Best tips on travelling with kids

Did you know there are a few things that you can do to make travelling with kids a lot more easy and fun? Especially if you’re travelling overseas or going on big hiking trips, such as camping on Tour Du Mont Blanc in France. It may sound like a distant dream now, but a family friend of ours said the best way to see mont blanc is with kids!

That said, it can be overwhelming travelling with kids for the first time and you are bound to run into some challenges, which are all too normal when you are travelling with kids. 

Knowing what you are in for will help you to prepare for the family travel time. Follow these few tips to help you on your journey:

Leave with plenty of time ahead

When you are travelling with kids everything will take longer to do and the process won’t be as smooth. Instead of quickly walking through security and boarding the plane you will probably encounter some tantrums on the floor and refusal to walk etc.

Things like the below list will take longer when you have tired of whiny children:

  • Checking into the airport
  • Buying snacks and drinks
  • Getting through the security
  • Getting onto the plan
  • Checking into your hotel
  • Ordering meals and eating out

Don’t overpack

Parents tend to pack absolutely everything for their children and most times it is stuff they won’t even need. Bringing familiar items for kids is a good idea but don’t bring items they can do without. Your children will get tired and you may end up carrying one while also carrying their bag packed that weighs a tonne with so much unnecessary stuff.

Try and pack only necessary items and remember where you are going children live so you are bound to find items at the stores if you end up needing something you didn’t pack. A little less cash is better than tired and aching arms carrying everything all day.

Pre-book everything

You will already have your flights organised, but the pre-bookings don’t stop right there. With kids, you can’t just go to different places, check them out and then decide whether you want to stay or not.

When you arrive, you are going to want to drop the luggage off and let the kids have a rest if needed. Kids will be cranky and tired if travel time was large. Making decisions fast and upfront can be hard, so you could book two nights ahead. Then, when you are settled in and the kids are quiet and resting – you can organise the rest of the stay.

Take snacks and plenty of them

Hungry kids are cranky, and they whine a lot. Hunger can be the difference between a cranky and happy family. You never know what will happen during the day and with unexpected problems like delayed flights, traffic jams, a tour that is delayed and so on, lunch and dinner won’t always happen on time. This means kids will be cranky and hungry. If you are dining at a restaurant and it has different food than what the kids are used to, that might also be a problem. Adults can deal with it, but children just won’t eat it and might instead throw a tantrum right there and then. Having snacks on hand means the kids can satisfy their hunger and you can get them something else later that is more suited to what they are used to.

While it may be daunting to go on a holiday with the kids following a few tips here and being organised will help a lot to ensure the holiday runs as smoothly as possible.


According to Numbeo, the average price of a meal at a restaurant in Hobart is around AUD$ 17.00. While this is quite a modest number, it does not mean that there isn’t plenty of more ‘luxurious’ options for any foodies visiting the city. In fact, Hobart – and Tasmania in general – has developed quite a reputation for fine dining. As such, many of the more luxurious menu options far exceed the $17 price tag.

If you are planning a special occasion or just looking to splash out every once and a while, here are our picks for the most luxurious meals in Hobart:

‘Diane’ AUD$ 69

An eye fillet steak served at The Point Revolving Restaurant. This restaurant has been serving fine-dining French food in the heart of Hobart for more than 40 years. Cooked at your table, flambe style, your food is served with Dauphine potatoes with thyme and green beans and speck. Enjoy all this while taking in a 360° panoramic view of the Mount Wellington, Tasman Bridge and the beautiful River Derwent. If you want ‘Diane’ to come with a drink, the 2003 Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon Rosé Épernay, priced at AUD$ 730/bottle, is the most expensive they have.  

Sirloin on the bone AUD $65

This unbelievable steak is dry aged for 35 days before being offered for dinner. This results in a unique and delicious flavour that is hard to beat. Find this at the Old Wharf Restaurant, this is one of the best dinner options in Hobart. With a serving size of 400g, you won’t go hungry. It may be a good idea to book one of Hobart’s free walking tours to work this meal off!

3-course dinner meals  – with an entrée, main and dessert AUD$ 89 

From the same restaurant, entrée choices include braised pork belly, mustard, lentil salad, beetroot Carnaroli Risotto, and salted grapes, just to name a few of the unique flavours on offer. Choices for the Main Dishes include local fish, eye fillet – Diane style (in smaller grams), Quail Breast and Honey Glazed Duck Breast. To finish, Crème Brulee, buckwheat pastry, and warm chocolate brownies are on offer for dessert. 

Seven Hour Duck Leg AUD$ 42

A lavish meal that fuses flavours of honey, soy and ginger. Garnished with apple, parsley and pickles, the richness in flavour, freshness of the ingredients and melt-in-your-mouth duck meat will win over the toughest of critics. While the serving is not huge, the taste and experience is such that you cannot help but be impressed by this meal. Experience this at New Sydney Hotel which is located at 87 Bathurst St., Hobart, Tasmania.

Salt Baked Flathead AUD$ 40

While the whole flathead is the main event, the pickled broccoli and potato salad it is served with certainly don’t disappoint either. While white wine is perhaps the best option to pair with this dish, it is also hard to go past the Shiraz The Kitchen of New Sydney Hotel offers, with a bottle of Reynella Basket Press setting you back AUD$ 72

Smoked 300g Wagyu Rump AUD$ 38

This wagyu beef, in all its glory, is smoked in-house to achieve an unmistakably rich, juicy and tender flavour. It comes served with pickles, beets, a crunchy salad, and of course, a blue cheese mousse! Cooked to your liking, from rare to well done.

Tasmanian Octopus AUD$ 37

Another main dish of New Sydney Hotel is the Tasmanian Octopus. Freshly prepared with artichokes, macadamia nuts, kale and lemon myrtle pesto this is a truly uniquely flavoured dish.

Grilled 300g Angus Scotch AUD$ 36

The Brick Factory, a modern Australian pub located at 55 Salamanca Place in Hobart offers this delicious scotch steak. This comes with chips, seasonal veggies and a choice of sauce. Don’t miss the live bands, playing here most weekends! 

Bruny Island Oyster’s Natural AUD$ 36

Here, you get 12 serves of this deliciously savoury oyster. Complimented with salsa and dipping sauce this is truly the most luxurious meal offered by Fish Frenzy. Famous for the classic fish and chips, freshly-grilled seafood and seafood chowder, it also offers a great seaside view. Located at Pier 4, Elizabeth Street, on Franklin Wharf, it is best to visit when you can experience their food as you take in the calming sea breeze. 

Pizzaiola AUD$ 37.50

A meal that consists of pan-fried scaloppine in tomato wine sauce with capers, bell peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms, garlic, oregano and served with seasoned vegetables. Scaloppine (veal) is an Italian slice of meat, cut thinly and usually sautéed or fried.
Scaloppine is the pride of the number 1 restaurant in Hobart, Ristorante De Angelo which has served authentic Italian pasta, pizza and many more since 1994.

Pure-bred Wagyu Eye Fillet (200g) from Robbins Island AUD$ 88

With a marble score of +7, this comes with gem lettuce and the choice of mustard, Café de Paris, Béarnaise, Grilled Onion, Pepperberry and Cognac, and Cabernet jus. This is the most luxurious option on Landscape Restaurant and Grill’s menu. This restaurant was also the winner of the John Glover Prize, which is displayed in its private dining area.

