RV road-tripping is becoming increasingly popular across Australia — and for a good reason. The country is massive and showcases some impressive destinations that would be difficult to access on a bus or a train. So, exploring Australia is more of a drive-your-own-vehicle affair. Moreover, being able to drive anywhere is a liberating freedom that will refresh your mind.
A recreational trip, however, is not as simple as choosing a place, getting on the first vehicle available and hoping for the best. You cannot expect a smooth vacation if you do not mix in some practicality with your wanderlust. As such, here are some things you should add to your RV prep checklist.
A Roof-Top Boat Loader
An RV road trip is, in essence, a camping trip on wheels — and what camping trip is complete without a roof-top tinny? By taking the time to prepare a boat loader, you can manage the roof top tinny more easily and create extra storage room in the process.
An RV Canopy
An RV canopy is crucial to your comfort and convenience on the road trip. It basically serves as your tent when you decide to stop at an RV camp or elsewhere. You’ll be happy to have brought it once you get the chance to enjoy the outdoor environment unobstructed by RV walls — no one’s going to be stuck lounging around in the RV on this trip!
MFI Service Bodies designs their RV canopies to harmonise with the contours of a vehicle. They also make sure that their canopies are weather and dust proof. Keep the same factors in mind for an RV canopy and you can maximise its use throughout your trip and on future ones.
A Roof-Top Sleeper
To complement your RV canopy, have a sleeper that you can quickly set up for a good night’s rest. After all, what’s the use of relaxing during your time off if you’ll just be lying miserably on a cold, hard surface at night?
A little uncertainty in your adventure is the spice of life. Before you switch to vacation mode and get started, however, take a little time to prepare what you could potentially need. It is for your own comfort and pleasure, after all.
Perth has always ranked as one of the best places to visit in Australia. Despite its distance to Sydney and Melbourne, it boasts a staggering number of visitors each year, thanks to its picturesque spots and exciting urban spaces.
But, if you want to see the very best of Perth, better keep off the usual tourist spots. The city has other more wonderful things in store for you. If you just follow where the locals go, you’ll know why the residents call Perth their home.
Aries Car Rental says here are some of the places you should visit in your next adventure in Perth:
Affectionately known as ‘Cott’, Cottesloe Beach is a haven for many Perth locals. It offers various water activities fit for families like snorkelling and surfing, which is why it attracts many residents. Plus, it is just 15 minutes away from the city centre, making it easily accessible to many. If you hire a car from the Perth airport, you can just head to the beach right away.
If you want to catch the fireworks display on Australia Day, head over to Lake Monger. It is nestled between Leederville, Wembley, and Glendalough. It provides a terrific view of the pyrotechnic shows. Besides, it has all the facilities you need for your family picnic.
For a different kind of touring experience, visit the Perth Mint, which is the oldest operating mint in the continent. Here, you can witness how gold is poured and see its gold exhibition. You can even engrave your own medallion for a fair price.
Ultimately, make sure to drop by London Court in your next visit to Perth. The place is full of commercial establishments to satisfy your shopping impulses. The real treat here is the interesting architectural style which harks to the designs common in London in the early centuries.
Every visit to Perth is a unique experience. With quality accommodation available near these scenic spots, you are sure to enjoy your stay.
St. George is a quaint city in the southwest of Utah on the border of Arizona. What it lacks in size and bright lights, it makes up with small town charm and natural attractions for weekend vacation-goers and business travelers.
Hiking has many benefits for enthusiasts and beginners alike, St. George has towering rock formations and breathtaking scenery for nature lovers looking for a place to relax and unwind.
Go on a historical and hiking adventure at Zion National Park where Native Americans first lived. Tread the ancient pathways while the enormous sandstone cliffs transform from pink to red to cream as you traverse the trail. Experience the wonders of nature and the wilderness as different flora and fauna surprise you in every turn.
St. George Clarion Suites agrees that a vacation is incomplete without a relaxing stay in a comfortable suite room.
After exploring the national parks of St. George, there is nothing like spending a night or a day in a relaxing hotel that has all the facilities and amenities you need to replenish lost energy.
