Enjoying The Australian Open From Day To Night

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Are you planning to experience the excitement? The sights? The sports? Yes, the Australian Open is here again. That means the biggest names in tennis will compete against one another in hopes of nabbing the top honours. It will all go down at Melbourne Park in Melbourne Australia, from January 19th to February 1st, 2015. Travellers from all over the world are preparing to visit the city and take in the Australian Open for themselves. Are you one of them? Then it is time to lean how to enjoy the festivities…. and some other notable attractions. This is your guide to enjoying the city all day and all night.

The Australian Open

Watching a tennis match on TV and seeing it go down in person is a dramatically different experience. When you are there, your heart is racing, you are on the edge of your seat, and the action is right there in front of you! That is why thousands of men and women come to see the Australian Open each year. You can enjoy the tournament by going to Queen Of Tickets and reserving seats to a few of the matches. There are plenty of seating options and games to choose from. So, get ready fill your afternoons with thrills galore.

What To Do After The Match

What about after the tournament is over for the day? How should you spend the rest of your trip? By enjoying as much of Melbourne as humanly possible. This city is known for being the second most populated in all of Australia…. not to mention being dubbed the world’s most liveable city. So, it should come as no surprise that there are a number of great attractions and sights to enjoy from late afternoon and into the evening.

The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is fun for people of all ages. It features a number of underwater creatures, including the only display of the Elephant Sharks in the entire world. Not to mention all of the other fish, penguins, and interactive displays. A few hours here will make your vacation one you will never forget.

Want to take in the sights? Then head on over to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. This oversized wheel allows you to see the city from new heights! Yes, you get a complete 360 view of the city. Talk about a fantastic way to spend a night. By visiting once the sun goes down, you can enjoy the way the city looks all lit up. Not to mention seeing all of the lights on the Observation Wheel. They offer a full light display with millions of different combinations of lights.

If you would rather unwind than keep your evenings jam-packed, spend a night at a rooftop bar. There are many of them scattered around Melbourne! They offer gorgeous views. Think gardens, water, and breathtaking scenery. While you are busy taking in the lush scenery, you can grab a drink or two and get social with your fellow travellers – or even a few locals.

Melbourne is the place to be this season. With the Australian Open keeping travellers and sports lovers busy day after day, remember: it is just as important to stay busy after the sun goes down. Have fun from day to night with these unforgettable attractions.

Top 4 unusual campsites

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Camping has taken a high toll on people who love thrill, adventure and travelling. Visiting places by the traditional conveyances like rail and air have now taken a turn towards the caravanning idea; especially amongst the young travellers. There are thousands of camping sites all across the world – they provide you all kinds of facilities and comforts that would be needed on your tour. While you take your motorhomes to these places; make sure to keep it safe from theft and damage; get caravan insurance and also a policy that assures of caravan theft prevention. There are some quirky and unusual campsites that you would like to plan for your next trip; take a glance on them and choose the most alluring one for you next go –

  1. The Willows Located in the Llyn peninsula, this region is said to be the most beautiful place in Wales. Best known for therapeutic cures, this camp site is mostly recommended for health recovery owing to the picturesque surroundings and ultimate serenity. The sweeping beaches, sandy coastlines, crumbling cliffs – all leads into the Irish Sea. The odd yet beautiful thing of this campsite is their accommodation that looks like the hobbit pods. These are micro lodges that are made from huge, hollowed-out tree trunks. The interiors are beautifully panelled with pine and the little tunnel-shaped abode has enough of space for a relaxing stay.
  2. Roulotte Retreat – if you are looking forward pastoral beauty while caravan touring; this is an apt place. The dense avenues of the trees, the pristine meadows and woody realm of the Eildon Hills make a superb retreat for travellers. The accommodation created here are Devanna and Karlotta that are made especially for couples; while the Rosa and Coco houses are finely equipped for families with two kids. The wagon type designs of these hideouts are stacked with underground heaters, wood-burning stoves and many more amenities for high class comfort. Staying here will make you feel as if you are living in an open garden.
  3. Ecopod Holidays – As the name says, these are handmade havens that are made from eco friendly and natural materials. The New House Organic Farm at the Peak District offers all the requirements of this campsite for the travellers. The authorities are extremely passionate about nature and thus have set the facilities based on ecological findings; the cabins are backed up with wind and solar energy, recycling facilities, solar cooking and composting toilets. The restaurant offers delicacies that can be prepared from the local produce. You can explore the localities of the countryside and enjoy the days peacefully. Many arboreal activities are conducted in this campsite; Go Ape is the most popular one amongst kids that has zip wires with tarzan swings.
  4. Gypsy Caravan Breaks – Just a mile away from Pitney and you reach the Marsh farm crossing the tiny lane. Amidst the cider apple orchard, the lovely long meadow looks like a green carpet, surrounded by wild flowers. Once you cross this path, you will see a traditional “bow-top, open-lot” Gypsy caravan that is coloured in red and citron. Luxurious interiors and fine linens give you a feel of resort rather than a caravan. This is a sleep for two and the adjacent farmhouse offers further extension to state of art facilities. The shower unit is in the shepherd’s hut, and the caravan has electricity backup, cook up and also a fridge.

