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Enhance Your Travel With Top-Notch Maxi Taxi Services In Perth

Welcome to Catch Maxi Cabs, your gateway to a whole new way of exploring and navigating the dynamic city of Perth. Say goodbye to ordinary transportation and step into a realm of unmatched comfort, convenience, and professionalism.

This article delves into the remarkable journey that lies ahead, taking your travel experience to unprecedented heights with top-tier Maxi Taxi services in Perth, where each ride becomes an unforgettable part of your adventure.

Join us as we explore the extraordinary features and benefits that await when you choose this premier option to upgrade your travel.

Enhance Your Travel with Top-notch Maxi Taxi Services in Perth

With Maxi Taxi Perth, you’re not just securing a ride; you’re immersing yourself in an experience. Discover the distinctive level of service we provide. Book your Maxi Taxi now and ensure your celebrations are memorable, convenient, and enjoyable from start to finish!

At our core, we are dedicated to offering secure, dependable, and efficient transportation services, with Maxi Taxi Perth, to our valued clients. Our mission is to curate a positive and delightful experience for you, achieved through punctuality, courteous drivers, and reasonable fares.

With the aspiration of becoming the leading transportation provider in our community, we remain committed to serving you with excellence.

Wheelchair-Friendly Maxi Cabs

We take pride in providing a range of wheelchair-accessible vehicles, equipped with ramps or lifts for easy entry and exit. Passengers can operate the ramp or lift themselves or rely on the driver’s assistance. Our vehicles are designed to accommodate most types of wheelchairs, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility.

Luggage Transfer

Experience safe and reliable luggage transport with our top-notch Maxi taxi services in Perth. Our vehicles are equipped to handle all luggage sizes, offering the perfect solution for your needs. Whether you have multiple suitcases or a few boxes, we’ve got you covered.

Corporate Cabs Bookings

Our Maxi Taxi Perth are the ideal choice for corporate bookings, offering spaciousness, comfort, and convenience. With vehicles designed to accommodate up to 10 or 12 people, traveling together as a group becomes effortless. Enjoy ample legroom and luggage space, ensuring a hassle-free journey without cramped quarters.

Airport Transfers Perth

Experience seamless and stress-free airport transfers in Perth with Catch Maxi Cabs at the helm. Our dedicated Airport Transfers Perth service guarantees efficiency, punctuality, and comfort throughout your journey to and from the airport.

Recognizing the significance of timely arrivals and departures, our experienced drivers are committed to ensuring you reach your destination with plenty of time to spare.

5 to 10 Seater and 11 to 13 Seater Mini Bus

For families or groups traveling together, our 5 to 10-seater and 11 to 13-seater Mini Bus Maxi Cabs are the preferred choice for airport transfers. Enjoy the convenience of having multiple seats available, eliminating the need for multiple taxi waits. Our cabs provide secure and cozy travel, ensuring a hassle-free journey to and from the airport.

Events and Wedding Bookings

For those special occasions that demand the best, our exceptional event and wedding Maxi taxi bookings in Perth deliver elegance, convenience, and luxury. Whether it’s a wedding celebration, corporate event, or any significant gathering, our dedicated team ensures a seamless and memorable transportation experience.

Events and Wedding Bookings

For those special occasions that demand the best, our exceptional event and wedding Maxi taxi bookings in Perth deliver elegance, convenience, and luxury. Whether it’s a wedding celebration, corporate event, or any significant gathering, our dedicated team ensures a seamless and memorable transportation experience.

City Tours and Sightseeing

Explore the vibrant city of Perth and its surrounding attractions with our specialized city tours and sightseeing services. Our knowledgeable drivers will guide you through the must-see landmarks, hidden gems, and cultural hotspots, providing you with an enriching and informative experience.

Whether you’re a tourist or a local looking to discover more about your city, our tours promise an engaging journey through Perth’s diverse landscapes.

24/7 Availability

At Catch Maxi Cabs, we understand that transportation needs can arise at any time of the day or night. That’s why we offer round-the-clock availability of our Maxi Taxi services in Perth.

Whether you have an early morning flight, a late-night event, or require transportation at any hour, you can rely on us to be there, ensuring you reach your destination safely and on time. Our dedicated team and drivers are committed to providing convenient and dependable service whenever you need it.

Customized Tour Packages

In addition to our standard services, we also offer customized tour packages for those looking to explore Perth and its surrounding areas with the convenience of Maxi Taxi Perth. Whether you’re interested in visiting popular tourist attractions, experiencing local culture, or embarking on an adventure, our experienced drivers can create a tailored itinerary to suit your preferences.

Enjoy a personalized tour with the flexibility to choose your destinations and travel at your own pace. Discover the beauty and charm of Perth with our specialized tour packages.

FAQs

How do I go about reserving a Maxi taxi in Perth?

Choose Catch Maxi Cabs for the premier Maxi Taxi services in Perth. Our booking process is fast and simple. Reach out to us through a call, message, or our website form. Our experienced customer service team will swiftly respond, verify your travel details, and secure a booking tailored to your requirements

Is it possible to make an advance payment to secure a booking for your Maxi cab?

Certainly! You can opt for an advance payment when reserving a Maxi Taxi in Perth through us. Alternatively, you have the flexibility to pay either in advance or at the conclusion of your journey. We aim to cater to your payment preferences, making the process seamless for you

What is the passenger capacity of a MAXI TAXI?

Our Maxi Cabs can accommodate up to 11 passengers, making it ideal for events like football games, night outings, or family excursions. We can even accommodate baby seats. For trips with a substantial amount of luggage, it’s advisable for up to six passengers to travel.

Top 6 Sunshine Coast Attractions for Nature Lovers

The Sunshine Coast, Queensland is one of the top destinations in Australia, attracting over 3 million visitors a year. Beautiful coastal walks, beaches, tourist attractions, magnificent nature, adrenaline-filled excitement, and great food and beer are just the beginning of all the fun things to do in the Sunshine Coast.

If you’re a nature lover, you’re in luck in your visit to the Sunshine Coast, with all the animals and plant life to see in this amazing holiday destination.

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The Sunshine Coast is located approximately 100 km (62 mi) north of Brisbane. In this blog, we will share with you our Top 6 attractions for nature lovers.

Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park is situated near Noosa Heads between the Pacific Ocean and the Sunshine Coasts’s northern area, past Lake Weyba to Coolum.  The Headlands Section of the park contains pockets of rainforest where hoop and kauri pines dominate.

There are also areas of open eucalypt forest, wallum heaths, pandanus palms and grasslands. The Peregian Section is known for its wildflowers which blossom in spring, particularly the rare swamp orchid and Christmas bells.

A population of koalas is found in the park, as are mammal species such as the short-nosed bandicoot, common ringtail possum, brushtail possum.

Birds such as the eastern ground parrot, glossy black cockatoo, eastern yellow robin, rufous fantail, satin bowerbird and crimson rosella are all found in the park’s forests.

Headlands in the park are a popular place to watch migrating humpback whales (pictured above).

Noosa Everglades

There are only two everglades in the world, and one of them is right on the sunshine coast along the Noosa River. Float along the serene water that so perfectly reflects the plant life that borders it on either side.

Join an organized cruise so you can just enjoy the feeling of being on the water or hire a kayak and paddle along the water yourself. View the natural plants and animals—the Noosa Everglades are home to over 40% of Australia’s bird species.

Photo by Nadine van Dyk CCBY3.0

Whether you’re a local or an international visitor, there’s something to see on the everglades.

Maleny Botanic Gardens

Wandering through the botanic gardens is a treat for avid botanists, nature lovers, and anyone who enjoys escaping from city life for a little while.

Walk along over 6km of pathways through the gardens (or jump into a golf cart to make getting around the gardens a little easier). Enjoy a picnic in a gazebo or among the scenic grounds. Young ones can run wild through the fairy gardens while you relax.

Rainbow Lorikeet

The botanic gardens also feature Bird World—a place where you can get hands-on with live birds and get a photo with them for an experience you’ll never forget.

Australia Zoo

The Australia Zoo, affectionally subtitles the Home of the Crocodile Hunter, is the Zoo that Steve Irwin and now his family have always strived to make the biggest, best wildlife conservation facility in the world. The zoo has won a whole host of awards for the work it does to help animals and to educate visitors.

Steve Irwin (2005)/ Photo by Richard Giles CCSA3.0

When you arrive at the zoo you might find yourself overwhelmed with all there is to see and do! Throughout the day there are several animal shows you can watch to learn more about the residents of the zoo.

Not to mention the up close and personal animal encounters you can have. You can even adopt an animal and pay to keep it happy and safe throughout its life.

Glass House Mountains

The Glass House Mountains are a cluster of 13 hills that rise abruptly from the coastal plain on the Sunshine Coast. The highest hill is Mount Beerwah at 556 metres above sea level, but the most identifiable of all the hills is Mount Tibrogargan which from certain angles bears a resemblance to a face staring east towards the ocean.

Photo by Bidgee CCBY3.0

The Glass House Mountains are located in the traditional lands of the Jinibara and Gubbi Gubbi people. Local Natives have an elaborate legend about the mountains.

Sea Life Aquarium

When you haven’t had enough of amazing animals after your trip to the zoo, you can head into the SeaLife Aquarium. Walk through the aquarium and take a look at the underwater life from a perspective you won’t get anywhere else.

Lionfish

See the penguins, seals, sharks, smaller fish, and many more exotics aquatic species!

Coral Reef

Walk through the ocean tunnel and look around as sharks, rays, reef fish, and more swim above and next to you. The Tidal Touchpool gives visitors of all ages the opportunity to get their hands wet and touch some real sea stars, sea cucumbers, and more.

A Manatee

There’s plenty of fun things to do in the Sunshine Coast if you’re an animal lover. from getting up close and personal with animals to wandering through scenic nature.

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How to Apply For US ESTA VISA: The Complete A-to-Z Guide

Note: At this time we strongly recommend against traveling anywhere in the world due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. To fight this pandemic it is important that all of us do our best, so the world can go back to normal with the least amount of human suffering.