You don’t have to spend every day of your vacation outside exploring the city or soaking in the culture and food. There are days when you just want to laze around your room or use the hotel’s facilities. Enjoy swimming or lounging around the heated pool, spend hours rejuvenating your body in the hot tub, or breaking out a sweat after pigging out in the fitness room. A staycation isn’t a waste of time, it relaxes and unwinds a tired body and stressed psyche.
If you’re tired of exploring the national parks in St. George, hit the golf course and practice your swing. Head to St. George Golf Club for a fun round of 18-hole golf with family, friends, or strangers you meet at the club. There are other clubs, like the Dixie Red Hills Golf Course, the Bloomington Country Club, and the Zion Golf course for golfers and beginners who want to start playing.
St. George is home to trails and parks with cultural significance to the area. Visit the Tuacahn Center for the Arts, or museums such as the City Art Museum, and the Dinosaur Discovery Site.
This small city along the border of Utah and Arizona has small town charm and many attractions that will make your trip memorable, whether you travel for business or with the family.
10 Jun 2015
Legends and myths are a defining ingredient ofSingapore’s rich culture. Take some time to appreciatethe Lion City’s heritage and history, engraved in thesepopular narratives:
The Story of Singapura
Sang Nila Utama, the ruler of Sumatra’s Srivijaya Empire, set out on a journey in the late 13th century. Hewanted to see Temasik, then said to be a beautiful island with an incomparable white sandy shore.Fate had other plans, however.
When he was making his way to the island, he encountered a great storm that almost overturned his boat. Sang Nila Utamadropped his crown in the raging waters and immediately everything became calm.
The crew found themselves in Teluk Belanga (Telok Blangah, today). As they were getting out of the boat, they noticed a lion from afar. Overjoyed, Sang Nila Utama called the island Singapura, or Lion City.
The Myth of the Merlion
Experts from Sentosa Merlion say that Singapore’s tourism icon is a depiction of both the legend of Prince Sang Nila Utama’s discovery of lion (singa) and city (pura) and the fishing village of ‘Temasek’, also known as ‘sea-town’ in Javanese. Here’s the story of Temasek and the gigantic sea beast:
One night, loud winds and crashing waves woke the villagers in Temasek. There was total darkness in the village, as the dark clouds covered the light coming from the moon and the stars. Then, a bright light shone from the ocean and a big creature, half lion and half fish roared. The villagers witnessed a great battle between the beast and nature.
When the winds died down, waters became calmer, and the sky cleared, the sea monster emerged as the victor in the battle, standing proudly on Mount Imbiah of Pulau Belakang Mati (modern-day Sentosa).
The Folktale of Pulau Blakang Mati
Sentosa was once known as Pulau Blakang Mati. Blakang Matimeans “Behind Death” in Malay. There were many legends as to the reason behind the name. One version says that the name refers to piracy and bloodshed nearby. Another account explains that it is a “paradise of warrior spirits” because of the bodies buried at Pulau Brani.
Singapore’s folklores, myths and legends make up its rich culture.For travellers who like exploring heritage and history, the Lion City should definitely be on your travel bucket list.
Everyone has a tendency to feel lost and alone sometimes. Many things could trigger these feelings; jealousy, frustrations, devastating news, financial issues and a lack of faith are just a few examples. Most people fall into sorrow because they feel something is missing or they cannot get what they want.
Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts, refocus your mind. One thing that will help you forget about all your worries is to go on vacation. Go somewhere you can relax, recharge, and reflect on things. For many, Israel is the perfect place to go. Imagine yourself eating Mediterranean dishes, enjoying scenic views, learning about its rich history, and rediscovering your faith. What’s great about Israel is that it can take you to wonderful sites significant to the LDS faith.
If you’re going to plan your travel soon, the following is a guide on where to go and why it is worth visiting:
Choose an LDS Holy Land tour that will allow you to explore the wonders of Tel Aviv. Year-round sunshine, stunning beaches, the gallery scene, and museums are some of the things that make this city worth inclusion on your travel list. Make the most of your visit by taking a walking tour of Jaffa. The calming atmosphere of the place will reinvigorate your faith and teach you how to appreciate life.
