Anything To Declare? An infographic by the team at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk
Anything To Declare? An infographic by the team at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk
Melbourne has plenty of amazing attractions that are just waiting to be explored. However, if you feel like you want to experience something a little different in the city, it is also home to some alternative and stranger sights. Here is a guide for getting the best out of your trip in Melbourne if you are an alternative kind of traveller.
Car Park at Melbourne University
When someone suggests to you to visit a car park on your holiday, you may be slightly puzzled. However, at the end of Professor Walk on the lawns of Melbourne University, you will encounter the most extravagant car park you will ever see.
The car park site is actually listed with the National Trust and the vaulted gothic interior was actually used as a setting for one of the most famous car chase scenes in the movie Mad Max.
The Old Morgue, Williamstown
Located on Ann Street in Williamstown, this old morgue looks fairly nondescript on the outside, but it has a fairly gruesome history. It was the original morgue for the city and was opened due to the customers at local pubs who would have to endure autopsies while they were trying to have a drink.
After complaints continued to arise, the morgue was opened on the end of the Gem Pier, but tourists would also begin to complain about. Eventually, it was moved out of sight of the general population but is well worth a visit to check out the exhibits on its history.
You can take some alternative tours around the CBD of Melbourne, which will see you wander around the winding laneways and arcades where you will see plenty of great street art and find some hidden gems such as bars and restaurants. Many of the tours start from Exhibition Square on Flinders Street and are free, so check the timetables for the tours and start exploring the brilliant city. Be sure to book your place in the tour groups before they set off, otherwise you might find yourself missing out.
Australians take their horse racing very seriously and especially so in Melbourne where you will get the chance to witness the enormous event of the Melbourne Cup. When the racing horse’s career has finished, they have an extremely posh retirement ‘village’ for them at the Woodlands Historic Park Homestead, near to the Tullamarine Airport, which also happens to be extremely handy for international flights.
If you are big on your horse racing, you will see many old legends there such as Rogan Josh and Fields of Omar.
During the war, the city of Melbourne sent thousands of food parcels over to the English while they were in middle of the German bombing raids. As a thank you, the children of South London created the Fairy Tree which is now found in Fitzroy Gardens, next to a Model Tudor Village. It is widely known around the city by the locals and is quite a strange site in the gardens that are filled with some beautiful fauna.
Most people who visit France tend to head to Paris for city culture, the Loire Valley for French countryside, Brittany for beautiful coastlines or Nice for warm weather. It is rare that you hear of someone going to Lille for a holiday.
But actually Lille is one of those overlooked gems that, once uncovered, can provide a host of different experiences and leave you feeling like you have discovered something uniquely French and uniquely yours.
Firstly, when looking at how to travel there, check out iDBUS. This bus company offers services from London Victoria coach station to the heart of Lille direct. You could travel by train direct too, but the prices of the trains tends to rise the closer you get to your departure date and it can work out far cheaper to use the bus company. iDBUS set their prices in advance and the prices do not change no matter when you book, so you can see how much your travel will be when planning your holiday and can create a budget with no guessing and no nasty surprises.
The bus from London to Lille takes around five-and-a-half hours. When you consider the time you would spend waiting to check in and collect your baggage at an airport, or the time you could spend waiting if the train staff decide to strike, this isn’t a bad time at all.
Once you arrive in Lille you will quickly see how close it is to Belgium just by looking at the architecture, which lends a distinctly Flemish flavour to the city. Also, the residents are friendly, cheerful and welcoming on the whole, like their Belgian counterparts.
Take a stroll around the central square and admire the arcades and courtyards that stem from it. There are many little shops and boutiques selling local produce from chocolates and wine to pens and leather goods. The city also features the largest bookshop in Europe, the Furet du Nord, which is good for a look around and a bit of tranquillity. Lille also boasts the tallest belfry on its town hall, at 104m high – you can climb the steps to the top if you are feeling fit and your efforts will be met with some fantastic views across the city.