That said, and assuming we are over Covid-19 by the end of the summer and your feet are itchy to travel. What should you do? Where should you travel to? What are some of the great deals?

If you are thinking of visiting the USA, how do to apply for a US travel visa or an ESTA? What travel documents would you need The steps and documents required will be determined by your country of citizenship.

Let us explain what is ESTA and how can you apply one.

How to Apply For A USA ESTA VISA

What is ESTA?

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (also known as ESTA) is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). It mainly applies to visitors who are coming to the US either by air or sea.

Is ESTA a Guaranteed Entry?

Travel authorization via ESTA does not mean that you are guaranteed entry to the United States. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers determine admissibility upon travelers’ arrival.

The ESTA application collects biographic information and answers to VWP eligibility questions.

When Should I Apply for ESTA?

It is strongly encouraged that ESTA applications be submitted at least 72 hours prior to your travel. But you can apply as soon as you begin preparing your travel plans. The US CBP’s website says that “In most cases, a response is received within seconds of submitting an application.”

Note: Passengers (including babies) without an ESTA will be denied entry into the US at the port of entry. There is a small fee for applying for ESTA application.

Do I need ESTA to visit US Territories?

Yes, ESTA is also needed for visits to territories such as Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Do I need ESTA if I am traveling from Canada or Mexico by car (land)?

No. ESTA is not needed when arriving by land from Canada or Mexico.

Note: The United States is very strict with its immigration policies and if you are caught entering the country illegally, you will be deported and jailed depending on your crime.

Is My Country Eligible?

As of November 2019, there are 39 countries in the US Visa Waiver Program. Visitors may stay for 90 days in the United States which also includes the time spent in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Islands in the Caribbean if the arrival was through the United States.

The ESTA is only required if arriving by air or cruise ship. It is not required if arriving overland or on local ferries such as between British Columbia (Vancouver and Victoria) and Washington State.

ESTA Eligible Countries

Listing alphabetically:

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

How to Check Your ESTA Status?

You must know your ESTA status before you travel to the US by visiting the ESTA website. First, to know if your country is among the Visa waiver program countries (listed above), and second, to check the status of your application.

In case your country is not on the list of VWP countries, then you must apply for a US Travel visa through a US embassy in your country of residence. Please note applying for a US travel visa is a substantially lengthier process that may require an interview with a U.S. Consular Officer.

ESTA vs. US Travel Visa

At times, some people combine the two documents such as ESTA and US Travel Visa as one; forgetting that they are two different documents. If you are eligible for ESTA, then you must check your ESTA status online.

How Long Is ESTA Valid?

Each travel authorization under ESTA can be valid for up to 2 years. However, a Visa Waiver Program traveler must obtain a new ESTA authorization if they are issued a new passport, or change their name, gender or country of citizenship.

Entry under the Visa Waiver Program is only valid for a combined maximum stay in the US and its surrounding countries of 90 days. The admission period cannot be extended under the ESTA program. If a longer stay is intended, a proper US travel visa is required.

Third-Party ESTA Websites

Some websites offer to complete ESTA applications for a fee, often many times more than the required $14 USD fee charged by the US Government. Access and application through the official U.S. Government website are available to any visitors to the U.S. who qualify under the ESTA program.

Even if one of the third-party websites is used, passengers themselves still have to complete the same form.

Exercise caution though (if using a third party website) as concerns have been raised that third-party sites could be used for identity theft, credit card fraud, or the distribution of malware.

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3 Tips for Making the Most of Your Stay in Sydney

Sydney is one of the top destinations for world wanderers. What makes it so incredible is that there are hundreds of places to see and things to do. While the fun is guaranteed, you need to ensure you don’t waste your time in vain. That’s why you need to plan your stay thoroughly.

Note: If you are planning to visit Melbourne, know that Sydney is pretty close to Melbourne and if you have a few extra days, you can also check out Sydney. It’s especially worth your time and money if you are already planning a trip for some great events and the numerous festivals that Melbourne is famous for.

Plan Your Trip in Advance

In order to help you out, here are 3 tips for making the most of your stay in this marvelous city.

Sydney Opera House

Planning is the mother of both successful time-management and stress-management. Once, you book your airline tickets and set on your travel dates, next you must find a price-worthy hotel at a great location which gives you the most value for your money. We recommend Hotel in the Rocks as one such place with great views and great location.

Next, you should write down the top places you would like to visit and the things you would like to do. Since that also depends on your budget, you should take it into consideration your budget and how much time you have.

If you have no idea how to do this, you can simply google the top tourist attractions in Sydney. When the results pop up, you will find information on the price per each site or activity.

For example, if you want to take a guided tour inside the Sydney Opera house, you can search for “Sydney Opera House tour price” and you will easily find it. It’s the era of the internet and technology, so make the most of it.

Below is our suggestion of the top 7 attractions in Sydney.

Top 7 Must Visit Places in Sydney

To help you out with this, we have compiled a list of the top places every person should visit in Sydney. Let’s check it out.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge – You not only can visit it by standing next to it but you can also climb it. It’s a little pricey but the experience is enthralling. There are great guided tours that allow you to experience the enchanting view over the Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House.
  • Sydney Opera House – The best way to visit the Opera House is by taking a tour inside of it. But, you can also watch a show. You can choose which one you like more.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

  • Bondi Beach – If you are going on a summer holiday, you have to spend part of it on the beach. Although there are hundreds of beautiful beaches within the city boundaries, Bondi Beach is the most popular of all, so you mustn’t miss it.

Darling Harbour, Sydney

  • Darling Harbour – Being made of large pedestrian and recreational areas, Sydney Harbour is a great place to spend some quality time. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can find great food and drinks and enjoy the view.

A Koala at the Taronga Zoo

  • Taronga Zoo – If you want to see some local and exotic animals, you have to visit the famous Taronga Zoo. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon, especially if you are traveling with kids since there are a cafe and a food market.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens – When looking for a peaceful place within the city, you should look no further because the Royal Botanic Gardens offer exactly that. Located near the Sydney CBD, this place offers a wonderful nature with incredible flora and the peacefulness you are looking for.
  • The Rocks – Being one of the oldest neighborhoods in Sydney, the Rocks are an inevitable tourist spot. There are plenty of hotels, historic pubs, and cafes where you can experience part of the history of Australia.

Explore the City

Panoramic view of Sydney at night

While visiting the top tourist attractions and places in Sydney is a great way to explore the city, it’s actually just one part of the whole experience. In order to make the most of your stay in the city, you should explore it from end to end. You can do that in two ways.

Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour – Bus tours are a great way to see the city, its buildings, streets, public areas, parks, and sites without spending much of your time. Taking a hop-on hop-off bus tour saves you from the trouble to look for public transport lines and tickets.

Take a cruise – Apart from exploring the city from the ground, you can also explore it from the water. There are plenty of cruises including, dinner, lunch, and wine tasting cruises, you can take in order to enjoy your time while exploring.

You can also ride on a ferry to Manly Beach. This ride is affordable, yet will offer you the chance to see the harbor, the Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House.

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Top 6 Destinations for Winter Cruises

It’s wintertime! It’s cold, and we are all looking forward to a way to escape from those freezing blizzards. Just like birds do, it is thus time to head south for warmer temperatures and to take a break from the stress of your workplace.

If you are planning to go for a winter vacation, you are probably thinking of enjoying a cozy fireplace atmosphere while looking outside the window to the snowy mountain.

Well this winter, why not try something a lot different than usual. Have you ever thought of taking a cruise for your winter vacation?

Top Destinations for Winter Cruises

Cruises are the best way possible to explore the world’s most beautiful places. Whether you book a private cruise or choose one of the many itineraries available for families, we have selected the best destinations for winter cruises.

With our recommendations, you can be sure to book only the best winter vacation for you and your loved ones.

The Caribbean

A Caribbean Vacation

Are you looking for a luxurious and glamorous experience that will take you from Boston to Miami? Then a Caribbean itinerary is best for you. Beautiful beaches, amazing wildlife and exciting adventures are waiting for you.

Perfectly warm water and equally beautiful beaches are spreading both on easter and western Caribbean routes. Whatever cruise you choose, you’ll enjoy thrilling activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sunbathing, and many more.

You can also book a private island experience, which features an expansive water park in the Bahamas. However, if you are on a budget, you can also enjoy a 21-night cruise from Miami to San Juan, and maybe head to New York just in time for New Year’s celebrations.

Antarctica

Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

For those that enjoy cold weather here is a cruise idea that will take them to an even colder destination. Yes, this may sound like an odd idea, but many travelers choose Antarctica as their winter destination.

Although this region is now far more accessible than it used to be in the past, there are still only a few vessels that are built for forging through the iceberg-flanked passageways.

Antarctica is one of a kind experience. The snowy white surroundings, blossom ice, silence filled with calming sounds of nature and clear blue skies make the mesmerizing sights of Antarctica.

For a bolder experience, you can book a flight-cruise trip and fly over the breath-taking swells of the Drake Passage. As you can imagine, these cruises are not recommended for families with little children, but couples and solo travelers will definitely love this adventure.

Drake passage on the way to Antarctica

Southeast Asia

Singapore 

Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia are only some of the gems that Southeast Asia has to offer. This area provides lovely weather in winter, while it would be too hot and humid in the summertime.

Singapore is the central hub for cruise ships and a popular stopover for many travelers, but there are many other cities waiting for you.

If you wish to experience a river cruise, several companies offer itineraries through the Irrawaddy River. This will make you discover the beauty of places like Vietnam and Myanmar.

Australia

Sydney Harbor Bridge

If you have ever dreamed of viewing the majestic Sydney Harbor Bridge, then you should definitely book a winter cruise to Australia. January and February are usually the warmer months, but many tourists gather here in December for the New Year’s Eve fire celebrations in Sydney.

