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Hello and welcome to

Trip Over with Danae,

featuring WHAT THE..?! Travel Reviews.

I’m from the City of Bayside, Melbourne, Australia. Thanks for visiting my travel blog.

Trip Over with Danae 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 while delivering great travel info.


Do you like to travel?

Or do you lurve to travel?

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

Love of travelling is a romantic sort of love, isn’t it? We get butterflies from the moment we ponder the possibility and toy with the idea of getting away.The wings of desire flutter, the butterflies go crazy with the fantasy, and then we fall head over heels in love and declare 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.

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.

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.

Danae hanging around up in the treetops, Hollybank Treetops Adventure, Launceston, Tasmania
Hollybank Treetops Adventure, near Launceston, Tasmania


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.

My goal here is to give you a unique, fresh blog that will WOW! you and make you smile, while delivering travel 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 reviews relay the weird 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?

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.

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.

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.

Find out about my moving glass at Mona!

We have 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.

Please take a moment to vote in the WHAT THE..?!s Polls. I’d love to know 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 “Storytelling 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.

Wearing a pampering facial mask


Looking forward to your posts and WHAT THE..?! poll ratings! Stay tuned.

Oh, and another thing. There are 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 Wotif, Skyscanner, Aussie House Swap, Amazon Australia, and  booking.com,  in the event that you like what you see/want to explore and wish to view information.

Links lead to e.g. photos, prices, descriptions, and/or reviews.

We have happily used booking.com to arrange accommodation in destinations such as:

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

Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan – 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.

Find cheap flights to Osaka via Skyscanner Australia!

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 – Classy, 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.

Therefore, I can personally recommend using booking.com.

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Yes, more genuine travel recommendations, great travel info, and top travel deals coming your way!

Plus WHAT THE..?! Travel Reviews and Polls on Vanuatu, Darwin, Greece, and more.

P.S.: Some of the blog photos/videos were taken before the travel blog idea came to mind, i.e. are not blog conscious.

Also, there were several WHAT THE..?! moments that I should’ve captured (e.g. Boobarella on the MR1 Mona Roma Ferry! Drats! Jim said to ask her for a photo together, but I declined. I should’ve at least got one with her lounging in the background on the front ferry deck, boobs ahoy!) Anyway, will be more WHAT THE..?! photo conscious in future!

BTW…      WHAT THE..?!        

You can order God with garlic for just 9 euros at Satan’s Bazaar in Preveza, Greece


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We mentioned to a few different friends that we were going to Hobart. I was surprised that their first response was are you going to Mona?

“Um, probably,” I replied to the first friend, NV, not that I knew anything about Mona. Rather, the way in which NV had asked the question had pulled that response out of me: NV was wide-eyed and her voice was low, yet abrupt, conveying that Mona was a strange spectacle and a case of Enter at Own Risk.

I wasn’t sure whether I was bound to love Mona or not. Was Mona an on an island? Was she an island? Was Mona a weird and wonderful town nestled in a Tasmanian valley, covered in fairy lights?

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My Glass of Sparkling Wine Travelled 45cm by Itself!

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.

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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WHAT THE..?! No. 1

Psychic medium Rebeccah Rhodes

picks up on my moving glass at Mona


WHAT THE..?! No. 2

Spiritual healer Paul Carlson makes

Jim’s back pain disappear


WHAT THE..?! No. 3

Kristi Beams reads my aura photo

with startling accuracy and insight

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

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