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What you should know if you’re changing or cancelling a trip due to COVID-19


There is growing concern around the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the entire travel industry is experiencing an unprecedented increase in service requests as travellers look to adjust their trips. These can be confusing and stressful moments, and we understand your need for timely answers and assistance.

Please know our teams are working incredibly hard right now to make trip changes and cancellations as simple as possible. While we are adjusting our operations and policies, we do ask for your patience. Right now, we are focused on customers with travel in the next 72 hours. If your travel is not immediate, please visit our Customer Service Portal that includes online tools to help you change or cancel travel plans yourself.

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Changing or canceling your trip online or through the Expedia app

In these critical moments, we ask that travellers who do not have trips starting within the next 3 days use the self-service tools in our Customer Support Portal and wait to call us. Here’s how to manage your own itinerary online or through the app:

We understand you might have questions, but this will help us focus on customers with more imminent travel. Please know that policies are changing rapidly and are at the discretion of hotel and airline partners. If you aren’t seeing a flex policy for your specific booking, sit tight because updates are frequently posted on Expedia.

General tips for travellers who still need or want to travel despite COVID-19

As the current situation continues to evolve, travellers should try to adhere to the guidance from government and public health officials to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Australian government has also advised Australians to avoid non-essential travel both internationally and domestically.

Of course, traveller safety is the most important thing so ultimately, it’s up to you to determine what’s best for you and your family.

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 27 Mar 2020 | 7:45 pm

10 reasons Northstar shines bright in snow season


When was the last time you went skiing? Were there heated walkways, free bubbles, hot toddies, hot tubs, and roaring fireplaces? We didn’t think so. If you haven’t been to Northstar California Resort, in North Lake Tahoe, you haven’t done skiing right. Here’s 10 reasons why this North American ski resort will take your winter holiday up a notch.

1. Close and convenient

Ok so close and convenient might be how we’d describe an Australian ski resort, but if you’ve committed to a long haul snow holiday, North Lake Tahoe might surprise you. Fly direct from Australia into San Francisco, grab a 4 wheel drive and take a four hour cruisy drive straight to Northstar’s front door on the north western edge of Lake Tahoe.

2. Village vibe

Northstar has some serious charm offensive. Perched at an elevation of 1,900m, the pedestrian-only village is straight out of the North Pole. A picture perfect ice rink sits at its heart, surrounded by streets strung with fairy lights, dotted with pine trees and lined with cute boutiques.

3. Mountain magic

It doesn’t get any better than a bluebird day at Northstar. Image by Lisa Perkovic

Northstar is home to more than 1,200 hectares of skiable terrain – much of it well groomed and designed for beginners through to intermediates. Dare devils can duck off into the trees and black diamonds to get their adrenalin fix, but the real joy is to be found on rolling blue runs – cruise down West Ridge, along Luggis and then all the way back down to the village on easy greens.

4. Töst time

A very special spot for a toast. Image by Lisa Perkovic

Everyday at 2pm is Töst Time at Northstar. Each day at the top of East Ridge a champagne bar, music and bean bags pop up so you can raise a toast to the mountain. Simply bring your ID, grab a free sparkling wine and sip your ice cold bubbles before the last few runs of the day.

5. S’mores

Forget happy hour, 5pm is truly the happy hour down at Northstar village. Chefs bearing trays of bite sized s’mores will stroll around the ice rink handing out the traditional American campfire treat. If you want to make your own, grab a DIY kit from the Rink bar and toast your marshmallows at the open air fire pits.

6. Kid friendly

If you have little ones in tow, you’ll love the set up at Northstar. Nifty wagons are set up around the village each day – free to use and return. Pop the kids and their gear into a wagon, pull them over to the gondola, unload and get ready to start your family adventure.

7. Fine dining

Fine dining, mountain style. Image by The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Fine dining takes on new meaning when you dine at The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Rug up and ride the gondola up from the village, where the luxury hotel sits snug like a snow castle surrounded by snow covered pine trees. The hotel’s award winning Manzanita restaurant is famous for mountain fare – try crispy fried Brussels sprouts, rack of lamb with barley and date and decadent dark chocolate mousse. Make sure you peruse the extensive local Californian wine selection.

8. Luxe lodges

Staying ski in ski out is never cheap, but at Northstar you don’t have to blow the budget to seriously spoil yourself. The village is filled with privately owned condominiums – serviced apartments – which are rented out through accommodation groups like Tahoe Mountain Lodging. That means each will be slightly different, but it also means they’re well maintained and often more luxe than your average apartment. Expect high ceilings, full sized kitchens, big beds, electric fireplaces and hot tubs.

9. Après ski

What is a trip to the snow without après hour? Kick things off with 2pm töst on the mountain, before heading back to the village to grab a few Moscow Mules in front of the open air fire pits at the Rink Bar. Grab some skates and try a few spins under the stars – throw in live music and you have hours of fun. Once the sun sets, make your way to one of the TC’s Taphouse for fireside all American dishes and beers by the fire.

10. Beyond the snow

When you’re off the snow, the village has spas, shops and restaurants to keep you busy. It would be easy to stay in the village, but don’t forget you can’t go to Lake Tahoe without seeing the lake itself. That sounds like an obvious statement, but it would be easy to drive straight into a resort without even catching a glimpse of the mighty lake. Take a twenty minute detour down to the shore to peer out across North America’s largest alpine lake – home to almost 40 trillion gallons of water. On a blue bird day, keep your eyes peeled on the mountain for glimpses of the lake from the runs.

Spa time – an essential post-ski activity! Image by Chris Cypert and Northstar California Resort

Whether you want to wine and dine or do every run on the mountain, Northstar California is a winter wonderland that won’t disappoint.