Landscape Restaurant and Grill also offers the following: 

  • The Angus Scotch Fillet (300g) from Cape Grim costs AUD$ 48
  • The Eye Fillet (300g) also from Cape Grim is AUD$ 45
  • A simple Eye Fillet (250g) from Cape Grim is AUD$ 45 
  • Rib Eye (400g) from Cape Grim is AUD$ 58
  • The T-Bone (650g) from Cape Grim, AUD$ 58
  • Sirloin on the Bone (400g), dried for 35 days to age is AUD$ 55

All of these are grass-fed except for Wagyu/cross-Scotch Fillet from Rangers Valley, New South Wales with a marble score of +5 is priced at AUD$ 68 which is grain-fed.  

Best Hotel In Every State In Australia

Australia, also known as Oz or the land Down Under, apparently has it all. With cosmopolitan cities like Melbourne and Sydney, glorious beaches, virgin rainforests, along with the unforgiving Outback, it does not fail to impress and also guarantees the trip of a life. The famed landmarks of the Sydney Harbour, the Great Barrier Reef and Ayers Rock (Uluru) are on each tourist’s bucket list, which most likely — includes spotting a number of Australia’s fascinating wildlife as well, ranging from completely cute (penguins, koalas and wallabies) to extremely dangerous (crocs, sharks, and snakes). But go off the beaten trail in the complete desolation of Kakadu’s wetlands and the unspoiled wilderness in Tasmania, and you’ll find what Oz is about. In any case, from snowy destinations to sandy beaches, a hotel is most likely conveniently located in the surrounding areas.

For Australia and New Zealand, there have been lots of resorts —both new and established— that are the top of their niche but did not make it into this list. From boutique favourites like Halcyon House to much-loved names such as the QT, the record reads like a what’s what of the local hotel scene — it’s essentially an itinerary waiting to happen. The options listed below are a comfortable mix of super luxury and affordably priced — which means something ensured for everybody.

I have listed the best hotels in every state that should be on the bucket list of every discerning traveller when visiting Down Under.

New South Wales

Sydney has many colonial stone buildings that can be found around the harbour. From there you can visit the vineyards within Hunter Valley and visit the coastlines with breathtaking cliffs. There is a lot of farmland to get lost among which is what Australia is known well for. Lilianfels is the place to stay in NSW that has 85 rooms and good pricing from $181. With rooms glowing with natural light and a beautiful view over Jamison Valley. There are tennis courts pools, spas this county style but the luxury hotel has it all suited for the whole family.

Best Hotel In Every State In Australia


The Pepper Mineral Springs was built in 1935, providing hotel jobs to the local population and has come evolved into a beautiful romantic hotel with spas and restaurants to accommodate all visitors. Located in Hepburn springs, the hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The best one is the formal Italian gardens that are complete with miniature hedge mazes. Such lovely public spots that were designed by Stuart Rattle that feature furniture in polished wood and marble, parchment lighting and 1930’s original leather accenting. Hotel rooms are designed with warm tones with different sixes and layouts. If you are staying with friends or family, you can request rooms with shared balconies.


Lizard Island is a beautiful hotel resort that is well known as the luxury lodge of Australia. The hotel resort is very secluded from the rest of the population. With 24 beaches and 40 suites and villas, it means there is a beach to choose from for each couple, group, or the solo guest. The resort sits right on the reef so there are no boring long boat rides needed to get to a wonderful natural wonder of the world.


One of the most famous luxury resorts in Tasmania is the Saffire Freycinet which provides a connection to the natural park and the Wineglass Bay. It is distinct within its features and features 20 private suites an amazing culinary offering and a luxury day spa and was even voted the world’s best boutique hotel and the worlds best luxury hotel. Detach yourself from the everyday life and experience being truly immersed.

South Australia 

Need a girl’s weekend away with friends? Having a babymoon? Simply looking for a romantic holiday. Mount Lofty House is just perfect. Full of modern heritage designs along with beautiful breathtaking views of the hills and valleys that will transform you. Revive yourself in the gorgeous cottages with a spa visit. Enjoy a book in the library or even a candlelight dinner for two under the sunset. It truly is an experience that you will never forget. 

Western Australia 

COMO The Treasury is a luxury hotel in Perth with 48 rooms and historic building that date back from the 19th century. With historical restaurants and local bars, the COMO Shambhala even offers wellness therapies.  Come and explore the wild lure of Western Australia and connect to nature and history to a truly inspiring and memorable trip.

The hotels mentioned in this article are only samples of what Australia has to offer. There are many other noteworthy hotels, each catering to different holiday requirements. If you like art and have been planning to go to Hobart, for example, Henry Jones is a luxury accommodation in Hobart waterfront that houses over 500 local and international artworks.

The Growth of South Australian Tourism

Adelaide CBD’s standing as a large country town as opposed to a capital city appears set to be rewritten over the next few decades, with 10 skyscrapers of more than 20 degrees mooted, accepted, or under construction.

Within the tide of proposals is the tower likely to grab the title of this town’s tallest skyscraper away from Westpac House, that has soared 31 storeys in 91 King William Street since 1988.

The construction boom is supply-led with most developers inclined to begin projects as soon as they reach a substantial level of apartment pre-sales, or in the case of the offices, lockdown a renter pre-commitment. The Adelaide skyline may yet host some of the largest cranes.

Construction of one upcoming office was only confirmed late last year once the state government agreed to lease half of it for the Attorney General office. Another structure, a 32-storey hotel granted permission in 2015, is expected to start construction in 2017 after recently finding an occupant (the Sofitel).

Unlike other major metropolitan cities such as Melbourne or Sydney, in which CBD living is a somewhat new idea, Adelaide’s CBD gains an advantage due to the preparation foresight of Colonel William Light, who invited residential and business occupants to share the CBD.

However, according to CBRE associate director William Brown, development in Adelaide is challenged because the town does not record the massive population surges like the other Australian capitals along the east coast.

In recent times, the metropolitan population in cities such as Sydney and Melbourne have increased on a net basis by some 100,000 per year. This increase is almost 10 per cent of the entire population of people (roughly 1.3 million) who call the greater Adelaide area home.

South Australia’s thriving tourism industry — allegedly worth in excess of $6 billion — happens to be one of the nation’s critical financial drivers. It is but one of the most significant causes of the increase in developer interest and has created 4000 jobs over the previous two decades, as well as a potential boom for crane hire businesses in South Australia.

A continued rise in the number of international students moving to Adelaide could result in perhaps a couple of new towers being erected in town, which may also provide innovative retail attraction.

According to the City of Adelaide council, about 22,700 people named the Adelaide CBD their place of residence in 2014. This number is an increase on a 1980s low of 13,000 residents — but a quite some distance from 1915 when the CBD population peaked at 43,000.

In town’s biggest new planning creation, the state government declared the 40-level Realm Adelaide tower, and this will replace the Renaissance Arcade in Austin Street and, when complete, provide views across North Terrace parkland and Rundle Mall, the city’s main retail thoroughfare.

The distinguishing geometric and part-gold coloured tower, proposed by private programmer Eclipse Capital will provide about 300 apartments and luxury resident-only amenities like a rooftop spa and wellness facility, which nearly a couple of years back was striking a potential 29-level, 272 unit complex for the block.

Adhering to a pre-sale marketing campaign, the programmer expects construction of the taller project to begin at mid-2017 and take three years.

Top Tips for Extended Business Travel

Business trips usually last three to four days. However, what would happen if you needed to extend your stay or if you had to be gone for a more extended period? Planning and strategy will be necessary when you pack for a longer trip, and it is essential to be as economical as possible. Whether you are a travelling business executive, public relations representative or business coaching mentor with worldwide clients, travel is not the easiest.

Carefully measuring the durability and flexibility of every piece of clothing, planning ahead, having helpful things like packing cubes, and other tips that will be mentioned in this article will ensure a long-term trip that is a lot easier to manage. Here are some helpful tips to make your extended business trip a breeze.

