Oceania – Travel & Tea http://travelandtea.com Brits travelling the world, one sip at a time Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:53:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 The Best Places to Warm Yourself in Winter http://travelandtea.com/the-best-places-to-warm-yourself-in-winter/ http://travelandtea.com/the-best-places-to-warm-yourself-in-winter/#respond Mon, 11 Nov 2013 02:50:33 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=1356 When winter starts to bite many Brits start to think about where they could travel to in order to warm themselves up a little. Where are the best places to do this? Here are a few good options to make winter more of a pleasure than a pain. Australia While it is winter in the […]

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When winter starts to bite many Brits start to think about where they could travel to in order to warm themselves up a little. Where are the best places to do this? Here are a few good options to make winter more of a pleasure than a pain.

Australia

While it is winter in the northern hemisphere they are enjoying summer down in the southern hemisphere. This simple fact opens up the possibility of getting some sun in amazing places like Southern Africa, South America and Australia. These are all great places to go to when the temperature starts plunging in the UK. Of course, Australia is a perennial favourite with British tourists and it is easy to see why. Once the long and tiring flight is over you can enjoy great weather and friendly people in a setting which doesn’t seem as far from home as it really is. This is such a big country that you will need to take some time working out where to go to. The heat might be too hot for you in some parts of the country during the Aussie summer, especially in tropical, humid places like Darwin.

The Med

The Mediterranean is another popular spot with people looking to avoid low temperatures in northern Europe. The European side of the Mediterranean Sea is usually a bit cooler then the African side but parts of Italy, Spain and other countries are pretty tempting at this time of year. If you are unlucky then you might find that the weather is just a little bit better than in the UK but you might get lucky and enjoy some spectacular sunshine. Africa is generally seen as being a very adventurous option but these days there are lots of safe resorts where it is easy to spend some time enjoying the warm winter sun. The Med is a great option for a good value break which doesn’t involve a long flight.

The Caribbean

If the Med isn’t warm or exotic enough for you then maybe the Caribbean beckons. This is in the northern hemisphere so it is still winter but you can expect warm weather and pleasant conditions in the water. There are many different destinations to choose from here, with Jamaica, Cuba and Bahamas among the most popular. You will pay out a fair amount for a trip here but the depressing British winter will seem a long way away while you are in the Caribbean. If you have ever wanted to go diving then this could be the ideal time to live out that dream in warm, clear water while back home everyone else is shivering.

Others

There are some other places where you could head to in order to get a break from frozen fingers and numb ears. The Canary Islands aren’t too far from the UK and offer a good value break at this time of year. Hawaii is further away but would make for an unforgettable way to warm up during the winter time.

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Planning an Australian Road Trip http://travelandtea.com/planning-an-australian-road-trip/ http://travelandtea.com/planning-an-australian-road-trip/#respond Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:00:29 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=1232 Australia is one of the finest countries in the world for a British traveller to visit, which would help explain why so many of us go there every year. The language and parts of the culture make it seem very much like home, while the weather is deliciously different and there are so many interesting […]

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Australia is one of the finest countries in the world for a British traveller to visit, which would help explain why so many of us go there every year.

The language and parts of the culture make it seem very much like home, while the weather is deliciously different and there are so many interesting things to do. One of the things which a lot of Brits like to do in Australia is to go on a road trip. This can be done easily by hiring a car, while those people who plan to be in Oz for a long time sometimes choose to buy their own vehicle and sell it before leaving the country. The following are a few of the main points to bear in mind once you start planning the trip.

Think About the Places you Want to See

It can be pretty daunting to look at a map of this giant, diverse country and try to plan a road trip. There are just so many options that it might seem impossible to get started. The best idea is to think about the places you want to see and the kind of thing you want to do. For example, do you want to see the big cities, drive round the coast or maybe see Uluru / Ayers Rock? Once you work out where you are most likely to want to see it will become at least a bit easier to plan a route, although we still have some points to cover first of all.

How Long Do You Have?

A big issue you need to consider is the length of time you have to explore Australia. One of the best road trips for anyone on a relatively short visit is the famous Great Ocean Road journey. This runs along the Victoria coastline for 152 miles and covers some amazing sights such as the 12 Apostles. If you have more time on your hands then the monster Oz road trip to end them all covers Highway 1. This is the longest designated road in the world and is about 9,000 miles long. In fact, if you imagine the outline of Australia this kind of shows you the route of this amazing road. Of course, there are a number of roads trips of varying length in between these two extremes.

