The Two Best Cities to Live in Australia
Nov08

The Two Best Cities to Live in Australia

Maybe your moving-to-Australia plan is the best thing you can do with your life, this plan need not necessarily be easy on your life. With the plan to move to Australia comes with the hardest choice to make for where to live in Australia. The choice is hard because the decision has to be made between the cities that are neck and neck in almost everything, whether it is visas, citizenship, infrastructure, culture, food, shopping, transport, safety, nightlife, accommodation, cost of living, cityscape, health care, locals, rules, weather, education, work culture, quality of life and so forth. And you cannot evade making this decision simply because it will have a huge impact on your future and will decide how comfortable you are going to feel in your surroundings. This article will try to help you out with making such a crucial decision. Read on! Option #1: Sydney No matter how aggressively other cities of Australia develop, Sydney is going to enjoy its top position forever. From the endearing sights of Sydney Harbour to the sands of Bondi Beach, Sydney is a metropolitan city of Australia that is tremendously famous all over the world for its impressiveness. It is one of the Australia’s largest and oldest cities which has caught the attention of the world mainly for its natural beauty and cultural diversity. It is also one of the busiest cities with the hectic pace like that of any other major metropolitan city, but with the overwhelming charm of iconic man-made landmarks that the entire world has ever seen. Sydney follows a set of seasons with the severity of Australian summer reported in the months from November to February. As far as transport is concerned, a poorly developed transportation system brings down the value of this city. Otherwise, economy-wise and education-wise, Sydney is abound with many great options. And remember to take into consideration that Sydney is the costliest city in Australia. Option #2: Melbourne After Sydney, Melbourne is considered as the Australia’s largest city. As it is brimming with one-of-a-kind sporting venues, there is no doubt that Melbourne is the country’s cultural and sporting hub. It is also known for bagging the title of “world’s most liveable city” for at least four consecutive years from 140 cities all over the world. Its residents are fond of both arts and sports and enjoy the finest nightlife ever. The dining options in Melbourne are also enormous and gratifying for all sorts of epicure. From weather point of view, Melbourne is less harsh as compared to Sydney. When it comes to transport, Melbourne showcases a systematically developed grid system which lets the...

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The Agony of Choice | Where to Look For Your Next Holiday
Oct10

The Agony of Choice | Where to Look For Your Next Holiday

Have you ever stood in the check-in hall of a major airport, just staring at the departures board in wonder at the seemingly limitless number of options for adventure and fun in this world of ours? I know that I have. It just serves to highlight how spoiled we are for choice when it comes to choosing our next holiday. From new to old, roughing it to being pampered, everyone can always find something that will perfectly suit their personality or mood. Bright Lights, Big City Few things can match the buzz of immersing oneself in one of the world’s great Cities. If it’s architecture, culture and a faster pace that you are after, Metropolises such as New York, Paris or London will get your adrenaline pumping. For more of the Eastern feel, hit up Tokyo, Shanghai or Seoul for an electrifying taste of the orient. Just wandering the streets of some of these great cities can inspire, educate, and amaze you with their sheer energy and diversity. Fun in the Sun Who doesn’t love to nestle into white sands with a great read in one hand and a cool, medicinal beverage in the other, as the warm waves lap at their feet? Nothing can deliver a more welcome and relaxing change of pace than your dream beach vacation. The only problem is; where do you go? The laid back atmosphere of the Caribbean might be your speed, or perhaps you want to catch some awesome surf in Costa Rica?  Bali tour packages from Travezl offer you the chance to relax and enjoy everything that the idyllic island has to offer, while for those who prefer to do things on the fly, simply rent a car or campervan and cruise up and down Australia’s almost 26,000km of coastline. Journeys Through Time Destinations rich in history can provide outstanding opportunities to combine the thrill of travel with education and learning. Walking the streets of Rome or Athens can leave you in awe at the rise of western civilisation, while the timeless pyramids and sphinx of Egypt stand today as testimony to mankind’s ingenuity and achievements. China’s great wall or Mayan ruins of Tikal and Chichen Itza offer the perfect opportunity to learn about the past and be inspired. Thrills and Spills Looking for some thrills? Bungee jumping in Queenstown, New Zealand or white water rafting down America’s majestic Colorado River could be just the answer to your need for speed. Zoom through the rainforest canopy with Peru’s Amazon Zipline, or scuba dive through the coral cities of the Great Barrier Reef to get your adrenaline fix. Delectable Delights Sampling the...

