Monday, December 16, 2013

An Aware Traveler


(reproduced from DailyOM)

; by Madisyn Taylor

An aware traveler sees each new journey as an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of humanity.

As the technology of travel grows ever more refined, the world grows smaller. Whereas a journey of a hundred miles once took many days, we can now travel across the globe in mere hours. The four corners of the earth are accessible by plane, train, and ship, and there are few pleasures in life as soul-stirring and transformative as travel. In a new land, the simplest of joys can be profound—meditation takes on a new quality because the energy in which we are immersed is unfamiliar. Our sensory experiences are entirely novel. Yet the relative ease with which we can step out of our own culture in order to explore another means that we are ambassadors representing not only our own way of life but also the culture of the traveler. As a conscious citizen of the world, you can add value to the locales you visit while simultaneously broadening your own perspective.

A truly aware traveler sees each new journey as an opportunity to improve international relations, spread goodness, and gain a greater understanding of humanity. To immerse yourself in foreign cultures is to open your mind to fresh ways of being. Your natural curiosity can help you navigate the subtleties that define a culture. While you may not agree with all the traditions or laws of a country, abiding by them demonstrates that you understand and respect their value. Staying centered in another culture is often simply a matter of learning about your destination, being patient with yourself and others, and accepting that people may treat you as an example of your country’s attitudes. New worlds will open to you when you take part in the everyday life of a locale—the reality of a destination is in its markets, its streets, and its people.

Traveling presents a wonderful opportunity to practice being open-minded and grounded. The voyages you make help cultivate a worldwide community in which we as humans can acknowledge and appreciate our differences as much as we recognize and appreciate our similarities. Though you will eventually return home, the positive impression you leave behind will remain as a testament to the respect and amicability that marked your intercultural interactions.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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TOP 20 DEALS * -- 11 December 2013

$145 -- Historic Sydney Hotel for up to 4, Save 33%
Source: The Menzies Sydney

$119 -- Brisbane Studio Apartment w/Parking & Late Checkout
Source: Punthill Brisbane

$5302 & up -- Fly Business Class to Paris with Air France
Source: Air France

$1299 -- LA & San Fran 2-Nt Packages inc Flights, $669 Off
Source: My California

$1399 -- 7-Nt Radisson Fiji Holiday inc Flights & Extras
Source: Spacifica Travel

$539 -- 2-Day Halong Bay Cruise Pkg for 2 w/Extras, 35% Off
Source: Emeraude Classic Cruises

$50 & up -- One Way Earlybird Flights across Australia
Source: Tigerair Australia

$479 -- Siem Reap: Luxe Park Hyatt Break w/Extras, Reg. $914
Source: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

$119 -- 4-Star Canberra Hotel Stay w/Breakfast, 54% Off
Source: Mercure Canberra

$9499 -- 16-Day Antarctica Expedition inc Flights & More
Source: Adventure Destinations

$419 -- Hunter Valley Short Break for 2, Save 37%
Source: Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels and Resorts

$1096 & up -- Non-Stop Flights to India in 2014
Source: Air India

$592 -- 3-Night Kangaroo Island Stay for 2, 33% Off
Source: Wanderers Rest

$160 -- Dublin: 4-Star City Centre Hotel w/Meals, Save 46%
Source: Ashling Hotel Dublin

$330 -- For 2: Margaret River Cottages, 1 Night Free
Source: Peppermint Brook Cottages

$545 -- 2-Nt Luxury Eco Lodge Stay in New Zealand, $137 Off
Source: Rimu Lodge

$9 -- Central Coast: Half Price Dive Permit
Source: Visit NSW

$179 -- Central Budapest: 2-Night Stay w/Breakfast, Save 50%
Source: Mirage Fashion Hotel

$99 -- Peter Doyle @ The Quay: 3-Course Dining w/French Wine
Source: Peter Doyle @ The Quay

$2925 -- 8-Day 'Blue Danube' River Cruise, $570 Off
Source: Global Journeys

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

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Holiday Safety tips

5 Holiday Travel Tips from the 

National Security Institute:

1.If you'll be gone overnight, be sure to secure your home. Remember, the holidays are a boon time for burglars too! You'll want to hold your mail and newspaper deliveries, and generally make the place look like somebody's there. You may use timers to turn various lights on and off. Or you may ask a neighbor to do the same.