With its vibrant coffee shops, posh wines, local jazz music, and unique street art, Australia is the perfect destination to keep you and your fellow travelers warm. Your children will love it since this country is able to accommodate each of your family member’s needs.

Just don’t forget that Australia is our planet’s sixth-largest continent, meaning that you may need to book more than one cruise over your lifetime if you wish to visit every city and enjoy all the Australian landscapes.

Hawaii

A Navy battleship docked in Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii is, for many travelers, the quintessential destination for winter vacations. Despite what you may think, it is possible to book an unforgettable cruise and explore this area of the world while still being on a budget.

In other words, you don’t need to invest all your money to spoil yourself. For an unforgettable adventure, you can try a 15-day itinerary which includes a trip to Hawaii from Los Angeles or San Francisco.

The majority of Hawaiian itineraries originates from Vancouver and sometimes cruise ships stop in Mexico on their way to Honolulu. From January to March is usually the best timeframe to visit Hawaii, with some occasional whale spotting in the ocean.

On the other hand, this means that ships may be busier than usual. Consequently, we recommend booking your cruise to Hawaii as soon as possible, ideally in the summertime.

Norway Northern Lights Cruise

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

Spectacular natural light show. This is how we can describe this natural phenomenon called the northern lights. For those brave enough to face one of the coldest destinations and witness some of the best views in their life, Norway will be an unforgettable winter destination.

The Norwegian cruise from Oslo to the Arctic Circle is a very beautiful experience overall, however, the highlight of this particular cruise makes it special. Seeing the northern hemisphere’s spectacular light show is equally mesmerizing for those that will enjoy it from the deck and those not willing to compromise the worm and cozy cabin or ship’s lounge.

As with each natural phenomenon, it can not be guaranteed to you that you will for sure witness it during your stay there, however, sipping a cocktail or enjoying a hot cup of tea cruising around the Arctic Circle sure makes it possible.

Though the temperatures are very low, this one of a lifetime experience is totally worth it. Moreover, there are many other activities you can enjoy on Norwegian ports such as ice-fishing, husky sledding, snowmobile safari, that will certainly keep you warm.

The Northern Lights cruise is once in a lifetime experience and something every person should see. It truly is a magical journey. As it is Norway, so is every other cruising destination – enjoyable and memorable.

Cruises are pleasant all-year-round and are the best way possible to explore and enjoy our beautiful planet.

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7 of the Most Unique Places to Visit in Australia

Australia is full of exciting things! It’s true, there is nowhere else quite like Australia, the only country that has a whole continent to itself. This amazing country has it all, vibrant cosmopolitan cities, stunning scenery, the crazy outback and more.

But what if you’ve done the traditional stuff and you’re looking for something a little off the wall?

Well, Australia has plenty of that too. Check out one or more of these awesome, unusual, and unique destinations for something
a little different and adventurous! After all, you are in Oz, the Down Under!

1. Coober Pedy

If it’s weird you’re looking for the town of Coober Pedy; don’t worry, it is right up your street. This remote town is located roughly 6-8 hours drive from Port Augusta with almost nothing in between. making it one of the most remote towns in Australia.

Coober Pedy was originally built as a settlement for miners working in the local opal mine. But today it is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations. Blisteringly hot during the day, most of the houses are built underground to shelter from the intense heat.

This gives the town an almost futuristic feel as though you’ve just been transported onto the set of the latest Star Wars movie.

If that’s not enough, there is also a golf course, although it’s not like any golf course you’ve seen before. There is no grass and it can only be played at night when it’s cool enough.

Fun Fact: There are other weird things to see here too. As you enter the town you’ll pass a soul tree made from scrap metal, there’s a house in town decorated in women’s underwear and the world’s only underground gaming room is also located here.

The land surrounding the settlement is also pretty unique.

An hour’s drive away is the dystopian landscape of Moon Plains which was used in the films Mad Max 3 and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

2. Devils Marbles

The Devils Marbles are certainly one of the strangest things to see in the Northern Territories. Essentially they are just a pile of rocks stacked on top of each other in the desert. But they are not man-made, they were formed by millions of years of wind erosion to form a unique piece of natural sculpture.

The Devils Marbles are conveniently located close to Darwin, making them the perfect stopping off point if you are heading from Alice Springs to Darwin or Adelaide to Darwin.

The best time to visit is sunset when you’ll capture some truly breathtaking photos as the stones change color in the setting sun.

3. Great Ocean Road

Well, not really a hidden gem (since it’s popular all over the world) but is it unique? Definitely so.

The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s great scenic drives. Not just that, it’s a major coastal highway in the South West Coast region of Victoria, Australia.

Note that none of the other states of Australia do not have their coastal roads as well situated as this one – with either the views, the access, or the length and variety of environments.

To travel from Melbourne along this route is an experience that has a lasting impact on most travelers.

4. Squeaky Beach

Located in Victoria, Wilson’s Promontory National Park is home to Squeaky Beach. As its name would suggest, is a sandy beach which squeaks underfoot. Think about that! Or better yet, close your eyes and imagine!

The unique sound is created by rounded grains of quartz in the sand which makes a squeaking sound when they rub together. Walking on the beach is a truly unique experience and one you won’t be able to recreate anywhere else.

Squeaky Beach is located in Victoria around 3 hrs drive from Melbourne.

It is best to visit by car because there are no direct train or bus services. However, you could take the train from Melbourne to Morwell and then grab a taxi to Squeaky Beach. The journey should take no more than 3.5 hrs.

5. Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a park in the southern portion of the Northern Territory of Australia, part of the so-called Red Centre of the continent. The National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage area. It is best known for Uluru, a single massive rock formation, and also for Kata Tjuta (“the Olgas”), a range of rock domes.

Note: Visitors should note that the National Park contains both the Uluru Rock and Kata Tjuta. The park closes at night has few services and no accommodation or camping. Yulara is the resort town that contains all the services for the area.

Uluru and Kata Tjuta are considered sacred places by the Aboriginies. The land is owned by the Anangu, leased by the government, and jointly managed by the Anangu tribe and the Australian parks and management services.

Visitors will notice efforts throughout the area to include and encourage respect for the Anangu perspective on the land.

Much of Kata Tjuta is off-limits, for example, and climbing Uluru is strongly discouraged by sign-posts. Also, please note that climbing Uluru will be no longer allowed from October 2019.

6. Hahndorf

Hahndorf is a little piece of Germany in the Adelaide Hills. Founded by German immigrants in 1839 the town looks and feels like a traditional German settlement transplanted from Bavaria.

There are German cafes serving traditional German food, the main street is lined with German-themed shops and you can even sample some locally produced Riesling.

Hahndorf is pretty unique and not all that well known, so you will surely have some stories to tell when you get back home. The town is located just a short distance from Adelaide along the Metro 864 bus route.

The local light rail system also passes through the town so unlike the other attractions on this list, it’s pretty easy to get to.

7. The Pinnacles

Located in the Nambung National Park; the Pinnacles were virtually unknown until 1967 but are one of Western Australia’s most visited attractions today. Formed by the fragments of seashells millions of years ago, there is still some debate about how these natural rock creations came to be located here.

Getting to the Pinnacles is pretty easy, they are located approximately 2.5 hrs drive from Perth along the beautiful Indian Ocean Drive. The nearest town is Cervantes which is famous for its delicious lobster and seafood dishes making it the perfect place to stop for lunch.

The best time to visit is between July and October when you’ll get to enjoy the local landscape filled with the blooms of spring.

Pro-Tip

So if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, these can be few of the unique places to visit (other than the Sydney region and the Great Barrier Reef), which everyone goes to (and you should too).

What we are trying to say is Australia has no shortage of unique and other-worldly spots. But a quick word of warning, venturing into the bush is not for the fainthearted, so it is wise to ensure you have an adequate travel insurance policy in place before you set off.

A good travel insurance will not only provide cover if one of your party becomes sick or injured but it will also cover your rental vehicle excess. When traveling internationally, having travel insurance will allow you to enjoy your holiday without having to worry about any unforeseen bills.

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Top 5 Must Visit Waterfront Cities

For many of our readers, thinking about travel brings to mind beautiful, charming cities with magnificent waterfronts. After all, why not visit a place where you can spend your time in the arms of nature? Who doesn’t want that?

The sound of rushing water touches us deeply. Our minds work to capture the beautiful locations as a sense of peace flows over us. These moments stir the desire in us to return to this heaven.

So for the planning of your next vacation, we present you with some of the most beautiful waterfront cities around the world.

AMSTERDAM

The famous capital city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, is in Northern Holland. The river Amstel is a key geographical feature of the city, as it runs through the center of the city.

Amsterdam has around 90 islands, 100 kilometers of canals and 1500 bridges. The canals have cafes along with them which fill to capacity with visitors on sunny days.

If you are a camera fiend, you must visit the city’s most beautiful street, Brouwersgracht. Or stop by the Canal Ring or Grachtengordel to enjoy a leisurely romantic time with your partner by the waterside.

Amsterdam is also a city for fashion lovers, and shopaholics, due to the colossal variety of items and brands! For all the bicycle lovers there is good news.

The best way to discover Amsterdam’s canals and streets is aboard a bike. This cultural city has several famous museums like the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.

SYDNEY

Sydney is on the east coast of Australia. It attracts numerous tourists every year from all over the world due to its world renown sunny beaches and natural beauty. Also, this city has the finest harbor in the world.

Sydney has a broad range of modern and old architecture. If you visit, then you must stop by the most architecturally significant building, the Sydney Opera House. You should either catch a live performance or go backstage if you can.

Enjoying the blue water from 200 steps above the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a once in a lifetime experience.

If you are a wildlife lover, Sydney has a great biodiversity of native flora and fauna. However, the birds should be the first to get attention. You can visit the Royal National Park or the Taronga Zoo to get started.

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VENICE

Venice, Italy is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a world heritage site. Interestingly, the streets of Venice are integrated with the water. Small bridges, high buildings and a lot of boats create an environment without any traffic stress or pollution.