The Palace of Fine Arts is large enough and contains enough works of art to rival the Louvre.
As with anywhere in France, buying a baguette, cheese, ham and tomatoes is a very cheap way to feed yourself during the day, but there are many affordable restaurants and cafes around the city, most of which will serve moules et frites. Use the shell of the first mussel you eat to pinch out the other mussels as the locals do (and avoid a lot of mess); dip the chips in the white wine sauce for a delicious dinner.
For children, the local parks are well kept and spacious enough to let the little ones have a run around, or you could take them to the Zoological Park to see endangered species including a white rhino.
Lille has plenty to offer and enough to keep you happily occupied for a week or so, and combines the best of France and the best of Belgium.
If you’re looking for a change of pace this year, consider planning a trip to Japan. “The Land of the Rising Sun” is an interesting country to explore, as it’s known for its rich traditions and ancient sites as well as its progressive technology and stunning architecture. Make sure to include some of these cities on your itinerary for your first visit to Japan:
You could easily spend your entire trip exploring Japan’s crowded and cutting-edge capital, but for now, start with the highlights. Sashimi and sushi lovers won’t want to pass up an early morning trip to Tsukiji fish market, while culture enthusiasts will want to check out the Tokyo National Museum and Toshogu Shrine in Ueno Park. Get lost in the hustle and bustle of Shibuya Crossing, then climb to the 52nd floor of Tokyo City View for a bird’s eye view of the city. Want some place to unwind? Head to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
The former capital of Japan (794 to 1868) is a must for history buffs. There, you’ll find many important temples, shrines, and structures that will provide insight into traditional Japanese culture. One of the most visited is the temple of Kiyomizudera, built on the site of the Otowa Waterfall. Other noteworthy sites and attractions included Higashiyama, the preserved historic district near Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji, the famous temple covered in gold, and the torri gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
3) Mt. Koya/Koya-san
The center of Shingon Buddhism, Mt. Koya is currently home to over one hundred temples, making it the ideal destination for tourists interested in learning more about Buddhism. To get the full experience, plan an overnight stay at one of the temples, where you’ll attend a morning prayer session and be served a vegetarian monk’s diet.
The first city to be tragically destroyed by the dropping of the atomic bomb in World War II has become a symbol of hope and perseveration. Peace Memorial Park is home to several museums and monuments which commemorate the terrible destruction, including Peace Memorial Museum, the A-Bomb Dome, and the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims. While you’re in the city, check out the reconstructed Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden as well.
Last but not least, enjoy the sandy beaches and sunny weather of Naoshima, a Japanese island located in the Seto Inland Sea. The island is known for its modern art museums and architecture, so make sure to set aside some time at the Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum, and the Benesse House in between those trips to the beach.
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If Nevada was famous for only one thing it would have to be Las Vegas. This gamblers’ city with its glitzy entertainment, flashes its garish neon lights day and night out into the surrounding Mojave Desert. Yet the state has many more amazing attractions that are worth exploring, especially if enjoying the great outdoors is a vacation priority.
Nevada is America’s seventh largest state, but is not heavily populated. Known as the Silver State, due its historic mining background, Nevada’s major industry is now tourism, though mining still plays an important part in the economy, especially gold mining. The majority of the population lives in and around Las Vegas, and the state has a long western border with California, with Utah and Arizona to the east and Oregon and Idaho to the north.
Viva Las Vegas
The hub of Nevada’s tourist industry, Las Vegas offers a 24/7 entertainment experience, with its grand hotels and casinos, such as Mirage Las Vegas, stunning theatrical and musical experiences and restaurants ranging for the ultimate in fine dining to modest but high quality diners. The city also makes a good base for seeing what the rest of the state has to offer.
Right on the Californian border and shared by the two states, Lake Tahoe is the perfect spot for those who love the outdoor life. Set high in the Sierra Nevada, the summer months offer opportunities for sailing, waterskiing and swimming, and there are endless trails for mountain biking and hiking. Camping is a popular way to bed down for the night. During the winter, sports such as skiing and snowboarding come into their own, and being Nevada, there are plenty of casinos to choose from for some evening entertainment.