Ways to Make Cash While You’re Traveling

Everyone wants their holiday to last longer, actually they would love for it to last forever. Unless you’re rich and retired though, that’s just not happening. So how can you prolong your trip without running out of money? The simplest answer is to just make money from your holiday destination. Don’t think we’re crazy, it’s far easier than you would think…

Here are just a few option for earning the extra dough you need to make that holiday last for the time you really deserve to be away.

The most practical job you could get might not actually involve cash changing hands. Some travelers can very easily pick up some work at a hotel or restaurant and work for food and shelter. That’s the majority of your costs right there, so this can be your baby step into entering the world of working to travel more.

If this isn’t your cup of tea, take a look at your skills. What can you offer people? If you are a diver, there are plenty of dive shop all around the world who take in dive instructors. If you know English as well as another language, that’s a huge plus too.

Maybe you’re a yoga teacher? Find  a sanctuary that is in need of a wholesome yogi who’s willing to work as a yoga teacher to extend their travels. There are even people working on yachts as a waiter for a few months, and at the end of their stint on the boat, they get a handful of money and a plane ticket wherever they want.
There are plenty of ways to earn to cash, and nowadays, with the internet, you can even work online. The skills we spoke about earlier can be applied to anything that involves a computer. Writers, graphic designers, translators, transcribers, data entry specialist, and more are all job positions that don’t require you to walk in to an office everyday with a suit and tie. If you want, you can even be a trader. Again, we’re just using the computer, so that mean you can be on the beach of Costa Rica with a cocktail in hand while you make money from behind your computer. Don’t know how to be a trader? Knowledge to Action can help with that, just check out the below video for more information. Wanting to acquire another skill? There’s plenty of ways to educate yourself online so you can work online, and thus becoming a traveler who works with a location independent job, ultimate freedom!

Summer Holidays [Infographic]

We’re all going on a summer holiday… Oh wait, no we’re not, it’s freezing! Anyway, at some point I’m sure it will be summer again, which along with all the sun and fun, also means that the kids are off school and so need entertaining for the duration. See the infographic below for places to take the little ‘angels’ during the six weeks of ‘heaven’.

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Fishing Holidays: Top 5 UK Destinations

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Fishing holidays can be very relaxing and also extremely addictive. For beginners, a fishing holiday can be an exciting challenge, and for seasoned anglers, it can be the perfect opportunity to embrace the sport as well as its beautiful natural surroundings.

Here are 5 of the top fishing locations in the UK:

  1. Bury Hill Fisheries, Surrey

The beauty of a fishing holiday at Bury Hill Fisheries is the perfect harmony between modern and traditional. Still withholding its fame since the 60s as a top fishing location, Bury Hill is far from your regular day ticket fishery. This remains to be one of our country’s most stunning and diverse fisheries, offering everything from pedigree English Carp and specimen Bream to large Zander or Pike.

  1. Windmill Fishery, Bristol

A great choice of 4 bespoke lakes, Windmill Fishery can offer holiday makers the Match Lake, Carp Lake, Specimen Lake, and Silver Fish Lake. The fishery is managed on a day ticket basis for holiday makers and a refreshments service can also be organised with the site manager. Bristol is also a wonderful, diverse seaside location which gives the whole family a world of fun to explore, so you can be sure that everyone in your party is entertained throughout the holiday.

  1. Cuton Lakes, Essex

Cuton Lakes is a breathtakingly beautiful fishing location in Chelmsford, Essex. There are three wonderful lakes, complete with a cabin where you can enjoy refreshments throughout the day. There are a number of swims which are suitable for disabled anglers so please don’t forget to bring your disabled photo ID badge if you would like to benefit from the disabled parking spaces.

