Danae and huge ship beside MACq 01 Hotel Hobart

UPDATED 26/9/20

Hello, I’m Danae.

Thanks for visiting my weird and wonderful travel blog Trip Over, 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 strange things we’ve experienced along the way…

By the way, this travel blog uses Australian English spelling since I’m from the City of Bayside, Melbourne.

5 reasons why travel is good for you

Passion

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!

Do you love to travel?

Yes, travelling packs a passionate punch which opens our hearts to the joys and wonders of life, helping to keep us young and optimistic. The passion that travel ignites in us turns us on, emotionally, mentally and physically.

Energy

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. She looks calm, but it’s all a facade.  BTW – This ended up with her having to zipline 70km per hour over a ravine. Thanks very much to her hubby and sons for that wonderful surprise. N.B.: After all this, Danae’s still afraid of heights!  She highly recommends the experience, though!

 

Substance

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 reflect and grow.

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


A 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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Rotfuchs “Anthracite” Scarf – knitted from 100% merino wool. Made in Germany
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Rotfuch Cuddly Knit Scarf “Raschel” 100% merino wool. 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).

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

(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 give you a grin while delivering:

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

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

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 beautiful Marnong Estate, Mickleham, Victoria March 2019 (with the worst possible background).

CUT OUT THE GLARE THIS TRIP AND LOOK COOL TOO

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.

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

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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!

 

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, great travel ideas and travel-related products and deals.

Are my WHAT THE..?!s weird? Or is it just me?

Danae wearing MACQ 01 robe

Is Danae the weird one?

Donning the MACq 01 Hotel robe. It has an old-style map of Hobart hinterland in the hood.

You can buy a robe from MACq 01 Storytelling Hotel for $130AUD.

They’re very large, long 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
Danae wearing a pampering facial mask in the Superior Room at MACq 01 Storytelling Hotel

 

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There are BOLD AQUA LINKS in this blog site which I guarantee will only take you to:

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  2. trustworthy advertising sites such as Jet Radar, Cruise Away, Aussie House Swap (domestic and international swaps), Travel Payouts, Amazon Australia, Hotellook, and booking.com, 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 booking.com to arrange our accommodation in the following destinations:

INTERNATIONAL booking.com TRAVEL REVIEWS –

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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WHAT THE..?! at Hilton Osaka

Disappointed with Hilton Osaka duck skin on prawn crackersWe ordered a fine-dine roast duck dish at Hilton Osaka that was on the menu for around $130AUD. However, when it came out we were surprised to find that the dish was merely a trolley top of duck skin pieces perched on those pink prawn crackers! Where was the duck?

They replied that this was the duck.

Needless to say, we returned the dish and pointed out that their menu said duck, not duck skin, and that prawn crackers are usually a complimentary throw-in.

We requested a replacement lobster dish for the same price and I’m happy to report that it was divine and price appropriate.


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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. Jim kept congratulating me on my choice of accommodation, considering the 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.

DOMESTIC booking.com TRAVEL REVIEWS – 

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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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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WHAT THE..?! at Faro Tapas Bar, MONA

About MONA’s Faro Tapas Bar

Faro Tapas Bar lies at the end of the MONA adventure in the newest wing called Pharos. By the way, MONAMuseum of Old and New Art and it’s located in Berriedale, Tasmania.

MONA’s Faro Tapas Bar Revives Me

Upon entering Faro Tapas Bar, all the above ground elements of sky, sun, land and water resuscitated me like a defibrillator.

By this, I mean that the huge surrounding windows immersed me in a sudden panoramic explosion of light and space and my lungs expanded at the uplifting view of the gentle landscape beyond. This brought me back to life after exploring the peculiar and confronting contents of MONA‘s entrails for several dimly lit hours.

However, I did not expect to have the breath sucked out of me again by the bizarre and unexplained experience that we were about to have while dining in Faro Tapas Bar. To find out what happened, keep reading.

 

Continue reading Faro Tapas Bar, MONA – WHAT THE..?! REVIEW

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Danae's aura photo

HOBART PSYCHIC EXPO: WHAT THE..?! No. 1

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

 

HOBART PSYCHIC EXPO: WHAT THE..?! No. 2

Spiritual healer Paul Carlson makes Jim’s back pain disappear

 

HOBART PSYCHIC EXPO: WHAT THE..?! No. 3

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.

Continue reading Hobart Psychic Expo – WHAT THE..?! REVIEW

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In this post…

1.  Captain Cool on the Mona Roma Ferry WHAT THE..?!

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 2. Mona Roma Ferry Ticket Tips Mona Roma Ferry Review - thumb up emoji

 

3.  We encounter Boobarella on the Mona Roma FerryWHAT THE..?!

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Vote in the Boobarella WHAT THE..?! Blog Poll!

  Continue reading Mona Roma Ferry – WHAT THE..?! REVIEW

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MACq 01 Cocky Billet Superior Waterfront Room

MACq 01 Storytelling Hotel?

You might be thinking ANOTHER Hobart WHAT THE..?! Travel Review (?!), but as I’ve mentioned our Hobart trip in 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.

Find out about MACq 01

 

 

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 booking.com’s TOP HOBART PICKS and “RATED BEST VALUE IN HOBART”.


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Outside MACq 01 Hotel Continue reading MACq 01 Storytelling Hotel – WHAT THE..?! REVIEW

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Republic Bar Quality & Service counter

Keep these “Hobart things to see and do” handy for when you can get to Tasmania. As travelling might not be an option for a while (COVID lockdown effect), escape with me right now by enjoying this juicy blog about the awesome Apple Isle. 

In this Hobart Things to See and Do post you’ll get:

  • The feels for Hobart’s rich history
  • Insight into Hobart’s activities, sights and sumptuous style
  • A taste of Hobart’s hive of creativity
  • What you can see and do in Hobart during Christmas/New Year
  • Things to see and do there all year ’round
  • A selection of stuff we’ve seen and done around the greater state of Tasmania
Danae with the Sydney to Hobart yachts on the Hobart Waterfront
Danae with the Sydney to Hobart yachts on the Hobart Waterfront

Continue reading Our Hobart Things to See and Do – TRAVEL REVIEW

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MONA Travel 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 MONA, because that’s 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? Continue reading Meet MONA if You Dare – REVIEW

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Birds social distancing at Sandringham Yacht Club

Port Phillip Bay photo above: Sandringham Yacht Club. Despite lockdown and the danger of prosecution these birds won’t keep off Port Phillip Bay or wear masks, but they are social distancing.

 

In this Port Phillip Bay post (updated 19/10/20):

  • Beat the Bay blues in lockdown
  • See some of our Port Phillip Bay catches and pics
  • Get Jim’s Port Phillip Bay basic fishing advice
  • Grab a copy of the Fisheries’ Fees and Penalties
  • Find the state government coronavirus recreational fishing restrictions as from 19/10/20
  • Watch our fish turn into food
  • My Port Phillip Bay review

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Danae at Black Rock beach overlooking a deserted Port Phillip Bay during Stage 4 covid restrictions. (Thanks to my cousin Sam for making the mask.)

Continue reading Your Port Phillip Bay home delivery

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