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What Everybody's Buying in Melbourne: Wine!

March 7, 2014 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

In a country almost the size of the U.S., Australia has plenty of things to see, do, and bring home to your friends and family as little memento of your travels. One thing which Aussies take seriously is their wine, and this is doubly true in the Melbourne area. With vineyards around the country churning out award-winning bottles, bringing home a super special sip is often on the list.

Melbourne is located around 90 minutes away from some of the more popular wineries, (like Chandon and de Bortoli) for tasting, wining, dining, and best of all, purchasing favorite bottles. And if you'd rather follow a path less trodden, lots of smaller, boutique wineries dot the landscape in the Yarra, Goulburn, Rutherglen, and Alpine Valleys.

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So, Who Won BBC Top Gear's A380 Race to Sydney?

March 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: James' final leg, from Dubai to Sydney

24 hours ago, BBC Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May set off from London-Heathrow Airport with a final destination of Sydney, Australia. They flew on separate planes through different layover airports, and their arrival times were to be within thirty minutes of each other despite the incredibly huge distance traveled. The trip evolved into a Top Gear Live challenge, with the usual jokes and competitive spirit of a regular Top Gear challenge, except that it all occurred over Twitter.

Well, now that the guys have completed their #RacetoSydney journey and are on the ground Down Under, it's time to name the winner.

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Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson and James May are Racing Planes to Sydney

March 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE: The race has concluded, nearly 24 hours after it began. Check out who won, and how some twists made it a real nail-biter.

The sun has set for tonight in London, but it's already a bright new day over in Sydney. The miles and time zones between the two world capitals are many, and right now they're the focus of a new, live Top Gear race, as presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May challenge each other to be the first to zip across the globe and touch down at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith International Airport.

Both are traveling on commercial flights—Jeremy's onboard Singapore Airlines SQ321 to Singapore and James is on Emirates EK6 to Dubai—and both on Airbus A380s for all legs. They're also due to share their travels on Twitter thanks to the magic of in-flight wifi, but only Jeremy seems to have gotten the hang of using the network onboard his flight, which is currently chasing James' flight across Germany.

But is this race really for BBC's Top Gear? All signs point to yes, as Jeremy notes that it is a "Top Gear race," and the video of their announcing it (posted below), was uploaded to a "Top Gear Live" channel. There's a hashtag, of course: #RacetoSydney.

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Aussie Slang 101: The 21 Words to Know for a Trip Down Under

Where: Australia
February 24, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you've been lucky enough to head Down Under, you know well that Australia most definitely speaks their own version of English. You've also likely found that the Aussie lexicon contains an innumerable variety of slang terms used on an everyday basis. For tourists or any sort of non-local, however, these terms may take some repeating and explaining.

For those of you who've not yet taken that long flight down to Oz, allow us to highlight some of our favorite colloquialisms. And, even if you're a regular to the continent, you might pick up a few new sayings to throw out during dinner with new Aussie friends.

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Soon You'll Be Able to Fly a United Dreamliner All the Way Down Under

Where: Australia
February 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Okay—we realize that we usually try to consolidate our new routes news, but we just couldn’t resist sharing this one sooner than later. It’s especially the case since it might just be a decent use of those United MileagePlus miles that you have been saving up for years and years—maybe even since the Continental days.

As you know United is a fan of the Boeing 787, and they’ve got a few of them on hand for some flying fun. Well the fun is about to go down under, as United has just loaded a new flight into their schedule. The carrier will be doing the nonstop thing between Los Angeles and Melbourne—in Australia—beginning this October.

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What's the Most Popular Travel Instagram Account?

Where: Australia
February 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Social media is one of the best ways for travelers both real and "armchair" to have a window into new destinations and inspiration for yet more travel. When it comes to Instagram, there's no other account that gets as many likes as the folks behind the Tourism Australia profile. These are the same people who posted the full-frontal pic of a kangaroo? Yeah, same guys.

The @Australia account belongs to the tourism board and uses photos snapped by locals and visitors, then uploaded and tagged with #seeaustralia. On average, each Aussie post receives around 8,200 likes, which is in stark contrast to an average 360 likes for photos on other tourism board accounts.

