Australia is the remotest continent of them all, tucked away at the bottom of the world map between the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. To outsiders, this piece of land is as exotic as it is indigenous, but regardless of its autochthonous traits, one adjective perfectly describes a myriad of animals which reign there – venomous. Australia has a reputation for its deadly creatures which are designed to be perfect killers, so if you ever get a chance to visit this vast country, there are a few things you should know about its fauna before setting foot on its soil.
In 2014, the Australian wine industry produced over 1 200 million of liters of this amazing drink (The Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory, 2014). Australia is at the very top of the world’s wine production. There are several regions that produce wine in Australia, so if you ever visit the Land Down Under, do not miss out on the wine tasting tours. More precisely, New South Wales itself has the wine regions. Here are its wines and its regions, so that you can make your own wine tasting map. Read more
A perfect combination of travel experience and literary talent, on-the-road blogging is a great way to tell the world how you see the destinations you visit. Thanks to thousands of traveling bloggers, tourists can get first-hand impressions and use bloggers’ tips to make their own travels more enjoyable. However, writing a blog about your trips is not an easy task, so sit back for a few minutes and learn from us how to write on the go.
Even though most of us enjoy traveling, organizing the trip can sometimes be a head ache. This could be especially stressful when you know that the success of the trip (vacations or business purposes) depends on your packing skills. However, you can turn your smart phone into a magical stick that will help you organize your trip instantly – all you need to do is download some genuinely helpful travel apps into it. Check out this curation of travel apps -there are certain situations on the road in which they offer a wealth of knowledge:
Before you leave
If you want to avoid the pre-traveling fuss, a handy and useful mobile app called Kayak can help you with that. It’ll offer you an opportunity to search for flights and hotels by their prices, and get the best deal to save both your time and money.
With Kayak you can also track your flights, reserve car or limo service, and get notified whenever the prices change. In case you’re concerned about the weather in your chosen destination, install the Weather+Free app on your phone to get a comprehensive forecast in English wherever you are.
On the road
Car road trips can be an exciting adventure, but can also be more concerning. You never know how much you’ll pay for gas during your trip, and now that is no longer a worry. Gas Buddy, a useful mobile app, allows drivers to find the cheapest gas prices along their route, and it should always be your must have “equipment” whenever you hit the road.
Another precious mobile tool for all car trip lovers is Waze, a community-based traffic and navigation app. With this app, drivers can share traffic info, find the cheapest gas stations, report accidents and hazards on the road, edit maps and much more.
For managing your trip expenses
Thinking about the money you spent during your vacation, or a business trip, can be time-consuming, especially when there are more important things to be occupied with. Luckily, there’s no need to keep an eye on every transaction you make, since brilliant mobile software Trippeo can do that for you. Trippeo is expense tracking app which notes all credit card transactions, and gives you a detailed expense report.
Converting one currency into another can also be faster and more accurate if you install a Xe Currency app on your phone. You’ll be able to convert any world currency, calculate prices, and follow live currency rates even when you’re offline.
If you’re looking for the local hot spots
One of the solutions for making your vacation perfect is by getting an insight into other people’s experiences; which is the foundation of Trover, an app which allows users to share their recommendations, destination photos, reviews, and impressions for every spot they visited. To find a great local restaurant, bar, service or a shop, you should install Yelp.
On Yelp, you are able to search various venues by distance, price, rating, and read useful user’s reviews. Practical Localeur app is the only guide you need on your vacation; it contains a bunch of trustworthy advice and tips related to sites and attractions recommended by locals. If you want to turn your vacation into the funniest experience ever, get an app called Party with a local. You are able to chat with local “party lovers”, arrange to meet-up with them, discover great clubs, and organize a party to remember.
If you love to travel, but hate the hassle of long research and concerns (about transportation, hotels, and attractions), these travel apps are definitely made to facilitate your traveling moments and upgrade your vacations to perfection.
Australia, that wonderful, vast expanse down south. It is famous for its indigenous flora and fauna, spectacular beaches, and the Uluru Rock. Now, the reason it is all so beautiful and unique is because it is so very far from the rest of the world. And because it is so far from everywhere else, Australia is one of the rare popular tourist destinations you could only visit by airplane. And because the flight is so long and pricy, Australia has become a breeding ground for cheaper airline ticket companies and lengthy tours. Forget your “Weekends in European Capitals”, with Australia, you pick one coast, and have at least a week of fun there.
There are many ways to explore coastal Australia, and the nearby islands. Sailing, however, is a good old Australian tradition, and whatever your sailing skills, you will get the most value from your visit to the Land Down Under by going around in your own boat. So get your flat shoes, your compass, and your sense of adventure, and find an ideal match with one of Australia’s beloved liveaboards. Get fitted with your own method of transport, for as long as you need.
Let’s start with Sydney Harbor, an immediate eye opener. Surrounded by the rest of the city’s coastline, but still out in the waters, the white sails of the famous Opera House tempt for some serious photography. Berthing in Darling Harbour might be a bit of a scramble, and certainly not the cheapest berthing in the city, but for a short day trip – why not? Sydney Tours R Us are one of the many wonderful tour agencies that focus on Sydney and its vicinity. Once you have finished touring the city, you can easily set sail for Lake Macquarie, a popular nearby getaway for both Australians and tourists.
The Unique D’Entrecasteaux Channel
The next dazzling location is D’Entrecasteaux Channel, which is one of the largest but rather isolated Australian ports. It is here that the connection Australians have to their boats is almost tangible, heavy in the air, and mixed with wonderful ocean breezes. D’Entrecasteaux is host to one of the most prominent Australian venues, the fascinating Bruny Island Ocean Race, one of the oldest and most prominent yacht races.
Dreamy Fraser Island
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, and despite what images the name brings to mind, there is more than just sand on this beauty. Exploring the sand dunes via a 4×4 is a popular pastime here, but other than that, the ecosystem is mighty diverse. There is a rainforest, and there are lakes, and dingoes and turtles cover the beach, while the rainforest is dense with indigenous Australian creatures.
The Picturesque Whitsundays
If you have just one day to spend on Australia’s east coast, it would be a sin to miss out on the Whitsundays group of almost a hundred islands. There are numerous beautiful beaches and places you could go and enjoy the unspoiled nature. This is one of the most prominent places on earth where you could lounge about on pure white sands (oddly enough, that’s not what the islands were named after), and translucent waters. The choice of luxury hotels and spas here is fine and dandy as well. But most importantly, the Whitsundays are the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Diving in the GBR is a memory worth retelling, because this unspoilt underwater arena of wilderness and color is one of the official 7 wonders of the natural world.