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 14 Mar 2020 | 10:54 am

3 Ways to Spend a Weekend in Lisbon

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Boasting warm, sunny weather year-round, excellent food and wine and a wide array of things to see and do, Lisbon is quickly becoming a hot European travel destination. If you only have a weekend for your trip, take a look at this travel itinerary and ideas for spending 2 or 3 days in Lisbon and experiencing the highlights of the city. Each day highlights a different way to see one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals.

Belem Tower and coastline in Lisbon

Belem Tower

Friday Evening

When you arrive on Friday, you’ll have 72 hours in Lisbon. After settling in to your hotel, head to Feitoria for traditional Portuguese foods like fish and seafood from the coast in a contemporary setting. After dinner, you can head to Tasca do Chico to experience Lisbon’s musical soul with wine and singing. If you want to dance, Jardim de Lisboa Antiga has Brazilian dance parties that last until midnight.

Many of Lisbon’s neighbourhoods have trendy rooftop bars that give you spectacular views of the city while you sip wine or cocktails, such as Park, a restaurant and bar on top of a parking garage. If you prefer to bar hop, your best options are Bairro Alto, a hilly neighborhood with energetic bars, or Principe Real, a bohemian area with trendy cocktail bars and tapas restaurants. You could also book a moonlit tour to see Lisbon’s most popular landmarks illuminated at night.

Saturday Morning

On Saturday morning, you’ll have 48 hours remaining in Lisbon. Have breakfast at Heim Cafe, a delicious restaurant in the Santos neighbourhood that serves innovative egg dishes with salad, fruit, yogurt, and waffles or pancakes.

After eating, you can spend some time strolling through the city to see some of its famous landmarks, such as the imposing Belém Tower medieval defence fortification and the Jerónimos Monastery. There’s also Castelo de S. Jorge, a hilltop Moorish castle and palace ruins.

If you’re bringing the kids, you could visit Oceanario de Lisboa, a waterside aquarium with ocean ecosystems. The aquarium has many beautiful marine species, including seahorses, sharks, rays, starfish, corals, octopus, sea urchins, jellyfish, barracudas and eels. There’s also a vast collection of birds, such as seagulls and penguins.

For lunch, stop in Coelho da Rocha for traditional Portuguese cuisine and small plates and entrees, such as battered and fried John Dory fillets and partridge pie.

Walkway and arches in Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon

Jeronimos Monastery

Saturday Afternoon and Evening

After lunch, visit the Carmo Convent, a medieval convent that was ruined during the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. It’s now home to a unique archaeological museum with artefacts spanning all periods of Portuguese history, including architectural relics. Some of its notable exhibits include a group of gothic tombs with elaborate decoration, a statue of a 12th-century king, Moorish azulejos (ceramic tiles) and artefacts from the Visigoth period.

On Saturday night in Lisbon, you can take part in some of the city’s best nightlife. Start with dinner at O Galito, an elegant restaurant that merges traditional soul food with Mediterranean flavours, complete with some of the best wine in the region.

After dinner, head to Lisbon’s former ‘red-light district’, which is now Pink Street. Locally known as Rua Cor-de-Rosa, the street has been redesigned with bars and clubs, all painted pink. You could find a range of unique venues, such as the Europa dance club, MusicBox and Pensão Amor, a bar in a former brothel.

Sunday Morning

On Sunday morning in Lisbon, you’ll have 24 hours left for sightseeing. Start with breakfast at Fauna and Flora, a vegan restaurant with smoothie bowls, pancakes, toast and decor that features lush plants and succulents.

After breakfast, take some time to see Lisbon’s notable landmarks, such as the 12th-century Lisbon Cathedral and its unique Latin cross shape and the National Sanctuary of Christ the King, a monument and shrine overlooking the city.

You could also see Ponte 25 de Abril, a massive suspension bridge with views of the city. You’ll also like the National Museum of the Azulejo, a museum within an opulent church that holds a massive collection of ceramic artefacts, and the National Pantheon, a 17th-century church that’s home to celebrity tombs.

For lunch, indulge a little with a meal at Varanda, a diverse restaurant with a full menu, an all-you-can-eat buffet and a tranquil view of Eduardo VII Park.

Exterior of the National Museum of the Azulejo

National Museum of the Azulejo

Sunday Afternoon and Evening

After lunch, you could work off your meal with a walk around Eduardo VII Park. The beautiful green space has formal gardens and elaborate landscaping with walking paths for a tranquil afternoon in nature. The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, a museum with a global art collection from a private collector, is another great place to spend the afternoon.

On Sunday night in Lisbon, you can take in any experiences you may have missed. Start with dinner at Attla Restaurante, a modern restaurant with an easygoing atmosphere and seasonal dishes inspired by travels, such as coglioni sausage with Thai spice and Basque cod with garlic sauce.

Before you head home, you can party for one last night in one of Lisbon’s unforgettable nightclubs. There are many to choose from, including Lux Frágile, a legendary club inside a former warehouse with a rooftop bar, the waterfront K Urban Beach Club, and Barrio Latino with its African and Latin music.

Ready for your trip?

Now that you have some ideas and a recommended itinerary for a fun-filled weekend in Lisbon, it’s time to get ready for your trip. Take a look at deals on Lisbon hotels on Expedia to save on your trip!

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 11 Mar 2020 | 12:06 pm

Things to buy in London

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From Big Ben and Buckingham Palace to the British Museum and the London Eye, London is filled with world-class attractions that are sure to give you a memorable experience. If you want to bring home something more than photographs to remember your trip, plenty of unique souvenirs can be found in shopping areas throughout the city. Here are the top things to buy in London for yourself or friends and family.