Neutrals – This is the most fun as well as the most straightforward part. You’ll need to have your basics in a neutral colour. Fundamentals would mean your skirts, pants, tops, and jackets. The first choice for colour would be black since it won’t easily show any stains (just in case you clumsily spill your drink on your clothes.) If you are not into black, there are other great colours, like brown, navy, gray, and taupe. Another option for someone who prefers lighter or brighter colours can opt to have beige, mustard or pale blues. What’s important is you bring clothes with neutral colours that match.

To carry-on or not – If you will be traveling from one place to another during a business trip, you might want to think about using a carry-on. It isn’t easy but investing in packing cubes will enable you to pack almost twice as much in the same amount of space. You won’t need to continually check your bag unless you have something fragile in it. If it is just one location you are heading to, you almost don’t have anything to worry about.

Shoes – Depending on the type of person you are, but for a long trip, you might need more than three pairs of shoes. Some bring four while others bring two and at some point, purchase more pairs when they reach their destination. If you have a checked suitcase, you should not have any problem fitting in three pairs. Usually, the three you need are formal shoes (men’s dress shoes or sensible women’s’ heels), casual shoes (flats or sandals) and a comfortable pair for walking and travelling (runners or sneakers).

Utilise FedEx – You may have some fantastic packing choices, and if you are one of those individuals who are conscious about your clothes and doesn’t like wearing the same thing again, then you’ll need to pack a box of clothes before leaving. Have a friend or a family member send it through a courier, like FedEx, to your location during your stay. Also, pack up the clothes you are done with and send them home to avoid carrying excess bulk around.

Capsule Wardrobe – If you are unsure of what a capsule wardrobe is, get some ideas online. This is great because it makes sure all your articles of clothing can be worn together and this means the possibilities of mixing-and-matching are endless. You may wear each item again, but the capsule wardrobe will make you feel like the clothes and accessories are unique. Decide on a few primary colours and build your wardrobe around those colours. Make sure you bring several accessories to change things up.

Laundry/Dry Cleaning – Before you leave for your extended business trip, find out what the company will cover regarding costs and whether laundry is covered. You can check out nearby dry cleaners, but also take advantage of your hotel’s laundry facilities. The dry cleaners can save you some time, though, and they might be cheaper plus they can wash and fold. Expect you’ll want to clean a few things quickly in your room, so just in case this happens, bring some travel-sized laundry detergent.

Eating well – travelling often means eating out and choosing convenience foods over nutritious foods there it is essential to keep an eye on your diet especially when travelling for an extended period. It is easy to choose quick take-home meals that are freshly prepared using local real food instead of greasy fast food that could damage your health.

Toiletries – It gets quite tricky when you will be traveling from one place to another during an extended stay. When traveling to multiple cities, using a carry-on is recommended, but there is no way a tiny bottle of shampoo and conditioner will last a few weeks. Here are some options:

  • Option 1 – Some websites vend travel sized bottles for several types of beauty products.
  • Option 2 – If your company is willing to pay for it, have your toiletries shipped. That way, you can have larger bottles of your favourite products with you at all times. If traveling to just one place for an extended period, it is recommended to either bring full-size bottles in your checked baggage or buy the toiletries when you arrive at your destination.

Stuff that wears well – When you’re going to be wearing the same clothes for the next one to two months, quality and durability are critical. However, it is good to take note that it is not the wearing that deteriorates them, but the washing. Hang your clothes with space between the hangers; as soon as you’re done with your work clothes, take them off. This will make your clothes last longer between washings.

Electronics – You will surely need some other electronic devices aside from an E-reader, such as your mobile phone and your laptop. Some frequent travellers would make a list of their top five much-needed devices, and these are travel surge protector, USB car charger, portable charger, USB multi-adapter cord, and for international travel, a universal power adapter. You will also need a flash drive and headphones.

Fun stuff – Ask the coordinator if you will have some free time during the travel. If so, and the weather permits, you might want to go swimming. In this case, don’t forget to bring your swimsuit. If you like running or jogging, take your running shoes with you. Your worker productivity will be optimised if you take time off and relax instead of burning out. Bring your basketball jersey and go to a local game and basketball shorts for a quick gym workout. The fun stuff can take up a lot of space in your carry-on so make sure you choose what to bring wisely.

The “just in case” – There are some items you won’t need for a trip that lasts only a few days but will be very important for extended stays. An example is a raincoat or a handy umbrella. These items can take up a lot of space and only be used sparingly to make a list of the essential items and leave the rest; you can always buy on the road.

Bring something from home – It’s possible to feel homesick when you are on an extended business trip, so it would be nice to bring something that would remind you of your home. It can be your favourite scented candle or a photo of your loved ones in a frame. Bringing something that comforts you and will make you feel at home will ease the loneliness when away.

One last thing: If the trip lasts about a month or longer, make sure the company will be paying for additional luggage or an oversized bag. If you are carrying on, remember there is a weight allowance and that you won’t go over it.

6 Natural Wonders to Visit in Tasmania

Abundant with national treasures, Tasmania is a haven of natural wonders. With reservations and national parks sprawling across over 40 percent of the country, a few natural attributes shine above the rest. Here is our selection of Tasmania’s best natural wonders.


Tasmania’s most famous and renowned natural wonder. It is Tasmania’s fifth-highest mountain and possibly its most recognizable all-natural feature is the lake beside it. Growing from Dove Lake, the bowed summit of Cradle Mountain is a rare and unusual Australian landform – a nunatak or island of stone that stood over the glaciers as they ditch the landscape around it. The mountain can be seen by the water’s edge of Dove Lake by visiting Marions Lookout and trekking through the Overland Track


There may be shores with thinner sands – albeit somewhat – but is there another shore as perfectly shaped as Wineglass Bay? Curling within an arc between two lines of mountains in the Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay is really shaped as its name implies, although it was really named for much more gruesome motives. In its early days, it operated as a whaling station, and the bay’s waters ran red from blood. Since then, the area has had a complete facelift and rebrand, with it now being a popular location for luxury accommodation services. It may also be viewed with no effort whatsoever on a day cruise with Wineglass Bay Cruises. The ideal opinion, however, comes from the top of Mt Amos. The Freycinet region is a fantastic place to unwind after your adventures and relax in a day spa.


Eaglehawk Neck is wondrous enough, but visit the northern end of its seashore and you discover the inquisitive Tessellated Pavement. This coastal system of stone was eroded to a geometrically perfect grid of rectangular stones, including the paving stone of this title. To be here on sunrise, together with the luminous clouds reflected from the water pooled inside every paver, is something quite unique.


If you’d like sandy shores, you visit Tasmania’s east coast, right? Or how about a sandy shore high in a distant mountain range in the Southwest? Lake Rhona lies in the slopes of the Denison Range, and is famous for it’s pale pink sandy shore. Lake Rhona could only be attained within an overnight hike, crossing the Gordon River to a log and halfway through a swampy button grass simple for a very long day into the lake. But it’s really worthwhile.


Totem Pole is a rock climbers dream. The Needle-thin, 65-meter-high sea pile rises instantly beside Cape Hauy. Its slim, apparently fragile figure appearing to defy logic contrary to the continuous fury of the Southern Ocean that endlessly smashes against it. Nearly every climber in the world understands that the “Tote” and its unique adversity to climbers – even reaching its foundation is an incredible accomplishment. There are cruises and kayaking groups who take you right up close to truly witness its incredible formation.


