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Hello, I’m Danae. Thanks for visiting my Trip Over travel blog, which features WHAT THE..?! Travel Reviews.

This blog isn’t one of those picture-perfect dream travel blogs

in the vast ocean of picture-perfect dream travel blogs.

Uh uh.

Mine is different. Funny different. Strange different.

And I hope it brightens your day.

Get ready for my dance to welcome you, followed by a magic carpet ride of posts about places you could visit,

great travel info, and the weird things we’ve experienced along the way…

By the way, this site uses Australian English spelling since I’m from the City of¬†Bayside, Melbourne.

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Do you love to travel?

Before the travel reviews begin…

Do you love to travel? Or do you lurve to travel?

Since you’re visiting a travel blog, you probably lurve to travel like me.

Lurve of travelling is a romantic sort of love, isn’t it? We get butterflies from the moment we ponder the possibility of getting away.Travel gives us butterflies!The wings of desire flutter, the butterflies go crazy with the fantasy, and then we fall head over heels in lurve when we decide that YES, we’re going on a holiday! Whoo hoo!


Travelling fills us with energy, even while we’re just planning the trip, packing our clothes, and heading off for our next adventure.When we arrive at our destination we truly feel the powerful and uplifting effects of travel because it reawakens us to spontaneity, serendipity, and absorbing the present in a heightened state.

Travel fills us with energy!

New stimuli

We’re out of our comfort zone and we stop acting on auto pilot (pardon the travel pun) because we need to process our new surroundings quickly and there is so much new stimuli. We even take a renewed interest in strangers and little details grab our attention.

Travelling allows us to live in a world parallel to our everyday one and learn how other people and societies approach life. You get paradigm shifts when you travel.

Travelling makes us pay attention to detail

Builds character

Not only that, travelling builds our character and strengthens our spirit. We’re often faced with unfamiliar situations and must make out-of-the-ordinary decisions about what to do, where to go, and how to get the most out of our day.

Travelling strengthens spirit and builds character
Danae hanging around on the Hollybank Treetops Adventure, Underwood (near Launceston), Tasmania. I look calm, I know, but it’s all a facade.¬† BTW – This ended up with me having to zipline 70km per hour over a ravine. Thanks very much to hubby and sons for that wonderful surprise. N.B.: After all this, I’m still afraid of heights!¬† Highly recommend the experience, though!



Some people might feel that travelling isn’t worth the cost, effort, or risk, but after you travel you realise that the experience stays deep inside you, adds extra substance to your life’s story, and has helped you to grow.

You know the intrinsic value of new travel adventures and that’s why I’m excited to connect with you through our shared lurve of travel.

By the way, a quick scarf recommendation for your trip or as a gift:

I bought these cool 100% merino wool Rotfuchs scarves made in Germany for our twin sons studying in London. (Rotfuchs means “Red Fox” in German, if you’re wondering ;-D)

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Cuddly Rotfuchs “Raschel” scarf stripes 100% merino wool – Made in Germany
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Men’s Rotfuchs scarf knitted from wool 100% merino “Anthracite” – Made in Germany

Ordered them from Australia through Amazon UK, without postage fees and with quick delivery in time for Christmas 2019. So, for all your friends and family overseas, see if you can buy them gifts from their local Amazon because you’ll save time, money and effort (provided the product turns out to be great).

I mean, imagine buying 100% merino wool scarves made in Germany, from Australia, and then having to pay to post them to London in time for Christmas! (Sorry, Australia Post, but it costs a lot and takes time.)

When I visited our sons in London after Christmas, January 2020, I saw and felt first hand the excellent quality of these scarves¬† – very classy, soft and funky. They looked great on the boys. More importantly, our sons love the scarves and were wearing them…a lot! Yay! So very pleased with these purchases.¬†

Therefore, I can personally recommend these scarves to you if you’re heading somewhere wintry or as a gift. (You’ll find that the Amazon description for the Raschel scarf will say “red and yellow” for the blue one, but don’t worry, it arrives blue.)




The experience of travel has instrinsic value.

My Trip Over Travel Blog Goal for You:

To give you a unique, fresh travel blog that will WOW! you and make you smile, while delivering  great travel review information via:

  • unusual and useful content including tips
  • personal trip recommendations
  • access to lots of great travel-related deals, and
  • the¬†WILD CARD called WHAT THE..?! Travel Reviews.¬†

These compelling travel reviews include the weird encounters and improbable incidents that my husband Jim and I have experienced by chance while on holidays. I like to call them WHAT THE..?!s .

