Top Reasons Why You Should Travel To Australia Soon

If you’ve ever wondered where kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, and the pesky platypus come from, then maybe it’s time to plan your next vacation in the land down under! Australia is a huge country or continent if you will, and covers a vast amount of individuality and distinction among its inhabitants. Most people today live in the coastal regions as the interior or “outback” can be quite a dry and desolate area. There are a few small towns here and there in the interior, like Alice Springs, and the train does travel back and forth, but for the most part people tend to congregate in the big cities along the coast.

Queensland in the north is usually the starting point for visitors who are interested in the Great Barrier Reef and some scuba diving, and it’s also famous for the many crocodiles of various shapes and sizes, including the notorious salt water croc of “The Crocodile Hunter” fame. Remember to stay out of the rivers and streams in this province, because you don’t want to meet up with these big boys face to face!

The southern part of the country can be much milder and cooler and most people really enjoy it here. From Sydney to Melbourne, and across the bottom to Hamilton is a vast expanse of very beautiful countryside with the Grampian Mountains added for some scenery. These mountains are a favorite among outdoor lovers, and there are some great views from the top! I personally climbed one of these on a cold winter day, and there was absolutely no one else coming or going that whole day… It was a lot of work, and toward the top the cold wind was really intense, but the view was amazing and I could see the surrounding area for miles! It was well worth it, and if you get a chance while you are there, give it a go. There are usually well marked trails, so make sure to stay on one and don’t go wandering off the beaten path! You may even see an emu or kangaroo in the wild, and if you go in the summer watch out for the dreaded Brown Snake! They could sure ruin your day if you get bitten!

There is a very interesting “town” called Dunkeld at the base of the Grampian Mountains, and one of the rest stops there was a place called “The Royal Mail”… This is actually a very fine dining restaurant that had just become famous before I got there because the Travel Channel food guru Anthony Bourdain had just done an episode at that very restaurant in the middle of nowhere! The chef is superb, and developed an incredible menu where he uses freshly grown vegetables and herbs right from his garden, and tries to implement as many local ingredients from the area as possible in his selections. Anthony Bourdain loved the food, and he called it the “best restaurant anywhere in Australia”. That’s quite a compliment, coming from him!

At that very same restaurant in the outer bar, I met a man who was carrying around an orphan baby wallaby in his backpack, and he put the sack down and opened it up and showed me it. He said that he carries him like that because he’s not weaned yet, and he has to grow enough hair to be able to stay warm on his own before getting out of the pouch. That is what he would be doing in his mothers pouch anyway, and so it was natural to him. It was great though, because this guy from the town (that the bar keep knew very well), just popped this baby wallaby out and placed him on the bar and no one batted an eye! Sounds straight out of the movie “Crocodile Dundee!”

If you are planning on driving on the roads down there, watch out for that leftover habit from the British, driving on the wrong side of the road! It can be a little dangerous if you aren’t used to it, and also watch out for kangaroos crossing the road, especially at night! They say that it’s not the first one you see that you will hit, it’s the 2nd or 3rd because they travel in packs. I personally came within about a second of hitting a kangaroo at night, so I know what I’m talking about! Take my advice, stay safe and grab a taxi…

So plan your next vacation for Australia, there’s sure to be something there for you! The country is so vast that it will take you several visits to even come close to seeing the whole thing, and don’t forget about Tasmania! That’s part of Australia too, and just across the strait… Have fun!

Finding Better Prices For Expensive Travel Vacations

Lets face it we all love to escape from the pressure and demands of our busy daily lives here in the 21st century. Whether it is for two days or two months the chance to ‘drop out’ and venture away to an exotic location somewhere in the world is irresistible. And, what’s more, you don’t have to pay ridiculous prices to enjoy an expensive travel vacation.

In many parts of the country we are hunkered down in snow and rain dreaming of a vacation paradise. We envision places where we can be pampered by ‘servants’ catering to our every need. This includes everything from umbrella adorned exotic tropical concoctions to personal guides who take us scuba diving in crystal clear, tropic oceans. Picture a horseback ride on endless white sand beaches. Imagine that you can let the child out and laugh to the splash of turquoise water, as well as feel the temperate breezes in their faces and the warmth of tropical sun on bare backs.

Expensive vacation packages often seem out of our reach. In lieu, we try to locate a travel channel or golf resort magazine that can point us to a blissful destination. We only dream of places that can quench our desires for escape. When able to pursue such a vacation, we sadly often find blacked out dates, overbooked resorts, or exorbitant fees to pay just to have the privilege to get away from it all.

Consider obtaining a membership through travel destination clubs that can give you unrestricted access to many destinations around the world. Many of these travel membership plans have no blackout dates or restricted weeks. This puts you in complete control of your next vacation spot. Whether you want to go to Hawaii in peak season or Cabo in fishing season, these memberships offer a service like no other.

As a member to such places, you generally have access anytime to top resort destinations. You will find it easy to book accommodations at many luxury resort destinations. You can even enjoy discounts on all the major cruise lines as well, depending on which membership you join.