Aerial view of London cityscape

London

An umbrella from James Smith & Sons

James Smith & Sons is a historic shop that opened in 1830 that sells only umbrellas and walking sticks. Located near Tottenham Court Road and Holburn Stations, the shop features its original Victorian shop front and sells umbrellas made on site, which are a staple for Londoners due to the many rainy days. Bringing home an umbrella or walking stick is a great way to remember your time in London, especially if you make use of them while you’re there.

Houses of Parliament memorabilia

For branded souvenirs, there’s no better place than the Houses of Parliament shop. You can find a range of gifts marked with the stamp of the government, such as playing cards, flasks, pens, toys, notebooks, cufflinks, tiles, watches, jewellery, and more. The shop is conveniently located near Westminster Station, so it’s easy to stop in and grab a few gifts before returning home.

A hat from Lock & Co.

Lock & Co. is the oldest hat shop in the world. It was established in 1786 and boasts a range of hats and celebrity visitors, including Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, and Charlie Chaplin. They also created the first bowler hat ever in 1849. If you bring home a hat from Lock & Co., you’re bringing home a stylish piece of U.K. history.

A toy theatre from Benjamin Pollock’s toy shop

Benjamin Pollock’s toy shop is one of the few remaining toy shops in the West End. Specialising in toy theatres and shadow boxes, you can find all types of unique and nostalgic toys to bring home as unique souvenirs by shopping at Benjamin Pollock’s. There’s also a range of other toys, books and games, so you can pick up gifts appropriate for children of all ages.

Tea from Whittard and Twinings

Tea is ingrained in British culture, so what better souvenir to bring home with you? You can find Whittard and Twinings shops all over London for traditional Earl Grey or flavoured teas pre-packaged to take home, as well as teapots and hampers. If tea isn’t to your taste, you could also pick up coffee or cocoa that’s more to your liking.

Harry Potter souvenirs

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, a visit to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour and Platform 9 3/4 is a must-see on a trip to London. After sightseeing, you can visit the gift shop for exclusive Harry Potter-themed merchandise like plush toys, tee shirts, jewellery and a personalised Hogwarts acceptance letter, perfect for yourself or other fans in your family.

London landmark souvenirs

Whether it’s your first time in London or you’ve visited many times, you’re probably going to visit a few of the city’s landmarks during your trip. Places like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the British Museum and the Tower of London all have gift shops with iconic souvenirs, such as tote bags, cufflinks, keychains, miniature statues, and more that are modelled after the landmarks themselves. With so much to choose from, you can bring home a different piece of London culture and history for yourself and your friends and family.

Exterior of the British Museum in London

The British Museum

London gin

You can find independent gin bars all over London that offer craft spirits you can bring home. One of the best is the City of London Distillery, which serves food and refreshments. You can visit the City of London Distillery to take the Distillery Tour and Gin Tasting Experience, which gives you a background into the craft of producing fine gin. Before you leave, visit the shop on-site to buy some original London gin to take home.

Beatles memorabilia

The Beatles are one of the most popular and influential bands in music history, and though they didn’t start in London, you can find their mark throughout the city. Abbey Road is featured on one of their most iconic album covers, and there’s a Beatles Store in London that offers all types of Beatles memorabilia. You can bring home various gifts, from postcards and photographs to original Beatles tour programmes.

Fragrance from Jo Malone’s Regent Street Boutique

Jo Malone shops are found throughout the UK high streets, but the Regent Street boutique offers some unique gifts you can’t find elsewhere. You can get exclusive fragrances, coloured bottle caps, personalised candles with a message, and other fine gifts for yourself or your family and friends back home. You can also pick up favourites from the Archive Collection and Artisan Studio.

People and buildings in Regent Street in London

Regent Street

Ready for your trip?

With so much to choose from, you can bring home a touch of London history and culture for your friends and family and to remember your trip. When it comes time to plan, take a look at things to do in London and check out London holidays to get ready for the time of your life.

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 11 Mar 2020 | 11:23 am

What to Know for Visiting California

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California is a vast state and it’s all but impossible to see the whole thing in one go, because there’s so much to see and do, with so many different cultures and surroundings. Check out these travel tips for traveling in California, and some advice to keep in mind on your visit.

Aerial walkway in Downtown Long Beach

Downtown Long Beach

You’ll have connectivity everywhere

Where to find internet connectivity is almost always something to know before you go, and should be included on many lists of travel tips, but in California, it’s not a problem at all. Almost everywhere in the state offers free WiFi, so whether you’re going to an upscale restaurant, dining at a café, or anywhere else, you can anticipate being able to get connected. Keeping in touch with your friends and family, or knowing what’s going on through social media isn’t an issue in California.

You’ll pay for shopping bags

If you have to stop at the store in California, it’s best to bring your own reusable bags. California has passed Prop 67 which eliminated free shopping bags in grocery stores. That means if you stop any store for a few items on your trip, anticipate paying at least 10 cents per bag, or more. If you’re not prepared for this in advance, it will certainly be something you wish you knew before you took your trip.

Beat your credit card fees

One very unique service that’s definitely on your list of what to know before you go is that you can do a fee-free cash advance on credit cards at many places. They do this by ringing up a purchase at more than it actually costs, and paying you the difference in cash. That makes it super easy to have that extra lifeline when you need it, without having to pay the high fees usually associated with cash withdrawals on your card.