Nevada is home to the mysterious Area 51, and state highway 375, which runs to its north-east, is known as the Extraterrestrial Highway due to the number of reports of UFO and other strange sightings. The town of Rachel is in the midpoint of the road and has plenty of alien-themed hotels and restaurants for those interested in the possibility of other life forms in the universe.
If the full-on intensity of Vegas doesn’t suit, then Reno is a good alternative with a concentration on the gambling rather than the glitzy showbiz of its larger cousin. The city also has great shopping malls and excellent restaurants, and in the days when divorce could be problematic its liberal laws established it for many years as the divorce capital of the world.
On the trail of ghosts
Dotted around the state are the remains of what were once thriving communities, and many of these ghost towns can be visited to get a sense of perspective on local history. Metropolis, north of Wells, used to be a farming town, but circumstances gradually forced its inhabitants to leave. There are still examples of architecture from the early 20th century to be seen.
Rhyolite, north-east of Vegas effectively became a ghost town in the early 1920s, but there are spectacular sculptures to be seen at the Goldwell Open Air Museum; strange and iconic shapes can be viewed for free.
Germany is known for bringing some of the best technological innovations to the world stage, and when it comes to visiting the country, it’s hard to know where to start your journey. Famous for its festivals such as Oktoberfest, countless World War II Museums, historic art galleries and amazing architecture, Germany is a great place to holiday any time of the year. From Berlin to Munich, Dortmund to Frankfurt, the cities are vibrant and cultured, and there will be more than enough attractions to keep you entertained throughout your holiday. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to Visit in Germany this year.
Leipzig is a fantastic city, and it is known throughout the country as the Germany’s cultural capital. Experiencing large amounts of tourists every year, Leipzig has produced some of the world’s greatest innovators, like Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Wagner and Bach, and there are even daily concerts of Bach’s music played in St. Thomas Church, where the famous composer is now burred. Leipzig is also only a few hours on the train from Berlin, so you could even spend the day exploring other cities close by. It around half a million inhabitants, it’s one of the smaller cities in Germany, however it continuously ranks in the top 100 of the world’s most liveable cities.
Rugen Island is the largest in Germany, and located in the Baltic Sea, you can get there by travelling over the Rugen Causeway or Bridge. Home to many charming villas, relaxing beaches and romantic restaurants, Rugen Island is a great place to spend the day. There’s no inner city hustle and bustle here, and there’s even an amazing national park where you can rock climb, mountain bike and learn how to track animals!
Somewhere between the cities of Bonn and Bingen lies the Romantic Rhine, a beautiful river that looks out onto sleepy, sandy banks. Not only is the landscape here simply breath-taking, but the area is also home to over 40 medieval castles, vineyards and picturesque villages. With a variety of lodges to stay at, the Romantic Rhine is a great place to take in the German countryside, and you can even hire boats to take you as far down the river as you wish to go. For an amazing view, be sure to book one of the hillside villas for your holiday, and don’t forget to rent a car either!
Cologne can be found further down the Rhine River, and it is the most popular city to visit in the whole of Germany. Just like any other major city, Cologne offers a wide variety of attractions and sights to see, and it’s a hub for art and architecture. With impressive landmarks like the Cologne Cathedral, as well as many other bridges, churches, monasteries and monuments, Cologne is like taking a step back into Germany’s Gothic past. Furthermore, the nightlife is also some of the best in the country too, and no matter what music you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in the city of Cologne.
From Thailand to Malaysia, Cambodia to Vietnam, the Philippines to Papua New Guinea, Southeast Asia is full of incredible canals and waterways that make for an ideal way of exploring the countries through which they wind. But what’s the best way to make the most of travelling these canals and seeing all the best parts of Southeast Asia?
