Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 2: Whitsundays

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure  – Week 2: Whitsundays

TOM & NATALIE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 2: WHITSUNDAYS

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Overview map of where and what Tom & Natalie got up to this week!

TRANSPORT
Seaplane, Jucy Van, sailing ship, speedboat

STAYS
Jucy Van, YHA Airlie Beach, Alexander Stewart, Paradise Cove Resort

ACTIVITIES
Barrier Reef trips, snorkeling, sailing, scenic flight, kayak

LOCATIONS
Whitsunday islands, Whitehaven Beach, Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Airlie Beach

Week 2 – Whitsundays

The adventures continue down the coast of Queensland, as Natalie and Tom make their way in the Jucy camper-van. After leaving the wallabies and koalas behind at Magnetic Island, they drove down to Airlie Beach. Airlie Beach is a resort town on the Whitsundays coastline, and a popular place to stay for those who wish to explore the Whitsunday islands. From there, they got to explore the famous islands by seaplane and sailing ship, as well as staying at a private luxury villa… 

 

Paradise Cove Resort

Natalie and Tom were taken out on a boat, by Red Cats Adventures, that took them around to explore the Whitsunday islands. The Whitsundays consists of 74 islands and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Queensland, with its pristine beaches and location on the Great Barrier Reef. After enjoying some snorkeling in the crystal clear water, the boat took them to Paradise Cove Resort, which is a privately-owned luxury estate on Woodward Bay. They stayed at the Rainforest Villa with their own private beach and outdoor bathtubs. Celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Chris Hemsworth have stayed at Paradise Cove Resort, and it’s easy to understand why as guests get to enjoy their own private beach and are surrounded by tropical rainforest. 

 

Whitsunday Island & Whitehaven Beach

Red Cat Adventures took Natalie and Tom out for another day in the Whitsundays. They went snorkeling at two different reefs, and managed to get up and close with big Maori wrasse fish, which are huge and can live up to 50 years! After exploring the reefs, they were taken to the Whitsunday Island (the biggest of the 74 islands) and spent some time at the famous Whitehaven Beach. The beach features on several “Best Beaches in the World” lists every year, and it’s easy to understand why with its incredible 7 km. stretch of white sand, which is 99% pure Quartz. Back at Paradise Cove Resort, Natalie and Tom spent the rest of the afternoon paddle boarding and kayaking along their private beach. 
 
 
Scenic flight with a seaplane
 
Back on the mainland Natalie & Tom met with the lovely ladies from Tourism Whitsundays,  who gave some tips of what to do in the area. They checked into the YHA on Airlie Beach, where they relaxed by the pool. The next morning they woke up early to enjoy a scenic flight with Air Whitsunday. They were taken up with a seaplane over the Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef. Flying with a seaplane is an incredible way to see the Great Barrier Reef and they got a great view of the famous “Heart Reef”, which is shaped like a heart. But they didn’t just fly – after some time up in the air, the pilot landed the plane on the water so that Natalie and Tom got to go snorkeling in the reef for 2 hours, right off the plane! Now, that’s a trip they will surely remember. 

 

Sail & stay on a sailing ship

Another day, another adventure! Natalie and Tom boarded the sailing ship Alexander Stewart, which was built by an Australian family. The sailing trip was organized through Whitsundays Sailing Adventures, which offers eco-friendly sailing safaris on the Great Barrier Reef. Along with the other passengers, they learned about both sailing, navigation and the Great Barrier Reef itself from their captain. They were also put to work by helping to hoist the sails. The ship took them to Whitehaven Beach, Blue Pearl Bay and Hill Inlet, where they were able to snorkel, sunbathe, swim and explore. When it got dark all the passengers enjoyed their meal together on deck, whilst learning about the star constellations, before they headed below deck to sleep. The ship accommodates up to 24 passengers, so there’s plenty of space.

Back on land, Natalie and Tom started to make their way down to central Queensland, which you can read about in our summary of their 3rd week. Stay tuned! 

Stay tuned on our blog to follow Natalie and Tom on Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure… 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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TRAVELLO LAUNCHES A DEDICATED LGBTQ+ TRAVEL GROUP

TRAVELLO LAUNCHES A DEDICATED LGBTQ+ TRAVEL GROUP

INTRODUCING OUR NEW LGBTQ+
TRAVEL GROUP ON TRAVELLO

Travello already caters for a range of travelling demographics in the app, including Travel bloggers, Solo-Travellers and Female Travellers, however, we now also cater to a huge sector of the travel market – the LGBTQ+ community.

So we are extremely proud to launch the new “Gaycation” group on Travello, a specific group for LGBTQ+ travellers, something that has actually been a much-requested group from many of our users.

This is going to allow those in the LGBTQ+ community to connect with other like-minded travellers without the dating expectations of other apps that they might be using on their travels. As many just want to meet new friends and share their travel adventures with someone new.