You can let me know how strange you think they are by voting in the WHAT THE..?! blog polls. 

What sparked WHAT THE..?! Travel Reviews?

SPARK 1) The WHAT THE..?! TV segment on the Rove Live show about weird stuff that viewers sent in to him, such as strange community signs, ads, and a slice of bread that came out of the loaf with a very happy face.

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SPARK 2) The Marvel Comics WHAT THE..?! series¬†which parodied ¬†the Marvel Universe and was billed as “The Marvel mag of mirth and mayhem“.

Similarly, the WHAT THE..?! encounters¬†that my husband Jim and I have experienced on our trips¬†have parodied (what I¬†consider to be)¬†“normal” events, invoking¬†mirth and mayhem.


Danae and Jim at Marnong Estate, Mickleham, Victoria March 2019
Danae and Jim at Marnong Estate, Mickleham, Victoria March 2019



These would suit Jim. Actually, all sunnies suit Jim. They just do…¬†

Ray-Ban glasses for holiday travel

Ray-Ban THE GENERAL RB 3561 COPPER/GREEN SHADED men’s sunglasses


SPARK 3) Our little getaway to Hobart Tasmania in early January 2018, which was the catalyst for WHAT THE..?! Travel Reviews. The trip was rife with WHAT THE..?! moments.

Upon reflection, I realised that the tingling thread of WHAT THE..?! was also running through our past few trips to Darwin, Vanuatu, and Greece.


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Find out about my glass of sparkling wine that glided 45cm across the table by itself at Faro Tapas Bar, verified by MONA’s Communications Team!


We’ve experienced strange situations, occurrences, human behaviour, and bits of info at relatively normal holiday travel destinations.

The WHAT THE..?!s have caught us completely by surprise and have left lasting impressions. Sometimes they’re blatant, sometimes more obscure, but they always appear out of nowhere.

I adore WHAT THE..?!s. That’s why this travel blog features WHAT THE..?! Travel Reviews. I’m compelled to share this weird stuff with you¬†along with some great offbeat, handy travel¬†info, genuine recommendations and top travel-related deals.


Vote in the WHAT THE..?! Travel Review Blog Polls

Have fun voting in the¬†WHAT THE..?! Polls. I look forward to finding out whether you rate our¬†WHAT THE..?!’s as Wow/Wonderful/Wacky/Worrying or a Whateva.

In fact, I’d like to¬†know¬†if¬†you think it’s me who’s strange for classifying this stuff as weee-ird.

Danae wearing MACQ 01 robe

Is Danae the weird one?

Donning the MACq 01 Hotel robe.Old-style map of Hobart hinterland in the hood.

You can buy a robe for $130AUD.

They’re very large and heavy – great for Winter – and have a touch of Assassins Creed and Cobra about them.

Danae wearing a pampering facial mask and a MACq 01 Hotel robe
Wearing a pampering facial mask


Site Links

Oh, by the way. There are BOLD GREEN LINKS in this blog site which I guarantee will only take you to:

  1. trustworthy¬†information sites relating to¬†this blog’s content OR
  2. trustworthy advertising sites such as Jet Radar, Cruise Away, Aussie House Swap (domestic and international swaps), Travel Payouts, Amazon Australia, Hotellook, and, in the event that you like what you see and wish to explore/view information. Links lead to e.g. photos, prices, descriptions, and/or reviews.

We have happily used to arrange our accommodation in the following destinations:


Minato, Tokyo, Japan 2017 – Clean, modern, very friendly staff. Language barrier not an issue.

Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan 2017 – Top location near the Ikebukuro Station. Comfortable, clean, roomy, and enjoyable.

Osaka, Japan 2017 –¬†Small room, inexpensive, nothing amazing, but that’s what was¬†we were looking for. Very good value.

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Preveza, Greece 2016 (far west, near Lefkada) – Can’t say enough good things about Dioni Boutique Hotel. It was perfect for us. My husband, Jim, kept congratulating me on my choice of accommodation. Amazing staff, gorgeous hotel, ATM within 10m, walking distance to the waterfront, taverns, shops, cafes, Satan’s Bazaar, and the foreshore further up.¬†Buffet breakfasts on the rooftop with views.¬† My only quibble was the¬†noise from the dogs that lived on a neighbouring property, but there are quieter rooms available on the other side.