2.Speaking of home: Take a look around at your valuables. Fine jewelry and other small, easily stolen items should probably go in a safe deposit box. So should critical documents such as auto titles, birth certificates, and Social Security cards.

3.If you're driving, prepare your vehicle for the trip. This is especially important if it's cold where you live and/or if you have younger kids. Make sure your fluid levels and tire pressures are correct (don't forget the spare!), and pack an emergency kit with coats, water, flares, snacks, etc. in case you end up broken down in the middle of nowhere.

4.If you're flying, prepare ahead of time. Make sure friends and family have copies of your itinerary, and bring all necessary ID to avoid delays. Do you have a supply of all necessary prescription meds? Also, when packing, obey all TSA guidelines regarding toiletries. This can spare you much hassle in security lines.

5.It's a good idea to have extra cash during travel, but you should sift through your wallet or purse to make sure you don't bring too much personal info. For example, you might bring your driver's license and a single credit and debit card, leaving the rest in a safe place so it can't be lost or stolen.

6.And one more tip from us:  Be mindful about what you share on social media.  Broadcasting your travel plans (or pictures) on social media to a wide audience can invite the unwanted attention of opportunistic burglers. Enable privacy settings to limit your audience so you can share the joy of your vacation, without putting yourself or your valuables at risk.

Have a great festive season

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Whats on in Sydney - November 2013.

Mind Body & Spirit Festival

Dates: 31 Oct - 3 November Time: 10am – 7pm

Where: Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre

It’s a fantastic fun day out, filled with new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice.
At the MindBodySpirit Festival, you can learn to conquer stress in minutes, discover the latest herbal supplements, or realise your psychic powers. Perhaps you'd like to know how to find your soul mate, enjoy the mysteries of tantric relationships, find that highly prized work-life balance, or balance your chakra.
There is something for everyone searching for a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

For more details go to:

Festival of Fishers Ghost

Dates: Nov 1-10

Where: Campbelltown

The legendary Festival of Fisher's Ghost will be back again in November (though really, who doubted it would, since it's been running every year since 1956), as Campbelltown celebrates Australia's most famous ghost, Frederick Fisher (you can find out more about the legend here).

For more details go to:

Newtown Festival 2013

Date: 10 November Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm

Where: Camperdown Rest Memorial park

Celebrating and supporting vitality, originality, sustainability and a lively community, the Newtown Festival just keeps getting bigger and better with more arts, more music and more community. This flagship event in Sydney turns 35 this year.

For more details go to:

Sydney Motorcycle & Scooter Show 2013

Date: 15-17 Nov

Where: Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre

For more details go to:

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Friday, October 25, 2013

This Week's Top 20 Travel Deals

Travelzoo Australia Weekly Top 20

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their very best deals and compile this Top 20™ list.

Featured Destination: South Australia
Visit one of Australia's wine and seafood capitals

TOP 20 DEALS * -- 23 October 2013

$199 -- Melbourne Hilton Stay w/Upgrade & Breakfast, 51% Off
Source: Hilton on the Park-Melbourne

$999 -- Thailand: 7-Night Phuket Stay w/Flights & Bonuses
Source: Grab a Getaway

$1849 -- 9-Day South Korea Holiday w/International Flights
Source: Nexus Holidays

$199 -- Deluxe Sydney Apartments w/Breakfast, up to 37% Off

$89 & up -- Qantas Flights across Australia on Sale
Source: Qantas

$445 -- Bali: 5-Nt 4-Star Kuta Break w/Extras, Reg. $715
Source: Kuta Seaview Boutique Resort & Spa

$179 -- Luxury Adelaide Hills Hotel w/Breakfast, Save $140

$1460 & up -- 5-Star Airline: Europe Return Flights
Source: Qatar Airways

$155 -- 2-Bed Apartment in Darwin CBD for up to 4
Source: City Gardens Apartments

$1899 -- 13-Day Alaska Cruise & Canada Rockies Tour
Source: Destination International Holidays

$730 -- 8-Night South Pacific Cruise w/Bonus Credit

$255 -- 5-Star Shanghai Hotel w/Club Access & More, $182 Off
Source: InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin

$116 -- California Wine Country Hotel w/Tastings, 60% Off
Source: Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa

$193 & up -- UK & Germany Rail Passes, Save 20%
Source: International Rail

$350 -- 3-Nt Margaret River Cottage Stay, 1 Night Free
Source: Bussells Bushland Cottages

$120 -- Barcelona 4-Star Hotel w/Breakfast, 40% Off
Source: H10 Universitat

$2914 -- NZ: 5-Nt Luxury Lodge Stay w/Guided Fly Fishing
Source: Stonefly Lodge

$59 -- Gold Coast Hinterland Full-Day Tour, Half Price
Source: Goanna Adventures

$498 -- 3-Nt Gold Coast Hinterland B&B Stay, 33% Off
Source: Camelot Cottages

$4625 & up -- 12-Day Africa Safari Package w/Flights
Source: Adventure Destinations
"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Whats happening in Sydney in October

Sydney Fringe
When: 6th to 29th September
Over 300 shows. The 4th annual festival promises to be one huge month long celebration of art, music and sound, dance, poetry, film, food and wine.
For more details visit:

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

Date: 28 September Venue: Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre, Binne Creek Road, Cowra
Cost: $15 for adult, $9 children and $40 for a family pass
In its 24th year, the Cherry Blossom Festival features not only cherry blossom, but a Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese music and traditional dancing, Japanese flower arranging, kite flying, martial arts and Sumo wrestling displays, Kimono displays and other examples of Japanese heritage.
For more information visit:

Festival Indonesia 2013

Date: 28 September Venue: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Time: 10am – 6.00pm
During this time, you will find the park full of food stalls, live music, cultural dances and performances, competitions, workshops, information stalls and much more. For more information visit

NSW Rural Fire Brigade Open Day

Date: 28 September Cost: FREE
This is your chance to say thanks to RFS Volunteers.The Rural Fire Brigade are opening their doors for a sneak peek behind the scenes of the wonderful continuous silent and heroic work they contribute to the community.
For more information click here

Sydney Opera House 40th Birthday Celebrations

Dates: Oct 1st – 31st Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: Some events free, some ticketed
The iconic Sydney Opera House is celebrating its 40th anniversary on October 20th this year and to mark the occasion there is a whole host of festivities on show to please all ages. The Opera House will be staging a series of inviting events with many open to the public. Here are some of the highlights.
For more information go to:

Lebanon Carnival 2013

Date: 6 October 2013 Venue: Harbourside AMphitheatre, Darling Harbour
Time: 11am – 5.00pm FREE
Performances from belly dancers, Lebanese folk dancers, singers and many others. There will also be arts, crafts and music, and you will find it all at the Harbourside Amphitheatre (which is located right next to Harbourside Shopping Centre).

Brookvale Show

Date: Saturday 19 October Time: 10.00am to 5.00pm
A variety of carnival rides will be available, as well as BMX demonstrations and horse jumping events. Wood chopping will also be a family friendly feature at this event, kind of like the Easter Show coming early. For more details click here

Warragamba Dam Fest

Date: 20th October Venue: Warragamba Recreation Reserve Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $20
Why not bring the whole family along for a wonderful day out. Features include displays of cars and bikes, stunt bike riding displays, market stalls, amusement rides, animal farm and then of course Warragamba Dam itself including the amazing interactive display in the Visitors Centre.
For more details click here

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Naked Bungee Jumping

There's a new trend in bungee jumping, but I wouldn't exactly say that it's taking the world by storm. So what is this new angle on the ancient sport of bungee jumping?  How about naked bungee jumping.  OK, so I know you think I'm crazy, but there hundreds, perhaps thousands out there who will swear by this experience.  Let's take a few minutes to look at the possible attraction, as well as the detractors, of this bizarre variation on the sport.

First, it is interesting to note that the natives who have performed the ritual that has become bungee jumping for thousands of years wear very little clothing.  I'll admit, it must be a bit different jumping from a make-shift wooden tower using a jungle vine attached to your ankles.  This is a far cry from modern bungee jumping.  However, these native young men wore nothing more than a flimsy loin cloth on their plunge to please mother earth.  So in some primitive, instinctual way, there must be a spiritual attraction of sorts in performing naked bungee jumping.  Some people who choose to participate in this variation of the sport have admitted to being extreme naturalists, even nudists.  Of course, there are those who complete nude bungee jumping who wouldn't qualify as nature lovers at all.  