The group will allow the LGBTQ+ community to find others in the group that are nearby, or those in the destinations for which they have added a trip in Travello. Along with being able to post specifically to the group’s feed instead of the wider Travello feed, the group members can of course also follow other group members and also message them directly too.

Join the new Gaycation Group on Travello to WIN 2 tickets to the ALMOST SOLD OUT 2018 Planetdwellers Sydney Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise & Mardi Gras Party Tickets

Join The Group On Travello App

For the launch of this new group, we’re partnering with Planetdwellers, a leading LGBTQ+ travel, tours & events website and also with GALTA, the Gay & Lesbian Tourism Association Australia.

Planetdwellers & Travello will be giving you the opportunity to WIN 2 tickets to Planetdwellers almost SOLD OUT 40th Sydney Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise as well as 2 tickets to the Mardi Gras Party.

Experience a summer Sydney party and cruise on the world’s most beautiful harbour with local and international friends. Enjoy a full service bar and complimentary canapés while you party through the evening with our host, James “Breko” Brechney. Watch the sun set beside two world-famous icons, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Dance to super special DJ Amanda Louise. Watch as the city lights up and sparkles in her evening attire.

“As co-founder of Australia’s leading LGBT Travel and Tour operator in Plantedwellers and the current president of the 25 year old Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia organisation, I am absolutely delighted to partner with Travello and be part of the most current way for LGBT travellers and friends to plan their getaways and meet up around the world. I am looking forward to seeing the “Gaycation” community thrive, grow and inspire many amazing travel experiences and stories.”

Mario Paez, President of Gay & Lesbian Tourism Australia & Co-Founder of Planetdwellers

HOW TO JOIN THE GROUP & ENTER THE COMPETITION

Join The Group On Travello App Here First

Then just post your favourite festival (any sort of festival) picture from your travels on the Travello feed or in the new Gaycation Group feed with the hashtag #planetdwellers

If you don’t join the group from the button link above then follow these instruction on how to join and then post your entry on the feed.

To post your entry on the Gaycation Group feed from the Home screen,
simply follow these simple steps.

COMPETITION TERMS & CONDITIONS

DISCLAIMER:

This competition is in no way associated, sponsored or administered by either Apple, Google, the App Store, Google Play or Facebook.


CONDITIONS OF ENTRY FOR:
“WIN 2 TICKETS TO THE SYDNEY MARDI GRAS & SUNSET CRUISE”

 

  1. The Promoter is Travello App trading as TRAVELLO PTY LTD 600 440 953. Prize is thanks to Planetdwellers
  2. Entry is free and open to entrants 18 years of age and older. Employees of the Promoter and their immediate families and the suppliers and agencies associated with this competition are ineligible to enter.
  3. This competition commences on 1st Feb 2018 and ends at 5pm AEST on 19th Feb 2018 (“Competition Period”). Entrants may enter as many times as they like on the feed. Late, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, delayed, illegible, corrupted or misdirected responses will be deemed invalid.
  4. To enter this competition, entrants must enter via the Travello feed or on the Gaycation Group Feed in the app:
    1. Step 1. Post a photo or video on the Travello App from your travels of your favourite festival moment, place, memory
    2. Step 2. Briefly say why it’s your favourite.
    3. Step 3: Include the following hashtag requirements: #planetdwellers
  5. Each entry will be reviewed and judged by a panel of the Promoter’s marketing and communications personnel (“Panel”). The Panel will judge each response according to the entry expectations. Number of ‘Likes’ and ‘Comments’ of the entries under the submissions will not determine the winners, but may influence the Panel’s decision when determining the winner. All decisions of the Panel are final and no discussions or correspondence will be entered into.
  6. The winner will be drawn at 5:30pm AEST Monday 19th Feb 2018 at Travello headquarters in Brisbane, QLD. The winner will be notified via the Travello App And Email by a direct message before 11:59pm AEST Tuesday 20th Feb 2018 and will also be announced on the Travello Feed in the app at that time.
  7. There will be one (1) WINNER who will then be able to nominate the family member or friend that the second pass will be for.
  8. Subject to the Travello prize terms and conditions, the winner will receive one major prize to be awarded to one person for them and one other. Prize includes 2 tickets on the Planetdwellers Sydney Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise on Thursday 1st March 2018 in Sydney. The cruise is a 4 Hour Sydney Harbour Cruise. Arrive by 5:45pm for a 6:00pm departure time. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Prize also includes 2 tickets to the Sydney Mardi Gras main event party too on Saturday March 3rd 2018.
  9. Prize does NOT include flights to/from Sydney, flight travel arrangements need to be covered by the eventual winner. Accommodation is also NOT included, winner needs to arrange their own accommodation.
  10. Once the winner has confirmed acceptance of their prize in a reply email, Travello will contact winner with instructions on how to claim prize.
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Win A New Drone To Take To The Air On Your Next Travel Adventures

Win A New Drone To Take To The Air On Your Next Travel Adventures

TAKE YOUR TRAVEL PICTURES AND VIDEOS TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL, UP, UP & AWAY!