Plan for day trips

Unless you’re visiting somewhere like Los Angeles or San Francisco and specifically plan to spend your whole trip there, what to know before you go is that you should plan for day trips. Anticipate spending several hours getting to your destination, whether it’s for a guided tour of the stars’ homes or you’re going to see the redwoods up north. It takes a long time to get anywhere in California because the whole state is a sprawl that stretches nearly 800 miles from south to north.

Building and streets in Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles

You’ll want a car

Again, unless you plan to stay in one city for your entire trip (and even then, in some cases), you’ll want to have a car to get from point A to point B and beyond. Since California is so large, a car allows you to get where you need to go in relative freedom, and you’ll want one that’s reliable for long drives. The state is also home of some of the most scenic drives in the world, so don’t bypass the opportunity to take a long drive along a coastal highway.

Check the weather

Because California is such a huge state, the climates change drastically from one place to another. The majority of the state has a Mediterranean climate that stays warm and somewhat moist all year round, but in the extreme south, you can experience subtropical climates that are even hotter, and in the far north and at the highest mountain peaks you’ll even find alpine and polar climates, while Death Valley is the hottest location in the world. Know before you go what climate you’re going to experience so you know in advance what kinds of clothes to pack.

There are special-needs-friendly attractions

If you have someone in your group who has special needs whether it might be sound sensitivity or issues around crowds, there are tons of family-friendly attractions that are sensitive to these needs. From theme parks like Sea World or Legoland, Disneyland to Universal Studios to Six Flags or Knott’s Berry Farms, tons of places are on offer to tour and provide things to do which will entertain you and all of your beloved family members who may have special needs to be addressed.

Stop and enjoy the wine

California is famed worldwide for its wine country. If you’re traveling through the countryside, you absolutely must make time to visit one of the hundreds of vineyards and wineries spread across the state. Many of these facilities include upscale dining establishments and gift shops as well as tasting rooms. You can even take a tour of a winery so you can learn about the process and history of making wine in California. Whether you’re going to Napa, Sonoma, or any of the other wine country regions, it’s an unforgettable trip in the making.

People walking in Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park

Time your visit

One of the most important travel tips to know before you go is when to travel. The vast majority of people head for California during the summer, which is the peak travel time. That means you need to anticipate massive crowds and the most popular attractions, with commensurate wait times everywhere from amusement park lines to restaurants. For some things like heading for the high country, a summer trip may be a necessity, but for others, if you can grab a spring or autumn trip, you’ll still get solid beach weather and far fewer crowds.

Catch a music festival

California is a musical state, no doubt about it. After all, Los Angeles is the record company capital of the world. If you’d like to experience new music, get lost in a community of fellow fans, meet new friends, or just see a whole selection of amazing international acts play, there are music festivals galore in California. You can check out any number such as Coachella, Stagecoach, BottleRock, or even smaller concerts and festivals held on beaches and in city squares throughout the state.

Get ready for a California vacation adventure

Now that you’ve got your list of essential information to keep in mind before visiting California, you’re ready to head off to an unforgettable adventure along the coast. Check out the wealth of great travel deals for flights, hotels, and vacation packages you’ll find on Expedia and book your California holiday today!

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 29 Feb 2020 | 11:23 am



What to Know for Visiting South Africa

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Drawing from a mix of cultural influences that include Dutch, English, Ndebele, Sazi and Afrikaner people, South Africa is a vibrant country with gourmet cuisine, fine art, wine and endless opportunities for outdoor fun. If you’re planning a trip, here are some travel tips for travelling in South Africa and advice to make the most of your visit.

Beach, cliffs and home on the coast of Victoria Bay Beach in South Africa

Victoria Bay Beach

When to visit

With its multiple biomes and varying climates, South Africa is a year-round travel destination. Being in the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa has the same seasons as Australia. The northern regions get rainfall from November to February, and the cooler months of May to September are the best times for outdoor excursions and wildlife encounters. The southern Cape area has hot, dry weather in the summer months between November and February. If you want to see whale migration, the season falls between July and November.

Where to visit

South Africa is a big country with a lot of diverse experiences, much like Australia. Before you plan your itinerary, it’s good to decide where you want to visit and what’s close by. Most travellers enjoy the modern cities like Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, but you can travel off-the-beaten-path to see attractions like Mountain Zebra National Park, Kosi Bay, Die Hel in Western Cape and Baviaanskloof. You can’t see it all, so be sure to map out destinations close to each other and give yourself time to really experience the attractions in each area.

How to get there and get around

It’s easy to get to South Africa from Australia’s major cities. Flights are available from Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, most of which take 10 to 18 hours. Once you’re there, you can use public transportation. Many of the cities have extensive rail and bus networks, but if you prefer to move around on your own schedule, the best option is to hire a car. If you’re going to be spending time in the bush, a car hire is a must.

What to pack

What to pack for your holiday in South Africa depends on the season and where you intend to travel. It’s best to prepare by checking the historical and predicted weather for the time period of your trip, and consider the weather patterns if you intend to take day trips. Also, even if you’re planning a trip to a warm area, you may experience temperature fluctuations between night and day, so it’s important to pack some layers and a few cool-weather items. If you’re planning to spend time outdoors, bring gear like waterproof boots, a sun hat and other sun protection.

Aerial view of a mountain and forest in South Africa

South Africa wilderness

Keep safety in mind

Travelling to an unfamiliar area is always a concern for first-time travellers, especially with the impressions of South Africa. It has high murder rates and crime issues throughout the country that are all over the media, but that typically occurs in areas that aren’t tourist destinations. If you want to stay safe during your trip, it’s best to exercise basic caution and avoid walking alone in isolated areas at night, don’t leave your bag, food or drinks unattended and stay aware of your surroundings.

