Expert Guidance

As an industry expert in travel to Australia & New Zealand, we have uncovered the best hidden gems; experienced the hotels, restaurants, and activities; and, essentially, paved the way for you to get the most out of your travels.

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Personalized Planning

When you collaborate with The Splendid Traveler, your trips will be tailored to your preferences, interests, and budget. No "cookie cutter" trips.

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What Is The Process?

We will discuss your interests, travel style, and goals. You don't have to know specifics—it's our job to create an itinerary based on your preferences.

Once your travel goals are clear, you can relax. The Splendid Traveler will create your itinerary based on what we have discussed. Of course, it will be revised until it completely reflects your vision.

Before your travels, you will receive hot tips and insider knowledge as well as answer any questions you may have. You’ll be guided on the best routes, tips, restaurants, and sites, so you have a good idea of things to experience before you arrive.

We will never be further than a phone call away no matter where you are 24/7.


Foods to Try While Traveling Australia

We all know “when in Rome do as the Romans do.” For us now, it’s “When in Australia, eat as the Australians do.” Can you truly know a culture without learning about its food? I don’t think so. To fully immerse yourself in the Aussie way of life (or because you are an epicure), we recommend the following foods that…

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The Splendid Traveler is a Finalist for FAVE Small Business

Thanks to everyone who nominated The Splendid Traveler for Austin Young Chamber’s Annual FAVE Awards. The Splendid Traveler is a finalist for FAVE Small Business! The FAVE (Favorite Austin Venture or Enterprise) Awards are hosted BY young professionals honoring businesses who support a community FOR young professionals.

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Australia’s Top 5 Must-Visit Wine Regions

With both Mediterranean and cool-climate conditions favorable for viticulture, Australia’s southern states are renowned for outstanding wines, produced within undeniably picturesque regions. The first vines were brought to the country with British colonialists in the late-18th century, and the wine industry has since blossomed into one of Australia’s major tourist draw cards. Experiencing Australia’s top wine growing regions is not…

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New Zealand Must Do: Waiheke Island

It’s only a half hour ferry ride from Auckland, but Waiheke Island with its sun-drenched coves, sprawling vineyards, and breathtaking scenery seems a world away. This outdoor-lover’s playground and foodies paradise has recently been listed by Lonely Planet as one of the top destinations for travel in 2016, as well as one of the world’s top islands for foodies by…

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5 beaches To Add To Your Sydney Itinerary

One of the things that makes Sydney such a picturesque and livable city is the endless beaches that surround it. From the famous sands of Bondi to the little known Northern Beaches, there is no shortage of spots to soak up the Australian sun, surf, and sand. Sydney’s Beaches are intertwined with the local culture, hosting annual festivities and popular TV…

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Lodges I Love: Annandale Coastal Farm Escape & Luxury Villa Collection

Annandale is set on a 4,000 acre sheep and cattle farm comprised of four unique luxury villas scattered across the property, each with their own distinctive character. Location: Annandale is a 90 minute drive or short helicopter ride from Christchurch and 30 minutes from Akaroa. During your journey from Christchurch, you’ll see the spectacular scenery of the Banks Peninsula. A trip to the small town of Akaroa, a historic…

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Golf In New Zealand

Golf was first introduced to New Zealand by the Scottish over 100 years ago. Today, New Zealand has about 400 Golf Courses, making it the country with the highest amount of golf courses per capita than any country in the world. Combining world class courses with state of the art facilities, golfers are treated to not only fine golfing experiences, but…

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Uncovering Sydney’s Diverse Neighborhoods

While the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge may be the biggest attractions in Australia’s biggest city, it’s the diverse neighborhoods which are the heart and soul of Sydney. From historic slums to swank beachside communities, Sydney’s inner suburbs are more than deserving of their own time and exploration. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a look at…

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Ten Things To Know Before Visiting New Zealand

New Zealand regularly tops the list as one of the world’s must-visit destinations for its sweeping landscapes, adrenalin activities, and wilderness experiences. So if you’re thinking of heading to the “Land of the long white cloud”, here are ten things you should know before you go. 1. Pack For All Weather And Dress In Layers A photo posted by Alicia…

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7 Things To Know Before Traveling To Australia

Australia has, for good reason, always been a mecca for travelers, in good part because of its natural beauty. The lush rainforests in the north, the remarkable Outback, and the Great Barrier Reef are all iconic destinations. There are some things to take into consideration before planning a trip that will help keep you safe and maximize your experience of…

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Alicia did not only point out some of the most beautiful and hidden places in New Zealand and adjusted [and re-adjusted] all travel plans to time and budget, but was also the most patient, understanding and accommodating service professional I have ever experienced. - Jess C.

With Alicia's thoughtful help and guidance, my husband and I had the most spectacular trip to NZ and Australia. We spent the majority of the trip on NZ's magical South Island--and are now passionate about encouraging others to feel the benefit of Alicia's knowledge, attention to detail and willingness to tweak plans until they are a perfect for you. - Julie T.
Alicia's expertise and recommendations made our Australia trip absolutely fantastic! She was easy to work with and very helpful both prior to our trip and during our trip.

- Evan K.