Located in Tasmania’s north-west, the distant Tarkine wilderness is said to be the planet’s second largest expanse of temperate rainforest. Having a wild shore (like the appropriately named Edge of the World) along with also a shadowy heart of deep woods, it is a place where a feeling of exploration remains. In the North, it is possible to follow minor roads into the likes of Trowutta Arch, Beckett Falls, and Dip Falls, while at the south you are able to escape into the mouth of the forest-smothered Pieman River. To get a lingering look, there is the four-day Tarkine Rainforest walk by Tarkine Trails.

Australia’s Best Winter Travel Destinations

Australian winters offer you a number of the very best vacation chances on the planet. With the flexibility of chilly climates in the south and warm weather from the north, you will find infinite Aussie possibilities for a forthcoming winter escape!

  1. The Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

The Mornington Peninsula is a glorious place where picturesque beauty and fabulous wine and food are on the agenda.

Winter at the Mornington is home to the Winter Wine Festival, the Winter Solstice Festival and the Mornington Jazz Festival. Think about timing your trip to attend a few of them! Popular winter activities in the area include wining, dining, golfing, shopping, art-exploring and relaxing in the hot springs. The hot springs are a highlight so don’t forget to keep aside an entire day for that and book in relaxing facials whilst you’re there. Aim to reserve in advance wherever possible. You can readily get into the Mornington through automobile, railroad, bus, ferry or organised tour. When travelling by car during times of snow or ice, be careful on the streets and prepare your vehicle/tyres accordingly.

  1. Montague Island, New South Wales

Ever wanted to snorkel with seals? On the south east coast of NSW, Montague Island is only a brief boat trip from amazing Narooma.

Among the key highlights of Montague is the colony of about 1,000 Australian and New Zealand fur seals, and a trip here lets you swim together! Moving on a holiday tour would be the ideal method for to Montague Island. Check with selected your tour company to be certain all equipment is supplied. Consider staying overnight on the island in the Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages. On the island, there are also a lot of opportunities for whale watching, bird watching and fishing excursions, in addition to scenic walking and picnicking.

  1. Falls Creek, Victoria

Falls Creek is Victoria’s biggest alpine resort and if you like the thrill of cross-country ski, this is where to be! You will find chances to ski, snowboard and toboggan, and you’re able to take advantage of 65 slopes of paths that are cross-country.

Falls Creek is just more than 4 hours’ drive from the Sydney and Melbourne; in different regions, it is possible to fly right into Albury and grab ground transportation to the region. Best time to visit: June to October — it is a great idea assess the snow forecast beforehand. Accommodation ranges from luxury hotels to more affordable lodges, which means that you may pick something to satisfy your budget. Both novice and advanced ski courses can be found, with courses for children and grownups. A fantastic alternative if you would like to learn or improve your ski abilities.

  1. Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Cannot wait to escape the cold? Heading into the Northern Hemisphere in winter will place you in the centre of the rainy season, among the very best times to see the famous Kakadu National Park. You’ll find infinite things to do in Kakadu, from bush walking and biking to picturesque flying, ship cruising and crocodile spotting. Temperatures during winter range from approximately 20-30ºC, but remember that a number of nights could be cooler and a few days could be hotter.

  1. Hobart, Tasmania

Festivals may be tough to find in the winter, although maybe not in Hobart. Two crucial music events will indicate the Winter in Tasmania: Dark Mofo and The Festival of Voices. Both festivals cater to different tastes and audiences which are experiences on their own. But Tasmania has a lot more to offer, from the beautiful natural landscape perfect for a road trip to the fantastic Mona Museum and local tourism. The uniqueness of Tasmania draws tourist all year round and you will not have trouble finding high class fine dining in Hobart, there are also many great boutique hotels up for enjoyment.

  1. Whitsundays, Queensland

Sounds much like a summertime holiday! However, the Whitsundays can provide keen travellers the ideal escape through winter. The temperature is usually between 22-25 degree Celsius meaning you will be avoiding the blistering heat and humidity. No need to book in that ipl for sun damage as the weather will be mild and not harsh. The warm tropical waters of the Whitsundays remain around 25ºC during winter, which makes it perfect for swimming and other water activities. Whale spotting can be common from June onwards, when humpback whales migrate north west. The whales often opt to give birth in the shallow waters, so it is possible you may even find a calf! Heading into the Whitsundays in winter also means you could save on off road pricing and steer clear of the hefty crowds that flooding in through the spring and summertime.

With winter quickly approaching and the fantastic Australian destinations waiting, there is just one question: What is your next winter getaway going to be?

Starting a Travel Business

In today’s market, establishing and operating a profitable and successful travel company is an extremely challenging task. There is a range of methods to go into the travel market. In case you’ve got a love of travelling and intend to have a career in this market, investing in your own company is a fantastic alternative. In this article, we discuss how to establish a franchise style travel agency.

Below are the steps to opening a franchise travel agency.

Know the travel market. You first have to get familiar with various facets of the travel market. Get as much information and insights as you can about air travel, rail travel, cruises, resorts and vacation destinations. Also, learn about which sort of travel packages are very popular amongst clients and so forth. If you are an experienced traveller yourself this is an advantage and you will not have to do much research.

It is possible to search the net or find books in the local library that will assist you to explore the numerous aspects of the travel market. Moreover, it is possible to directly contact businesses in the travel industry, such as cruise boat companies or resorts.

You might wish to think about a niche market based on your particular interests or location. A niche market is a concentration on a particular product or business. Some markets to consider include cruises, neighbourhood tours, a particular destination, corporate travel, or travel bundles of interest to certain groups of individuals.

Assess your needs. A travel franchise company has many advantages. However, every franchiser will have particular prerequisites, and bear in mind you’ll need to divide your gains with the franchiser. Each franchiser provides prospective franchisees with their particular requirements. There are several different travel service franchises. Be certain that you compare these and their needs to obtain the appropriate match for you and your company. There are lots of sites and publications available to assist you to learn more about and compare various franchises out there. Franchises typically need an initial monetary investment to obtain a franchise. This may be up to tens of thousands of dollars. Weigh up whether this type of business model is right for you, talk to specialist small business advisors for insights into running a business.

Receive a franchise permit. Obtain travel franchise company licenses from the reputed travel business that you chose. The franchise business that you select will supply you with all these legal records. Sign the franchise arrangement after appropriate contemplation. Review all of the points cited in the arrangement and ask the franchiser any questions that you might have.

Think about hiring a lawyer to review any legal records included within this procedure. Check with local government agencies for any additional licenses or licenses that might be required.

Start looking for the right site. Assess the location requirements furnished by the franchiser and begin trying to find a place according to those prerequisites. You’ll require a fantastic place where customers can come and meet you. Your workplace should have ample space to house the computers as well as other job management software and equipment.

A realtor or site can help you to find the appropriate place. When available in your area, try to locate a realtor that specialises in commercial real estate. The place you choose should be highly visited and travelled with these clients you would like to target, the site is important as it sets the stage for the success of your business.

Hire consultants and workers. Like most of the business ventures, to get a travel franchise company you’ll have to employ professional business management specialists to draw up a business plan if you want a loan to get your company started. An accountant can allow you to handle your finances efficiently. Additional employees may be required based on how big your business ought to be. You’re able to locate and research professionals, like accountants, on the world wide web, at a local telephone directory, or via local organisations. Neighbourhood staffing agencies or advertising in local newspapers can help you discover the ideal workers to create your company a success.

Create marketing strategies: At a franchise travel industry, the franchiser will surely execute the significant advertising and promotion work. But you’ll have to do a little bit of marketing inside your franchise to make people conscious of your recently established company. Think about linking local associations for company owners, like a chamber of trade. Compare mass advertising options, such as radio, print, and television commercials, for your intended market. Include net and social networking marketing in your marketing and advertising strategies. Build strong connections with associations in your business, like airlines, cruise ship companies, hotels, and car rental businesses. Joint marketing opportunities might be possible.