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5 Choice Locations for the Melbourne Homebuyer
Sep05

5 Choice Locations for the Melbourne Homebuyer

Melbourne is an incredible city. It has a huge array of cafes, bars, restaurants and places to go. It also happens to be the most livable city in the world, which makes it a desired spot to set up a home for many people, and means that the housing market is diverse and plentiful. Buying a house in Melbourne is as simple as searching for Brighton Real Estate by Marshall White, and you’re one step closer to owning a beachside property that’s only 10 minutes from the CBD. As with any city, there are questionable suburbs, and there are higher-class suburbs, and it’s hard to see from the outsider’s perspective what would be considered a good place to put down roots. We’ve written up 5 choice locations for the Melbourne homebuyer as a way of giving you the inside knowledge of a wonderful city full of property that is just waiting to be occupied. Mount Waverley First up on the list is Mount Waverley. Mount Waverley is a south-eastern suburb that lies about 20-30 mins from the CBD, and boasts a network of public transport, a selection of schools, and a shopping area to suit just about every need. Mount Waverley has seen an increase in house prices recently, with a median house price of $1.27 million across the board, although cheaper buys do occasionally pop up. Mount Waverley is a family-oriented area, with a high level of safety and a low level of crime. Richmond Richmond is an inner-city suburb that is a short 5-10 minute tram ride from the CBD. It is surrounded on all sides by many  shops, different cuisines, bars, cafes, and other nightlife. A house in Richmond will be around the $1.11 million mark, and although it is cheaper than Mount Waverley and closer to the city, population density is much higher, crime rates are higher, and the average house size is much smaller. Keep these things in mind when purchasing in Richmond, but also remember to consider the purpose of your house. If you’re looking to relax, work, and enjoy your Friday nights and weekends with reckless abandon, Richmond might be the place for you. If you’re looking for more of a family house, another suburb might be a better option. Canterbury Canterbury is an older suburb in the south east of Melbourne, and is a wealthier suburb, too. It sits right on Canterbury road, and the streets are lined with huge trees whose canopies connect over the top of the road, making it a beautiful sight all year round. The houses in Canterbury are dignified and tend to either sport an older,...

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Top five 21st birthday party ideas for Sydneysiders
Oct14

Top five 21st birthday party ideas for Sydneysiders

The excitement of planning and reaching the ripe old age of 21 is like no other. Knowing you are officially an adult in the eyes of the world is an occasion not only to be celebrated, but it will be remembered for years to come. For me, it was the one huge party that I looked forward to from the age of 18 until the day of my 21st birthday, and I still look back fondly on now. With all your friends and family by your side rejoicing in your transition to adulthood, it is a once in a lifetime experience to be shared with your loved ones. Therefore, it is important to invest ample time in deciding on the right environment to host these revelations in style. I think with any important period in your life, with a little prior thought and planning, it most definitely makes for an exceptional event. Having planned my sister’s 21st recently, and seeing the pure happiness on her expressive face throughout the evening, I want nothing more than to share my top five 21st birthday party ideas in the hope that it will ignite your ruthless desire to research and plan a night to remember. Obviously, there are the standard points to consider, such as where your official birthday falls in the week, and which date is best to host your event on, who you want to invite, and how much notice you have to give everyone to RSVP. However, these five points were the creative aspects of my party planning, which really gave the event that something extra. The Venue When planning your event, choosing the right venue really does make a massive difference and it works to set the atmosphere right from the get go. It is a good idea to really research the area in which you want to hold you 21st, and consider the proximity from public transport, or the possible accessibility of obtaining a taxi because the last thing you want is to do is to have your 21st in a relatively remote venue, where everyone decides to drive (and then can’t drink and make merry with you). Once you have an idea of the general location, it is time to start shortlisting potential venues. I found calling them to discuss their event packages is a great way to drill down, reducing your list. Once you have a few choices, viewing the venues is a must. This will help you to visualise the space, and if it isn’t already decorated to your liking, taking photos and sharing these with your friends will allow your creative decorating ideas...

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Familiarizing yourself with the definition of a time-out
Sep29