  1. Monks Pool, North Wales

This is one of the best carp fishing locations in the UK and most definitely a place to add to your bucket list. Covering 6 acres, with depths of over 40ft and profusely occupied by weed, this is a popular fishing lake because of its extreme difficulty factor. Keep in mind: Monks Pool is definitely a challenge for more seasoned anglers.

  1. Orchid Lakes

A truly beautiful location, set in the heart of the Thames Valley, Orchid Lakes offers a wonderful fishing location as well as a nearby tourist village which is full of culture and history. Stay in the nearby Dorchester-on-Thames to experience the quaint and stunning historic city. You can also enjoy the views at Orchid Lakes, as the fishing lakes are surrounded by the most spectacular trees and wildlife.

Find out more about the whole Orchid Lakes experience on Simon Crow’s carp fishing blog.

5 Other Things to do in Paris

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Everyone has their top list of things to do in Paris, but there’s so much more than just shopping, a famous arc, and a world-recognized iconic structure. Paris has everything, so when you make it here, make sure you add a few other things to do besides the “must-do’s.”

Roman Hunting

When you think of the Roman times and all of their ancient glory, you may only think of the obvious place, Rome. However, Paris also offers some remnants of the Roman architecture and it’s dotted around the city. Take a gander at the most impressive Roman evidence at the Roman Baths at Cluny. You will surely be passing by Notre Dame, so take a look at the nearby Archeological Crypt of the center of Lutetia, an Old Roman city.

On the Streets

Museums of all kinds are plentiful in this capital city, but you can see art outside of a massive building and for free. Just take a stroll along the streets to see some really cool, funky, vibrant, and artistic street art. Take a stroll down Canal St. Martin and guide yourself along this detour of masterful street art. This area is on the up-and-coming places to be and hang out. Take a break at an art shop, or have a coffee and a crepe at one of the charming restaurants.

Parisian Treats

Don’t get so wrapped up in sightseeing and cramming too many things in a day. If you do this, you might not leave enough time to sit back, relax, nosh on some cheese and sip on some local wine. A Paris wine tasting tour will be the best way to rest those feet after an all day run-around the city. There are many spots to choose from, try and get the best view of the Eiffel Tower, the wine will go down that much more smoothly. If you want to be a bit more simple, grab some wine, cheese, and a fresh baguette and bring it to a park like the Buttes Chaumont or the Champ de Mars.

Waterways

There are a few waterways that spilt Paris up with its free flowing natural canals and river. While the Seine River usually steals the show, take yourself to a more secluded waterway like the Canal de I’Ourcq. Take a boat ride down the river, or stroll along side it and enjoy the fresh air in the countryside just far enough outside where you forget that a huge city is nearby.

Go to School

Nobody wants to go to class while on holiday, but you will want to if you get to choose the class you go to. Take a unforgettable cooking class and impress your friends, and yourself, with you new Parisian cooking skills. If you’re in to photography, Paris is an excellent place to learn and photograph, and an array of other enjoyable activities can be learned while you are staying here. This is a way to spice up your visit here and really take something back with you.

Things To See In Barcelona

Have you ever been to Spain? There’s a reason this is one of the most travelled tourist spots. Between the warm climate and breathtaking landmarks, experiencing all the beauty this country has to offer is a cinch. Especially in Barcelona! You see, Barcelona is no ordinary place to visit. It is known for its vibrant culture, delicious foods (you’ll want to try the Allioli or some tasty tapas), and the unforgettable sights.

Is a trip to Barcelona in your future? Make the most of every moment by planning ahead. These are some of the must stop locations to add to your itinerary.

The Sagrada Familia

One of the most iconic sights in Barcelona has to be the Sagrada Familia. This Roman Catholic Church is known for its large size and ongoing construction. This particular church began construction in 1882 but is yet to be completed. Despite the fact that it is not yet finished, this unique landmark has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What you’ll see when you visit is a combination of old and new. The colour of the materials contrast in certain areas thanks to the different ages of the stones. That makes for a truly unforgettable sight! The Sagrada Familia is one of the most popular spots to visit in Barcelona…. so be sure to spend a little time there. Want to stay close by? There are plenty of quality accommodation near Sagrada Familia for you to choose from.