The antique palaces and sparkling canals are not the only reason to visit this aging city. Magical islands, beautiful cathedrals and of course, local wineries, are a symbol of the city’s rich cultural heritage.

If you are on the hunt for boutiques do not miss the Piazza San Marco. Furthermore, every visitor should make time to see the Basilica di San Marco, which is a Byzantine monument.

SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco, California is a city filled with sun and a warm glow. Plus, for all the science lovers out there, you can enjoy the Exploratorium. This ‘public learning laboratory’ has a glass bay observatory along with a museum displaying experiential exhibits.

You can also visit one of the city’s maritime epicenters, the Hyde Street Pier, to watch shipbuilders assemble boats. The historic ferry building offers many panoramic views of the bay.

In addition, the Golden Gate Park has oceanfront trails that you cannot miss! Animal lovers watch out for the migratory blue whales!

RIO DE JANEIRO

Rio (in Brazil) is the city of carnivals. It is a marvelous city, known for its charming, colorful views and lively culture. There is a ridiculous number of beaches across the city which lie opposite to the giant mountains.

You can cruise along the long sidewalks running parallel to the beaches. Or you can ride cable cars to Pão de Açúcar or go down to the city’s famous nightclubs like Circo Voador to enjoy samba music.

Hello, foodies! Wander down the Rua Dias Ferreira to find the city’s best restaurants. Top it all of by exploring the streets of Urca to discover the colonial architecture.

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The 6 Day Road Trip Through New South Wales, Australia

There are limitless things to do in New South Wales, Australia but there’s just nothing quite like a good old road trip.

It’s my favorite way to explore literally anywhere, and of course I couldn’t do it without my supremely comfortable seat covers.

Road Trip Through New South Wales

When figuring out my next road trip, I stumbled across the Grand Pacific Ride, which is a bunch of connecting highways and roads along the NSW coast.

While the entire drive is only 140 kilometers, it’s the perfect gateway to NSW with plenty of optional detours and stops.

I somehow ended up using six days for this short but sweet drive, and wouldn’t have it any other way. Read on to find out exactly why this road trip along the coast is one you’ll never forget.

Days 1-2

The start of the Grand Pacific Drive is less than an hour from Sydney, which made it incredibly easy to start the road trip (you could easily land in Sydney and rent a car to get your own road trip started).

Right away, you’re hit face-first with the beauty of the Royal National Park, which is where the Grand Pacific Drive starts. This park (the second oldest national park in the world) is well worth a leisurely stop, either to check out some of the insanely beautiful, untamed beaches like Wattamola Beach or the surfing paradise Garie Beach.

I made time for a quick hike along the coastal track from Bundeena to Otford, and was rewarded for my efforts with incredible views of migrating whales that were cruising along the Humpback highway.

If you’re feeling more ambitious, you could take on the Curra Moors Loop Track, which several hikers told me about while raving about the coastal views and Curracurrong Waterfall, but this 5-hour hike is not for the faint of heart.

I took a night to camp here, because I just couldn’t quite bring myself to leave. I kicked it old-school with a canvas tent in the Bonnie Vale campground, but you could also opt for a more luxurious cottage.

Days 3-4

After the Royal National Park, you immediately segway into stunning coastal views. Make sure you hit up the lookout point Bald Hill for south-facing views of beaches while eating an ice cream cone!

After that break, you’re going to want to leisurely drive for the next hour and take in some pretty incredible views and charming little villages where an overnight stay is simply delightful.

I personally recommend renting an apartment for a day or two to really soak up the vibe of the villages like Thirroul. Make sure you see the famous Sea Cliff Bridge, because it’s absolutely all it’s cracked up to be.

Days 4-6

Your next big stop is the city of Wollongong, famous for its beautiful beaches and lighthouse. Wollongong is huge and full of fun things to do, so I stopped here for two nights and took full advantage.

I hit up the Jamberoo theme park, the Symbio wildlife park for some exotic animals, and took surfing lessons (while failing miserably, I might add).

After Wollongong, there’s two different detour options that you can choose from; Mount Keira Lookout is stunning, but visiting the buddhist Nan Tien Temple was otherworldly for me and well worth the extra few hours.

After another hour or two of driving, you’ll come across the volcanic Cathedral Rocks which are a fascinating and mesmerizing formation of rocks worth stopping for a few pictures.

Kiama was my last stop and overnight stay, and it was both a lively and relaxed town that’s exactly what you picture when you think of coastal towns. Make sure you stop at the Blowhole (don’t worry, it’s completely family friendly) and the seaside markets for some souvenirs.

After Kiama, it’s smooth cruising through picturesque beach towns and Shoalhaven Heads to the drive’s bittersweet end at the town of Nowra. But don’t worry, you can luckily console yourself with the wine from delicious local wineries—trust me, it helps.

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Eva is a musician and traveler, who’s highly enthusiast of anything withwheels. She has a passion about cars and writing, which sprung from her ability to create music. A bit of a stretch, yes, but it plays out for her as mycustomcar Content Editor. Follow her on twitter.

5 Best Underwater Adventures in the World

Life underwater is an entirely different realm of exquisite and out-of-this-world beauty. If you are fascinated by the vigor that colors bring, then underwater adventures should be on your bucket list.

I mean on top of everything on your bucket list! There is just no way you should miss an underwater adventure; it’s going to be like missing half your life for crying out loud!

Okay, I don’t mean to sound overly dramatic but it’s true. An underwater experience will change your perception of marine creatures and you may never be the same again.

The ocean is the topmost element we take for granted day by day but it’s funny that humans act this way because our Planet Earth is composed of 70% water.

Can you imagine an entirely different world living underneath us?

If you want to open your eyes to a magnificent underwater empire, check out these top 5 best underwater adventures in the world.

1. Swimming with Whale sharks in Cancun, Mexico

The whale sharks are one of the largest and most docile marine inhabitants that feed on planktons, krill, or anchovies. So there’s no need to fear these gentle giants.

Cancun is one of the best places to see free-roaming whale sharks because it’s known for the world’s second largest barrier reef. The best time to visit is between mid-June and August where the whale sharks elegantly glide in the water.

But please, keep your hands to yourself because they have a strict “NO TOUCHING” rule.

2. Scuba Dive at the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Do you want to know an interesting fact? The Great Barrier Reef is the largest and healthiest coral reef in the world.

Because of its size, it’s can be seen in outer space! I don’t even have to mention all the various underwater creatures you’ll see, the abundance of 2,900 individual reefs and 300 coral cays says it all. You can expect a bio-diversified diving experience!

3. Cage Diving with Great White Sharks in Shark Alley, South Africa

South Africa is home to a number of great white sharks and ‘Shark Alley’ is one of the popular choices to encounter these ferocious creatures up-close through cage diving.

Take note that you don’t need scuba diving skills but the cage is submerged in the open sea with the great whites circling with curiosity, and It will seem like you can rub elbows (or fins) with these creatures because of the proximity!

The experience is just overwhelming!

4. Diving at the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, Caribbean Sea

If you want a totally natural underwater experience with a touch of human creativity, then this is definitely for you. The park has 65 concrete sculptures that are bizarrely beautiful.

There are the ‘Vicissitudes’ where it features children holding hands, ‘The Lost Correspondent’ where a man is working on his typewriter, and so much more!

5. Atlantis Submarine Tour in Oahu, Hawaii

If you like to experience underwater adventure in the comfort of a submarine, tick this off your list! All you need to do is pick a spot near the windows and immerse in the beauty of Oahu’s brilliant underwater life!

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Susan Brooks is a passionate blogger who loves to write about home designs, renewable energy innovations and more. She spends her free time hiking, swimming, camping and spending time with her family. She also blogs at  GeneratorLab which is a site filled with home energy tips and guides.

5 Best Dream Camping Destinations in Australia

Australia is famous for its rugged and natural beauty. The beaches are beautiful, there are places where you can stargaze, the deserts are spectacular and the list goes on. 

It is home to the most incredible forests, beaches, and rugged landscapes and no camper will ever go away disappointed. It is the dream travel destination choice for many and people especially go there for their vacations.

Best Camping Destinations in Australia

An experienced camper can go for a three-day hike across the rugged countryside or pitch his tent on the plenty of beach camping spots that are available. Even an amateur camper can find plenty of places to spend the night and a person who’s suited to luxury travel can avail the glamping opportunities it offers.

Read: 10 Fun Facts About Australia

Here are the top 5 dream camping destinations in Australia which you will remember for the rest of your life.

1. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

If you are a beach person, you’ll love the beach campsite at Whitehaven. Gorgeous, pure white sand and water like the bluest crystals, the sun shining down in all its majesty, this is a spot which you must visit once in a lifetime.

It is a relatively small spot, with a total of seven camping sites so you must make an early reservation if you want to visit. The camping sites with the bathrooms and other amenities are close to the beach so you don’t have to worry about personal comforts.

One of the best experiences of a lifetime is sleeping and waking up to the sound and the crash of the waves. This is one destination which will stun you in all its gorgeousness and beauty.

2. Millaa Millaa, Queensland

There is a waterfall known as the Milla Milla Falls on the Queensland Atherton Tableland. It is a place of such beauty that people have been struck dumb for a few moments.

Milla Milla also boasts of a Tourist Park on its outskirts which has Queensland’s tallest mountain set in the backdrop. This stunningly beautiful place will blow you away.

You will also find tropical rainforests, waterfalls and fresh produce. The gorgeous waterfall cascades from a crevice far above, amidst a backdrop of greenery and is a sight that you will find hard to look away from.

3. Conto Field Campground, Leeuwin-Naturaliste NP

 

Just 20 km south of the Margaret River lies a coastland which has pristine white sand, yellow limestone, and the bluest waters. The bonus is that the site is reasonable.

For just 7 dollars a night, you can avail full camping facilities and personal comforts. The site offers the best fishing experience. Campers can catch the freshest salmon and cook it right away.

