I have just come back from a relaxing 10 days in my homeland the Philippines, visiting my folks, catching up with friends and all the extended family members. Everything went smoothly the moment I stepped onboard my Philippine Airlines flight from Sydney to Manila and onwards to Davao and vice-versa. Considering the drama that has taken place before I flew out, the Xiamen airline incident that paralysed airport operations for few days as well as lingering wrath of recent super-typhoon.
After spending a lot of time walking and exploring a city sometimes you just feel the need of a relaxing journey to your next destination. Although flying is the fastest means of travel to reach your next port, it can still be very tiring. Transfer to the airport, the rigmarole of airport checks and often long queues and delays can be energy draining. And when you reach your destination, often you’ll find the airport is miles away from the city centre and a new set of obstacles just to reach it.
Osaka is a foodie paradise. Our recent June 2018 trip was all about sampling this vibrant city’s gustatory delights. We didn’t even have to venture far from our Namba airbnb rental. The Dotonburi/Shinsaibashi area is dotted with a variety of culinary options.
With 4 official languages spoken, French, German, Italian and Romansh, you will not get lost in Switzerland! It is hard to define this country in words, it’s simply stunning. From its economy, awe-inspiring standard of living, chocolates, safety, cleanliness and impressive natural wonders that will take your breath away, Switzerland is definitely a must country to be included on your bucket list. The serene lakes, rivers, falls, glaciers, medieval cities, landmarks, imposing mountains, rolling hills, high peak Alps, food and wine, Switzerland has so much to offer! Although it’s not a cheap country to visit and travel, there are ways on how you can stretch your budget without robbing your bank balance.
The 4 night Moreton Island ‘Sea Breaks by P&O’ in winter is a great way to chase the blazing sun over this beautiful island located just off the coast of southeastern Queensland. Plenty of time to relax in pure bliss with out the hassles of flying or driving.
Beach and nature lovers, do yourselves a favor and plan a trip to El Nido, Palawan, Philippines, pronto!
A day spent in Cabramatta is just like a trip to South East Asia with the advantage of leaving your passport behind. It’s a vibrant and colourful suburb located in South-Western Sydney about 30 kilometres from the City. A melting pot of different cultures all rolled into one place. A gourmand’s destination with restaurants offering the authentic taste of Asia. An ultimate shopping destination of dry goods, fresh seafood, jewellery, electronics, fabrics, street food and an amazing array of exotic fruits and vegetables.
During our recent break on the Central Coast, we were going for two things: catch up with our friends and food. So if food is something you’re looking forward to on your next trip to the Central Coast here are some of our new discoveries including some old favourites, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner or those thirsty moments.
Another leisurely coastal walk in Melbourne is the Brighton Beach to St Kilda, an under 2 hour walk covering approximately 7 km from Brighton Beach train station. We caught the train from Flinders St. Station taking the Sandringham line with a travel time of around 30 minutes.
We chilled out, dined and partied away on The Food and Wine cruise with P&O Explorer as we sailed out to sea on a Friday evening with an easy check-in that afternoon. The only set back was that our cruise sailed from the White Bay Cruise Terminal in Rozelle, there is no immediate public transport here, note to planners, the redundant rail lines, though severed in places, could be reconnected to the now Light Rail lines from which it originally spurred from to serve this very area, either way, it’s a pain not to have public transport options from a Terminal that is not used as a one-off site.
Another fantastic location for a view of Melbourne’s skyline from a distance is to try the the bay walk between Port Melbourne and St Kilda. This walk is a leisurely one and it will take you around 2 hours, a total of 4.4 km via the Bay Trail. The views of Melbourne from this walk are picture perfect.
If you enjoy planes, trains and automobiles as modes of transport in your travels, considering a bus as an option is not a bad idea. Bus fares are low cost compared to other modes of travelling and with today’s standards, most buses are modern appointed vehicles, ergonomic interiors fitted with a toilet in general for longer journeys, air-conditioning, entertainment, and seat belts for passenger comfort and safety.