How Adventurous Are You?

When you consider the size of the country it is clear that not all of the roads will be the same. For example, if you are near the big cities then you can expect slick, wide motorways. However, if you are more adventurous you could consider something like the Savannah Way route. This road trip will take you from Cairns to the famous pearling town of Brown over a wide variety of types of road. The Red Centre Way route will also see you far from the big cities as you go from Alice Springs to Uluru.  No matter which route you choose you are sure to have the time of your life on this road trip.

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The Best Countries for Drinking Wine http://travelandtea.com/the-best-countries-for-drinking-wine/ http://travelandtea.com/the-best-countries-for-drinking-wine/#respond Mon, 05 Aug 2013 00:00:07 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=1188 If you are a fan of wine then you have probably tried some from a few different countries. Wine is a drink which is produced in a wide variety of countries and going to see the wineries where it is produced can add a fascinating twist to your visit to a wine producing country. Here […]

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If you are a fan of wine then you have probably tried some from a few different countries. Wine is a drink which is produced in a wide variety of countries and going to see the wineries where it is produced can add a fascinating twist to your visit to a wine producing country. Here are some of the best places to enjoy some on your next trip.

Argentina

Strange as it may seem, Argentina is the 5th biggest wine producer in the world right now. The quality of the wine made here has increased vastly in recent years. Mendoza is where most of the good stuff comes from and it is also a beautiful region to explore. You can make a trip to a few of the different bodegas and sample their different wines while getting to see a lot of the place and speaking to many locals. Interestingly, they claim to produce the world’s highest altitude wine here, although if you cross over to Tarija in Bolivia you will find that they make the same claim about their wine.  If you want to take in a few countries on your South American wine tour then there is also some excellent stuff produced in Chile as well.

Australia

You have probably tried an Australian wine at some point. This country is one place ahead of Argentina in the list of wine producing countries but sends out a far higher percentage of the drink to other parts of the world. Norfolk Island is famed for being home to some of the world’s biggest wine consumers, so you might like to go there to sample some of the local wine culture. Otherwise, Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley and Yarra Valley are some of the country’s most famous wine producing regions. It is easy to arrange either short or long wine tours in Australia if you are short of time but exploring these wine producing regions on your own can be even more rewarding.

Spain

The third biggest producer of wine on the planet is Spain.  Production is spread out all over this country. In fact, it is the country with most area dedicated to wine production. This means that it isn’t going to be easy to take in all of the different regions. The best idea is probably to focus on one area, such as Galicia, Catalonia or Rioja in your trip. There is a massive amount of grape varieties used in Spain and the wines produced in the different regions are all distinctive, so you might like to sample a few and make your decision on where to go based on this. The country also has an enviable wine culture, especially in the Mediterranean areas, of sitting back after a meal and drinking a glass or two of the good stuff. Even if you don’t make it to a bodega you can still enjoy a few glasses in a local bar or restaurant and add an extra special touch to your time in the country.

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10 Unique Vacation Destinations Around The World http://travelandtea.com/10-unique-vacation-destinations-around-the-world/ http://travelandtea.com/10-unique-vacation-destinations-around-the-world/#respond Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:02:19 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=952 World travel, particularly if you have to stick to a budget, can be a bit of a daunting prospect. Though there are fascinating locations all over the world, sometimes it’s more tempting to simply pack up your car, double check your Aviva insurance policy, and take off on a simple UK road trip. But if […]

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World travel, particularly if you have to stick to a budget, can be a bit of a daunting prospect. Though there are fascinating locations all over the world, sometimes it’s more tempting to simply pack up your car, double check your Aviva insurance policy, and take off on a simple UK road trip. But if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous about your travel plans this year, here are 10 spectacular, somewhat off-the-radar destinations around the world to consider.

1. Hobart, Tasmania

Known largely for its emergence as an eco-friendly city, Hobart is an increasingly popular destination. Located in Tasmania, Hobart is a bit obscure for many tourists, but it’s a worthwhile stop during any Australian vacation.

2. Myanmar

Southeast Asia is a popular region for western tourists, but Myanmar has long been shunned due to political instability. With things in that arena improving, however, Myanmar is back on the radar and should offer a very genuine vacation experience due to having been avoided for years.

