The most luxurious meals in Hobart

The most luxurious meals in Hobart

According to Numbeo, the average price of a meal at a restaurant in Hobart is around AUD$ 17.00. While this is quite a modest number, it does not mean that there isn’t plenty of more ‘luxurious’ options for any foodies visiting the city. In fact, Hobart – and Tasmania in general – has developed quite a reputation for fine dining. As such, many of the more luxurious menu options far exceed the $17 price tag.

If you are planning a special occasion or just looking to splash out every once and awhile, here are our picks for the most luxurious meals in Hobart:

  1. ‘Diane’ AUD$ 69

An eye fillet steak served at The Point Revolving Restaurant. This restaurant has been serving fine-dining French food in the heart of Hobart for more than 40 years. Cooked at your table, flambe style, your food is served with Dauphine potatoes with thyme and green beans and speck. Enjoy all this while taking in a 360° panoramic view of the Mount Wellington, Tasman Bridge and the beautiful River Derwent. If you want ‘Diane’ to come with a drink, the 2003 Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon Rosé Épernay, priced at AUD$ 730/bottle, is the most expensive they have.  

  1. Sirloin on the bone AUD $65

This unbelievable steak is dry aged for 35 days before being offered for dinner. This results in a unique and delicious flavour that is hard to beat. Find this at the Old Wharf Restaurant, this is one of the best dinner options in Hobart. With a serving size of 400g, you won’t go hungry. It may be a good idea to book one of Hobart’s free walking tours to work this meal off!

  1. 3-course dinner meals  – with an entrée, main and dessert AUD$ 89 

From the same restaurant, entrée choices include braised pork belly, mustard, lentil salad, beetroot Carnaroli Risotto, and salted grapes, just to name a few of the unique flavors on offer. Choices for the Main Dishes include local fish, eye fillet – Diane style (in smaller grams), Quail Breast and Honey Glazed Duck Breast. To finish, crème brulee, buckwheat pastry, and warm chocolate brownies are on offer for dessert. 

  1. Seven Hour Duck Leg AUD$ 42

A lavish meal that fuses flavours of honey, soy and ginger. Garnished with apple, parsley and pickles, the richness in flavor, freshness of the ingredients and melt-in-your-mouth duck meat will win over the toughest of critics. While the serving is not huge, the taste and experience is such that you cannot help but be impressed by this meal. Experience this at New Sydney Hotel which is located at 87 Bathurst St., Hobart, Tasmania.

  1. Salt Baked Flathead AUD$ 40

While the whole flathead is the main event, the pickled broccoli and potato salad it is served with certainly don’t disappoint either. While a white wine is perhaps the best option to pair with this dish, it is also hard to go past the Shiraz The Kitchen of New Sydney Hotel offers, with a bottle of Reynella Basket Press setting you back AUD$ 72

  1. Smoked 300g Wagyu Rump AUD$ 38

This wagyu beef, in all its glory, is smoked in-house to achieve an unmistakably rich, juicy and tender flavour. It comes served with pickles, beets, a crunchy salad, and of course, a blue cheese mousse! Cooked to your liking, from rare to well done.

  1. Tasmanian Octopus AUD$ 37

Another main dish of New Sydney Hotel is the Tasmanian Octopus. Freshly prepared with artichokes, macadamia nuts, kale and lemon myrtle pesto this is a truly uniquely flavoured dish.

  1. Grilled 300g Angus Scotch AUD$ 36

The Brick Factory, a modern Australian pub located at 55 Salamanca Place in Hobart offers this delicious scotch steak. This comes with chips, seasonal veggies and a choice of sauce. Don’t miss the live bands, playing here most weekends! 

  1. Bruny Island Oyster’s Natural AUD$ 36

Here, you get 12 serves of this deliciously savory oyster. Complimented with salsa and dipping sauce this is truly the most luxurious meal offered by Fish Frenzy. Famous for the classic fish and chips, freshly-grilled seafood and seafood chowder, it also offers a great seaside view. Located at Pier 4, Elizabeth Street, on Franklin Wharf, it is best to visit when you can experience their food as you take in the calming sea breeze. 

  1. Pizzaiola AUD$ 37.50

A meal that consists of pan-fried scaloppine in tomato wine sauce with capers, bell peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms, garlic, oregano and served with seasoned vegetables. Scaloppine (veal) is an Italian slice of meat, cut thinly and usually sautéed or fried.
Scaloppine is the pride of the number 1 restaurant in Hobart, Ristorante De Angelo which has served authentic Italian pasta, pizza and many more since 1994.

  1. Pure-bred Wagyu Eye Fillet (200g) from Robbins Island AUD$ 88

With a marble score of +7, this comes with gem lettuce and the choice of: mustard, Café de Paris, Béarnaise, Grilled Onion, Pepperberry and Cognac, and Cabernet jus. This is the most luxurious option on Landscape Restaurant and Grill’s menu. This restaurant was also the winner of the John Glover Prize, which  is displayed in its private dining area.

Landscape Restaurant and Grill also offers the following: 

The Angus Scotch Fillet (300g) from Cape Grim costs AUD$ 48

The Eye Fillet (300g) also from Cape Grim is AUD$ 45

A simple Eye Fillet (250g) from Cape Grim is AUD$ 45 

Rib Eye (400g) from Cape Grim is AUD$ 58

The T-Bone (650g) from Cape Grim, AUD$ 58

Sirloin on the Bone (400g), dried for 35 days to age is AUD$ 55

All of these are grass fed except for Wagyu/cross-Scotch Fillet from Rangers Valley, New South Wales with a marble score of +5 is priced at AUD$ 68 which is grain fed.  

Cheap Places to travel in your 20’s

Cheap Places to travel in your 20’s

If you’re looking for the very best and cheapest places to travel and explore while you are young, look no further. These locations from all over the world are fantastic for 20-somethings to see without breaking the bank. It has never been so simple to travel on a budget!

1. Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Thailand is an immensely popular tourist destination for young travelers. The cost of flights and lodging make the most luxurious vacation just as expensive as the price of living in a big city. And as soon as you land you can do a little island hopping while in Thailand, but you may need your final destination to be Ko Phi Phi.

Rather than dealing with the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, it is possible to go to the Phi Phi Islands and enjoy white sand beaches and crystal-clear water. A combination of lush greenery and mountainous terrain makes this place a unique blend of beautiful you could enjoy. Not a bad deal for one of the least expensive places to travel.

2. Caye Caulker, Belize

The Belize Barrier Reef is filled with rich wildlife and a sea holding excellent diving points to make the most of the small island community.

Taking advantage of this remarkable city is easy as high-class resorts run in the tens of dollars, seldom breaking two amounts. It doesn’t get much better than this if you will need to travel on a budget. For young people, there are tons of opportunities for studying and interacting.

3. Cusco, Peru

The former capital of the Inca Empire retains impressive ancient ruins, unlike anything you may see on the rest of Earth. Along with the ancient city ruins there are several remains from the Spanish settlements which were formed when the area was defeated

It’s a place that everyone should see, and due to its affordability and availability, it’s the best location for young people to go to. You’re going to want to see this extreme landscape while your body is strong enough to hike the trails you can’t access by car.

4. Cobán, Guatemala

This Guatemalan town is a nature lover’s dream destination. Experience the natural waterfalls and caves tucked one of the lushness of this gorgeous area of the planet. It’s ideal for young people and especially people who are attempting to save money. Las Victoria’s National Park is a hiker’s paradise providing several hours of hiking through the wooded expanse of paths.

One of the few problems that travelers face in Guatemala is the distance from one site to another, but in the event of Cobán, you’re in a place that could keep you exploring eternally. Spending time in nature, you’ll wind up getting an incredible set of memories for a remarkably low cost.

5. Budapest, Hungary

If you’re already in Europe, Budapest is a favorite destination, but it’s often overlooked by those not familiar with the region. I was amazed when I planned my trip to hear from many of my worldly friends that it was their favorite city and also among the cheapest places to travel (although it’s technically two cities, Buda and Pest). And after seeing it, I understand why.

Hotels and daily expenses are somewhat inexpensive, and recent construction booms have created “resorts” that use empty flats, providing travelers affordable access to high scale accommodations. The town feels young and full of life as it’s extremely easy to travel to on a budget. The city is very walk able, and public transport is cheap and dependable.

10 Tips for Planning an Outdoor Music Festival

10 Tips for Planning an Outdoor Music Festival

Planning an outdoor music festival is an exciting journey: the music, the weather, the lights, the people and the atmosphere of it all combined. To ensure your music festival is an unforgettable experience, follow these steps to help get you there.