Your next stop should be the sacred town of Nazareth. Visit the Church of the Annunciation, explore St. Joseph’s carpentry shop, and see what’s in the Synagogue Church. Take time to listen to lectures, share your sentiments, and participate in activities that make the experience meaningful.
Valley of the Doves
End your vacation by going to the Valley of the Doves to experience the route used by Jesus when he traveled to and from Cana and Nazareth. Next, visit the Mouth of Beatitudes and enjoy an inspiring devotional.
Israel continues to attract global attention, especially for LDS families. Learn about the destination for a more memorable trip.
02 Jun 2015
Whether you’re a native out for some holiday sightseeing or a traveller from a faraway country in search of something new and exciting, you’ll definitely find something to love at the Royal Tunbridge Wells (or Tunbridge Wells, for short). A popular destination for its beautiful sights (including restaurants that serve as great wedding venues), Tunbridge Wells has something for every pair of feet and eyeballs, regardless of where you’re from or what your purpose is.
From the castles, to the museums, to world-class gardens and monuments to years long gone, the beautiful countryside in the aptly-named Garden of England will certainly awaken your senses and leave you with so much more than just lovely Instagram photos. Here are five of the best tourist destinations in the area:
1. St. Mary’s Church Speldhurst
Built by William Morris and Sir Edward Burne Jones, this picturesque church in the heart of Royal Tunbridge features intricate stained glass windows casting multi-colored light over polished and elegant Victorian interiors.
2. St Thomas a Becket Church, Capel
Built in the 14th century and with a tower rebuilt after a fire erupted in 1639, this lovely church has a crown-post roof with eye-catching fittings and 13th century wall paintings that decorate the north wall.
3. Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre
Just because you’re on holiday doesn’t mean you get a free pass when it comes to fitness! Engage in awesome sports such as badminton, basketball, netball and volleyball, or take advantage of the leisure centre’s numerous facilities: the group exercise studio, the gym, the therapy room and so much more.
4. Chalybeate Spring
This spring supposedly provides health-giving water — a claim from Lord North from over 400 years ago, after he took a refreshing drink from the spring.
5. Cranbrook Union Mill
This amazing (and fully functional!) Smock Mill was built in 1814; this tall mill — one of England’s tallest — still grinds corn as a showcase for audiences, who can get in for absolutely free.
These are just some of the many beautiful sights you can catch at Tunbridge Wells. Schedule a trip today and see these wonderful tourist attractions for yourself.
19 Mar 2015
Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit, travel, and live in. While most people are aware of this fact, not everyone believes an explorer can go around Singapore with just a backpack and a small amount of money, and still explore all the city has to offer.
The modern explorer is a freethinker who is not afraid to explore and go on spontaneous adventures. The lone traveller traverses cities, goes through hostels and inns, and dines with locals. Immersing yourself in how the locals live, work, and play is the best way to discover what a country truly has to offer.
With the advent of budget airlines in Southeast Asia, it is possible to fly round trip from many Asian cities for next to nothing. These airlines also allow you to stop in Singapore on your way to/from Indonesia, New Zealand, or Australia. Singapore is more accessible than most believe.
Singapore is far from inexpensive when compared to Thailand, Cambodia, or even Malaysia. Board that plane and experience all that Singapore has to offer without costing all of your life’s savings. Stay in a hostel at night so that you have more money to explore Singapore.
Backpacking trips are never complete without getting lost. Carry that map with you and take on the streets. Do not be shy to ask locals and get your Singaporean culture fix. Get a dose of Mother Nature and visit their beautifully landscaped gardens. Singapore is not known as the garden city for nothing.
View the majestic city skyline from the famed Sentosa Merlion at sunset and enjoy free entertainment along the harbour front. Visit temples and immerse yourself in praise of all the goodness you have had and will have. Go for walk-a-thons and go to Singapore’s beaches, for a little sun worshipping, too.
Eat in the Streets
Grab yourself a cheap and delicious meal where the locals go. Singapore’s cuisine is sprawling and vibrant. Eat out and find something that suits your palate. You can find an abundance of authentic local dishes and a colourful assortment of Malay, Indian and other international cuisines.
Finding satisfying dishes in Singapore does not have to cost an arm and a leg. Exploring the city does not have to, either. With a map in hand and a sturdy backpack, experience what Singapore has to offer without breaking the bank.