You can stay for a night but the cheap prices and the beauty around may entice you to stay for a full weekend or even more.

4. Kununurra, Western Australia

On the shores of Lily Lagoon, the Kununurra resort lake campsite exhibits the best sunsets in the world. There are various activities to do around there and the adventurous person can see plenty of crocodiles and exotic birds on the campsite.

If you can go around the time the Kununurra agricultural show takes place, your visit will be worth the hassle of traveling the long distance. Trust me, you won’t regret the decision to visit this place.

The fair boasts of Melon Olympics and Cane Toad races which is an experience that must be seen in a lifetime.

5. Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour

Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour is one of the most different and unique places where you can pitch your tents. It is an island which was a colonial jail, naval dockyard and school long ago where the people have preserved most of their history.

So, you can still visit these buildings and be awed at the former life they represent. You can explore all around this island, rough it out in a tent and stay for a day or two.

For people who like their luxuries, this island also has better opportunities in terms of resorts where the creature comforts are provided. The campsite has its own kitchens where you can cook and also personal hygiene facilities including toilets and a hot bath.

Conclusion

Australia is one of the best places you can go on a camping trip. It does not simply have the usual run-of-the-mill beach resorts but has every type of camping experience to offer.

From beautiful beaches to stargazing sites where you can stare at the sky in awe, to tropical paradises where the exotic birds visit in droves and you can see the crocodiles basking, Australia has it all. The waterfalls where you can see some of the best sunsets in the world.

So what are you waiting for? I’ve packed my Canvas Tents for the next fun trip to Australia for sure. The temptation is irresistible and I would recommend you to do the same.

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Judy Robinson is a passionate blogger who loves to write on home lifestyle and travel-related topics. Currently, she is associated with White Duck Outdoors, an Idaho based online camping shop. Follow @JudyRobinson on Twitter for more updates.

5 Monastery Stays Which Brings Wanderlust In You

The Art of Traveling is not just about exploring new places and chasing after the experiences. Travel accommodation (where you stay) also has a key role in bringing the wanderlust in you.

I am a traveler who looks forward to life-changing experiences rather than luxurious travel. And, this time I ended up in search of some unique ‘monastery stays’ which are open to travelers and allows them to explore age-old traditions and cultures.

Even though monastery stays are not much popular among travelers, it opens a great opportunity for travelers to have a close encounter with the customs and lifestyle of monastery communities who are living isolated from the outer world. It is fascinating, to say the least.

Monastery Stays

Here is the list of five monastery stays from around the world which are open for travelers and that invokes an inner wanderlust in you.

Hemis Monastery, India

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Hemis monastery is one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas on the foothills of Indus valley, located few km away from the popular tourist spot Leh, in North India.

The main attraction of Hemis monastery is the Hemis festival, a cultural celebration of colorful dances and unique rituals of Buddhist monks which is conducted every year in the month of June or July.

Tourists can have a stay at this monastery if informed beforehand and get an insight into the Buddhist culture from the friendly monks.

 

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Kopan Monastery, Nepal

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Kopan monastery comes second in the list of monastery stays, established in Kathmandu, the downhills of the Himalayas in Nepal.

It provides facilities for travelers to stay in their adobe and be a part of their community as a guest. They also provide meditation courses for travelers who are interested.

Travelers can walk around the monastery to feel the calm and serene ambiance, can meditate in the gardens or meditation halls, visit the prayer wheels and communicate with the monks to know about their customs and rituals.

Read: 30 Awesome Travel Quotes To Inspire Your Wanderlust

Sanctuary of the Madonna Di Pietralba, Italy

The third monastery stays on the list is the Sanctuary of the Madonna Di Pietralba in Italy which is beautifully located between Nova Ponente and Monte San Pietro with an astonishing backdrop of snow-covered Dolomite valleys.

Thousands of pilgrims come to visit here annually to worship the miraculous statue of Lady of Sorrows. Sanctuary of the Madonna Di Pietralba has a history which dates back to 18th century.

Being a tourist you can enjoy the pristine atmosphere of the chapel by immersing in its historical stories; enjoy trekking, golf and mountain bike tours during summer; can visit the religious sites connecting to the sanctuary.

New Norcia Benedictine Community, Australia

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New Norcia Benedictine community is located in the monastic town called New Norcia in Western Australia. This monastery was found by Spanish Benedictine monks in the year 1847.

They welcome tourists to experience their monastic life and to explore the New Norcia town. They conduct day tours for visitors which includes visiting the Abbey church, an old Flour mill which dates back to 1879 and other activities.

There are self-guided tours where one can learn the Benedictine community’s history in the art gallery; experience the 1500-year-old tradition of the community in their private chapel; visit the New Norcia hotel and taste a glass of Abbey wine.

 

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Sisters of Nazareth Convent, Israel

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Sisters of Nazareth Convent in Jerusalem, Israel has got interesting historical facts. The convent was built by a group of French nuns who came to Jerusalem in 1881. Later archaeological evidence was discovered in the convent premises, which includes underground rooms, built walls and rooms which dates back to the 1st century AD.

The area where the convent was built was a Jewish burial site in the Roman period. Today this convent runs a school for deaf and blind kids and they also provide accommodation for pilgrims.

Travelers can stay here and experience the peaceful atmosphere and they can visit the Jewish remains after taking an appointment. 

Have you ever thought how life would be for a person who lives in a monastery leading a religious life? What would be there perception about travel?

Travel is about exploring places, exploring the culture and exploring people. If you are a traveler who seeks for unique travel experience, then never miss a chance to stay in a monastery at least once in your travel life.

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Sneha Thomas is a budding travel blogger and a freelance travel writer for hire, who is out on her travel shoes to explore the world after finishing her Pharm.D graduation.

Her writing and marketing skills have helped her quickly land clients. When she isn’t writing you can find her traveling to cultural and offbeat destinations. 

You can learn more about Sneha on her travel blog at Earth’s Tenant and join in her travels at her Instagram stories.

20 Christmas Food Traditions Around the World

Besides New Years, Christmas is the most celebrated international holiday. According to Pew Research Center, there are about 2.2 billion Christians in the world, making up nearly one-third of the world population.

This means that about one-third of the entire world celebrates Christmas in some capacity. Just think about all that holiday cheer! 

Christmas is traditionally the celebration of Jesus’ birth on December 25th and customarily includes exchanging presents, hanging lights, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, and eating meals with family and friends.

These are some of the core practices of celebrating Christmas but many cultures add their own unique twist when it comes to observing this meaningful holiday.

Christmas Food Traditions

Some of the most interesting differences in how various cultures and regions celebrate Christmas is through their food and drink traditions. You are probably familiar with turkey in the U.S. and maybe you’ve heard of tamales in Latin America but what about rum punch in Jamaica, Kentucky Fried Chicken in Japan, or prawns in Australia!

Whatever it is, you can bet each region has its own holiday delicacy. In order to reveal some of the most interesting holiday meal traditions, Kitchen Cabinet Kings put together a list of top 20 Holiday delicacies from around the world.

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If that list got you wondering about other cool and unusual Christmas traditions check out the Philippines’ Giant Lantern Festival or the Parrandas Festival in Remedios, Cuba. If you are looking for more bizarre traditions, look up Catalonia’s defecating figure in their nativity scenes and Austria’s Krampus who goes around beating naughty kids.

Another country’s unique traditions to explore is Africa. In Ghana, people dress up in elaborate costumes and parade around on Christmas day. In Kenya and Uganda, people celebrate in much less commercial ways than many other countries.

Usually, the only gift given is a new outfit for church. On Christmas day in South Africa, many indulge on deep-fried caterpillars of the Emperor Moth.

Read more: 8 Destinations that will make you spend Christmas away from home

Traditions may differ around the world but nothing brings people together like food and the holidays, no matter where you’re from or your cultural background. Wherever you call home, there is probably a unique traditional dish, dessert, or drink you look forward to having every Christmas.

Did your favorite dish make the list? Or maybe you saw something you just have to try (personally, France’s Buche de Noel instantly made my mouth water.)

If you decide you want to travel for the holidays next year, use this list and try some of the unique Christmas dishes from the region you find yourself in.

Read more: 10 Most Unique Christmas Traditions Around the World

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Around the World for Christmas Buffet

The smell of fried chicken fills the air, and there is nothing better than wolfing down a plate loaded with roasted turkey during winter. But other than your cozy little fireplace, there are many places throughout the world where you can eat a hearty buffet.

Let us go on a Christmas Buffet around the world.

FLY TO JAPAN

Many may consider Japan as a non-Christmas country. However, in the past few years, this nation stepped up its game. Even though you will not see many favorite Christmas traditions, you have to taste their delish Christmas dishes. The best thing you can have during Christmas here in Japan is the tasty kick of heat in Kentucky Fried Chicken. For dessert, there is a light sponge cake decorated with a decadent cream and vibrant strawberries. Unlike the western countries, Japan has its own Christmas meals which are not too heavy on the palate.

A SPICY CHRISTMAS IN MADAGASCAR

The dense atmosphere of this African country paired up with a delightful plate of food screams exotic!

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When you have the chance, taste Akoho misy Sakamalao – the traditional Christmas dish including chicken cooked with garlic and ginger paste. This dish is also cooked with coconut stew and served with rice. Apart from the overflowing plates of chicken, pork is also a common dish in Madagascar. But for dessert, you need to sweeten your mouth with the signature fruit of Madagascar, the Lychee.

COOKIE JARS OF ICELAND

In the chilly winter wind and snowy backdrop, one craves something warm and baked. What better way to celebrate Christmas than cookies and cakes? The fluffy cakes and yummy cookies are not the only delicacies in an Icelandic Christmas Buffet. There is another dish that you are not likely to find anywhere else in the world, reindeer. When you hear reindeer you might immediately think of sleighs, but in this age who needs a sleigh? Hence, the poor fellas make it to the dinner table, and did I mention how lip-smacking they are? Other than reindeer, you can taste the smokiness of the lamb, and seabirds which make it to the buffet.