3. Iceland

Something of a tourist hotspot for years now, Iceland is particularly appealing in 2013. Internal economic issues, while unfortunate in Iceland, have helped to bring down the costs of tourism, making this tiny north Atlantic country easier to visit.

4. Magdalen Islands

Featuring incredible geographic variety, from beaches and cliffs to rolling green hills, this chain of islands near Nova Scotia makes for a great destination for outdoors lovers. In particular, water sports enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy about the Magdalen Islands.

5. Rwanda

Despite a history of genocide, today’s Rwanda is a peaceful and beautiful corner of Africa ideal for vacationers looking for nature and wildlife. Gorilla tracking, safari, and bird watching expeditions in particular tend to attract visitors.

6. California, USA

From beautiful beaches, to wine country, to big cities, California offers an incredibly dynamic experience for people visiting the U.S. Though there are several cities worth visiting all on their own, a road trip through the state is also a great option.

7. Madagascar

Known for unique wildlife and vegetation, some of which can’t be found naturally anywhere else in the world, Madagascar is a wonderful destination for scientific-minded travellers. Plenty of national parks make for a busy but relaxing experience.

8. Azore Islands

These volcanic islands well west of Portugal barely register attention on a world map. However, due to entirely unique culture and food, as well as beautiful, otherworldly geography, the Azores make for an incredibly interesting vacation.

9. Bhutan

Known for measuring success by “gross national happiness” rather than product, Bhutan is a fascinating country that blends the ancient world with the modern. At the edge of the Himalayas, Bhutan is home to natural beauty, practicing monks, and ancient culture that is fascinating to outsiders.

10. Mykonos, Greece

While much attention is paid to neighboring island Santorini, Mykonos is a more accessible alternative. With all of the postcard beauty of the Greek isles, Mykonos is more affordable for travellers, with a lighter, more festive atmosphere.

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5 Breathtaking Backpacking Trips That Aren’t in Europe http://travelandtea.com/5-breathtaking-backpacking-trips-that-arent-in-europe/ http://travelandtea.com/5-breathtaking-backpacking-trips-that-arent-in-europe/#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:06 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=815 Travelling to other places is one of the most important things you should take advantage if you want some time to relax and unwind, as well explore more. Well, it’s true that not every backpacker wants and looks for the same experience. But no matter what you are really looking for, it would be best […]

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Travelling to other places is one of the most important things you should take advantage if you want some time to relax and unwind, as well explore more. Well, it’s true that not every backpacker wants and looks for the same experience. But no matter what you are really looking for, it would be best to backpack at places that will be convenient enough but where you’ll also be experiencing something different. If you are then planning for your first backpacking trip outside Europe, here are 5 breath-taking places that you can visit and enjoy.

1. The Morocco Adventure

Morocco is a paradise you should visit if you are after a great adventure. It is such a great place where you will find superb coast, wild deserts, and fabulous mountain vistas. While you are there experience sands in your shoes from the Sahara Desert. You can also walk around Rabat which as an impressively clean neighbourhood and has so many interesting things that you can explore. Don’t forget to try tagine which is a typical Moroccan dish baked in a closed clay pot put over a fire and served together with round bread. If you are travelling alone and on a tight budget, Morocco is the perfect destination for your kind of adventure. The best time you can visit this paradise is during spring by mid March to May and during the autumn seasons from September to November.

2. Explore Australia, The Land Down Under

World famous for its amazing beauty, Australia is a great place for backpacking. This wonderful continent is smooth, easy, and safe to travel around. If you would like to witness stunning city views in Australia, as well as bliss of blue waters, you can watch from the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you love the beach, just grab your hat, put on some lotion, and sun bathe. You can also try snorkelling and more excitingly dive at the Great Barrier Reef to. With so many interesting stuffs in Australia, you cannot possibly see and do everything in just one trip. Australia is definitely a must for every traveller like you if you wish to explore a natural wonder.

3. Enjoy Amazing Tranquillity in India

A country of contrast and a lot of dimension, India is one place you should surely get to visit and enjoy at. India is a huge Southern Asia country that is simply fascinating because of it great tourist attractions. If you get the chance to travel to India, you will get to see the marvels of the Himalayan peaks, swim through and chill on their exotic beaches like the beaches in Goa and Kerala. For great tranquillity, you can visit spiritual places and temples in India such as Haridwar, Varanais, and Bodhgaya. For sure, you will definitely enjoy their food that is extremely cheap and lodgings that are given out on a bargain.