Budget carefully

South Africa is relatively inexpensive to visit, especially with the exchange rate. You can find plenty of cheap accommodation options and dining options, but what to know before you go is that there are certain South African experiences that are pricey. For example, if you want to enjoy a well-organized safari with a comfortable sleeping arrangement and a knowledgeable guide, it’s best to budget a few hundred dollars for the experience. It’s best to plan in advance and budget accordingly.

Stick to well-known tour programs and experiences

South Africa has some political turmoil and some areas aren’t regulated. To avoid getting wrapped up in something unsavoury, be sure to know before you go and research what you’re purchasing. This includes tour experiences, animal encounters, volunteer programs and local goods. For example, you can book safaris and animal encounters with large companies that keep conservation in mind, rather than participating in a cruel or even illegal canned hunting experience. The same is true of local goods and choosing companies that obey labor laws and care for their employees.

Mind the car guards

One of the best travel tips you can get is that car guards are commonplace in South Africa. The guards are usually in bright yellow or orange vests and keep an eye on your vehicle to deter break-ins while you’re away. When you return to your vehicle, the guard may say you owe them money for their service. If you don’t pay, they may damage your vehicle in retaliation, so it’s best to give them a few rand for helping you out. Just consider it a tip and keep change on you to anticipate paying guards.

Learn a few phrases

South Africa has 11 official languages, so it’s virtually impossible to prepare for your trip by learning the language. Fortunately, English is enough to get you by in most places, but you should learn a few colloquial phrases to help you communicate better. Some local phrases that can be confusing include ‘shame’, which usually means ‘that’s a shame’, and ‘robot’, which means ‘stoplight’. There’s also ‘lekker’, which is an Afrikaans word that’s equivalent of good or great. Also, time moves fairly slowly in South Africa, so even if someone says ‘just now’, it doesn’t mean right at that moment.

Elephant in Kruger National Park in South Africa

Kruger National Park

Travel to the bush to see wildlife

Despite the image many people have of South Africa, the cities are mostly developed. You’ll wish you knew that wildlife doesn’t roam freely all over the country, so if you have your heart set on seeing the ‘Big Five’ animals: Cape buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros, you’ll need to venture into the bushland. You can find reserves all over the country, but the Kruger National Park is a prime location for some wildlife viewing of Africa’s big game species in a safe, natural place.

Ready for your trip?

Now that you have all the essential information before visiting South Africa, you can start planning your trip. Take a look at deals on South Africa holidays from Expedia to map out your itinerary and prepare for an unforgettable adventure!

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 29 Feb 2020 | 11:16 am

What to Know for Visiting Argentina

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The South American country of Argentina is a fascinating and diverse place with plenty of memorable experiences, whether you’re looking for arts and culture, nightlife or anything in between. If you’re considering a trip, take a look at these travel tips for travelling in Argentina and get some helpful advice to make the most of your visit.

Pathway in San Martin Square in Argentina

San Martin Square

Plan your itinerary

Argentina is a massive country. In fact, it’s roughly 60 percent of the size of Europe and contains everything from glacial areas to tropical jungles. You could easily spend the whole time in a city like Buenos Aires or explore a few different places close to each other. Instead of jumping around the country and trying to see it all, it’s best to plan an itinerary that includes time to explore and relax in different destinations. You’ll not only ensure that you have an enjoyable experience, but you’ll also avoid missing out on anything you really want to see.

Learn how to get there and around

Many airlines offer direct or 1-stop flights from major Australian cities to various places in Argentina. Once you arrive, you can take the bus from city to city or use the country’s extensive train network to get around. If you’re planning on travelling a lot, you can get a SUBE card for public transport to save on multiple trips. In some areas, you may want to consider taking a taxi or hiring a car to set your own sightseeing pace and schedule.

Know that the seasons are the same

Like Australia, Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere and has opposite seasons from the Northern Hemisphere, so Argentina’s summer and winter are Australia’s summer and winter, and the activities, crowds and rates reflect that. Argentina’s size and varied landscape give you plenty of opportunities for winter or summer sports, so you can simply plan the type of activities you want and decide your destination based on that. The majority of Argentina is temperate and experiences hot, humid summers and cold, dry winter.

Autumn foliage in Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park

Bring cash with you

Unlike other countries with consistent exchange rates, the Argentine peso can change day to day. This is one of the most important travel tips to know, not only for sticking to your budget, but also for anticipating how you’ll handle your money. Unfortunately, most places don’t take cards, so you’ll need to have cash. If you’re going to bring your currency to Argentina, you’ll have a favourable exchange rate. Avoid using ATMs if you can help it, which have low maximum withdrawal amounts and high fees that can add up.

Don’t expect prompt times

The residents of Argentina like to take their time, and nothing is punctual. Most people don’t start work until 10 a.m. or eat dinner until 9 or 10 p.m., which can be an adjustment if you’re used to early mornings and evenings. Drinks after dinner are common as well, which means your late dinner can turn into an early-morning affair. Fortunately, the point of a holiday is to take it easy, so enjoy the opportunity to sleep in and take your time exploring.

Be safe when travelling

Demonstrations are common in Argentina, especially in the large cities. If you encounter a demonstration, it’s best to move along and avoid getting caught up in the event. To help avoid being the victim of a crime, what to know is to avoid looking too ‘touristy’ by appearing lost, even if you are. Also, be sure to exercise caution when travelling around by staying aware of your surroundings and avoiding isolated areas, especially at night. If possible, take a taxi to your destination.

Avoid the dogs

Argentina’s large cities have tons of dogs that appear to be strays but are actually owned by residents and roam free. In most cases, the worst experience you’ll have is attracting some new canine friends that follow you around. However, some dogs roam in packs and hang around bus stations, which can be risky for people walking around. Dogs may not be vaccinated as well, so you don’t want to get bitten on your trip. Also, the roaming dogs can make the streets messy, so watch your step!

