, head on over to Heirloom for a not-too-fancy but also not-too-shabby night out. This place has been around for years and is really popular with locals so you can’t really go wrong. Heirloom is located near Granville Street so be sure to check it out when you’re up that side of town!

Heirloom | 1509 W 12th Avenue

The Naam

As for late night munchies you can’t go wrong with a quick trip to The Naam. These guys have been ‘doing’ vegetarian since before it was a thing and that has noticeably given them time to perfect their craft. Delicious, no-fuss, quick and easy veggie comfort food.

The Naam | 2724 W 4th Avenue

The Wallflower

So there’s one reason I will send you to the wallflower and if you do choose to go, you absolutely cannot go without trying the vegetarian poutine. For those newbies to Canada, poutine is a local delicacy from the Quebec region that has since made its mark all over Canada. So what is it exactly? Hot potato chips covered in gravy and cheese curds. This is one of the few places I can guarantee you vegetarian AND vegan poutine. Don’t miss it!

The Wallflower | 2420 Main Street

Other great Restaurants serving Vegetarian Options:

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Tacofino

You just can’t go to Vancouver and not go to Tacofino: this place is insane! Expect some of the best tacos you will ever eat in your life and some pretty alright burritos too (you can see where my tastebuds lie). The food is so delicious you can almost guarantee you’ll roll right out of there afterwards, so be sure to arrive hungry.

Tacofino | 15 W Cordova Street

Cafe Medina

If you’ve got a sweet tooth (like me) then you absolutely must make time for the waffles on offer at Cafe Medina. This is not only your chance to over-indulge but also a prime opportunity to eat maple syrup in its’ motherland. Go on, you know you want to!

Cafe Medina | 780 Richards Street

Forage

As one of the cities’ most talked about restaurants, vegetarians and meat eaters are both guaranteed to have an outstanding eating experience at Forage. All of the food that makes it to your plate is locally sourced fresh produce, so you’ll not only enjoy the taste but also feel good afterwards!

Forage | 1300 Robson Street

A huge thanks to Visit Vancouver for welcoming me to experience the city! I flew to Vancouver with Air New Zealand as part of their new destination launch, direct to Vancouver!

Bakery Bucket List: The Best Bakeries Around the World you MUST Visit

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Chances are that if you’re reading this post you’re a lover of all things sweet, pastry, buttery, sugary, caramelised, wrapped, sold and devoured. We’re in the same boat. Over the past year I’ve been on a mission of sorts to discover and taste the best bakeries around the world. All in the name of market research (I recently opened my own bakery) I have tested not one, not two, not twelve but an amount I cannot comprehend of the world’s best macarons, cupcakes, tarts, cakes and everything imaginable in between.

This list is a comprehensive list of the world’s finest bakeries. Many of them are in the big cities like Paris and New York, but a few newcomers have popped up in towns you would have never even heard of before.

So this is it: your ultimate Bakery Bucket List to eat the most delicious, indulgent, calorific treats you will find the world over. Enjoy!

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Pastéis de Belém

Lisbon, Portugal

Let us begin with one of the world’s most beloved bakeries – an institution in itself – the much loved Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon. This bakery has been pumping out Pastéis de Nata (custard tarts) since its inception in 1837. Sure, they have other offerings and sure, they’re pretty good too – but you’d be doing yourself a favour to stock up on a box of these gooey-centre-still-warm-out-of-the-oven pastries that will leave you in “ooohs” and “aaahs” for a good manner of time whilst eating them. I promise you, they are all they’re talked up to be!

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Ladurée

Paris, France

Another hot favourite that cannot be missed out from any bakery bucket list is the much talked about Ladurée. This beautiful French patisserie is covered head to toe in pastels to reflect the delicate and colourful pastries they serve in the French capital and now all over the world. Don’t miss the chance to eat a macaron here, even if you’ll find more creative flavours elsewhere in Paris (see below – Pierre Hermé!!!)

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Jenna Rae Cakes

Winnipeg, Canada

No word of a lie, I chose to visit Winnipeg on my trip to Canada for the sole purpose of visiting Jenna Rae Cakes. This small and unassuming bakery in a residential neighbourhood of Winnipeg has only been a recent addition to the bakery scene, however has quickly built up a name for itself with their colourful pastries and quirky flavour combinations. The macarons are fantastic but the cookie sandwiches are the real stand out. If calories don’t count on weekends, then go straight for the toffee cookie sandwich (you’ll cry it is just so good).