4. Discover the Wilderness in Uganda

Uganda is one of the most popular places in the world where you can get to find the greatest safari attractions. Said to be the “Pearl of Africa”, Uganda features more than 10 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries such as the Murchison Fall National Park which is the largest park in Uganda and the Queen Elizabeth National Park that is said to be one of Uganda’s outstanding treasure. If you love and enjoy birds, Uganda is the place you can go because it has more than a thousand bird species. Nonetheless, getting to Uganda’s national parks and sanctuaries can be roughing it because you will have to hire a private vehicle.

5. Heavenly Argentina

With superb landscapes and truly untouched regions, Argentina is a place you should include in your great backpacking places to visit. As soon as you get to step in Argentina, you can visit most of its amazing place like in Patagonia where you can be alone and easily escape the crowd. If you wish to experience great nightlife, the capital Buenos Aires welcomes you with it great clubs, bars, and restaurants. With all these things, you will surely never go wrong about choosing Argentina as your next travel destination.

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Escaping The British Winter: Top Bargain Destinations http://travelandtea.com/escaping-the-british-winter-top-bargain-destinations/ http://travelandtea.com/escaping-the-british-winter-top-bargain-destinations/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:21:09 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=373 During the winter period in the U.K, days are usually quite cold, dull, grey and really wet. This translates to spending more time in-doors than one would like. But all is not lost as there is plenty of sunshine elsewhere around the globe. With a little bit of cash to spare, you and your family […]

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During the winter period in the U.K, days are usually quite cold, dull, grey and really wet. This translates to spending more time in-doors than one would like. But all is not lost as there is plenty of sunshine elsewhere around the globe. With a little bit of cash to spare, you and your family can escape all this dullness and satisfy that inner craving for some sunshine, courtesy of these affordable destinations.

1. Florida – USA

Thanks to the power of the British pound over the USD, you can take advantage of this and spend a couple of months over in one of the sun Cities in the country. This amazing state has the amenities to accommodate nearly everyone, along with their needs and taste, thus it does not matter whether you are alone or are travelling as a family. The best part is that they speak English, so no communication barriers.

2. Australia

Notably, this is the best place a Brit can go to in order to escape the winter chills. Why? This is due to the fact that Australian weather runs in opposite to that of the UK. This is the best time to pay a visit that long time cousin of yours you have not seems for some time. Although the flight may be a bit expensive, once again the power of the pound comes in handy.

3. Thailand

Picture this, palm trees beautifully lining the sandy beach as golden sparkling waters hit against your foot. The people are warm and welcoming, the food is mouth watering and delicious. This destination is a favorite to those running away from the chilly weather back home.

It’s full of sunlight, luxury and quite affordable. Temperatures are warm and the weather is pretty warm. For those seeking more than the warm sunlight, you have the option on going on an adventurous elephant trekking or a walk over the magnificent hills.

4. Egypt – Africa

Egypt is also known as the land of Kings. Located on the African planes, this destination is home to plenty of sunlight. In fact, it is home to one of their sun gods – Ra. The country is renowned for its pyramids, tombs and its bewitching hieroglyphs.

Temperatures are quite warm, the service is affordable and descent. Majority of the locals speak Arabic, but most also comprehend and speak basic English. Fun activities include, snorkeling, diving, desert tourism and so much more

5. South Africa

South Africa is a blend of inspiring scenery, diverse/multicultural cities and numerous game parks- home to the big five. It’s also renowned for its wine, food and hospitality. On average, it takes about 12 hours to fly from UK to Cape town.

There are numerous marvelous beaches stretched across the Garden route. Notably, Kruger Park stands out from all the national parks offering a perfect view of the flora and fauna.

6. Dubai

Dubai is famous for its up market resorts, malls and shopping centers. The night life is rather vibrant as this is the time when it’s mostly cool and most people come out into the open. The weather is generally great, with plenty of sunlight year round. If you can’t stand the heat, you may head out to the snow park situated in the Emirates mall.

