A Beginners Guide To Falls Creek

Falls Creek may not be the best known ski resort in Victoria, but it certainly is one that is tailor made for families and also doesn’t break the bank. Here you’ll be able to get lift passes, your ski equipment, accommodation for all the family, have lessons, enjoy the apres ski and much more for a lot less than you’d be spending in some of the major resorts. Anyone who has a big family knows that the cost of taking your whole tribe on holiday can quickly spiral out of control, so after extensive research we opted for Falls Creek – we are so happy we did! fdd60f698ed1df5f4d2ec286ddc8e8be

It was our first time there and we picked up some really good knowledge I really want to share with all you guys. I should add that it is home to the longest green run in the country which gives you an idea of just how good it is for beginners.

Renting Your Gear

Don’t worry about buying all of the snow gear you need before you arrive because that will cost a lot of money and is a waste of time. You can rent everything you need from shops in Falls Creek, there are four locations in total. If you book your equipment online before you arrive then you’ll get a 10% discount. The other bonus about renting your gear onsite is that you can leave it at the store, which is by the lifts, when you finish everyday. So there’s no carrying around skis and having to walk home in your boots.


Taking Lessons

If you have the time to plan you will save more money if you combine lessons, passes and equipment rental together as one – it works out at about 15% discount.

Lessons are essential for the kids to get to grips with the basics and learn from a proper teacher. I always suggest that people book their kids in for half day lessons and then ski together in the afternoons. Whenever I see a resort with a magic carpet it always puts me at ease – this is a carpet that they stand on which gently brings them back to the top of the hill.

Getting There

We got there by driving which can be a long journey with the kids onboard, so do try to take breaks when possible. It can take over seven hours from Sydney’s CBD. Don’t forget to bring along the snow chains with you unless you’re lucky enough to have a four wheel drive.

4 Ways to Kill Time When Your Flight from Atlanta is Delayed

Did you know there were 289 flight delays within, into, or out of Hartsfield-Jackson Intl Airport yesterday?

It’s a worrying statistic if you’re set to travel from the world’s busiest passenger airport this holiday season, as the stress of a delay or even a cancellation can ruin your Christmas spirit faster than sitting through yet another straight-to-video festive flick.

It can be especially frustrating when you’ve done everything in your power to make it to the airport on time: you’ve packed days in advance, you’ve checked in online, and you’ve sorted out your parking spot via Atlanta airport parking comparison site Looking4.com.

Nevertheless, despite your diligence, you now have hours to wait before boarding.

So … what can you do with an airport layover?

Here’s four ways to kill time when your flight from Atlanta is delayed.

  1. People-Watching

The great thing about airports (if there is a great thing) is that they’re not short on people. This means you can assuage your people-watching hunger as you wait for your flight. One of our favorite games to play is to try to guess where people are heading.

Wearing a sombrero? Must be Mexico. Thumbing a French phrase book? Perhaps Paris. Of course, try to avoid staring at folk to the extent where they pull at the cuff of airport securitythat’s just creepy.

  1. Grab a Bite

Hartsfield-Jackson International is the world’s busiest passenger airport, so it’s little wonder there are a multitude of places to eat. If you’re looking for something on the higher end of the gastronomic scale, check out One Flew South, which is regularly rated as one of the best airport restaurants in the world.

For something a little earthier, head to concourse D or T for Grindhouse Killer Burgers, where you can build your own burgers, shakes, fries and drinksthe perfect place to fuel up before you jet off.

  1. Do Some Exercise

Whether you’re an anxious flyer looking to burn off some adrenaline or you’re simply full up from too many burgers, why not do some exercise to kill time as you wait for your flight? All it takes is a brisk walk around the terminal to get the blood pumping.

Try to avoid running, however, as too much exertion can mean a particularly uncomfortable flight for you (sweat) and your neighbor (body odor).

  1. Shop Until You Drop

While we don’t recommend blowing your dollars before you even get to your destination, an airport is a great place to spoil yourselfand Hartsfield-Jackson has some amazing shopping spots to relieve you of your cash.