Find appropriate payment methods: As in any business, your clients have to make payments via money, cheques or credit cards, and you want to make the necessary arrangements. You need to start business banking accounts and get a charge card which may be used to cover all business related expenditures. Compare local banking associations get the most out of any little business incentives out there. Along with banking, you will need some asset management software to keep track of cash flows and transactions.

Follow franchiser tips: Always adhere to the guidelines and requirements of this franchiser to efficiently achieve your objectives. Manage clients economically and give significance to the exceptional selling proposition (USP) of the provider. The franchiser will offer each the guidelines and other operating requirements you will need to follow. Bear in mind that the franchiser’s success is dependent upon the success of its franchisees. Thus, they are there to help you succeed.

Must-See Sports Events To Travel To

Sports are obviously a big part of life and are played and followed by individuals all over the world. Various countries may have different favourite sports, but there’s something about competing that can unify a country as well as the whole planet. For a number people, we’ll actively adhere to lots of different sports and even ones not played in our nation, whilst some individuals will avidly follow one specific game. There are of course lots of folks around the world who have hardly any interest in sports, however, there are events annually which even people with little interest may find themselves swept up in.

No matter If you’re a die-hard fan, casual enthusiast or a person with a minimal interest in sports, you will find definite sporting events that are a must see. These events are too large as any other worldwide occasion, and they epitomise everything that’s so good about sports since they engage, entertain and unite the whole world. If you are traveling to any destinations where these sporting events are held ensure you buy yourself a ticket.

Listed below are the top 10 must-see sporting occasions.

The Masters:

Whether you are a lover of golf or not, The Masters is a Championship that renders people glued to their television screens across the globe. It occurs in April in Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, along with the green jacket awarded to the winner increases the pride and heritage of this invitational tournament. There have been innumerable epic struggles over the years that have functioned as fantastic advertisements for golfing, and it’s certainly helped to improve its popularity across the world.

Contrary to most other sporting events this really is a slow-paced Championship and one which you’ll end up watching daily, but that slow tempo shouldn’t be confused for a lack of strength as the stress steadily increases with every stroke.

ICC Cricket World Cup:

The Cricket World Cup is a colossal sporting occasio

n and is watched by countless individuals around the globe. It might not be especially well known in the United States, but it its huge in countries such as England, Pakistan and of course India. Like the Super Bowl, parties are held in honour of the tournament and because the amount of the games individuals spend the whole day enjoying the activity and watching the top teams battle it out. Because of its size, the truth that it merely happens every four years and the unbelievable atmosphere it creates around the planet, that the Cricket World Cup is essential to watch for any sports enthusiast.

Tour De France:

In July each year that the entire world comes to a standstill since the Tour de France sees the very best professional cyclists in the world race through a number of the gorgeous regions of France. The Tour

de France apparently grows in popularity every year and is presently among the largest sporting events on earth, with tens of thousands of people operating in every year. The path will change with every occasion but the format remains the same, along with the adrenaline and excitement which unfolds makes for a gripping view and something which may be appreciated by all.


Founded in Wimbledon, England, The championships first began in 1877, and thus, it’s the earliest and most prestigious contest in tennis. Held in the midst of summer every year, this event is followed in

every corner of the planet. Along with viewing the best players across the globe competing against one another on amazing grass courts, a huge portion of Wimbledon’s allure is its own tradition. Players should wear all white and they’re known as gentlemen and women, not to mention the Royal Family are constantly in attendance and a whole slew of other famous celebrities dressed for the event. This qu

intessentially British occasion and a fiercely fought contest is one which catches the eye of the entire world. After watching the tournament you’ll want to go down to the quality tennis store and grab a custom tennis racquet and start playing tennis yourself.

The Summer Olympics:

There’s no sporting event like the Summer Olympics because it simultaneously brings together each individual country, but also the whole planet. Everything appears to have a back seat during the event, and it’s the best illustration of what’s truly magical about sports.

The contest takes place every four years and a different nation will sponsor the event, adding to the excitement as the planet eagerly anticipates seeing exactly what the host country will place on. With countless Various events happening with thousands of opponents, it usually means that There’ll always be something engaging to see. From swimming to gymnastics and amazing Olympic wrestling there is something for everyone to enjoy watching. A lot of people will find themselves glued to the tv for days, watching the best athletes from the entire world showcasing what all that strength and conditioning training has led to. Patriotism is at its best for the Olympics, however, There’s also a fantastic deal of admiration and good-natured competition from participating countries.


Tips When Travelling Solo

Travelling solo is experiencing a resurgence in this hyper-connected world.

Celebrate the achievement of travel memoirs like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild at 2012, along with the endless websites recording solo journeys across the planet. Anybody who travels alone is mindful of its advantages that are remarkable, but these benefits could be blunted if you don’t make personal security a priority.

Here are a few safety tips for solo travellers.

  1. Stay Connected

The times of not having a smartphone and Skype appear almost quaint. Before you leave home, figure out if your cell phone has roaming service at your destination. Otherwise, or when the roaming price is too high, lease a phone as soon as you arrive (or purchase global SIM cards in case you’ve got an unlocked mobile phone) which means you’ve got a lifeline. Smartphones equipped with GPS or internet maps are great alternatives for motorists. If you are going to take your own smartphone consider using cloud computing as it will store your data in the cloud minimising the need to download and access data from vulnerable sites.

  1. Keep Others Informed of Your Daily Itinerary

Regularly let people know where you are going, including family and friends back home along with your innkeeper or hotel concierge. When travelling alone into parkland or wilderness, always let someone know when you expect to come back in addition to your precise path, and then stick to it.

  1. Stash Money, Credit Cards, and Passport in Independent Places

Keep some cash and credit cards in your pocket or handbag, and extra cards and money in a pocket or cash pouch. When sightseeing, take just a copy of your passport’s data page, keeping your passport secured in your hotel safe. (It is also great to make a copy of the information page with someone back home.) When you have your sightseeing days, take your passport separately from your funds and charge cards.

  1. Study Up On Your Destination

Be conscious of safety issues and of local traditions and etiquette, particularly with respect to dress. When in doubt, opt for a conservative approach. Female travellers should know beforehand if harassment is a problem and the two guys and girls should find the security lowdown on public transport. Speak to locals about areas to avoid, particularly after dark. Know the local number to phone for when in a crisis.

  1. Make Sure Your Lodgings Are Safe

Keep your door closed, together with the safety chain secured. Try to snag a space near where the action is close to the concierge desk, or near the lifts. Avoid floor tiles where window entrance is possible. Do not answer the door in case you are not expecting anybody.

  1. Remain Healthy

Is your water safe to drink? Are poisonous spiders or snakes an issue? Are mosquitoes a health problem? Does your dive operator possess a leading safety record? Bring an additional supply of prescription drugs and an additional script (using the generic medication name instead of the brand name). And do not overlook hand sanitizer.

  1. Keep Your Wits About You

Travelling alone does not mean cowering in a resort room. Venturing into an unknown land is among the joys of travelling. But do not let yourself get so distracted by sounds and sights (or documenting every second on camera or phone) that you simply let your guard down. Of all of the travel-alone security tricks, this is definitely the most important: Do not leave common sense at home.

  1. Stay internet safe

When browsing online from a public wi-fi hotspot make sure the sites you are accessing are secure. Look for https at the start of the web URL in order to know whether they are secure. Avoid accessing sites that require you to provide personal details, such as internet banking, access these on a secure network where you are confident hackers are less likely to lurk. Consider private cloud computing when browsing the web.