A common theme that is seen at the special events held for such display is that of a couple performing a tandem jump.  A tandem jump is simply a jump where two people go together, usually tethered together, facing each other.  There is obviously some primitive expression of sexuality in this type of event.  However, more modern couples are choosing to participate in naked bungee jumping to show their devotion to one another.  Taking the plunge can now be applied to more than just marriage!  Many couples who share their experience afterward say that there is a definite bonding that takes place.  Sharing an adrenaline rush such as the death-defying act of naked bungee jumping is something that will tie them together forever in their eyes.

Another reason many people choose to go 'full monty' on the ropes is because it is usually cheaper.  Yep, you heard me right.  Although the time investment and equipment used by the jump company is the same, the cost is less.  Some companies even allow those brave souls who want to go naked bungee jumping to go free of charge.  These types of promotional efforts appeal to those who are of a more frugal nature.  Some companies that offer naked bungee jumping do so once a year, on a pre-planned date or weekend event.  This helps make the event more palpable to the public.  Imagine going to an amusement park and seeing people riding the rides naked!  It would be a great shock, especially if you did not know that it was planned that way.  By scheduling the special jumps for a specific date, the promoters of this type of event avoid that aspect of publicity.

It's growing among the ardent fans of the sport, as well as the newcomers.  It seems to have no defining characteristic except that those who perform it are lovers of adventure.  So whether you believe in the spirituality of it all or not, naked bungee jumping is here to stay.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Whats happening in Sydney in September

There's a number of interesting events coming up in Sydney this month, here,s a small selection...

Sydney Fringe

When: 6th to 29th September

Over 300 shows. The 4th annual festival promises to be one huge month long celebration of art, music and sound, dance, poetry, film, food and wine.
For more details visit:

Bankstown Children’s Festival 2013

When: 7 September 2013 Time: 10.30am to 7.00pm

Where: Paul Keating Park, Bankstown
The festival will feature a huge range of activities and events for families to enjoy. Kicking off the day will be the costume competition, with dances and musical performances, kite-flying, scout adventures, arts and crafts, and a table tennis competition sure to keep everyone occupied for the rest of the day.
For more details go

Orange Blossom Festival 2013

When: 6 – 8 September Venue: Old Northern Road, Castle Hill

The Orange Blossom Festival (OBF) has been a major annual festival in the Hills Shire since 1969 with the objective of stimulating the growth of social, cultural and sporting activities within the shire. The festival name originated from the shire's reputation in the 1800s as the biggest citrus growing regio.
For details go to:

Australian Garden Show Sydney

When: 5-8 September Where: Centennial Park

The first-ever Australian Garden Show will be held in Centennial Park this September and looks set to establish itself as Sydney's biggest outdoor gardening and lifestyle event. It will run from Thursday September 5 until Sunday September 8, with a variety of activities focusing on gardens, flowers, sustainability and design taking place throughout the period.
Fore more details go here:

Taiwan Festival Sydney 2013

Saturday 7 September from 3.00-9.00pm FREE

Patrons will be able to sample the culinary delights of Taiwan at the food stalls, including the irresistible pork dumplings, entrees such as braised and sliced beef loins, pickled salads, battered and fried tofu, deep fried tender pork ribs and of course the famous pearl milk tea. Guests will be treated with the famous glove puppet performance, a Taiwanese folk performing art, where puppets embark on a journey of fantasy, kung fu and adventure.
Taiwan Festival Sydney 2013 will celebrate and share the splendor of the Australian multiculturalism with all.

Click here to learn more.

R U OK? Day 2013 – 12 September 2013

Ask one question & save a life
Just three little words could save someone's life and no they aren't 'I love you'. Although that would be great also but I am actually talking about asking someone, 'Are you ok'? Or in this case, R U Ok? Seems simple doesn't it, however, we get so caught up in our own lives that it's easy to forget to ask.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

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Interesting Ideas for travel

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TOP 20 DEALS * -- 28 August 2013

$199 -- Mornington Peninsula: Luxe Peppers Stay w/Upgrade
Source: Peppers Moonah Links Resort

$149 -- 24-Hour Sale: Singapore Flights from 2 Cities
Source: Scoot Airlines

$178-$230 -- Luxury Sydney 'Top 10' Hotel Stay, 30% Off
Source: Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney

$209 -- Melbourne Luxe Hotel w/Upgrade & Late Checkout
Source: HotelClub

$1640 -- 7 Nts on Heron Island w/Flights & All Meals
Source: My QLD Holiday

$139 -- 5-Star Gold Coast Casino Hotel Stay, Save 50%
Source: Jupiters Hotel & Casino Gold Coast

$999 -- 6-Nt Cairns & Green Island Break w/Reef Tours

$445 -- 3 Nts: 5-Star Koh Samui Break w/Extras, 40% Off
Source: Melati Beach Resort & Spa

$699 -- 6-Nt Vietnam & Cambodia Tour, Save 30%
Source: Mandarin World Tours

$1175 -- 7-Nt Luxury Fiji Getaway; Flight-Inclusive
Source: Travel Online

$869 -- Vietnam 3-Nt Pool Villa Stay for 2, Reg. $1499
Source: Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang

$220 -- 2-Nt NSW North Coast Break for 2 w/Wine, 51% Off
Source: Tea Gardens Club Inn Motel

$749 -- Thredbo 365-Day Ski & Summer Pass, Save 43%
Source: Thredbo

$95 -- Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel w/Upgrade, Reg. $179
Source: Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit

$763 & up -- Fly to South Korea via Vietnam & Save $500+
Source: Vietnam Airlines

$182 & up -- New York Hotel near Times Square, Reg. $420
Source: YOTEL New York

$953 -- NZ: Franz Josef Glacier 2-Nt Stay w/5-Course Dinner
Source: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

$615 -- SA: 4-Night Clare Valley Retreat, Save $205
Source: St Helen's Country Cottages

$600 -- 2-Day Intensive Golf School at PGA Course, Reg $1200
Source: Australian Golf School

$198 -- 3-Nt Hobart Holiday Park Stay, 33% Off
Source: Discovery Holiday Parks

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Are you ready to Travel for the Holidays?

Going to another country for the holidays is a great way to learn about a new culture or visit family that is located there. Regardless of the reason why you are traveling to another country during the holidays, you need to make sure you are prepared for the trip.

For most countries you are going to need a passport with a photo ID. This will allow you to remain in the country for a specified amount of time. Generally, this time frame is from 30 days to 90 days.

Make sure you keep your passport and other pertinent travel documents in a safe place. You don’t want them to get lost or stolen as this can delay your travel plans. Make sure you arrive early for your flight so that you can get through all of the necessary inspections and verifications in plenty of time. 

There may be vaccinations that you are required to get and others that you are encouraged to get before you can travel to certain countries for the holidays. Plan ahead and find out what these vaccinations are and then schedule appointments with your doctor. Some of the required vaccinations have to be given in a series with a specific amount of time between each shot in the series to be administered. Therefore you don’t want to wait until close to your time of travel to take care of this matter.

Depending on where you are traveling, you may have to deal with a different type of currency. You can get your money exchanged at your local bank before you leave. This will save you time trying to take care of it when you arrive in the other country for the holidays. There may be language differences as well that you need to take into consideration.

Be careful what you pack when you travel for the holidays. Most modes of transportation have strict guidelines on the size of your luggage, how many bags each person can have, and the weight guidelines. They will be enforcing these restrictions during the holidays because of the volume of people traveling. You don’t want to have to get rid of some of your items or purchase more bags at the gift shop.

Make sure you are aware of how much luggage you have for your return trip as well. While it can be fun to purchase items while you are there, think about how you will get them back. It may be a good idea to pack an extra bag in your luggage when you go so you can fill it up for the trip back. Another idea is to have items shipped but that can be quite expensive.

While traveling to another country for the holidays can be exciting, you need to remember that their customs may be significantly different than your own. Be respectful of such differences to avoid any conflicts while you are in that country. It is a good idea to read about the various customs that will be in place so you won’t reach them by accident. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Whats on in Sydney July 2013

Now & Then Markets – School Holiday Fun

When: 14 July Starts at 10am

Venue: Rowers on Cooks River (is conveniently located a short walk from Wolli Creek Train Station Time
This July, the family-friendly Now & Then Markets are once again taking over the Captain's Room at Rowers on Cooks River for a market extravaganza. But their upcoming Sunday, July 14th event isn't just for those who favour vintage and retro fashion and hand crafted jewellery and accessories - rather this event is all about the kids!