  1. Equip yourself with necessary audio, lighting and visual gear: The main focus of your festival will be the main stage, and will be heavily impacted by the quality of audio, lighting, and projections if applicable. We would not advise that you attempt to plan everything on your own, rather use the assistance of specialized audio and lighting production companies. The interplay between these two components is very important. The visual experience of the lighting entwined with the audio will create that physiological experience a live performance can often deliver.
  1. Give yourself lots of time to strategize: Planning an outdoor music festival is an enormous project. You just need to look at the organizers of Falls Festival and Splendour In The Grass – they can only organize a couple of festivals a year due to their scale. You need to plan the entire supply chain and how you will approach operations. We recommend you give yourself an excess of time in case any errors arise. To plan your festival from beginning to end if you do not need a last-minute panic.
  1. Plan your area: Let’s say you’re planning a camping festival, you will likely require open spaces for the audience to interact, backstage areas, catering trucks, mobile bathroom facilities, camping grounds and potentially an area for vehicles to come in and out. Implement asset management software to manage the tangible factors of the event as well as equipment that is being sourced through contractors. It is imperative that evacuation zones are considered and first aid stations situated near high traffic locations.
  1. Musicians cost money: Artists are the essence of the festival, and they deserve payment. You need to budget smartly for your line-up because musician rates do vary. The last thing you want to do is spend your entire budget on a single act, leaving you penniless for the rest of the artists. Do your research and attend gigs in the general area. Try to source some local acts and up-and-comers, as this will save your finances and promote independent music.

  1. Get the appropriate licenses: There are a range of licenses you can acquire, but it is essential you pick the correct one and adhere to its guidelines. If we selected the ‘festival’ license, you would need have to make sure the festival runs for at least 8 hours, has an outdoor stage or purpose-built performance area, has at least six acts and is marketed as a festival that gives every artist exposure in its campaigns. The very last thing you need is to get shut down on the afternoon since you don’t have your paperwork in order. You should also find out what noise restrictions might be in place and when the cut-off time for music performance is. Since this will be a certified event, you will require an Australian Business Number (ABN) so the government recognises you as an authorised business.
  1. Organize entry: How will entry to the festival perform? What about wristbands, tickets, or hand-stamps? If your songs festival runs for over 1 day, folks may want to leave and return in, which explains the reason why wristbands are a popular option when planning an outdoor music festival. Will there be security and staff to view tickets at the gates, if so, how many will be required to operate smoothly?
  1. Be sure to have sufficient safety: Music festival tickets may be expensive, especially if they’re weekend events, so be certain it’s impossible (or very hard) for folks to ‘jump fences’ and get in for free. Use mobile job management software to monitor and communicate with staff, list tasks and break rosters. Not only can it equate to lost earnings if people figure out how to slip in, but it might also spend the festival capability within the maximum permitted for health and security reasons.

  1. Consider non-musical amusement: There might be correlation involving sets or maybe technical issues arise. Be certain you’ve got other kinds of amusement for attendees, artwork installations, comedy, magicians, silent discos, ethnic tribal music.
  1. Market cleverly: Marketing outdoor music festivals is substantially the same as advertising different kinds of occasions, but you really do have additional avenues to research. Use social media to your advantage and encourage the bands to promote it. Almost the entirety of attendees will be coming to your festival because they enjoy these bands. Create a website for your festival, consider using a custom craft CMS website for its aesthetic design and sleek user interface. Having professional web design will give your event perceived legitimacy and encourage people to attend.
  1. Do not overlook the essentials: If you have ever been to a music festival, what exactly were the centers you couldn’t have done? Festival-goers will need food, beverages, showers, first-aid and litter/recycling outposts.

5 Top Places to Travel For Home Design Inspiration

5 Top Places to Travel For Home Design Inspiration

Artists find inspiration in various forms, whether it be from life experience or people they know. Just like Leonardo Da Vinci, who was inspired by the ancient Greek texts of Ctesibus and Vitruvius to attempt to build the world’s first robot in 1495. Similarly, Lorenzo Ghiberti’s “Gates of Paradise” was cited as the inspiration for Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture “Gates of Hell.”

Traveling to faraway destinations or just the next town over renews your spirit and revives your passion for the craft. To keep the inspiration and motivation flowing, artists and writers can benefit from a change of scenery to awaken new ideas. Incredible new material rarely surge from being stuck in a rut, so step away and experience a new place for the first time. These are some of the best 5 places from around the world to visit for artists and writers to find inspiration.

Fairbanks, Alaska

History. Fairbanks, the second largest city in Alaska, is located in the interior region of the state. The city is the northernmost Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States. When you travel to Alaska, be prepared to discover breathtaking landscapes and a myriad of amazing wildlife. You don’t need to be looking through a brochure you found on some metal display stands, imagining what it would be like being there, but you would be there experiencing a beautiful place in the world while gaining inspiration for your home.

Summer is the best time to experience the majestic scenery and enchantment of America’s largest state when the days are long, nature is in full bloom, and the air is alive with energy.  You can see the largest concentration of American Bald Eagles in the world during springtime along the Stikine River.

Getting there. There are many domestic flights in the U.S that stopover in Alaska. If you are coming from overseas to the States, you’ll likely connect in L.A. or New York.

Natural Inspiration. The Aurora Borealis. The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, are an amazing spectacle of light, dancing incredibly across the sky with their green, red and purple hues.  They are actually solar particles propelled into the earth’s magnetic field above the earth’s surface.  It’s long been one of the rarest sights on earth since it can only be seen from certain locations but due to the rise of digital photography, spectacular images of Auroras are quite common. The most reliable chances to see Alaska’s northern lights are in Fairbanks, and above the Arctic Circle.

Why it will inspire? Color. The amazing hues of the Aurora Borealis are a motivation to any designer. In fact, images uploaded to instantly generate a color palette that might serve a theme for a website or design.

Split, Croatia

History. Split is the second-largest city of the region of Dalmatia in Croatia and is an intraregional transport hub and popular tourist destination.  Its location is overlooked by mountains and edged by the deep blue Adriatic Sea.

Getting there. There are various flights to Croatia. You can probably fly into either Split or the capital, Zagreb, and travel outwards from there.

Natural inspiration. The Adriatic Sea, which borders to the south and west is the home to many incredible islands, castles or other relics of the past. Surrounded by mountains and sea, the city has it all: Roman ruins and grand museums flanking fashionable cafes and trendy shops.  There are many buildings still standing from Roman rule giving rise to the areas slogan “The Mediterranean As it Once Was”. The thickly wooded mountains inland provide a completely diverse experience than the rest of the country will.

Why it will inspire? Anatomy.  With its proximity to the sandy beaches and rocky coves of nearby islands, access to the nude beaches provides excellent source for sketching people and studying the human form.

Darwin, Australia

History. Darwin is the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost. Over time Darwin has grown into one of Australia’s most modern and multicultural cities. Its closeness to Asia makes it an important Australian access to countries such as Indonesia and East Timor. The Stuart Highway starts in Darwin, and ends at Port Augusta in South Australia. In the movie “AUSTRALIA” Darwin was featured with Nicole Kidman’s character, who must protect her property from thieves.

Getting there.  Australia can be tremendously expensive to travel to because of the great distance. However, that doesn’t stop Australians from flying pretty much everywhere in the world for holiday. So, while tickets aren’t cheap, they are easy to book.

Natural inspiration. The Australian Wilderness. The Australian wilderness provides a range if resources and inspiration whether it be wanting to buy tree furniture as a result of the luscious forests that you find or going with inspiration from another part of the world to incorporate galvanized steel mesh panels in your home. The decision is yours. You must attempt the extremely solitary and empty drive across Australia to truly appreciate how isolated much of the country is. Experience the trip from Darwin to Melbourne….an estimated 3,755 km…one way!

Why it will inspire? Concentration. Going on a road trip across Australia can help you build up the type of concentration and strength of mind Michelangelo, Raphael, and Sandro Botticelli used to paint the Sistine Chapel….Maybe.

Chongqing, Sischuan, China

History. Established during the eleventh century BCE, Chongqing is believed to be the semi-mythical State of Ba. By 316 BCE, however, it was conquered by the State of Qin. The Qin emperor ordered the construction of a new city, which was later known as Jiang and Chu Prefecture. In 2005 Chinese tourist authorities in the Shuangqiao District began development of an attraction to be known as “Ladies Town”.  The town’s motto will be: “Ladies Can Never Be Wrong, and Gentlemen Should Never Refuse Ladies’ Requests.” The project was completed in 2008-2010. Deuce Bigalow would be proud.

