Posted on August 25, 2016
Here are the top five tips for young travelers in Australia:
Uncover a local secret
In case you haven’t noticed, this country is absolutely massive. There’s gotta be so many places the locals know about that the foreigners never seem to get to. You know – the stuff you wouldn’t see on a brochure. Like a pink lake, a haunted bookstore or a historically creepy mental asylum. Might as well explore while you’re still young.
Explore the outback (but don’t get lost)
Australia’s known for its outback. It’s a vast expanse and it’s nearly perfect for the true adventure seeker. But it’s easier to get lost than you’d imagine. A family of four took a wrong turn and got lost for 10 days! So, get back before the sun sets and track where you’re heading.
Don’t burn a hole in your pockets
Try staying at a hostel instead of a fancy hotel. Perhaps you could do some casual work on the side to pay for the rest of the trip. Make arrangements for money and you won’t end up broke on your trip down under.
Dive off a cliff
Don’t miss out on the adventure sports here. You’ll be spending a lot of time near beaches, but that could get boring really quick. What you need is a little bit of adrenaline and I promise you Australia will never disappoint adventure seekers. Look up paragliding, zorbing, bungee jumping and base jumping venues close to where you are.
Drink up, mate.
It’s a hot country and it’s usually summer here while it’s winter up in the northern hemisphere. Temperature can reach up to 40 °C, which is hot no matter where you come from. So carry some water (or even larger) on you and keep drinking!
Updated on August 16, 2016
In Great Britain, few citizens know anything about the geography of the United States. In a recent survey, these results showed that Americans share a kinship in ignorance with their fellow English speaking mates. Neither knows much about the other’s country.
– 61% of people from Southampton thought Washington D.C. was the capital of Washington
– A quarter of Cambridge folk thought Kim Kardashian’s father was a former President of the United States
– 60% of people from Manchester were sure Michael Johnson was a basketball player
– A quarter of under-25s gave Declaration of Independence authorship to JFK
– Only 10% of the UK population were aware that same sex marriage was already legal in 37 states before summer 2016’s law change
The UK and America historically share a special relationship meaning thousands of Brits travel to America. Around 23,000 British citizens emigrate to the USA every year looking for better weather, lower rates on larger homes and bigger food portions.
As a nation we love to soak in everything America has to offer; from music, TV and film, to sharing our interest in current affairs, and keeping up with the Kardashians.
We even share the same names of certain American locations. For example, Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city in the UK, where as Birmingham Alabama is home to the Jazz hall of fame. Even our own capital shares the same name with a small state town situated in Ohio.
However, despite the fact that the UK love to visit top American tourist destinations, as a nation we seem to lack general knowledge about the USA.
A survey taken by long haul holiday specialists Hayes and Jarvis shows that we don’t know as much as we think we do about our friends across the pond.
The survey spanned across trivia categories such as history, current affairs, geography, entertainment, food & drink and sport. It has revealed that 75% of British residents don’t know when Dr King said his famous ‘“I Have a Dream” speech, with almost a quarter of the country claiming it was actually on the day The Flintstones first aired.
Despite Southampton taking the title of most knowledgable city they too only answered 40% of questions correctly, with 59% of people from the city thinking Michael Johnson was a basketball player and 61% thinking that Washington D.C. was the capital of Washington .
A spokesperson from Hayes & Jarvis said, “Despite what seems on the surface as a lack of knowledge of America, we’re finding that the British people are travelling to the U.S. more and more. We have accommodated for the huge demand in American travel with holidays in 30 states, and our multi-centre holidays in the U.S are extremely popular.
We’re keen to test the UK’s general knowledge of America so have created a Trivial Pursuit style quiz for the British Public to try. We’re challenging them to beat the statistics!”
In conjunction with the survey, Hayes & Jarvis have also created The Big American Quiz to test the public’s knowledge ahead of the 4th July: http://www.hayesandjarvis.co.uk/holidays/content/the-big-american-quiz
Updated on August 4, 2016
There are few possessions as valuable to the modern traveller as their smartphone. Not only does this compact, easy to carry device offer value through a wealth of information, it can also help you save a packet on your next trip. Via a huge array of inexpensive – and often free – apps, your ultimate travel experience can be just a few taps away, and at a budget that suits you.
Whether you’re planning a weekend mini-break to Copenhagen or an epic adventure from Borneo to Burma, check out our summary of the top five money-saving apps you shouldn’t leave home without.
Kiwi.com’s unique algorithm will help you find the cheapest flights on the market. It sifts through enormous amounts of online data to quickly source you the best deal. Kiwi.com is useful for finding specific journeys or even if you’re flexible regarding your travel date or point of departure.
Their interactive map shows the prices of different travel destinations, so if you’re not decided on where to travel, use this as an inspiration board to see how far you can get within your budget! To keep you up to date on your travel plans, the app offers an option to receive automatic push notifications regarding your booking status. Available on both iOS and Android.