There’s Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Mont Blanc and even Ermenegildo Zegna, so you won’t be short on choicebut remember to keep an eye on the departure board!

Now it’s over to you …

Do you have any top time-killing tips you can share with our readers? Please let us know in the comments belowwe’d love to hear from you.

Different Dining on the Strip

After a hard day at the craps table and hopefully having won yourself a few dollars you can be forgiven for maybe wanting to treat yourself to a nice slap up meal. There are lots of restaurants in Las Vegas but if you are getting a little bit tired of the usual then why not try something a little different and check out some of the themed eateries on offer. Some are quirkier than others and some downright outrageous, but then again it wouldn’t be Vegas otherwise would it? Check out some of these places if you want something a little different.


Starting with the outrageous, the Heart Attack Grill in downtown fits the bill. It can get pretty crazy in here as all the guests have to wear hospital clothes and the waitresses are attired in skimpy nurses outfits. If you weigh in at a hefty 350 pounds they will ply you with free burgers though this is probably not something to take advantage of. Oh, and by the way, make sure you eat all your food or you might just get a bloody good spanking from the staff!

Something less outrageous but equally quirky is going to be dining in the dark. This rather unique dining experience has become an increasingly popular concept with restaurants popping up all over the world. Apparently not being able to see allows you to focus your senses more on taste than vision. It may feel a little strange at first but you soon get used to the sensation. One such place in Vegas is Blackout and you can find it on South Valley View Boulevard. Not recommended for meat eaters as it’s a vegan establishment.

If you’re looking for a restaurant with a theme then you have a couple of good options starting with Dicks Last Resort. Vegas in general is all about treating the guests politely and giving them exactly what they require. Forget that here. The staff here are generally very rude and everything seems a little too much effort for them. If you misbehave or spill your food then be ready for some special attention in the form of the forced wearing of silly hats and bibs. A little bit different from the norm and found at the Excalibur Hotel. For the biker’s then the Harley-Davison Café is a must with all things Harley on offer. A meat lovers dream and servings as big as the bikes you can check it out on South Las Vegas Boulevard.  

Turks and Caicos National Parks

            More famous for its glorious beaches, cool tropical climate and many luxury hotels, Turks and Caicos has long been the chosen destination for get away from it all travellers. The best places to stay in Turks and Caicos can be easily found by searching online. There is much more however to these beautiful islands than just lying on the beach sipping mojitos and taking advantage of the spa treatments on offer at the hotel. Turks and Caicos, for the more adventurous amongst you, has many national parks including a number of marine parks. Below is a few you might want to consider if the sunbathing gets a little boring.


            The 6532 acre Princess Alexandria National Park combines both a coastal and marine protected area. Mainly comprising of the Grace Bay Beach area on the island of Providenciales where most of the tourist industry is located was declared a National Park in 1992. The Northern Barrier Reef is very popular with scuba divers and snorkelers as are Bight Reef and Smiths Reef. There is also an iguana sanctuary here at Little Island Cay.

Much smaller at only 480 acres is the South Caicos island Admiral Cockburn National Park. Named after the Admiral of the British navy Sir George Cockburn the Commander-in –Chief of the British Colonial West Indies station, it is made up of three small cays and two marine parks. Six Hills Cays and Long Cay are thin strips of uninhabited limestone cliffs and buffs whereas Middleton Cay is made up of coastal mangroves. The marine parks are the popular dive sites of Shark Bay, unusually named as sharks are rarely seen, and East Bay which is more famous for its kite boarding.

The Columbus Landfall National Park is located on the island of Grand Turk, the administrative capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and named after the famous explorers first visit there in 1492. Essentially a marine park it has the worlds third longest barrier reef and is therefore excellent for scuba diving and for those not qualified superb snorkeling. The reef has plenty of exotic marine life and coral and also has a ‘wall’, the famous underwater cliffs that drop off the ocean floor, in this case to two thousand meters. A little further away is an ancient shipwreck believed to be one of Columbus’ ships, the Nina, although this is yet to be proven.