Getting there. International flights can be quite expensive. The average cost for flights to China is usually from $1500 to $3000 for a round trip flight. However, if you are lucky enough, you can get a roundtrip promo fare for $800!

Natural inspiration. Have you ever heard of Bamboo Forests? They became famous since they were used as the backdrop for key scenes in the movie House of Flying Daggers.

Why does it inspire? Fantasy. The place allows you to pretend you’re a great samurai warrior fighting off your enemies in a field of bamboo. If that isn’t one of your fantasies just come here and you’ll find plenty of other people whispering battle cries under their breath!

El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina

History. The name of the city came from a little shrub with yellow flowers and dark blue berries that is widespread in Patagonia. El Calafate is more famously known as the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, home to the massive Perito Moreno Glacier, whose ever-shifting icy landscape is popular for hiking and sightseeing. You won’t need to go calling in a stump removal company anywhere here as ice dominates the landscape and scenery. Patagonia includes the Andes Mountains to the west and south, and plateau and low plains to the east. Derived from the word patagon and used by Magellan to describe the native people who his expedition thought to be giants is the name Patagonia.

Getting there. Cheap flights and frequent available from the Americas.

Natural inspiration. Ice. The Los Glaciares National Park attracts a myriad of tourists to the area from around the world.

Why it will inspire? Negative Space. Let your mind just escape in its own thoughts as you gaze upon the great ice formations jutting out against the meditative horizon and you’ll see all kinds of shapes that might inspire new ideas.

Planning a Photo Shoot With Friends

Planning a Photo Shoot With Friends

If you have never had a photo shoot together with friends and family, you are missing out on a whole lot of fun and bonding time. Getting dressed up and enjoying your cute friendships is such an enjoyable way to spend the day together with your besties. Happily, producing the ideal photo shoot is a craft which could be mastered or just something fun to do in your recreation time. You don’t to be a professional award winning wedding photography business owner to take great photos, simply have fun and do your best, you may surprise yourself with your photography skills. Below are a few hints that will assist you in planning the perfect day for the great cause of friendship.

1. Decide what camera you would like to use

You and your friends might not have the luxury of shooting photos with a fancy DSLR camera. Do not worry! As good as it is to have a DSLR for photo shoots, it is not imperative that you’ve got one. Provided that you maintain some basic photography principles in your mind, your photographs can come out great by just using your smartphone or handheld camera. You can even get creative and use a Polaroid camera or disposable print camera.

2. Decide on the ideal setting

It is important to take into account scenery and lighting when planning a fantastic photo shoot. Outside photo shoots daytime have a tendency to look the very best. Ensure that the sun is behind the photographer and the background is slightly scenic to maximise the quality of photographs. Indoor photos also look great when there are natural lighting and a clean backdrop. It can also be fun to pose with contemporary furniture or other fun props like lamps, curtains or fabrics.

3. Get the makeup and wardrobe just perfect

Here is the interesting part, in my view. Attempt to become creative when coming up with what to put on in your own photos. The apparel can actually reflect the tone of this shoot, so think of what you need this to be. Additional points for coordinating outfits with pals. It doesn’t have to be extreme, you could choose a simple colour scheme or theme for the photos that could make it look fun and cohesive.

4. Hurry to find out your angles and light

When you begin shooting photos, try different angles and poses to get a notion of what seems best. When you sift through these initial attempts, you can tailor the remainder of your attempts to what came from the very best. Natural lighting looks best as it it is bright, as indoor lighting may look yellow or tinted on camera. Depending on the setup, angles can vary. It is really about trial and error and finding what looks the best, but don’t over think it, just remember to let it be natural and recreational.

5. Use the Ideal editing tool

Editing may be the secret to a fantastic photo shoot, particularly if you’re using a lesser quality camera. You do not have to be proficient in Photoshop to have the ability to edit photographs nicely. IPhoto may be a fantastic editing tool when you’ve got a Mac. My personal preferred photo editing program is Afterlight, that has a broad variety of filter options and actually enables you to personalize with picture settings.

6. Decide on the appropriate photographs for the ideal social networks

As soon as you’ve uploaded to your computer, edited and sorted through your amazing photos, you are likely to get a notion of which ones look best on which social networking platform. The more artsy photographs will work well on Instagram or even Tumblr. Your most adorable photos with your buddies are fantastic for Facebook. Make albums and tag your friends so everyone can see how much fun you have had. I am confident that you’ll have the ability to locate new profile images for all your social networks too!

7. Print and frame your favourites

Remember when I told you how important it’s to publish your photographs? That is where that comes in to play. Before these pictures become lost in the shuffle, so be sure that you publish your favourites. It is rewarding to look at your photographs proudly displayed in neat frames next to some lovely bespoke furniture in your home.

Now that you are armed with these tips and tricks to a great photo shoot, then you also can get to the interesting part, getting your friends together! Don’t forget to find creative and have fun with this, and you are going to be delighted with the outcomes, it might even spark an interest in you, you never know you could even become a natural photography Melbourne business in the future.

Our Top 3 Beach Getaways in the World

Our Top 3 Beach Getaways in the World

After the long stretch of the relaxing winter holidays finally comes to an end, January has come along to hit us with a serious reality check. A month full of cold and gloomy days of winter till the very first sign of spring; which is almost not so far away.

The month of January is a great time to score deals on airfares and hotels since the holidays (and their crowds) have come and gone. Different travel organisation offers steep discounts especially in the first few weeks after the New Year making much-anticipated beach gateway even more appealing than it would be during peak, crowded and expensive summer travels period. Time to jump onto an airline web agency and grab a cheap ticket to a far-away destination.

You have done some background research on fancy hotels and resorts on the custom craft websites to find the best beach destination across the globe with the sunniest, liveliest and best days in January. From the famous white sands of Thailand and the unknown gems of the Philippines and variety of sites in Brazil, here is our top beach picks this January.

Koh Lanta: Thailand

The ideal time to visit Thailand most especially the islands on the Andaman Sea in January as it offers lovely weather during the winter period. Koh Lanta offers countless numbers of dreamy islands with pure white sand and crystalline water that will continue to ignite travellers all over the world. While Koh Lanta continues to have it all, the island district also provides swanky, romantic retreats with a distinct coastal style, family-friendly hotels and beaches with calm surf, world-renowned diving sites, luxurious relaxation spas and a laid back old town with traditional wooden houses. The famous south of Thailand: Phuket is a paradise for beach lovers who also love a fun night out and some shopping. Aside from the beaches, enjoy the delicious authentic local food that you will remember. Go now before the secret gets out.

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

In 2017, Palawan was voted as the world’s best island by Travel and Leisure readers, and the province provides exact stunningly beautiful terrain as other Southeast Asia destinations, just a fraction of the crowds. El Nido is famous for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs and you can boat tour from the city to hop around the Bacuit archipelago. You’ll sail through the crystal-clear blue lagoons flanked by emerald karst cliffs as well as kayak and finally to a secluded white-sand beach. The seas are clear and calm in January and provide a perfect means diving and snorkeling around coral reefs. Cruise in your own private boat guided by a local who will take you to the most stunning photogenic locations and islands.

You may not have considered the Philippines as a beachy destination, but trust us on this one, it will be one of the gorgeous sites you’ll ever see. Immerse yourself in the distinct culture and vibrant people of the Philippines you will realise how friendly and helpful locals are as soon as you set foot on the island.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

January is a great time to visit and appreciate the rare combination of beaches, rainforest, and mountains located within a busy urban setting in Rio. The beaches during this period are usually bustling, and the weather is usually not too hot. However, it is advisable to visit Rio de Janeiro before the famous month-long debaucherous carnival. If you want to enjoy the madness of the party, you can visit during the festivities for a once in a lifetime experience. Seclusion is extremely avoidable as it will be difficult to isolate yourself with all the hustle and bustle going on in this amazing city.

Ipanema, Copacabana, and Leblon will be highly popular places, full of tanned and fit locals showing off in the swimsuits as well as tasty street food and fresh coconuts being sold to excited tourists. This sight makes Rio an unforgettable and prominent beach destination on our list. Don’t forget to go to the famous Copacabana Beach and marvel at all the diverse coloured umbrellas and excitable tourists. The beach front city is one-of-a-kind enjoyed every day by both locals and visitors alike. If you are there for the new year, be ready to witness a party like no other, with an amazing display of music and fireworks. Check out the funky beach décor at local bars and hotels or spoil yourself and your loved ones at a five-star beachfront resort. Enjoy cocktails until sunset, go to a local soccer game or explore the remote rainforests on the mainland, Rio is a truly bustling busy city and you will never run out of things to do.