River cruising is the ultimate in luxury canal experiences. Whether you’re making your way through the canals of Thailand or winding your way through the rivers of Cambodia, a luxury cruise allows passengers to experience the best of both worlds. Downtime and nights are spent stretching back on sun chairs on the ship’s open deck, the clear sky overhead and the waters lapping gently at the hull as guests sip cocktails and watch the riverside villages shoot by. Once the cruises reach their various ports, guests disembark to discover the real cultures of Southeast Asian villages and their people. Guests can experience the wildlife, the nature, the flavours and the way of life that make each village so unique.
Canoe Tours are ideal for those travellers that love the open air and a bit of physical exercise. Touring Southeast Asia’s waterways with oars and arms to propel them leaves tourists with a truly rewarding experience of these canals. It allows visitors to get up close and personal with the native flora and fauna, and really see first-hand how these rivers and canals are the lifeblood of the towns and villages on their shores. You can take a guided tour or make your own way through all the unique bends and turns of these lush waterways.
A trekking holiday along the shores of Southeast Asia’s winding canals is a great way to experience the natural world and the local landmarks. You can stop wherever you like to sample authentic local foods or interact with locals. Trekking means you’ve got two free hands for photographing and can control your own page. You can divert from the river ways to explore ancient temples or climb up to spectacular lookouts. A guide is recommended for trekking through the less populated stretches.
Why not grab a local tour guide and hop aboard a powerboat for a zippy tour of the canal of your choice, or better yet, hire your own and explore at your own pace. Whether it’s riverside temples or floating markets, there’s a lot to find on the banks of these waterways and if you’re not one for wildlife watching or getting neck-deep in nature then a powerboat may be a great option to transport you to each new village and landmark.
Whichever you choose, the canals of Southeast Asia will lead you to some of the most incredible scenery and exciting adventures that each country has to offer. Cruiseabout.com.au offers some great river tour options for different countries all through Southeast Asia. It’s never too early to start planning the experience of a lifetime.
A smart traveler is a lucky traveler! And one who knows how to bargain for a holiday is a genius!
With a little holiday shopping education you can find extraordinary vacation deals at prices that will literally blow your mind. How you do it? Simple answer: just follow these useful tips and the next thing you know you’ll be sipping cocktails while admiring a lovely ocean view.
Pay attention to the coupon websites
If you browse the internet closely you’ll find out that many websites offer holiday coupon deals that you can later use for funding your vacation. Usually these coupons are pretty hard to get, so if you want to get your hands on one of them, keep your computer close and your credit card even closer.
Watch out for non-Euro destinations
Most of the non–Euro destinations offer splendid catering conditions at very affordable prices and all inclusive facilities. Countries like Turkey, Bulgaria and Tunisia are very appealing among tourists and a holiday packages in these locations often cost less than their European counterparts.
Watch out for the cancelled holiday offers
If you pay enough attention to all the websites that promote tour operator offers you’ll be surprised how many last minute bargain deals you can find. There are many people who book a trip to realize that they are actually unable to depart. As a result, the travel agencies sell those vacation packages as last minute deals. The best way is to book cancellation holidays online and you’ll probably be able to find some unbelievable offers at very low cost prices.
Opt for all-inclusive deals
You probably think that if you skip the food from your holiday travel package you’ll reduce the costs. This is not entirely accurate, especially if you’re travelling with a big group of people or kids. All-inclusive deals are extremely affordable and give you credit for other facilities. Plus, the food is great, served on time and is usually more than enough to satisfy your hunger.
Follow the 8-week rule
The best time to book a vacation is 8 weeks before you want to travel. That’s the time when all the tour operator’s deals are fresh, you have time to make your arrangements and opt for the best places and best rooms. Of course, it is advisable not to over think that much of a specific deal: if you feel it, then jump for it!
The multicultural city of Melbourne offers a fusion of international cuisines that will tempt your tastebuds. The shopping is on trend and you can browse through eclectic markets, designer boutiques or outlet centres. Melbourne is a bustling hub of activity and there will definitely be enough to experience both during the daytime and at night in this lively capital of Victoria.