Maps.Me offers completely free navigation and unlimited access to maps around the world. As it relies only on your GPS signal, you can even use the app offline, meaning there’s no need to pay expensive roaming charges or for additional data from your provider.
You can also pinpoint locations you would like to visit, curating your own free city tours before your journey starts. Just remember to download the map of your destination before you leave Wi-Fi! Available on both iOS and Android.
If you hire a car whilst abroad, don’t forget to download GasBuddy. This helpful app allows you to find the cheapest gas station in your vicinity using either your GPS or by inputting your address. As many of the prices are user based, GasBuddy rewards contributors with points for sending in updated details on a station’s prices. And high scorers are eligible for regular raffles of prizes such as free fuel! Available on both iOS and Android
Offering the ultimate in budget accommodation, the Couchsurfing app allows you to search for locals who have opened their homes to guests, free of charge. Offering one of the most authentic travelling experiences by staying with people who live in your chosen destination, Couchsurfing even insist no money changes hands. However, you can always take your hosts out for dinner if you really want to show your appreciation. Available on both iOS and Android.
GetYourGuide offers a huge range of hand-picked tours and activities at the lowest prices, meaning you shouldn’t forget to check this app to make sure you get the best deals for your travel itinerary. It’s also perfect for on-the-go inspiration and even makes it possible to book activities last minute. With many exclusive offers, GetYourGuide is the key to fun but budget-friendly, memorable travel experiences. Available on both iOS and Android.
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Posted on July 25, 2016
Visitors interested in an authentic cultural experience can visit Jamaica, one of the few destinations that offers a variety of small inns from luxury to budget-friendly properties. These properties thrive on their ability to make the guest experience as personalized as possible, with home-cooked meals, butler services and in-room spa treatments, ensuring relaxation and rejuvenation throughout the duration of their stay.
“Jamaica is the melting pot of the Caribbean and there is no better way to truly have a genuine experience than to stay at a small, intimate property to get to know our people and our cuisine,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Their goal is to unite the intimacy of your home and the warmth of our Caribbean hospitality.”
The Home of All Right has small inns located all over the island. Below is a sampling of properties:
Strawberry Hill, Kingston: This property’s name stemmed from its perfect elevation to grow and harvest strawberries. The twelve deluxe Georgian-style cottages are most famously known for being a sanctuary for Bob Marley in the mid-1970s. Today, it hosts musicians, artists, and travelers alike. www.strawberryhillhotel.com
Tensing Pen, Negril: Located on the secluded, lush cliffs in Negril, rooming arrangements consist of high-end stone, wood, and 17 thatch cut cottages that allow you to embrace an authentic Caribbean lifestyle.www.tensingpen.com
Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios: Family-owned and family-run, this small luxury hotel has been in business for over 50 years. Televisions and radios are absent from its 28 suites and cottages. Jamaica Inn focuses on having their guests embrace the simple joys of living. The on-site restaurant serves up typical Jamaican fare or guests can enjoy their meals served on the beach or in-room. www.jamaicainn.com
Hermosa Cove, Ocho Rios: Hermosa Cove has a package for everyone, encouraging patrons to “stay your way” based off of their own person interests. Existing packages include the Artful Getaway, Hermosa Honeymoon and Romance, Natural Mystic, Fun for the Whole Family, and the All-Inclusive Jamaican available in any of their nine beautiful villas. www.hermosacove.com
GeeJam, Port Antonio: Located on six acres of lush San Estate, the property extends from the foothills of the John Crow and Blue Mountain to the Caribbean waterfront. Visitors will find five luxury villas, a state-of-the-art recording studio, healing spa, swimming pool, gym and the Bushbar restaurant where guests can enjoy live music from The Jolly Boys, a mento band from Port Antonio formed in 1945.http://www.geejamhotel.com/
Hotel Mockingbird Hill, Port Antonio: Nestled between the Blue Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, Hotel Mockingbird Hill identifies itself as the “best eco boutique hotel in Jamaica.” With ten private sanctuaries for guests to choose from, this property provides its own charm with original artwork, welcomed natural light and wistful beaches. www.hotelmockingbirdhill.com
For information on traveling to Jamaica and booking a vacation, go to www.visitjamaica.com.
Updated on July 25, 2016
Casino resorts are a lot of fun. They have an energy and an excitement that other resorts don’t have. If you’re interested in taking a luxurious vacation to a casino resort, there are many amazing ones to choose from around the world. Here are some of the top casino resorts in the entire world.
Park Hyatt Mendoza
Park Hyatt Mendoza is a beautiful resort in Argentina. You’ll find the resort in a 19th-century Spanish Colonial building. The nearby vineyards make this resort even more special because you can enjoy some locally made wine. There is a spa at the resort that is known for its specialty antioxidant treatments, which is also a result of the nearby vineyards, as it incorporates the grapes into the treatments.