Travelling with Medicines & Medical Devices

Travelling with Medicines & Medical Devices

Medical complications often mean travelling can be hard and complicated due to the need of bringing along healthcare equipment. Between the government’s abundance of regulations, customs officials, and even figuring out precisely how to package your medications and medical instruments, it is not a simple mess to generate sense of.

But after speaking to vacationers who need to carry more than just a pedicure kit but medications and medical apparatus. Doing my own research through forums, I have discovered answers to the biggest questions on traveling with medications and medical apparatus.

From travel using a CPAP machine into learning TSA’s regulations with epipens and injections we’ve got you covered.

Medicines: What to Bring & How to Pack

Nearly every traveller will have to package medications with them at some stage or another. When it’s birth control, Advil, or something just a physician can prescribe, we are likely to incorporate a few in our packing lists as we all journey.

Nevertheless, carrying on Ibuprofen, or some other over the Counter drugs, is generally straightforward. Prescription drugs are where things could become complex. To ease some traveller’s worries, here are a few frequent questions answered.

 Authorities Regulations

Whether you are packaging capsules, pills, or shots per great guideline is to realize this:

Drugs should be clearly labelled and carry evidence of any kind (i.e. a letter from the physician) which it’s been prescribed to you. Medicine is subject to further screening and liquids are subject to the 3.4 oz rule even medicines

Nevertheless, some vacationers might nevertheless have a couple of additional Questions and wish to be certain they are playing with the rules (since nobody would like to find something as crucial as medication confiscated).

Limitations to Medications While Flying

There are no limitations to the amount of tablets or the amount of a prescribed medicine a passenger brings, as long as they are labelled and you’ve got evidence

of prescription. This means that you may bring an infinite number of tablets on your carry-on tote.

Liquids & Injectables

Liquid drugs and injectables are subject to exactly the same 3.4 ounce rule as your own toiletries. They also need to be tagged and, even if prescribed, you are going to need that physician’s note. For the two drugs and injectables, your drugs may be subject to further screening. If you are using freezer packs, then they will have to be strong in the time of inspection. Otherwise, more screening is likely.

Diabetic Equipment

For diabetic gear, again, label your things clearly and maintain the pharmaceutical labels on them.

Packing Medications

Just how can you package the damn stuff? Lucky for you, we’ve got a couple methods for packaging medications:

Split liquid drugs into several containers should you want more than 3.4 oz

Keep liquids and injectables within their very own, leak-proof container: something as straightforward as a zip lock is going to do the trick.

Maintain an electronic record of your prescriptions: A photograph on your phone is great, however sending the photographs within an email to yourself or sending them at the cloud is much superior as they cannot be lost.

Place medications in small, traveling containers: an organised plastic holder may remove fuss. Maintain them in an external pocket in your own bag. You will need easy access to them for inspection and usage.

For Longer Trips

Stock up and strategy for buffer time. For many prescriptions, You will want to do a particular doctor’s visit to get prescriptions for over 3-months at one time. Plan well ahead of time.

Traveling with Medical Devices

On to another question: Can you travel with medical devices?

Yes like drugs, you are permitted to bring a personal medical electronic device (PMED) or custom instrument on the airplane, but with a few restrictions:

Take evidence that it is necessary: Any kind of a health device/notification card

Take a battery-operated mobile variation: Most airlines cannot offer an electrical source to plug. If they do, then you are going to require a DC adaptor; assess the airlines’ site for certain regulations. My main tips are to read up on the regulations provided by your airline and to allow ample time to proceed through security screening.

Do Medical Devices Count As a Carry On?

So provided that your medical apparatus is not its Carrier, pretty much all significant airlines won’t rely your healthcare apparatus as carry on baggage. Meaning, you would be permitted to travel with a single carry on, a single personal item, and also the medical apparatus. If it is too difficult to bring your device with you, always consider medical equipment rental at your destination.

Casts, Crutches, & Wheelchairs

Passengers with casts will probably be asked to go through an X-ray. In the same way, wheelchairs and crutches will be screened. For individuals with disabilities, you could always request special screening or help through safety — although airlines advocate asking this as much advance as possible (in other words, not last minute).

How to Make the Most of Precious Leisure Time

How to Make the Most of Precious Leisure Time

When you come home from work at your small-medium business, all exhausted and depleted, the last thing you want to do is more thinking. You wish to relax and cut loose, which for most people involves zoning out and watching some TV or joining friends at the pub to relax and unwind.

Is this really the best approach to utilize free time? Leisure time is a great opportunity to explore and learn, the feeling of discovery that communicates learning is rejuvenating and enabling. If you succumb to laziness and fill your leisure time with pointless and mindless activities you are forfeiting one of the most important aspects of your life- your individuality. Leisure time is the only time you get for self-development and if you are running low on leisure time it may be a good idea to consider business coaching to relieve the weight that work bears upon you. Below are a few hints that will assist you to fill leisure intelligently.

  1. Be active: Should you plant yourself on the Sofa Shortly after getting home, odds are you will stay there all evening. By remaining busy you keep your body and mind active. Hitting the gym after work will immediately enhance your energy and help you unwind from the day’s stresses and improve your fitness. Another way to fill your leisure time is to go for a walk, get some exercise and gather your ideas in the meantime. By being active, you will discover a new energy you thought you never had.
  2. Study a topic that you are interested in: Many children grow up quitting school since they aremade to study topics they don’t have any interest in. Researching a topic you need to know about is entertaining and enlightening. By developing your knowledge you can become more creative and even open up new career opportunities and improve your business.
  3. Limit your TV time: TV is a fantastic form of entertainment, but I’m sure that most of us can agree that most programs are garbage. Chances are you switch on the TV and flip through the countless channels to find nothing appealing. Minimise TV time by looking ahead and picking out your favourite must-watch programs and only watch TV for those programs. Even record shows and watch on programs such as Netflix to maximise your screen time flexibility.
  4. Discover a great hobby: A hobby is a wonderful way to develop abilities and socialize with different people. Several them can also create income such as selling craft items. A hobby builds on itself. You start out knowing nothing and slowly develop a repertoire of abilities. Even if these abilities are not particularly helpful, the procedure makes it possible to understand how to find out.
  5. Prevent damaging time sinks: Activities such as gambling can engage the mind in strategic thinking but it soon becomes an addiction and does more harm than good. If you feel yourself getting hooked into to an addictive activity, pull yourself away. Your leisure time should be filled with productive activities not harmful life-consuming activities.

Leisure time is a time for self-development and improvement, you should always allocate leisure time out of your busy schedule to learn and evolve. If you struggle to find leisure time it will be valuable to seek advice from time management Melbourne and free yourself up for leisure activities that are intelligent and stimulating.

Get Around this Summer on Wooden Bicycles

Get Around this Summer on Wooden Bicycles

The Laufmaschine, forerunner of the bike known as the running machine, bears only a passing resemblance to the pedal-bikes we know now. Invented in 1817, it had no chain and was driven by the rider pushing his feet across the ground at a walking or jogging motion. Even more remarkably, its frame was made from timber.

Jump forward to 2017, and a harvest of bicycle manufacturers is turning back the clock – at least in terms of using wood as a core material. These companies make their bikes in part, and sometimes wholly, from woods like ash, oak and walnut. They’re driven by a love of design and craft, the desire to use natural substances and architectural engineered timbers, and a passion for biking. And they’ve attracted a small but growing base of enthusiastic clients online, according to IT consultants in Melbourne, willing to pay high prices for their lovingly crafted creations.

People like having something special, something different, according to Chris Connor, the creator of Connor Wood Bicycles. They are said to also appreciate the craftsmanship. Not a great deal of things are constructed by hand nowadays.

The company was born in 2012 when the 48-year-old American chose to combine his long-held passions for woodwork and biking. All his bikes all have wooden frames; the other components, like the wheels and gears, are made from steel, rubber or carbon.

Sales have slowly been increasing, but it has not been easy, says Mr Connor. He said that that’s due to a perception among some cyclists that wooden bicycles may break or be dangerous. In actuality, Mr Connor says wood is quite durable, and that’s why it’s used to make tool handles, skis, boats, even light aircraft. Additionally, it absorbs vibrations nicely, making cycling on bumpy roads smoother, less tiring and quieter. And needless to say, these bikes look great. Mr Connor makes his frames from “powerful but elastic” white ash or “eye candy” black walnut.

A newly published book called “The Wooden Bicycle: Around the World” features 111 companies which make bikes from bamboo or wood – a growing trend for sustainable options for everything from grocery purchases to appliance repair and electrical services. Only one, Splinterbike in the United Kingdom, sells 100% wooden versions with its bicycles featuring wooden gears, wheels and chains. But most limit their use of timber to the framework, and sometimes parts like the handlebars and forks. Other parts will be produced from materials typically related to bicycles, such as aluminium.

