Friday, February 15, 2013

Top 10 Last Minute Travel Destinations

Surprisingly, Australia didn't make this list, people don't know what they are missing....


This state is perfect to visit all-year round. With theme parks galore in Orlando alone, there’s sure to be a place or two able to welcome last-minute travelers like you. While in Florida, you can also head off to Miami and enjoy its beaches and exciting nightlife. For more adventure, you can book a day trip to Key West and enjoy its exotic locale. In Key West, make sure you set aside a portion of your day for fishing and shopping.

New England Coast

If you need a last-minute destination during the fall, there’s no better place to pick than the New England Coast. Its spectacular fall foliage is famous worldwide and you can enjoy it for free just by walking around. The same beauty shall greet you whether you’re traveling to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, or some other place in the New England coast.


Lovers will always have Paris at any time of the year. Sure, it’s crowded all the time, but you don’t really notice things like that when you’re in love, do you? In Paris, you immediately know a couple of well-known attractions to visit and activities to check out. Besides the ever-famous Eiffel Tower, there’s also Versailles Palace to check out. You know as well that it’s imperative to give the street-lining cafes a try for authentic French cuisine, to walk around and just enjoy the romantic atmosphere and appreciate the works of Bohemian artists.

New York

Another city you won’t lack for excitement is the Big Apple. But beware, native New Yorkers don’t like it when people refer to NYC as the Big Apple. Because it’s a city that never sleeps, you’ll always find something to see or do no matter what time you get there. Just be careful of pickpockets. That’s one authentic NYC experience you can certainly do without!


Like NYC, Nevada or Las Vegas in particular is a city that comes especially alive at night. If you think gambling is the only thing to do in Vegas, think again. You can drop by at Caesar’s Palace, for instance, at certain times in the evening and you’ll be treated by a special presentation…for free.


First stop: Hollywood. Walk around Beverly Hills, buy a map to know where the stars live, walk a couple of minutes more and you can spot a famous actor or two while shopping in any of the equally famous boutiques lining the streets. A food tour won’t be amiss because Cali is a melting pot of various cultures! You’ll see a Thai restaurant right next to a fine-dining French restaurant and a fastfood joint.


History buffs wanting to do some last minute travel should immediately head to London. There, you can visit Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and let’s not forget London Bridge, the ultimate star of nursery rhymes. If you have extra time, check out Thames Park – this used to be the most fashionable place for nobility to see and be seen.


Hawaii has nice tropical weather all year round. They may have stormy bouts once in a while, but the weather channel will easily let you know if visiting the islands now would be bad timing. In Hawaii, you can enjoy luaus after frolicking in the beach.


Pyramids! There’s no need to think when you get to Egypt. You can also try riding a camel and visit the various museums found in Cairo.


Take advantage of the currently welcoming regime in China and see the secret wonders of this once-forbidden country. The language barrier could take a bit getting used to but the extremely cheap cost-of-living makes struggling with Mandarin worth every second.

Let me know what you think, maybe you disagree? 

Your Guide To Travelling Australia

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Last Minute Travel Tips to Australia

Following on from the last post, here are some tips specifically for visiting Australia, enjoy.

Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. There's a wide expanse of land that allows for plenty of land travel, it has some of the world's most amazing landmarks and if you're looking for adventure, the continent will never lack for something to offer. But in case you're traveling to Australia at the last minute, here are some useful tips you might want to consider:

Last minute travel to Australia might not be cheap.

If you're coming from North America, be prepared to spend a bit on travel tickets. Even the cheap fares going there aren't that cheap, so be ready with your cash or credit card.  Tourists generally flock to the continent beginning October and on till February, which means last minute tickets might be tough to get. If you're traveling last minute to Australia, there may be flights where you can get a good discount but you will have to make a few adjustments in case you want to take advantage of the low deals. 

For cheap, last minute flights to Australia, learn to be flexible because you might not always have a choice in terms of seating, time, destination airport or even flight class.  If you're up for an adventure, though, then booking a last minute travel flight to Australia is only the beginning.