If you’re more into physical activities than sipping wine and getting spa treatments, you can visit one of the nearby ski resorts for the day and have fun going down the slopes in the Andes. The Casino is known for attracting top gamblers around the world who enjoy unique table games. The Mendoza is a truly unique experience that is great for a single-person trip or a couple on a getaway.
The Venetian Macao is a casino resort located in China. It’s not only one of the largest casinos in the world, it’s one of the largest structures. The resort has live shows including Broadway musicals. orchestras, and singers. The resort features more than 650 luxury stores for the best shopping experience that you could imagine. If you are going to the resort for a business trip, you can use some of the 8,000 square meters of meeting space to make your trip more convenient. With more than 30 restaurants and a variety of hotel rooms and casino games, you will never get bored at the Venetian Macao. You can visit time and again and make it feel like a new experience each time. The best part is, you can earn sands rewards on each trip, giving you special discounts and promotions.
Wynn Las Vegas
There is no casino resort trip like one in Las Vegas. Sin City has a vibe that you will never experience anywhere else in the world. While there are more casinos in Vegas than any other city, Wynn is one of the most beautiful and luxurious. You can find a room in the Wynn hotel for any budget. You can choose between resort rooms, tower suites, encore resort rooms, and encore tower suites. The encore tower suites have two bedroom apartments and three bedroom duplexes to choose from, so you can be comfortable and feel right at home. Steve Wynn has created an experience like no other. You can choose casual dining if you’re happy with a burger or you can choose fine dining if you’d rather have prime rib. If you don’t want meat at all, every single restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas has a vegan and vegetarian menu. Between the rooms, dining, nightlife, and entertainment, you might never want to leave.
Foxwoods Resort Casino
The Foxwood Resort, America’s largest casino, can be found in Mashantucket, CT, Connecticut. It’s run by the Mashantucket Pequot Indian tribe and features millions of square feet of gaming space. The hotel has a wide variety of games, restaurants, hotel rooms, and activities. You can go to the spa during the afternoon while your spouse plays golf. You can meet for dinner after a day of relaxation and then hit the blackjack tables. If you’d rather see a show, there is something for everyone. If you like comedy, the Foxwood is frequented by hilarious celebrities such as Louis CK. You can watch a battle of the bands, listen to Al Pacino talk about life in Hollywood, or meet some reality TV stars.
The Bellagio is one of the most famous casino resorts in Las Vegas. The beautiful fountain in the front has become a popular landmark for Vegas. It has been shown in a variety of films such as Oceans 11 and The Hangover. If you’re ready to bet the big bucks, you can find high roller tables that allow you to place bets as high as $8,000 and potentially win more than a million. Of course, there are tables for those who can’t afford such a gamble. If you are more of a slots type of person, there are 2,000 slot machines in the resort, along with shows, fine dining, and many other things to do. If you have always wanted to see a Cirque Du Soleil show, the Bellagio has them regularly. You can also find small group parties, concerts, outdoor live events, and more. If you want to try out the bars, there are professional bars perfect for important meetings and sports bars that are perfect for kicking back and relaxing in your casual attire. During your afternoon downtime, you can shop, get a massage, or hit the 18 holes on the golf course.
A casino resort is different than just about any other type of resort you could visit. They are both high energy and relaxing. You can find a variety of things to do no matter what your tastes are. These are some of the best casinos in the world, and if you’re planning to visit any of these areas, you should try them out.
Updated on July 8, 2016
If you’re among the millions of people traveling by air this summer, you can probably benefit from some helpful advice to get through airport security smoothly. Follow these expert tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to make your time at the airport more pleasant and enjoyable.
Before you leave home: Don’t wait till you’re at the airport to find out what’s allowed in your carry-on bag. Do your homework using the online tools available on CATSA’s website to help you finalize your packing and get ready for the checkpoint. Consult the “What Can I Bring” page to confirm if an item is permitted in your carry-on or checked bag. Pro tip: if you’re unsure about an item, ask CATSA on Twitter (@catsa_gc).
On your way to the airport: Find information on wait times and tips for families, seniors and passengers with special needs by using CATSA’s mobile app.
Before checking your bags: Liquids, gels and aerosols can be packed in your carry-on as long as they respect the 100 mL rule. Larger containers must go in your checked baggage. Parents with children under age two can bring baby food and beverages on the plane as they are exempt from the 100 mL limit.
At the checkpoint: Have your boarding pass ready to present to the screening officer. Leave keys, coins, electronic items and other metallic objects in your carry-on bag. Place your containers with liquids, gels and aerosols in a one-liter clear, resealable plastic bag, and place it the bin for screening. Other items to place in the bin include hats, belts and jackets. If you’re traveling with a laptop, remove it from its carrying case and place it in a bin.
Find more information to help you breeze through security at Catsa.gc.ca.