The frosty air of winter is starting to make its presence felt across the UK, and for many families, it is the perfect time to start planning for the holidays. Fortunately, when you are in the UK, your options are endless.
There are many places in Britain that transform into a winter wonderland come December. It is a waste not to visit them and experience something different this Christmas. If you have not planned your itinerary yet, let this be your guide:
Bath is a modern city bathed in old world glory. It serves as the perfect backdrop as you walk around and explore the streets. If the Georgian architecture is still not enough for you, you can treat yourself to its famous baths. Plus, you can easily find a boutique bed and breakfast Bath residents usually go to.
Head over to the beached of North Cornwall if you are looking for an adrenalin-filled adventure. Surfing and swimming during Christmas is a tradition for locals. After plunging into the cold waters, warm up next to an open fire with your family.
York is another Christmas haven that should be part of your holiday itinerary. Roam the streets and see all the beautiful lights that adorn the place. You can also shop at the Christmas markets and find a unique present for your loved ones.
Finally, relive your childhood by heading to Edinburgh during the Christmas holidays. Make sure to book a ticket to Santa Land, and get to try all rides there. To cap your visit, shop your heart out at the Christmas markets that locals flock to every year.
Christmas is a great time to take a break from your daily routine. With the many wonderful places to visit in the UK, you can surely have a great experience with your family and make more memories.
Traveling is a great leisure activity for people who want to embark on new adventures. It’s also a great opportunity to bond with your loved ones and friends. From planning your itinerary to packing your things, there are a lot of things you need to decide on. One of those is choosing where you’d be staying. Hotels, beach houses, tents, and even used family campers are among the common options. Here’s a brief discussion on these accommodations to help you make the best choice:
Campers and RVs
Campers and RVs are ideal when you want to go on a full-blown road trip. Campers usually have a living room, kitchen, and beds for everyone’s entertainment and comfort. Packing won’t be a problem because you don’t have to limit yourself. You can also save money when traveling, especially if you get used campers for sale in Arkansas.
Using tents is for adventurous people who don’t mind the risks of outdoor lodging. This option is less convenient than the others, but it can be exciting. People use tents usually for traveling at locations that involve nature such as mountain climbing. Make sure you rainproof your things, though. Rainproof tents are also available but more costly than the average ones.
If you’re not feeling too adventurous, then the luxury and comfort of hotels can do you wonders. Find a nice hotel that won’t cost a fortune. Read reviews on the web to know more about the services and facilities of the hotel. Book in advance because some hotels get fully booked especially during peak seasons. Staying in at hotels or cabins is good if you have little babies or elderly people with you.
Enjoy the great outdoors or see the beauty of big cities by traveling with your family or friends. Choose your next adventure and plan ahead to make sure everything fits your purpose, budget, and preferences.
Travelling is always an experience of a lifetime. Exploring the wonders of nature or the beauty of famous cities always brings a breath of fresh air. It’s also a great way to meet new people and build connections. You can stay in some of the world’s most unique accommodations without spending a fortune. They are called vacation apartment rentals, similar what Chasely Apartments offers.
Searching for an Apartment
One fun thing about vacation accommodation in Toowong is that you can find a place that matches your travel style. Run an online search prior to going out of town. There are different apartments available in different neighbourhoods with different price ranges. Find a place that’s big enough to fit your group and suits your budget and style.
Check the Calendar
Most websites offering vacation apartment rentals have an availability calendar listing the dates that have already been booked. Check if the place is free on your required dates.
Find a site where you can personally get in touch with someone who can help you personalise your stay. Some sites offer extensive submission forms where you can add details on the length of your stay and number of guests.
Arrange a meet-up in advance prior to your arrival and get the mobile number of the person who will welcome you. Once you get to the apartment, familiarise yourself with any rules the place may have.
Enjoy Your Stay
The beauty of renting an apartment when travelling is that you get to plan it yourself. It’s a great experience for an independent, budget-minded traveller. Relax in the apartment after a long day of exploring the city.
Sometimes, the unconventional can surprise you. Try staying at a vacation apartment during your next getaway and you just might find it exciting and enjoyable.