With many more than be fitted in here the National Parks of Turks and Caicos are well worth exploring if time away from beach life is what you are looking for. There’s nothing quite like exploring nature in all it’s glory and then kicking back with a cocktail on the beach reflecting on the amazing sites you have seen. Lounging on the beach is of course essential while on any holiday in the Caribbean but if you can pair that by wondering around spectacular National Parks, you’re on to an absolute winner!

If you’ve been to the Turks and Caicos National Parks then please let us know what you thought. Type your thoughts into the comment section below guys!

5 Ways To Make Your Machu Picchu Trip Even Better


Machu Picchu is perhaps one of the most historically important places in South America and  has a rich history that will always be remembered.. Of course visiting is more than likely going to be a once in a lifetime trip, so you need to get it right. Here are some great tips for making your Machu Picchu tour as good as it should be.

Go at the right time of year

Beating the weather and the tourists can be one of the best ways to improve your trip to Machu Picchu. The dry season in this region of Peru runs from May to September. The best time to go is at the start or end of the dry season, to get a good balance between weather and the number of tourists. It is also important to note that the Inca Trail is closed during February each year, so that it can be repaired. So you should also factor this in.

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Book early

Booking early is crucial, especially because the Peruvian government has actually placed a restriction on the number of people allowed to enter Machu Picchu each year. You should book early to avoid disappointment and to start your preparations for the trip.

Have a look around Cusco

No visit to Machu Picchu would be fully complete without first taking a few days in Cusco to first get used to the altitude and also to see the multitude of other Inca sites in the area. Altitude sickness can really plague even the fittest people, so it really is crucial to get yourself used to the high altitude of the Andes. It really is not advisable to start hiking the day you arrive, take it slow and easy and most of all have fun, because altitude sickness is anything but!



When hiking the Inca trail it can get really tough, especially with all the heavy bags that you may have with you. Porters are local people (Quechua people) that can help you to carry your baggage on the Inca trail. These people know so much about the area and speaking with them is the perfect way to enrich your experience. They will also usually have many stories about the area and people they have travelled with before.

Prepare for wet weather

We already talked about the right time of year to head to Machu Picchu, but it is important to know that even during the driest months there is bound to be some sort of rain, fog or dampness. This is especially the case when you are at such a high altitude, therefore it is a good idea to bring a pair of shoes with good grip and perhaps some sort of waterproof capability. Some waterproof clothing will also be a lifesaver at Machu Picchu, particularly if you are hiking the Inca Trail.


Earn An Income While Travelling

For many people entering the workforce, and especially millennials finding a job or career that will allow you to travel is a big plus or maybe even a necessity. Being paid to travel is the dream. The job description of exploring different cities, countries and territories and grabbing a paycheck in the end is possible. We take a look at a few jobs that give you the benefit and excitement of travelling while maintaining an income.


Tutor/ Teacher

Depending on where you go, being an English teacher overseas can be as easy as getting your EFL(English as a Foreign Language) course and you’ll be off teaching in no time. Some countries will want you to hold a bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to teach. Countries like Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, China and India are wall popular places to teach English. Teaching in these countries gives you ample amount of time to travel through the countries and region. You can also become a Tutor in Hong Kong and make some side money while you travel throughout Asia.


Travel Guide

Tour guides are needed the world round. If you enjoy culture, people, history and the outdoors than being a tour guide is a great job. As a travel guide your job is essentially just to travel around with other people. You’re basically on a permanent holiday; that requires a lot of work.



The great thing about putting words down on paper or online is that you can do it from anywhere in the world. Writing about travel and travel destinations is the ultimate gig, writing about exotic locations, restaurants and hotels on someone else’s coin is a dream job for anyone. You don’t have to necessary right about travel in order to travel, though. Your ideas, opinions and content can be written from anywhere in the world. Just be sure not to go too far off the grid that you can’t get your content in on time.



