As travel industry experts, the team here at HotelsCombined follow a number of travel blogs to help keep up-to-date on all the latest trends and gadgets. As an Australian owned and operated enterprise, we are naturally drawn to Aussie storytellers. Our pick of the best Aussie travel blogs for 2013 offers a selection of the most inspiring, practical and amusing travel anecdotes – perfect for discovering more about a multitude of locations or travelling styles. Whether you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip or looking to uncover for the best place to have coffee on your weekend away, these blogs are a must-read for both budding and experienced travellers.
Our friends at MyDestination.com share their picks for the best Easter egg hunts around the globe!
Gone are the days when Easter egg hunts consisted of a basket and some signs in a back garden directing enthusiastic children to chocolate delights. This time-honoured tradition has moved much past its humble beginnings to become a global activity with thousands of people partaking in hunts around the world. Here are 10 of the biggest and best Easter egg hunts that travel experts MyDestination.com can’t wait to sink their teeth into, from across the globe:
Jane O’Neill, the Art Series Hotel’s resident art curator.
Australia’s art scene is one-of-a-kind and there are few organizations that celebrate its unique flavour quite like Melbourne’s Art Series Hotels. A trio of three high-end properties inspired and named after famed artists Adam Cullen, John Olsen and Charles Blackman, each hotel is decked with the luminaries’ unique artwork. We recently chatted with the hotel group’s resident art curator, Jane O’Neill, about what guests can expect to experience at Australia’s trendiest abodes:
The Art Series properties are all named after famous artists. Which of the three is your favourite?
Of the three, I would have to say that Adam Cullen is my favourite artist. There is a keen sense of absurdist humour in his work that is translated through bold colours – the works are both alluring and jarring. I am intrigued by how the energy of his work sets the tone for the atmosphere of the hotel.
Miss Emma Gardiner – otherwise known as “SheGoes”.
Here at HotelsCombined, we’ve recently become besotted with Emma Gardiner’s quirky Aussie travel/lifestyle/culinary blog. From heartfelt musings on relationships to suggestions for a “kick ass” Canberra weekend getaway, there is never a dull post in the SheGoes arsenal – moreover, you’re likely to find plenty of Down Under hidden gems that you wouldn’t learn about from a Lonely Planet guide.
Introducing Lindsay Anderson: The gal with the best job in the world.
It’s every foodie’s dream job – a gig that involves eating out at a different restaurant every day for a year and getting paid $50,000 to boot. Add on a one-year gym membership as well as living expenses, and you’re looking at one of the sweetest set-ups ever.
As the winner of Tourism Richmond’s global search for an official food blogger, that’s exactly the amazing opportunity that Lindsay Anderson has snagged. Beating out over 1,500 other applicants from around the world, the former Vancouver resident is now living la belle vie in the neighbouring Canadian city of Richmond, British Columbia. Renowned for its Asian cuisine (more than 65% of the city’s population is of Asian descent) and for its historic fishing village of Steveston (full of acclaimed seafood and fish n’ chip joints), Richmond’s over 800 restaurants have given Lindsay plenty of material for her daily blog posts.
Gung Hay Fat Choy! The Lunar New Year is now in full swing across the globe.
By Joshua Hergesheimer
With Lunar New Year now in full swing, we’ve scoured the globe for the best spots to say goodbye to the Year of the Dragon and welcome in the Water Snake. So get packing, since the last day of Lunar New Year is on the 15th day of the first lunar month. Got that? As the full moon rises that evening, more than two-and-a-half billion people are going to party like it’s 4710. And that’s epic. So get under the skin of the Year of the Snake with our top hotel tips:
Dan and Audrey from UncorneredMarket.com.
Dan and Audrey from major travel blog Uncornered Market are a professional writer/photographer team who have visited a whopping 75 countries in the last six years! With all that trekking around the globe, these nomads are naturally full of helpful travel tips and advice – and we wanted to tap into all that knowledge. Lucky for us, the duo kindly agreed to answer some questions from our HotelsCombined community and recently provided their guidance on destinations ranging from Colombia to Singapore. Without further ado, here’s your travel advice from the experts:
“The Godfather” of concierges – Mr. Victor Baraya.
Victor Baraya might not order anyone to “sleep with the fishes” or have devotees kissing his ring finger, but the concierge’s powerful connections and inside knowledge of the hospitality industry have earned him the same awe and admiration that made filmdom’s Vito Corleone so revered. It’s therefore not surprising that the long-time hotel professional is widely referred to as “The Godfather” by his peers – a moniker that’s resulted from an impressive 40-year career spanning London, Damascus, Beirut and Cairo. A member of the Union Internationale des Concierges Hotels “Les Clefs d’Or,” Baraya has served as the face of the five-star Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney since the hotel’s opening back in 2000. He is also arguably one of Australia’s longest-serving concierges. We were recently lucky enough to chat with the international man of mystery to find out just what makes him tick: Continue reading
Matthew Karsten, a.k.a “The Expert Vagabond,” makes some new friends in Guatemala.
Matthew Karsten’s blog, The Expert Vagabond, is not for the faint of heart. In it, the professional photographer details his hair-raising travel experiences which include the likes of downhill mountain biking, skydiving and canyoning (he also doesn’t shy away from getting up close and personal with local wildlife). Truly, this daredevil nomad is not one to shy away from excitement.
Because we have our fair share of adrenalin junkies within the HotelsCombined community, Matthew was recently kind enough to take time out from his exploits to share his thoughts on the true meaning of adventure and his tips for newbie thrill-seekers:
Married couple Tracy and Evan have travelled the world together since 2005 – and they still like each other!
Travel can certainly bring out the best in people, but it can oftentimes bring out the worst too. With stressful obstacles such as lost luggage, language barriers and noisy hotel neighbours to contend with, it’s not unusual for tempers to flare when things go awry on the road. Which is why couples who travel the world together continuously inspire and impress us – just how do they manage to journey cheek by jowl without killing each other?!
With that thought in mind, we recently chatted with Evan and Tracy, founders of the website travels4couples.com. Together since 2000 and hailing from Vancouver, Canada, the pair took their first trip in 2005 through Europe and have since gone on to visit a whopping 28 different countries side-by-side (and they still like each other!) The nomadic duo was recently generous enough to share their survival tips with us so that other twosomes might learn how to experience the wonders of travel without breakdowns or breakups.