#TTOT Round-Up: Oceania

Every Tuesday it’s Travel Talk on Twitter! Follow the #TTOT tag to see what all the commotion and Tweets are about! There are two sessions to join, one at 9:30am GMT and the other at 9:30pm GMT.

Here’s the round-up of this week’s #TTOT: 

Q1. Favorite area visited so far or high on the bucket list? (submitted by Roopunzel)

  • mummy_t: Morotai and Halmahera, two undiscovered gems in Indonesia 
  • Fellini33: New Zealand and Madagascar high on bucket list 
  • simoncrerar: Fave place visited in Oceania is Rapa Nui aka Isla de Pascu aka Easter Island
  • Liligo_UK: Haven’t been yet but learning to surf somewhere/anywhere in Oceania would be so cool 
  • CairnsGBR: The Great Barrier Reef of course!!! Nemo is waiting for you all to visit and say Hi!!
  • karindumaire: Polynesia is beautiful (especially Bora Bora) and Melanesia is fascinating. Aussies and Kiwis are great, laid-back people
MyPostcardFrom loves the Cook Islands

Q2. What is your favorite Aussie/Kiwi word or expression? (submitted by HollyGalbraith)

  • Miss_Neriss: Che Bro and Fair Dinkum. Or Suck me Sideways! 
  • hyperren: “Sweet as” is my fave 
  • eurotravelista: Always loved it when the Croc Hunter would say “crikey”! 
  • midgie_jae: I am so hungry I could eat a horse and chase the rider
  • WilliamsCE: Goon Bag! Love that term for boxed wine!! I get an Aussie to say it every time I meet one! 
  • whatsashadid: Ubiquitous ‘No worries’ and international confusion/amusement caused by ‘thongs’ 
  • missemalise: I like that the “Great Australian wave” is swatting flies from your face   
Two koala bears are caught hugging by traveldudes

Q3. Unmissable cultural experience in Oceania?(submitted by RTWExpert)

  • TravelOutbackOz: Sleep under the stars in a swag in the Simpson Desert in mid winter  
  • faroutofoffice: Rubbing noses with a Maori man. I’ve got a flat nose… we ended up mashing our entire faces together 
  • hotelprguy: Coffee culture in Australia and New Zealand. Love the cafes, top notch coffee! 
  • cjguest: Getting fire dancing lessons in Samoa
  • poohstraveler: Polynesian traditional tattoos, visiting a Tahitian pearl farm, & vanilla producer
  • thomaswingham: Anyplace where you can experience the beautiful indigenous peoples and culture

    Fearfulgirl gets close to stingrays in Moorea, French Polynesia

 Q4. Best, worst, strangest Aussie/Oceanic food experience? (submitted by HollyGalbraith)

  • qunospotter: Minced camel pasta in the outback and witchetty grubs. The latter tasted like chestnuts
  • OminousSalsa: Haven’t been myself but The Wild Foods Festival on the west coast of NZ. They had horse semen shots this year 
  • ourtastytravels: Vegemite has to be the worst. Best…Polynesian Barbecue, straight from the Mumu
  • packDsuitcase: Kangaroo on Pizza…. Until I got to Australia, I never realized that they ate the cuddly creature! 
  • MalloryOnTravel: Cannot remember what they are called but the meat pies that are like a heart attack encased in pastry
  • TravelingEditor: Kina, Maori word for sea urchin. You eat it raw – but then growing up on Asian food I have no objection to that at all

solangefrancois chows down on local seafood in NZ

Q5. What are Oceania’s best kept tourist secrets? (submitted by Oysterworldwide)

  • mikix10: Pinnacles and the Nambung National Park on Western Australia … Beautiful!!!
  • ourtastytravels: Scuba Diving in Palau 
  • acarlton: The Shire 
  • RussellVJWard: Drive anywhere around Australia’s coast and you’ll find hundreds and hundreds of beachy secrets
  • GJGBTL231: I would say a lot of small islands around Fiji!  
  • Faroutofoffice: The beautiful beach of Okarito, NZ! We encountered it by accident, while getting lost
poohstraveler discovers Australia’s Great Ocean Road

And there you have it, “Oceania!”

TravelOutbackOz finds a surprising statistic

Next weeks #TTOT topic is: “Travel Photography” submitted by LifeOutofaSuitc. Submit your questions HERE! And don’t forget to tune follow the #TTOT every Tuesday at 9:30am and 9:30pm GMT!

As always, a HUGE travel community thank you to our #TTOT hosts and organizers: traveldudes, roniweiss, toddwassel, traveldesigned, insidetravellab, WildJunket, tbloggersunite and mobilelawyer!

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© Connie Hum 2011

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