Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Iris Sinilong
Trip Around the World winners discuss with us their Australia and Hawaii adventure.
On March 2013, I got a call first thing in the morning from CHYM FM about their Trip Around the World contest. I was initially in disbelief. I couldn’t believe I had won. Once it sunk in, my family and I started planning a family trip to the most exotic places we could think of. We decided to travel to Australia first and then drop in at Hawaii for a visit. We stayed outside the city of Cairns at a holiday resort in Trinity Beach. Here we discovered beautiful beaches, open-air restaurants, and incredible (if not deadly) wildlife.
We spent a lot of time in the rainforest ziplining from tree-top to tree-top. We went snorkeling in the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Swimming in the reef and seeing the incredible multitude of fishes and corals were incredible experiences. Along the way, we met dozens of wonderfully friendly people, learned how to drive on the opposite side of the road, and saw in-the-wild crocodiles sunning themselves on the edge of the Daintree River.
Leaving Australia was difficult, to say the least, but what made it a bit easier was knowing that we were headed to Maui, Hawaii. Our activities in Hawaii included trekking through the Hawaiian rainforest, feasting at the Kaanapali Beach Luau, swimming with the sea turtles at Turtle Beach, snorkeling in the Hawaiian reefs (remarkably different than Australia, but amazing just the same!), and finally taking a helicopter tour over the islands and ocean.