It’s the unique design of wooden bicycles, and their bespoke craftsmanship of glulam laminated timber frames, that underpins their appeal, says Gregor Cuzak. The Slovenian co-founded Woodster Bikes after assembly woodworker Iztok Mohoric, who had recently designed a bicycle with a wooden framework. Mr Cuzak states that he was not interested at first, but once he saw it and took a ride, he was instantly convinced. He says, people were watching me like I had been driving a crazy sports car.

Like other companies in the area, Woodster is targeting clients who enjoy the finer things in life. Its bicycle frames are made from woods such as beech and bog oak. Additionally, every customer receives a book with a story about how their personal bike was made. Mr Cuzak adds that they even plant a new tree in precisely the exact same place where they cut one for a bicycle.

Piet Brandjes, 63, who co-founded Dutch company Bough Bikes, agrees that wooden bicycles “draw attention”. Because of this, firms in the Netherlands, for example, Novotel and Rabobank have purchased Bough Bikes for their guests and employees to use. The bikes are also utilised in a shared bicycle scheme at Schiphol Airport business park, in Amsterdam, so employees can give them a spin.

All of Mr Brandjes’ versions have French pine frames, front forks and handlebars. However, customers need not worry about getting them wet in the rain. The bikes in the common plot have been out for three decades and they still look great. Provided that wet wood dries again, it is fine. You simply have to polish it once per year – about the same number of times as calling up your electrical contractors and services to check the energy efficiencies of your home.

Everyone I talked to reported feeling frustrated by assumptions that wooden bikes were less secure and sturdy than other bikes. Mr Connor tells me that by using the ideal woods and construction methods, his bicycles are perfectly durable. A solid seasoned wood, laminated to itself in strips with reversing grain instructions, bonded with aerospace adhesives is remarkably tough. Add in interspersed layers of carbon fiber and Kevlar, like in my bicycles, and the power far exceeds the requirements for creating a reasonably lightweight performance bike frame.

As for the way they operate, Mr Brandjes points out that all of his bikes have been tested by TUV Rheinland, a renowned German firm that certifies products. However, other obstacles may hinder companies in the space, such as the growing trend for incorporating automation and thus cloud computing services into the outdoor activities of cycling and walking. For another thing, wooden bikes are usually heavier than many road bikes. The various models of the three companies I talked to weigh between 9.9kg and 25kg. You can’t make them as light as carbon bikes, according to Mr Connor. But a pound or two more or less doesn’t really matter.

Reasons Why We Love the Australian Open

Reasons Why We Love the Australian Open
  1. It is the friendly slam

Just ask Roger Federer. In his last visit to Australia for the Open he commented on how laid-back the event seemed in comparison to other Grand Slams. Federer noted that each year the event is well-organised and everything seems to run smoothly.

  1. The front-page domination

Each January, Melbourne Park becomes Australia’s centre of gravity. Each year, pretty much every paper generates daily pictures of Federer, Djokovic and other tennis stars, whilst TV news reporters constantly swarm around the grounds. Australia is the smallest of the four slam nations by far, as well the most sport-obsessed, making the high level of its own tennis fixation unique.

  1. Weather resistance

The completion of the new roof on Margaret Court Arena now means that this is the world’s only outdoor championship to possess retractable lids on all of its main courts. Given that some years the Open is severely affected by 40-plus temperatures, the roofs are useful in protecting players from searing heat as well as rain. In any event, the show will go on, and each singles match could potentially be held inside if required.

  1. Vibrant crowds

Every year at the Australian Open fans get really excited about tennis, they love to cheer and they love to get loud. Tennis apparel in Melbourne is always in abundance this time of year with fans doing their best to celebrate the game of tennis. The event is always livened up by numerous cheer squads, some encouraging Australians such as Nick Kyrgios and others barracking the game’s best. Regardless of who’s on the court, the roars of the crowd will always be heard.

  1. Calling a spade a shovel

Australians aren’t given to mincing their words. Whether it’s junior boys’ winner Luke Saville telling a live TV interview that winning felt a “s–load” better than losing, or 2013 master of ceremonies Sandy Gordon introducing runner-up Li Na with the words “She is battered, she is bruised and she is quite possibly buggered”, you can’t know what they’re going to say next. The results tend to be politically incorrect but all the more entertaining for it. Tournament doctor Tim Wood insisted that gamers should not complain about 40-plus temperatures since we evolved on the plains of Africa chasing antelope all day in the hot conditions.

  1. The Garden Square

It has sometimes been ransacked by hordes of skirmishing Serbs and Croats, who flip the plastic seats into missiles in their excitement, but for the majority of the time the leafy central plaza is a mellow place for picnicking and conversing: Henman Hill with better weather.

  1. Fresh start for players

Given the Australian Open’s eccentric position, a mere few weeks into the new year, participants should not be affected by fatigue. The majority of the top players are coming off month-long training blocks which have sharpened their skills and put them in optimal physical form.

  1. Fresh start for fans

After two weeks without a significant tournament, the desire for another wave of fuzzy ball-wrangling is always powerful among the world’s sports fans. And the continuing debate about the balance of power — who’s hot, who’s not — also gains an additional frisson from the feeling of a new chapter opening. Due to its early slot, the Australian Open does more than any other slam to form the narrative of this season. Novak Djokovic has used it as his springboard for the past couple of decades, while Stan Wawrinka won his maiden slam here in 2014, then went on to bring a maiden Masters 1000 name and the Davis Cup as well.

  1. The destination

Melbourne and all of its resident’s love hosting the Australian Open each year and those who don’t live in the city travel far and wide to get there and be a part of it. Tennis stores in Melbourne have their busiest period during the Open and many other hotels and restaurants also benefit from the masses of crowds who come to the city to join in on the action.

My 4WD Adventure Through The Victorian High Country

My 4WD Adventure Through The Victorian High Country

While taking an extended working holiday to Australia a friend of mine had his own 4WD up for sale with a couple mods and accessories like an ecb nudge bar already installed. Given it had always been a dream of mine, I jumped at the opportunity to purchase for me and my family a 1996 Land Rover.

‘She’ wanted a little work done to her to get the roadworthy, but after that was sorted I couldn’t wait to get her out onto the outback.

We’d decided that a roundabout visit to Melbourne with dirt streets, bog holes, ruts and steep drop offs was warranted. On the trip down we chose the Hume highway. It had been quite a lengthy trip particularly with a 6yr old and a 1 year old in the back; however, the multimedia installation of a DVD player appeared to keep them entertained.

During our trip we ventured to Wombat State Forest for the afternoon. It was enjoyable. Somewhat frightening sometimes and dusty but I had a blast and we travelled with 3 additional vehicles. The one thing that I shall remember about this trip would be the mud hole. You had to border the edge to gain access to the chicken trail. I expected my partner to crawl in as the other vehicles did, however he chose to ‘flaw it’ through the puddle and naturally; as 4wd bull bars tend to, it dug into the base of the puddle. In retrospect, while we did get through it, half the puddle ended up in the vehicle with us! My two little children couldn’t stop laughing!

At 10:30 in the morning on Thursday we began the journey back home. What experiences waited for us now on the journey? My car runs on gasoline in addition to gas but we did this trip all on gasoline cheap? What fun. We chose to take the scenic route home and we all had our hema newspaper map of the Victorian high country with us so we began our journey home through the Great Alpine Road.

I am not Certain just how far along the street we had been but we saw a lovely little flow off to both sides using a tiny bridge that led around to the visitor centre. We were planning to stop by, but there were some individuals there so we drove up a little to chuck a ‘u-ey’ (as Aussies say). Suddenly my eyes lit up a bit. ‘Hey honey… we’re on a dirt street, would you like to follow it for a bit,’ therefore we checked our map and it did not appear to go for too long and it brought us out into the Great Alpine road again.

Hubby left the choice up to me. So I said, ‘what the hell.’ The Trail was known as Collins street and was not that fun or a small detour, it was a 5hr trip that we weren’t ready for. We had drinks but not much, I had been unfamiliar with what I was doing leading me to be anxious and on edge.

Each 20m or so there was an obstruction such as a fallen tree to eliminate or move around or lift up, the trail ended up breaking up and then we drove down one which appeared to take forever only to be cut off with a massive fallen tree forcing us to turn around again. Steep drop offs that frighten the daylights out of me were common, especially whilst my kiddy’s were at the vehicle. Obviously, it was fun, however this was an unanticipated long detour and I have never been more grateful that we decided to install nappa leather car seats before we left.

