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Travel Solo – Ways To Plan Your Budget

travel soloIf you are going to travel solo and you are also considering about your budget, you will need to calculate the cost of your trip and everything that you may have to spend and a couple of extras.

Here are some ways to plan your budget:

Transportation and accommodation. If you are going to take a flight, this may be the biggest expense you may have to pay, but if you are going to take a short flight to an expensive city, your accommodation may be your most expensive item on your list. Determine which will of the two will take your money and calculate accordingly.

Transportation. This will be the cost of aeroplane flights, bus, car rental and gas, and bus or taxi.

Accommodation. This will mostly be the type of accommodation you choose, the number of nights you are going to stay and even the location of the accommodation as it can affect your budget.

Food. If you plan to dine out, this might also be costly. However, you can also prepare your own food at your accommodation to lessen the expenses.

Entertainment. Entertainment may vary from the type of activities you want to do every day. You can go kayaking, surfing or attend a Broadway play at night or go clubbing. It is necessary that you properly budget these additional expenses because you also do not want to max out on your car. Also, it will save you more on cost if you purchase tickets before you go.

Extra money. And of course, you should never go out of your room without carrying some extra cash with you. This will be your money for your transit, snack or even a needed sunblock.

Useful Tips To Remember During Your Travel

travel tips ipswichTravelling is fun, worthwhile and yet not an easy task. If you are on the road and is starting a journey of travelling, here are some great travel tips that you can use:

Be patient

While travelling you will always encounter things that you cannot control. The traffic is taking too much of your time, your flight has been delayed or cancelled, the serving in the restaurant was not satisfying to your taste. There are so many things that are bound to be out of place and you can’t do anything about it.

But life is too short to be angry or annoyed. So instead of getting mad on things, you can’t control why not just try to explore more? Take an unplanned road trip and just explore the next town. It will be a good adventure plus it will take your mind off things that are bothering you.

Wake up early

When you are on a different place, do not waste your time by waking up late because you can mostly do that when you are at home. When you are in a different place, rise at sunrise. It is mostly the best time to avoid the crowds plus you can easily take great photos due to the soft diffused light.

Make sure you have extra cash

Having extra cash is important when you travel, but don’t just stash them in one place. Make sure you have at least a couple hundred dollars stash in different hiding places in case you lose your wallet, or the ATMS run out of money, or your cards stopped working.

Exciting Activities To Enjoy With Kids On The Beach

beach vacation gold coastA beach is a great place for everyone. The grown-ups can enjoy the swimming, sunbathing and surfing, but for kids, the beach is more than that. There are many beach activities kids can enjoy. The following are just some of the exciting activities kids can enjoy on the beach.

Treasure Hunt. When you have sand all around you, kids can easily think of treasure buried under the sand. Kids love the game of treasure hunting and this can be modified in many ways. Parents can make it more interesting by hiding things under the sand and putting a mark on top of it and the kids can guess what is under the mark. For instance, if the hidden object is a baseball they can put a baseball glove over it. The article at the top will serve as a hint to the hidden object under the sand.

Beach Bowling Bowling Game. Creating the bowling pins out of the sand will be the first exciting part of this game, followed by playing a game of bowling with your gang. The re-creation of pins every time will make them even more involved in the game. They can play this game in groups as well, where they can keep rotating the roles of bowling, creating pins etc.

Tug-O-war. This is a game that anyone can enjoy on the beach. The game can be played by using a rope and a lot of teamwork. It is a fun game that put two teams against each other in a test of strength and strategy. Parents can insert themselves in this activity to keep the game progressing, as most of the time, kids will not be able to keep up with this fun energy consuming game.

Ideal Places For Solo Travellers

travel solo gold coastAre you planning to travel alone and without a companion? What are your goals as you travel by yourself?

If you are going to travel by yourself, here are some recommended places where you can go on a single vacation.

Resorts. More and more resorts are offering single vacations option. For instance, Transat’s Solo Collection and Mistral Hotel in Greece each won a Solo Travel Award for the packages they provided this group of people.

Cruise. Many cruises these days have created ships with single cabins. They are mostly booked out quickly so you might need to book and plan ahead if you want to see what a cruise can give you.

Slow travel tours. If you want to be relaxed while on vacation then better find a tour that will let you stay in one or two cities. This will not require you to move around too much and you will be able to meet more people easier. If you want to be physically active, you can search for tours with biking and hiking.

Scheduled tours. Another great option for single vacationers is self-guided tours or un-tour where the tour company will do all the planning for you. All you need to do is just show up for the tour time and just enjoy the destination on your own schedule.

Health retreats. If you want a perfect exit from your busy schedule, you can go for a week yoga.

Learn something new. Why not challenge yourself and learn something new such as stand up paddleboarding, surfing, kayaking, and so on? Learning a new thing while on vacation will allow you to relax mentally and will really make you happy.

Hot Air Balooning Alice Springs

Central Australian Wonders

Hot Air Balooning Alice Springs

Many people associate Australia with images of vast landscapes featuring red soil, and mountain ranges that extend as far as the eye can see. Much of this can be found in Central Australia, and the town which lies near the geographical center of the country is Alice Springs. For travelers who are looking to get away from busy coastal regions and urban hustle and bustle, Alice Springs, or simply “Alice” as it’s called by locals, has much to offer. Here are just a few of the many activities that visitors can experience. We sent our friends from Ipswich in Queensland to check it out.

Stopping By the Kangaroo Sanctuary

Alice Springs is home to the nearly 190-acre Kangaroo Sanctuary, which serves as a safe place where young kangaroo orphans and rescued adults can grow, stay and live. If you’d like to take a guided walking tour through this place, this is possible, but keep in mind that you’ll need to make a booking in advance. Many past visitors have had only positive things to say about the tour, where you can carry a baby kangaroo in your arms, and watch the kangaroos wake up from their naps as the sun sets. Visiting this sanctuary offers, not just an uplifting and memorable experience, but also the chance to support an organization that is passionate about caring for animals.

Going on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

The landscape in Central Australia is immense and awe-inspiring from the ground, but you can experience a whole other point of view, by taking to the skies. You can book a hot air balloon ride from Alice Springs, which will allow you to take in the majesty of the surrounding mountains and desert from above. Usually, the ride begins just before dawn, allowing people to watch the sun come up on the horizon, bathing the land below with its light. Also, because the weather in the area is generally predictable, it’s rare for booked balloon flights to be canceled, which is an added convenience.

Riding a Bike to the Simpsons Gap

If you’re looking for an activity that involves a little more exertion, you can try the Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path. A round-trip ride on this path runs around 34 kilometers, so be sure to bring enough water, food and supplies for the activity. Once you arrive at the Gap itself, you’ll find that there’s a pool of water there where cyclists can take a refreshing dip. Also, the path features a number of information panels, which provide more detail regarding the plants along the path, the nearby mountains and gorges, and local aboriginal history. This is a great way to get some exercise, while surrounding yourself with amazing nature, and learning more about the local context.

For people who are looking to experience the best of what Australia’s Red Centre has to offer, Alice Springs is definitely one of the key places to visit.