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Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia 2015 РClassy, clean, luxurious, spacious apartment. Central location. So much on offer within a short walk. We loved it and had fun at the cook-your-own authentic Korean BBQ restaurant around the corner.

Daylesford, Victoria, Australia 2015 – The room was affordable, modest, clean, and comfortable. Lovely surrounding area and great¬†location,¬†just a block’s walk to the town’s main street.

Eden, New South Wales, Australia 2015 – We really enjoyed our stay as a family at this motel. The room was large, in great condition, and comfortable for everyone. We had a room upstairs with an ocean view from our window. Friendly, family environment. Top location within walking distance¬†to main streets, incl. pubs, restaurants etc. If you’d like to see the actual room we stayed in, click here and find the room with the red door.

Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia 2015 – Modern, clean, comfortable room. Central location. Enjoyable stay.

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You can buy God with garlic at Satan's Bazaar, Preveza, Greece for just 9 euros!
You can order God with garlic¬†for just 9 euros at Satan’s Bazaar in Preveza, Greece. (What a typo! Should’ve written Cod.)


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MONA Review Kick-off

Updated 23rd February 2020 – This travel review on MONA aims to give you MONA’s vibe. The review starts from the first time I heard about her, because that is when she started to seduce my curiosity.

Let me explain.

We told a few different friends that we were heading down to Hobart. To my surprise, all of them immediately asked if we were going to take the ferry to MONA.

“Probably,” I replied to the first friend, NV, not that I knew anything about MONA. Rather, NV got that response out of me because her eyes were wide and her voice was low, indicating that MONA was a strange case of Enter at Own Risk.

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Already, MONA had the welcoming vibe of this carnivorous plant door mat. (Click to find out the unbelievable name of this Amazon Australia product. You’ll never ever guess it, or ever remember it. WHAT THE..?!)


Naturally, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to love MONA or not, but it didn’t matter because I was already intrigued. Then I began wondering whether MONA was on an island. Was she an island? Or some dystopian town nestled in a Tasmanian valley, covered in fairy lights?

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My glass of sparkling wine travelled across our table by itself in Faro Tapas Bar!

MONA, Tasmania is a pretty WHAT THE..?! place in its own right. However,¬†Jim and I¬†experienced this unexpected¬†and unusual incident on Thursday 4th January 2018 in MONA’s Faro Tapas Bar.

Before you think, yeah right, know that 1st February 2018 I received a confirmation email from MONA’s Communications Team, which¬†can be found at¬†the bottom of this post.

Not only that,¬†I’m very happy to report that MONA published my two blog comments regarding the strange occurrence. You can find them in this post too. Thanks, MONA!

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Danae's aura photo


Psychic medium Rebeccah Rhodes picks up on my moving glass at MONA



Spiritual healer Paul Carlson makes Jim’s back pain disappear



Kristi Beams reads my aura photo with startling accuracy and insight 

Plus, vote in three WHAT THE..?! blog polls!


Yep. A hat-trick of WHAT THE..?!s appeared out of nowhere at Hobart Psychic Expo and I’d like to know if you think they’re WHAT THE..?! worthy.

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MACq 01 Hotel, Hobart?

You might be thinking oh, ANOTHER¬†Hobart WHAT THE..?! Travel Review, but as I’ve mentioned our Hobart trip in early January 2018 was rife with WHAT THE..?! moments. Therefore, I’d like to share this last one that happened to us at MACq 01 Hotel before I move onto Vanuatu, Darwin, Greece, and Japan.

Besides, the quirky and stylish MACq 01 Hotel is a unique, luxury hotel with plenty of personality¬†that in my opinion deserves a featured review. Also, it’s one of’s TOP HOBART PICKS and “RATED BEST VALUE IN HOBART.


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Outside MACq 01 Hotel

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Hobart Things to See - Republic Bar Quality & Service counter

There’s heaps to see and do in Hobart.

The first thing you’ll do in Hobart is see history all around you. The second thing you’ll do is feel it.

From my Melbourne perspective, Hobart is a delightful “dollhouse” city. This is because so many buildings there are refreshingly low with carefully preserved facades that whisk you away to yesteryear. So, most of the sights you’ll see and the activities you’ll do in Hobart will have the backdrop of a rich, historical setting.

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While you’re seeing and doing in historical Hobart, you can also lap up the creamy luxury that the city has to offer you.

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