Travel Insurance – What it is and Why You Need It

When you go traveling, there is always the possibility that something could go wrong. Perhaps you could contract a tropical disease, or slip by the swimming pool and break your wrist? Or maybe the airline could lose your bags, or your travel destination could be destroyed by an unexpected hurricane? Anything could happen!

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Of course, these are worst-case scenarios and they are not a good reason to avoid travelling because they are not likely to happen. However, the smart thing to do is to be protected just in case – in the event that something does go wrong. That is why having travel insurance is one of the smartest things that you can do before you go traveling. Continue reading “Travel Insurance – What it is and Why You Need It”

Celebrating Australia’s Public Holidays

So, you’ve booked your tickets, bought your travel insurance and you’re ready to embark on that trip down under you’ve been dying to take. Australia is known the world over for it’s friendly, laid-back culture, and if you really want to experience Aussie culture at its best, you should get involved with the celebrations on one of the country’s (many) public holidays! Here, we’ve created a list of some of the more culturally significant Australian public holidays and how they’re typically celebrated!

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Australia Day

The 26th of January marks Australia Day, the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet, which held the European explorers and settlers who colonized Australia. Anyone who knows anything about colonisation will know that this wasn’t a good thing for the original inhabitants of this land, but the focus on Australia day these days is to embrace a spirit of unity and forward thinking among all Australians. Typically, Australia Day is celebrated nationwide with the great Aussie tradition of the backyard barbecue. Continue reading “Celebrating Australia’s Public Holidays”

5 Things You Shouldn’t Travel Without When Visiting Australia

Australia is a really fun country to travel in; there is so much to see in terms of natural beauty, so much to learn about Australian culture and history, and many adventures to be had. It is also a country that is like no other given it’s vast size, strange animals and intense climate, and so you really want to be prepared before you travel here. Whether you are coming for a short vacation or are spending a year travelling, here are a few things that you need to make sure you bring with you when you come.

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A Plan

Knowing where you want to go and what you want to see ahead of time will be very helpful when you arrive in a country as large and spacious as Australia. Since most Australians live right along the edges of the continent, efficiency is key when planning a direction to go as backtracking could cost you days of travel time. Knowing your style of travel will determine what you need to bring and how much money you will spend. Backpacking and travelling in a van are the cheapest ways to go, but if your stay is shorter, you may want to stay in hotels, B&B’s or serviced apartments. Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are all very tourist-friendly cities, but will start eating into your budget if you aren’t careful. Continue reading “5 Things You Shouldn’t Travel Without When Visiting Australia”

Top 4 New Zealand Experiences

The land of the long white cloud is definitely a beautiful place for a holiday. Whether you’re into culture, nature or sharing the heck out of yourself with extreme sports, New Zealand won’t disappoint. For such a small island, New Zealand sure does pack a punch. It would take you a year to experience everything there is to experience in New Zealand, but seeing as most of us don’t have the luxury of spending years holidaying abroad, we’ve put together the top five New Zealand experiences to help you make the most of whatever amount of time you do have. Get yourself some travel insurance, book those flights and prepare to be amazed. NZ is waiting for you…

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The land of the long white cloud is definitely a beautiful place for a holiday. Whether you’re into culture, nature or sharing the heck out of yourself with extreme sports, New Zealand won’t disappoint. For such a small island, New Zealand sure does pack a punch. It would take you a year to experience everything there is to experience in New Zealand, but seeing as most of us don’t have the luxury of spending years holidaying abroad, we’ve put together the top five New Zealand experiences to help you make the most of whatever amount of time you do have. Get yourself some travel insurance, book those flights and prepare to be amazed. NZ is waiting for you… Continue reading “Top 4 New Zealand Experiences”

Saving For a Backpacking Trip

So, you’ve decided to take an adventure abroad and go on a backpacking trip! Congratulations, you’re about to embark on the most incredible experience of your life! Now for the hard part. While making the decision to put your life on hold for a while and go and explore the world is relatively easy, making it happen is substantially less so.

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Saving is one of the biggest hurdles you’ll come up against, and it’s going to be a long slog to get together enough money to make sure you’re prepared! Continue reading “Saving For a Backpacking Trip”