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Du Pain et des Idees

Paris, France

When you think of Paris you think of croissants and who wants to travel all that way not to try the crème de la crème? If you’re looking for the best croissant in Paris, head straight for Du Pain et des Idees in Canal-Saint-Martin. You won’t regret it.

Demel

Demel

Vienna, Austria

My first stop in Vienna is always to Demel – a beautifully historic, time warp of a bakery that transports you a world away from reality. The decor, workers’ uniforms and the menu itself are all nostalgic of Vienna’s glorious and glamorous past (not to say that it isn’t still so!) There are cakes and pastries galore to choose from but if you ask me the most decadent item on the menu is the hot chocolate, especially on a cold winters day!

New York Bakeries

Dominique Ansel Bakery

New York, USA

Unless you’ve been living in the 1990’s before cell phones and household interwebs, chances are you’ve heard of the cronut. This glorious combination of a croissant and a doughnut is your fast track ticket to sugar overload, but believe me it is entirely worth it (though I’m still not sure it is worth waiting half an hour in a line for!?) The cronut was indeed created by Dominique Ansel who owns a bakery in New York of the same name. While popular and requiring a line at practically any time of day, a visit is worth while if you find yourself in the city.

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Carette

Paris, France

While you won’t find Carette in guidebooks and on the “must visit in Paris” bakery lists circling the interwebs, I can tell you for certain as someone who has eaten at almost every bakery in Paris, Carette is my absolute favourite. Not only that, they’ve also got the best macarons in the city if you ask me (which by being here you are) and I promise you the salted caramel macarons will change your life. So much so that I went back daily for the “jumbo” version and don’t regret a thing.

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Bakery Lorraine

San Antonio, USA

Another bakery off the beaten path and away from the capital cities is Bakery Lorraine in San Antonio, Texas. I had read about this bakery before visiting and drooled over the French pastries, only to find that the food was just as delicious in real life (winning!) I would highly recommend their salted caramel macarons, almond croissants and quiche off the menu. All are to die for!

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Pierre Hermé

Paris, France

Back to Paris (did you really think this list would be complete without at least a handful of French patisseries!?) This is one French bakery you do not want to miss (but if you’re asking me you shouldn’t miss any of them), especially if you’re a fan of macarons. Pierre’s macarons are dubbed the best in Paris and if you’re in to inventive flavours and quirky combinations then you’ll be in heaven here.

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Tai Cheong Bakery

Hong Kong

Did somebody say custard egg tarts again!? Tai Cheong Bakery is a famous bakery in Hong Kong, known for their egg tarts at an extremely reasonable $8 HKD (about $1 USD). You’ll find them in Central in a little unassuming shopfront and believe me when I say to stockpile on these things – you’ll want more than one!

Conditorei Schober in Zurich

Conditorei Schober

Zurich, Switzerland

One of my favourite cities in Europe is also home to one of my favourite bakeries – Conditorei Shober. The bakery is housed inside a small and unassuming shop front, that opens up in to a grand maze full of separate rooms, outdoor patios and stairs winding to even more space. The hot chocolate is fabulous, especially in the winter time to allow for on-street people watching as you keep yourself warm from the inside out (though being as delicious as it is, it won’t last long!)

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Peggy Porschen

London, United Kingdom

If you find yourself in London you’ll be spoilt for choice (read: The Best Bakeries in London), however Peggy Porschen is my top choice for aesthetic alone. The gorgeous pink exterior, the faux flowers surrounding the entrance, the pretty and perfect placement of pastries inside… this place is a pastel-pink-lover’s dream! The sweets aren’t bad either!

Bakeries in Europe

Cafe Savoy

Prague, Czech Republic

Last but not least (I’l leave it to you to suggest additions for the list) is Cafe Savoy in Prague, Czech Republic. Here is where I tried my first European hot chocolate whilst people-watching from the riverside location of this time warp cafe. Be prepared for a pianist in the background, cigarette puffs in the air and the most glorious step back in time in a city where time in some ways, has stood still.

Over to you! Have you been to any mouth-watering bakeries around the world that should be added to the list – second edition!?

How to Spend 48 Hours in Victoria, BC

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If you find yourself with a spare day in Vancouver or looking to explore British Columbia’s wild West Coast a little further, then a trip over to Vancouver Island is a great way to experience the more rugged side to Canada’s coastline. After staying in Vancouver for a few days I made my way over to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia and the gateway to Vancouver Island. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Victoria (though based off my own experience I would recommend spending at least a week here exploring the island!)

