There were a number of early Christian saints named Valentinus or Valentine, however the Valentines honoured on February 14 are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni.
Imprisoned for marrying soldiers – who were forbidden to marry – and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire, Valentine of Rome is believed to have penned a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell to a loved one just moments before his execution.
An embellishment to the story of that particular Valentine perhaps, yet it marks the beginning of our association with romance and just one date within February each year.
Tucked away in the south west corner of New Zealand, Fiordland is a landscape brimming with contrasting textures and colour.
While the view today is one of indomitable peaks reflected in the inky waters of the infinitely deep sounds, Fiordland was once enveloped by giant sheets of ice.
Carving away at the rock face beneath, the glaciers of the region’s past have sculpted terrain so unique that it has become one of the most iconic landscapes on earth.
Having already explored parts of the southern alpine range on foot, by kayak and in a helicopter, I thought perhaps Fiordland would not have such a profound impact on me.
Welcome back to our Snapshots Series. A feature designed to give you a visual snapshot of our favourite locations across the globe.
Simply scroll down and absorb each image, but be warned, this insta-essay is likely to cause a strong desire to down tools and book yourself a one way ticket to Australia.
In this edition we’ve collated a few of our favourite moments from our recent EPIC AUSTRALIAN ROAD TRIP.
So fasten your seatbelt, we’re taking you on a journey of over 25,000km across one of the world’s most diverse continents.
New Zealand is known for the magnificent alpine range which rises high above the varied landscape of the south.
Sculpted by the powerful forces at play deep beneath the earth which subduct and diverge the neighbouring Pacific and Australian plates, the colossal peaks of the Southern Alps serve as a reminder of Mother Nature’s indomitable creativity.
Awash with a variance of micro climates and geology, the elliptical Mackenzie Basin offers a little horizontal respite from the frozen peaks which line its borders.
The flat lands of the basin have seen vast changes in the last 300 million years.
Welcome back to Wanderlust Wednesday, our guest author series in which we invite other intrepid travellers to share their most memorable travel moments.
This week Rachel inspires us to grasp the opportunities we crave and strive for the life we desire.
A heart felt and emotive response to realising her own dream of travel, it is sure to inspire.
Watch out, you will likely be persuaded to quit you day job in the next few paragraphs…
January is the highlight of Australia’s sporting calendar.
Dubbed ‘Australia’s Greatest Global Sporting Event’ the Australian Open brings the world’s Tennis elite Down Under, in the first of four Grand Slam tennis events for the year.
First held in 1905 the event, known then as the Australasian Championships, was seldom entered by foreign players at the start of the 20th century.
Today it is a multinational competition showcasing the best talent in tennis from across the globe.
We love exploring the natural world and when a location displays examples of Mother nature’s inspiring natural design, it gets our hearts all a-flutter.
It’s not often that we feature locations that neither Charli or myself have been to here on Wanderlusters. Today however, we make an exception.
With all the recent posts released into the blogesphere covering 2014 goals, hopes and travel itinerary ideas, we’ve had to extend our bucket list!
I’m never one for following suit and submitting my own top 10 list of bloggers, locations or travel tips so I’ve compiled a list with a difference…