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Accommodation Outside The Box: Why You Should Consider Timeshares http://travelandtea.com/accommodation-outside-the-box-why-you-should-consider-timeshares/ http://travelandtea.com/accommodation-outside-the-box-why-you-should-consider-timeshares/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:04:49 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=343 Most travellers associate travelling with expensive hotel rooms. However, thinking outside the box provides the budget traveller with some fantastic low-cost accommodation options, without having to sacrifice luxury. One such outside-the-box option is timeshare rentals and timeshare resales. The concept of a timeshare is the holiday maker purchasing the rights to make use of the […]

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Most travellers associate travelling with expensive hotel rooms. However, thinking outside the box provides the budget traveller with some fantastic low-cost accommodation options, without having to sacrifice luxury. One such outside-the-box option is timeshare rentals and timeshare resales.

The concept of a timeshare is the holiday maker purchasing the rights to make use of the timeshare unit for a fixed number of days in a year. Some timeshare owners can no longer use these days and look to resell, some decide to keep their units but rent them out when they can’t use them. Either way, such options may provide a good option for travellers, especially when they return to the same destination frequently.

Cost Benefits

Timeshares, when purchased on the resale market, can be great investments for those that vacation frequently. In many cases you can find units for up to 70% off resort prices which will save you money in the long run. Many current owners rent out their units for the exact cost of their yearly maintenance fees, sometimes these fees are as low as $200, therefore it’s not uncommon to be able to find a 7 night stay at a quality resort for only $200, sometimes even lower than that. Even if the rates may seem on par with standard hotels rooms, the timeshare offers better conveniences, such as spacious indoors and outdoors, fully equipped kitchen and other facilities.

Resort-Like Experience

Unlike guesthouses, vacation homes or even hotel rooms, timeshares come attached to resorts and aim to pamper patrons with an exotic resort like atmosphere at affordable rates. The range of facilities available at a guesthouse of hotel is usually limited to a swimming pool, spa and a few other facilities. Resorts that sell timeshare generally offer a far extensive range of facilities such as water parks, children’s facilities, arcade game rooms, tennis and other games, and more.

Assurance

Renting hotel rooms, guesthouses or vacation rooms are a bit of hit and miss. Even with favourable reviews, good ratings and reputations, the option selected can be a bad choice. The odds of glitches such as confirmed reservations cancelled owing to some mix up or failure to process payment information, the room not being ready when the guests land up in the hotel and more are real. Since timeshare resorts serve many of the same people repeatedly, they strive to offer consistency of service. Again, unlike hotels that accept multiple short-term bookings and do not actually allocate a room until the guest reaches there, timeshare rentals are more definite and confirmed.

Assistance

When opting for a laid back or relaxed family vacation, timeshare resorts offer the best possible assistance. Among the alternatives to timeshares, holiday homes can have a glaring shortcoming of security and absence of staff to assist the holiday maker with their basic chores or offer guidance. Hotel rooms can sometimes overcome the shortcoming of security and assistance, but their staff is oriented to offer impersonal tourist-related information. The staff at a timeshare resort, accustomed, as they are to repeat guests, match the level of assistance offered by hotels and go beyond to offer a more personalized service. For instance, the staff at a timeshare may help in procuring groceries required for cooking food.

Conclusion

Timeshares are a fantastic accommodation alternative for those traveling in large groups, as they are a lot more spacious than other accommodations, or those looking for an added touch of luxury. There are many available out there at incredibly cheap rates, so they are a great option even for those with a tight budget. Be sure to research the many different timeshare resorts out there before your next vacation as there’s a timeshare resort in most countries and when purchased or rented from individual owners, can be a great deal!

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How To Stay In Touch With Friends And Family While You Travel http://travelandtea.com/how-to-stay-in-touch-with-friends-and-family-while-you-travel/ http://travelandtea.com/how-to-stay-in-touch-with-friends-and-family-while-you-travel/#respond Mon, 26 Nov 2012 03:29:28 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=324 In the olden days, a postcard or a telephone was the only way to stay in touch with friends and family when travelling. Today, technology offers multiple channels, most of them much superior and much cheaper than the yesteryear alternatives. VoIP VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol is the technology for making telephone calls over […]

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In the olden days, a postcard or a telephone was the only way to stay in touch with friends and family when travelling. Today, technology offers multiple channels, most of them much superior and much cheaper than the yesteryear alternatives.

