Melbourne is Top City for Aussies these School Holidays

Are you planning a getaway over the September school holidays? With two weeks of freedom looming (hurrah!), we pulled some figures and took a closer look at where exactly Aussies are headed for the break.

Guess which city was number one?

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Guest Review: Rustic Luxury at Telunas Resorts Private Island

The Villas at Telunas

The Villas at Telunas Resorts Private Island

Are you looking to get away from the hustle of city life? Is it your desire to unplug from technology and breath in clean air and bask in the warmth of the sun? At Telunas Resorts Private Island (owned by Telunas Beach Resort) you can do just that.

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Travel Adventures: One Girl Goes Around the World

Lisa Eldridge is a Girl about the Globe

Lisa Eldridge is a Girl about the Globe

Have you ever pictured yourself picking up your life and taking off on an adventure around the world? One brave woman has done just that. Freelance travel writer, Lisa Eldridge reached a point in her life where she decided to seize her long-harbored passion for travel and get going. She has since traveled to over 83 countries – 43 of those alone.

Lisa blogs about her experiences, aiming to inspire women to travel independently, smarter and more ethically; making a difference to local communities and projects all over the world.

We sat down with Lisa to chat about her blog, Girl about the Globe:

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Summer in Europe? These are the Most Popular Cities…

June to August is the peak tourism period in Europe. So where did everyone go?

June to August is the peak tourism period in Europe. So where did everyone go?

Summer in the northern hemisphere is drawing to a close.  While Europe welcomes travellers year-round, summer is definitely one of its most popular tourism periods. Every year, increasing numbers of holiday makers continue to battle the crowds and the high temperatures to visit the top destinations.

So which city is the most popular of them all? We decided to take a look at the number of hotel bookings made in European cities over the 2014 summer period (July – August)  to find out where the tourists are heading:

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This Is How You Take Great Photos At The Beach

Whether you have the most sophisticated DSLR or just a smartphone; travel photography is a great way to share the experiences you had on your journey with your friends and family. But most people find it hard to evoke that sense of excitement and wonder that they felt during their travels through their images.

Have you ever tried to take photos at the beach?

There is a certain time of the year in every country, where we feel the need to ditch the office for a few days and gaze at the deep blue sea rather than a computer.  Oded Wagenstein, a travel photographer and a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveler magazine has shared his tips to taking great photos on your next beach holiday:

How to take great photos of your next beach holiday

How to take great photos of your next beach holiday

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Exploring Australia: Port Arthur Historic Site

The view of Part Arthur from the boat

The view of Port Arthur  Historic Site from the boat tour

If you are interested in combining a family holiday with a little bit of education, then this small town on the Tasman Peninsula could be for you. We recently visited the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania – it’s one of the best places to discover Australia’s convict past.

Settled in the 1830’s, it was one of the most infamous penal settlements in Australia when it became a punishment station for the worst convicts in the colony.  Today, Port Arthur Historic site is home to over 30 historic buildings, ruins and gardens with many informative displays and tours.

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The Maldives: Is This The Ultimate Getaway?

The Gili Lankanfushi Resort, Maldives

The Gili Lankanfushi Resort, Maldives

Does it get any better than this? Deep blue seas, beautiful reefs, beaches and a promise that you’ll leave your holiday completely revived and rejuvenated. It is really no wonder at all that the Maldives is a go-to destination of honeymooners and couples.

Slightly green with envy, we took a look at our database of Maldivian hotels and resorts and picked out our top five. Here they are:

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Cheap Stays: Where are the World’s Most Popular Hostels?

A dorm room at the Meininger Hotel in Hyde Park, London

A dorm room at the Meininger Hotel in Hyde Park, London

 

Do you opt for luxury or budget accommodation when travelling? Are you a 5 star or a five-person-dorm kind of traveller?

Hostels are usually found in the most convenient of locations and increasing numbers of travellers - both young and old - are recognising the benefits booking into such affordable accommodation.

We took a look through our database of (over 800,000!) properties and pulled out the 10 most popular hostels in the world for the last 18 months. The results were as follows:

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Are You Looking For A Quirky Getaway?

Something different at the Ice Hotel, Sweden

Experience something different at the Ice Hotel, Sweden

Here at HotelsCombined HQ, we got to thinking that there must be some hotels within our database that would make for a slightly different or unique kind of holiday. While beaches and pools are lovely, maybe it’s time to break the mold and consider some of the interesting options out there. They are well worth considering!

Here are our top picks for a holiday with a slightly unusual feel:

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Guest Review: Fraser Serviced Apartments, KL

Fraser Service Apartments Kuala Luemper

A view over the city from the Fraser Serviced Apartments, Kuala Lumpur

Finding comfortable and well located accommodation in a chosen city is of utmost importance to every traveler.  Fraser Place Apartments in Kuala Lumpur offers guests this and more. From the desk clerks to the maintenance personnel, the staff members at this establishment are both friendly and helpful. Checking into and out of the hotel is a simple process.

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