Dog walker with dogs on the street in Old Palermo

Old Palermo

Ditch your diet

Argentinian food is very rich and includes a lot of meat-based dishes. You can find steakhouses all over the country, and asados – or barbecues – are popular. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you should prepare by finding appropriate dining options and factor them into your itinerary, because they’re not as common. If you do eat meat, you’ll be delighted with the high-quality meat options and array of unique dishes. Wine is also popular, and Argentina is a huge global wine producer, so be sure to indulge a little on your trip.

Learn some Spanish

While many of the well-travelled areas have some English-speaking people, you’re likely to find yourself in areas of Argentina where people speak little to no English. If you’re in this situation, you’ll wish you knew some Spanish to get by. Argentina has its own version of Spanish that arose from native peoples, colonisation and European immigration, but any Spanish dialect is enough to get around. Take some time to know before you go and learn some basic phrases and questions that you’ll need to get around.

Find the hidden gems

Many of Argentina’s most beautiful and fascinating attractions lie beyond the city limits. Its small towns have their own arts and cultural treasures, family restaurants and souvenir shops. In the wilderness, you can see stunning natural wonders like the Iguazu waterfall or the Perito Moreno Glacier on a hike. For something truly adventurous, visit Patagonia for wilderness adventures and winter sports. You could also ski in Bariloche, hike the foothills of El Chaltén or tour the wine valley of Mendoza.

Ready to plan your adventure?

With so many things to see and do, it’s no wonder that Argentina is such a popular South American destination. Now that you have all the essential information before visiting Argentina,

 

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 25 Feb 2020 | 5:59 am

What to Know for Visiting Mexico

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Mexico is a vast country that offers a lot of diverse travel experiences, from gorgeous sun-drenched beaches to ancient cultural sites and vibrant cities with excellent shopping and dining. If you’re planning a trip, take a look at these travel tips for travelling in Mexico and advice to make the most of the visit.

Closeup of artwork on Arena Mexico in Mexico City

Arena Mexico

Be prepared for the weather

Though Mexico is often thought of as a hot country, you’ll wish you knew that the climate varies from region to region. Mexico is huge, so you might experience cold nights and rain. If you want to travel to the coastal areas and avoid crowds, the best time to visit is during the winter months, when the hurricane season is over and the temperatures are cooler. If you prefer warmer temperatures, you can visit in the autumn or spring, when the crowds are smaller and the rates are lower.

Learn how to get there and get around

While there are no direct flights to Mexico from Australia, you can easily reach the country by travelling from Australia’s east coast to the U.S. cities of Los Angeles or Dallas. You can also fly to Tokyo or South American cities and get a flight to Mexico. Once you arrive, you can take additional flights to travel far distances or hire a car to get around. Mexico is also serviced by ADO, a bus company that offers affordable and modern bus lines with routes that connect to major and minor towns in the country.

Keep your passport slip

When you arrive in Mexico, an immigration officer will give you your stamped passport and a form to fill out. At the end of this form, there is a small section to fill out with a breakaway slip for you to keep. This slip is torn from the paper and placed within your passport. When you leave the country, you’ll be asked to present this slip, so store it somewhere safe. If you don’t present this slip, you may be subject to a fine.

Stay safe while travelling in Mexico

Despite some unsavoury media attention, Mexico is a relatively safe country for travellers. Millions of people visit each year and don’t experience any issues. That said, it’s good to practice general travel safety to avoid any problems, especially petty theft. Practice common sense and avoid travelling in unfamiliar areas, especially alone or at night. Also, avoid keeping valuables on you. If possible, leave your valuables in the hotel safe or store them somewhere on you that isn’t easily accessed.

Garden at Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Mexico City

Plaza de las Tres Culturas

Bring a refillable water bottle

Tap water in Mexico is usually not safe to drink, and that includes ice cubes that may be made from tap water. Bottled water is a great solution, but you could go through a lot of water bottles and create a lot of plastic pollution over the course of your trip. To avoid this issue, get a refillable water bottle with a travel-grade filter that can remove parasites and microbes. This way, you can have access to fresh, clean water wherever you are in Mexico.

Using the restroom

Restrooms can be a source of confusion for a lot of foreign travellers in Mexico. What to know is that the doors are typically marked ‘H’ for hombres (men) and ‘M’ for mujeres (women). Understanding these designations can help you avoid some potentially embarrassing situations when you’re about to use a public restroom in Mexico. Also, some places in Mexico don’t have public sewage, and the facilities may clog when using toilet paper, so the restrooms provide a basket near the toilet in which to deposit used paper.

Bring some pesos

Mexican currency is the peso, which has an exchange of roughly .08 Australian dollars to 1 peso. The well-travelled cities and resort areas in Mexico are likely to have places that take other currency, but to avoid any issues, exchange your money for some pesos before you leave. What to know before you go is that certain establishments can set the exchange rate, so having pesos ensures that you save on your trip. You could also take a credit card with no foreign transaction fees and use the local ATMs if you need cash.

Sample the food

Mexican food is delicious, especially when you have it IN Mexico. Mexican cuisine goes far beyond tacos, nachos and burritos, especially as you travel to different regions. You can find everything from foods with Mayan or Incan inspiration to fusion cuisine that blends exotic recipes with local produce. Try to experience new dishes as much as you can, especially if you’re going to be travelling to different areas during your trip. You could even take a cooking class or a food tour for a more immersive culinary experience.