VoIP

VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol is the technology for making telephone calls over the Internet. The obvious advantage of choosing this method is the drastic reduction in costs, making it the best way to make cheap international phone calls. Normal international phone calls, even with discounted rates, are expensive, as the charge is per pulse or time-based. With VoIP, the only cost is that of the Internet connection, so you literally have free calling from anywhere in the world. Various VoIP based applications such as Skype, Google Talk, Viber and others facilitate voice calls among computers or smart phones, or even between a computer or smart phone to a conventional phone.

E-mail

Another popular alternative to VoIP and other cheap international phone calls is E-mail. The biggest advantage of email over voice mail is the ability to communicate without disturbances such as low voice quality, the ability to send pictures as attachments, and the ability to maintain a record of the conversation. Moreover, the recipient need not be present at the time of sending the email, something underestimated when communicating from distant places with significant time zone differences. Thanks to Internet becoming all-pervasive, even the most remote corner of the world has Internet connectivity. Most hotels have wi-fi enabled that allow sending emails through the mobile phone or laptop, but even when this is not an option, most tourist centres or the town centres have cyber cafes.

Social Media

The social media is fast soaring in popularity and is one of the best ways to remain in touch with friends and family, even when not on the move. Posting in popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or PinInterest is a good way to share travel updates and other news and exchange pleasantries. As far as alternatives to cheap international phone calls go, e-mail works best for personal messages. When wanting to reach out to many friends or family members simultaneously, social media is the way to go. A single social post reaches all friends simultaneously, and interactive discussions are easy and seamless.

Blogging

An alternative way to stay in touch with friends and family when on the road is by blogging the travel experience. In many ways, blogging is similar to social media, but blogs provide more freedom than the social media. Twitter, for instance, restricts the number of characters per post. Many friends may not have subscribed to the social media channel. Conversely, countries such as China have blocked social media channels such as Facebook, making it difficult to post. Simply posting the blog makes it available to everyone or to all people who have rights to view the blog, without the hassle of trying email addresses or dialing numbers for cheap international phone calls. Moreover, it is possible to embed images and videos as part of the narrative, something difficult to do so in emails and social media. Blogger.com and many other Website allow people to set up their blogs free. What’s more, it is possible to monetise such blogs using Google AdSense or some other ad program and actually make money rather than spend money when communicating with friends and relatives when on the road.

Postcards

The technological innovations brought about by Internet and VoIP notwithstanding, the old postcard still has its place. There are still places in the world that does not have reliable telephone coverage, leave alone Internet. In such places, a postcard may be the only option to stay in touch with friends and family back home. In any case, a postcard beats the price of cheap international phone calls and is the best suited among all other mediums to send across a personal message that is easier to preserve, would last more than a lifetime and is instantly accessible without depending on any gadget.

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The Lost Lands: 5 Former British Colonies That Will Take Your Breath Away http://travelandtea.com/the-lost-lands-5-former-british-colonies-that-will-take-your-breath-away/ http://travelandtea.com/the-lost-lands-5-former-british-colonies-that-will-take-your-breath-away/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2012 09:14:49 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=196 The British took control of many countries all over the world and took part in the growth of many cultures. Travellers often want to visit some of these lands to see what drew their ancestors there, and so these now independent states have developed into favourite tourist destinations. Here are our top five pics for […]

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The British took control of many countries all over the world and took part in the growth of many cultures. Travellers often want to visit some of these lands to see what drew their ancestors there, and so these now independent states have developed into favourite tourist destinations.

Here are our top five pics for any Brit out there looking to explore the lost lands of their nation’s empire…

1. America

Most parts of the larger American continent were colonized by the British in the seventeenth century or later. America bears natural sites and monuments that will leave you gasping in awe at almost every destination. From the Grand Canyon to the beautiful beaches along numerous coastlines.

America has a rich culture of diversity and as if that is not enough, this is the home of plenty of entertainment and fun. You could go to Disneyland or marvel at the great historical monumental like the Statue of liberty, the statue of Abraham Lincoln, and many more sites.

2. India

This is a major worldwide tourist destination with diverse cultures and people. The country will leave you with lots of tales to tell on your return home. The Taj Mahal in Agra is the famous symbol of Indian independence from the British in August of 1947. Interestingly, the subcontinent is home to the most rainy place on earth and the hottest: Cherrapuji and Thar Desert respectively.