HOW TO ENTER:

To enter, first download Travello if you have not done so yet.
Then post on the feed in the Travello App the following:

 

  1. Post a photo or video from your own travels that your think would inspire others to travel there too.

  2. Include your favourite travel quote on it too.

  3. Lastly, add the hashtag #travellolife to the post as well so that we can easily view your entries

 

There is no limit to the number of entries per person, so you post as many times as you like!

Encourage your friends to like the post too. We will be compiling a final list of 5 entries which we will then post on to Facebook, from there it will be voted by the public as most favourite entry!

PRIZE:

Win a Parrot Bebop Drone –  take your travel shots to a whole new level, into the sky! Valued at $250.
Take aerial video and pictures like a pro. The ultra-light drone with a full HD camera digitally stabilized on 3-axes! Equiped with a 14 megapixel fisheye camera, the Parrot Bebop Drone records videos and pictures in a 180° field with remarkable image quality. A full-digital image stabilization technology allows the Bebop Drone to take remarkably stable and clear aerial footage regardless of the drone movements. Splash and dust proof lens. Please note, prize is for the original Parrot Bebop not the Bebop 2.

COMPETITION TERMS & CONDITIONS

Disclaimer:

This competition is in no way associated, sponsored or administered by either Apple, Google, the App Store, Google Play or Facebook. Parrot, the drone brand is also not associated with this competition, the drone is simply a prize giveaway from Travello.


CONDITIONS OF ENTRY – “WIN A PARROT BEBOP DRONE”

 

Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Conditions of Entry.
Entry into this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Conditions of Entry by each entrant.
Entry is open to all Travello users who are aged at least 18 years old.
Employees of Travello and their immediate families are not permitted to enter.

Duration of Promotional Period

The competition commences at 4:00pm AEST Tuesday 26th September, 2017.
The competition entires on Travello closes at 11:59pm AEST Friday 20th October, 2017.
The final 5 entries will then be announced by Tuesday 24th October and will then proceed to the final public voting round closing on 29th October at 5pm AEST.

 How to Enter

Eligible entrants can enter the promotion in any of the following way:Persons must have a profile on the Travello App

  • Persons must then post on the Travello feed either or all of the following:
  • Photo/Video from your own travels that was inspiring to you and maybe inspiring to others – mention the location too.
    Include in the comment on the post your favourite travel inspiration quote.
    Tag in #travellolife on the post as well
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per person, so you post as many times as you like!
  • Encourage your friends to like the post too. We will be compiling a final list of 5 entries which we will then post on to Facebook, from there it will be voted by the public as most favourite entry!

Entries received will be considered final by the Promoter. Incomplete, inaccurate, erroneous, illegible or incomprehensible entries will be deemed invalid.

Entries must be received by the Promoter during the promotional period. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries.

Any costs associated with accessing the App remain the responsibility of each entrant and are dependent on the Internet Service Provider/Mobile Provider used.

Draw Details

The competition will be drawn by Travello.

There will be a final list of 5 entries chosen by the Travello team that will then go on to be promoted onto Facebook. The eventual winner from those five will be chosen from a mix of engagement such as most likes/comments/shares etc for their entry from the Travello community!

The final 5 will be drawn at 3:00pm AEST Tuesday 24th October, 2017 at Travello headquarters in Brisbane, QLD.

The final 5 will be notified via the Travello App And Email by a direct message before 11:59pm AEST Tuesday 25th October 2017 and will also be announced on the Travello Feed in the app at that time.

From there the final 5 will be posted to our Facebook Feed by 9:30am Wednesday 26th October 2017 and voting will commence.

Voting of the final 5 on Facebook will close at 5pm AEST Sunday 29th October.

The eventual winner will be announced and messaged by 5:30pm AEST Monday 30th October.

The Major Prize Winner has until 5:00pm AEST Monday 6th November, 2017 to claim the prize. Although every effort will be made to contact the prize winners, should an unclaimed prize draw be necessary, in the event that the winner has not been able to be contacted or replied another draw will take place by Travello to select the next winner.

Prize Details

There will be one (1) major prize consisting of the following components:

– Value: AU$250
– Parrot Bebop Drone (Please note this is not the Parrot Bebop 2 Drone, prize is for the original Parrot Bebop Drone)
– Note, the drone hand controller is not included (we think its too bulky for travelling around with). It is able to be controlled by your mobile phone or tablet.
– Example of the drone can be found here – http://global.parrot.com/au/products/bebop-drone/

Winners must take the prizes as offered. Prizes are non-transferable, non-refundable, cannot be sold or exchanged for cash, credit or foreign exchange and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion. Negotiation with Travello or the prize partners will not be entered into.