Finally, away from the trail around 6pm, we then drove to another town to liven the atmosphere up and refuel, but everything was shut. Continuing on we had been down to our red light on the gasoline tank and we’d begun to ascend Mount Hotham. I despise hills especially if its dark and I did not even know that it was Mount Hotham so the experience was nerve racking. Ian (hubby) believed we would not even make it onto the mountain and by this stage the Rover was losing its go and beginning to cough and splutter. We kept moving.

I had been just like a stunned rabbit caught in headlights, I had been that stiff with fear I couldn’t let go of the door, all of the while viewing the red light on the gas in addition to listening to my husband tell me about the views on each side along with the sheer drop offs etc. On descending this mountain, we essentially coasted the 4wd down, engine running to maintain the brakes and steering on.

I Couldn’t see anything except those orange beacon items they place there rather than guard rails. I never knew I could get that fearful I was nearly in tears. We eventually made it into the town after MT Hotham just to realize the servo was closed and they did not even have LPG therefore we needed to shore my poor rover yet another 20 odd kilometers to Bright.

They had a servo that had LPG but again being so late at night it was closed. We pulled up and that’s where we slept for the evening. The following morning at 6:30am we gassed up and headed home

Finally arriving back in Brisbane, while terrifying at times, I loved the trip. We took the good and bad in our stride and the kids couldn’t have been happier. If there’s one thing I’d do different next time, it’s take a jerry of gas… or you know research my dirt tracks.

Top 3 Holiday Destinations for Basketball Lovers

Top 3 Holiday Destinations for Basketball Lovers

If he’s not Performing 200 Miles around the racetrack, NASCAR winner driver Kurt Busch is ingesting a desire besides speed: his love of sport. “After the NASCAR schedule comes out, I strategically make plans to get to a unique sporting event at least once a month,” states the enthusiastic fan, creating a point of seeing baseball parks and other sports arenas such as museums and stadiums across the racing circuit.

And he is hardly alone. Sports-related tourism is big bucks in America. Super Bowl XLVIII was widely acclaimed (if contested) as with a $600 million economic impact in the new york region. Chump change beside the billions enclosing the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

However, avowed sports nuts do not need big-ticket occasions to attract Out their fire. Under-the-radar actions and the opportunity to demonstrate their love of this game–any sport–while on holiday could transform a trip to an unforgettable adventure.

How about running the foundations on the Authentic Field of Dreams in Iowa? Standing in the Baltimore room where Babe Ruth was born? Skating the “Miracle on Ice” rink from America’s very own Olympics at Lake Placid, NY? Or, as Busch indicates in his home state of North Carolina, seeing Charlotte’s NASCAR team race stores?

“As a car guy, it’s such a treat,” he says, “but you don’t even have to be a sports fan to appreciate the quality of work that goes into all of these cars.” And if you visit Indianapolis or even Orlando, FL, you may even drive one!

From shooting hoops in Springfield, MA, to browsing San Diego’s waves, we have sweated the details to spot itineraries for sport lovers in general, but particularly basketball lovers. Here are our top three spots…. Game on!

Indianapolis: The Brickyard and Basketball

Getting behind the wheel of an IndyCar to get a high-speed ride around among the world’s most renowned tracks will make anybody–from regular petrol heads to racing aficionados–need to “Kiss the Bricks” such as Brickyard race champions have done since 1996. Basketball (and sports film) lovers can relive the “Milan Miracle of 1954” at either the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum which also offers the iconic basketball shirts along with the Hinkle Fieldhouse, in which the historical high school game has been played (and at which all of this film Hoosiers, where it is established, was filmed).

North Carolina: Laps and Layups

It is March Madness constantly in Chapel Hill and Neighboring Durham, NC, at which college basketball enthusiasts dressed fully in warring basketball jersey designs and kits can catch tickets to observe Tar Heels (five-time NCAA National Champions) and Duke Blue Devils matches (in the infamously extreme Cameron Stadium). A road trip to neighboring Charlotte is a cure for racing lovers, also. The NASCAR Hall of Fame joins displays on racing’s greats with entertaining, interactive activities, although the Richard Petty Museum introduces the racing legend’s accomplishments along with his sudden collections of firearms, dolls, and pocket watches. Many NASCAR team headquarters are available to the public too and feature displays on hot drivers.

New England Hall of Fame Road Trip

A road trip through New England creates a worthy holiday for Hoops, hardball, and racquet sports lovers. Nearly 300 iconic gamers come living In the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA, at which James Naismith created the game in 1891. Only 90 minutes away in Boston sits MLB’s earliest (and among America’s greatest) baseball stadiums: Fenway Park. Tours Contain sitting on the infamous Green Dragon, the bothersome, drama-making 37-foot, 2-inch-high left field wall. In neighboring Newport, RI, the Global Tennis Hall of Fame’s tasteful grounds hold 13 bud courts which were host to the 1881 Championship that evolved into the U.S. Open.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Visiting Melbourne

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Visiting Melbourne

A full-scale diversion of the next Globe Theatre has been built in Melbourne with quality management and workforce mobility solutions so locals can encounter William Shakespeare’s plays with the way they were intended to be. Miles Gregory, the project creator, stated that they are going to pop up in fourteen days. A three-storey, 900-person, 100-tonne theater, where individuals will get splashed.

Constructed in Auckland from 2016, the pop-up Globe Theatre was to mark the 400th year of Shakespeare’s departure and following a few sell-out seasons coming to Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl in September. Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Othello and Henry V will be performed throughout the Melbourne run.

The theater is based on the initial 400-year-old layout, but will comprise some alterations such as the installation of modular exhibition wall systems to display props and merchandise. Standard lighting will be comprised for night-time shows, and there’ll also be nearby contemporary bathroom facilities. However, besides that, the organisers said reveals would be quite close to how crowds in Shakespeare’s age experienced his functions, in the open-air design.

Mr Gregory said that when it rains you’ll get wet. You will find lots of contemporary touches, but this isn’t your dusty old Shakespeare. The Victorian Authorities refused to state just how far it had spent to bring the series into Melbourne. However, Tourism Minister John Eren said it might make 100 construction jobs as well as 120 other places in local business and project management system companies throughout the entire year, and earn money. He explained how they generally have a percentage of each dollar of the money they put into events, anticipating approximately 10.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is renowned worldwide. Taupo-nui-a-Tia College’s mind woman, Chloe Jaques, obtained more than she bargained for when she took up play for a Year 12 student in 2016. Her route’s taken her from engaging in one of their school’s entrances in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival to linking the Young Shakespeare Company on a visit to examine the Globe Theatre in London.

She explained that when she was informed about her choice to the Young Shakespeare Company, she believed they had the wrong person. National Shakespeare Schools Generation is a contest where students behave in brief scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, all gunning for the chance to be chosen to go to London and attend Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Here they will use specialist play actors to construct abilities in the performing arts. On the yearlong excursion the team will be assigned a Globe manager to work with on a Shakespeare play that they will perform at the Globe. They’ll tour Stratford-upon-Avon, with performances, workshops and rehearsals, some as accompaniments to museum art and design exhibitions.

Chloe’s choice for the Young Shakespeare Company has been unexpected given the 17-year-old initially only took play at college for a plan B. She stated play initially was a fill-in topic, but based on her 14-year history in classical and contemporary dance, drama instructor Vivienne Gowdy suggested she’d fit in.

“So taking drama was a bit of a fluke.” For Chloe, The excursion opens the world of acting and Shakespeare on an global scale. While working together with some exceptionally enthusiastic and generous individuals, Chloe is working hard on her trade, since Shakespeare’s Globe anticipates the very best. As a kid, Chloe maintained she was totally terrified of acting. “Ask me to recite a monologue and I would run screaming “. As a confidence booster, she chose to combine Zenith, Taupo-nui-a-Tia College’s speech club when she started high school.

Chloe abandoned Taupo last Friday to start her trip to the United Kingdom. She chose to take this chance since it’s only a once in a lifetime experience. She’ll gain abilities, experiences, along with buddies I will cherish for the rest of my life and that I certainly can’t wait. Chloe will be combined on the Young Shakespeare Company excursion to London by Tauhara College pupil Monique Doig.

Shoeaholic’s Guide To Online Shopping

Shoeaholic’s Guide To Online Shopping

Shoe addiction is really a thing. Whilst an increasing collection in a cupboard and diminishing space on the floor-drobe is the greatest giveaway, Urban Dictionary defines a shoeaholic as someone who “owns over 60 pairs of shoes” which from a shoeaholic’s point of view, isn’t actually that much.