Have a plan.

As mentioned earlier, Australia is a big continent and it has plenty to offer. When you're booking a last minute flight, at least have a few good ideas on what you want to do when you get there. Surfing?  Rock climbing? Diving? Or just enjoying the natural beauty of the Outback? 

Make a list of what you where you want to go and the kind of things you want to experience. If you're making last minute travel plans to Australia, you might have to compromise on some things. At least, while you're there, you get to experience as much as you can.

Know a little bit about the country.

There are certain things about Australia that might surprise you if you aren't familiar with it and we're not talking about the local dialect. Cars are left-hand drives and summertime in the U.S. is wintertime in the continent, which means you're more likely to get a heat stroke in December. If you're coming in from the cold, be prepared to shed your clothes.

Familiarize yourself with your destination.

Last minute travel plans to Australia shouldn't include you getting lost. Contact the local tourism office or book accommodations with local agencies. If you need a car to drive you to and from the airport, have this ready as well. Most travel agencies will be happy to make these arrangements for you.

Ask for extra information prior to the trip or go online and look for travel guides to the areas you plan to visit. Above all, just enjoy all that Australia has to offer.


Whats on in sydney

Some of the events being hosted in Sydney, Australia during February.


When: 8-10 February (Friday 4-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-10pm)
Where: Belmore Park, across Eddy Avenue from Central Station
Celebrate the Year of the Snake at the launch of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Friday, 8 February. The festivities continue all weekend with fabulous Asian food, cooking demonstrations by top chefs, kids’ activities, karaoke competitions, entertainment from Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese performers plus more.
There are 80 events to enjoy this Sydney Chinese New Year Festival,.


When: 17 February
Location: Sydney Town Hall to Chinatown
Join us for a magical night of floats, lanterns, dancers and plenty of slithering snakes at this year’s Twilight Parade from Sydney Town Hall to Chinatown.
There will be stunning projections on city buildings and spectacular fireworks. Limited seating is available for $66pp; visit the website for ticket info
Click here for more details.


When: 19/02/2013 - 09/03/2013

Since 2009, the Brazilian film industry has shared their passion for film with Australian audiences. This year, the festival is in its fourth year and it is bigger than ever. After a humble start just in Sydney, with only four films, it has now tripled in scope and has now expanded to other Australian cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide

The Brazil Film Festival is a multisensory experience where you can immerse in Brazil's culinary, music, dance and art. The festival is a non-profit project, where it features the professional and creative showcasing their films, as well as teaming up with local businesses and organisations for support and audience reach.
It is the perfect stage for talented people from all over the world, to culminate and share one passion for telling the millions of stories that exist all over Brazil. Stories that made people from all over the world cry, laugh, and mostly fall in love with Brazil and its people.

You can be shown the beauty of Rio de Janeiro's landscape, gain a sneak peak into the mysterious Amazon or simply watch the joy of Brazilians, all through the content in it's movies. You will be guided on a journey that is simply unforgettable.

Your Guide To Travelling Australia

"We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race." Cicero

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Preparing for a Last Minute Holiday Trips

Last minute holiday travel requires making whirlwind preparation. In such instances, you’re liable to make mistakes but you can minimize them when you use the tips below.

Book online; book direct.

Travel agencies and other usual avenues for making vacation arrangements are probably closed during the holidays. You’re going to waste a lot of time if you insist on one that’s stayed open while the rest of the world goes on holiday. To save on time, money, and effort, just book everything online. Brick and mortar shops may close but websites are usually ready to serve 24/7. Better yet, why not call directly the hotel or airline you’re interested in? That’s sure to get results!

Make advanced reservations.

It’s sheer folly if you assume something will be available during the holidays. These are, after all, the busiest time of the year. Burn the phone lines if you have to. Stay online 24/7 if necessary. Do whatever is required until you’re able to secure a reservation.

Get stocked and stuffed.