Any passes and tickets issued as part of the prize are subject to prevailing terms and conditions of use and any tickets or passes are only valid for use within the stated duration on the passes or tickets issued or the duration of the chosen prize, whichever is earlier.

The Prize Winner consents to the use of their name, suburb of residence and image as well as their entry post for promotional and marketing purposes.

To the extent permitted by law, the Promoter is not responsible or liable for: inaccurate/incorrect transcription of entry information; purported entries that are not received for any reason, including because they are lost, misdirected or stolen, or that are received, but are late, illegible, incomplete, sent with insufficient postage (where entry is by post), or sent other than as directed in the entry instructions; any problems or technical failures of any kind, including malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems or network, servers or providers, computer equipment, or software; the unavailability or inaccessibility of any service whether or not caused by traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website; unauthorised human intervention in any part of the competition; electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the competition; any loss suffered or sustained, to person or property and including, but not limited to, consequential (including economic) loss by reason of any act or omission, deliberate or negligent, by the Promoter, or its servants or agents, in connection with the arrangement for supply, or the supply, of any goods or services by any person to a prize winner and, where applicable, to any family/persons accompanying a winner; or any injury or damage to persons or property, including to the participant’s or any other person’s computer related to, or resulting from, participation or downloading any materials in this competition.

The promoter, Travello, will be liable for personal injury suffered during prize winnings.

This condition does not affect, and is not intended to affect, any rights a consumer might have, which cannot be excluded under applicable consumer protection laws. To the fullest extent permitted by law, any liability of the Promoter or its servant or agents for breach of any such rights is limited to the payment of the cost of having the prize supplied again.

The Promoter is Travello App trading as TRAVELLO PTY LTD 600 440 953.

The personal information of entrants will be collected to enable the Promoter to administer and promote this competition. All entrants and the Prize Winner may be used to market the Promoter’s services. The personal information of the entrants will be held and used in accordance with the Promoter’s privacy policy which is available at Travel Privacy Policy. The personal information of entrants & winners may be provided to our prize partners and to authorities that regulate this competition. If an entrant does not truthfully provide all requested personal information, the Promoter may determine that they are not eligible to win the prize

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Top 10 Tips To Manage Hostel Life In Southeast Asia

Top 10 Tips To Manage Hostel Life In Southeast Asia

If you’re about to become a fully-fledged backpacker around Southeast Asia, you’ll probably become a guest of hostels from time to time. For some, sticking to a budget is essential when travelling SEA, so hostels can be a fantastic way to save a buck or two.

Now, if you’re just being introduced to hostel life by travelling around SEA, you’re in luck as the hostels here provide great value for money, and are another perfect way to meet other travellers. It’s no secret that Southeast Asia is a well-trodden backpacker region, so you’ll certainly meet many other travellers of all types staying in hostels.

To stay prepared, we’ve got the lowdown on how to manage hostel life in Southeast Asia.

1.  Prepare to be social

One of the main reasons on why travellers choose to stay in hostels (apart from it’s cheaper) is that it allows you to meet fellow travellers on the road. From nationalities all around the world, it’s one of the most invigorating multicultural experience you get from travel.

In Southeast Asia, the hostels are amazing social hubs. Not only will you meet travellers with all kinds of stories, you could potentially find a travel partner. It’s always good to have worldly friends to share the experience together. In Southeast Asia, everyone seems to get along well with everyone, so you’ll have no problem meeting fellow travellers here.

 

2. You might get stuck

You’ll probably end up falling in love with a hostel or two during your trip, so much that you’ll stay longer or temporarily decide to live in there. Some hostels just have great vibes and location that make them a perfect stop to get your bearings for a while. A good example is Nappark Hostel in Bangkok, famed for its location and great social life, a place many get stuck.

Normally, hostels will offer accommodation and food in exchange for your working skills. So, don’t be afraid to ask the staff about becoming part of their hostel family.

 

3. New friends

Some of the best relationships you’ll ever make will be in a hostel, and Southeast Asia is no exception for that. Whether they are just travel friends, temporary friends or long-lasting worldly friends, hostels have the power to create the great memories and forge friendships.

Almost everyone is looking to have a good time, most people are open minded and keen to chat. So, keeping up with the usefulness of social networks for travellers like Travello, or social media sites like Facebook, you can always keep in contact with those friends wherever they are.

4. Party Hostels

More and more party hostels are cropping up in some quarters of the world, especially in Southeast Asia. Party hostels serve a purpose, offering new, fresh faced and novice travellers the best way to interact, via parties!

Some hostels will be full on, so prepare yourself for constant nights of drinking, games and shenanigans – where you’ll have the best opportunity to meet fellow travellers. Drinking buckets, playing beer pong or flip cup are the standard in some over the top party hostels. So, if you are looking for a good night sleep, party hostels are not your best option.