Venture off the beaten path

The popular traveller spots in Mexico got that way for a reason, but there’s nothing like venturing away to explore the hidden gems. This is one of the vital travel tips to appreciate the diversity of Mexico. If you want to experience the wonders of Mexico, it’s best to take some time to explore more local and rural destinations like Mérida and Valladolid. You’ll not only meet some interesting people, but you also may discover some unique attractions you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.

Cuicuilco archaeological site in Mexico

Cuicuilco

Experience the cenotes

Cenotes are a hidden gem of Mexico. These natural swimming holes are found all over the Yucatán Peninsula and offer beautiful waters and natural surroundings, such as cave-like formations. They’re very diverse and offer an enchanting experience, so be sure to visit a few cenotes for a dip and take some photos. There are thousands of cenotes in Mexico, but some of the best include Cenote Dos Ojos in Tulum, Cenote Zaci in Valladolid, Cenote Ik-Kil in Chichen Itza and Gran Cenote in Tulum.

Ready to plan your trip?

Now that you have the essential information to know before visiting Mexico, you’re ready to plan your trip. Take a look at deals on Mexico holidays from Expedia and check out some highlights of Mexico travel to prepare for the time of your life.

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 18 Feb 2020 | 11:47 am

Weekend in Auckland

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Auckland is a major city near two of New Zealand’s largest harbours and is a great destination for all types of adventures. Even with a weekend trip, you can enjoy some of the best nature and urban experiences in Auckland. Take a look at this suggested itinerary and ideas for spending 2 or 3 days in Auckland and how you can see all the best attractions.

Harbor with ships and buildings in Auckland

Auckland

Friday Evening

When you arrive on Friday, you’ll have 72 hours in Auckland. Start with dinner at Cotto, a K’ Road restaurant with premium pasta dishes such as gnocchi and ravioli that feature high-quality ingredients. Cotto also has an excellent selection of cocktails, so you can get your night started right.

Auckland has a spectacular nightlife, so you can hit the town after dinner to visit some of the area’s best clubs. There are plenty of fun bars in the city centre, but you can also venture into the suburbs for trendy spots. If you want to experience the culture and meet new people, join a bar crawl and make some friends along the way.

If you prefer something more low-key, visit Mount Eden, Auckland’s highest natural vantage point and an excellent place for sunset viewing. You can walk to the summit from the base in under 10 minutes, which gives you spectacular views of the landscape and the massive crater.

Saturday Morning

On Saturday morning, you’ll have 48 hours remaining in Auckland. For breakfast, visit Major Sprout, a Graham Street cafe with healthy, flavour-packed foods like green eggs Benedict and acai bowls. They also serve excellent morning beverages like iced lattes and an array of smoothie options.

After breakfast, spend some time exploring the Auckland War Memorial Museum, a vast museum with artefacts and memorabilia related to the army and the region’s history. You could also see SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium with the kids to enjoy a diverse array of marine animals and underwater viewing tunnels for up-close observation of the colourful creatures.

For lunch, stop in the Blue Breeze Inn, a well-known restaurant in Ponsonby Central with modern Chinese cuisine and famous pork buns. The atmosphere of the restaurant is fun as well, with all the waiters wearing quirky Hawaiian shirts and tiki designs.

Front entrance to the Auckland War Memorial Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Saturday Afternoon and Evening

After lunch, take the kids to Auckland Zoo to enjoy some animals in the sunshine. The zoo is home to many native and exotic species, such as cheetahs and elephants. Kids will also like Rainbow’s End, a massive amusement park with thrill rides, kiddie rides and food stands.

On Saturday night in Auckland, things really get exciting. Begin with a great dinner at Apéro, a sophisticated restaurant with an array of simple but exquisitely prepared dishes featuring quality ingredients. Apéro also has a wide selection of wines by the glass or bottle.

You can choose between wilderness adventures and urban delights for more evening enjoyment. For fun in nature, try an evening kayaking trip to Rangitoto Island, the area’s youngest volcano. Once there, you can hike to the volcano summit and see the sunset. There’s also night paintball, a fun excursion in the darkness with black lights and some friendly competition.

Sunday Morning

On Sunday morning in Auckland, you’ll have 24 hours left. Have breakfast at Odettes, a delicious eatery in the City Works Depot of Auckland City. The extensive breakfast menu includes dishes like wild mushrooms rice crepe with basil and poached eggs, burnt eggplant with almond tahini and espresso, banana, coconut and maple smoothies. They also serve fruit juices, alcoholic beverages and some of Auckland’s best desserts.

After eating, you can work off your breakfast with a stroll down Queen Street, a vibrant shopping area with many unique boutiques selling all types of products. You could also spend some time at the New Zealand Maritime Museum, a fascinating seafaring museum with nautical memorabilia and tours of replica ships.

For lunch, head to the harbour for Harbourside, a stunning waterfront restaurant on the first floor of a historic ferry building. The upscale bistro has water views, cocktails and a diverse menu of seafood dishes like sushi, oysters and other fresh-caught fare.

Skyline of Viaduct Harbour in evening

Viaduct Harbour

Sunday Afternoon and Evening

After lunch, get out into nature with a hike to Kitekite Falls, a towering waterfall with a swimming hole deep in the forest. You could also visit Piha, a black-sand beach with beautiful scenery and great swells for surfing and water sports.

On Sunday night in Auckland, you’ll have plenty of time to take in the sights of the city. Have dinner at Cibo, a restaurant in an old chocolate factory with a-la-carte and degustation menus, as well as alfresco courtyards for dining.