Magic Fountain Of Montjuic

Travelling can be expensive. This makes it important to look for things to see and do that won’t break the bank. The perfect place to enjoy the sights – and the light show! – is the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. The fountain can be found below the Palau Nacional. Over the years, it has become a place for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. Why? It is absolutely beautiful. Plus, if you are travelling with young children, this is a great place to spend some time without shelling out any money. It features a water, music, and light show that is completely free. Perfect for travelling on a budget.

Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya

The Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya (often referred to as MNAC) is a museum that is worth a stop. Translated to the National Art Museum of Catalonia, this museum is full of artefacts and historical documents. During an afternoon at the museum, you can expect to see Romanesque church paintings, Catalan art, and more. This is a great way to get a taste of Barcelona’s history – and examine some memorable pieces of historical art. When you are planning to visit the city, you’ll want to put art at the top of your list!

Days spent in Barcelona, Spain can be as laid-back or historical as you like. Whether you prefer to eat some delicious food and relax or would rather check out unique landmarks and attractions…. anything is possible. Don’t know what to do during your stay? Just keep this list handy.

Top 5 Things to do in Malaga

Malaga is a great place to visit which offers a unique landscape with the sea on one side, mountains on the other, and river valleys flowing through the surrounding countryside. With many more flights to Malaga opening each year, there’s really no excuse not to visit this beautiful region of Spain, the second most important city in Andalucia.

The History

They have found prehistoric evidence of human habitation in the surrounding areas of Malaga, such as cave paintings and standing stones. But the city we see today was founded by the Phoenicans, and then ruled by the Romans, Visigoths and Moors. There’s a fascinating combination of eastern and western influences in the cultural history of this part of Spain.

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Here are my top 5 things to do when in Malaga;

1) Beaches

There are some great beaches, which are ideal for kicking back with a novel, sunbathing, water sports, and some of the best seafood in all of Spain. Many of them are Blue Flag beaches, meaning they have reached specific, rigorous standards; Fuengirola near Malaga boasts the biggest collection of recommended beaches to visit: Torreblanca, San Francisco and Carvajal, to name just three.

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2) Museums

Picasso was born in Malaga, and there’s a museum in the city to showcase his work, along with a museum at his place of birth to celebrate his life story. Malaga also has some other excellent art museums, such as the Thyssen Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, and, if you’re looking for something a little quirkier the Museum House of Dolls.

3) Malaga’s Surrounding Areas

The surrounding area of Malaga is famous for its white towns and villages; little collections of white dwellings often balanced on the sides of picturesque looking hills. There are a lot of quaint winding streets and crumbling buildings to explore along the Andalucian coastline, so it’s worth renting a car and putting in the miles, to truly experience the beauty that the surrounding countryside has to offer.

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4) Ancient Buildings

For true history buffs, Malaga will keep you intrigued with its historic architecture; there’s the 14th century Gibralfaro castle, with beautiful hilltop views of the city to explore. Also make time to visit the Roman Theatre, built by Emperor Augustus and left undiscovered until 1951, meaning it has been well preserved.

5) Conception Botanical Garden

This beautiful botanical garden is a wonderful way to step away from the city while remaining firmly in it. It’s tranquil and lush, with a huge variety of plants and wildlife. Admission is cheap, and there’s a tropical and subtropical garden – offering some of the most interesting plants in Europe.

Malaga is an amazing Spanish city, often overshadowed by Madrid and Barcelona, but definitely worth a visit in its own right. When you’re tired and you want to rest your aching feet, stop by a bar or a cafe and get chatting to the locals: there’s a wonderful cafe culture here which will have you making new friends in no time!


Images by Leo Hidalgo, Martin Haisch and Bogdan Migulski used under creative commons license.

Transportation While on Holiday

While on holiday and making your way through the countries of the world, transportation is surely an inevitable occurrence. Usually this part of the trip isn’t the most fun, it might take up a large chunk of time, it was probably one of the most expensive parts of the holiday, and really, the destination is, of course, the highlight. While getting to your holiday spot will have you at the edge of your seat and praying to get there already, the second you actually start your holiday, yes, that means when you enter the plane, train, car, or boat, you should start enjoying yourself immediately! Here are a few ideas to help encourage you to enjoy and make the “getting there” part more bearable.