Anticipate your needs. This is even more critical if you’ve booked a cabin, cottage, or any other type of accommodations that doesn’t come with room service. Stock on food, medicine, cash, and the likes. Holidays mean a lot of closed signs hanging on doors but you shouldn’t pin all your hopes on convenience stores. Before leaving home, be sure that you’ve already raided all your cupboards and the groceries if necessary.

Leave early.

Traffic is absolutely horrible during the holidays and that’s an indisputable fact. Denying the truth won’t help so it’s important for you to leave as early as you can. If you leave during peak hours, you’ll have to contend with impatient drivers and frantic crowds.

Check transportation.

If you are going to drive to your destination, make sure you have a professional check your car. Get a full tank of gas to reduce the need for making unnecessary stops. Plan your routes carefully. Use your GPS or any other reference tool to determine the best routes. Determine the number of pit stops required for your travel and make sure you time each and every stage of your travel so that you won’t find yourself taking a wrong turn in the wrong place at the wrong time.

If you’re going to rent a car for your last-minute travel plans, you need to choose a suitable vehicle for your vacation plan. A flashy sports car may make a great choice for weekend getaways and short trips but it’s not the perfect transportation mode if you’re going to explore rough mountain routes or trek desert paths.

In any case, make sure to read terms and conditions before paying for your car rental. Be sure to verify insurance details of your rented car. This way, if something bad happens, you’re not liable to pay.

Most Important - Adapt.

Things can and will go wrong one way or another. Think about it. Even though you’ve planned everything to the last detail during your last vacation, something still ended up wrong. What more when you’re having a last minute vacation? When misfortune indeed strikes, just learn to accept it and move on. It’s the holidays, after all! 

Be jolly, forget about the hassles, and just look forward to having some great R & R when you finally get to your destination.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Kite surfing in Australia: Feel the Power of a Breeze

Winds represent an awesome force of nature that man continually strives to harness for his use. Hence, we have windmills, sailboats, and other implements that use the power of the wind. Today, this power is also used for entertainment. The use can be observed in the recent popularity of kite surfing in Australia.

Australia is a more commonly known for Koalas, Kangaroos, the Outback, the Sydney Opera House, and the Great Barrier Reef. The whole layout of the continent has a huge potential for diverse activities. Kite surfing is one of those activities that take place in the water side of Australia.

Kite surfing is a water sport where you basically strap yourself to a surfboard, launch a kite and hang on for dear life. It can be a bit dangerous to surfers and even to swimmers who get in the way. What you should understand is that kite surfing involves attempting to control something that is usually uncontrollable. This means that danger is an inherent part of this activity. But with the right advice, you might just transform it into the best time you can ever have.

Taking up kite surfing seriously will require you to invest your cash in equipment costing something between $1000 and $3000. This includes your standard board, kite and safety equipment such as a flotation device. You will obviously need to take some lessons if you want to engage in this activity safely.

During training, you will learn how to maneuver your kite in such a way that you will be able to use the wind to move in the direction you want. You will also learn about the different safety procedures that you should always keep in mind in order to avoid accidents while you are having fun.

The efforts of AKSA or the Australian Kite Surfing Association made kite surfing increasingly popular in Australia. They hold various competitions to test the skill of kite surfers, as well as promote the sport.

If you are planning to kite surf in Australia, you might want to consult with AKSA for various spots which provide ideal conditions for kite surfing in Australia. After all, it's not a sport that you can do just anywhere.

The Association also provides services related to the safety of the kite surfer. They, for example, spread knowledge about the various guidelines that a practitioner of the sport should adhere to in order to stay safe. They also offer insurance policies, as well as safety gear.

All in all, kite surfing is a truly extreme sport which offers the thrills of being propelled by air and the feel of the spray. It is also an activity which requires considerable skills and training. The bottom line is that if you want to enjoy this activity, you should make sure that you keep the danger factor to a minimum and the fun factor to a maximum. 

Respect the power of the breeze and the surf 
and always remember everything you learn.