For more details visit:

Open Marrickville

Dates: 20 June to 30 July 2013

The Open Marrickville festival will unlock the talents and creativity of local communities and celebrate the many and varied cultures. 

Open Marrickville's ten days of storytelling, music, dance, art, theatre, food, and simply gathering together will reveal the uniqueness of local lives and stories. The ten day festival will open with the welcome event in Marrickville, and close with the Magic Winter Festival at the Addison Road Community Centre.

In between will be Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Chinese cultural festivals, a national anthem singing competition, a short film festival, art exhibitions, a ping pong tournament, an Arabic dance party, a NAIDOC Week event, a museum open day and a children's festival. Download a festival program from the Marrickville website.

For more information:

The Rocks Aroma Festival 2013

When: 21 July Where: The Rocks

Brews, baristas, fun and for free

For those of us who can't live without our caffeine; your festival highlight of 2013 is sure to be The Rocks Aroma Festival on Sunday 21 July 2013. And for those of you who have a non bean-drinker in tow, don't worry there's plenty of food and tea as well.

Situated in the historic Sydney location of The Rocks (as the name of the festival suggests); the alleys and streets will be taken over by roasters, dippers and mixers offering u all sorts of goodies to make your mouth water. Best of all; this annual event is free from the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. Like previous years; Campbells Cove, Hickson Road Reserve and George Street will all play host this year to the entertainment and stall holders

Check out the Traveling Australia Guide below

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Prepaid travel card info

If you’re planning an overseas holiday you may wonder if a prepaid travel card is a good idea.

You can get them from major banks, travel agents, the post office and even from online foreign exchange specialists. But not all prepaid travel cards are created equal and depending on where you’re travelling to, they could be the most expensive way to spend your holiday dollars.

What are prepaid travel cards?

Prepaid cards are basically an updated version of the travellers cheque. Just as you would pre-buy your foreign currency travellers cheques, with a prepaid card you purchase foreign currency at a set rate before you travel and instead of paper cheques you’ll get issued with a prepaid Visa, MasterCard or American Express card. You can purchase single currency cards or multicurrency cards which allow you to preload multiple currencies on the one card.

One of the best advantages of a prepaid card is that you can lock in your exchange rate so that when you are travelling you’ll know exactly just how much things are costing you. You can use prepaid cards in ATMS or pay for things like restaurant bills, hotels or shopping wherever you use MasterCard, Visa or Amex.

There are a number of great tips and comparisons on the Blog HERE that I recommend reading.

In this site are discussions and tips on:

  • Prepaid card tips
  • Variable purchase fees
  • Using Mozo to compare exchange rates.
  • Reloads.
  • Spending habits.
  • Watch default currency order on multicurrency cards.And,
  • Holiday budgeting.

Have a great Holiday :-)

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Importance of Comparing Airfares

Do you need to book a flight?  

If you are looking to take a vacation,  you will find an unlimited number of options.  There are thousands of airports around the world, as well as multiple airlines that service those airports.  With these different options, you are encouraged to compare prices before making any official reservations.

By comparing, you will get more travel options.  When comparing flights and airlines, in general, you are likely to come across flights that you may not have otherwise seen or known about.  In addition to getting a better deal, you may also find flights available with a different airline that has more convenient times.

Another reason to compare prices when buying airline tickets is because you can save money.  What many people, especially first time travelers, do not take into consideration is price differences.  Although you will find some similarities, different airlines charge different fees.  

When you spend less money on your travel arrangements, such as your airline tickets, you have more money that you can put towards your vacation.  Depending on the amount of money that you are able to save, you can enjoy a nice meal, add an extra activity to your to do list, upgrade your overnight accommodations, and much more.  

One of your first stops should be online travel websites.  Online travel websites are nice because they let you compare flights from different airlines, all at the same time.  A good benefit of using online travel websites to compare airfare rates is you can pay for your tickets through them as well.

You may also want to visit the online websites of airline companies.  If you have to fly out of a specific area, like Albany, you will want to visit the online websites of airlines that you know fly in and out of that airport.  This process of comparing prices will take a little bit longer than using online travel websites, but many take comfort in knowing that they are doing business directly with the airline company.

Happy Flying...

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tips for Fishing in Alaska

Something different, maybe give you some ideas...