 

5. Alternative Hostels

In Southeast Asia party hostels are not the only option when travelling, there are other kinds of hostels too, and you might prefer them. Quieter, quirkier or just downright basic hostels. Whether it’s purely for a financial save in a hostel that ‘does the job’, a hostel based in an old antique like building with a laid-back vibe, or an Eco-hostel in the middle of a jungle – hostels differ and are many.

These kinds of hostels are more for the actual relentless travellers, for digital nomads, or people who want to make a more personal connection or have a good night sleep. In these hostels, you won’t find people partying all night and going hiking the next day.

 

6. Privacy is limited

Most hostels offer private rooms, but usually the prices are way over budget for some solo travellers. So, if you’re staying in dorm beds, your privacy can be very limited. This is one thing about hostels that can annoy some, but that’s part of the hostel life, and the reason why they are the budget option. And in some, even if you do end up in a private, some may have shared showers. But just see this as part of the travelling life, and a way to save money to travel further!

 

7. Hostels can normally arrange everything

One thing that may cross your mind when arranging your trip is “How do I book or see anything?” Well, nowadays hostels aren’t just a place to stay for the night; they are your very own booking agent. Speak to reception and tell them what you want to do, they’ll either arrange it for you, or at least point you in the right direction. In Southeast Asia, there are tour agents everywhere, but it might be more convenient to go through the hostel first.

8. Lock up your valuables

Talking about safety issues, being in hostels does expose you to everyone, so it’s important you lock up your valuables. It’s unlikely but certainly not uncommon to hear stories of theft, so get a padlock, a secure bag and take advantage of the lockers provided! Or if you prefer, just sleep with your bag under your pillow. It’s sometimes true that the local workers feel aggrieved at wealthier foreigners, so just don’t flash the cash and keep humble. Southeast Asia is cheap for westerners but for the people who live there, things are different.

 

9. Sleeping

It gets hot and humid in Southeast Asia, so sleeping can be a problem for some. Make sure you’re in an air-conditioned filled room, or the fan is on full blast.

If you’re not a heavy sleeper, bringing some earplugs might be a smart move. Hostels have people checking in and out at all hours, so if you’re woken by just the slightest of noises, take precaution. Either go to sleep early, bring earplugs, listen to some music or sink some red wine to get good nights sleep!

 

10. Location

Choosing a hostel that has a good location is key in Southeast Asia. You’ll see many advertised, some cheaper than others, but in all honesty, location is key when you’re travelling. For example, staying on Khao San Road means you won’t sleep until 2-3 am, as the party doesn’t stop until then. The smart move is staying a couple streets away, so you get the best of both worlds. Although tuk-tuks, Uber, taxi’s and motorbikes are the cheap option to get around in Asia for westerners, Southeast Asia is a mixed bag of a place, and getting around might be more of a struggle than you think!

Hostel life is an amazing experience for all type of travellers, and a great way to save some money while travelling. With these tips and insights you can make sure your next trip around Southeast Asia runs smoothly.

And if you want to connect and meet other travellers before your trip, just download Travello App on your mobile and join the Backpackers Asia Group in and start connecting with other like-minded travellers.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Travelling Europe Is More Fun With A Group

Top 10 Reasons Why Travelling Europe Is More Fun With A Group

Nowadays, people choose to travel in so many different forms. Solo and independent travel is seen as the most adventurous option. However, there are other ways to travel that can be adventurous but make you feel safe at the same time. That is “group travel”, a trend that is catching on of late in Europe.

Some of you might be reading this and may quickly dismiss the possible notion of group travel, but it doesn’t matter how stubborn and independent you are, group travel, especially in Europe has some great benefits.

Europe provides invaluable history, a rich amount of culture and a variety of different paths and routes to choose from. But saying that, most of Europe doesn’t come cheap, so it’s important to make the most of your time there. So, if you’re thinking of heading to the capital continent take a quick read of why travelling Europe is a lot more fun in a group.

Here are the “Top 10 Reasons why travelling is more fun with a group”

1. You’ll Save Money

 “Group travel means sharing cost”

In Western Europe, such as the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, prices for the must-see attractions, as well as all your commodities can be expensive. Europe isn’t the cheapest place to travel, especially when you compare the prices with Southeast Asia or parts of Central and South America, so saving a dollar or two goes a long way. Group travel means sharing costs, so you’ll be able to see more and travel for longer.

 

2. Eating Out Becomes Better

 “Sharing makes the costs cheaper”

It depends a lot on your personality, but for some eating out alone sometimes isn’t the most amazing of experiences. With Europe having countries that produce some of the best food in the world, trying those delicious cuisines is a must for anyone.