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Arriving in Victoria

There are a few ways to arrive in Victoria with the most popular being by ferry from Vancouver, by sea plane or by commercial plane. After arriving at Victoria International Airport by plane (a 15-minute flight from the mainland), I made my way to baggage collection, signed the paperwork for my rental car and began driving to the city of Victoria.

After a 30-minute drive South, I found myself in a city much bigger, greener, and more elegant than I could have ever expected. British influence is evident at every turn – from the architecture to the quaint shopping streets and everything in between. Expect to see trimmed hedges, immaculate streets, lush gardens and plenty of dog-walking (rumour has it they love their pups here in Victoria!)
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Where to Eat

The eats and drinks scene in Victoria is high by my standards, and its fair to say that I have eaten my share of tasty treats around the world! What I was surprised by is the broad range of pickings in Victoria – with almost every international cuisine imaginable on offer and some great vegetarian + vegan eateries to pick from.

My favourite Bakeries

Crust – I loved this quaint little bakery on Fort street for its interior, uber friendly service and most importantly delicious baked goods! I visited a few times in two days, trying the cronut (my first cronut ever – wowee do I whole heartedly endorse these things!), the savoury tart for lunch (also delicious) and a caramel tart (not bad either!)

Fol Epi – If you want to escape the centre of town and go where the locals do, then look no further. The pastry itself is delicious and quite obviously fresh, however you will need to be prepared to walk for your meal here (not necessarily a bad thing!)

The Dutch Bakery – If you’re someone who eats with your eyes and you’re on a diet, do not dare step inside this shop! The Dutch Bakery is an absolute mecca for baked goods every which way you look and the prices are too cheap to resist!

My favourite Vegetarian Eateries

Rebar – If there’s just one place I would send you for food in all of Victoria (vegetarian or not), this would be eat! This casual, eclectic cafe serves up some of the most amazing low-key vegetarian fare I have tried around the world. The smoothies are delicious and if you can’t squeeze in a sweat treat at the end of your meal (the meal sizes are huuuuuuge), they’ll let you take it away for later! Bonus!

Be Love – With only  two evenings in Victoria I didn’t get the chance to eat out much, but another great find was “Be Love” restaurant, another great low key option with a varied menu.

Saveur – Although I didn’t get the chance to dine here (REGRET!), Saveur is said to be the best vegetarian restaurant in Victoria and boy the photos look convincing! If you’re looking for a more upscale dinner, this would be my first pick (based on recommendations, the interwebs, and those mouth-watering photos).

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Beyond Victoria: Exploring Vancouver Island

Beyond the capital city itself, there is much more to be discovered on Vancouver Island! Unfortunately I had such limited time here that I couldn’t see half of what I had intended – but that doesn’t mean I didn’t do the research with full intent on seeing it all!

East Sooke Park – If West Coast wilderness is what you’re after then head straight for East Sooke Park, roughly a fifty minute drive from downtown Victoria.

Goldstream Provincial Park – If hiking in Canada is on your bucket list then you’ll find plenty of great hikes on Vancouver Island, starting with Goldstream. Here you can hike to the Goldstream Trestle and immerse yourself in local history and culture by learning about the salmon runs that are pivotal to wildlife survival in the area.

Fisgard Lighthouse & Historic Site – As the first lighthouse on the West Coast of Canada and only a 20-minute drive away from downtown, I would highly recommend a short visit to Fisgard Lighthouse to round-off your day trips within the immediate area surrounding Victoria.

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A huge thank you to Hello BC and Victoria Tourism for welcoming me to experience this beautiful little island paradise! All thoughts, views and oodles of photos are my own. I travelled to Canada with Air New Zealand as part of their new destination launch, direct to Vancouver!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

WOW Book Club: Nine

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I’ll cut straight to the chase: it has been a loooooong break between book clubs and I’m sending a thousand sorrys from out here in Canada! The past few months have been crazy – starting a bakery, releasing my first published book, working on new campaigns and balancing my friendships + relationships back home…. it has been very busy to say the least! I’m now back on the road (part time – spending half my time living out of a suitcase and the other half at home) and have finally had a chance to breathe, let alone start reading again! It has not only been a while since I’ve picked up a good book, but a while since I have picked up a book at all, so I’m delighted to announce I stumbled across this little gem in a bookshop in Victoria, British Columbia, earlier this week.

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The Only Street in Paris

This month’s read (surprise, surprise) is another escape in to my favourite city: Paris. I’ve chosen a few Paris-centric books already but this is a book I couldn’t put down within the first few pages and instantly I knew I was on to a winner here.