CHOCOLATEY CHRISTMAS

Tsokolate is the decadent, drool-worthy and delish dessert served in the Philippines. When the rich chocolate liquid slides down your throat, it is just heaven! Other desserts include a version of custard made with coconut cream. However, it is the main dishes that will blow your mind! The carefully cooked pig on a stick is a roasted version of Lechon. Do not worry about the richness of the meal; silky smooth pasta graces the plate to enhance the wow-factor of the Philippine Christmas Buffet.

WHIPPED CREAM IN AUSTRALIA

When the hemisphere changes, so do the demands of the palate. In Australia, turkey and ham are not widely preferred dishes. Due to the change of seasons in Australia, a Summer Christmas needs something different. Barbecue gives the meal the necessary kick to elevate the buffet from standard to festive. However, the grills are not solely used for steaks. Seafood is much loved among the Aussies. Thus, if you receive barbecued prawns in your Christmas Buffet, do not look shocked. They wrap up the meal with a chunk of whipped cream folded through bits of fresh fruits. Sounds like a party for your taste buds!

HEALTHY X-MAS MEAL IN ETHIOPIA

After attending all the New Year’s Celebration around the world, you can end up in Ethiopia. The celebration of Christmas is different here because Ethiopians follow the Julian Calendar. And according to that calendar, Christmas falls on January 7th. Thus, you have more time to plan your exclusive tour. The traditional meal of Christmas consists of a thick stew of juicy chicken and fresh veggies. You can scoop up the spicy gravy with a soft flatbread called injera.

TRY CUISINES OF LEBANON

It is not just one dish that makes a celebration standout, but rather the entire meal which makes it special. From the finger licking spiced rice to the flavor bombs of minced meat, everything on the plate reflects perfect home cooking. Whatever you eat in a Lebanese buffet, do not miss the Kibbeh Pie, which is undoubtedly the star of the meal. Besides, there is a refreshing middle eastern salad seasoned with mint to cleanse your palate.

To take the memory of your Christmas buffet with you, buy some sugar-coated almonds from the nearby store, or tell your host to pack it for you.

Tour the world this Christmas with no intention of stopping your mouth. Say yes to cookies and cakes, turkeys and ham, and whatever delicacies await you this holiday season!

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10 Unusual Spots To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

Cheers to the wanderers, gypsies, explorers, travelers, and the free-spirited. You will see many new and unexpected additions to the travel list in here. So, refresh your bucket list with these amazing travel destinations.

THRILL WALK, SWITZERLAND

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Buckle up for the incomparable thrill in Switzerland. It is not new that Switzerland does everything in its power to attract tourists. But on June 9th, 2016, Schilthornbahn AG opened the new “Thrill Walk” cliff path at the Birg mid-station.

The walk consists of railings, glass and air segments which even scare off the bravest hearts. At the height of 3000 meters, a 200-meter long walk is a sheer madness! But braving the odds is what explorers are best known for. The effort and courage pay off when you reach the observation and see the panoramic view.

FOOD INK, LONDON

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After taking London by storm, Food Ink is now ready to take over the world. This pop-up restaurant uses 3-D printing technique to cook a three-course meal. If you want a quirky dining experience, then be ready.

Food Ink embarks on a world tour this year. Although a three-course meal costs $250 per head, the experience of tasting tech-food is epic. Jazz up your bucket list and at least head for having a look at how the 3-D chef works at Food Ink.

PIKE PLACE MARKET, SEATTLE

Pike Place Market is not just a 40-year-old market in Seattle. It is the largest food market in America. A hefty amount of money was invested in improving the Marketplace. An extra of $34 million ensures the building of more stalls.

And an extra 30000 square miles will let shoppers wander easily rather than clumsily in the marketplace. It is the best place in America for food enthusiasts as well as those who want to buy something local from the artisan shops.

BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER, PERU

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The scenic hike to Machu Picchu is now a different thing altogether and is a top addition to your bucket list. Peruvian rail launched the Andean Explorer which takes ten and a half hour to trail through the quintessentially beautiful landscape of Andes.

There is an open-air car that allows you to take pictures of the stunning landscape, and not just that the services of the train are beyond luxury. Drink in the natural splendor while experiencing the symphony of Peruvian music.

ROTTNEST ISLAND, AUSTRAL

 

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Rottnest Island is all set to open the Pinky’s Eco-Retreat and Beach Resort. This resort emphasizes sustainable tourism. Hence there are eco-star tents. There are options according to price for all kind of travelers, starting from $75. It has a café, restaurant, bar and a deck to give you a fantastic view of Perth.

Not just the facilities but the 63 stunning beaches play a major role in tempting visitors. Come, and be part of our generation’s move towards a new travel trend: Sustainable tourism, at one of the best islands in Western Australia.

TALAMANCA, COSTA RICA

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Talamanca in the Southern Caribbean region of Costa Rica is home to an indigenous tribe of Bribri. The individual tour guides of this region planned to open a tour agency. A tourist can choose an itinerary focusing on rivers, farms, forest, indigenous reserves, wildlife or a combination of all these.

The costs of the tour are cheap, approximately $40 per person, and it started from April 2017. Live like the Bribri ancestors amidst the pristine natural landscape. This ought to be on your updated travel bucket list.

ALL BLACKS EXPERIENCE, NEW ZEALAND

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With the increase in tourist numbers, New Zealand needs more all-season attractions to lure tourists. All Blacks is a step towards it. This attraction will stand in Wynyard quarter. Everybody knows about the passion of Rugby in New Zealand. All Black’s Experience is to immortalize the great players and the passion. The event is held in Auckland.

AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM, PHILADELPHIA

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While refreshing your bucket list this year, keep in mind that the world is now obsessed with the current American Politics. If you want to enhance your knowledge of America’s political history, then the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadephia is your place.

The museum opened on April 19, 2017. It exhibits everything that shaped the history of American Politics. The three-story building just two blocks away from Liberty Bell displays the historical tent of George Washington (second floor). It is the same tent he used during the War of Independence. There is also a Museum shop and café on the sidewalk to engage the estimated 500,000 tourists/annually.

LAVA CENTRE, ICELAND

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Want to unveil the mysteries of nature? Lava Center is an Earthquake and Volcano center in Hvolsvollur, Southern Iceland. Those who want to explore the fiery heart of Iceland can take a tour here.

From molten lava oozing out of Volcanoes to record-breaking earthquakes, everything is within an arm’s reach. And the best thing about it is the proximity to Iceland’s other tourist attractions. What are you waiting for? We all agree that Iceland is a destination to be explored.

AMERICAN WRITER’S MUSEUM, CHICAGO

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All those who have a writer’s streak, here is what your heaven looks like. The American Writers Museum founded in 2010 in Chicago, Illinois displays many exhibits related to writers. It represents everything that is American Literature and writing.

It opened in April 2017 this museum boasts exhibits like Writer’s Hall, Word Water Fall, The mind of a writer, Children’s Gallery, Writing across America.

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10 Synonymous Words for Travel Lovers

We often run out of words on what to say. It also happens when we talk about travel lovers or want to impress our nomadic friends. Are you tired of using the same old words? If so, today’s fun post is for you. 

Do you know what a person is called who loves to travel? Travel lover. Yes, but we all know that, and besides, that’s two words, not a one word noun.

Words for Travel Lovers

How about “Hodophile”. If you are saying, “what, a hodophile!” Yes, a hodophile is a person who loves to travel. Now, that’s certainly going to grab your friends’ attention next time you talk to them.

Below are the top 10 simple to pronounce words you should start using to enhance your regular travel vocabulary.

These are nothing like out-of-the-tongue kinda words but refreshing synonyms one should add to their day to day vocabulary.

Globetrotter

Do you know anyone who loves to hop between countries? Or anyone who is a hardcore traveler? Anyone who leaves their tiny footprints across the various continents? Globetrotter is what you call them, and Globetrotting is their religion.

Itinerant

Few of us hate staying in one place. We are people of many lands who live to travel. Itinerant is an apt word for travel lovers who have got a gypsy soul.

Read Next: 201 Greatest Travel Quotes That Will Leave You Speechless

Roadie

Many times we say, let’s hit the road! That is exactly what roadies do, but they accompany bands or musicians and travel in a group. In recent time though, the term has become more generalized and biking groups can be also called Roadies.

Rover

Wandering around might get old after a few days, why not use roving around for a change? Become a Rover aka Travel Lover. 🙂

Related: The Ultimate Travel Bucket List and 101 Couple Goals

Wayfarer

“Catch flights, not feelings” is what the quote says, but what about after you get off the plane? Hop on a car, and move to your hotel, then what?

You need to walk around and discover the destination. All travel lovers are wayfarers in a way.

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Vagabond

Nothing is permanent. And this world is massive to just live in a corner. People who make any place their home are in reality the Vagabonds – the daring nomads, adventurers, and travel lovers.

Also, you might have heard this quote from Saint Augustine of Hippo: “The World is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Solivagant

Traveling alone is empowering. And when you are brave enough to take on the roads yourself you become a Solivagant. Wandering alone is an unadulterated bliss which travel lovers should try once.

Related: Women Solo Travelers on Rise and Best Destinations for Traveling Solo

Travel Buff

Wisdom comes from experience and those who are travelers amass knowledge through traveling. That is what makes them the travel-buffs.

Hodophile

You don’t need an explanation for this word. It is as perfect as it comes. Hodophile – the very word for travel lovers. A Hodophile is “One who loves to travel.”

Grey Nomad

In Australia, a retired old man traveling in a motorhome or caravan is named as Grey Nomad. But why just use it in the context of an old man?

Nowadays the travel lovers who live a nomadic life are often called “Grey Nomads.” (They may or may not have grey hairs though, Lol!)