After dining, visit the Sky Tower, the city’s highest observation deck, to see the city’s landmarks illuminated. You could also visit the Auckland Night Markets to pick up some souvenirs to take home and try some unique street food. For a little healthy competition among you and your travel buddies, try an escape room to solve puzzles to get out of a closed room.

Ready for the perfect weekend getaway?

Whether you want to explore the outdoors or enjoy culture and dining in the city, Auckland has something for everyone. If you’re planning a trip, take a look at deals on Auckland holidays on Expedia to get ready for your trip!

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 6 Feb 2020 | 7:34 am

What to Know for Visiting New Zealand in Summer

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New Zealand is beautiful in all seasons, but the summer months provide great opportunities for people living in cold-weather climates to escape the snow and rain of winter in their area. If you’re planning a summer holiday, take a look at these tips for travelling to New Zealand and advice to make your visit a success.

Aerial view of the skyline and landscape of Queenstown

Queenstown

When is summer in New Zealand?

The summer travel season in New Zealand falls in December, January and February. This is the warmest time in New Zealand, making it a popular time for people to travel to different destinations across the country. These months also coincide with cold weather in northern climates, as well as school holidays, so it’s a good time for many to enjoy a warm-weather escape. Businesses in New Zealand shut down for a short period in December as well, so many locals take their vacation during this time.

Summer weather in New Zealand

During the summer in New Zealand, the sun is more in the south than the north, so the temperatures are much higher. The temperatures are almost the same between the North Island and South Island, but the summer nights are colder on the South Island. Some areas are really humid as well, which makes it feel warmer. On average, the temperatures on the North Island are a low of 8°C at night and a high of 32°C in the day, while the South Island has average temperatures at a low of 2°C at night and a high of 33°C during the day.

Best summer destinations in New Zealand

Most of New Zealand is great during the summer months, though the ski areas are closed. Most travellers visiting New Zealand in summer are looking for beach trips, lake trips and other outdoor adventures, which is best in places like Northland, Auckland and Wellington on the North Island and Tasman and the West Coast on the South Island. There are plenty of great national parks as well, such as Tongariro National Park, Abel Tasman National Park and Mount Cook National Park.

Mountain scenery at Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook National Park

What to pack

New Zealand has a varied climate, ranging from semi-arid mountainous areas to forested, subtropical coasts. Even in summer, it’s common to experience drastic temperature changes throughout the day, especially if you’re travelling to different destinations or elevations. Ideally, you should pack a range of clothing for both warm and cold days, such as layers and waterproof outerwear like jackets and gloves. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outdoors, be sure to pack sunscreen and durable non-slip shoes for trips on rough terrain. Finally, check the weather to know before you go and anticipate what to pack.

Leave food at home

The Department of Conservation has strict biosecurity procedures to protect the ecosystem in New Zealand, so all international travellers have to declare food in their luggage. In most cases, the food you bring will need to be thrown out, particularly fruits and nuts. Outdoor gear needs to be cleaned thoroughly and declared as well to avoid introducing any non-native organisms. You can know before you go by checking the list of prohibited and restricted items on New Zealand’s Customs website.

The wildlife is relatively safe

You’re likely to encounter plenty of unique animal species on a trip to New Zealand in summer, but unlike many of the animals in neighbouring Australia, there are no large predators, venomous snakes or venomous insects on the entire island. You can safely hike in the woods without worrying about bears, mountain lions, wolves or other potentially dangerous large animals. There are many herding species, however, such as sheep, bull tahr and a variety of beautiful and unique deer and elk.

Grazing sheep and mountains in Glenorchy

Glenorchy

Find local information at i-Sites

Each major town and city in New Zealand has a dedicated i-Site, which is a visitor centre with maps, local contact information, attraction brochures and other essential information about the area for travellers. Many buses stop near the i-Sites, making it easy to book your travel to the next destination and find the details about your location that you need. They’re easy to find if you hire a car as well, so you can get the information you need on your own.

Safety and travel tips

New Zealand is one of the safest travel destinations in the world, but it’s still smart to exercise caution on your trip. As with any other destination, you should guard your valuables, avoid walking alone in the evening and find out from locals whether there are any places you’ll wish you knew were unsafe for tourists. You can book tours to sightsee if you’re travelling alone. If there’s an emergency, dial 111 for emergency services, which directs you to an operator to request the police department, fire department, medical services or other emergency responders.

Ready for your summer holiday?

Now that you have all the essential information before visiting New Zealand in summer, you’re ready to plan your trip. Expedia has great deals on New Zealand holidays so you can save on the trip of a lifetime. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out travel guides for the Bay of Plenty and ‘Lord of the Rings’ locations in New Zealand.

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 5 Feb 2020 | 7:43 am



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Ayres Rock or Kakadu in June

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Planning a trip to Alice Springs via Uluru

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People broke into my hotel room at 3.30am, and no one cared

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Tasmania's Freycinet Experience Walk: 'Truly one of the greatest experience of your life'

The acclaimed British novelist Nicholas Shakespeare describes it as "the only trek".

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My Sydney, with Vivid's Kiwi Director Ash Bolland

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Google sings songs of Uluru with new Street View vistas

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Hotspot of the week: Tasmania

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The red-earth island that's been dubbed 'the Uluru of the Pacific'

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Qantas to fly to Kangaroo Island, Australia's answer to the Galapagos

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Cheap alternative to Sydney stay: Australia's first Japanese-inspired capsule hotel opens

Crouch and crawl into the future. Australia's first capsule hotel has opened in Sydney CBD and is offering space travel-inspired accommodation at a price point between a hostel and an Airbnb.

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Kiwis shine bright at Vivid Sydney light festival

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General tips for visiting Uluru

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Cameron Corner store - unwelcomed

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