The eating part of travelling in groups becomes an experience. Sharing plates make the costs cheaper, but the food options larger. And if you’re in Italy, getting a couple of traditional pizzas to share will cost each person next to nothing. It maybe a pain to settle the bill in a large group especially if everyone wants to pay separately, but at the end of the day, eating isn’t just a necessity it becomes a fun experience.

 

3. Better Options For Accommodation

“Pay the same amount for a shared private with your group”

If you’re on a budget, travelling solo or with a friend. You’ll probably go to a hostel to save some money. Accommodation prices for private rooms in Europe are always a tad high for budget and independent travellers. But, if you’re group-travelling Europe, you could get a couple of private rooms for the night and share the costs for the same price!

If you can pay the same amount for a shared private with your group, why not!

4. Less Language Barrier Problems

“Asking for directions to locals won’t be difficult”

The more people in your group, the higher the chance that at least one of them knows a bit of the local language. And if we also consider the demographics of each traveller in a group, at least one savvy traveller will do a bit of learning and research before they go overseas. This means fewer problems for you asking for directions or something else from the locals, and having a better and smoother all-round travel experience.

 

5. Offbeat Travel Won’t Seem As Scary

 “Travelling alone could be scary for some”

If you’re keen to go off the beaten path in Europe, or perhaps over to some countries in Eastern Europe, doing it in a group won’t seem as daunting. You’ll all be in the experience together, so if there are any unforeseen problems, you can work it out as a group. Going alone might be scary for some because you’re all alone, but group travel minuses that issue.

 

6. Being A Loner Won’t Happen

“You’ll always have someone with you” 

In Europe, the number of different trails and routes you can take are many. You can start from London and head west into France, or maybe from Greece up to Eastern Europe. Unlike well-trodden paths in Southeast Asia and parts of South America, where they have the ‘banana pancake route’ or the ‘gringo trail’.

Europe is a little more complex than that. So, if you’re travelling in a group you’ll always have your fellow travel friends, meaning your courage to go to places will be unlimited, because you’ll always have someone there with you.

 

7. Travelling From A to B Won’t Suck As Much

 “You’ll have a familiar shoulder to sleep on”

We’ve all had that experience of that long bus or train journey sitting next to a stranger. This situation can be a bit uncomfortable and awkward sometimes. But if you’re with your travel group in Europe, when them Inter-rail journeys take place or the buses over boarders, you’ll have their shoulder to sleep on and their company to keep your journeys as amicable as possible.

 

8. Nights Out Will Always Be Lively

 “A good night out will always be buzzing”

Group travel anywhere can become almost like a family, and when the days have been long, a good night out will always be buzzing. In Europe especially, where you’ve got some of the best bars and nightclubs, going out in a group will be something you can do with ease. No one likes to be alone in the dark at night in a foreign country, but as long as you keep an eye on each other, nights out in Europe will be a doddle!

 

9. Someone Will Always Be There To Take Your Photo

 “Your travel group friends will be there to get you in the exact frame”

Must of us love getting our photo taken when we travel. With social media at every turn, we like posting photos of our whereabouts to share with family and friends back home. So, instead of awkwardly asking a stranger to take a photo, which may turn out pretty bad, our travel group friends will be there to get you in the exact frame you seek.

10. Museum And History Days

 “Take advantage of group discounts”

Some places give discounts to groups, so why not planning some sightseeing together. Trailing around in a group can also be more fun, and you’ll learn more of what each person thinks about the attractions you are witnessing. On the flip-side, let’s face it, not everyone is a history buff. But if you’ve had enough of your cultural kicks, you can happily let the group go without you whilst you kick back and have some time for yourself. I mean, of course go visit the Colosseum or the Louvre, but if you’re not feeling something one day, regroup later.

If after reading this list you decided to join a group or create your own for your next trip to Europe, just go to the “Groups” tab in Travello App and join the Backpackers Europe group to meet some travellers like you. Or you can also create your own Meetup withing the app and invite some people to join you in your next adventure.

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Things to Do When Travelling to Leicester, England

Things to Do When Travelling to Leicester, England

The whole world is just a couple of weeks removed from Leicester City’s historic and somewhat miraculous run in the Premier League, wherein they went from being relative unknowns to taking sports immortality in a span of nine months. At the start of the season, this unlikely scenario encouraged bookmakers to peg the club a 5,000-1 underdogs to win the title. As a matter of fact, according to The Telegraph, this number is akin to finding Elvis Presley alive this year.

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To put things in perspective, Leicester City’s astonishing campaign has already led various entities to prematurely predict possible underdog stories for next season. Betfair even has a football article that talks about the manager roulette within the league and the likelihood of some clubs to duplicate City’s stellar run. In Alex Keble’s piece on the website, he focused on English clubs that have made significant coaching and player changes, as well as the odds of winning the title next season and doing ‘a Leicester’.