The book is written by Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris Bureau Chief of the New York Times, who within the first few pages of the book is quick to assert her migratory background. Her parents were immigrants from Sicily, a fact that she not only wears with pride but so happens to tell everyone she meets at her new address in Paris. But Paris is nothing new to Elaine and her American-lawyer-at-a-French-law-firm husband, for they have been living as expatriates for years already in Paris, just not in the right neighbourhood.

Elaine moves her family to rue des Martyrs in an attempt to uncover the real Paris – away from the tourist crowds, away from the fancy Left Bank, and deep in to the heart of nostalgic Paris.

For anyone who has visited Paris and had a glimpse at “the real Paris” on their travels or anyone who has lived in Paris to discover where these hidden pockets lie, then you will absolutely adore this book. For anyone who has visited Paris and was not convinced of the romanticism afforded to the city, I would also strongly encourage you to pick up this book and sink yourself in to the pages.

We’ll pick back up in early December to chat about the book + reveal the next WOW BOOK CLUB pick! If you have any suggestions for great travel reads, please leave them below!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

How to Spend 48 Hours in Vancouver

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I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect for my arrival in to Vancouver but after checking the weather forecast at home before I left Australia, I knew one thing was for sure: rain would be on the cards! To my surprise I landed at YVR airport to blue, sunny skies and for the entire first day resulted in nothing more than a speckle of rain, despite the forecast. Of course I can’t say that was true for my entire time in Vancouver but what is certainly true is just how beautiful, multi-faceted and care-free this city is. Here’s a complete guide for how to spend 48 hours in Vancouver based on my recent visit!

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Getting There: Air New Zealand

First things first: I set off for no less than a 30 hour plane journey to reach Vancouver. Leaving my island home behind, I first set off for Melbourne where I would catch two more flights to reach Vancouver. While normally I wouldn’t choose to fly even a little bit longer than I have to, later in life and my travel career I have come to realise that 1) the cheapest flight route is not always the best and 2) the choice of airline really does make a difference.

Having flown with Air New Zealand a few times this year, I have since decided they are one of my top 3 favourite airlines in the world (probably actually the favourite but to save sounding bias, I’ll round it up!) Anyone I know has the same sentiments for the airline – their service is second to none, they fly almost everywhere, their product onboard is one of the best on offer and the food on board actually tastes good.

My flight left Melbourne in the morning, arrived in Auckland in the afternoon, and I was boarding my final long-haul flight to Vancouver in a matter of hours. All in all I spent quite a while in the air and in airports (living in Tasmania is always the trick), but arrived feeling refreshed and ready to hit the ground running at 12:00 noon.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Check in: Fairmont Pacific Rim

As this was a “work trip” I found myself checking in to the city of Vancouver’s most highly regarded hotel; the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Like any Fairmont property the service was outstanding, personable, and it was the little touches like sleep oil on my pillow, chocolates at turn-down service and complimentary bike-hire that made this stay so memorable. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anything about this hotel not to like and believe me when I say those glorious water-front bath tubs are as relaxing and indulgent as they look!!!

Fairmont Pacific Rim | 1038 Canada Place

48 Hours in Vancouver

Jet Lag Cure: Bike Ride Stanley Park

Fresh off the 30-hour flight journey and ready to fall in a heap of jet lag mess, I made sure to follow my #1 rule for beating jet lag: getting outdoors. Despite being the 3rd largest city in Canada with a population of somewhere comfortably over half a million (600,000+ in the municipal area alone), I was surprised by how easily accessible and close everything was. From my hotel I could practically touch the waters edge and within a 10 minute bike ride could reach the lush oasis that is Stanley Park. All the best cities have an escape plan: just as New York has Central Park and San Francisco has Golden Gate Park, Vancouver has Stanley Park.

Stanley Park is located right in the centre of town, just a few minutes bike ride from downtown. The park is gigantic (over 1000-acres) so I would suggest grabbing a map if you don’t have time to get lost (though based on my experience, the latter was more fun!) While I’m not sure if it was the ice-cold air or the bike ride itself, I found that I had completely kicked my jet-lag by the end of my couple of hours riding around and inside the park, so I would highly recommend it if you too have come off a long-haul!

The Acorn Vancouver The Acorn Vancouver That night: The Acorn

That night I caught a cab up town to The Acorn, a fine-dining vegetarian restaurant that aims to please everyone, even their “first-timers” to vegetarian dining. The food was exquisite – tastefully put together and delicately plated with a great ambience in the entire dimly-lit restaurant. All in all I would highly recommend for my fellow veggies and even recommend for those who aren’t vegetarian!