Have you seen Kim Kardashian’s shoe-drobe? She seriously has a walk-in-robe but just for shoes; let’s not even begin to think about the size of her wardrobe for clothes. Let’s be honest though, we are jealous, a shoe-drobe is a shoeaholic’s dream and Kim isn’t the only culprit, there is a plethora of digital content available filled with celebrities, digital influence, Instagram celebrities, vloggers and bloggers who are addicted to shoes. You know what they say, if you can’t beat them, join them.

Alas, here are some of the best tips the internet has to offer on the best way to grow your shoe-drobe without damaging your budget, all from the comfort of your own home in this age of being able to purchase cheap shoes online.

Before we get going with our tips, let’s clear up one thing; a cheap pair of women’s shoes isn’t always something of awful quality. Cheap shoes can mean purchasing quality goods on sale, making the proper choices by avoiding impulse buys and essentially, being a super-savvy shopper.

For instance, a twenty dollar pair of sandals that falls apart after one wear isn’t a win. However, a twenty dollar pair of sandals you find available in the previous seasons sale section is. By practising efficient shopping methods you can save money in the long Term, letting you purchase the upcoming must-have pair.

Shop strategically

We all want the Manolo’s but do we actually need the Manolo’s and can you truly afford them? Brands such as Tony Bianco, Siren and Diavolina as well as retailers such as ASOS and Topshop bring out new styles each season mimicking the big designers and trends straight from the runway. They’re of excellent quality and affordable, shop the look for a fraction of the price of the real deal.

Have a list and budget

Sticking to your budget and acknowledging what you need are crucial aspects. Write down exactly what your shoe collection is missing and how much you can afford each month/week/day. Here’s the deal, you have got to adhere to it. We’re not saying the occasional pair of heels you adore should be passed by, but stick to your plan for the most part, don’t spend more than you would of just to get the same day online delivery service.

Don’t impulse buy

Sure, they are cheap but in the long term having shoes you do not wear or need will add up and waste that precious shoe-drobe space you so desperately need.

Make sure you know your size

Place a piece of paper on the floor, trace your foot and measure the width and length. If you’re a first time buyer from a certain brand or merchant check these against the size manuals to make an informed decision, sizing standards are only a guide; you may be a size 7 in one store and a size 8 in another.

Don’t buy the first pair you see

The internet is your oyster; the internet is full of web page content answering all the questions you could possibly have about a particular pair of shoes. It pays to compare and research between retailers and you might find a comparable style at a more affordable price.

Keep an eye on sale times

Mark on your calendar the popular sales times so you can make sure you are on top of them, the ones we all know include the end of financial year sales, Black Friday sales, Boxing day sales (which last until New Years by the way), the four-times annually mid-season sales to name a few.

Save on shipping – buy in bulk

If you are buying from an international retailer that charges large amounts for delivery, rally your girlfriends together and process an order together to take advantage of the online delivery. Websites like ASOS, Nasty Gal and Topshop have free shipping over a certain amount, but a lot don’t. You do not want to find your dream set of shoes available only to be struck with a shipping cost that is more than the shoes themselves.

Loyalty cards and subscriptions

Be in the loop with retailers, subscribe to newsletters and be the first to know about promotions, discounts and sales. Another source is other girls. Ask your friends to tell you the next time they hear of a flash sale, and return the favour when you are in the know.

Discount codes

Shop using codes and coupons, having an online store wish list a part of the savvy-shopper material we were talking about earlier. Build your dream wish lists of online shoes and then sit tight. Keep on top of coupon codes right and be sure to add them to your shopping cart if something comes up.

Purchase on credit

Purchase your shoes using a credit card that provides a cash-back percentage. Some loyalty and credit cards offer savings on your purchases. The David Jones Platinum Card offers free Priority delivery among other perks. Topshop has a loyalty card offering 5 pounds off a purchase over 50 pounds. It May not seem like a lot but if you are a shoeaholic, you are winning in the long run. To take advantage of credit savings, you need to pay back your card on time of course.

And there you have it, get on the net and shop smart using these tips.

Tourists Are Putting Florence On the Map

Tourists Are Putting Florence On the Map

This gem of a city located in Italy is a paradise for art lovers, historians, foodies, and fashion connoisseurs.

Housing over a million works of Renaissance art and a lively shopping scene, the Italian town of Florence has been voted the greatest city in Europe by travellers in this season’s Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards, taking the number one spot in the class for the tenth time in the past eleven years, and it’s clear that tourists are really putting the city on the map for hot travel destinations, with a growing increase in tourism to the city.

Numerous cities were rated by Travel and Leisure readers based on many different factors including areas such as the destination’s landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance is swarming with famed artworks which range from Michelangelo’s “David” to “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli, and of course its collection of classical sights that have the famed Gothic Cathedral such as the likes of Santa Maria del Fiore, better called the Duomo. The historical structures and artwork of Florence is complimented with tradition of the areas works in fashion and leather items such as leather ankle boots.

Fun Things to Do in Florence

An “open-air museum,” as the town’s tourism site calls it, Florence is dotted with towering cathedrals and a community of museums that collectively incorporate the best concentration of artworks in all of Italy, and among the greatest in the world.

Aside from its historical offerings, Florence is also famous as the birthplace of some of fashion’s most noted names, including the likes of Gucci, Pucci, Roberto Cavalli, and the Ferragamos.

Head to sights such as the Museo Ferragamo, where you could see where Salvatore Ferragamo first set up shop and browse through some 10,000 pairs of men’s and women’s shoes which make up the museum’s permanent collection.

When it’s time to search for some shoes for yourself, visit places such as Oltrarno, on the Southbank of the Arno River, where you will discover a range of craft studios specializing in wood products, jewellery, and metal vases. In San Frediano, a locality in Oltrarno’s west end, you will discover traditional offerings such as hand-wrought silverware, hand-made shoes of quality incomparable to shoes online, and antique glassware.

Florence is also home to a buzzing food arena, where you can sample everything from fresh mozzarella and pasta, to bread and elaborate chocolates and pastries at places like the Mercato Centrale.

If you would like to try your hand in cooking Italian specialties, visit Desinare, where you are able to take cooking classes that will teach you how you can prepare delicacies such as hand-rolled ricotta and spinach ravioli and desserts like the famous tiramisu, with wine pairings and a class on food photography contained in the mix, you’ll be sure to have the experience of a lifetime.

Heading to Florence also offers you access to the Tuscan countryside, where you can enjoy your days sampling Chianti wines amidst a lush natural landscape. There are plenty of day tours available from Florence that will take you around on a guided tour and bring you back to Florence at the end of the day, of course there is also the option to stay in Tuscany as well.

Tourism Developments in Portugal

Tourism Developments in Portugal

The travel market in Portugal has been buzzing lately with hotel openings, new tours highlighting a few of the nation’s historical and cultural sites, and added flights to this area.

The Southern European state, which is situated on the Iberian Peninsula on the border of Spain, saw a record number of visitors in 2016 according to Eurostat, reporting that occupancy rates of tourist organizations were up 1.7 percent from 2015, taking numbers to 60.6 million travellers. Next in line was France (up 4.6 percent to 395 million), the UK (up 4.5 percent to 292 million) and Germany (up 2.8 percent to 390 million).

In answer to the growing interest in travel to the nation, many tour operators have introduced new itineraries to their collection of offerings. Tauck recently launched the eight-day “A week in Portugal” itinerary as part of its series of European territory tours for 2017.

The traveller’s journey from Porto to Lisbon allows them to see seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with restaurant and winery spots, wine cellars, historical monasteries and churches, palaces and castles. A stop at Porto includes a two-night stop at the Freixo Palace Hotel, a restored 18th-century rococo palace.

Additional stops include Coimbra and the 700-year- aged university found there, and after, travelers have the chance to look at a historical 13th-century monastery at Alcobaça, before reaching Monte Real where they will spend a night in the Palace Hotel Monte Real, topped off with a meal from the hotels’ boutique breakfast restaurant. There are opportunities for a wine country visit to the Herdade do Esporao winery, wine tasting and freshly prepared meals will also be included, in addition to a walk-through of the 500-year- aged Jerónimos Monastery and a personal tour and dinner in Palacio de Queluz, an 18th-century royal retreat.

Also seeing a rise in popularity of its Portugal trip is Intrepid Travel, with its eight-day “Real Food Adventure – Galicia & Portugal” itinerary. The excursion begins in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia place and travels to Porto, where guests take a ferry ride to a seafood market, then get involved in a Galician cooking class and lunch. Additionally, while in Porto, travelers participate in a guided food wander through Mercado do Bolhao to sample exquisite European food including bacalhau, a Portuguese fish dish.