Familiarizing yourself with the definition of a time-out

With today’s busy lifestyles of working hard, and playing hard, it is sometimes hard to remember to take time for yourself and relax. I know with the rise in social media I always have the fear of missing out (FOMO), therefore I try to cram in as much as I possibly can into my week, whether that be socialising with friends mid-week or heading out on the weekends. That said, there is nothing more luxurious than having a weekend to focus on me, myself and I. The free weekend might come around once in a blue moon, but when it does, there is nothing better. Having a free Friday night to come home to an empty house and enjoy a long hot bubble bath whilst reading that book that’s been with you since the end of time, it can give you nothing but great pleasure to just chill and enjoy some quiet time, engulfed in bubbles and candle light. Being weightless really invigorates you, I always feel a million dollars getting out of a long bubble bath, and knowing I have fresh clean sheets to jump into.   image courtesy https://www.facebook.com/ozmattress.com.au As I’ve moved houses a few times, last year I went to a mattress sale in melbourne and treated myself to a new mattress, and oh my god – was it the best purchase of my life thus far. I hadn’t realised how bad my previous mattresses had been until I got my new mattress. It is literally like sleeping on clouds of heaven. There is nothing like not setting your alarm on the weekend, and having a big old lie in; waking up to the light filling your room, flipping over your pillow to the cold side and slipping back into a deep sleep. It really is a favourite pastime of mine, knowing that today I don’t have to do anything or be anywhere until I am ready. image courtesy https://www.facebook.com/ozmattress.com.au Speaking of mattresses, having a good mattress really does help my back. As someone whose job generally involves being hunched over a laptop, you really notice your posture after a hard slog at the office. Teaming a good mattress with treating yourself to a massage on your down time is just wonderful. I never really realised the stress and tension my body holds until I walk out of a massage salon feeling 100% lighter. Massages really should be mandatory, as they can really reset all your buttons in just a one hour time slot.   image courtesy https://www.facebook.com/ozmattress.com.au Of recent months I’ve been trying to get out of the city on at least one weekend a...

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7 European Places You Must Visit This Fall
Sep25

7 European Places You Must Visit This Fall

The arrival of fall is marking the nature lively palette of warm yellow, orange and red hues that further embellish the sight of certain towns . If you are planning a short trip this fall certainly visit some of these breathtaking places. Some people have flexible enough jobs and lifestyles to cherry-pick when to take their vacations, but many others have less choice. Fortunately, Europe welcomes visitors 365 days a year — and each season offers a different ambiance and experience.   Cumbria, England Image via tocka.com Bruges, Belgium Image via tocka.com Oslo, Norway Image via tocka.com Prague, Czech Republic Image via tocka.com Budapest, Hungary Image via tocka.com Piedmont, Italy Image via tocka.com Bled, Slovenia Image via tocka.com...

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Holiday Accommodation: Exploring My Options
Sep23

Holiday Accommodation: Exploring My Options

A trip to Australia is very exciting. There are so many things to do in Australia, it is certainly wise to create a list of the places you’d like to see and the activities that tickle your fancy! When you are planning a holiday, one of the first items on the agenda is accommodation.  There are a few different types of places to stay depending on the individual’s budget. Hostels When traveling to Australia, there are so many things to do. When a person is planning a vacation on a budget, they do not want to blow their whole budget on accommodation. They would rather spend the money on activities. When a person is traveling on a budget, a hostel is a great place to stay. They are also known as backpack hostels. A hostel often consists of a bed, typically a bunk bed, in a dormitory. Hostels have shared bathrooms, lounges, and some hostels have a shared kitchen. When it comes to the rooming situation, travelers can find a hostel with single sex, mixed sex, or private rooms. The hostel that they choose depends on their specific rooming needs. Typically, the staff at a hostel lives on the premises. Many of the employees at hostels live there for free in exchange for doing work at the front desk or for housekeeping. image courtesy http://www.hotelmanagement.com.au/ Serviced Apartments Serviced apartments in Melbourne are fully furnished apartments available for travelers. They often include soft furnishings and cooking utensils so that guests do not need to worry about packing these things themselves. Serviced apartments in Melbourne are great for people who are planning a long stay, as they are much cheaper than most hotels. Families traveling together can also benefit from staying in serviced apartments. There is more privacy in this type of lodging and guests have a kitchen to cook meals in. This can save a great deal of money because they do not need to eat out everyday like they would in a hotel. Serviced apartments in Melbourne offer many of the amenities that hotels offer, such as housekeeping, front office, and parking. image courtesy http://www.exploreaustralia.net.au/ Hotel A hotel is a great place to stay on a trip if the traveler has the money to spend. If they are only planning a short visit, a hotel is feasible on a moderate budget. If they are planning a long trip, a hotel stay can become very expensive. When planning a trip which includes a stay in a hotel, travelers should consider the cost of meals in either the hotel restaurant or nearby restaurants. This can become quite pricey, making a hotel an expensive option. image...

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10 Ideal Countries to Travel Alone
May21