Boat

OK, so this mode of transport is kind of the best of the bunch. Boats and cruises are perhaps the most scenic way of getting anywhere. Although one the slowest, how could you not enjoy disembarking from Florida’s ports and making your way to the Bahamas? Or what about picturesque French river cruises that flow past the Eiffel Tower and along the mighty Seine River? If you’re floating around the Mediterranean, seeing the stream of islands and islets pass you by will be a magical moment. Just walk out on deck and enjoy the scenery. If worse comes to worse, the boat will likely have a divine buffet to entertain your taste buds, at the least.

Car

Cars are totally underrated nowadays. Cars are a sure way to see everything that you want to see and more. Yes, another slower mode of transport, but let’s give the car some credit. First, you will be the one navigating and we always trust ourselves more than anyone else. Next, if you see something of interest and would like to stop, guess what? You can! And you can spend as much time there as possible. Road trips are super fun for the family, if you’re prepared. Make sure to bring plenty of entertainment for the kids, otherwise this could be a nightmare. Driving yourself also can save tons of money since flights are often the pricer way of getting there.

Train

Slow trains, fast trains, and anything in between are an experience for anyone, especially their first time. Trains really aren’t all that bad. Imagine that they are long grounded planes on the move. Some of them can be pretty fast, like the fast trains that connect Europe. You can find yourself going from Paris to Nice in a heartbeat. There’s usually a food cart, and on some longer journeys, you even get a bed! Not that bad, right?

Plane

Alright, finally, the plane. It’s often the most expensive, but also the quickest. Depending where you are and where you’re going, this just might be literally the only way to get there. So don’t make it a drag. Back some stuff to snuggle up with as we all know planes get cold. Charge everything so you can enjoy being productive and getting work done on your laptop or listening to music on your MP3 player. Download some movies for yourself if the plane doesn’t offer it, or if you hate planes that much, just go to sleep and wake up where you want to be.

Don’t let transportation be the downfall of your holiday time. Make it work, make it worth while, be productive, bring entertainment, enjoy the surroundings and the scenery, and make the best of it. After all, it is part of your holiday.

Fall Into These Cities: Autumn’s Top 5 Destinations

Many people have summer holidays, but if you want to beat the crowds and see some cities during their best, coming during the autumn months might just be your best bet. If you are ready for some fantastic locations, and can hold out on your holiday just a bit longer, these places will be well worth your wait.

Île de Ré, France

This spot is riddled with people during the summer months with French holiday goers on the hunt for a charming little island getaway. Come September, everyone has gone back to their normal lives in the big cities leaving this place available to anyone wanting peace and quiet. Sandy beaches, most which are empty, flat cycling tracks to explore the entire island, vineyards, forests and perhaps some of the best fresh lobster to top your day off.

Kas, Turkey

It’s still sunny here during autumn, but luckily the sun’s strength has dwindled down a bit, so it’s not too hot. This gem in the southern coast of Turkey is a chill little fishing village on the Lycian coast. The Lycian Way is 500km foot-track that runs through the ancient land of Lycia, and the stunning towns of Fethiye and Antalaya. If you’re a diver, you’re in luck, because the best diving is during the months of September and October when all the fish are out and about. Other water sports are also perfect during this time, so feel free to get that swim suit on and head to the coast. The easiest way to get to Turkish visa is by applying Turkish visa online.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

This place is perfect year round, but if there was a “best” time, autumn is it. Since it’s so close to the Sahara, its weather more closely resembles desert-climate. During this time, the water is just right, the temperature is at a comfortable mid 20s, and the large tourist crowds have mostly all gone back home. Getting holiday insurance will serve you well while you are here since there are a few pretty extreme activities you should try out. Try trekking up volcanic peaks for starters at the Timanfaya National Park (Fire Mountain), take it to the water and dive in or participate in any of the exciting water sports.

Dahab, Egypt

Sweltering summer conditions are usually a deterrent for this destination, but since you will be enjoying it during the fall, there’s no need to worry. Temperature take a turn from 38C to the lower and more bearable 30s. Renowned for its fantastic diving with a vast array of coral reefs and vibrant fish, it’s a stunning spot both under and out of the water. Back on top, windsurfing is a favorite spot in the area, and the sweeping beauty of the Colored Canyon makes for some dramatic scenery.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The last place on the list is also a popular summer destination with crowded streets and a filled port, as well as hotter temperatures. When you come to Dubrovnik during the fall months you can rest assure things will be a bit calmer. Swimming won’t involve hoards of others with you and the accommodation is far more affordable. The best beaches in the region are located here, and the tranquil feel this place has after the crowds have left are well worth your time here.