Other activities include a full-day tour of the Douro Valley with visits to two wineries, a tour of an Alentejo distillery and little cheese-making facility along with a stop in the Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon to sample local beverages and dishes like ginjinha, a Portuguese wild cherry liqueur.

This trip through Spain and Portugal is fit for families with kids that are teenaged or old. Everyone can enjoy watching a medieval fortress in the center of cosmopolitan Lisbon and the parents can finish the day with a port tasting in Porto. There is also enough free time  in the itinerary to allow room to look around.

Foodies travelling to Portugal also have many new tours to select from with The global Kitchen, an operator specializing in culinary excursions and courses throughout Europe and overseas. The global Kitchen released three new seven-day itineraries: “Delectable Portugal in Historic Evora”, “Walking and Cooking in Portugal” and “Discovering Western Portugal”.

The Seven-day “Discovering Western Portugal” tour starts in Lisbon and includes a stop in Porto, the medieval city of Óbido and up to Arcos de Valdevez. Later, guests return south to see Braga, a city with numerous architectural and religious websites.

The “Delectable Portugal in Historic Evora” tour, which takes travelers through the smaller city named a UNESCO world heritage site. The itinerary is suitable for anybody wanting to learn more about Portugal’s culture and the contemporary lifestyle in the southern Alentejo area.

Meanwhile, the “Cooking and Walking in Portugal” guided tour travels via Porto and Braga and includes visits to multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Guests will take cooking courses, go on walking tours, hike trails and learn about the area’s famous Port wine. Travelers also have an opportunity to try regional specialties throughout their trip like grilled sardines along the shore or Black pig of the rural Alentejo region, where the half-wild pigs are free to forage for acorns.

The “Cooking and Walking in Portugal” tour is priced at $1,850 per person for two-to-three folks, while “Delectable Portugal at Historic Evora” is priced at $2,775 and “Discovering Western Portugal” is priced at $2,200.

In hotel news, Avani Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel newly opened in the nation’s capital, just off Avenida da Liberdade. The hotel, formerly Tivoli Jardim Hotel, has undergone a $1.6 million refurbishment including a redesigned entryway, upgraded guest rooms, lobby, and reception area, the installation of the AVANIFIT gym and the relaunch of the resort’s Olivier Restaurant.

All 119 Of Avani’s standard, premier, deluxe and family rooms are updated with a modern style with shades of plum, black and white. Newly added modern comforts include a Nespresso coffee-maker, satellite television, mini-bar and high-speed Wi-Fi. All the resort’s standard, deluxe and family rooms have balconies while standard rooms have garden views.

The neighbouring Palacete Conference and Events Center provides three floors of event space with a capacity for up to 260 people, and facilities for catering to functions. The ground floor has a large reception area, the first floor offers three function rooms and the top floor houses a boardroom with its own foyer and lift access.

The hotel also relaunched the Olivier Restaurant which provides ingredient-focused food with a strong Portuguese influence. New décor includes hardwood floors, new furnishings, suede upholstery, wallpaper and mosaic tiles. Additionally, an outdoor terrace surrounded by olive and ficus trees provides alfresco seating.

Also new on the scene is Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort. The resort underwent rebranding earlier this season, together with its sister property, Tivoli, with upgrades including new décor, the inclusion of family suites, a spa and Anantara’s Dining by Design program.

Portugal has a lot to offer and with these luxury hotels available who could say no!

4 Tips for Building your Dream Home

4 Tips for Building your Dream Home

home, building, insurance, rennovationCreating your house from the ground up can be an exceptionally satisfying experience. It offers you the chance to customize your home and interior decorating to fit your tastes and suit your family’s lifestyle, both now and in the future. However, as anybody who has built a home can tell you, it can likewise be a greatly demanding and tough procedure.

Developing a house does not need to be a gruelling procedure, however. Entering into the procedure with your eyes open and with a building strategy can conserve you distress along the way.

I’ve seen plenty of mistakes throughout the years such as friends forgetting to get home indemnity insurance when building in Western Australia to really simple things like forgetting to organise a water and electricity supply.

On the basis of this, here are my top 4 pointers for a pain-free dream house building procedure.

1. Know exactly what you’re entitled to

If you’re constructing your very first house, you could be entitled to a First Home-owners Grant (FHOG), depending on the state or area where you live. This might considerably balance out the expense of your house.

Similarly, depending upon your state or area, you might be qualified for stamp duty concessions on the purchase of your building lot.

2. Interact continuously

Throughout the procedure, interact regularly with your residential interior designs contractor and tradespersons. Get routine updates on the development of building, and check in yourself. It’s a smart idea to take images of the development regularly so you can record any issues.

Do not hesitate to hold your line. If your contractor, specialist or tradesperson inform you something cannot be done, push back. It may cost you additional, however chances are with the correct amount of effort you can achieve your vision. It is often worthwhile to demand information that is very important to you. After all, you’re the one who needs to reside in the finished house.

With excellent interaction, however, you ought to have the ability to prevent arguments throughout the building procedure. If you have plainly set out exactly what you desire and the information that you view as non-negotiable, building will run much smoother and there won’t be a future plumbing emergency.

3. Budget for more than you anticipate

backyard, add-on. buildingNo matter how much you believe the building procedure is most likely to cost, it’s most likely to cost more. There could be any variety of products that aren’t considered in the quote your contractor o ffers you. For example, your home builder is not likely to consider expenses such as electrical and gas metres, NBN connections or window coverings. Products such as landscaping and outside concreting, fences and gates, decking and letterboxes may likewise not be consisted of on the quote. These add-on expenses can especially run over if you need to include equipment such as crane hire for add-on installations such as slab cranes. These are referred to as ending up expenses, and might run anywhere from 15-25% of your budget plan.

You’ll likewise have to consider site expenses, which are the expenses related to preparing your site for building, and you might likewise need to allocate extra spend for preparing application costs.

In addition to add-ons you may not have thought about, you have to budget for unexpected situations. For example, you may desire the luxury of altering your mind provided any of the fittings or products do not match your expectations.

4. Search for methods to reduce the cost

Developing a house is going to be a pricey procedure, and as we discussed above, it’s most likely you’ll wind up paying more than you prepared for. That being stated, there are methods you can apply to save. Look around for the very best rates on fittings and components, and on the products your contractor will utilize. Get numerous quotes for any product required throughout the building procedure.

You can likewise conserve cash at the outset of the procedure by selecting a site that takes less preparation. Transporting off dirt, eliminating rocks or clearing brush can wind up being pricey. Choosing a lot that requires little preparation prior to building and hot water service repairs commence can reduce these expenses.

It is important to note however that while you should try to save always make sure your builder is certified and has the relevant coverage as warranty insurance for builders is not compulsory in all states and can leave you vulnerable to greater costs further down the line

Renting a RV for Travel

Renting a RV for Travel

When you price a new RV be sitting down. Unless you are very rich or kin to the president, you can’t afford to buy one. A more sensible choice would be to rent a RV if you are only planning a trip across the country. But if you plan on living it, well that would be a high priced small cottage. Maybe that why they are called RV (recreational vehicle).

You will find that you will have all the comforts of home and then some when you rent a motorhome for your trip whether it is a long or short journey. If you are driving you will experience the difference in the driver’s seat. It will feel as if you are sitting in your recliner at home. The seats are more comfortable than seats in an automobile. They are designed more like the big trucks with air cushion seats to support your body while you are driving down the road. You will not have to worry about a stiff back.

Renting a RV is as easy to rent a car. There are dealers in almost every area that rent these vehicles for your pleasure. You can choose from many different models and rent the best one that is suitable for you and your family. Be sure you reserve your RV in advance because these vehicles usually get reserved months in advance and you want to make sure that you get the one that you want.

There will be a flat fee per day for just renting the vehicle than a fee for mileage. This means that you will be charged a certain amount per mile driven while you are renting it. In usually this is like 15 to 35 cents a mile. This is added to your bill at the end of the contract. I don’t think you’ll find a place that eliminates this charge and only charges for the rental, but if you do then you are looking at a great deal and you should not pass that one up.

When you return the RV, it is expected to see if any damage has been done to the vehicle. It must be in the same shape it was when you rented it. This brings up a good point. When you rent the RV, be sure you walk around it with the rental employee and check for scrapes or dents. Make sure everything is logged on your copy of the contract. Also, you need the insurance they offer. It will cover any accidents you may have. If you don’t have the insurance you will have to pay for any new scrapes or dents.

If you are traveling, renting an RV is the way to go. You will be comfortable and you will not have to worry about the wear and tear on your own personal vehicle. Most important renting is much cheaper than buying in this case.