This job is perfect for someone who would like to travel but get to know a place at the same time. As a live in nanny or caretakers you will likely be working a set amount of hours during the week and able to have weekend and nights off. This leaves you with lots of time to explore the country and region on your time off. A great perk to this is you’ll be set for accommodation and a home base while you travel around. Being an Aupair really gives you a feel for what daily life is like in another country.


Tips on how to pick a wine

Let’s be honest, choosing a good wine when you’re walking down the supermarket aisle is never easy. There’s so much choice and so many different varieties of wine which makes a simple shopping trip become a tad bit more stressful!

Well there are 3 easy ways to make sure that you choose a great bottle of wine. With a world of information at our fingertips there really is no excuse not to be doing a little bit of research online before you choose your bottle. Within a few minutes you’ll be able to browse over several different wines until you find the one that you want to be sipping tonight.


I am no wine connoisseur but after following 3 simple steps I have certainly found some new favourites that I always keep in the rack or chilling in the fridge. So how do you find that bottle of wine? How can you choose one over the other? Here’s how I do it. If you follow these simple steps you won’t be just judging which bottle has the nicest label in the aisle next time.

What do people say?

Always check out reviews from other people. Usually popular sites will have a star rating and a whole list of reviews from people just like you and I. Read the reviews because they are usually very honest and written in a language we can all understand.

Does it sound appealing?

After you’ve finished the reviews you should read the description of the wine to check that it is to your liking. You must remember that some reviewers will have left reviews for wine that is no their favourite – do take note of these reviews because what one reviewer doesn’t like you might love. Checkout the description to see if your choice sounds even more appealing to you.

Is it affordable?

Price is always an issue with whatever we buy. There’s no need to spend an arm and a leg on a bottle, so make sure that the price suits your budget. If you’re really savy then you will keep an eye out to see if you can get a cheap deal using groupon. It’s always great sipping a nice glass of wine which you got at a bargain price!

Backpackers Delight With Groupon Coupons

Folks living on the frugal side desire the deal 24/7. They love an alternative to having to pay upfront for their discount. Although any deal is on their radar, they just feel more relaxed if there is no initial spend for it.  Groupon Coupons is just such a deal offering site and a big time & money saver for you.  It is your direct link to savings with coupon savings selections from over 9,500 stores of all varieties representing at last count over 79,000 plus coupons.

Groupon has been very busy developing ways to save you money and get the save to you readily and easily even on your mobile device. Regular Groupon as we all know it is already a huge success offering products, services, accommodations and events for less when you take advantage of a pay upfront deal with a vendor. You have the ability to simply scan your mobile device to redeem your purchase.

Here are a few characteristics of Groupon Coupons you will enjoy.  It is a free site with Daily Top Coupons & Offers. The magnificent search option allows you to target a specific store, location, item and or event. You will be able to see how many others have taken advantage of the coupon. That’s kind of a compare notes function. You will be able to take advantage of some scrumptious deals with Groupon Coupons through the simple entry of promo code. Check it out today and let the savings begin.


Why Don’t You Visit Romania For a Change?

While in Europe, you will be covered in visit opportunities from all sides – the Old World is filled with unique sights to see and a long history to explore. But there is a part that is most often left aside – and it’s a pity, because it has things that are worthy of attention, like its untouched wilderness, its medieval castles, its caves and its culture. Besides its prices are often friendly, and its people are welcoming and open. Here are some tips on what to see and try when visiting Romania.

1. Vadu Crisului Cave in the Western Carpathian, Bihor county

A cave that is very easy to access – its mouth is located just a few yards away from the train station. There is a symbolic entry fee you have to pay to get in. A large portion of the cave was explored and made accessible for visitors, but there are still many unexplored tunnels in the cave system. What makes this cave special is that it has a spring inside, with its water being clean enough to be drunk without any filtering. It also has one of the richest cave fauna in Europe.

