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Trip Over with Danae,


WHAT THE..?! Travel Reviews.


I’m from the City of¬†Bayside, Melbourne, Australia.¬†It’s Summer here right now!

Thanks for visiting my travel blog and…

Merry Christmas! All the best for 2019!

Before I go on about travel, I’d like to share this with you…

Every year I make delicious, easy Christmas puddings using easy oven bags, not cloth. They’re a fab festive hit with the fam. Our sons love them! Serve slices of pud warm with custard. Mmm!

One slice of pud goes a long way! So the puds don’t need to be huge.

If you’re in the southern hemisphere like me, you can make the puds early December before Summer fully hits and store them in the fridge. Or make them earlier in Spring when the weather’s cooler and freeze them. They’re good frozen for a year! The hardest part for me is chopping up the tough pitted dates. Bah! Humbug!

If you’d like a copy of my rare and highly effective 1983 Australian Women’s Weekly easy Christmas puddings recipe that I have in my hot little hands, click here!¬†

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Enjoy with your puddin’-lovin’ family!


Now where was I? Oh, yes.

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 providing you with some great travel info and deals.

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Do you love to travel?

First, though, 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.

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!

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

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 75km per hour over a ravine. Thanks very much 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.

The experience of travel has instrinsic value.

My goal here is to give you a unique, fresh blog that will WOW! you and make you smile, while delivering  great 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.

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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.

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Find out about my glass of sparkling wine that moved across our table by itself at Faro Tapas Bar, which was verified by 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.

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

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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 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.

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!) Anyway, will be more WHAT THE..?! photo conscious in future!

BTW…¬† ¬† ¬† WHAT THE..?!¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†

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



We mentioned to a few different friends that we were going to Hobart. It surprised me 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 Рis 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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Danae's aura photo

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 

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


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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