A Hitchhiker’s Guide

Hitchhiking benefits our world, for the easy reason of how it turns single-occupancy automobile travel into shared travel, therefore minimizing the individual carbon footprint of each resident. On the Enviro-Mark Solutions site that supplies a Carbon Calculator for various kinds of travel choices, hitchhiking comes out at 0.07 kg of CO2 equivalents produced per person per kilometre. Getting a few hitchhikers will considerably help you decrease your carbon footprint.

Apart from the lofty objectives of mitigating climate change, there are, obviously, lots of other reasons individuals hitchhike. Maybe the most significant one for me is that when you overcome the preliminary humiliation of standing at the side of the roadway with your thumb out, it is really a great learning experience!

On my journey north, I had many unforeseen and favorable experiences, prolonged discussions with a range of individuals that I would never have imagined would happen, and taking flights in uncommon lorries such as a truck including little trees and timber products, a horse float, and a patrol car. Inevitably at the end of every day, my hitchhiking experiences left me exhausted but overflowing with pleasure from my experiences of human compassion.

For instance, one girl from the Czech Republic chose to take me to my last location in Christchurch, forgoing her shopping venture to buy a brand-new set of trainers. “Drivers were so generous to me when I was hitchhiking myself back in my own country. I want to pass it on,” she informed me.

Another uncommon and uplifting drawback was with an on-duty cop. At first I expected him to chastise me for hitchhiking solo. Rather, he had plenty of interest and motivation as I detailed my hoped-for travel experiences to Central America to discover the forests which had not been attacked for laminated and engineered timber frames. There was just one rather upsetting trip on this journey to Auckland.

A motorist notified me that several years ago he had had a head injury in an automobile mishap that had left him without the capability to feel love. So when did your ability to feel love return again?” I asked innocently. “It hasn’t,” he responded. I spent the rest of that journey being particularly agreeable and radiating all the positivity I could summon! All was great.

Positivity assists. Individuals’s state of minds both impact and reflect upon the individuals around them. If you are truly kind, friendly and accepting of others, you are far more likely to experience a comparable action in return.

Tips on hitchhiking

As a female hitchhiker who does not look at all threatening, I get lifts quickly. If you have not hitched previously, I suggest you start with a skilled buddy. An outstanding site to check out prior to you stick your thumb out is Here you will discover pointers on where to hitch in the different nations you go to, exactly what to use, security ideas and so on.

Using brilliant, clean-looking clothes has been discovered to enhance hitchhikers’ rates of getting a trip. Personally, I also want to have a placard with my day’s location on it. In addition to my knapsack, it formalises my status as a “major tourist” and increases my possibility of getting where I wish to opt for less lifts. A little present, though not required, is valued.

Taking safety measures

Although the real threats of hitchhiking are low, they are possibly severe. The more I take a trip, the more I trust my impulses, and for this reason I do not wish to motivate young, unskilled or less positive individuals to hitchhike alone.

The HitchWiki website has a wide range of suggestions to increase your opportunity of taking a trip securely, such as taking a trip in sets, not taking lifts with more than one guy, taking a trip throughout daytime hours, simply texting registration plate information to a member of the family or your former online biology tutor, never ever dropping off to sleep in the automobile, and being in the front seat.

Most notably, if you believe you might be in a hazardous scenario, remain calm, positive and do not panic. Find a tutor online on the HitchWiki website as they will have suggestions on what to do if you want to leave the cars and truck rapidly. Please do examine this website before setting out on your journey.

Tips to Travel Cheaper and Safer

Foreign travel is pricey and can be daunting for some, but there are techniques for conserving cash and remaining safe.

Research Study Regional Customs

Travel professionals have recommendations about exactly what to do as soon as you reach your destination, including the best ways to act. Behaviour that is acceptable at home might be discredited – and even unlawful – in lots of other nations. “Exactly what it comes down to is be considerate and be informed,” states Kyle Olson, who has composed a guide on do’s and don’ts in 11 nations for a Chicago law office.

For example, if you are embarking on an english teaching position in China,  there are many do’s and dont’s you should be aware of. Typically for westerners, these customs may be strange and unimportant, but to the locals, it means getting on with them or not. the site I have linked to above, is an excellent resource if you are planning such an adventure.

His long list of don’ts consist of bringing leisure drugs, dressing scantily, drinking – a main taboo in Muslim nations – and, in lots of nations, taking pictures of military or federal government structures.

Insurance Coverage

Get travel insurance coverage, and check prior to your visit exactly what your medical insurance will cover if you get ill in a foreign nation. Think about evacuation insurance coverage – an air ambulance can cost countless dollars – and your personal or business ict risk mitigation procedures.

Money or Credit?

Money is convenient for little purchases, but numerous regular tourists stay with plastic overseas. If a clerk swipes your card and asks if you wish to pay in dollars, decline. The store most likely charges a less-favourable currency exchange rate than your card company.

Matt Kepnes, author of The Best Ways to Travel the World on $50 a Day, states any industrial bank must provide a good currency exchange rate. He keeps away from the exchange bureau Travelex and cautions that airport ATMs and those in stores like 7-Elevens provide a less-favourable rate and charge greater costs.

Remaining Linked

Bringing your very own phone is typically your finest choice, as purchasing foreign phones might not have the same quality of software tester and testing considerations. Speak with various network service providers to see if you can discover a strategy that permits totally free roaming and limitless information overseas. Some enable you to appreciate the greenery or landscaping and publish images and posts to Facebook, and get e-mails at no additional charge. Obviously, constantly keep the phone charged in case of an emergency situation.

Remaining Safe

Travelers are often targets for pocket pickers and fraudsters of all kinds. You can reduce your threat by looking less like a traveler. Ditch the shorts, fitness instructor and baseball caps and purchase clothing that help you blend in. And remember comfy shoes. Evelyn Hannon recommends a fast purchase at a regional grocer. The bag will help you appear like you belong.

Remain on the Right Side of the Law

Customs differ considerably by nation – that becomes part of the appeal of travel, after all – and so do laws. That often lands tourists in trouble and can’t simply be avoided like jumping over a retaining wall. Alcohol is prohibited in parts of the United Arab Emirates; although travelers in Dubai can consume at hotel bars and clubs without consequences.

Indications at mall encourage dressing moderately and preventing show and tells of love, but holding hands or providing a peck on the cheek are typically appropriate. Travelers who end up getting jailed for indecency have actually usually disregarded duplicated cautions.

Taking somebody’s photo and putting it online without consent is a criminal offense in the UAE, and individuals have been apprehended for taking images of military setups or airplanes removing and landing. Gay or lesbian sex is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia and Iran and is disapproved in other nations. Bringing drugs can, and frequently does, bring the capital punishment, particularly for smugglers.

Each year around 1000 Australians are apprehended overseas and more than 250 remain in jails overseas at any one time, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Australian consular support will do exactly what it can to assist detainees and their households as much as possible within the regional and worldwide legal structure; for instance, it will get in touch with friends and family and offer names of regional attorneys who speak English.

Best March Ever for L.A. Tourism

Las Vegas posted its greatest March visitation numbers, simulating ostentatious airport traffic statistics reported earlier in the week, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority spokespersons stated on Wednesday.

There were reportedly 3.78 million visitors to Southern Nevada for the month, a 1.4 percent boost compared March 2016. It has been the third best month for Las Vegas in history, following closely behind July 2016 and October 2015.

Professionals associated the high number to having an extra weekend fall in March this year compared to last year and to the establishment of the ConExpo-Con/Agg building equipment trade show, to which nearly 130,000 people participated in. As well as the NCAA’s March Madness this always gives the state a healthy boost in tourism numbers. March Madness is an event for both gamblers and regular sports fans so the event brings in profit for casinos, sports betting as well as basketball apparel stores who see a spike in sales.