Melbourne has a reputation as a shopper’s nirvana. If you are itching to do some retail therapy, why not take a shopping tour or an outlet shopping tour. You won’t have to carry bags and bags of shopping around or find a car park. Instead, sit back in the comfort of a bus and bargains and bubbles await you on this tour! These tours vary in price but are all easily under $99.
For a unique perspective of Melbourne, check out Red Balloon where for under $99 you could try a helicopter flight, visit the famous Carlton & United Brewery or even take a Melbourne City Dumpling Walking Tour. You can even take part in a night photography workshop where you will see a different but spectacular side of Melbourne. For the thrill seeker, why not try a tree top zip line or forward abseil? All these, plus many other experiences, are available for under $99.
With so much to see and do, it is surprising how you can easily stick to a budget of under $99 a day. Why not try the free Melbourne Visitor Shuttle which takes 90 minutes and passes all the iconic landmarks. Then you could visit the galleries or museums and take a stroll through Melbourne’s hip laneways. Gaze upwards in wonder at Melbourne’s Block Arcade, oozing Italian classic décor and the Royal Arcade built in 1896. The list of cheap things to do in Melbourne for under $99 just goes on and on.
Airlines often have deals which include flights and 2 nights’ accommodation for between $149 and $191. Because these are 2 night deals, this easily comes within the $99 a day. These money saving deals usually include airport transfers, breakfast and bonus vouchers.
For just $60, why not take a bus tour that will take you past Melbourne’s historical sites such as Captain Cook’s Cottage, Williamstown and traditional terraced Victorian homes. You will also visit the Royal Botanic Gardens where you can take a stroll around the gardens or enjoy a Devonshire tea.
Melbourne is a city where sitting at a café, bar or patisserie is a daily pastime. You can soak up the Asian atmosphere in Chinatown or soak up the street art expressed throughout this modern yet historic city. Travel specialists such as Flight Centre www.flightcentre.com.au can arrange travel requirements to suit your needs and tastes. The weather in Melbourne can be very temperamental, so be prepared to experience all seasons in one day. However, that only adds to the pulsating atmosphere of a city worth visiting, like Melbourne.
This year everything should be about having the fullest most decadent holiday experience ever! Travelling makes you richer in experiences but also increases your energy level and relaxes your body and soul at least for a few days, if not even longer!
Italy has been for centuries a very appealing country due to the fact of its amazing historical potential and fascinating natural landscapes. Nowadays, people are still making Italy their first holiday choice because where else in the world one can see so many amazing things, eat and drink delicious food and meet the most wonderful people ever? Italians are very well known for their hospitality and their abilities to make every stranger feel like home.
Summer is the perfect season for a genuine and pure Italian experience. You have sandy white beaches waiting for you, a variety of summer festivals that cover a huge amount of interests and of course the most atrocious to -die -for ice cream in the world. And why not share this once in a lifetime experience with the ones loved that are back home by contacting a reliable international calling provider who can furnish you with international phone cards services.
Italians love art and performance and want to share their passion with every tourist that steps on their grounds. If you love opera that Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto is the perfect choice for you. There you’ll be able to see breathtaking opera pieces accompanied by ballet and classical performance from a variety of talented artists.
For those jazz fans, Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia features many jazz music performances that will delight your ears. If you’re really not so much into music try the Medieval Festival or placing some bets on a horse race in Siena.
Rome is ideal to visit in the summer as well as the lovely region of Tuscany. The essence of the Italian spirit is well kept in this region as well as the most delicious wines you’ve ever tasted. While in Tuscany you can rent a place from the locals and be able to see and do everything according to your schedule, Most of these accommodations have all the facilities you require so if you’re planning to make calls from computer to your home you’ll have no problems regarding the internet services.
Venice and the beaches along the Amolfi coast are other places worth paying a visit. You can rent a car or go on a train journey; nevertheless, Italy is without any doubts a top holiday destination for this summer!