India has many many splendid places to feed anyones thirst for fun. You can never get enough of the cuisine, festivals and grand, majestic architecture. The pink city of Jaipur in Rajasthan is a place to behold.

3. Kenya

This strategic point in Africa is home to many native cultures and customs. It is a predominantly green country, with the exception of the north being desert and arid land. Home to forty two tribes, Kenya hosts many tourists and has amazing beaches.

From its picturesque Indian ocean coastline to lush green forests and many varieties of exotic wildlife. From the ruins of Gedi at the coast and the great Fort Jesus, Kenya is home to the famous big five: lion, buffalo, elephant, cheetah and leopard.

You could go for nature walks or visit the many islands, one of which has become famous as the place where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton. The royal family often visit this pearl as the Queen is known to have frequented the Aberdares Tree Tops Hotel and the Castle lodge at the heart of Mt. Kenya. The mountain is a work of wonder as it is snow capped despite being directly on top the equator. The famous Masai community are native to Kenya and the country attained self rule in 1963.

4. Australia

The most popular city in postcard pictures is Sydney, the capital of Australia. The rich opera city is full of fun activities for tourists like climbing over the arc of Harbor bridge. The botanical gardens are a showcase of all the attractive flora the country has to offer. The opera lovers will find a haven of great orchestral magic at the opera house at Hyde park. The country is home to the kangaroo and the rare platypus, and has beautiful scenic beaches that attract thousands every year.

5. Antigua and Barbuda

These are twin islands located between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Think magnificent sandy beaches surrounded by intoxicating flower forests. The natural scenery does not come to an end. The Devil’s Bridge is a natural limestone arc that is just amazing to look at. The popular St. John’s Saturday Market is a place where you can get a piece of the island’s heritage through intimately designed collectibles.

Wherever you decide to spend your holidays, enjoy the beauty offered with a simple thought of their history. If you wish to celebrate independence day with the natives, mark september 15 in your diary.

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So, you are going to Australia for about a year and wanting to work while you are there?

Would you like to know the popular jobs in Australia for travelers like you? Well, you are in luck, mate, because right here you will find exactly what you want to know about working Down Under.

Some jobs are highly sought after and there will be a lot of competition for every vacancy. Other jobs are not so popular, with far less competition. Some of the jobs are relatively easy and some are very hard work. But the good news is there ARE jobs available in Australia for us Poms.

Hospitality

Hospitality jobs are by far the most popular jobs for Brits on a working holiday in Australia. These jobs are available in hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants and include a range of service positions such as bartender, waiter, dishpig (washing dishes), kitchen hand, bellhop and cleaner.

Australia has a vibrant tourism sector, which supports its hospitality industry. And most hospitality jobs require only a little experience.

Many hospitality jobs are seasonal, with hotels and restaurants putting on extra staff to meet high season demand. The optimal hospitality job-seeking period in southeastern Australia is September to March, while April to September is the best time to go jobhunting in the hospitality industry in the northern and western parts of the country.

Farming Jobs

These are seasonal jobs and mostly involve picking fruit. It is not easy work but it can be fun if you are a fan of manual labor. If you are about the farms around harvesting season, you can expect a full-time job. If you know where to go and what gets harvested and when, you can possibly make a full-time job out of it.

Jackeroo/Jillaroo

These jobs on remote stations (cattle farms) are usually for experienced people, but you may be able to find an opening if you are adaptable and have a bit of common sense, as well as the willingness to work sunup to sundown every day of the week. Make no bones about it, working on a station is tough work, and it has been called the most dangerous job in Australia. If you’re cool with all of this, then it’s worth looking into it if you have mechanical skills, horse riding experience or truck or grader driving experience. The skills are what the bigger stations are looking for. If you’re a good cook or gardener, or maybe just love childcare, you may be find some work on a cattle station.

Mining Jobs

Australia’s mining industry is booming and the mines are desperate for workers. In most cases – but not all – some experience is necessary.

There are a lot of fly-in-fly-out mining jobs available in remote areas, particularly in the isolated north-eastern part of the country.

These are somewhat plentiful of late and well-paying, but without experience it is tough to get on. However, there are positions that can be obtained by those with little to no experience. The highest paying jobs for unskilled mining workers are drilling and truck driving. If you are interested in these kinds of jobs, it might be worth getting a heavy truck driving license before you head off on your travels.

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