Convention participation was up 13.3 percent to 757,444 despite there being 8.9 percent less conventions and trade shows for the month. The high visitor count improved state gaming profits as casinos state-wide reported taking in $991 million in March, 7.4 percent ahead of March 2016.

More notably, three-month win trends climbed up by the highest level in a year, up 4.8 percent over the first quarter of 2016, the states Gaming Control Board reported on Wednesday.

Because of the hefty March visitation results, accommodation room requests skyrocketed. The LVCVA reported the typical everyday room rate climbed up 21.9 percent to $149.02 for the month moving the quarterly average up 8.3 percent to $140.31.

Citywide occupancy soared by 2.2% bringing the total to 94 percent. Motel occupancy scored the greatest jump, moving from 75.7 percent a year ago to 81.1 percent in March. Downtown tenancy rates were up 4% to 89.2 percent.

In March 1996, the record month, the occupancy rate was 95.8 percent, but there were only 90,266 rooms to fill. Last month, there were 149,351 spaces in the market.

The NCAA March Madness basketball competition produced outstanding sportsbook earnings this year. At the state’s 190 places to bet basketball, books won $41.3 million, a 91.7 percent boost over in 2015. However sportsbook had simply a 9.6 percent win percentage for basketball. The sale of different basketball apparel items was up as expected, but a stand out was in the sale of basketball shorts.

The state’s three-month pattern of wins for January, February and March was motivating and Southern Nevada’s leading markets surpassed it. For the quarter, Clark County win was up 5.6 percent, the Strip was up 5.5 percent and downtown Las Vegas continued its outstanding run up 18.2 percent.

Fiscal-year patterns likewise are encouraging for casino win.

State-wide, for the nine months between July 1 and March 31, win is up 3.2 percent to $8.67 billion. For the same period, Clark County is up 3.3 percent to $7.51 billion, the Strip is up 3.7 percent to $4.95 billion and downtown Las Vegas is up 9.9 percent to $455.2 million.

Worldwide Food and Consumption Forecasts and Tips for 2017

What will be the greatest food patterns of 2017?

Fish head.  Fish collars.  Fish throats.  Fish livers.  Do these fish parts sound like something you’d love to eat?  They’re difficult to sell, however in the hands of an experienced chef they can pop in your mouth and delight your taste buds.  Search for the English muffin with John Dory Liver and Stonefruit Chutney at Saint Peter, in Sydney’s Paddington.

Sadly, large steaks are quickly becoming extinct. As livestock rates increase due to Asia’s growing interest for Australian beef, dining establishments will serve smaller-sized steaks of better quality meat.

On the up: natural Australian wine, especially natural Australian wine from the Adelaide Hills. Pho will continue its world dominance. Vodka popularity will grow as the taste gets a makeover.  And the Uber-isation of food will see the opening of more no-seats dining establishments, catering specifically to the house shipment market.

Exactly what will reach saturation point?

Over consumption.  The year of balance, 2017 is more about superfoods and less about buckets of fried chicken. We’re getting back to basics with our eating, but we won’t skimp on flavour.

Exactly what will take its dying breath?

The freakshake, or, Diabetes in a Glass.  The aggressive sugar hit will be the first victim in the decrease of over consuming.  Too bad – we all really need a shake that’s topped with cream, cake, sauce, lollies and donuts.

Exactly what would you want to see?

An end to the cold room war between craft-beer-drinkers and VB-guzzlers.  There’s less demand for tap beer, but there’s still demand.  Australian beer drinkers are moving towards high end, sometimes international, craft beers.  But no one is turning the taps off at our local breweries any time soon.

Melbourne food pattern forecasts

What are the It foods?

The fondness for food integrating will continue: keep an eye out for naan pizza and banh mi bruschetta. Poke (state poh-kay) is a raw fish salad with rice and veggies– consider it deconstructed sushi.  It’s Japanese-inspired, huge in Hawaii, and ready to strike Melbourne in restaurants and food trucks.  Beef and chicken variations are becoming available.

What am I going to be consuming this year?

More veggies and less meat.  Australians consume three times as much meat as the world average.  We’re looking to heighten the experience of vegetables and more carefully consider the impact of our lifestyle on the environment.  Smith and Daughters have evolved into a vegan bar, and acclaimed fine dining restaurant Attica offers an extensive vegetarian menu on Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Festivals and Foodies

The 25th Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is the pinnacle of Melbourne’s world-class food and wine industries.  Star-studded chefs like Peruvian powerhouse Gastón Acurio and Japanese master Zaiyu Hasegawa will be graced.


Planning To Visit Australia? Here Is What You Need To Know

Australia is known to be a friendly and beautiful  country, and it certainly lives up to that expectation. Before you go to the land down under, you will need to know how to get the most out of your trip.

When you should go

Most tourists travel to Australia in the summer time which is December to February. The most popular cities at that time of year are Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. The sunny warm beaches attract people from all walks of life.  During the summer time the vibe is at its peak. So many people are flooding the cafes and are still out and about well into the evenings because of the warm weather. However, coming at peak time has its downfalls. Accommodation prices will be higher, public transport will be busier, and the queues at the big attractions will be longer.

Where you should go

If you like the urban feel and you love a quirky vibe, Melbourne is the place for you. Coffee shops, live music, shops, pubs, bars, galleries, museums, multicultural food – everything is in Melbourne! If you are a lover of wine, head an hour east from the city to the famous Yarra Valley. Known for its beautiful Yarra Valley vineyards, it is an incredible place to visit. If wine isn’t your thing, you can go  hot air ballooning, visit Healesville Sanctuary, or visit cute surrounding country towns.

Image result for victoria beaches australiaSydney and Brisbane have beautiful coastal beaches and a young vibe with clubs, shops, and restaurants to suit everyone. Perth may be considered an isolated city, but it’s based on the west coast; an extremely beautiful and popular state for travellers.  The Northern Territory boasts rich history and outback desert landscapes. It’s home to a giant rock, more famously known as Uluru.

South Australia loves its wine, and is home to Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and more.  Adelaide as a city is compact, with a central location that can be used as a base to travel.

One of the main things that unite Australians is their love and passion for sport.  Cricket, tennis, AFL, rugby, Formula One, horse racing and more. International events are hosted by Australian cities all year round.

Getting around

Australia doesn’t have big inland towns like Europe and America do. So if you’re planning a driving holiday, then prepare yourselves – and the kids – for long distances. The most recommended way to get from city to city is to fly. Domestic flights are reliable and affordable.

However, if you’re not in a hurry, then consider a road trip.  That way, you can see everything that the beautiful country has to offer and can do it in as much time as you have to spare.


Holidaying Tips For Families


If you have children, select a hotel that has toy boxes in the room. Yes, they do exist. That way, if little Harriet forgets to bring Barbie, nobody will drown in a tsunami of tears. Great Ocean Road accommodation supply toy boxes, upon request.


Doing the washing on holidays is rather dull. However, it beats soaking your teenager’s stinky socks in the bathroom sink. Each Medina Serviced Apartment has a washer and dryer.

Free Wifi

This is the holy grail for tweens and teenagers. Then, if they’re all “wah wah” about leaving their buddies behind, they can Facetime/Skype/instant message them without making a dent in your vacation budget. A lot of hotels have complimentary wifi in the foyer, however, check which ones include it in the rooms too.


Is there anything worse than checking into a hotel, to find a symphony of jackhammers next door? Or a disco? Maybe an all-night celebration? All Vibe hotels have double-glazed windows.  Just as well, as your kids won’t cope with missed sleep.