This is just proof of Leicester City’s influence in the whole sporting landscape. But if you’re not a big fan of football – or sports in general – you can’t help but root for a true-to-life underdog story. Who knows, maybe subconsciously, you’re feet are beginning to have that itch to discover the fascination behind this celebrated city. Lucky for you, here are some suggestions on how to enjoy Leicester away from the bright lights of the King Power Stadium.

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Explore the Beauty of Nature

Amidst the bustling streets and the busy airports, England offers an abundance of calming green spaces; and Leicester is no exception. Here you can explore over 130 parks and open spaces across the city, where natural beauty spread out to present tourists with viable options. From wildlife areas and waterways, to flower gardens and ancient ruins, each has a distinct set of features that capture the essence of Leicester. Among the tourist favorites are Bradgate Park and Tropical Birdland.

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Go on a Cultural Experience

For a more cultural experience, you can visit Leicester City Museums that have a vast collection of artifacts such as the world-famous Charnia fossil and the rare Victorian beam steam engines. The city also has the UK’s largest dedicated space exploration and science establishment in the presence of the National Space Centre. Furthermore, the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery will feature Fearless Foxes, an event that celebrates the remarkable rise of their beloved football club to global stardom. Best of all, this exhibition will be free to the public as soon as it opens in June.

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Shop Until You Drop

Of course, your UK trip wouldn’t be complete without going on a shopping adventure, as Leicester offers plenty of boutiques, markets, and specialty stores throughout the area. There’s Highcross, where some of the biggest fashion brands converge under one roof. You’ll also find a four-story John Lewis branch here. On the other hand, Haymarket Shopping Centre presents you with an alternative on how to look like a royal icon without spending a fortune. The place is situated beside the Clock Tower and has a range of reasonably priced fashion finds of different styles and sizes.

Altogether, Leicester is more than just a place that houses a phenomenal football club, it’s a city where tourists and locals can truly enjoy the natural, cultural, and aesthetic benefits of travelling.

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How To Win The Fight Against Jet lag

How To Win The Fight Against Jet lag

 

Over the past few years of travel, I’ve been a serious victim of jet lag. My first day in Europe, I took a nap that lasted into an all day/all night coma and awoke at the ungodly hour of 4 am – a time where no sleeping pill will do the trick. My second time in Europe, I managed to take a catnap of only three hours. The real kick in the gut was when I traveled over to Australia from the USA. I had no intention of adjusting quickly, as I would be there for a year, and I’m pretty sure I fell asleep for three weeks straight (it’s times like these that make you happy that there are places like Leesa that make comfortable mattresses). So as I prepared for my journey back home from Australia, I knew I had to get it right this time.

After researching tips and tricks and putting into practice on my own, I think I’ve finally hit the nail on the head. After almost 30 hours of flying and layovers, I managed to not only make it through my first day at home, but also go out that night with my parents and stay up late!

I decided if I could manage to succeed over jetlag on my upcoming trip from home to Thailand then I would write about my own personal tricks to jetlag. And here I am, another 30 hours later of flying with four stopovers, and I’m alive and kicking.

So how did I manage to beat jetlag after being so defenseless just a year prior? I’ll let you in on my tips right now:

1. Do the math

The most important thing you can do to ensure you will ease right into the next time zone is to figure out what time it is in your final destination. Set your watch to the local time, and try your best to take a nap (or sometimes a very much needed sleeping pill) in sync with when it would be a normal time to sleep at your destination. If you can manage to sleep even a little bit at the local sleeping time, this will help so much.

2. Eat Breakfast

I know it can be insanely tough to wake up when the airplane lights turn on after a little snooze. Even if it is normally 2 am in your hometown, the airplane is putting on the lights for a reason – it’s morning time at your destination. If it’s a longer flight, they will serve breakfast, and although it may be an ungodly hour to eat breakfast, you need to get on a normal eating schedule. This will wake up your metabolism and get your eating habits in sync, as well.

3. Exercise

For me, the best way to completely relax on an 8-hour plane ride is to have known I worked out at least 12 hours prior to my flight. You feel relaxed, refreshed and, at least in my case, very happy. Exercising will keep you body burning calories, your endorphin levels high and all around, keeps you energized for the long haul. Alternatively, I always love to exercise when I land. No matter how tired I am, I find if I get right to it, walk around the new city I’m in or even go for a run in the hotel gym, this will keep your energy levels high throughout the day. Also, staying healthy while traveling is vital to ensuring a successful trip.

4. Keep Moving

To go along with the previous point, as soon as you land, you have to keep yourself moving. I found that the reason I slept half the day away in Ireland was because I allowed myself to take a “cat nap.” I like to put everything away once I arrive, put on my waling boots and hit the town. Whether it’s a walk on the beach, a hike in the mountain or just grabbing a coffee with a friend, you have to keep both your mind and body stimulated.