Despite being away from civilization, the area of the cave has acceptable mobile signal, so you can even play at the red flush online casino after you visit it.

2. The Scărișoara Glacier Cave

Harder to access, but it’s definitely worth it. The Scărișoara Glacier Cave is only accessible by car or by hiking to it from the nearby settlement of Gârda de Sus, Alba County. It is the largest ice cave in Romania’s Apuseni Mountains. The ice cave was formed 3500 years ago, during the glaciations, when these mountains were covered by snow and ice, although the exact date when the cave was discovered is still unknown. Today the surrounding mountains are all green, but when you descend into the cave you step into a world of ice. The temperatures are up to just +1°C in the summer – imagine the experience of descending into a 60 meter shaft and going from +30°C to +1°C in a matter of minutes. It’s a wonderful experience, worth trying once.

3. The Ghețarul de la Focul Viu Cave

Located in the Bihor Mountains, on the Valea Galbenă, close to the Piatra Galbenii peak and the Cuculeul de Fier peak, at an altitude of 1.165 meters. Visiting this ice cave will take you on a journey through forest roads, as it is again only accessible by road (not by train). What makes this glacier cave special is that it has a hole in its roof, allowing the sunlight to access the interior – and the sights can be wonderful during the day. Perfect for photography enthusiasts.

Top 4 Places You Should Visit in Prague

Three decades ago, Prague was a mystery for travelers in Europe. Today the city stands proudly as one of the most popular destinations, drawing about 4 million visitors each year. Staying at a former monastery or palazzo turned five-star hotel or partying the night away at ‘Onetime’ nuclear bunker, you are surely going to understand that in Prague, the unconventional is conventional. Prague is also blessed with century long fascinating history. Art Nouveau, Romanesque and Baroque architecture on top of the scores of churches makes Prague one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern and Central Europe having also a wide array of tourist attractions to suit a wide range of tastes and interests. It is also a truly cosmopolitan city where pleasure seekers and culture buffs mingle happily in Gothic cathedrals and chic cafés. Here is our list of 4 must visit places in Prague that you can’t afford to miss out on.

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Old Town Square

Old town square, along with its world famous astronomical clock is Prague’s most popular sight. Old Town Square’s astronomical clock is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world. It was originally installed in 1410, but the clock has been bettered over the centuries. Old Town Square is located between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge and is the hub of the city’s life and culture. It also offers a great selection of restaurants and shops so if you’re lucky or plan ahead you can also catch a seasonal festival on this historic square.

Charles Bridge

This 600 year-old Bridge connects Old Town and Lesser Town over the Vltava River. It is the top most iconic landmark of Prague. King Charles IV commissioned this bridge in 1357, which was originally a wooden structure and unfortunately got washed away during a bad flood being later replaced with the stone structure it now boasts. Thirty Baroque statues line the sides of the pedestrian bridge (15 on either side). Musicians and performance artists can be seen along with the myriad of vendor stalls. Charles Bridge is a bustling, busy area and you are never going to find the bridge devoid of people. However if you visit this place at dawn or in the evening, you will witness fewer crowd.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle is one of the biggest attractions you will see in Prague. The castle buildings span centuries and consist of St. Vitus Church and the Golden Lane. You need several hours if you plan to thoroughly explore this beautiful Castle. It is one of the biggest castles in the world measuring around 570 meters in length and roughly about 130 meters wide.

Municipal House

Municipal House in Old Town Prague, is beautiful both inside and out. It was originally built to be an administrative and cultural centre. Formerly an army barracks, it was demolished as part of the Czech National Revival celebrations. The building began construction in 1906 and Municipal House was opened in 1912.


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With an Eiffel – like tower on top, the Petrin Watchtower is a 63.5 metre high steel framework tower in Prague. Petrin Watchtower offers a stunning 360° view of the city from top and is made from recycled railroad tracks. Set in the grounds of the Petrin Park it looks great all year round.