Many people who like fishing visit Alaska when summer time comes and salmon are starting to run. Tourists tend to know the best place to catch salmon is in Alaska.

Alaska’s waters make their tourists get the Alaska fishing guide and provide the tourists the best spots for fishing. First, you have to know what kind of fish you want to catch. You can choose from different varieties of fishes like silver salmon, arctic char, steelhead, Alaska king salmon, rainbow trout, or any other fish.

The Arctic, Southwest, South central, Southeast and the interior are the five known geographical places in Alaska. These are the sites where you can maximise your fishing expedition. 

Hire a fishing guide since you do not know the area. They may give the best spots for you and accompany you to your fishing.

Here Are Some Things You May Want To Ask From Your Guide

1. You have to know how long they have been doing their work in Alaska?  The reason is that they will understand the different yearly cycles of Alaska.

2. Be aware of the time you will spend during the trip.  The amount that you will pay your guide might only be consumed on the time of the boat ride rather than the fishing itself.

3. Ask how much a particular guide would cost, because they have different rates depending on their skills, experiences and length of stay in their job. A guide that would cost cheaper than the average rate of the other guides might not have enough experience and skills.

4. It is recommended that you have your references.  Most people who have been there are willing to share about how satisfied they were during the fishing vacation. They can also give you some advice on what you need to do during the adventure.

5. Remember, do not hesitate to gather information for your plans and make the most out of your trip in Alaska.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Recipe for Long Island Iced Tea

A friend forwarded this to me, I haven't tried it, but it sounds Awesome... 
let me know,.


Long Island Iced Tea

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1/2 Shot Tequila

1/2 Shot Vodka

1/2 Shot Gin

1/2 Shot Rum

3 Shots Coca Cola

1/2 To 1 shot Sour Mix (or Tom Collins Mix or Whiskey Sour Mix)

Serves 6.


1 Contributed to the echo by: Sallie Austin

2 Put all in a glass and stir and watch out. Not my idea of a way to consume alcohol (I would prefer too much wine or champagne ), but I believe this was the recipe. Does taste close to iced tea though... --Michelle M. Bass

3 My boyfriend is a "working manager" of a bar here... i.e., he bartends. He said to add these to the preceding ingredients:

4 1/2 shot 151 Rum (in addition to the regular rum) 1/2 shot Triple Sec or Cointreau

5 I only tried one of these... I agree with Michelle... at least with wine or champagne it requires a few hours of sipping before you pass out, instead of a few minutes .

6 BTW- I just asked Jim if he was sure that both 151 and regular rum were used, and why... he said "to hurt people". Good enough reason for me.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Whats on in Sydney

Vivid Sydney 2013

Dates: 24/05/2013 - 10/06/2013

A kaleidoscope of colour, art, music, energy and life. The best of Sydney's landmarks come to life. This is Vivid Sydney, and 2013 will mark the fifth anniversary of this colour spectacle. No different to how the respective Town Halls of Sydney and Melbourne lit up at Christmas in 2012; Vivid Sydney has a lights on policy at 6pm from the 24th of May to the 10th of June 2013. The best thing of all, they're free to view and appreciate. There are a few ticketed events at Vivid Sydney, further information of which will be on the Vivid Sydney website from time to time.

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My Lords and Ladies Medieval Fayre 2013

Date: 18/05/2013 - 19/05/2013 Cost: FREE

Where: Only a short walk from Doonside Railway Station down Cross Street and across Knox Road

A treasure trove of medieval musts
To the delight of both locals and visitors, Blacktown City Council is once again hosting 'My Lords and Ladies Medieval Fayre' as part of its annual City festival. The family-friendly affair will be held at Nurragingy Recreation Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside, over two exciting days. On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2013, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the popular leisure destination will be transformed into the dark and delightful world of the Middle Ages as if by magic.
With free admission, the Fayre features activities such as period jewellery making and sword making for the kids.

For more details CLICK HERE


When: 17 – 26 May

Location: Pyrmont

For 10 days, the Pyrmont Festival will celebrate the best wine, food and art from the Pyrmont and Mudgee Regions. Delight your taste buds with unique gourmet cuisine and local produce at Sydney’s premier dining precinct. Events include ‘Meet the Winemaker’ sessions, as well as special lunches and dinners from top chefs.

For more details CLICK HERE 

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