5. Keep Those Lids Wide Open

I know this is the easiest advice to give and the hardest advice to take, but it’s imperative to just stay awake as long as you can. If you can keep moving throughout the day, it makes it so much easier to stay awake until a normal sleeping hour, than if you allow yourself to nap. The times I stayed awake the entire day, I woke up with little to no jet lag!

Now, I know it all sounds easier said than done, and trust me I’ve been there once, and I definitely will be there again. If you absolutely need to nap, no biggie! The most important thing you need to do while traveling is to listen to your body, but if you can follow a few of these steps, I promise it will be so much easier to transition into local time and enjoy your adventures.

ABOUT: Kelly Schwantes (otherwise known as KP) is an Outbound Ambassador. Florida-born, Sydney-based KP has traveled to 30 countries, studied in three and lived in two – all before turning 22. In between trips, KP likes to practice yoga, write, run on the beach and plan the next big adventure. If you want to read more, check out her blog on all things travel: www.whereintheworldkp.com

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Gili Islands – A Scuba Diver’s Paradise

Gili Islands – A Scuba Diver’s Paradise

Just a ferry ride away from Bali are the beautiful islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno.

I stayed on Gili “T”, where I put my new scuba certification skills to the test. And this was the absolute perfect location to do it! The water visibility was amazing and the ocean teaming with an incredible variety of coral and fish.

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When I arrived and checked into Gili Yoga, I was half-drugged from the dramamine I had taken, just in case my seasick-prone-side decided to rear its ugly head. And I was incredibly hot and fatigued after lugging my suitcase from the dock in the dead heat of the midday sun. A fun fact is there are no motorized vehicles allowed on this tiny island, just bikes and horse carts. Which is fantastic. Except when you are about to keel over in a medicated state. And I couldn’t take a nap because I hadn’t realized this was a Muslim island, so the afternoon prayers were playing on the loudspeaker, rather close to my lodging, right as I was checking in.

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That aside, Gili T and I totally got along.

I rented a bike and in a leisurely couple of hours, I circled the entire island. These are some of the quaint eateries, hotels, shops and beaches I discovered along the way.

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I carried my snorkel mask everywhere I went because I never knew when I might spot a turtle just 10 feet offshore. I’d wade in waist-deep, duck my head beneath the water and be surrounded by as many as six hawksbill turtles feeding on the sea grass. Totally amazing.

I stopped to get a massage for $15 or less at one of many massage spas, whenever the urge struck. That happened often.

I spent hours in the late afternoon sun ambling along less-crowded stretches of beach, combing the sand and shallow waters for shells. This is one of my favorite things to do on any beach in the world, especially in the wee morning hours or as the sun is fading. You never know what you’ll find. I entertained myself making word art with the prettier pieces of coral I found.

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And I went scuba diving. It. Was. Awesome. I’d wake up and walk over to Manta Dive to join the 9 am dive, where we would cruise for 10 minutes on a boat to one of the many dive sites. On the first day, I dove Shark Point.  We descended to a 60 foot shelf, then did a drift dive where I wanted to shout “Wheeeee!” as the current whisked me along like I was at a water park (so fun!), and then did more exploring at a 30 foot shelf. We saw three baby whitetip sharks, turtles, needlefish, anemones, lionfish, blowfish, angel fish, sweetlips and clownfish, not to mention huge sea fans and coral. The second day I dove Manta Point, and although I didn’t spot any mantas, I saw more sharks and lionfish, along with a cuttlefish, a bandit sea snake and a bat fish.

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Although Gili T is known as the ‘party island’ of the three Gilis, I was in bed by 9 pm each night. I was flying solo, and I had been traveling for almost two months straight. I was happy as a clam (pun intended) to just chill. Plus, I was a little nervous about my first dives post-certification, and I didn’t want to be hungover and feel like death on the boat. Or worse, I didn’t want to put myself, and the little hole in my heart, at risk of any danger by not being in the best shape possible.

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My verdict of Gili Trawangan: hooked. I would definitely return to the Gilis, and next time I’d check out Gili Air and Gili Meno. Have you been to the Gilis? Which island is your favorite?

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Although my room at Gili Yoga was fine, I probably wouldn’t go back. On my bike ride, I decided I liked the south side of the island best for lodging and the north side best for hanging out during the day to swim and snorkel with the turtles. I wouldn’t necessarily stay in the north as it was fairly removed from the main strip (unless you want quiet & seclusion) and there were unlit and non-bike-friendly sections of the road.

So drum roll…these south island hotels would entice me to go back: Hotel Vila OmbakThe Trawangan Resort, and the Pearl of Trawangan.

ABOUT: Nikki Near and Far is an Outbound Ambassador. She’s a San Francisco-based adventurer who marvels at natural wonders, world cultures and really old stuff. She’s talented at eating cheese and chocolate, making crafts and climbing mountains. If you’d like to read more visit: www.nikkinearandfar.com 

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