Around the world in 7 weeks - a video diary

Around the World in 7 weeks – a video diary

Around the world in 7 weeks

Exactly one year ago today, on 16th October 2015, me and my husband were on a flight from London to Singapore to embark on a whirlwind seven week trip around the world. Regretting never taking a gap year as students, we decided to ask for a career break and were granted those weeks – not as long as we had hoped for but still long enough for an epic adventure.

We had a brief two night stopover in Singapore before flying on to Australia for a couple of weeks – Oz being one of my all time favourite places. The main reason for our desire to head Down Under however, was an (almost) month-long road trip around New Zealand. After our epic road trip we stopped over in Fiji for some relaxation and culture (I never thought I would ever get to Fiji!) before finally crossing over the International Date Line and reliving 1st December all over again in Los Angeles where we spent a few more nights.

So for you, in video form, here is our awesome, amazing adventure!

Around the world in 7 weeks …in 7 minutes!

Look Up… Surreal Singapore

Nowadays we all spend way too much time with our necks bent down staring at our smartphones, rather than appreciating the world around us, and I admit that I am just as guilty of this as everyone else. So inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of ‘Look Up’, I thought I would share with you one of my favourite photos looking up.

If you read my post 6 super Singapore must-dos then you’ll know how much I loved the Supertree Grove at the Gardens by the Bay. We arrived too late to see the majestic colour changes but we did see the trees all lit up in their electric blue glory like something from the movie Avatar.

The man-made trees are between 25 and 50 metres tall and there are 18 of them in total, 12 of them being in Supertree Grove itself. Each tree is made of concrete and steel with plants growing on them to form a “living skin”. They are also free to go and see.

We were admiring the trees for ages and even lay down beneath them which is when I took this photo. A perfect entry to this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

Surreal Singapore - looking up at the magical Supertrees

6 super Singapore must-dos!

If you're only in Singapore for a short amount of time, then here are my 6 super Singapore must-dos

If you’re only in Singapore for a short amount of time then here are my SIX super Singapore must-dos!

1. Drink a Singapore Sling at The Raffles Hotel

Yes it is expensive. Yes it is touristy. And yes almost everyone in the Long Bar will be sipping on a sling, but we were in desperate need of refreshment and a cool place to sit when we passed, so we thought when in Rome…

Sip a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel

2. Go on the night safari at Singapore Zoo

I’ve never heard of a night safari at a zoo before but I had heard many good things about Singapore Zoo. We enjoyed the walking tour and the Creatures of the Night show. The tram less so as I’m not entirely convinced all those animals were real! Still, it was a unique experience to wander around a zoo after dark and see the nocturnal animals come out to play.

Porcupine at the Night Zoo in Singapore - a Singapore must-do
Adorable porcupine at the Night Zoo

3. Photograph the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands

Go for a stroll along the waterfront to see the famous Merlion – a fountain with the head of a lion and the body of a fish – Singapore’s national icon. From here you can get spectacular views (haze permitting) of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel – also a bit of an icon itself!

Merlion and Marina Bay Sands

4. See the Supertrees in their glowing glory

We didn’t have time to visit the Gardens by the Bay properly, but one evening we caught the train down there to see the Avatar-like Supertree Grove. Absolutely stunning and surreal – and best of all – FREE! (Although you have to pay for some other parts of the Gardens by the Bay).

The Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay

5. Wander around Little India

Little India is a colourful place, both literally and figuratively. See the beautifully ornate Hindu temples, snap a photo or two of the House of Tan Teng Niah or even have your fortune told by a parrot.

Colourful building in Little India, Singapore

6. Sample some street food

Singapore is well-known for its hawker centres, so we chose to stop by Maxwell Food Centre in Chinatown to try a few dishes. Cheap, tasty and filling – just what you need after a day of exploring!

Maxwell Food Centre in Singapore

Have you been to Singapore? What would you add to the list to make a super 7?