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There is much more to Sydney than what meets the eye. Unarguably, there is the glitzy side with something incredible going on somewhere all the time. However, there is also so much more to discover – a buzzing food atmosphere, endless days at the beach, and Sydney’s history that seamlessly blends into its present. A global city, Sydney is also home to countless people from all over the world, which makes it one of the world’s most diverse places. Add some stunning natural locations, and there’s never a dull weekend here. All you need to do is book a car rental in Sydney and get going. Here’s a list of five day trips that you can take from Sydney:
- Hunter Valley
Known all over the world for being one of Australia’s top wine regions, Hunter Valley is only a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney’s Central Business District. There are multiple day tours that leave each morning, and some even include a round trip with wine tasting. If you want to drive, then pick your designated driver for the day, and head on over to Hunter Valley!
- Collins Beach
Collins Beach is a short 30-minute drive from Sydney’s Central Business District, is one of Sydney’s many beaches. It is sheltered by a green cover, which is perfect for those looking for a secluded spot with peace and quiet.
- Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island, which can be reached by a boat ride from Sydney’s Circular Quay, is a perfect Sunday outing with the family. Pass the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge on the ferry, and then find yourself on the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cockatoo Island. Once you’re there, just sit back, sip a cocktail and watch the sun go down.
- Jervis Bay
A slightly long drive of three hours will take you to the Jervis Bay area and the Hyams beach, which are a must visit, if you’re in Sydney. Don’t be put off by the long drive; the views on the way are quite worth the long drive. Enjoy the drive, and spend the rest of the day sunbathing on the beach.
- Royal National Park
An hour’s drive away from Sydney, Royal National Park has something for everyone. Whether you’re into walking along nature trails, hiking, swimming, surfing, or whale-watching, the Royal National Park has it all.
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An adventure holiday is not like any other holiday; it promises new sights, smells and tastes, the meeting of new people and a chance to expand your mind and challenge your preconceptions, all with a taste of excitement. But what type of adventurer do you want to be? One that makes no plan and simply throws the bare essentials into a backpack? Or one who plans meticulously so you are free to enjoy all the holiday offers without having to worry about the little things?
The idea of leaving everything to the last minute may be tempting, having a touch of spontaneity about it, but chances are something will be forgotten, something that may impact heavily and ruin your holiday. Far better to plan. Planning should mean that you will enjoy your adventure holiday more than if you left everything to chance, and ultimately, that you get more out of your experiences.
The first thing to get ready for an adventure holiday is you. Adventure holidays are not relaxing; after all, you are not going to be spending all of your time lazing on a beach. No, you will be putting your body through its paces, hiking, climbing and cycling, to name but a few of the activities you may decide to engage in. It will therefore pay you to be as fit as possible before you leave, so go on daily walks or bike rides to give you an edge.
After your body comes your mind. Things are going to be very different where you’re heading – this is part of the appeal, after all – but to prevent too much of a culture shock, it can be a good idea to explore the area you’re going to online and in guide books. This kind of forward planning should help you to find your feet in unfamiliar surroundings.
One part of preparation that should not at any cost to be avoided is adequate immunization. If you are travelling outside of your native country, you will need to investigate which immunizations are necessary for the area you are travelling to. Some may only be necessary if you are travelling during a certain season and some maybe only precautionary. As some may have side effects, you may want to exercise caution over which ones to have. Visit your doctor to find out more.
Ah, the packing! While you undoubtedly want to travel as light as possible, you need to be prepared for all types of weather. Basically, this means layers. These can be bulky in your suitcase or backpack, of course, but layers afford you flexibility, as you can add and remove them as the weather dictates.
Essential wear includes good hiking shoes that are either new or have plenty of life left in them – uncomfortable shoes that make your feet ache or cause blisters will ruin your holiday – but be sure to break them before you depart if they’re new.
If you’re concerned your body may not quite be up to the rigors of an adventure holiday, consider investing in apparel designed to provide support. You can see the benefits of this type of clothing by viewing YouTube videos by Tommie Copper, a leader in compression clothing. Rest assured, no one but you will know you are wearing it and it can even sculpt your body, giving you more confidence in your physique.
Moving on to making the most of the adventure element of your holiday, one thing you’ll most definitely want to pack is your camera. You’ll no doubt be seeing some amazing sights, and if you can capture them on camera you’ll be able to enjoy them with your friends and family when you get home. Invest in a good case to protect your camera, and be sensible about when you use it; try to avoid the temptation to whip it out on a bumpy boat ride or in the midst of a tropical storm unless its waterproof.
At the end of the day, you may want to wind down with a book or a movie, so to keep your luggage as light as possible, pack an e-reader or a tablet. Remember to download enough books, shows and movies to keep you occupied before you go if your accommodation isn’t likely to have Wi-Fi.
If this is your first adventure holiday, there may be a steep learning curve ahead of you, but by planning ahead and packing the right clothes and equipment, you’ll be able to enjoy it to the fullest.
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If you haven’t yet been to China (or even if you have), a Yangtze River Cruise is the perfect way to discover the country. Each year, millions of visitors enjoy this amazing experience in China, and these cruises will take you right through the heart of China, allowing you to see some of the most incredible scenery in the world.
The best seasons for the river cruises along the Yangtze River are generally spring and autumn, which is September and October and April and May. This is when the weather is comfortable and cool.
Here are some reasons why you should :
These ships travel especially slowly, allowing you to enjoy cultural relics and beautiful scenery along the way. You’ll be given key information about shore excursions to ensure you don’t miss any of the best scenery, which includes Fengdu Ghost City, Goddess Stream, the Three Gorges Dam, Shennong Stream or Shibaozhai.
While you can take part in a number of excursions, you’ll also be able to enjoy incredible scenery from your boat, and watch the steady flow of heritage and history along the different river banks as you’re winding your way through cliffs and gorgeous. For many people, the highlight is the beautiful Three Gorgeous, so be sure to bring your camera.
These cruises will give you more free time in China, and you’ll also have less hassle. When you compare this type of travel to travelling by train or bus, you’ll find that not only will you get to see more, but you’ll do it at a much more leisurely pace- meaning you won’t end up needing a vacation from your vacation.
You can sit on the deck sun deck and read a book, drink coffee on your balcony, meet new people on the boat over dinner, play cards, watch TV, or take a nap- all while you’re travelling to the next incredible destination.
One of the biggest reasons to take a cruise down the Yangtze River, is the fact that it’s generally all-inclusive. This makes it much easier for you to budget for your adventure in China, since accommodation, food, entertainment, and transport are all included.
You’ll get three meals a day, featuring both Western and Chinese food, and a lovely Captain’s Farewell Banquet on the last night of your cruise. You’ll also have amazing entertainment, and this can include lectures about Chinese culture and history, films, happy hour, cabaret shows, fashion shows and even Tai Chi lessons.
Along with all of the inclusions, you’ll also have a number of other onboard services to choose from. Most chips will feature a reading room, wifi, the ability to make phone calls, a health clinic, a fitness room, and a beauty salon. That means that when you’re relaxing you can truly relax and have all of the comforts of a hotel (and more) while onboard.
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