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What Everybody's Buying in Queensland, Australia: Lucas' Papaw Ointment

January 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Okay, we know that Australia has some once-in-a-lifetime things to see, do and experience, but friends at home only really care about what you're bringing back for them. No, we're not talking about baby koalas or even a few boomerangs to trial in your own skies, as we've got a gift recommendation that's multipurpose and a good reminder of a great time down under: Lucas' Papaw Ointment.

Who would have thought that so much joy would have been had from a little red tube of mashed up tropical fruit? Take it from us that this stuff is the real deal.

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Throwback Thursday: The 1970s Sure Were 'Qantastic'

Where: Australia
January 23, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

We can probably all agree that the 1970s weren't exactly a standout decade for fashion, hairstyles and politics. However, it was during this time that many international airlines hit their stride with jet travel, just as it became the fashion for the average person to dump their disposable income into discovering new corners of the planet.

We can look to Qantas for some of the biggest milestones of the 70s and, no doubt, they're ready to celebrate via Instagram.

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First Time to Australia: Try the Kangaroo Pizza!

Where: 100 Cumberland Street, Sydney, Australia
January 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's always sunny in Australia, or at least right now it is, during the Southern Summer. Oz is one of those destinations that can take a little more planning and a little more money to make happen, but it's worth it the moment you set foot on Aussie soil. All this week we'll be sharing our best tips for taking that leap for a first-time trip Down Under.

What looks like a pretty normal meat-lovers pizza may, in a place like Australia, be quite abnormal.

At the Australian Heritage Hotel pub and restaurant in Sydney's The Rocks neighborhood, the menu of over 30 local Aussie beers is complimented by some decidedly Down Under fare: pizzas topped with meat from kangaroos, emu and crocodile.

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Three Travel Contests to Enter Right Now (and Escape Winter)

January 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

We don’t have cabin fever as of yet, but the winter weather certainly has us thinking of warm weather destinations and escaping for a bit. If the travel funds in the piggy bank are running a little low there’s always a travel contest. Sure there’s a slim chance that you will be the big winner; however, it’s fun to dream and you can’t win if you don’t play. Here’s three warm weather travel contests ending this month:

Win A Trip For Two To Belize – Travel Channel

Swing by and enter each and every day for a chance to win, as the Travel Channel is giving away a $10,000 grand prize trip to Belize. They’re promising nine days and eight nights for two, and they’re including all meals and hotel accommodations in Belize City, San Ignacio, and San Pedro. Check out the Cahal Pech Archaeological Site, the Butterfly Farm in Chaa Creek, and don’t forget cave tubing and ziplining at Jaguar Paw. Entries are accepted through the end of the month, and you’ll have a year to cash in if you’re the big winner. There’s a few lesser prizes as well—like if you’re interested in a Travel Channel luggage tag.

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First Time to Australia: Is the Sydney BridgeClimb Really Worth $250?

January 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's always sunny in Australia, or at least right now it is, during the Southern Summer. Oz is one of those destinations that can take a little more planning and a little more money to make happen, but it's worth it the moment you set foot on Aussie soil. All this week we'll be sharing our best tips for taking that leap for a first-time trip Down Under.

You’ve landed in Sydney. First things first—grab your bags, get into town, head to the harbor for a look at the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, consider climbing said bridge, suffer sticker shock when you read that the prices for BridgeClimb average $250 AUD.

Decision time.

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First Time to Australia: How to Survive the 14-Hour Flight in Economy Class

Where: Australia
January 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (4)

It's always sunny in Australia, or at least right now it is, during the Southern Summer. Oz is one of those destinations that can take a little more planning and a little more money to make happen, but it's worth it the moment you set foot on Aussie soil. All this week we'll be sharing our best tips for taking that leap for a first-time trip Down Under.

14 hours, 20 minutes is the average flight time for a nonstop between Los Angeles or San Francisco and Sydney. By the time you're onboard, all the stressful packing is behind you, you've already applied for the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) a while ago, and it's time to fully focus on adventures ahead.

Still, the long distance over the Pacific between continents is a destination all its own. If you're flying in Economy Class, it's a challenge to get comfortable for even a moment, let alone enjoy the flight, but these tips will definitely help:

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