 

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What are some other words for travel lovers? Comment below and we’ll add to this list. We hope this post cheered you and brought you value. If yes, please share it with your globetrotting friends and tell them they are too young to be a grey nomad. (wink)

Next up: The Ultimate Travel Bucket List and Couple Goals

World’s 10 Most Beautiful Train Rides

Train rides are exciting. Enjoying the beautiful scenery never gets old because it is never monotonous. Below are few pictures of the world’s 10 most beautiful train rides from around the globe that will make you want to hop on a train right now.

The Ghan

Want a change of scenery? The red ravines of Australia await you. The Ghan rides through the heart of the dreary landscape, making it look like something out of an alien world movie.

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Belmond Grand Hibernian Train

Ride from Dublin to Cork. Get comfy in the happy booths of the Belmond Grand Hibernian which gives you a tour of the Irish countryside.

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The Canadian

With the super awesome dome cars that give you an unfiltered view of the rugged scenery of Canadian countryside, you will love a train ride of The Canadian.

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Orient Express aka Belmond

It is not always about the gorgeous scenery, sometimes it is about a classy black tie extravagance in the heart of Europe. The Orient Express might be one of the oldest luxury trains but it is also the classiest of all.

The route of this luxury train has changed several times, so if you want to check this off of your bucket list, do a quick search on their website.

As of today, the train operates from London to Istanbul or Paris to Budapest with several other major European cities in between.

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Glacier Express

We all know that Switzerland has the best of everything in some sense. For example, who doesn’t enjoy gaping at the snowy peaks?

The Glacier Express takes you on one of the most exhilarating train rides, which connects two mountain resorts St. Moritz and Zermatt in the Swiss Alps.

 

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Shongololo Express

Are you up for an adventure in the African mainland? Then you may want to experience the rich and exotic natural beauty of Africa.

And, what better way than hopping on one of the affordable trains rides in Africa, and indulge in viewing the diverse wildlife of Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Namibia.

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Trans Siberian Railway

As the Shongololo takes you across the Victoria Falls, the Trans Siberian Railways takes you through the Lake Baikal in Russia. It offers a 14 days train ride from Vladivostok and Moscow.

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Maharaja Express

You’ll feel like a royal the moment you step into the traditionally decorated cabins of The Maharaja Express. It gives you a taste of the elegant Rajasthani Royalty, while you wind through the golden sand dunes of the Thar Desert in India.

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Train to the Clouds

It is aptly named the Train to the Clouds as it is one of the highest trains in the world. It makes it way through the mountainous landscape of Andes.

Let your heart skip a beat by taking one of the dangerous train rides in the world.

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California Zephyr

A kaleidoscope of scenery is what you see when you board California Zephyr. It provides you the diverse natural beauty of Western Coastal America.

The train route takes you through the Rockies, Sierra Nevada range, and the Pacific Coast.

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13 Best Destinations To Enjoy A Unique Tea Experience

There are only a few places around the Earth where the Tea plantations thrive. And most of the Tea plantations are in the East. If you want to taste something exquisite, these 13 unique tea destinations will live up to your expectations.

A Tea Plantation is not just about the green leaves sprouting, but the surrounding valleys (and the methods used to make it) play a significant role in luring travelers.

DARJEELING, INDIA

When the word tea is on the tip of my tongue, I can’t help but think of Darjeeling. The mighty views of Mount Kanchenjunga offer a stunning backdrop for the Tea Valleys in Darjeeling. Some of the popular tea plantations are Happy Tea Valley Estate, Glenburn Tea Estate, and Tirrihannah Tea Garden.

SRI LANKA

Ceylon Tea is one of the world’s finest tea that is grown in Sri Lanka. The humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall of the country’s central highlands provide a climate that favors the production of high-quality tea.

These tea is popular in England and the Middle East. The tea industry was first introduced in 1867 by James Taylor, a British tea planter who arrived in Sri Lanka in 1852.

ASSAM, INDIA

North Eastern India abounds in valleys, and the weather here is conducive for nurturing tea plants. Assam is one of the seven sisters which has numerous Tea Plantations like the Rajmai Tea Garden (which has a beautiful pond), Socklatinga Tea Garden, and Baruah Tea Garden.

MUNNAR, INDIA

When we are talking about India, it is not just the North Eastern states that are rich in tea plantations. But the Southern States have enough hilly regions to support vibrant tea gardens.

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is one of the best places not only to experience the Tea plants but also to see the sun rise behind the hills. There are small tea stalls on the way up the hill, do taste a cuppa tea here in the early morning.

KYOTO, JAPAN

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In the little town of Wazuka, there are about 300 families who come together to take care of the Obubu Tea Farm near Kyoto. There are many ways to tweak up your tea experience here.

If you want you can take up tea internship, or you can visit during spring when the Geisha Dance Festival – Miyako Odori takes place.

MAINLAND CHINA

Green Tea in Mainland China

The Yunnan, Fujian, and Zhejiang tea tours are some of the best you get in China. You will find plenty of tea houses and shops to entertain your tea passion. Yunnan Tea Market and Jinan tea Wholesale market are places which follow Chinese tradition.

It means you can walk into any shop and take a free sip of tea. And if you like it, then buy some.

DA YU LING, TAIWAN

The tea plantations in Taiwan are closing up rapidly. And Da Yu Ling area is a must visit for every tea lover. You see the Taiwanese high mountain teas up close and also get an enchanting view of the mountains. But you ought to keep up your energy as hiking and trekking will drain your energy.

MALAYSIA

Malaysia has some world class and award-winning tea estates that you should visit if you are a true tea connoisseur. Tea was likely introduced to Malaysia by Chinese traders and it has been since enjoyed by Malaysians for hundreds of years.

The majority of Malaysian tea is produced in the Cameron Highlands region, sometimes referred to as Malaysia’s “Green Bowl”. It’s located about 3.5 hours from Kuala Lumpur by a car and is situated on the scenic Titiwangsa Mountain Range, which is also a popular destination for it’s scenic beauty.

HAWAII

 

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Hawaii offers you a tropical tea experience. There are some classy hotels here which have a brand name that revolves around tea. The Modern Honolulu and The Halekulani provide a power-packed three-course meal which heroes tea.

Be it tea sandwiches or scones, everything served has a taste of tea.

ENGLAND


Even though Europe is not great in the production of tea, The British have inculcated a 5’o clock tea habit. There is a myriad of hotels which bring you a Typical 5’o clock British Tea Experience.

One such place is Tea and Cake London by Zena Alkayat where there are 80 rooms to make your tea visit formal and perfect.

MOROCCO


Morocco never fails to surprise me, and in the Tea Department also it has got a secret weapon in its arsenal. Tea in Morocco is generally a man’s duty. The man of the house prepares the tea, and that custom runs in most of the families.

Mint Tea is like water to the Moroccans. It is customary to drink 2-3 cups of Mint tea before having a meal.

AUSTRALIA

Unlike Europe, Australia has a long history related to Tea. And there are loads of farms for you to visit. You can take a tour of the factory in Nerada Tea plantation or join in the Devonshire Tea feast.

Another place on your list should be Tea Estate Madura which is the one and only Tea Estate in Australia.

VANCOUVER, CANADA

It is hard and nearly impossible to grow tea in the freezing temperatures of Canada. Still, there is a farm in Vancouver called just the “Tea Farm.”

Growing tea plants is in an experimental phase. But you can visit, and see history made before your eyes as it is the first such place in Canada.

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10 Best Wine Tour Destinations in the World

Wine tourism is the latest trend among travel lovers. Wineries that offer wine tasting and Vineyard tours are on a growth all around the world. They are a must-visit place for people who love to travel and explore the world.

Best Wine Tour Destinations

The wine tour is a journey you make through the valleys of wine making. It is not just the mere bottle with a label on it. It has so many things related to it, that you can’t help, but admire. Wine tours give you an idea about the surrounding, where it is made and people, who make it.

The wine tour is an enchanting experience and should be on everyone’s travel list. Here is our list of top ten wine tourism destinations in the world.

Tuscany, Italy

Being the most renowned wine region in the world, Tuscany is a trending destination for wine tours. The highlight of this region is Florence, which is the beginning spot for all wine tours. The city is famous for its red wine, such as Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

However, there are a couple of other interesting ideas of wine tours in Italy. Wine tours are trekking through fields or valleys, right? And how would you find an idea of a cruise?

Italy Wine Tours

In Italy, you will have the freedom to lounge on the deck and do onboard tastings, as well as do occasional stalls at harbors and visit the vineyards. These cruises are more expensive, than the rest of the tours, but believe us, you will love the 7-night cruise from Rome to Cannes.

Another wine tasting destination, Amalfi coast is known for its archaeological remains. In the areas of Paestum, Pompeii, and Herculaneum, you will discover many historical sites. And alongside, there is Campania, where you will study the ancient method of winemaking. By ancient, we mean four thousand years of wine making.

You can book this tour during August and September. Have a taste of wine made of the rare grape collection, and you will never forget this trip!

See it: To view this blog post as an animation, take a look at Tango Tours.

Napa Valley, California

Credit for 90% of wine production in the US goes to California, which is a home to over 1200 wineries. It is the classic example of sprawling vineyards.  Wine lovers from all over the world come here for wine tasting. A five-day tour here is a luxury, which is worth the money you spend on it.

A tour around the Dry Creek, Sonoma Valley, and Napa Valley is a brilliant way to find out more about the wine-making. And don’t worry about the accommodation, as hotels are multiple here. The most famous Californian wines are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Merlot.

Loire Valley, France

The valley, situated along the Loire River, is famous for its white wines. The region is divided into three sections, by grapes and wine produced:

a)   Upper Loire is known for Sauvignon Blanc

b)   Middle Loire for Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc   

c)   Lower Loire is dominated by Melon De Bourgogne

You can take a 7-day tour around the area, visiting beautiful nearby chateaux and vineyards.

Chenonceau, Vouvray, Bourgeuil are gorgeous places, which produce indulgent wine. A wine guide will take you on an incredible tour of the historical vineyards.

Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza produces two-thirds of the entire wine production of Argentina. And you will also find various wine tasting tours here. The area offers some really amazing views, as it lies in the foothills of Andes Mountain Range.