Your best bet is to look for memberships that offer no annual dues or exchange fees. Also look out for restricted weeks and blackout dates. Avoiding these traps means you can have year-round access to the worlds top resorts in peak season. With companies competing for your business, you can find just the deals you are looking for.

When you obtain a membership, you basically get to take advantage of having your own travel professionals. These professionals know how to fulfill your specific requests including exact dates, unit sizes, and the number of travelers. This gives you complete freedom and total control to travel when and where you want. This prestigious service will be yours for a lifetime, if you choose.

If you are ready to escape this is your vehicle and your portal to that bliss you so desperately seek. Joining a travel club definitely has its advantages. Complete packages have become quite affordable over time. What are you waiting for?

Live a Travel Channel Life – 5 Tips For Global Nomads

There is a growing number of people around the world throwing their cares to the wind, quitting their jobs, and making a new life for themselves on the open road traveling from country to country. Whether you are making an all-out lifestyle change or easing into it a little at a time, there are tricks and techniques for doing it right.

To life like a star of the travel channel, try these 5 tips:

Tip #1: Carry only the essentials from country to country:
When you embark on your journey, you may find yourself packing two nice, big suitcase full of clothes and goodies from REI. Hint: try narrowing your luggage down to what will fit in a backpack or a single suitcase. Either way, as you travel from country to country, you will notice that your list of essentials grows shorter. All you really need is a bit of cash or travelers checks, your passport, maybe a good travel guide and a couple changes of clothing.

Tip #2: Buy cheap:
If you are going to make a life or significant hobby out of living the travel channel life, you need to learn the insider secrets to buying cheap airfare. Do the research ahead of time. For you, airfare will become as significant an expense as is a mortgage and car payment for your more sedentary friends and family. Do your homework now and save thousands and thousands down the road.

Tip #3: Know the best countries to visit for saving your cash:
As you can imagine, the cost of traveling and living in the various countries of the world differs dramatically from country to country. If you are planning to life for months or years away from home, plan your global route according to your budget. For example, if you are planning to travel Asia, visit South and Southeast Asian (e.g., India, Thailand, and Vietnam) when you are low on cash. If you just made a withdrawal from the bank account in your native country or got a paycheck from your online business, head to East Asia (e.g., Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan) to see the sites there. The same pattern applies in the Americas, Africa, and Europe as well.

Tip #4: Double up when you can:
If you are traveling along, you will find that it is usually very easy to meet people on the road. When you do have the opportunity to meet up with someone you can trust with whom you can share accommodations or even a taxi ride to the airport, I highly suggest doing so. At the same time, you will need to say goodbye to these travel bodies not infrequently, so be big enough to say “I have to go my own way now” then the time comes.

Tip #5: Use Internet cafes to maintain a travel blog:
Traveling this big world can be pretty lonely sometimes. A great option that global travelers have today that was not there even a few years ago is to keep a travel blog. Your regular entries of text and (when possible) photos will give you a sense of continuity and will give your friends and family back home a much better sense of what is going on with you as you have the time of your life.

Benefits of Travel Planning and How to Get Started

If you travel frequently or travel a lot then you must have realized the importance of travel planning. A well planned trip really gets you your money’s worth. You are aware of your schedule, plus you are not wasting your time in figuring out (at the last minute) what to see, what to do, where to eat, etc. But still a lot of people travel with vague plans and without a complete picture. A lot of people say to me that travel planning is hard and time consuming and that if they were to wait for a travel plan then they would not be able to travel at all.

I disagree with all of them. Yes, it takes time to plan a trip but whats the point of traveling to another country or city if you are not going to see the best sites, taste the local food, or experience the top activities. Following are some of the tips that you can use to plan a near perfect trip for yourself.

First of all, zero out on a location where you would like to travel, it may be another city, state or another country.

Second, Why you would like to go there? Maybe some friend or family member went there and were full of praise or may be you read about it on internet or magazine or saw it on TV. Realizing WHY you want to travel to a particular location will help you plan the trip properly. For example, you may want to travel to the New York city to see the skyscrapers, or/and see Statue of liberty or/and may be visits the Museums.

Third, How long i.e. How many days you want to spend in the new place.

Once you have decided WHERE you want to go, understand WHY you want to travel there and decided HOW long you want to visit for, you can then begin preparing your itinerary.

You should start by asking your friends, family & co-workers about the destination that you have selected. If they have not been there, you should ask if anybody they know have traveled to that place. If yes, then don’t be shy of talking to that other person about their experience. Realize that people love to talk about their trips. This way you would learn a lot and maybe make a new friend in the process.

You can watch YouTube videos or watch Travel Channel to get ideas about the place you would like to visit.

Further, Google is your friend, you can search for the location to get tons of information about any place. There are thousands if not millions of Travelogues written virtually about all places on this earth.

Tripadvisor.com is an excellent site to research about any destination. You can ask questions, read about other’s experience etc. But the research on internet is time consuming and you should be diligent.

Lastly, you can even read the travel books, city guides by Frommer’s, Lonely Planet and Fodor’s. These are very well written and cater to all level’s i.e. Newbies, repeat, expert etc.

All these will tremendously help you plan your ideal trip and make the most out of it.