Buffet breakfast, enough said.  It’s not free as it’s built into the price of the room, but who cares?  Shovel food down the kids’ throats then steal some fruit to enjoy later in the day.

Package deals

Increasingly, hotels like Novotel are providing lodging plus tickets to regional attractions as part of a “staycation.”  Families are encouraged to explore their home city and all that it offers.  AccorHotels in Canberra offer a two night package deal that includes buffet breakfast and a family 3infun ticket.


A lot of kids fret without their pets. A number of Lorne accommodation like the BIG4 Holiday Parks are dog-friendly, so your fuzzy friends do not lose out.

The beach

Life just seems simpler when you’re on the beach.  Seek serenity and natural beauty but searching for hotels within a short walk to a calm coast.  The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks is famous for its views.

Plus Sized Travel Tips

I have a number of friends that consider themselves as ‘plus sized,’ and they always tell me of the horrors of flying on a plane. Most of the time they would rather not fly at all. When I came across this article I thought it contained a lot of helpful ideas to help calm some nerves for people like my friends. Enjoy the read!


plus size dress

I’m really excited about my trip to LA but am stressing about the flight.  This is a long haul flight Sydney – Auckland- LA. I’ve traveled quite a lot and spent a year working as a full-time tour guide in Europe. Everything I had for the entire year had to fit into one backpack and a carry-on bag. I consider myself an expert at packing, folding and how to  minimize my individual plus size clothing for maximum outfit combinations.

As a plus size traveler, there are a few extra things to consider starting with  s-q-u-e-e-z-i-n-g into the  economy size seat. Business Class is only but a dream for me.  I’ll certainly try chatting up the check-in staff in hopes of an upgrade to Economy Plus section and scoring a cheeky 5 extra inches but I know the chances are slim (even if I’m not). At  5’3″  a seat upgrade is more about extra thigh room rather than long legs. Here’s my top tips for plus size travel.


I’m concerned about my comfort and the person sitting next to me too! So failing a big butt upgrade, if the flight isn’t full I’ll request the seat next to me to be vacant or blocked. If I end up next to another big girl then we’re both in for an uncomfortable trip I’m afraid. I avoid busy travel days:   Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings and usually book Tuesday, Wednesday and  super early Saturday morning or  Saturday night. Red eye flights are also a pretty good bet, especially on Saturday night. Just think “when would most people least like to fly” and generally that’s the best time to go for plus size travel!


The aisle seat is always my first choice on long haul so I can get up and go to the bathroom whenever I like without having to wake up to strangers and ask them to get up and move.   As much as I like the view on take off and landing a window seat makes me feel trapped and squishy like I’m in one of those small beach cottages (more shoulder room but same hip room).  I know  a meal cart slamming into you is the trade off for the aisle seat but I’m willing to take that risk on a 14-hour flight (at least one thigh and half my bum will be free range).  SEAT GURU is a website where you can check the seat dimensions on all airlines. This is a great tool for plus size travel and is easy to use, just plug in airline name, flight number and date boom it’ll tell you all the numbers.


I may need to ask for a seatbelt extender if the existing one doesn’t fit.  I’ve never done this before and am a little nervous but I won’t be the first or last person making this request so a quiet word to the flight attendant will sort that out quick.  The flight attendant will also ask  to put the arm rests  down for take off but as soon as that bird is in the sky I’m lifting that sucker for extra room. Fingers crossed if there’s someone next to me they’ll be happy to leave it up otherwise it’s rather squishy experience.


I’d love to work on my laptop for the full 14-hour flight but there’s just not enough room for a plus size person in Economy to have the table down comfortably. Boobs and bellies get in the way and the person in front will more than likely have their seat back. I bring my laptop with me but only to keep it safe rather than use it. However, if the seat next to you is vacant then that is a plus!


I love free booze on international flights but the last thing I want to be on a 14-hour flight is drunk, thinking you can see exotic wall hanging art and needing to pee every 5 minutes. Those airplane toilet cubicles are tiny so the less time spent there the better! On a side note, anyone who reckons they’re a member of the Mile High Club surely must be lying. I just can’t see how two people (of any size let alone travelers in the plus sizes range) can fit in an airplane toilet stall and let alone get busy and get anything out if it. In any case, once the boarding announcement goes over the PA I head to the toilet for a last visit just to be sure then I’m usually good for a few hours.


I’ve never been able to tell how much my bag weighs and have been caught at the airport throwing things away so I can make the weight limit. Yes, I’ve even had to wear winter coats and even my plus size evening wear on flights in just to save on excess luggage fees.   Electronic Luggage Scales are a big help!  There are a few on the. If you’re planning on shopping on your trip I’d also suggest taking it with you so you don’t have to pay excess baggage on the flight home too!

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What To Do In And Around Melbourne


Victoria’s capital teems with culture and unique quirks.  Home to the best food, music, art, sporting events and festivals in the country, as well as history-rich tourist attractions, both natural and man-made, and accommodation options for all budgets, there’s something to keep everybody happy when in Melbourne.

But with such a vast variety of attractions on offer in the city and the surrounds, exactly what should a first-time visitor to Melbourne do? And if you’ve got several days on your schedule, what choices are there for traveling outside the city’s limits?

Eureka Skydeck

Area: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank, Melbourne

If you’re wanting to start your visit to Melbourne by getting an idea of the city’s layout and the location of landmarks – and just how much you’ll be working your new boots – the Eureka Skydeck is your first call.

Hot Air Ballooning

Area: Flights offered over Melbourne CBD and Yarra Valley Tours

You need spare cash, but you’ll receive memorable views over Melbourne’s skyline, especially as the sun rises. Half day tours are available.  This is a unique opportunity that many people don’t get to experience.

Take in the major landmarks and city highlights, and get a birds eye view of destinations such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Flemington Racetrack and Rod Laver Arena.  Alternatively, take a balloon flight outside of Melbourne. The Yarra Valley is popular, as the lush greenery and exquisite views of vineyards attacks every sense. If your time’s restricted, a helicopter ride over Melbourne is the ideal choice for those wanting an aerial view of the city without the early morning wake-up call that a ballooning experience requires.

The Dandenong Ranges

Place: Approx. 1 hour drive east of Melbourne CBD

Those looking for a dose of nature can look inland and head towards the rich reaches of the Dandenong Ranges, a location that’s both picturesque and offers you numerous distinct activities of its own.

Get ready to explore the stunning mountain range, which is famous for its imposing Mountain Ash trees.  Eat the local food and buy hand-crafted products in the charming villages.  Take the kids on Puffing Billy, the world famous narrow gauge train through luscious backdrops.   Tours are available, including combined Melbourne CBD and Dandenong Ranges tours.

Due to extreme (Australian) cold, it may be worth considering visiting the Dandenong Ranges outside of winter.  September to May offers wildlife coach tours, and Healesville Sanctuary is a family favourite.

Spend as much time as you need in the Dandenong Ranges.  The kids will likely appreciate the natural beauty of the region, and no doubt you’ll find yourself unwinding from the concrete jungle.

Venture Through Melbourne’s Laneways

Place: Various places, Melbourne CBD & surrounds

The concrete jungle that is Melbourne CBD, however, is an attraction within itself. Bike, tram, bus or foot, checking out the city is an absolute must. Melbourne is filled with quirky laneways, cafes, stores, art galleries and indie theatres. Parks and gardens are well tended to, and the Yarra River is a calm body of water amidst man-man structures.

Melbournians take pride in the quality and quantity of their food, but also their coffee. All cuisines are on offer in the CBD and surrounding suburbs.