Duero River Valley, Spain & Portugal

Spain is the world’s third-largest wine producer. Duero River stretches from Spain to Portugal, with multiple vineyards along its way. Red and white wines of the exceptional quality are produced here. Moreover, wine cruises are also widely available.

Another famous wine region of Spain is Andalusia. It offers one of the longest wine tours, and if you enjoy Sherry, this trip might become your favorite. La Mancha is the starting point, and you will move around the area, tasting some of the best wines.

You will also enjoy delicious meals of Andalusia on the way. Tapas and Iberico ham are the signature dishes in its gastronomy.

Central Otago Wine Region, New Zealand

New Zealand is the southernmost wine producing region of the world. 70% of the plantations in Queenstown are dedicated to Point Noir. Other 30% host Chardonnay, Reisling, Pinot Gris, and a few more kinds of grapes. The region also offers wine tours for every taste and budget.

Constantia Valley, South Africa

Constantia Valley in South Africa is a vineyard with the glorious history of winemaking since 1685. The region is breathtaking, due to the vicinity of Table Mountain National Park. Numerous travel agencies offer wine tasting tours here, along with great opportunities for shopping, due to its proximity to the city.

Barossa Valley, Australia

Barossa Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia, which dates back to the 19th century. This region is known for its Shiraz grapes, which is used for making Penfolds Grange, the most famous wine in Australia. It is also a major tourist destination.

Chilean Wine Country, Chile

Chile is famous for its wine. Fourteen different valleys of the region, including Valle del Elqui and Valle de Limari, offer plenty of wine tours, suitable for every taste and budget. And the most famous Chilean wines, known all over the world, are Santa Carolina and Errazuriz.

Willamette Valley, United States

Willamette Valley is a gorgeous region in Oregon, surrounded by mountain ranges, is home to almost 500 wineries. Its most famous wine is Pinot Noir. Several exquisite wine tasting tours are available.

To learn more about these world’s best wine tour destinations, have a look at the Gifographic (animated Infographic) shared by Tango Tours.

5 Best Craft Beer in Sydney

Sydney is one of the most liveable cities in the world and one of the best three cities in Australia. Why is that? Is it because of its extensive craft beer-making culture?  Yes, it probably is, among many other things.

The culture imbues every after-work activity and Friday night with passion, laughter, and romance. 

The state of New South Wales (NSW) is home to a vibrant and exotic culture. Visitors from around the world come to experience its vast natural beauties.

NSW has the divine architectural landscape of a city that never sleeps. Plus, it is imbued with people that are as colorful and vibrant as the graffiti-rich buildings they occupy.

There are thousands of breathtaking experiences you can enjoy in Sydney. Here are the best places to indulge in the world’s finest craft beers in a setting that will steal your heart.

The Noble Hops

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Bordering the beautiful Moore Park in central Sydney, The Noble Hops Pub is located in the heart of Redfern district. Noble Hops has an authentic and friendly ambiance. The vibe has made it the locals’ favorite choice for enjoying a refreshing craft beer. 

Featuring ten beer taps, eight of which are supplied by local craft breweries and two international beer companies, The Noble Hops is a beautiful place to be on a Sunday afternoon. In case you and your mates get hungry, you can have food delivered to the pub by numerous local restaurants.

SoCal

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There are few places in Sydney as vivid and vibrant as the SoCal Neutral Bay. Offering a wide range of drinks, a creative food menu and plenty of entertainment possibilities, SoCal is the perfect place for large groups and intimate gatherings alike.

The famous pub boasts a colorful range of craft beers, ciders, numerous choices of notable quality wine and creative cocktail mixes that will dazzle the finest of senses. When it comes to food, this amazing place has something for everyone. Their menu ranges from salads and Mexican food to fish and their signature BBQ dishes.

Harts Pub

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In the heart of the city, near the Sydney Harbour Bridge, lies one of the first pubs in modern Aussie history to pioneer the popularization of craft beer – Harts Pub.

Since 2009 this pub has been featuring Australian craft beers. It proudly boasts 12 rotating taps in a beautiful mid-century historic setting that will make you forget about all of the life’s troubles.

A visit to Hart’s Pub means unwinding and relaxing with a beer in one hand and a delicious chicken wing in the other.

Beer DeLuxe

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The well-known Beer Deluxe Pub is located in Barangaroo, one of Sydney’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

Beer Deluxe is a veteran pub venue that hosts many taps to satisfy your every craft beer need. Along with plenty of beer options, you can choose from several ciders, bourbons, a decent selection of wines and a classic pub food menu.

This is an old-school place with a truly authentic feel. Beer Deluxe is perfect for a leisure night out with friends.

Bitter Phew

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Finally, Bitter Phew is a local pub frequented by visitors from all around the city. It is in central Darlinghurst neighborhood and offers a wide range of craft beers. The selection includes twelve taps as well as a hundred bottled options.

Located in an old attic overlooking Oxford Street, the pub is small and intimate, just right for a romantic night out.

The pub offers a bottle share option, allowing you and your friends to taste several different beers. This is a great option for those who are new to the craft beer scene and want to discover and develop their own palate.

With such a vibrant craft scene individuals can imbue locals and travelers alike with their own passion and express themselves through their trades.

Sydney truly is a paradise for all authentic beer lovers. Be sure to visit these places and soak in the breathtaking culture and positivity of this New South Wales’ gem.

Author’s Bio

Peter is a travel writer at Voice Boks magazine, living between London and Brisbane, Australia. Besides writing he worked as a travel reporter for publications around UK & AU. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

 

 

 

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Top Travel Hacks for Digital Nomads in Australia

If you have chosen to turn your career into a long vacation, Australia is one of the countries you should mark on your map. This country has everything a digital nomad can wish for, including the warm sea and more than 2,500 sunny hours annually.

Australia also offers great work opportunities. Major cities like Sydney and Melbourne are the biggest business hubs in this part of the world. These cities host extensive expat communities, with hundreds of fellow digital nomads.

Australia also has a wilder side. It’s a huge country with miles of bush and desert wastelands. The Australian wilderness can offer you surreal scenery, great hiking and canoeing opportunities and safari-like trips with animals that look like they’re from a different planet. Still, Australian Bush may not be the right place for setting up your office and holding conference meetings.

Since Australia is so big and diverse, I’ve decided to create a short guide that will help digital nomads to run their business, and utilize all the fantastic opportunities this country has to offer.

How to Reach Australia

Australia is pretty far from both Europe and the United States. You can’t reach it by land, and traditional airlines can be quite costly. The country itself is huge, and some of the amazing places are very hard to reach. Although Australia has good roads, its inhabitants are used to traveling by airplane, especially when going from coast to coast.

Many low-cost carriers cover the inland routes and connect Australia with Southeast Asian metropolises, like Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Ho Chi Min, Bangkok, Jakarta, and even Hong Kong. These are the most popular low-cost airlines that operate on domestic and international routes:

  • Air Asia X – connects Australia with Malaysia and Thailand;
  • Air Asia Indonesia – flies from Indonesia to Perth and Darwin;
  • Scoot – connects several big Australian cities with Singapore;
  • Tiger – largest low-cost carrier in Australia and offers dozens of inland flights;
  • Jetstar Airlines – connects Australia with Hawaii and several big cities in Asia, including Phuket, Osaka and Ho Chi Minh;
  • Virgin Australia – offers discount flights from Australia to the US;

Travel around Australia

You can travel around Australia by train or with a rented car. If you are a train buff and you wish to travel by train between big Australian cities, you should buy a pass. You can purchase an NSW TrainLink Discovery Pass or a Queensland Explorer Pass.

Find Good Internet Connection

The quality of internet in Australia varies greatly depending on location. You’ll be more than fine in and around the big cities, but if you go deeper into the bush, an internet connection may be hard to find. Buying a phone plan is one of the ways to battle this problem. Still, even the mobile internet coverage is sometimes difficult to access.

When you have a lot of work to do, or you’re expecting an important email or conference call, stick to the metro areas. If you’re going to the bush, alert your colleagues and clients that you’ll be offline for a while. In bigger cities, you’ll find Wi-Fi hotspots everywhere. Plus, finding an affordable, or even free internet connection won’t be a big problem.

Choose Adequate Accommodation

Australia has some of the world’s best-rated hotel chains. However, you can’t stay in a hotel room for a long time, or you will quickly dry up your budget. That’s why you need to search for an affordable rental apartment. Most digital nomads live in Sydney, and owners are used to renting their apartments for one or several months to foreigners. You can find the best apartment rental deals on websites like Real Estate, Property and Homes for Sale or Homekoala.

If you’ve just arrived, you can find an affordable accommodation on platforms like Couchsurfing or Airbnb. On Couchsurfing, you can find free lodging. Make sure that you notify your hosts about your digital nomad lifestyle. Airbnb is the most popular platform for finding accommodation in private homes, and it can also help you to find roommates and an affordable apartment for rent.

Stay Productive

Every digital nomad needs a proper place to work. Since Australia is one of the sunniest places in the world, you can use the parks and beaches with public Wi-Fi. Still, you shouldn’t turn this into your steady workplace, because you’ll need to charge your laptop or make a conference call from time to time.

You can also work from coffee shops and bars, but ordering drinks in the city center can be quite expensive. That’s why the best option is to find a coworking hub. You can easily find a shared office space in Melbourne, Sydney or any other Australian city. Although renting an office is not the cheapest option, shared offices offer mail service, Wi-Fi, printing, access to meeting rooms and everything else a digital nomad might need.

You will need a lot of time to see all sights and hop to every beautiful island that surrounds this amazing continent. Don’t go to Australia if you aren’t ready to spend at least a few months there. That’s why this country is the best destination for digital nomads and travelers who like to explore the place they are visiting properly.

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Victoria Lawes writes about digital nomads and business growth. Supporter and practitioner of the travel business lifestyle and contributor at bizzmarkblog.com.

 

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