The Acorn | 3995 Main St

Vancouver in 48 Hours | World of Wanderlust First morning, First thing: Capilano Suspension Bridge

As one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city (well, 15 minutes drive from downtown) I would recommend arriving first thing (9:00am) to avoid lines and crowds. The Capilano Suspension Bridge itself is beautiful (and incredibly wobbly) but there are also plenty of things to see within the complex. Be sure to walk through the treetops and the cliff’s edge – its a great way to immerse yourself in nature and still be so close to the city! For a cheaper alternative you could also check out Lynn Canyon.

Capilano Bridge | 3735 Capilano Road

Coffee at Revolver Gas Town Vancouver

Find the best coffee in Gastown

Gastown was by far my favourite neighbourhood in the entire city and it took me just ten minutes to realise this. The neighbourhood is grungy and industrial, making it the perfect setting for Vancouver’s up and coming coffee bars and their showman baristas. You’ll find the best coffee in the city here in this neighbourhood with three absolute stand outs below:

Revolver | 325 Cambie Street

Buro Coffee | 356 Water Street

Timbertrain Coffee Roasters | 311 W Cordova Street

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Double Jet Lag Cure: Willow Stream Spa

Midday and mid-heavy rain I made my way to the city of Vancouver’s most raved about spa: the Willow Stream Spa inside the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. As far as memorable spa treatments go, two of the most memorable treatments I have had around the world were at Willow Stream Spas and the Vancouver spa was no exception. I would highly recommend the hot mud back massage for jet-lag recovery, which was handpicked by my therapist as the perfect jet-lag cure!

Fairmont Pacific Rim | 1038 Canada Place

Tacofino Vancouver

Lunch: Tacofino

For a midday lunch I would recommend checking out some of Vancouver’s food trucks or if lunching a little later in the day, check out Tacofino (which started as a foodtruck and is now taking over Vancouver!)

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In the Afternoon: Granville Island

In the afternoon if you find yourself with any room left in your stomach whatsoever, head on over to Granville Island for one of the coolest al fresco dining situations you’ll find in a city. Granville Island is full of eats, drinks and a great food market to peruse.

The Last Hoorah: Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club

And for the last hoorah: if you’ve recovered from the jet-lag and are looking for something fun and uplifting to do, Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club is a great place to start. This is one of the most talked about comedy clubs in the city so be sure to check the schedule and plan ahead if possible!

I flew to Vancouver with Air New Zealand to showcase one of their newest destinations – Vancouver! With thanks to Explore BC and Tourism Vancouver for arranging my stay – all opinions, views and oodles of photos are my own!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

I published a book! Where to buy the World of Wanderlust book, Behind the Scenes & More

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Here’s a sentence I never knew I would write almost four years ago when I purchased a domain and began writing a blog World of Wanderlust: I’m a published author!

It was back in December 2012 when I wrote my first blog post as World of Wanderlust and back then I never could have imagined the countries I would visit, cities I would live in and opportunities that would come my way from blogging.

After graduating university and managing my blog on the side, I decided to take a gap year and travel to 6 continents and as many countries as I could squeeze in to one year of solitude. I sold everything I owned and packed what I had left in to one suitcase, hopped on a flight to Heathrow and the rest was history.

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The World of Wanderlust Book

A little over a year ago I opened the most exciting email of all: an expression of interest from Penguin Random House Australia to see if I had ever thought of publishing a book or if I would be interested in doing so (uh, YES!)

Over the next few months I began compiling all sorts of unseen photos, favourite blog photos, tips, tricks, and favourite stories from all over the world. I wanted this book to be a book you could pick up and jump in to the pages to escape (a little like my blog!)

The book is thus filled with inspirational photos, tips, tricks, stories and the most beautiful illustrations of my favourite cities you will EVER SEE (credit to Grace West).

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Where to Buy my Book

Not to my surprise my lovely readers from around the globe are eager to learn where they can buy my book outside of Australia! Currently the book will be published in Australia and the Netherlands, with more news to follow if other countries pick up the book for publishing!

But the good news: you can now purchase my book with global shipping – wahhhoooooo! In Australia you will find the best price at Booktopia, but also find the book available at Angus & Robertson and Dymocks.

Worldwide you can purchase my book from Book Depository with free shipping worldwide!

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World of Wanderlust Book

Lastly (and most importantly) I would like to say a huge, gracious thank you to all my readers who have been with me along this journey the past few years. Here’s to many more years and many more adventures around the world – I hope to meet so many more of you on my travels!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!