10 Ideal Countries to Travel Alone

Many people like to travel alone. They say that because they can get to know the world and themselves. And besides, no need for anyone to adjust: you want the whole day lain on the beach and do not go – please, suddenly decided to go explore the ruins – but at least right now! The main thing is to make your trip just left a good impression and were safe. That is why in this collection are 10 countries with the highest rates of the Global Index of peace and international index of happiness.   Norway The best way to get acquainted with Norway – is a ride aboard one of the ships that sail along the coast of the country, passing through some of the most beautiful fjords and stopping in dozens of seaports along the way. Or go on a multi-day hike along the fjords, stopping at hotels and mountain huts. Northern Lights is a bonus. source: inthesky Switzerland Arm yourself with good hiking boots and head out to explore the vastness of Switzerland. Fortunately, it is very well developed transport structure, so to every interesting place is the tram, train or boat. Visit Zurich and then go south to the shores of Lake Geneva, Montreux and Lausanne, where you will find plenty of entertainment: restaurants, nightclubs and luxury hotels. source: dsb Vietnam Vietnam – a colorful city, rich markets and smiling locals. Combine a beach holiday with cognitive possible in Phan Thiet. This resort – one of the most attractive in Asia. But for the entertainment is better to go to Hanoi source: nsktur New Zealand Inspiring scenery, glaciers, rainforests, mountains – this place is just magical. Fabulous scenery though retouched in Photoshop. You go and you do not believe that all this is real. Active guests can try bungee jumping, boating and hiking on the legendary Milford Track – the most popular tour of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks. source: round-the-world Austria Small and compact, Vienna is one of the most suitable European city for a single journey. Many concert halls, dozens of museums and cafes where you should stay. Salzburg, where he once lived Wolfgang Amadeus, even less, but no less worthy of a visit. And to clean lakes and hot springs go into a charming Carinthia. source: galion-tours Japan Spend a few days in the fascinating metropolis of Tokyo, a ride on a high-speed train passing Mount Fuji and enjoy the tranquility of the old Kyoto. As for the number of attractions and museums – this is okay: Japan find something to surprise even the most experienced travelers. source: businessinsider Chile Chileans...

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THE WORLD’S TALLEST AND SCARIEST SKYWALKS
Apr26

THE WORLD’S TALLEST AND SCARIEST SKYWALKS

Warning! This article is only for those who are not weak in the knees! This time we prepared something that will lift your adrenaline and leave you breathless. This gallery consists of some of the world’s tallest and scariest skywalks, so if you are not afraid of the heights you can enjoy these magnificent views below. Some of the skywalks are built high on top of towers right in the middle of some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Others are placed above mountains or canyons in order to offer breathtaking views of nature and its wonders. If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit some of them, we sincerely hope you will, and until then we offer you our gallery just as an introduction to a once-in-a-life-time and thrilling experience. Enjoy! Grand Canyon Skywalk image via wordlesstech.com Eureka Tower in Victoria, Australia image via www.theaureview.com “Step Into The Void” in France image via www.hikingonthemoon.com Blackpool Tower in England image via www.burtonmail.co.uk The Ledge in Chicago image via inandaroundthemilitary.com Tokyo Skytree in Japan image via temporarilylost.com Ostankino TV Tower in Moscow image via russiantimes.net Sydney Skywalk image...

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Thailand- The Amazing Holiday Destination
Feb08

Thailand- The Amazing Holiday Destination

When planning a holiday, getting your timing right is important and if you’re wondering when is the best time to visit Thailand and the answer is quite simple – there really isn’t a ‘bad’ time to visit. As far as the weather is concerned, there aren’t really any extremes so it’s generally a good time to visit year round. Looking for the best time to go to Thailand? Wherever you travel in the world, it is important to get the timing right. As far as Thailand is concerned, there are no absolute extremes. Charming people, exciting cities, beautiful beaches and fantastic cuisine. The land of a thousand smiles, Thailand boasts an enchanting combination of some of the world’s finest beaches, awe-inspiring landscapes and a fabulous array of hotels – ranging from simple and stylish beach or city hotels to luxury resorts. Wander through bustling cities, relax upon secluded shores, volunteer at an elephant sanctuary and eat to your heart’s content in this fascinating country. And, with plenty of domestic flights on offer – getting around couldn’t be easier. From the northern peaks with their wildlife, waterfalls and rivers, to the picture-postcard perfect beaches and islands of the south, Thailand holidays offer something for everyone – from thrill seeking adventurers to culture enthusiasts and sun loving beach-bunnies. The ‘land of smiles’ is the perfect place to sample a little bit of everything Asia has to offer, from thronging cities and isolated island hideaways, to delicious food and excellent hospitality. However, as a tropical climate the rainy season from July to October can put some people off. Although it’s important to remember that the rain passes quickly and actually helps to cool down the temperature. If you really want to narrow down the best time to visit Thailand, November to February is much cooler and has the least amount of rain. Unlike many parts of the world, Thailand has only three seasons – summer, wet and winter. Summer is a popular time to visit with many travellers wanting to soak up the sun and enjoy the beautiful beaches however the temperature can get quite hot during summer, so visitors should be prepared. It’s also important to remember that Thailand is a large country and different regions have different landscapes and therefore experience different conditions. For example, southern Thailand doesn’t really experience a winter. Photo via www.wallpapersabc.biz Photo via palphotos.com Photo via www.blacktomato.com Photo via www.blacktomato.com Phot via feminee.net Photo via www.justluxe.com Phot via weheartit.com Photo...

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